Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorneys
Accident Injury Claims in South California
When someone has been injured because of someone else’s careless or negligent action, it shouldn’t fall on the victim to pay for their own medical bills and other expenses incurred by the accident. Sadly, this is often the case, especially because insurance companies, large commercial entities, and defense attorneys will stop at nothing to protect their own bottom lines and avoid paying out just settlements to those in need.
If you have been hurt in an accident at no fault of your own, the legal team at Block LLP can stand up against the negligent party on your behalf. Our Burbank personal injury lawyers have over a decade of combined experience fighting for the rights of the wrongfully injured in Southern California. We are prepared to come up with an innovative and effective legal strategy that will hold the at-fault party accountable for the harm they caused and will do whatever it takes to obtain the just compensation you deserve.
What Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law allows someone who has been wrongfully injured to file a lawsuit against the person, company, or other entity responsible for their accident. While insurance claims often cover damages suffered in minor accidents, such settlements usually aren’t adequate enough to pay for the exorbitant costs associated with severe injuries and extensive property damage, so legal action is required to secure a fair amount of compensation that will sufficiently cover the victim’s costs and allow them to recover to the best of their ability.
Important aspects of personal injury claims include:
- The plaintiff: The injured party filing the personal injury claim. In the event of wrongful death, the plaintiff is the claimant filing the lawsuit on behalf of their deceased loved one.
- The defendant: The person who is at fault for the accident according to the plaintiff and is legally liable for damages if the plaintiff wins the case.
- Negligence: The crux of personal injury claims. For the defendant to be found liable for the accident, the plaintiff must prove that the accident was caused by negligence. For example, drunk driving is negligent; however, if the defendant was following traffic rules and perfectly sober when a car accident occurred, it may be harder to prove that they were negligent.
- Damages: When a plaintiff wins their case, they are financially compensated for any losses they suffered due to the accident. These losses are known as damages.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle at Block LLP
Our Burbank personal injury lawyers handle the following personal injury cases:
- Assault and battery injuries
- Aviation accidents
- Bike accidents
- Brain injuries
- Bus accidents
- Car accidents
- Catastrophic injuries
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Product liability
- Property damage claims
- Spine injuries
- Truck accidents
- Wrongful death
- And more
Personal Injury FAQ
Below are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive at Block LLP. We are also happy to answer additional questions and offer counsel regarding your specific case over the phone.
How long do I have to file a personal injury case?
In California, the “statute of limitations” (deadline) to file a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident.
What damages are available in a personal injury case?
Any losses you suffered as a direct result of your accident should be covered. Generally, this includes compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and property damage as well as non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
How much is my personal injury case worth?
Everyone’s losses are based on unique factors specific to their case, so it is impossible to determine exactly how much you can receive without legal counsel. However, if you consult with a personal injury lawyer such as those at Block LLP, we can help you determine how much your case is worth.
Do I need a lawyer for a personal injury case?
You can file a claim without an attorney’s help; however, unless your claim is extremely straightforward and/or you have a significant amount of legal knowledge, working with a lawyer is best. An attorney can help you navigate the claims process and take care of most of the legal paperwork and procedures on your behalf. A lawyer can also accurately calculate how much you are owned, collect and preserve relevant evidence, find trusted expert witnesses to testify for you, and argue your case during negotiations and in court. Plaintiffs are much more likely to secure just compensation with a lawyer’s help; otherwise, the defendant’s insurance company and their lawyer may take advantage of your lack of legal know-how and coerce you into accepting a settlement that is far less than the amount you need or deserve.
How do I pay for a lawyer in a personal injury case?
Most personal injury lawyers, including those at Block LLP, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that rather than paying your attorney up front, legal fees come out of the settlement you receive if you win your case. If you lose your case, you don’t owe your attorney a thing. Either way, you almost never have to pay out of pocket for a personal injury attorney.
Ready to learn more? We offer complimentary, no-obligation consultations to all prospective clients, so feel free to contact us any time to have all your questions answered at no risk to you.
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