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The Los Angeles accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus have handled thousands of cases in the Greater Los Angeles area over the last 34 years and recovered HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS in verdicts and settlements for clients.
At The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus, we take fighting for accident victims seriously. We are passionate about our jobs and helping people get back on their feet. When you call for a free consultation, you will speak directly with an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney. That lawyer will handle your case the entire time and will be available to you throughout the process.
We want to get to know you, and we want you to know your lawyer. When you call in with a question, your lawyer gets on the phone. It is this kind of personal service that will make your experience at The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus exceptional, and it is what separates us from the rest.
Experienced & Responsive Accident Attorneys
Obtaining legal representation soon after a serious accident is critically important. Your rights have to be protected. Evidence needs to be collected and preserved. Your injuries need to be properly treated and documented. The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus has a team of accident attorneys and investigators ready to work on your case and ensure that you are in the best position possible should litigation be necessary.
Our Los Angeles accident attorneys have practiced for many years throughout Los Angeles County, including Long Beach, Palmdale, and Calabasas, Santa Clarita and others. Our injury attorneys have diverse backgrounds and skill sets, enabling us to assist you in a wide range of complex legal matters. We provide exceptional service, aggressive representation, and impressive results.
How a Los Angeles Accident Attorney Can Make a Difference in Your Case
After an accidental injury, many people debate whether to call an attorney or to try to handle an insurance claim themselves. You may not realize how challenging the insurance process can be, and not having representation may result in a settlement that is far less than you deserve.
Once you accept a settlement, you waive your right to seek more compensation from the at-fault party, so you will then be responsible for your remaining medical expenses and bills. On the other hand, if you contact the right Los Angeles accident attorney, they can help with your claim in many different ways, such as:
- Evaluating who is liable for your injuries. While you may know that another driver hit your car, you may not realize that because the driver was on the job, you can also hold their employer liable. Your Los Angeles accident attorney will identify all possible sources of compensation and build proof of legal liability. Calculating what your claim is worth.
- Calculating damages involves more than adding up medical bills. Your attorney will factor in lost income, future losses, pain and suffering, and more. Many people grossly underestimate the amount of compensation they deserve and end up with a low settlement and out-of-pocket costs in the future. Having an experienced accident attorney on your side will ensure you are demanding every bit of compensation you are owed.
- We stand up to insurance companies. Small personal injury claims typically settle without any issues. However, in claims where more money is at stake for the claimant and the insurance company, a dispute is usually more likely than a simple settlement. These commonly include claims with contested liability or fault, complex and expensive claims, and claims where the claimant and the insurance adjuster can’t come to a fair agreement. If your personal injury claim looks similar to these claims, you will need help from a personal injury lawyer. When dealing with insurance companies for personal injury claims, it’s always best to consult a lawyer before even speaking to the insurance company’s representative. Talking to an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney before contacting the insurance company about your claim could help prevent hurting your claim. Insurance companies don’t like giving out money, so they will always find excuses to deny claims and avoid paying.
What if the Insurance Company Denied My Claim?
If you received a claim denial, it’s unlikely that the insurance company will reverse its decision unless presented with new evidence. This is the main reason why you need a lawyer before negotiating with an insurance company. But if the insurance company has already denied your claim, an experienced lawyer can certainly help. Your Los Angeles accident attorney could evaluate your claim from every angle and figure out if you can get the insurance company to change its mind.
Getting the Right Treatment for Your Injuries
If you suffered injuries, whether in a slip or fall accident, auto accident, or due to a defective product or medical malpractice, your first priority is to get appropriate medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible. Even if you already received care from a paramedic, in an urgent care clinic, or an emergency room, it’s still best to continue with a recommended treatment. You might want to see your primary care physician if you have one. Otherwise, go to a doctor that you can trust.
Your primary care physician has experience treating you, knows your medical history, and will presumably recommend competent specialists, such as an orthopedist, physical therapist, or neurologist if you need one, based on your specific injuries. If the medical providers you sought help from qualify under your health insurance, inform them about your insurance information.
Beware of Shady Doctors
Keep in mind that some shady doctors might over-treat injuries in anticipation of a personal injury settlement. Some doctors might not fully document your injuries and treatment in the manner needed for your claim. Always seek medical treatment from a doctor you can trust or ask your personal injury lawyer for a referral.
