Why do I need an attorney?
Hiring an attorney lets the opposing side or insurance company in most cases know that you are serious about your case and that you will not rest without a fight. If the opposing party feels and sees how aggressive you are, they are more apt to back down and settle. If you do decide to hire an attorney the outcome will be much more satisfying. In every case and especially with a complicated case, you may not know or understand your rights and how to properly defend yourself. An attorney's education and experience gives him/her the ability to bring you the justice you deserve. If you represent yourself you are running the risk of being convicted, not collecting compensation you are entitled to, losing your case and/or being taken advantage of by the other side.

How long will my personal injury lawsuit take?
Since each personal injury case is unique, it is hard to determine exactly how long a case will take. In most cases, the length of a case depends on the nature and extent of the injuries and medical treatment involved. Some cases can be resolved within a few months and others can take years to finish.

What do I need to brine to meet the lawyer for the first time?
When you are meeting your lawyer for the first time you should bring copies of the reports (reports you filed or reports filed by the police), photos of injuries, photos from the scene of the accident, photos of defective products and/or photos of any damage to motor vehicles. Your health insurance card if you were admitted to the hospital and if you were involved in a car accident your car insurance card and declaration page to see the coverages on you plan. Any other evidence you collected is also helpful.

When should I file the lawsuit?
Once you choose your lawyer and discuss your case and your rights, you should file your lawsuit as soon as possible. Depending on your situation there may be a certain time period for which you have to file, for example in California you must file a lawsuit for bodily injuries within two years of the date of injury.

How much is a lawyer?
We only collect a fee if we win your case, as we abide by a contingency-based plan.

What is a letter of protection?
A letter of protection is for those who do not have health insurance. The letter of protection is given to the hospital or medical facility and allows the patient to continue to receive treatment until they are fully recovered. They can pay their bill at a later date once they receive compensation. If they do not win their case, there bill still stands and they must pay it.

What is my case worth?
There is not a general number we can put on a case since each one is unique, but we can recover compensation for past and future medical bills, rehabilitation, therapy, loss of wages, loss of income, pain and suffering, costs and possibly more.

Should I accept a settlement from my insurance company?
It is highly recommended that you do not accept any settlement from an insurance company. They want to pay you as a little as possible as they are not in the business to provide compensation, as nice as you may think they may be. It is important that you do not give an insurance company any statement or accept any compensation from them. Be aware that an insurance company will try to get you to settle right after your accident when you are most vulnerable.

In California law. how are damages defined?
Two ways: Economic and non-economic damages.

"Economic damages"means objectively verifiable monetary losses including: medical expenses, loss of earnings, burial costs, loss of use of property, costs of repair or replacement, costs of obtaining substitute domestic services, loss of employment and loss of business or employment opportunities.

"Non-economic damages" means subjective non-monetary losses including but not limited to pain, suffering, inconvenience, mental suffering, emotional distress, loss of society and companionship, loss of consortium, humiliation and injury to reputation.
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