El Dorado Hills Car Accident Lawyer
Contact Us If You or a Loved One Has Been Injured in a Motor Vehicle Crash
With millions of vehicles on California’s roads, it’s no surprise that car accidents are relatively common. Depending on a number of factors, both minor and major car wrecks can result in serious, life-altering injuries for those involved. These injuries can range from simple soft tissue bruises, cuts, and lacerations to broken bones and painful disc injuries (either bulging or herniated discs) to catastrophic injuries, such as serious brain injuries and burns.
If you or a family member has been seriously injured in an El Dorado Hills area car accident caused by another driver, you are probably in an unfamiliar situation and likely to have many questions about what to do next. Medical bills may be mounting, and you may even be unable to return to work. You need the help of our experienced car accident attorneys in El Dorado Hills at Carichoff Law Group, P.C. We will help you put together your claim, investigate the cause of your accident, calculate the damages you are owed, and stand up for your right to fair and just compensation.
Types of Car Accident Injuries in California
At Carichoff Law Group, P.C., we have obtained compensation for our clients for a wide range of car accident injuries. Whether your injuries are temporary or permanent, we have what it takes to obtain justice on your behalf.
Common injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Bone fractures
- Damage to joints, ligaments, tendons,
- Internal organ injuries
- Psychological trauma including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Complex regional pain syndrome
- Amputation/limb loss
- And more
What to Do If You Are Injured in a Car Wreck
If you are involved in a car accident, it is crucial that you seek medical attention—even if you believe that you were not seriously injured. Some injuries may take hours or days to appear, so it is important that you are checked by a medical professional following any car accident.
It is also important that you get the contact information of the other driver/drivers, file an official police report, and document the scene of the accident and/or your injuries, if possible. One of the most effective ways to do the latter is to take as many pictures of the accident scene—including any property damage and bodily injuries—as soon after the crash as possible.
Most importantly, do not speak to the other driver’s insurance company until you first talk to a car accident lawyer. The liable insurance company will often try to get you to accept a low settlement amount when you may be entitled to much more.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much should I settle for in a car accident?
The amount you settle for depends on the unique factors of your specific case. For instance, a person who suffers minor injuries will receive less than someone who suffers more severe harm and therefore requires more intensive medical care and ongoing treatment. While the average car accident settlement tends to fall between $14,00 and $28,000, the exact amount you SHOULD settle for should be based on your unique losses.
How much is pain and suffering worth in a car accident?
Pain and suffering damages are also calculated on a case by case basis. Pain and suffering is often determined using one of two methods: themultiplier method, in which the total economic damages are calculated as a base figure before a multiplier is selected to calculate pain and suffering damage, and the per diem method, which assigns a dollar amount of “pain and suffering” for each day until the victim has fully recovered from their accident. In the state of California, uninsured drivers may not be able to bring a claim for pain and suffering.
What happens if I reject a settlement offer?
Once you reject a settlement offer, it is gone. While the other party may later grant a follow up offer, there is no guarantee they will. An experienced car accident lawyer in El Dorado Hills can help you determine if your settlement offer is fair.
When Should You Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident?
With more than 20 years of legal experience and a proven track record of successful results, Carichoff Law Group, P.C. has what it takes to fight for the justice and recovery you are owed. We work with accident reconstruction experts to determine which exact factors led to your accident—and who is liable. We send our own investigator to visit the scene of the collision in order to gain a full picture of what happened and how it has affected your life.
Whether you were hit by a distracted or drunk driver, injured in a road rage incident, or harmed in any other type of motor vehicle collision, our El Dorado Hills car accident attorneys can help. We offer compassionate, personalized legal services tailored to our clients’ unique goals. Our team is available at any time of day or night to answer your questions and we can even come to you if your injuries prevent you from visiting our office. When you hire us, there is no fee unless we recover compensation for you.