Santa Ana Car Accident Attorney with 26+ Years Experience
Attorney Eric Paris is an experienced car accident attorney serving Santa Ana, Ca. for over 26 years. The Paris Firm helps people injured in car accidents obtain financial compensation for damages they have suffered. Since 1994, we have won countless verdicts and settlements for our client’s pain & suffering, medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, lost future earning capacity, and other accident-related losses.
The Paris Firm is about 25 minutes away from Santa Ana in Chino Hills, and our injury team has handled accident cases throughout Orange County. Car accidents happen unpredictably and can injure passengers and pedestrians, like this incident, where a teen driver lost control of his car and injured 2 pedestrians, his 2 passengers and himself. After our initial consultation at your place or ours, most of our communication can be done via phone and Email – but we won’t leave your side.
What should I do immediately after an auto accident?
In the moments following a car accident, you should:
- Get medical attention
- Assess you, your passenger and the other vehicle’s injuries
- Move to a safe place away from traffic
- Document the accident scene with photos and or videos
- Do not talk to insurance company representatives
- Contact authorities
- Exchange driver’s license, insurance and contact information
- Contact us TODAY
For more detailed information please download “What to do After a Car Accident”, our free E-Guide.
Should I see a doctor after a car accident if I didn’t suffer an injury?
Absolutely. There are enormous forces involved in a car accident that 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 watch out for symptoms of injury. Once you have sought medical attention, contact the Brea 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:
- Personality changes, moodiness or depression
- Inability to sleep/nightmares
- Memory loss
Also look for spine injury symptoms such as:
- Back & neck pain
- Pain elsewhere in the body
- Short of breath
This may involve one or both limbs, certain regions of the body, or certain organs. The symptoms may also worsen with time.
Doesn’t my insurance protect me?
Insurance companies have certain legal obligations and your contract with them means you have some common interests. So, in some ways, your insurance company is legally obligated to be on your side. In other ways, your insurance company may be your adversary. Unfortunately, an insurance company’s profits are driven by the claims they pay, the claims they can reduce and the ones they refuse to pay. 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 need a lawyer to assist with my Santa Ana car accident case?
We recommend that anyone seek the advice of a qualified lawyer any time you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident that resulted in any amount of damages, 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 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 a lawyer about my car accident claim?
You should contact an attorney about your car 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
My insurance company made me an offer to settle my claim. Should I accept it?
When your insurance company makes you an offer, it’s usually based on an expectation of what they might have to pay for your accident. They usually use historical data and claims they’ve paid in the past as a way to calculate your settlement offer. It’s usually 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 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 Santa Ana, 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 work with certified life-care planners in Southern California to make sure that our client’s accident-related needs are met.
What you do in the minutes after a car accident might seriously impact 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 Santa Ana, 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.