Have you been injured in an accident? If so, you may be wondering if you are able to seek damages for your injuries that go beyond what an insurance company will initially offer you. Our firm has a great deal of experience dealing with insurance companies, negotiating settlements, and pursuing full lawsuits — we would be happy to represent you through the process of getting the compensation you deserve.
Read more about personal injury law below, and contact us immediately to begin the process of getting the money you are entitled to for your injuries.
Should I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
There are a few things to consider when deciding to file a personal injury lawsuit. Keep in mind that not each of these steps will resemble your situation exactly, as no two accidents are the same.
Who Was At Fault?
The first step in determining if you have a case is understanding if it can be proven that the other person (or company, group of people, manufacturer, etc) caused your injuries as a result of negligence or malice. If your accident was caused by the actions (or failure to act) of another, and you have suffered injuries, we may be able to move forward.
Have You Dealt With The Insurance Company?
Oftentimes, the first step after an accident is dealing with an insurance company. You will deal with an adjuster, who will then offer you a one-time payment in exchange for signing away your right to file any further motions against their client.
DO NOT accept the initial offer from the insurance company, and never sign anything without consulting an attorney. When you work with one of ourAntelope Valley personal injury lawyers, we will first work with the insurance company to negotiate an amount that we believe is fair. It is often in the best interest of the insurance company to avoid a trial, especially if there is significant evidence against their policyholder, and so oftentimes we can reach a settlement without needing to go to court. In other cases, we will be unable to reach a fair agreement, and be forced to litigation.
How Long Does a Lawsuit Take?
There is no set amount of time that a lawsuit will take, although there is a statute of limitations for how long you have to file one. Once we begin the official lawsuit process, there may be an extended period of time where we will go back and forth in court appearances before the judge or jury are able to reach a conclusion. The length of time depends on the complexity of your case, and whether or not there is an appeals process.
Many cases take six months to reach a settlement, but in some instances, a personal injury lawsuit could take up to three years. Once we meet for an initial consultation, we will be able to discuss the specifics of your case and get a better idea of what to expect given the level of complexity.
How Much Can I Expect For My Personal Injury?
Much like the amount of time a case will take, the amount you will receive from your personal injury varies greatly on a case-by-case basis. As we are building your case and preparing for negotiations or trial, we will go through every detail of your situation to be certain that every factor is included, and every dollar is accounted for.
While there is no set formula to determine the overall amount we will seek, you can use the following factors as a reference for some things we may include in your own case.
Economic damages are damages that we will seek reimbursement for, meaning that you (or your insurance company) has already made payments or received bills for, or anything else with a set dollar amount. This includes things like medical and surgical bills, recovery costs, and lost wages.
In addition to expenses or lost income that has already occurred, we will additionally be certain to consider any future possibility of time missed from work, medical procedures, or even long-term disability if your injuries are permanently debilitating.
Non-economic damages are allowed in personal injury cases because there is a lot more that goes into an accident than bills and lost income. Non-economic damages address things like pain, suffering, depression, and trauma that result from your accident. While there is no set dollar value to emotional issues, they are extremely important, and sometimes outlast the physical injuries significantly.
While building your case, we will account for all of the non-economic damages you have suffered, and attempt to determine a fair amount of compensation. In some cases, this will be by determining a multiplier that will be factored against your economic damages. In other cases, there may be little economic damage, but significant emotional damage. In cases like this, we will work to reach an amount that fairly compensates you for your suffering.
Personal Injuries We Cover
There are many different types of accidents and injuries that occur under each of these practice areas, so be certain to contact us about your specific situation to discuss how we can help you. Take a look below at some of our major practice areas:
- Automobile accidents
- Bus and Public Transportation Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Worksite Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Construction Litigation
- Premise Liability
- Police Misconduct
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Trucking Accidents
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
If your injury resembles anything listed above, contact us immediately to discuss your issues with a legal professional. If you are unsure of how to categorize your injury, we will be happy to discuss it with you in greater detail.
Contact Us Today
The time to act is now, and begin the process of seeking personal injury damages you are entitled to. Your case is important to us, and we look forward to representing you. We understand that this time in your life can be stressful, and we will work to reduce your stress as much as possible while fighting for the money you rightfully deserve.