A personal injury can stop anyone in their tracks. One moment, you’re spending your time hitting work milestones, taking care of your kids, and squeezing in some time for yourself when you can. In one moment, that all changes—you fall through a rotted-out step while out and about, get hit by a distracted driver, or watch your child get injured by a defective toy.
When you’re injured because of another person’s mistake or malice, you shouldn’t be left to handle the fallout on your own. Let us fight for the fair and full compensation you deserve. Call the Tustin personal injury lawyers at Hicks Law Firm at 949-541-9944 now and schedule your free case evaluation.
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Whether you’ve been injured in a car crash, by a dog bite, or at someone’s home or business, you’re probably asking yourself right now: do I need a personal injury lawyer? You already have a lot to do. You have to notify your work, work out repairs or vehicle replacement in some cases, get checked out by a doctor, and more. Isn’t hiring an attorney just one more thing on your list?
The fact is that hiring a personal injury lawyer will actually take away from your to-do list, not add to it. If you plan on tackling your case yourself, you’ll need to communicate with the other party’s insurance company, keep track of your expenses and injuries, and negotiate all by yourself. That’s on top of continuing your medical care and trying to take care of your family’s needs.
When you hire Hicks Law Firm, all you need to do is focus on your recovery. We’ll jump into action right away, investigating your personal injury claim, learning more about your injuries, and figuring out what the insurance company’s angle will be. From there, we’ll determine what your injury is worth and demand fair compensation from the insurance company. The same tricks that work on accident victims do not work on attorneys, so we can protect you from the tricks that insurance companies use to drive down settlement values.
As you work toward a fair settlement, be ready for the other person’s insurance company to do whatever they can to reduce your claim’s value. That’s why we don’t recommend talking to their insurance adjuster until you have an attorney. Anything you tell them and any evidence you provide them can only hurt you. They do not have your best interests in mind, and they will use every mistake you make against you.
Our team will keep you informed every step of the way. As your case progresses, we will keep you informed of your options and help you make the best decision for you. Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, but complicated cases or those involving a stubborn insurance company may go to court. Either way, we are prepared to do what is best for you every step of the way.
In California, you may be awarded two types of damages in a personal injury claim. Compensatory damages reflect the monetary and non-monetary losses you’ve sustained as a result of your injuries. Compensatory damages are further broken down into general damages and special damages. Special damages are compensation for financially measurable losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, repair costs, and out-of-pocket expenses. General damages compensate you for pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and other losses that don’t have a clear and easily measurable financial loss.
In a handful of cases, exemplary damages may be awarded. Exemplary damages serve to punish the negligent party in cases of egregious negligence or malice. This is a fairly rare occurrence.
In California, you generally have two years from the date of injury to seek compensation from the negligent party. There are certain circumstances that may extend this window or cause it to pause, so it’s important to talk to a personal injury lawyer in Tustin as soon as possible to assess your options.
California, like many other states, is a comparative negligence state. If a jury finds that you share some of the blame for the accident that caused your injuries—which is actually quite common—you can still recover compensation. However, your compensation will be reduced proportionately to the amount of liability you have.
This is your chance to pursue the full and fair compensation you deserve. Let’s talk about your accident, plan your next steps, and get started. Call Hicks Law Firm at 949-541-9944 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with our Tustin personal injury lawyers.