In order for negligence to be proven in a personal injury matter, a court will look at 4 specific factors and whether they are present in your case.
Personal injury law is a complicated field that oftentimes requires specialized knowledge and experience to ensure your best interest are sought after. Accidents that occur as a result of personal injury cases involve a number of parties and competing interests that can quickly overwhelm; from insurance companies to defense lawyers, and medical collections.
A personal injury attorney can help you manage these communications and navigate this difficult time to ensure that your best interests remain present throughout the process and your case. The reality is that in the aftermath of an accident that has caused significant harm and disruption in your life your primary focus should be on recovery and rehabilitation. Obtaining legal representation can lift some of the burden of uncertainty that you are facing when trying to seek compensation for your injuries and damages.
Before hiring legal representation you should contact an attorney for an initial case evaluation to discuss your matter. Many times individuals are hesitant to contact a personal injury lawyer because they are concerned they will not be able to afford one. However, hiring a personal injury lawyer will not require any out-of-pocket or upfront costs from the injured party. Most personal injury attorneys work only on a contingency basis. This means the lawyer will only be compensated for their representation in your matter if you reach a settlement or judgment in your case. California's law has specific limitations on how much of a contingency fee an attorney can charge depending on the stage in which you receive compensation.
You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you are physically able to following an accident. The sooner you are able to obtain legal representation, the sooner your legal rights and interests will be protected. In the days following an accident there will be a significant amount of communications between insurance companies and other interested third parties; having representation from the outset of your case can ensure the proper steps are followed from the beginning.
While it is ideal to seek representation immediately following your accident it is understandable that there are often circumstances or situations beyond your control that may prevent you from doing so. If you have been injured and are having trouble with your personal injury matter and time is continuing to pass, reach out to an attorney as soon as possible for a case evaluation and consultation. Personal injury cases are in fact subject to a statute of limitations of 2 years from the date of your injury.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident contact Craig F. Castle Law for a Free Initial Consultation to discuss your case.