We Handle All California Personal Injury Cases
Have you or a loved one suffered brain damage, a severe burn injury, serious spinal cord injuries or any other type of personal injury?
Have you lost a family member due to wrongful death caused by an act of negligence?
No matter what has happened, we can stand by your side to pursue a positive outcome.
What Type of Accident Does Your Injury Case Involve?
The attorneys at our law firm can handle all personal injury cases, including those that involve:
Slip and Fall
Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents
Boat and PWC Accidents
Freight and Commuter Train Accidents
Off-Road Vehicle Accidents
Amusement Park Accidents
Playground and Backyard Recreational Equipment Accidents
Children’s Sports Accidents
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
These are just a few of the types of cases our lawyers have handled and are able to handle. We understand that many accidents are one of a kind. You can be confident that we can take your case.
Does Your Case Involve a Car or Truck Accident?
We have extensive experience in these cases.
Does Your Case Involve a Motorcycle Accident?
Our team includes motorcycle enthusiasts. We are particularly concerned with the future of victims of these accidents.
Does Your Case Involve Mistreatment in the Workplace?
We realize that not all injuries are physical. Some involve damage to your career, as well as damage to your mental and emotional well-being. For that reason, our attorneys are also available to handle cases involving employment discrimination, sexual harassment and other workplace issues.
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Call us at (888) 853-8871 to schedule a meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer serving Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Personal Injury FAQ
HOW MUCH IS MY CASE WORTH?
This is one of the harder questions for a plaintiff’s attorney to answer. Determining the worth of your personal injury claim will depend on the severity of your injuries, the details of the case, insurance limits and the identity of the defendant. A case’s worth is based on five areas, assuming that the liability issue is straightforward. These areas include:
Past medical bills
Future medical bills
Loss of earning capacity
Pain and suffering
There is no blueprint for determining a case’s value; it is based on evidence, such as whether there are discrepancies in the testimony, medical records, or other pieces that may detract from the integrity of the injured party’s case. However, based on our experience with past cases in, we may be able to estimate the value of your case once we have gathered all medical records and statements and have an idea as to whether the client’s physical and mental state has improved or worsened from the date of injury. The following factors will be considered when determining the amount of compensation owed for your injuries: the severity of your injuries; the details of your accident; your degree of fault; your employment history; your ability to work; and your life expectancy. The manner in which you obtain medical treatment, your lifestyle, and your litigation history will also be considered.
HOW LONG WILL MY PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT TAKE?
Some questions that may be asked during a deposition may include the following:
What types of illnesses and injuries have you suffered from during the course of your life?
Have you previously been involved in any other lawsuits or legal claims (i.e. workers compensation)?
Were there any witnesses to the accident?
Did you file an insurance claim?
What is the nature of your injury?
What is your job history?
How has your injury affected your life?
When was your last treatment?
An attorney can prepare you for a deposition by reviewing documents, such as police reports or medical records, which are related to your personal injury claim. He or she will also prepare you for questions that may be asked during the deposition and will be there during the questioning to assist you.
HOW MUCH DOES A LAWYER COST?
At Brownstone Law Group, we abide by the contingency fee contract, which is approved by the California Bar. This means that we will only collect if the case is successful. We accept a fixed percentage, typically one-third, of the recovery.
HOW SOON SHOULD I FILE A LAWSUIT?
You should speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following your accident. Injury victims only have a short period of time to file a claim. Failure to file within this time period, known as the statute of limitations, can bar the victim from ever recovering compensation for their injuries.
WHAT IS NEGLIGENCE?
To have a viable personal injury claim, the victim must have been injured from the negligence of another individual or entity. Negligence occurs when an individual fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care for the safety of others. If a person fails to act as a reasonable person would, he or she may be liable for any resulting damages.
CAN I STILL PURSUE COMPENSATION IF I WAS PARTIALLY AT FAULT FOR MY INJURIES?
It depends on your jurisdiction. In a few areas, individuals cannot recover compensation if their negligence partially contributed to their injuries. However, most jurisdictions maintain that victims can still receive compensation if they were partially at fault for their injuries. In these cases, the amount of compensation awarded to the victim may be decreased in accordance with the victim’s degree of negligence.
WHO CAN BE HELD LIABLE FOR A CATASTROPHIC INJURY?
To determine liability, it’s important to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. More than one person may be responsible for your injuries. Depending on your type of personal injury, the liability may rest on a hospital, doctor, motor vehicle driver, truck driver, employer or drug manufacturer.
SHOULD I SIGN A RELEASE?
Before signing anything, be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer to ensure your rights are protected. If you sign a release, you may be unable to recover future damages. In some instances, the insurer may offer an early settlement, which may not fully compensate the victim, as he or she may still be unaware of the extent and future costs of their injuries.
WHAT IS A LETTER OF PROTECTION USED FOR?
Oftentimes, people are lacking insurance coverage, or their PIP benefits have been depleted. When this happens, medical facilities and doctors will sometimes accept a “letter of protection,” which is a document allowing the patient to continue treatment without having to pay for it until a later date. Normally, there is no reimbursement made until the patient reaches a full recovery. It is essential that the client understands that if the case is not resolved in their favor, a letter of protection on file does not warrant them exemption from paying off their medical bills.
WHY AM I NOT BEING COMPENSATED WHEN I HAVE FULL INSURANCE COVERAGE?
Many drivers believe they have full coverage, but are not insured under certain circumstances. There are several different types of insurance coverage, and failing to have a particular one may limit recovery. In many cases, our clients often find that even though they believe they have “full coverage,” they do not have under insured or uninsured coverage, which will cover you in the event of an accident where the other party cannot pay. Contact your insurance company and discuss what coverage you have, when the coverage is applicable, and, if necessary, hire an attorney if you believe your insurance company is trying to avoid paying a valid claim.
If this is not the case, and you do have full insurance coverage, you may not be satisfactorily compensated because your insurance company wants to minimize payouts. There are often disagreements about specific language in your insurance contract, how much a claim is worth, and whether any other parties are involved who may be responsible. If other insurance or health insurance companies are involved, there may be disagreements over who is responsible for payment. These issues can cause serious delays in compensation.
WHAT IS MMI?
When you’ve concluded your treatment of an injury with a doctor, we request a final narrative. At this time, the physician has determined that the patient has reached MMI, or maximum medical improvement. This means that the patient has reached a point where they are as healthy as they can be; they may not be in the condition that they were prior to the accident, but their health has stabilized. If that is the case, a doctor may assign the patient a permanent impairment rating according to American Medical Association guidelines. Although it is not necessary to have available during courtroom proceedings, car insurance companies may want access to the permanent impairment rating as part of their case evaluation.
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