Personal Injury Claims
Being injured in an accident can turn your life upside down. Beyond the physical injuries and emotional trauma, the consequences of an accident or injury include the financial hardship of dealing with medical bills and loss of income.
If another party is responsible for causing your injury, that party might be liable for your damages. One of the best ways you can protect your legal rights to fair compensation for your injuries, damages, and financial losses is to talk to a California personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Get the Help You Need From Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
Yarian & Associates, APC works with injured victims and their families to help them recover the compensation they deserve. Regardless of whether the party caused the injury through error, accident, or intentional wrongdoing, our California personal injury lawyers fight to hold the party liable for the actions that led to your injury.
You deserve to be compensated fully for all damages caused by an accident or injury. We won’t stop fighting until we explore all legal avenues to get you the money you deserve.
Call (844) 291-1911 now to schedule your free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney at Yarian & Associates, APC. Our Glendale personal injury lawyers assist clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
What is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law covers a wide variety of situations. At its core, personal injury law relates to the harm caused to another person through negligence, carelessness, or intentional wrongdoing. It is the legal process of recovering compensation for the damages a victim sustains because of another party’s actions.
Cases for personal injury are civil matters. A person can be charged with a crime for causing injury to another person, but the criminal action does not compensate the victim for damages. Personal injury laws give the victim the ability to seek monetary relief in civil court.
Compensation for Damages in Personal Injury Cases
Damages in a personal injury case refer to the physical, emotional, and financial harm suffered by the victim. The party who caused the harm can be liable for damages including, but not limited to:
- The cost of medical treatment
- Personal care and in-home medical care
- Physical therapy and mental health treatment
- The loss of income, benefits, and other forms of employment compensation
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental trauma and emotional distress
- Disabilities, scarring, impairments, and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life or quality of life
- Other out-of-pocket financial losses
The value of a personal injury claim depends on numerous factors. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys thoroughly explore all aspects of the case to maximize the value of your injury claim. Our goal is to help you recover the maximum compensation available, given the facts of your case.
Types of Personal Injury Claims in California
A personal injury claim can result from hundreds of different scenarios. Our California personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in a variety of personal injury matters. Through years of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims in California, the legal team at Yarian & Associates has developed significant skills, knowledge, and resources that they use to help you.
Some of the more common types of personal injury cases that individuals pursue include:
- Accidents related to motor vehicles, including bicycle, car, motorcycle, truck, bus, train, and pedestrian accidents
- Injuries related to premises liability laws, such as swimming pool accidents, slip & fall accidents, negligent security, and dog bites
- Medical malpractice claims and nursing home abuse claims
- Product liability claims, including defective products, dangerous drugs, and defective medical devices
- Construction accidents and other workplace injuries
The laws governing personal injury claims may vary slightly, depending on the type of claim and the parties involved in the claim. For example, laws related to injury claims involving government entities vary slightly from cases involving private parties. The Statutes of Limitations (deadlines for filing claims) may be different in some cases.
If you or a family member has been injured through negligence or other wrongdoing, we want to help. Contact Yarian & Associates, APC by calling (844) 291-1911 to schedule a free consultation with a Glendale personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.
Steps Involved In A Personal Injury Case in California
Each personal injury case is unique. However, some basic steps apply to almost all personal injury cases.
Reporting the Accident or Injury
As soon as possible, you need to report the accident or injury to the appropriate parties. Having an official record of the incident is helpful when pursuing an injury claim against another party.
If you are involved in a traffic accident, call 911 to report the crash and request assistance. In cases of a dog attack or dog bite, report the attack to your local law enforcement agency, animal control department, and the dog’s owner. When you are injured on another party’s property, report the injury to the property owner, manager, or other person in charge.
Whenever possible, insist on a written report. Police officers automatically create a crash report for any accident they investigate. However, a property owner or dog owner may not create a written report. Therefore, it can be helpful to write down everything you remember while it is fresh on your mind. This step can be helpful in all personal injury cases.
If it is safe to do so and possible, take pictures and make a video of the accident scene and your injuries. Try to get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses to provide to your attorney.
Seek Medical Assistance
Receiving treatment for your injuries is one of the most important steps you can take after an accident or injury. You need competent medical care for your injuries so that you can return to your regular routines. However, you also need to document your injuries for a personal injury claim. Prompt medical care helps you build a strong claim for damages against the party who caused your injury.
Whenever possible, seek immediate medical care for accident injuries. Delays in medical treatment are used by insurance companies to deny claims and lower the value of injury claims. The insurance company may allege that the accident was not the cause of your injury because you did not seek medical treatment right after the accident occurred. It may also claim that you caused your injuries to become worse because of a delay in medical care.
Make sure when you talk to your doctor that you tell the doctor the injury occurred because of an accident, but do not go into details of the accident. Your medical records are evidence. You do not want to say something about the accident that could be used against you later in the case. Focus your discussions on your symptoms, injuries, and a treatment plan.
