Car Accident & Personal Injury Claims – How Do I Get the Best Settlement?

How to make sure you are fully compensated for your injury or car accident claim.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you probably have a variety of things you are currently worrying about. Transportation expenses, insurance companies, work, etc. We understand how stressful an accident can be, and we are here to help provide you with information regarding how to get the best settlement to help you back to your life.

 

Information Is Critical

The best thing you can have for a car accident claim is all the important information related to the accident. Information is directly related to your settlement. More information means a better settlement. If you followed our guide on what to do if you’ve been in a car accident, you’re well on your way. If not, here are the key items to have:

  1. Take pictures of everything – Injuries, The Scene of the Accident, Damage to Your Car or Property.
  2. Contact Information – (Names, Addresses and Phone Numbers) Of anyone involved with the accident, including drivers, passengers, & witnesses.
  3. Insurance Information – (Insurance Company Name & Policy Number) Of anyone involved in the accident.
  4. Law Enforcement – (Names, Badge Numbers, Police Report) of all officers that respond to the scene.

 

Even if the insurance company jingle says they’re on your side…they’re not.

Insurance companies, at the end of the day, are businesses with bottom-lines. Your car accident claim represents a hit to that bottom-line, so they will do everything they can to reduce your settlement. Common tactics insurance companies use are:

  1. Arguing that the car accident was completely or partially your fault. – Be very careful if they try to take a statement. Statements can be used against you to determine fault. If you are unsure what to say, a car accident lawyer can guide you through the process for free.
  2. Low-balling a car’s total value – If your vehicle is totaled, an insurance company issues you a check for what is considered the fair market value of the car. If you feel that the value is too low, you can provide your own research or hire an adjuster for a second evaluation. This information can help you appeal the insurance company’s offer.
  3. Delaying – Remember that statute of limitations to file an injury lawsuit for a car accident in California is 2 years. If you feel that an insurance company is dragging their feet by not returning your calls, transferring you to other agents or by other means, the best way to deal with them is too hire an attorney to go after them.

 

What Damages Can I Collect from Accident Claim?

For property damage claims, you may be entitled to collect damages including:

  1. Personal Property Damage – If any valuables were damaged in the accident, including phones, computers, bikes.
  2. Car Rentals – Many insurance companies reimburse you for a rental car if your car needs repairs after the accident.
  3. Other expenses – Uber, Lyft or Taxi rides from the accident scene or police station.
  4. Vehicle Damage – Any damage that was a result of the accident.

Remember that more information yields better settlements. Document all of your receipts, because the insurance company only pays based on proof.

 

Personal Injury Cases 

The best way to pursue a car accident claim with an insurance company for a personal injury is with legal advice. A personal injury attorney can advise you on all the information an insurance company will try to get from you and what tactics they will use to reduce your settlement. Even if you don’t want legal representation, the advice is free, and can save you a lot in the long term. Dealing with an insurance company after a car accident can be very frustrating, and we are here to help guide you through the process.

An insurance company might try to go for a quick settlement, but we strongly advise speaking with an attorney before settling, to ensure you get the maximum settlement.

