Why You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured due to the negligence of another party, you may be wondering whether you should hire a personal injury lawyer.
You are not legally required to hire an attorney to handle your personal injury lawsuit in California.
However, the question is whether it is in your best interest to have an attorney.
Some accidents and injuries involve complex legal issues or medical concerns.
In those cases, an attorney has the skills and resources necessary to guide you through the process.
The attorneys at The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus have been fighting for the injured and winning BIG since 1987.
We will guide you through every single step along the way and take care of everything so that you can concentrate on healing.
Even in less complicated cases, the insurance company’s goal is to minimize the amount of money you receive.
Keep in mind that the insurance companies have teams of lawyers and adjusters who begin evaluating your injury claim right away.
While this may be your first contact with the legal system, they deal with these issues daily.
Therefore, representation by an experienced personal injury lawyer GREATLY improves your chances of winning your case and receiving fair compensation for your injuries.
Do you have a Legal Personal Injury Claim?
You may receive compensation for a personal injury by the filing of a personal injury lawsuit in court, or as a result of an insurance claim filed with the other party’s insurer, or in some circumstances, filed with your own insurer.
To make an injury claim, you usually need to PROVE that the person against whom you are making a claim was somehow negligent and that their negligence led to your injuries.
Most people understand what negligence means, but they may not fully understand the legal implications of negligence. The term negligence can apply to many situations in which someone acted without due care.
The four key factors to negligence are:
-A duty exists when a person has a legal obligation to act with reasonable care.
-The breach is the failure to perform a duty. For example, drivers have a duty to drive within the legal speed limit. Breaking the speed limit is a breach of duty.
-Causation is the relationship between the breach of duty and resulting harm.
-Harm is the injury suffered by the victim. Often this means physical damage, but it may also mean mental damage or other special forms of damages.
Not every personal injury case rests on the issue of negligence. There are rules that specifically apply to cases such as workers’ compensation.
Also, when it comes to proving negligence, not all cases are proven in the same way. For example, methods of proof are different for medical malpractice cases than a dog bite or a slip and fall case.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
What a personal injury lawyer actually does depends on the type of case and where they are in the process of a case.
Mistakes and delays in the early stages of a case can weaken your case or diminish its value, so it is important to have a lawyer involved EARLY.
It is important to know that all states have time limits or statutes of limitations for lawsuits.
It is essential to file your claim within those time limits.
Your attorney will advise you as to the appropriate laws. There is more to obtaining fair compensation for injuries than you might think. Even a case that appears simple at first may turn out to be highly complex. Trying to go it alone puts your rights at risk.
What About Compensation for Personal Injuries?
Most people do not know how much money they should get from their personal injury claim.
Even using a personal injury settlement calculator may not give you an accurate assessment. Some injuries are not immediately apparent and may not show up for some time after an accident.
That is why you should be cautious about accepting a settlement offer without the benefit of legal advice.
Fully understanding the value of your case means analyzing the present and future consequences of your injuries. Your losses may go far beyond medical bills. It can be difficult to know how to put a price tag on injuries such as pain and suffering or loss of companionship.
It requires understanding the subtleties of your specific injury case. It is also important to understand how insurance companies work and how to negotiate with an insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you obtain a compensation award that is fair and just.
Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, there are different types of compensation multiple types of damages available to help compensate for your losses:
-Compensation for the cost of medical bills arising from all injuries caused by the defendant.
-Pain and suffering
-Loss of companionship/loss of consortium
Seek an Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one have suffered a severe injury in an accident in Southern California, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus about coming in for a free consultation on your claim.
Our lawyers are happy to sit down with you to discuss the details of your case and offer some legal options as to how you can seek compensation.
Our law firm understands how your life can be negatively affected by all of the damages associated with a personal injury and can assist you in your pursuit of compensation.
Let us assist you in holding those liable for your injury responsible and recover compensation to help with the damages you suffered.
To schedule a 100% FREE consultation with The Law Offices Of Gerald L. Marcus about your case and get immediate answers, call us at 818-784-8544.
Remember you pay absolutely NOTHING up-front for your case and never pay a dime until after we win your case. Call now for immediate help!