Give Medical Providers a Detailed Description of Your Accident
It’s crucial to give your medical providers as much detail as you can about your accident and how it impacted your body and led to your injuries. Your detailed account of the accident will help your doctor figure out exactly how you suffered injuries, which will also help form the basis of your personal injury claim.
What to Know about Delayed Onset of Injury Symptoms
Plenty of accident survivors feel perfectly fine immediately after an accident but then feel sore and stiff or have difficulty moving around after several days following the accident. As soon as you feel any delayed symptoms after your accident, see your doctor immediately.
Explain to your doctor all the details of your accident, what you did after your accident, and exactly when and how you felt when your symptoms suddenly kicked in. Certain injuries, like a traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, or herniated disc, could take longer to manifest, and only competent doctors could determine whether injuries like these resulted from the accident.
Seeking the right medical treatment for the injuries you suffered from an accident helps diagnose and treat your injuries and document your symptoms. Ultimately, it will help you prove that your injuries resulted from the accident.
Will Having a Los Angeles Accident Attorney Increase My Chances of Success?
Most insurance companies deflect, delay, and deny legitimate claims by unrepresented individuals instead of settling claims quickly and fairly. Remember that insurance companies often deny claims based on shady or manipulative reasoning, especially claims of unrepresented claimants. On the other hand, they probably won’t be as bold at denying claims of claimants who have legal representation.
It’s also crucial to know that it’s common practice for insurance companies to use sneaky tactics on individuals who don’t have a lawyer on their side. For instance, if they know that the claimant has a valid claim, they’ll present a quick but low settlement number, hoping that the claimant will accept the offer. Unfortunately, this happens a lot.
Likewise, if the insurance company knows that you’ll have a hard time proving your claim, they’ll deny it, hoping that you’ll walk away. Again, unfortunately, many people end up just walking away from a settlement that they could’ve received if they’d just had a lawyer working tirelessly for them.
The reality is that many personal injury claims are simply too complex to handle by regular people, and an attorney who knows how to stand up to insurance companies will ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.
Finding the Right Los Angeles Accident Attorney
Working with the right personal injury lawyer could make a huge difference between a successful and failed personal injury claim. But most people don’t even have a go-to lawyer, much less need a lawyer until such time that they do. So how do you go about finding the personal injury attorney that will be perfect for you? Here are some essential tips.
Ask Recommendations from Trusted People
Get recommendations from relatives, friends, or coworkers that you really trust. You can also look up lawyers in your area online or check community referral services. However, be aware that each personal injury claim is different and that an attorney who’s perfect for another person may not be perfect for you or your specific claim. So make sure to work with a personal injury lawyer that has extensive experience with claims that are similar to yours.
If possible, listen to client experiences too. Ask detailed questions while still being respectful of their privacy, just to get a clear idea of each individual’s experiences with the lawyer. Pay attention to things like how satisfied they were with the outcome of their case, how helpful their attorney was, and how the attorney handled the case from the beginning to the end.
List Down Things that are Most Important to You
When looking for a personal injury lawyer, you should have a set of criteria that you can refer to. For instance, you probably want a lawyer who works on a contingent fee basis, which means that you won’t have to pay anything if you don’t win your claim. Other crucial things to consider when selecting an accident attorney may include:
- The attorney’s experience with your specific claim
- The attorney’s credentials
- The attorney’s availability
- The firm’s access to resources and years of experience
- Case fees
- Experiences of past clients
- Success record
Keep in mind that the specific type of injuries you sustained is also crucial when looking for a lawyer to take on your claim. Some lawyers only focus on automobile accidents or medical malpractice claims, while others handle all areas of personal injury. So consider your prospective lawyer’s experience with your injuries and the particular circumstances of your claim.
That said, recommendations, even from trusted individuals, can’t guarantee that a particular attorney will be perfect for you—you alone can make that decision. So make sure to cover all your bases, do your homework, and go with your instincts.
You Should Not Have to Pay for Someone Else’s Mistakes
No matter how minor or serious your injuries may be, the costs of medical treatment can be overwhelming. Even visiting the emergency room can result in hefty bills, and the party responsible for your accident should be held fully liable for those costs.
