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Questions to Ask Your Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has sustained life-changing injuries in an auto accident, it is important to work with an experienced car accident attorney to improve your chances of being fully compensated for your physical injuries and emotional distress.

Our California personal injury law firm has decades of combined experience representing all types of injured car accident victims. We specialize in representing victims with catastrophic injuries and families who have lost a loved one in a car accident fatality and wish to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

We understand that in the aftermath of a car accident it can be overwhelming to know which attorney to choose to represent you. Here are some of the most popular questions that our firm gets asked from car accident victims and / or their family members. Our answers follow the questions. If your car accident attorney is telling you something else, it may be time to look elsewhere.

What areas of law do you specialize in?

Just as you wouldn’t see an eye doctor for heart surgery, law offices differ in their specialty areas. If you speak with an attorney who has not tried any (or many) catastrophic car accident cases, you probably don’t want to be the first person that they represent. If they have experience with a case similar to yours, ask further questions about how many cases they have worked on and what the outcomes were.

How long do I have to file a claim?

In the state of California, you have up to two years to file a personal injury claim following a car accident. The statute of limitations for property damage resulting from a car accident is three years from the date of the accident.

What do you need from me about the car accident?

You will need to provide the police report, contact information for witnesses and / or statements, photos and/or notes of the accident, and records of any medical visits that are related to the accident.

How can you improve the chances of success for my case?

A proactive attorney will hire expert investigators to review the circumstances of your case. They may require the injured parties to see additional physicians for secondary opinions. If an attorney plans to only work off the documentation that you provide, this may be a red flag.

What can I be compensated for?

You may be eligible for compensation for injuries sustained from the accident, damage to the vehicle, pain and suffering as a result of the accident, lost wages / lost future earnings, and any hospital and/or medical bills related to the accident now and in the future.

How much compensation will I get?

This answer will largely depend on the specific details of your case. An experienced car accident attorney may be able to give you a general range, but do not consider it as a promise.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

There may be many factors that affect how long your case takes, but most attorneys who are familiar with car accident cases should be able to provide you with a general timeline.

The at-fault party’s insurance is offering me money. Should I take it?

Do not give a statement, sign or accept anything from the at-fault party’s insurance before consulting with your attorney.

How much do you charge for your legal services?

There is no charge for our time or legal services unless your car accident case is concluded successfully. If we handle your case, we do everything in our power to help you receive a successful verdict or settlement. You stand to lose nothing but may be able to gain a lot.

If you, or a loved one, has been involved in a car accident that caused serious injuries, permanent disability, and/or death, the responsible parties must be held accountable and we are here to make that happen.

Bostwick & Peterson attorneys have recovered over $1 billion for our clients and have been recognized for obtaining multi-million-dollar recoveries for victims, including a $20 million dollar verdict, the largest California non-punitive verdict for a single individual.

If you’ve been injured in a catastrophic car accident, let Bostwick & Peterson, LLP do the legal work for you so you can focus on healing. Fill out our online form or call us at (888) 831-8448 to schedule a free consultation.