Frequently Asked Questions

What are my options following an Automobile Accident?

Automobile collisions are the most common cause of personal injury claims. Hundreds of thousands of individuals are injured or killed in automobile accidents in California every year. Over two million people in the U.S. are injured in car accidents every year.

The extent of your injuries may be difficult to determine immediately following an auto accident. Your primary concern must be to seek attention for your injuries from a medical professional - no matter how minor you feel those injuries may be.
We can assist you in making a legal claim to protect your interests. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your options and preserve your rights.

What is my case worth?

Under California law, the person who injured you could be liable for the following:
  • Medical expenses, including future treatment reasonably certain to be incurred
  • Time lost from work, incuding lost vacation or sick pay
  • Damage to your vehicle or other personal property
  • Permanent disability or disfigurement
  • Your pain, suffering and emotional distress
  • Any other expenses that were a direct result of your injury
In determining what your case is worth there are many factors to consider, including: the nature and severity of your injuries; the type of work you do and whether your ability to work will be limited by your injuries; whether you will require future medical care; and how your life is residually affected by your injuries.

Making a claim with regard to a vehicle collision can be distressing and difficult to navigate alone. Our experienced lawyers will help you secure the recovery you deserve.

We will work hard to obtain the best value for you.

How long will it take to resolve my claim?

A majority of the people we represent are able to settle their cases without filing a lawsuit or going to court. There are many factors which affect whether a case can be settled without going to court: the severity of the injuries, whether liability is disputed, the client's expectations and whether the insurance company for the negligent party makes a reasonable offer. We cannot control most of those factors.

If your case requires filing a lawsuit, we will explain to you, in detail, what to expect during the litigation process. Litigation is everything that occurs after a lawsuit is filed.

Do I have to pay attorney fees?

Your initial discussion with an attorney is free of charge or obligation. We work on a contingency agreement, which means that our clients owe us nothing until we win or settle their cases.

We will advance the costs of investigating your case, ordering medical records, police reports, paying filing fees and other costs so that you are in the best legal position throughout the settlement or litigation process. We will receive reimbursement for these costs out of the monetary recovery we achieve for you.

What if the other driver does not have insurance?

If the person responsible for your injuries has no insurance, you can recover damages from your own insurer under your uninsured motorist coverage. If the adverse party has a small policy that does not cover all your damages, your own underinsured coverage may pay the remainder.

What will hurt my case?

You can hurt your own case if you are inconsistent in obtaining medical treatment. You should receive treatment consistently, and for as long as you and your medical doctor believe is necessary to heal your injuries.

You may also hurt your case if you discuss the details of your case with anyone other than your lawyer, doctor or spouse. If you retain legal representation, refer any questions about your case to your attorney.


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