The Law Office of Stan Stern offers a personal approach to winning your case; he knows how an injury or death can seriously impact you and your family. As a client, he wants to know all about how your accident has affected your life; he will discuss with you all aspects of your case, advise you of your options and involve you in the decision making process on how to proceed. Helping you through this difficult time is his commitment; he is always available to answer your questions and will keep you fully informed.
After a serious accident, one of the most important decisions you will make is choosing an attorney. As an accident victim, the insurance company will try to pay you less than what your case is worth. The Law Office of Stan Stern has been successful in obtaining settlements for numerous clients for over 40 years.
Uncommon Sense Legal Solutions are always our goal.
Am I obligated to provide a statement to the other party’s insurance adjuster? They’re calling me off the hook.
Absolutely not, and you’re better off if you don’t. If you’re injured in an accident, the other party’s insurance adjuster will invariably ask for your statement. Don’t do it. They’re only trying to trip you up. If your claim is a contested one, you will probably have to file a lawsuit and an insurance lawyer will then take your statement in a deposition.
Having given a statement to the insurance adjuster previously won’t prevent you from having to file a lawsuit, and may end up hurting you when all is said and done. The insurance company is not your friend. Why give them ‘two bites at the apple?’ You are NOT obligated to provide them with a statement; doing so cannot help you and can only hurt.
Why not immediately seeing a doctor and documenting your injuries may hurt your ability to collect.
If you’re injured in an accident, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you delay seeing a doctor, hoping your aches and pains will go away, you are making a mistake. Prompt medical and/or chiropractic attention will help heal you faster, and more importantly, will document your claim.
If you delay before seeing a doctor, the insurance company may claim your injury was not caused by the accident and could have happened later, which may hurt your ability to collect.
If I am in a collision with an uninsured motorist, does that mean I can’t collect any compensation?
Although California law makes having insurance mandatory, some people drive without insurance. However, you are injured by an uninsured motorist you may still be able to collect compensation. If you have uninsured motorist or medical payments coverage, under your own insurance policy or if he or she was driving for an employer, for instance, you may still be able to collect.
Common misconceptions people have about car accidents and lawsuits to “get the money they deserve.”
Often, people injured in an accident are unaware that they are entitled to compensation, not only for their medical expenses but for pain and suffering, temporary and permanent physical impairment and lost earnings caused by the accident. The amount that you will be able to collect as compensation for your injuries comes from those losses adding up. Because every case is different, you should not expect to collect the same amount that was received by a friend or relative in a previous accident case.
If you need an injury attorney, contact Mr. Stern’s office in Santa Monica at (310) 487-9834.