Frequently Asked Questions
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Personal injury cases are broken down into two simple parts. Liability and Damages. If liability is in your favor and you have suffered appreciable damages then you probably have a case!
Absolutely! You may contact us by telephone, fax, or e-mail. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day. If you have a personal injury or wrongful death case, we will schedule a consultation appointment that fits your schedule. We will meet with you in the evening or on the weekend if that is more convenient for you. We also make hospital and house calls
Typically, individuals that have been involved in serious injury cases, are not able to work and thus pay for a lawyer. Many lawyers work on what is called a “contingency fee” basis, meaning payment of the attorney’s fee is “contingent” upon the outcome of the case. You do not have to pay unless we collect money for you. Our fee is based on a percentage of the money collected. Typically, this fee is 33.33% for adults and 25% for children. If we do not collect for you, you owe us NOTHING
Yes, you have the right to fire your current lawyer and hire a new lawyer. It is common practice that your new lawyer and old lawyer will share the eventual fee. The fee will not increase as a result of changing lawyers. If there is a dispute as to this amount, an arbitrator or judge will make the final decision. The bottom line is that you should not have to pay more than your agreed fee percentage. Feel free to contact our office and we will provide greater detail.
Before accepting a settlement, it is always in your best interest to consult with a lawyer. Adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you, and their job is to settle the matter for the lowest possible expense to their company. A lawyer’s expertise is not only vital if you are ready to settle your case, but will also ensure that your rights are protected.
No. You should not talk to an insurance company without first consulting with a lawyer. It is common practice for insurance adjusters to request that injury claimants give recorded statements immediately following injury producing event. These recorded statements are then later used against the injury claimants.
The worth of a case is based on a number of factors. For example, the nature of the injury causing event, the severity of the injury, the amount of pain the injury causes, and whether the injury has lingering effects are all issues that affect the value of a case. However, only after all the information is gathered and negotiations have begun can your case truly be evaluated.
As we determine the value of a case, we take the following into consideration, which a personal injury claimant may be entitled to recover:
* Past and future medical bills
* Past and future lost wages
* Pain and suffering
* Mental and physical disability
* Disfigurement and scars
* Emotional trauma
* Mental anguish
* Loss of enjoyment of life
* Loss of love and affection
* Property damage
* Out-of-pocket expenses
Under California law, “damages” are defined as the amount of money that is awarded to compensate someone who has been harmed by another’s wrongdoing. Whether it’s a contract or a car accident, the amount you receive will depend on the amount of damage you have suffered