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What to Expect From a Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Thursday, January 11, 2018

When seeking a lawyer for any case, particularly a personal injury case, you will find that they offer free consultations for your case before you even commit to choosing them. Even we here at Freeman & Freeman offer free consultations in all areas of law that we cover. However, if it is your first time ever contacting a lawyer, you may not know what to expect from these consultations. Everyone likes to know what they are getting into the first time they ever do something, so if you are considering a free consultation with a potential lawyer, here is what you can expect from the experience.

What is a Free Consultation For?

A consultation for a personal injury case might be more apt to be called a getting to you know meeting for both sides. These consultations typically last for about 30 minutes to an hour in which the potential client will meet with their potential lawyer.

During this time, the client will give a description of what happened, what injuries occurred, and why they want to pursue a personal injury case. During this time, the attorney's only job is to listen and then give feedback on the validity of a potential case. Essentially, they want to hear about your case first to see if you actually do have one. If you don't, they will let you know and let you know why it is not valid in the eyes of personal injury law. This will save you a lot of wasted time and legal fees in the end. However, if your case is valid, they will want to proceed further to see how strong it is. Even clients that think they might have a weak case could very well have a stronger one with the right evidence.

What to Bring To a Consultation?

A personal injury case consultation isn't just about discovering validity in your case, but it is also about discovering how strong that case will be. This is why when heading into a personal injury consultation, even though you are not technically meeting with your lawyer yet, you should bring as much documentation as possible in with you. While it is possible to bring in too many documents, having everything your potential lawyer could ever need to see is never a bad thing.

At very least, for the initial consultation you should bring:

  • Medical Records - Your medical records should record any injuries that resulted from the incident and the treatment or procedures that your doctor administered. These records should also include the cost of the care and contact information for those that treated you.
  • Police Report - The police report will explain what happened and give a number of crucial details including if anyone was breaking the law or contact information for witnesses. Essentially it proves what you believe happened, did actually happen.
  • Insurance Policy Information - This will let the lawyer know what your insurance policy does or doesn't cover.

This is just the very bare minimum. You can also consider bringing records of any correspondence between you and the other party, pay stubs that prove you had to miss work and pay because of the accident, or any other legal documents that the other parties lawyer may have sent over.

How Does a Consultation End?

If it is shown you have a valid case, your lawyer will then begin the other half of the consultation in which they essentially sell themselves to you. A good personal injury lawyer will want you to feel both comfortable with them and confident in their abilities. They will also end the consultation by going over a potential game plan and including the cost and any fees associated with the process. They will be there to answer all your questions and hope you choose them, but even if you want to shop around for legal counsel, anything you disclosed in that consultation is still protected by attorney-client privilege.

If you have been injured in the Los Angeles area and are looking for a personal injury lawyer, contact us today. Freeman & Freeman can help look over your case and build your confidence in our free consultations.

Who is at Fault in a Jaywalking Pedestrian Accident?

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Almost everyone has jaywalked at some point in their life. Maybe at first, you are very diligent about making sure there are no cars even in sight, but after enough jaywalking, you tend to get a little lax with making sure things are safe. This is where jaywalking becomes dangerous as well as illegal.

Jaywalking is illegal for a very good reason. If you get hit at a crosswalk, usually it is because a car was going a little too fast. However, in jaywalking cases, often a car isn't slowing down at all, which can lead to catastrophic injury or even death. In these cases, you or your family may be able to file a personal injury case for compensation, but can you even recover damages if you were jaywalking?

California law states that a pedestrian must yield the right of way to motor vehicles if they are crossing anywhere other than a crosswalk. However, this does not mean that a pedestrian will have no right to damages if they were injured while illegally jaywalking. California is also a comparative negligence state, which means that if the driver also shared a percentage of the fault in the accident, they may be able to pay a percentage of the damages. Unfortunately, if you are determined to be more than fifty percent at fault for the accident, you cannot recover damages and you may need to pay for the other parties injuries.