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Scranton Law Firm Reviews

JOSUÉ GLEZ
18:19 28 Jan 20
Roman Gómez,y Erika Mendez excelente persona ,y el abogado louis g beary ,me ayudó en todo el momento en mi caso,se los recomiendo
Sean W.
18:48 29 Jun 19
Great law firm. They work really hard to get you what you deserve. I was so glad to have them on my side.
Erin Matushenko
21:30 27 Jun 19
Bob has been an excellent source of professional meets personalization. He listens and focuses on what’s at hand, which is you! Highly recommend him to whomever is in need of top notch representation.
Anne Consono
02:03 08 Mar 19
Top Notch company 👌💪 Fought hard for my husband. Very positive experience. You want them on your side. Kudos to Nikki the assistant!!
Tamara Soliz
01:59 13 Dec 18
Fair, helpful and great communication. They walked me through the whole process and made sure I was taken care of. Would highly recommend to friends and family.
Toni M
21:31 11 Dec 18
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08:48 08 Dec 18
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00:16 07 Dec 18
A no hassel experience. Pleased.
Robert Leblond
22:47 06 Dec 18
Very professional firm. My lawyer was Lou Berry. We worked well together.
Barbara Linares
01:45 05 Dec 18
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00:53 29 Nov 18
Mamie David
22:36 26 Nov 18
Keith Dukes Jr.
03:56 20 Nov 18
Jeff Asher
07:02 13 Nov 18
Without the help of Scranton Law Firm I would never recovered a dime from my insurance company on a hit and run accident where the insurance company refuse to pay on a uninsured motorist policy they got them on a technicality and they had to pay up. Thanks Scranton Law Firm you guys are the best
Heather Jarrett
21:25 08 Nov 18
Erika W.
18:30 08 Nov 18
Scranton Law firm did a great job with my case. All my questions were answered in a timely manner and always with a sense of urgency. My dad was recently in...
Erika W.
02:13 06 Nov 18
Great experience, will always recommend. Every question I had was always answered in a timely matter and with a sense of urgency.Thank you Scranton Law Firm!
Megan Murphy
17:25 30 Oct 18
Bridget Florez
22:19 15 Oct 18
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00:53 29 Sep 18
Roman is awesome! He stays on top of things & keeps you updated. I’d recommend him to anyone! Thank you for helping me & always calling/texting back.
Martha Vasquez
15:16 21 Sep 18
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04:39 20 Sep 18
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14:31 16 Sep 18
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20:04 13 Sep 18
Friendly and professional as well as speedy.
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19:54 13 Sep 18
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01:00 12 Sep 18
I had a great experience with Scranton law firm Karl and the whole team were efficient and they treat you like family I would definitely recommend them!
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04:22 11 Sep 18
Above and beyond service!!!
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15:21 08 Sep 18
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13:39 08 Sep 18
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05:06 08 Sep 18
George Lucas
22:31 07 Sep 18
My experience was great the attorney I had prior to Stratton was only going to ask for 50,000 and and he told me my case was not looking very good I went to Stratton and they got 150,000 for the case I I was very happy with him
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03:51 07 Sep 18
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05:33 06 Sep 18
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18:14 05 Sep 18
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02:11 05 Sep 18
Pleased with their Professional Service, quick response and satisfactory outcome.
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17:43 01 Sep 18
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19:12 31 Aug 18
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15:58 31 Aug 18
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03:23 29 Aug 18
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00:40 29 Aug 18
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15:25 28 Aug 18
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01:40 28 Aug 18
Charles Akers
18:18 27 Aug 18
Great people who have your interest inhand. They work hard for you and get results. Thanks again Charles A. Akers
Brin Dusa
17:37 26 Aug 18
I had a great experience with Scranton law firm. After I got hit by a drunk driver and my car was totaled, they took care of everything was needed to get reimbursed for my loss and expenses. I couldn't have done it without their firm.
Cristal Partida
02:10 25 Aug 18
Chris Ackermann was very friendly and helpful! Constantly kept us up to date on our case, I would definitely recommend Scranton Law Firm to anyone that's been involved in a MVA! Well deserved 5 STARS!!! Thank you for your service!
Ed Ward
15:46 23 Aug 18
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15:19 23 Aug 18
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03:24 23 Aug 18
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16:42 22 Aug 18
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18:09 21 Aug 18
Allen Shin
21:59 19 Aug 18
Scranton Law Firm has assisted us with our accident case promptly, courteously and professionally as possible to reach a settlement that we deserved.
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02:16 16 Aug 18
Wendy Hutton
01:59 16 Aug 18
Case is pending. Hopefully this will remain 5 stars. But, thus far, they've been terrific.
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17:32 14 Aug 18
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12:53 14 Aug 18
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03:20 14 Aug 18
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03:42 13 Aug 18
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22:01 10 Aug 18
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02:24 10 Aug 18
