As a victim of a personal injury, you are entitled to a number of compensations. In most cases, these will cover general expenses like the medical bills, property damage and lost wages during the recovery period. A common compensation is also that for pain and suffering. However, in some cases, there are some types of compensations you may not have thought about. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys highlight these types of additional compensation.
Additional compensation you are entitled to
When negotiating with the insurance company
after a vehicle accident in Los Angeles the insurance claim adjuster will often try to minimize your settlement amount or, in some cases, fail to inform you that you may be entitled to additional compensation.
- the diminished value of the vehicle (even if it was repaired after the accident);
- incidental expenses: costs that were mandatory as a result of the accident such as having to hire a home nurse, babysitter or a driver;
- replacement of child car seat.
Other costs such as those associated with the medical bills or lost wages should be paid in full.
Negotiating with the insurance company
Settling for less than the actual amount is not something convenient for the plaintiff. In order to avoid this, it is helpful to make a correct initial estimate, to which to add an adequate amount that will include future or other unpredicted costs. Plaintiffs can use a settlement calculator
that will generate an initial amount with which they can start negotiating. It is advisable to not accept a payment that is evidently less that the gross amount you have estimated. In most cases, you will not be able to re-negotiate and increase that initial amount.
One of our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can assist you during the preliminary negotiation phase with the insurance company.
You can contact us
if you have been the victim of a personal injury accident in Los Angeles or another Californian city.