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Automobile

First Things First

After a car crash, it is important to get thoughtful legal advice.
Unfortunately, the insurance industry makes money by collecting premiums and minimizing paying claims.
One of the ways the insurance industry seeks to minimize your compensation after a car crash is to prey on those who do not yet have an attorney. Insurance adjustors will seek to take a recorded statement, not with the intent of discovering what really happened, but to use your words against you.
When you hire the Law Office of John J. Roach, we will give you the personal attention you need to help you determine whether you should pursue an injury claim against a responsible party.
We can help find you the right doctors to document your injuries.
Mr. Roach guides his clients through the process of pursuing injury claims, whether they resolve without going to court, or from a jury verdict. We have one goal: maximize your compensation for the injuries you suffered through no fault of your own.
The Law Office of John J. Roach works with a team of experts to investigate and prove your case. Lead attorney John Roach has extensive experience working with the best accident reconstruction and biomechanical experts to combat the insurance industry’s frivolous defenses.
We see the same defense again and again: “this car accident did not cause your injuries,” or better yet: “you don’t have any injuries,” or “it was your fault!” Do not let the insurance industry get away with this. Call the Law Office of John J. Roach.
415.851.4557
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Just Compensation

Cars are designed to crush and absorb the kinetic energy. Frame damage can compromise your vehicle safety even in a minor rear-end collision by changing your car’s alignment, crumple zones or air bag deployment.
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When your car is in a collision, its frame can become damaged in two ways.
Direct Damage: First, the accident can result in direct damage to the frame, which appears at the location of impact. For instance, as you might expect in a rear-end collision, the rearmost sections of your vehicle frame may be damaged.
Indirect Damage: But, just as importantly, the very same accident can result in what is called indirect damage to the frame and body, which appears away from the area of impact.
Think of indirect damage as the accident’s “ripple effect” through your vehicle. Since much of this “ripple effect” damage happens far from the point of the collision impact, a vehicle, that to the naked eye appears to be repaired fully, can still have a significantly compromised frame structure that can endanger vehicle occupants in future accidents.

Economic

Economic auto accident damages, also known as compensatory damages, attempt to compensate the injured car crash victim for their monetary losses. Common economic damages awarded in car accident lawsuits include:
Medical Expenses: This may include fees for emergency room visits, hospital care, surgery, assistive devices and appointments with approved medical professionals.
Future Medical Expenses: If the car accident victim can prove that they will need continued medical care as a result of the crash, they may be able to recover the cost of future medical expenses.
Lost Wages: Injured car accident victims may be able to recover compensation for wages lost between the time of the injury and the conclusion of the lawsuit. If the injured victim was unemployed at the time of the accident, they may be awarded lost wages if they can demonstrate earning potential during this time period.
Loss of earning capacity: If the plaintiff can demonstrate that their ability to earn a living has been negatively impacted, compensation may be available. While past wages are considered in determining the amount of this award, the jury will typically look to establish the amount victim could have earned had the car accident not occurred.

Non-economic

Non-economic car accident damages award the plaintiff for non-financial losses. Car accident damages for non-monetary losses are typically harder to quantify and may include compensation for the following:
Pain and Suffering: This includes compensation for the physical pain suffered as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. In awarding damages for pain and suffering, the jury will examine the nature of the injury, the extent of the pain, and the length of time the victim is expected to suffer.
Mental Anguish: Victims can also be awarded for emotional pain suffered as a result of their car accident. Mental anguish damages compensate the victim for fright, embarrassment, nervousness, worry, grief and other forms of emotional distress caused by the accident.
Loss of Consortium: If a car accident lawsuit is successful, the uninjured spouse may be able to recover damages for loss of marital benefits, including companionship, sexual relations, affection and comfort. A jury will typically examine the following when awarding damages for loss of consortium: the stability of the marriage; the life expectancy of both partners; the degree to which marital benefits have been lost; and the amount of care and companionship given to the uninjured spouse.
Punitive Damages: If the actions of the defendant were so malicious or egregious, the jury may impose punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant and discourage similar behavior in the future.
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