Bakersfield Car Accident Attorney with Over 26 Years Experience
Attorney Eric Paris is a highly experienced car accident lawyer serving Bakersfield, Ca. for over 26 years. The Paris Firm helps people injured in car accidents obtain the maximum financial compensation for damages they have suffered. Since 1994, we have won numerous verdicts and settlements for our clients’ pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, and other accident-related losses. Nearly any type of car accident can cause an injury to drivers and passengers, from major freeway collisions to low speed crashes at stop signs or in parking lots.
Even though The Paris Firm is located in Chino Hills, our injury team has handled accident cases from Kern County and all throughout California. Like most law firms, after our initial consultation, most of our communication can be done via phone and Email – but we’ll never leave your side. Contact us online today or call us now at (909) 551-4040.
What should you do after a motor vehicle collision?
In the moments following a car accident, you should:
- Exchange driver’s license, insurance and contact information
- Document the accident scene with photos and or videos
- Do not talk to insurance company representatives
- Assess you, your passenger and the other vehicle’s injuries
- Move to a safe place away from traffic
- Contact authorities
- Get medical attention
- Contact us TODAY
For more detailed information please download “What to do After a Car Accident”, our free E-Guide.
I didn’t suffer a severe injury, should I see a doctor anyway?
Yes. There are forces involved in a car accident that don’t present immediately but could result in serious injuries, even if you don’t feel the effects today. In addition to seeing a doctor shortly after the accident, you should beware of symptoms of injury in the coming days. Once you have received medical attention, contact the Bakersfield car accident lawyers at The Paris Firm to schedule a free consultation.
What injury symptoms should I be aware of?
There are many common car accident injuries that may not show symptoms right away. Look out for brain injury symptoms such as:
- Memory loss
- Inability to sleep/nightmares
- Personality changes, moodiness or depression
Also look for spine injury symptoms such as:
- Pain elsewhere in the body
- Back & neck pain
- Short of breath
These symptoms may involve one or both limbs, certain regions of the body, or certain organs. The symptoms may also worsen with time.
Is my Insurance Company Here to Help Me?
Your insurance company may have your best interest in mind in many ways. Additionally, they have certain contractual obligations which means you do have some common interests. However, in other ways your insurance company may behave as though they’re your adversary. An insurance company’s profit increases by paying less in claims, including your car accident claim. They may see your incident and resulting injury as a liability, which may lead them to make a decision or suggest a resolution that’s in their best interest. It’s an ongoing conflict of interest that they will never acknowledge.
Do I really need an injury lawyer to help with my Bakersfield car accident claim?
We recommend that anyone who’s been injured in an auto accident that resulted in any amount of medical bills or lost wages should seek the advice of a qualified injury lawyer. Since consulting with the attorneys at The Paris Firm about your car accident is free, it’s better to talk to us and allow us to asses your case at no charge, than to not talk to us and potentially suffer because you didn’t have adequate representation.
When should I contact an attorney about my car accident claim?
You should contact an attorney about your auto accident claim when:
- You have received a settlement offer from your insurance company (see below)
- You are being pressured to give multiple statements about the accident, or you feel your claim is being handled too slowly
- You have been diagnosed with injuries and presented with a treatment plan
- You feel overwhelmed by the issues related to your car accident
My insurance company made me an offer, should I accept?
If your insurance company has made you an offer, it’s probably based on an expectation of what they might have to pay for your accident – often using historical data and similar claims they’ve paid in the past. It’s usually at the lower end of what your accident is likely to cost them in the long run, even if it seems like a lot of money based on your current medical bills.
Serious motor vehicle accidents can result in life-altering injuries, such as:
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a car accident in Bakersfield, you may need ongoing medical care, multiple surgeries, and physical and psychological therapy. You may need a motorized wheelchair, a handicapped van. You may even need modifications to your home to make it handicapped accessible.
We’ve worked with certified life-care planners throughout California to make sure that our client’s accident-related needs are met. We identify all liable parties and pursue financial compensation to cover the full extent of your damages for today and tomorrow. What you do in the minutes after a car accident may have potentially serious ramifications to your health, safety, and the outcome of your car accident claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury or wrongful death due to the negligence, recklessness, or carelessness of another driver, you have the right to obtain financial compensation for the damages you have suffered. Call The Paris Firm today at (909) 551-4040, serving car accident victims in Bakersfield, and schedule a no obligation consultation. If there is no recovery there is no fee and there are no up-front out of pocket fees. Our firm advances costs on behalf of our clients.