If you are hurt in a car accident, and you suffer losses, you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you have suffered, no matter how significant or minor they are. Most often, the first step is to file a claim with the responsible party’s insurance to cover the costs you have, but insurance companies can deny that claim. That is why some may ask our Los Angeles car accident lawyer, “Can you sue someone for a minor car accident?”
Yes, You Can Sue Someone for a Minor Car Accident
It is in your legal rights to file a claim for the losses you suffer in a car accident with the responsible party’s insurance company. In most situations, that is enough to help you get the compensation you are owed, but insurance companies can deny the claim or may not pay everything you have lost, and that may mean you want to file a lawsuit to recoup your losses. To do so, you must prove the following four elements:
- The other driver owed it to you to provide a safe atmosphere by driving safely.
- The other party, in some way, did not drive safely.
- Their unsafe driving is what directly impacted you and caused the accident.
- You suffered financial loss and injuries as a result of their actions.
It can be challenging to prove all four of these elements in a minor car accident, especially if you do not have a substantial financial loss or you did not suffer any injuries in the case. If your case does meet these four elements, then you may find benefit in filing a lawsuit. When you meet with our car accident attorney, we can provide you with more information and insight into what your legal options may be.
We will work tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you need to move forward with your life
Why Should You Sue the Other Driver in a Minor Car Accident?
Are the bills you have from the car accident more than the insurance company is willing to pay you for them? It is not uncommon for insurance companies to pay some compensation but to find reasons not to pay out the full amount owed. If that is the case for you, our legal team can help you to file a lawsuit for what is not being paid out fairly.
One reason this often happens is that you sought medical care after the accident even though you did not have significant injuries or obvious losses. This is the right thing to do – you should go to the doctor any time you believe that you have suffered an injury and could be at risk. However, the insurance company may not be willing to pay for that care initially, and a lawsuit may encourage them to do so.
The bottom line is rather simple. If the other driver puts you at risk and has been negligent, leading to damage to your car or injuries, you have the right to sue them for your financial losses. If you don’t do so, you have no way to recover those losses if the insurance company is not willing to work for you, and that could impact your financial future for years to come.
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Understand What All of Your Losses Are
When you are involved in a car accident of any type, one of the first things you need to do is to determine what your losses actually are, and that is not always the most obvious figure. Our goal is to help you explore all of the potential losses impacting you from this accident. To do that, we will look at all of the ways accidents can cause losses for clients, including the following:
- Any medical bills related to the incident
- Medications you needed after the incident
- Medical devices needed after the incident, such as a cane or assistive devices
- Lost time at work
- Loss of earning capacity
- Damage to your vehicle
- Losses related to pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma and mental anguish losses
These are some of the most common but not all types of losses a person may sustain in a minor car accident. While the accident itself may not have involved a lot of force or significant obvious damage to your physical being, it could still have had an impact on your well-being. We make it our job to find out what all of your losses are so we can pursue fair compensation.
How to Know if You Should File a Lawsuit in a Minor Car Accident
To determine if you should sue someone, focus on what has happened to you realistically. Even if your car has minor damage, but you have suffered a traumatic event that has required you to seek mental health support, you have a loss worth pursuing. If you have damage to your car, medical bills, or other losses and have been denied insurance coverage, legal action may be warranted.
Our clients often wonder if it is worth pursuing a lawsuit if they have been denied coverage. The question to consider here is what is on the line if you do not take legal action. How will this event, which someone else is responsible for, impact your quality of life, earning capacity, and ability to maintain your mental health?
When you meet with our car accident attorney, we can discuss the value of any lawsuit you are considering. That includes exploring available evidence, all losses you have, and the reasons why the insurance company is not paying you what you owe. Our attorneys provide transparent, clear insight into what your legal rights are and the benefits of pursuing a lawsuit, so be sure to review some of our verdicts and settlements.
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Set Up a Free Consultation to Discuss Your Case with Our Attorneys Today
At Venerable Injury Law, our legal team is readily available to help you find out if you should sue someone for a minor car accident or if you should accept an offer. We offer comprehensive support and no fee for an initial consultation. Reach out to our car accident attorneys today to find out more about the legal strategies that could help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
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