Retain a California Personal Injury Lawyer
It is in your best interest to discuss your case with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The lawyers of Yarian & Associates, APC understand personal injury laws, the process for filing claims, and how to protect your rights and best interests. We protect you from unfair and bad faith insurance tactics. Our lawyers also protect you from aggressive insurance adjusters whose only priority is to protect the insurance company.
Having a personal injury lawyer involved in your case from the beginning helps you avoid some of the common errors many people make as they try to handle their injury claim without an attorney. Some mistakes could be costly and result in the loss of thousands of dollars in compensation.
Accident and injury investigations can be costly and time-consuming. Most individuals do not have the resources to conduct an extensive investigation. Hiring a law firm gives you the benefit of the firm’s resources.
During the initial investigation, our legal team takes numerous steps to determine the cause of the accident or injury, gather evidence, and identify all liable parties. Some of the steps that our California personal injury attorneys take include:
- Examine evidence from the accident scene and visit the accident scene
- Interview and take statements from eyewitnesses
- Gather and preserve physical evidence
- Obtain copies of police reports, crash reports, and incident reports
- Search for videos of the accident, such as videos captured by surveillance videos and traffic cameras
- Identify all parties involved in the accident or incident
- Notify all parties to preserve evidence
- Identify and notify all insurance companies that might have policies that provide coverage
- Consult experts, such as accident reconstructionists, engineers, and others
The steps in the investigation depend on the type of personal injury claim and individual circumstances involved in the case. Some accident investigations could take several months to complete. In complex product liability cases, medical malpractice claims, and complicated traffic cases, it could take a year to complete the entire investigation. Our legal team at Yarian & Associates, APC is thorough because we understand that evidence of fault is the foundation for recovering maximum compensation for your injury claim.
Filing Insurance Claims
We handle filing all insurance claims in your case. Our legal team handles all communications with the insurance company so that you can focus on your recovery. Dealing with a claims adjuster can be stressful.
The claims adjuster may pressure you to make a statement or sign medical forms. It is not in your best interest to give written or recorded statements or sign any documents for the insurance company without talking to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer first.
Completing Medical Treatment
As we work on building a case for fault and liability, you need to complete your medical treatment. Keep all appointments and follow your doctor’s treatment plan. You do not want to give the insurance company any reason to dispute your injury claim.
We do not prepare a settlement demand until you complete your medical treatment. Settling a personal injury claim before you reach maximum medical improvement is not advisable. When your doctor states that no other medical treatment will help improve your condition, your doctor prepares a report detailing permanent impairments or disabilities. We need this report to calculate the value of your claim.
Permanent impairments increase the value of your personal injury claim. You are entitled to compensation for the consequences of a permanent disability, such as ongoing medical care, future lost wages, decreases in earning potential, and loss of quality of life.
Preparing a Settlement Demand Package
When you complete medical treatment, your lawyer prepares a settlement demand. The package includes a detailed explanation of why the other parties are liable for your damages, the law the supports our claim, your injuries, and your damages.
Our Glendale personal injury attorneys prepare comprehensive, detailed settlement demand packages to encourage insurance companies to settle your claim for full value. By providing detailed information and documentation, we demonstrate to the insurance company that we have a strong case for liability that we could take to court, if necessary.
Negotiating a Settlement Agreement
The insurance company may agree to pay the amount in our settlement demand package. The company may issue a counteroffer and provide documentation and information to support its position. There are back and forth negotiations between our office and the insurance company. In most cases, we can negotiate a settlement agreement that is fair and just, given the facts of the case.
However, if we continue to have a considerable difference in the settlement amount, the insurance company may suggest mediation. At that point, we discuss your options with you to determine what is in your best interest moving forward.
Our lawyers are skilled and aggressive negotiators, but they are also trained, effective, and successful trial attorneys. We do not stand for strong arm tactics or bad faith insurance practices.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
Roughly ninety-five percent of personal injury claims settle without filing a personal injury lawsuit. When a personal injury lawsuit is filed, a large number of those cases settle before the case goes to trial.
However, we prepare each personal injury case as if we are going to trial. From the beginning of the case, we work to build a case that would win in court. By doing so, we accomplish two goals.
First, we increase our negotiating power. We maximize the chance that we recover the highest value for your injury claim through negotiations. Second, we are ready to take the case to trial. The insurance company knows we are prepared and willing to file a personal lawsuit, which gives us another advantage during negotiations.
Contact Our California Personal Injury Attorneys for More Information
Our legal team is passionate about helping injury victims. Yarian & Associates, APC was founded with the goal of helping individuals recover the compensation they deserve after being injured through no fault of their own. We never stop fighting for our clients. Let us fight for you.
We understand you may have questions about personal injury cases in California. Our lawyers are here to help. Call Yarian & Associates, APC at (844) 291-1911 to request your free consultation with one of our Glendale personal injury lawyers.
This article was last updated on June 20th, 2018.