Do I have a case?
Each case and each set of facts surrounding an accident or incident are unique and different; however, what must be proven to “have a case” is:
- A duty owed to you
- The duty was breached
How much money is my case worth?
Each case has a different set of facts. Without know the specific set of facts applicable to your case, it makes it difficult to determine the value of your claim. The best way to get a general idea of the value of your auto accident claim is to contact our office or another San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer for a free consultation with an attorney.
What kind of losses will the insurance company pay for?
The insurance company has adjusters, experts and attorneys all working to pay you as little as possible to settle your case. However, insurance companies may be liable for:
- Damage to your property
- Your present medical bills
- Your future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Should I hire an attorney?
If you or one of your passengers has been seriously injured, hiring an attorney is in your best interests. If the other driver was at fault, his/her insurance company will utilize a team of adjusters, investigators and attorneys to try to pay you as little as possible. Hiring an experienced auto accident attorney can protect your rights and ensure you receive the attention and compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses related to your car accident.
How much does hiring an attorney cost?
Most San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers take cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that the attorney does not collect fees unless they are successful in settling your personal injury case.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in California is generally 2 years from the date of the loss; however, if the claim involves a governmental agency, the claim must be filed within 180 days. Regardless, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible so that evidence can be gathered and/or retained for the prosecution of your claim. Waiting to hire an attorney until the last minute can be a huge mistake.
Will I have to go to court?
Many people are afraid that if they file a lawsuit they will have to go to court and testify in front of a judge or jury. The reality is that the majority of personal injury cases are settled outside of court. In fact, most cases settle before a lawsuit is ever filed. Even if a lawsuit is filed, the case will likely be settled before ever having to testify in court; however, each case is unique and the likelihood of going to trial varies based upon each cases set of facts.