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Costa Mesa Personal Injury Lawyer

attorney Aaron HicksPersonal Injury claims provide injured victims a powerful tool to recover monetary compensation for injuries caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness or intentional acts.

Compensation for an injury includes: “economic damages” such as medical bills, future anticipated medical bills, the victim’s own out of pocket expenses, lost earnings and loss of future earning capacity. It also includes “non-economic damages” otherwise known as pain and suffering.

Aaron Hicks is the Founder, and primary personal injury attorney at Hicks Law Firm in Costa Mesa. Our main office is located at 245 Fischer Ave in Suite D1 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 near the 55 & 73 interchange (open Google Maps). If you or a family member were seriously injured through the negligence or actions of another, contact Hicks Law Firm by calling (949) 541-9944 to schedule a risk-free, no obligation consultation.

Here are some examples of injury-causing incidents that Hicks Law Firm handles personal injury claims for: car accidents, dog bites, dangerous property (slip & fall), defective products, pedestrian accidents, truck accidents, Uber & Lyft accidents, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death.

Why Hire Hicks Law Firm for Your Personal Injury Law Matter

million dollar advocates forumIt’s critically important that when seeking out a personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa, that you choose one that’s both experienced and well versed in this area of law. Hicks Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims and their families. Aaron Hicks has successfully completed numerous jury trials to verdict, as well as binding arbitrations and countless personal injury settlements. Based upon his excellent results, Aaron earned membership into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Aaron is also a member of AAJ (American Association for Justice), CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles), as well as CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California), where he currently serves on the Board of Governors. He is also extremely active locally in OCTLA (Orange County Trial Lawyers Association), where he serves on the Board of Directors as an elected officer, and serves as 1st Vice President in 2024.

California Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Claim

California personal injury laws impose strict deadlines for those filing a lawsuit, otherwise known as “Statute of Limitations”. For personal injury, the Statute of Limitations are generally as follows:

  1. Cases brought against individuals or private companies must be brought within 2 years from the date of the incident.
  2. Claims filed against a governmental entity, such as a City, County or State, that victim must file a governmental claims form within 6 months from the date of the incident. If that entity denies that claim, a lawsuit must be filed within 6 months from the date of denial. Essentially, the lawsuit is shortened by 1 year and must be filed within 1 year from the date of the incident.

California is also considered a “comparative fault” state, meaning that an injured victim may still recover a portion of their damages, even if that victim is found to be partially responsible for the incident. As an example, if a victim were awarded $1,000.00, but were found to be 50% responsible for the incident, then that victim can still recover $500.00 for the remaining 50% fault against the other responsible party or parties.

*Please Note: The statute of limitations is not exactly the same for every circumstance and every incident. It is critically important to discuss the details of your incident with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Why It’s CRITICAL to Work With a “Real” Personal Injury Attorney

Working with a firm that only does personal injury law is crucial for several reasons. Personal injury claims can be intricate and necessitate a thorough understanding of the law, which personal injury lawyers typically possess. We can help navigate the complexities of the California legal system, understand the specifics of your case, and offer professional advice based on your unique situation. We’re trained to negotiate with insurance companies and can fight to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and pain & suffering.

Avoid law firms that do everything, but focus on NOTHING. Hicks Law Firm only does one thing: Personal Injury.

Hicks Law Firm has the expertise to interpret California laws in the context of your unique situation, thereby giving you the best chance of success and obtaining the MAXIMUM available compensation. Furthermore, we can help collect and preserve evidence, interview witnesses, and even bring in experts to strengthen your claim when needed, tasks that may be challenging and time-consuming to do on your own.

Moreover, dealing with a personal injury claim can be emotionally draining, and it’s not uncommon for individuals to make hasty decisions under such stress. We can help you remain calm and be an objective guide in this process, helping to ensure that decisions are made based on logic rather than emotion. We can handle all the paperwork, deadlines, and communication, allowing you to focus on healing.

Lastly, if your claim needs to be taken to court, Hicks Law Firm can provide indispensable legal representation. Our trial experience can make a significant difference to the outcome of your case. Therefore, contacting our law firm regarding your personal injury claim is not only advisable, it’s vital to ensuring you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.

FAQs: Answered by a Costa Mesa Personal Injury Lawyer

  1. What types of cases do personal injury lawyers handle? Personal injury lawyers handle cases involving injuries caused by another party’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional acts. Examples of such cases include car accidents, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, defective products, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle accidents, and wrongful death.
  2. What does compensation for a personal injury include? Compensation for a personal injury includes both “economic damages” and “non-economic damages.” Economic damages encompass medical bills, future anticipated medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses, lost earnings, and loss of future earning capacity. Non-economic damages refer to pain and suffering.
  3. Why is it essential to choose a locally experienced personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa, CA? It’s crucial to select an experienced personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa because they have the knowledge and expertise of the local courts, judges and juries to navigate complex personal injury claim process. Experienced attorneys can help you understand your case, negotiate with insurance companies, collect evidence, interview witnesses, and provide professional advice tailored to your situation. They are your best chance for obtaining the maximum available compensation.
  4. What are some common injuries sustained in personal injury incidents? Here are some common injuries people suffer from after an accident: broken bones, back injuries, head injuries, brain injuries, lacerations, burns, internal injuries, PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), spinal injuries, etc. These injuries may require medical treatment, rehabilitation, and compensation for pain and suffering.
  5. How does the contingency fee for a personal injury lawyer work? Instead of charging hourly rates or fixed fees, our compensation is contingent on the outcome of your claim. We only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you (through a settlement, verdict, award or other), and take a percentage of the recovered amount as our legal fee.

Contact Hicks at Hicks Law Firm

If you or a loved one has been injured by another party’s acts, then Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer Aaron Hicks at Hicks Law Firm is here to assist you in any way that we can. Our years of experience can guide you through this difficult period and do our very best to attempt to make this process as easy as possible for you, while you recover from your injuries.

We have assisted many injured plaintiffs in Southern California recover millions of dollars in damages over the years and look forward to assisting you. Call (949) 541-9944 or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your claim.