Sonoma County Car Accident Lawyer
Experience Matters When Seeking the Compensation You Deserve
If you've been injured in a car accident, believing what the insurance adjuster tells you can be a costly mistake. Sadly, some insurance adjusters will give out misinformation and even lie to you in an effort to minimize your chances of making a financial recovery.
At Parranto & Applegate in Santa Rosa, California, we can explain how to protect your rights as a car accident victim. If you don't see us, then see another personal injury lawyer licensed by the State Bar of California to seek the compensation you deserve. No one should attempt to negotiate with an insurance company without seeking an experienced lawyer's advice.
Don't Be Victimized By An Insurance Company
A woman showed up in our Sonoma County office the day the statute of limitations was due to run out in her car accident case (two years after the accident). The woman had a settlement offer, which she showed to us. We told her the offer was unacceptable and that she had a good legal case. We also told her that she needed to make a decision in her case by noon, since she came to us on a Friday and the court closed at 3 p.m. She told us the insurance company had given her an extension from the statute of limitations. We told her the insurance company did not have the power to give anyone an extension.
In the end, the woman believed the insurance company. She called them the next day to accept the offer. The adjuster asked the woman if she had filed a lawsuit. After she said no, the adjuster responded that he wasn't going to pay her any compensation because the statute of limitations had expired.
Moral: Insurance companies will often go to great lengths to avoid paying your personal injury claim. Without a lawyer to protect your rights, you will be at a significant disadvantage.
What You Should Do After A Car Accident In California
- See a doctor as soon as possible.
- Notify your insurance company.
- File a police report if the police won't come to the accident scene.
- Contact an attorney.
- If the damage to your car exceeded $500, file a SR-1 form with the California DMV.
According to a study done by Allstate Insurance Company, accident victims will get more money for medical bills and other damages if they hire a lawyer to represent them. While you don't usually need an attorney to handle the property damage claim to your vehicle, Ms. Parranto will advise you in your vehicle damage claim without cost if she also handles your personal injury claim.
Call Now To Arrange A FREE Consultation at our Santa Rosa Law Office
Protect your rights if you have been injured. Call (707) 573-8868 or fill out the contact form on this website to arrange a car accident consultation with attorney Julia Parranto. Our law office is located in Santa Rosa in the heart of the Sonoma and Napa Valley wine region of Northern California.