Over 26 Years Experience as a Car Accident Attorney Serving San Bernardino
Attorney Eric Paris is a highly experienced car accident lawyer serving San Bernardino. The Paris Firm helps people injured in car accidents obtain financial compensation for the damages they have suffered. Since 1994, our law firm has won significant verdicts and settlements for our clients’ pain and suffering, property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, and other accident-related losses.
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. What you do in the moments following a car accident can have ramifications long into the future, it’s critical that you talk to an injury lawyer that has gone through this thousands of times.
What should you do immediately after a motor vehicle collision?
In the moments following a car accident, you should:
- Assess you, your passenger and the other vehicle’s injuries
- Move to a safe place away from traffic
- Contact authorities
- Exchange driver’s license, insurance and contact information
- Document the accident scene with photos and or videos
- Do not talk to insurance company representatives
- Get medical attention
- Contact The Paris Firm
For more detailed information, please download “What to do after a car accident”, our free E-Guide.
I wasn’t hurt that bad, is it necessary to see a doctor?
Yes. There are intense forces involved in auto accidents that can result in serious injuries, although the symptoms can often be subtle. In addition to seeing a doctor shortly after the accident you should watch out for symptoms of injury. Once you’ve sought medical attention, contact the San Bernardino 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:
- Inability to sleep/nightmares
- Personality changes, moodiness or depression
- Memory loss
Also look for spine injury symptoms such as:
- Back pain
- Pain elsewhere in the body
This may involve one or both limbs, certain regions of the body, or certain organs. The symptoms may also worsen with time.
Does my insurance company have my best interest in mind?
In some ways, your insurance company may be your ally. They have certain obligations by law and contract that mean you have common interests. In other ways, your insurance company may be your adversary. An insurance company increases profit by paying less in claims, including your car accident claim. They may see your accident (and you) as a liability, and may make decisions that save them money, but may cost you. It is a conflict of interest that they will not acknowledge.
Is a lawyer necessary to assist with my San Bernardino car accident claim?
An attorney is ALWAYS recommended any time you suffered an injury in a car accident that resulted in any amount of medical bills or lost wages. Since consulting with the attorneys at The Paris Firm about your car accident is free, it’s better to talk to us and be told you don’t need one, than to not talk to us and suffer the consequences of not having proper representation if you need it.
When should I contact an attorney about my car accident claim?
You should contact an attorney about your auto accident claim when:
- You have been diagnosed with injuries and presented with a treatment plan
- 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 feel overwhelmed by the issues related to your car accident
The insurance company has made a generous offer. Should I take it?
When your insurance company makes you an offer, it is based on an expectation of what they might have to pay for your accident. It’s almost always at the lower end of what your accident is likely to cost in the long run, even if it seems like a lot based on what you have paid so far.
Serious motor vehicle accidents can result in life-altering injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury
- Internal injuries
If you or a family member have suffered a catastrophic injury in a car accident in San Bernardino, 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 which can cost tens of thousands of dollars. These are just a few of the things we are prepared to argue for, but you may not be considering at this moment.
We’ve worked with certified life-care planners in Southern 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 San Bernardino, 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.