Jaywalking is something you shouldn't be doing, but people still do it. However, it can make pedestrian accident cases much more difficult, which is why you need a skilled attorney on your side to make sure you can and should pursue damages for your injuries. If you have been in a pedestrian accident in the greater Los Angeles area, contact us today.

The Numerous Factors Of Pedestrian Accidents

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A Collection Of Possible Causes

So many factors have been known to cause pedestrian accidents. While the injured pedestrian is not always negligence-free, all details of the incident are important to consider. Multiple parties are occasionally liable for pedestrian accidents. For example: 

  • The role that the driver of the vehicle played. Was excessive speed involved? What about the all-too-common "driving under the influence" of alcohol and/or drugs?
  • Was the vehicle itself defective, causing the accident?
  • Were the lighting conditions inadequate for safe roadway or pedestrian traffic use? Is the city or municipality liable to any degree?
  • Had the road condition deteriorated enough so that safe driving was difficult?  

A Collection Of Possible Damages

Just as there can be multiple causes of pedestrian accidents, so too the repercussions for the victim can be many and long-lasting. For example:

  • Severe injuries sometimes prevent a victim from ever resuming their vocation, and even destroy the chance of many career choices.
  • At times, reconstructive surgery is needed to make the victim "whole" again.
  • Sadly, premature death is often linked to serious injuries a pedestrian has suffered. 
  • When the quality of life of an injured pedestrian is clearly damaged or permanently ruined, compensation is called for. 
  • Certain issues an injured pedestrian deals with physically will require round-the-clock medical care. Maybe permanently.

Some pains and problems are instantly obvious, but some may take weeks, months, or years to reveal themselves. Certainly reason enough to seek competent legal representation. 

Have you been hurt in a pedestrian accident? Then contact us immediately to receive fair compensation. Benefit from our 30 years of experience! 

Personal Injury Claims for Crime Victims

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The FBI reports that there were 15,696 known murders in 2015 and over 300,000 robberies throughout the United States. It is no secret that the US has a major problem with violent crime, and often the victims just accept that they might not get justice. However, even if they do get justice and their attackers are put away for a good long time, that doesn’t change the fact that they lost something.

Those who suffer crime often have to deal with the aftermath. They have to replace what was stolen or destroyed and they have to pay for the medical bills that cover any injuries. In the case of many, they have insurance that can help, but not always.  What victims don’t realize is that they can file a personal injury claim seeking damages to cover their medical expenses or any other damages that they had to incur.

However, personal injury claims don’t need to just be filed against the attacker, especially if they are never caught. You can also file against the property owner or their insurance company if they didn’t take steps to prevent crimes like yours. Also, if you are attacked and injured while at work, depending on the circumstances, you may be able to collect worker’s compensation while you heal.

If you were the victim of a crime no matter whether the perpetrator is in custody and awaiting trial, has limited assets, or was never caught, you have options for a personal injury case. To talk about your options, contact us today.

How Do Bus Accident Lawsuits Differ from Normal Auto Accidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A bus may seem like a normal automobile, albeit it slightly bigger. However, if you were injured in a bus accident and choose to pursue a lawsuit, you will have a vastly different experience than if you were in an auto accident.

One of the primary differences is that you will likely not be the only victim in a bus accident. There could have been a dozen passengers on board and all of them may have been injured. However, you are not always wielding a lawsuit against just one person either. In bus accidents, blame can be placed not only on the bus driver, but on the bus company, their insurance carrier, bus part manufacturers, and even government entities depending on the unique circumstances of the accident. This means that you will need to decide where the blame for the accident lies and go after the person or people who were most responsible for your injuries. However, many of above have different restrictions and time limits in which you can file suit against them. This means that if you aren’t pursuing the right entity, you may have missed your time frame to do so altogether.

In most cases, the injured parties will often go after the bus driver, since they were the person driving. However, depending on the company and the circumstances, the driver may be protected by the company’s insurance. Regardless, those who do pursue a personal injury suit for a bus crash should be ready for a hard fight, since the insurance company or bus company may be handling multiple cases for crash victims. Naturally, they will want to pay out as little as possible, but this does leave room open for decent settlements.

If you have been in a bus crash in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can do for you.

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