Frequently Asked Questions
Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyer
If I have been injured in an accident, when should I contact a lawyer?
First and foremost, you should seek medical attention for any injuries you have sustained in an accident. In addition to any visibly obvious injuries you have, there may be internal injuries which can only be located and treated by a medical professional. Following that, you should contact a Pasadena personal injury lawyer as soon as possible, as they will be able to assist you in seeking injury compensation from those who were responsible for causing your accident.
How long will it take if I hire your firm?
There is no hard and fast rule. Every case is unique. Here is the general timeline: When you are released from treatment, we will obtain all of your medical records and bills and submit them to the insurance company. The adjuster will respond with a settlement offer, on average, approximately one month later. We will negotiate back and forth and get the adjuster to their highest offer. If it is reasonable and you want to accept the offer, your case is settled. If the offer is unreasonable and you reject the offer, we file a lawsuit against the negligent party. Your case could then settle at any point between the time that a lawsuit is filed up until the trial date. If it does not settle, your case goes to trial. You should know that there is a very slim chance that your case will go to trial, as the vast majority of personal injury cases (approximately 98%) settle without going to trial.
What happens if I was hit by an uninsured motorist?
While every driver is required to have car insurance, not all of them due. When a driver negligent or refuse to pay for the proper coverage, they are a threat to other individuals on the road. Many insurance companies offer underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage, meaning you are safe up to a certain dollar amount. In some cases, even if you have the uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company won't cover all of your damages. You may need to take the irresponsible motorist or your insurance company to court. Our personal injury lawyers may be able to help you recover lost damages in an uninsured motorist accident.
What if I can't afford a personal injury attorney?
Many personal injury lawyers charge high attorney fees, costing individuals more than they get out of a settlement. Sadly, many people are not able to pursue compensation for their injuries because of this. At our firm, we offer contingency based services. This means that you don't pay any fees until and unless you win. We understand that you are suffering from your accident, which is why our legal services are free of charge until your case has been won. Our pay check rests on your cases verdict, meaning we are even more motivated to prove your case. If you are intimidated by the expensive attorney fees and rates, talk with our firm about our contingency fees.
If I get hurt on the job, can I recover damages?
Most companies offer worker's compensation, which covers basic expenses, such as medical bills and wages. It is important to alter your supervisor or human resources department right away. If you wait an extended period of time before reporting any injury, they may deny you benefits. You may need legal counsel when filing worker's compensation documents, especially if your company has strict guidelines. If you have been denied or turned down for company benefits, you may need to bring your case before the courts. In some cases, your injuries or emotional trauma is may require more restitution that worker's compensation covers. If you want to seek further damages for your on the job injury, we are prepared to help.
What is the time frame for a personal injury lawsuit?
Each personal injury case is different, with the time frame depending on multiple factors, such as the number of people involved in the accident and the severity of your injuries. A favorable settlement could take weeks, months, or even years. In many cases, legal action is not even necessary, as the responsible party's insurance company is willing to offer a settlement right away.
Why should I hire a lawyer?
Recovering damages after an accident is rarely an easy proposition. If you are attempting to obtain compensation from the at-fault party themselves, you may have little success. In addition, seeking compensation from the at-fault party's insurance company may prove equally difficult, as insurance companies, more often than not, offer settlements that are woefully inadequate to cover the costs of one's accident expenses. In hiring an experienced lawyer, you will benefit from their skill and knowledge of personal injury law. They will be able to more effectively pursue the compensation you require, and will decrease your chances of a receiving a settlement that leaves you struggling to make ends meet while recovering from your injuries.
What types of compensation can I get after my accident?
This depends on the circumstances surrounding your specific case. A lawyer may be able to assist you in recovering damages related to:
- Lost profits
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering (both physical and emotional)
- Medical expenses
- Potential future expenses for medical care/therapy
How do I file a claim for wrongful death?
When one person dies due to the negligent or wrongful actions of another individual, you may have a wrongful death case. When a person loses their life unexpectedly, many family members and loved ones are left suffering. Funeral costs, medical bills and other debts are all expenses you will have to deal with. During this emotionally difficult time, handling financial burdens can be a challenge. If you or dependent loved ones have no means of income, there may be a stronger case. This type of lawsuit holds the responsible party accountable for their actions and can help ease the financial stress of family members. You may be able to recover compensation for emotional suffering, lost income and other expenses.
Have you suffered injury in an accident?
Contact a Pasadena personal injury attorney
who is available to answer your questions regarding seeking injury compensation, and can provide you with legal representation in your case.