Personal injury victims can typically demand payment for medical expenses and more, including:
- Emergency Transportation
- Emergency Trauma Care
- Doctor’s Visits
- Specialist Visits
- Rehabilitative Therapy
- Medical Equipment and Medications
- Lost Income Due to the Injury
- A Reduction in Earning Ability Over Time
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Enjoyment of Life
For individuals who suffered injuries with long-lasting or permanent effects, they may require ongoing medical treatment for years after their personal injury case or perhaps for the rest of their lives. You deserve to be compensated for all of your losses ─ both past and future.
At The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus, your accident attorney will understand how to estimate all of the losses you may incur in the future to ensure that you demand the full amount you deserve. If you have been injured in any type of accident, please call a Los Angeles accident attorney at our firm today to discuss a possible case at no cost.
Proving Liability for Your Injuries
Most personal injury claims stem from accidents that happen due to unintentional conduct. Incidents like these typically involve a claim of negligence, which can sometimes be hard to prove when determining liability or fault. The easiest way to prove liability for an accident and the resulting injuries is when the defendant admits they were to blame. But this doesn’t always happen, so you will likely require different kinds of evidence to give the insurance company or court a complete and more detailed picture of the accident and your injuries.
Evidence can include:
- Pictures and videos of the accident
- Legal documents, including police reports and/or contracts
- Witness testimony
- Medical records
- Records of correspondences between all parties involved
- Insurance claims
Proving Another Party was Negligent
Often, personal injury claims arise because an individual acted negligently, and that individual’s actions caused an accident that harmed another individual. Negligence is any behavior or action that harmed another individual and didn’t meet the standard of reasonable care expected of a normal and practical individual.
So to prove that another individual should be held liable for your injuries, you need to prove the following negligence elements:
- Duty: The defendant owed you a legal duty. For instance, all drivers owe other motorists a legal duty of care, which means that all drivers should always exercise reasonable care when handling or driving a vehicle.
- Breach: You should prove that the defendant breached or violated a legal duty. For instance, using the example above, if the defendant answered a text message or email on their phone while driving.
- Causation: The negligent actions of the defendant should have led to your injuries. In most cases, this legal element is typically obvious. For instance, if the defendant’s vehicle collided with your vehicle because the defendant was texting while driving, then causation is undeniable.
- Damages: You should have incurred actual damages, which are usually monetary, due to the accident. This can include medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and lost earnings.
Put simply, if your personal injury claim involves negligence, you’ll need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of care, that the defendant breached that duty, proximate and actual causation that links the defendant’s breach to your injuries, and actual damages or losses.
Common Damages in Personal Injury Claims
Damages in personal injury claims restore injured individuals to their position before the accident. They’re also commonly called compensatory damages because they compensate injured individuals for the injuries they sustained.
Let’s say, for instance, that you sustained injuries and that your car sustained damage because another car collided with yours. In this case, the law entitles you to damages that you can use to pay medical expenses for your injury and repair your car to its previous state. You may also receive damages for loss of income while you recovered from your injuries.
In general, the two kinds of damages you can receive from a personal injury claim include special damages and general damages.
What are Special Damages?
Special damages, also called economic damages, aim to compensate the injured party for quantifiable and specific monetary losses that the injured party suffered. These can include:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income or loss of future income
- Projected costs of future medical treatment
- Property damage
- Household or domestic expenses, since the injured individual didn’t properly maintain or clean the house while recovering
- Costs related to altered plans or trips
What are General Damages?
Depending on the specific circumstances of a personal injury claim, injured individuals may also receive damages for losses that are not quantifiable through monetary calculations. These are also called non-economic damages and can include:
- Pain and suffering, which can include physical pain like body aches and broken bones, as well as mental suffering, which can include PTSD and mental anguish, among others
- Humiliation and embarrassment
- Permanent disability
- Loss of personal enjoyment
- Loss of companionship or consortium, which is the loss of familial relationships, including sexual relationships for spouses
Take note that the amount and specific kinds of damages you could recover would be dependent on the damages you experienced due to your injury. Your family may even recover damages, depending on why and how much your injury affected your relationship with them. Your accident attorney will help you figure out your options to help you seek the damages you deserve.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, you can trust in our Los Angeles accident attorneys to pursue maximum financial compensation for your losses and suffering.
Over the past several decades, our law firm has settled or resolved an average of 500 personal injury cases per year. The average length of time it takes to settle and resolve an injury case is anywhere from seven months to one and a half years.
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The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus have handled thousands of cases in the Greater Los Angeles area over the last 30 years and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients.
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