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What is my obligation in regards to reducing the amount of damages I have sustained because of my Los Angeles Car accident?

Under the law in Los Angeles, California, victims of car accidents have a legal duty to try and minimize the damages they have sustained as a result of a car accident. The legal term for minimizing your damages is known as “mitigation.” What does the legal principal of mitigation require you to do?

Well, lets say you have been in a violent car accident. You have hurt your back and neck severely. In addition, the stress of the accident, and the pain from your injuries have made you anxious and depressed. Because of your injuries you can’t go to work, and you are not making any income while away from your job. You decide to hire a Los Angeles car accident lawyer to recover damages for your injuries and loss. Your attorney will tell you, by law, you must try and mitigate the damages you have suffered. What this means is that you must make reasonable efforts to alleviate the effects of the car accident. You should see doctors to treat your back and neck pain; you should visit a psychologist or psychiatrist to help you with your depression; you should see a pain specialist to help reduce your pain; and you should inform your work that you are on medical leave.

The reason why mitigation is so important, is not only so you can start treatment for your injuries, but also to avoid a reduced recovery. Insurance representatives always try to argue that a car accident victim failed to mitigate their losses–by doing this they are attempting to lower your compensation. So as to defeat this argument, you should act swiftly in treating all your damages. This includes getting your vehicle repaired as soon as possible.

Mitigation can be a confusing concept to understand. If you have any questions concerning mitigation or the filing of a car accident law suit, the Los Angeles car accident lawyers at California Attorney Group can help you. Our experienced car accident lawyers deal with car accident cases every single day. We will aggressively fight for your legal rights and try to get you the most favorable settlement you may be entitled to. You can reach us, toll free at 1-800-337-8547 to set up a consultation at no cost.