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If you have been injured in an accident, you are likely wondering whether you need to hire an El Monte personal injury attorney to handle your case. In reality, the question is not whether you should hire an attorney, but which lawyer is the right one for your case.
In any personal injury case, the amount of compensation that you receive could vary widely. First, you would need to show that you are legal entitled to payment for your injuries. This requires you to prove that someone else was negligent. This is not a given in every case. In some cases, the question of who was responsible for the accident is not always settled. Many attorneys promise that they will fight for top dollar for you, but first, they must show that you are legally entitled to a dollar in the first place.
At the JLF Firm, we are open and honest with our clients about their rights, and we fight for every dollar they deserve. We handle a wide range of injury cases, so please never hesitate to contact us to discuss whether we can help you.
As your personal injury lawyer, we would thoroughly investigate the facts of your case. Then, we would help you assemble the claim that you submit for compensation. We would be present when the insurance company wants to speak with you, and would protect you when the other party’s insurance company tries to contact you and tries to coerce you into making a statement that could hurt your legal case.
Of course, once we have helped you establish that someone else was at fault for the accident, we would fight for financial compensation on your behalf. This is where you need a lawyer who is both a skilled negotiator and an aggressive litigator. While not every case will end up in a courtroom, your attorney should always be prepared to litigate your case. In the end, the insurance company also does not want your case to go to trial. While their initial settlement offer may be low, having the right legal representation will help you negotiate and get more money than they are first willing to pay.
At the JLF Firm, we have experience in a wide range of personal injury cases, providing sensible representation with a client-centric approach. We are accident attorneys, handling cases in the following practice areas:
Do not let someone else’s negligence take away your day-to-day life from you without doing something about it. Hiring an attorney may not just help you get financial compensation. It could also help you and your family get justice when someone else caused you an injury.
We never forget to focus on the “personal” part of personal injury law. After all, we engage in the practice of personal injury law to help our clients after they have been hurt in an accident. Our approach is client-centric, offering compassion and understanding during a difficult time when you need it the most. However, we certainly know how to fight for you when your situation calls for it.
As attorneys who work directly with injured clients, we understand the difficulties that you face during the personal injury process. We know that you are dealing with financial, physical, and emotional issues as you seek to deal with the aftermath of your accident. After all, there is a reason why you are seeking pain and suffering damages in your legal action.
Your personal injury case will begin when you contact us for a free initial consultation. At that point, we work with you to learn the facts of your case and will suggest paths forward for you. After that, you will decide whether you want the JLF Firm to represent you in your case. You should see that we have the necessary experience and approach to handle your matter.
Once you choose us as your personal injury attorney, we will go to work. If you are filing an insurance claim, we will help you prepare and file your claim and be present when you speak with your insurance company. We will also protect you from the badgering and usual tricks that the responsible party’s insurance agency may use to try to escape responsibility or cut the amount that they owe you.
Whether you are able to recover for your injuries depends on who is at fault for your injury. The test that an insurance company or a court would use is whether someone else was negligent in the events that caused your injury.
When you are filing a civil lawsuit, you must prove each of the four elements of the negligence test. Your personal injury lawyer would do this by introducing evidence and witnesses who could testify about what happened. They would also use your medical records to document and show the extent of your injuries. As a claimant or a plaintiff seeking compensation, you have the burden of proof to show what happened.
Here is what you must prove in a personal injury case:
Duty of Care – Here, you must show that there was a relationship between you and the defendant that required them to exercise reasonable care. For example, even if you are perfect strangers, being fellow drivers on the road creates that kind of relationship.
Breach of the Duty – For this element, you must prove that someone else acted unreasonably. This is in comparison to the actions that a reasonable person would have taken under the circumstances.
Injury – You must prove that you suffered some sort of damages because of the accident. In most cases, this is a physical injury, but property damage could also suffice.
Causation – This element involves showing that someone else was the proximate cause of your injury. In other words, you would have never been hurt or damaged if it was not for what the defendant did.
Once we establish fault in your case, we can make the case for the amount of damages that you should receive in your case. We will work with you to maximize your claim within the law. This includes the following:
Your damages award can be negotiated with the insurance company through several rounds of offers and counteroffers. We will advise you whether the insurance company has made an equitable offer. If not, we will draft a demand letter on your behalf that will let the insurance company know exactly how much they need to pay you for your claim. If you still are unable to obtain a reasonable settlement agreement, we are gloves-off litigators who will take your case to court to fight for your legal rights.
As you can see, the personal injury legal process can take some time, and your case would benefit from having an experienced attorney on your side.
Below are the answers to a few frequently asked questions that we often get about personal injury cases. For information about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly.
It is difficult to know how long your case will take once it is filed. You may be able to settle your case relatively quickly because personal injury jury trials are rare. However, this depends in part on how reasonable the insurance company or the responsible party are being in settlement negotiations. If your case needs to go all the way to trial, it could take years to resolve.
Sometimes, you have control over the timetable for your case. However, many cases that have quick resolutions mean that the accident victim leaves money on the table when they settle their case. Your personal injury attorney could help you negotiate a better settlement offer, but that could take time.
You are placing quite a bit of trust in the person that you ultimately select as your attorney. Their legal advice could make a six-figure difference in the amount of money that you could receive, and it may even make the difference in whether you receive money at all. Therefore, you should feel comfortable with your attorney’s experience and judgment most of all.
Beyond that, you should have a comfort level with your attorney personally. Depending on your case, you may be working very closely with the lawyer over a number of years. It should be someone with whom you could develop a good working relationship because that will benefit your case.
Of course, you are always free to file a lawsuit or a claim pro se, but you will not get special treatment because you are on your own. In fact, the insurance company may think that you are a weak mark because you do not have the legal knowledge that a lawyer would provide. Besides, it is very difficult for the average person who does not know what the insurance company is looking for to file a persuasive claim that could maximize their settlement. They may not even know how to present a story that allows the adjusters to conclude that someone else was responsible for the accident.
In California, the statute of limitations in a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the time that you were injured or should have known that you were injured. This means that you should move quickly to begin your legal action. Two years may seem like a long time, but claims take time to resolve, and lawsuit complaints take time to investigate and draft. Besides, the quicker you get started on the legal process, the sooner you may be able to settle your case and have the money that you need to pay your living and medical expenses.