When you leave your home to work, shop, play, or travel, you have an expectation that as long as you exercise a reasonable amount of care, you’ll return home safely at the end of the day. A life-changing bodily injury is the last thing you imagine happening. But regardless of the amount of care you and your family exercise, you can’t control another person’s behavior, and you may be badly injured because of someone else’s negligence. When you’ve suffered a loss because of someone else’s wrongdoing, in many cases you will be able to recover money as compensation. Money is never adequate compensation for the loss of your good health. But it is important to hold the negligent party accountable for what they’ve done and the pain and anguish that their uncaring and wrongful behavior has caused.
When you’ve been seriously injured because of another person’s negligence, whether in a car accident, construction accident, medical malpractice, defective product, dog bite, slip and fall, or other premises accident, your main focus is getting the medical treatment you need and getting as much of your health back as you can. A skilled and experienced personal injury attorney can help.
San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers
When you retain Harrison & Bodell to handle your personal injury case, we’ll investigate the circumstances, gather your medical records and the police report, take witness statements, and if necessary, hire traffic safety experts, accident reconstructionists, and medical professionals to help prove liability and damages.
Most importantly, we’ll handle all negotiations with the insurance adjuster.
When the Insurance Adjuster Calls
An adjuster for the defendant’s insurance company will usually contact you very soon after the accident and try to obtain a recorded statement and an open-ended medical release. It is extremely important that you avoid signing anything or allowing the adjuster to record a statement. The adjuster may be very personable, but he or she is not your friend. The adjuster is an employee of an insurance company, a profit-oriented corporation whose goal it is to take in as much as possible in premiums, while paying out as little as possible to accident victims. They hope you don’t have a lawyer. If an adjuster says you don’t need an attorney or pressures you for a statement or signature, politely end the conversation. Anything you say will be used to try to diminish the value of your case.
Although we’re able to settle most cases out of court, we handle every case that comes into the Harrison & Bodell law offices as if it were going to trial. If it becomes necessary to take your case to court, it will be fully prepared and ready for a jury. We’re seasoned litigators who are at our best in the courtroom; we’ll never back down from a jury trial if the insurance company is holding out and refusing to offer a fair settlement. Because of the excellent results we’ve achieved for our clients both in and out of court, we’ve been selected as Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation limited to the top 5 percent of the area’s attorneys.
Call Harrison & Bodell in San Diego today for honest answers to all your questions and excellent advice on how to proceed with your claim to recover compensation. Don’t risk losing your rights by waiting. We are a client-centered law firm and will keep you fully informed and involved in the decision-making process, every step of the way. We accept personal injury cases on contingency, so you pay no legal fees or expenses unless we win.