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Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

attorney Aaron HicksAccidents happen when we least expect them, often causing severe physical and emotional harm. When someone else’s negligence or intentional actions impact you, seek the justice and compensation you deserve through a personal injury claim.

Orange County personal injury lawyer Aaron Hicks has helped thousands of clients suffering from injuries caused by others, and he can help you too. Call 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form to learn more about your rights and what you should do next.

Effective Personal Injury Representation for Orange County Residents

Personal injury claims are efforts by individuals injured in some way due to another party’s negligence or intentional misconduct. They want to hold the responsible party accountable and seek financial compensation for the damages (the harm measured in dollars) caused.

Personal injury cases usually start with filing a claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. Information passes between the parties, we make a settlement demand, and negotiations take place. Nearly all personal injury cases settle without being resolved at a trial, but we’ll go that route and fully defend your rights at trial if necessary.

million dollar advocates forumAaron Hicks is a highly awarded attorney who only handles personal injury claims. Mr. Hicks has been awarded as a member in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is the President Elect for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. Contact Hicks Law Firm and discuss your claim with Aaron today.

Types of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases arise from accidents, including:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents: These include car accidents, bicycle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, Uber & Lyft accidents and pedestrian accidents caused by negligence, which can include distracted or drunk driving or failure to follow traffic laws.
  • Premises Liability: Premises liability injuries occur when you’re injured on another’s property due to dangerous conditions, such as wet floors, uneven walkways, dog bites or inadequate signage. They can also cover injuries due to negligent security, or when a property owner or manager fails to take action to protect you from foreseeable criminal conduct.
  • Product Liability/Defective Products: When a defective product causes you harm, you may be able to pursue a product liability claim because the product is unsafe even when you follow its instructions and warnings. Claims can be made against the product’s manufacturer, distributor, and seller.
  • Wrongful Death: If a close family member is killed by the negligence or an intentional act by another, you may be able to collect compensation through a wrongful death action.

Personal injury cases are limited only by the circumstances that created them. What ties them all together is another party made a serious mistake or took an intentional act and injured you.

Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

While details of each case vary, personal injury claims generally follow these steps:

  • Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney: The first step is to contact our office so you can consult with Orange County personal injury attorney Aaron Hicks. He will evaluate your case’s merits, advise you on legal options, and, if he represents you, guide you through the insurance claim and litigation processes
  • Investigation and Gathering Evidence: We will conduct a thorough investigation into what happened, why, and who’s responsible, so we’ll have evidence to support your claim. This may involve reviewing medical records, accident reports, witness statements, surveillance videos, and other relevant documentation
  • Negotiation and Settlement: We will attempt to negotiate a fair settlement with the opposing party or their insurance company. This process aims to achieve a resolution without going to trial, saving you time and reducing your emotional burden. Most cases will settle, allowing you to move on with your life, thanks to reasonable compensation for your injury, in exchange for not pursuing the responsible party any further
  • Filing a Lawsuit: If we can’t reach a fair settlement, we’ll file a lawsuit in the appropriate court. This starts the legal litigation process and sets the stage for further proceedings
  • Discovery and Pre-trial Motions: Part of that process includes the parties exchanging information and evidence through discovery. Attorneys may also file pre-trial motions to address specific legal issues before a trial begins
  • Trial: If the case hasn’t settled yet, it proceeds to trial. Both sides present evidence and make arguments to a jury, who will determine liability and, if they decide in your favor, assess damages
  • Appeal: If a verdict is reached and the losing party feels the judge or jury made a serious mistake that affected the case’s outcome, they may be able to appeal the decision. The appeal may be dismissed or lead to another trial with the higher court’s instructions to avoid the error a second time

As the client, you decide the goals and make significant decisions concerning your case. With your agreement, your attorney makes the tactical and practical decisions to reach the outcome you desire.

The Importance of Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury claims are crucial in ensuring those responsible for causing harm are held accountable. They serve several important purposes for you and others:

  • Compensation: A personal injury claim usually includes claims for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, emotional distress, and other damages you incurred due to the accident
  • Deterrence: Individuals deter others from engaging in negligent or harmful behavior by pursuing legal action. This helps promote a safer environment for everyone
  • Public Safety: Lawsuits may shed light on hazardous products, practices, or conditions, prompting changes and reforms to prevent future accidents
  • Justice and Closure: Personal injury claims provide victims with an opportunity to seek justice and closure, as well as regain a sense of control over their lives after a traumatic event

No matter your goals in filing a personal injury claim, we can talk about your situation and the best approaches to reach them.

Aaron Hicks is an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney You Can Trust

If you or a loved one are injured due to another party, Aaron Hicks at the Hicks Law Firm will assist you in any way we can. Our firm serves clients seeking to file a personal injury claim throughout Orange County including Costa Mesa, Irvine, Tustin, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and throughout Southern California. Thanks to our years of experience, we can guide you through this difficult period and do our very best to make this process as easy as possible while you focus on your family, returning to work, and recovering from your injuries.

We have assisted many injured plaintiffs in Orange County over the years and look forward to helping you too. Call 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form so we may discuss your case.