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00:37 10 Aug 18
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16:21 09 Aug 18
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16:13 09 Aug 18
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20:12 08 Aug 18
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02:43 17 Dec 17
They help me and we're professional.
Ben Van Vuren
16:46 17 Mar 17
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Jennifer Farmer
23:47 27 Dec 16
J.
00:47 09 Dec 16
Very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. These guys helped me out by assuring me that I was right that once I served the defendant, I was under no further duty to notify anyone else of the pendant of the case. It turned out to be unnecessary as the default was basically overturned but regardless they charged me nothing for the asistance.
Benjamin Van Vuren
02:46 26 Oct 16
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19:58 25 Oct 16
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18:47 25 Oct 16
Cristal Partida
04:28 09 Oct 16
Excellent experience! Everything was done over the phone! Chris Ackermann did a great job keeping us up to date with our case and was extremely helpful and answered any questions we had. We are very grateful for all the work they put into our case and I highly recommend people to go here if they need an attorney!
Linds Estes
14:19 06 Oct 16
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20:22 05 Oct 16
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18:58 05 Oct 16
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20:29 03 Oct 16
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01:49 02 Oct 16
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16:24 29 Sep 16
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10:16 28 Sep 16
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03:07 16 Sep 16
Sarah Garcia
22:26 14 Sep 16
Chris Ackermann exceeded my expectations for both of my car accident related cases. Not only was he extremely professional but also very personable & friendly. Chris would follow up with me often to make sure everything was going smoothly. Not to mention he went above & beyond & was able to win a very impossible case for me. I have referred a few friends of mine to Chris because his work is honest & he goes the extra mile for his clients. I'm very thankful for the times I've had to work with him. I wouldn't go to anyone else!
Natalie Rodriguez
01:14 28 Aug 16
Very attentive & nice. When I've emailed or called, Karla & Bob replied promptly. Any questions I've had they have been very helpful. I will recommend them to everyone!!!
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20:46 23 Aug 16
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05:58 12 Aug 16
Great staff! Very helpful and knowledgable! I recommend this firm 100%. If you are injured just call... They will help you!!
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18:53 22 Jul 16
Their staff is wonderful, especially Esme, Heidi and Lissethe! Those ladies are the best!
Victor Lawson
01:24 17 Mar 15
Please Please Give These Guys A Call If You Are In Need. They Work For You, Not Themselves,I guarantee it & I should Know.. Victor Lawson
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04:47 20 Jan 15
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04:55 18 Jan 15
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15:25 09 Jan 15
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19:46 03 Jan 15
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Jason Molino
01:50 30 Sep 14
If you have been in an accident Scranton Law Firm is who you want to talk to bottom line.
Yesenia Fernandez
05:20 06 Jun 14
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12:54 31 Mar 14
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20:48 05 Feb 14
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20:38 04 Feb 14
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23:20 03 Jan 14
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20:28 28 Dec 13
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06:55 11 Dec 13
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05:03 04 Nov 13
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02:38 02 Nov 13
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06:56 29 Aug 13
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00:54 25 Aug 13
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14:16 11 Aug 08
In January, my husband and I were looking for a divorce attorney. We knew exactly how we wanted the divorce to be handled and all we needed was someone to...
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20:15 22 Nov 19
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03:04 19 Jan 19
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03:03 11 Dec 18
They take care of business, i left a another firm because they were still on a Dog bite claim for 8 months. I transferred my case to Scranton done in 3 months.. Thanks gentlemen!
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22:28 29 Nov 18
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05:48 20 Nov 18
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20:57 25 Oct 18
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02:03 25 Oct 18
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02:49 21 Sep 18
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10:51 11 Sep 18
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01:00 07 Sep 18
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04:07 02 Sep 18
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05:14 01 Sep 18
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23:34 20 Aug 18
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00:39 11 Aug 18
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00:29 02 Jan 17
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00:11 18 Oct 16
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06:03 25 Sep 16
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17:29 03 Sep 16
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