What does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?
Attorney James Johnson works for his clients on a contingency-fee-basis which means he requires no upfront payments. You do not pay anything unless you win. However, when the case is settled, the attorney will take his fee as an agreed percentage of the final settlement. These fees are described in full detail in the contract signed between the attorney and client before work begins on the case. The attorney will pay the costs for a case include everything from copying and court filing fees to hiring experts, but they are reimbursed separately from attorney’s fees once the case has been settled. The value of a case depends on the specific facts and parties involved. How a claim is handled can affect the outcome significantly. For example, if a person is injured, but doesn’t seek medical treatment, this can significantly diminish the value of a claim. The value of the combined insurance policies available to a potential plaintiff is also determined on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, the number of parties liable affects how much coverage is available.
What is the right amount I can expect my
personal injury claim to settle for?
Every personal injury claim is unique. The number of losses endured in your claim, the type of personal injury claim being filed - these are all aspects taken into consideration. The monetary amount will be appropriate with those losses. The worth of your personal injury claim will be discussed during your free consultation.
Should I get in touch with my insurance
The first thing you should do is contact an attorney. Without the representation of a lawyer insurance companies might make contact with you directly and since they tend to care for their best interests this could mean a loss of rights on your behalf if you unknowingly signed something that wasn't completely explained to you.
Is medical attention right for me?
Listen to your body. If you are experiencing pain or some kind of physical harm then the help of a qualified doctor is important to your well being. Johnson Attorneys Group can help you find a trusted medical representative to care for your injuries in the proper manner and help you recover as much as medically possible.
Why do I need to make any injury claim?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer to manage your claim is a multi-faceted decision. One reason may be that the experience and skill the attorney possess' in all the details involved in personal injury claims can translate to an easier process with one less thing to worry about.
What is the job of a personal injury lawyer?
A California personal injury lawyer steps in to represent the best interests of the injured person. The injury can be physical, psychological or both, and it can arise from either an accident or deliberate wrongdoing. The one who caused the injury can be a person, a company, or even a city or a county. Medical bills might need to be paid, or property damage repaired or replaced. Personal injury attorneys help make sure the bills get paid. We will negotiate a settlement or file a lawsuit as well as act as an intermediary between the injured party and the responsible parties. We will also make sure you get the best treatment available.
Is my case big enough for a lawyer to handle?
Our firm handles all types of cases whether it involves more common soft tissue injuries or complex catastrophic injury or death. We have the resources and expertise to help all types of clients.
What is negligence?
In California, negligence is an act or failure to act, when there is a duty of care to another individual. California follows the legal doctrine of "comparative negligence." Even if the plaintiff is partially at fault, he or she can still sue the defendant for the percentage of damage the defendant is responsible for.
Are there time limits to file a personal injury lawsuit?
The time limit, or statute of limitations, is different depending on who is responsible for the injury. You normally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in California, but the time is much shorter if at least one of the parties is a government entity. It is very important to consult an attorney as soon as you realize you might have a claim so the statute of limitation isn’t an issue. If you were a minor at the time of the crash you have until age eighteen to file a claim.
What is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) or No-Fault Insurance?
Personal Injury Protection is an extension of car insurance, which pays out medical bills regardless of who caused the injury. California is considered a fault state regarding auto accidents. This requires that a party proves fault before there is a legal liability. So, if there is an auto accident, the injured party must show the other party negligently caused the accident. California follows the pure comparative negligence law. This allocates fault between parties and will reduce any recovery accordingly. For example, if damages in a case are $10,000 and you are considered 80% at fault, you can still recover damages for the remaining 20% or $2,000. Each party’s negligence is compared to the others and damages are awarded according to the percentage of fault.