For more than 30 years the Woodland Hills auto accident lawyers of Freeman & Freeman, LLP, have been representing clients in Los Angeles injured in motor vehicle collisions and accidents.
Rear-end collisions and motorcycle crashes, freeway pile-ups, vehicle defect crashes and catastrophic trucking accidents: If you have been injured and someone else’s negligent or irresponsible behavior is to blame, a Woodland Hills car accident lawyer from our firm can help you.
Call our experienced Woodland Hills car accident lawyers from wherever you are in Los Angeles County. Call any time day or night for a free consultation: 818-574-5865 or contact us online about any auto accident including the following:
The causes of your Woodland Hills auto crash may be difficult to determine and even more difficult to prove. Woodland Hills car accident lawyers with good intentions and some experience in the courtroom are not adequate.
Your attorney must have extensive knowledge and resources to draw upon in these cases in order to maximize your compensation. Do not settle for less than you need and deserve.
Our Woodland Hills car accident lawyers will call on the appropriate engineers, mechanics, medical professionals, independent accident-scene investigators and other experts to find the evidence showing you deserve justice and compensation.
Your case will be meticulously prepared for trial but we will also use our decades of experience in negotiating with insurance companies, product manufacturers, trucking companies and other parties to get the compensation you need. Though we will prepare for trial, we have been extremely successful in getting favorable settlements for our clients before trial is necessary.
Based on our experience, we will be able to let you know, quite quickly, what the chances of success are for your case.
You can have peace of mind knowing that if we take your case, we are confident that we can win. After all, we don’t get paid unless you do. Call us for a free case evaluation: 818-574-5865 or contact us online.
The compensation available in a car accident claim is roughly the same that’s available in most personal injury claims. The compensation that you could receive will cover the costs that are directly associated with the injuries that you suffered as a result of the accident.
Your lawyer must demonstrate this direct connection, which is why it is critical that you keep documentation describing your injuries and the costs associated. Doctors’ notes, medical bills, and bills for the repair or replacement of damaged property can all help your lawyer prove their connection with your injuries.
Your compensation will usually come in the form of two kinds of damages, although there may occasionally be a third form.
The different forms of damages are:
If you have a bill or some other clear financial component to a cost that you suffered in a car accident, that is likely going to be compensated through economic damages. These cover the financial costs associated with the injury. Medical bills, along with property damage, such as damage to a vehicle in the accident, are included in these damages.
If the injuries were serious enough for you to need to miss work, lost wages from that will also be compensated. Additionally, if the injuries are serious enough that they will require ongoing care or prevent you from returning to work in the same capacity, future medical bills, and lost earning capacity are addressed through these damages.
There are a number of psychological and emotional costs that someone who is injured in a car accident can suffer. Pain and suffering from the injuries is just the beginning of the potential costs. Mental anguish, loss of enjoyment in life and other challenging mental conditions can arise because of these accidents.
While these don’t have a clear way that they can be addressed financially, they are still given a value that is then compensated through non-economic damages. The monetary award may, at least, help make the issues more manageable.
It’s not likely that punitive damages will be awarded in a car accident claim, as these are usually only awarded as a kind of punishment for egregious behavior. In most cases, unless there was something malicious, such as a hit-and-run where the runner was caught or another kind of particularly reckless behavior, punitive damages aren’t likely to be awarded.
There are no damages caps on car accident claims in California. However, there is another means by which your damages may be limited.
The state operates under a system of pure comparative negligence for civil claims, like a car accident. What this means is that your compensation could be limited based on whether you were determined to have any fault for the accident or injuries.
In a civil trial, the defendant is given the opportunity to prove fault on the part of the plaintiff. If they succeed in doing so, a percentage matching their share of fault will be assigned to both parties.
That percentage will have a direct effect on the damages that you can recover. In many states, if the plaintiff is found to be 50% or greater at fault for an accident, they are prevented from collecting any compensation.
Fortunately, because California operates on a system of pure comparative negligence, that is not the case in this state. Here, even someone who is 99% at fault could collect some compensation.
The damages awarded, though, will be reduced proportionately to the share of fault that the plaintiff holds. For example, if a plaintiff is going to be awarded $50,000, but they have been found to be 10% at fault for the accident, their final compensation will be $5,000.
In the process of seeking restitution, plaintiffs will need to decide whether they want to settle a claim or take it to court. There’s no way to make a broad claim about whether that’s the right decision or not, as it will heavily depend on the specifics of each case. However, there are a few factors that are important to understand about weighing the benefits of the two options.
Because a settlement is a kind of compromise, both parties may be perceived as giving something up. In a civil settlement, what both parties are giving up is opportunity. For the plaintiff, they are giving up the opportunity to possibly be awarded more in the process of a full trial, while the defendant is giving up the possibility that a full trial may allow them to avoid paying anything at all.
Both sides gain the element of certainty. For the defendant, there is the risk that they may have had to pay more by going to trial. For the plaintiff, there is the risk that going to trial results in a much lower payment or nothing at all. By settling, both sides are able to avoid that potential risk. The final payout will be whatever was agreed to by both parties.
Another potential benefit of settling, particularly for the plaintiff, is the element of time. A trial could be a lengthy, difficult process. It’s not uncommon, in complex cases, for it to be months or even years before a plaintiff finally receives the compensation that they are owed. For many people, this kind of delay is not worth the wait for a higher payout. They would rather choose the quicker payout that comes shortly after a settlement.
Whether a settlement is right for you will depend on a number of different factors:
These are all important considerations, and your lawyer can help you better understand the situation in your claim.
Involvement in an automobile accident can be a very traumatic and confusing experience. While obtaining immediate medical attention for injuries is the primary concern, it is also important to collect as much information as possible at the accident site.
The following checklist provides an outline of the most important information that needs to be gathered after an accident in order to protect your legal rights. For help, contact the car accident attorneys at Freeman & Freeman, LLP.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys can answer questions and help you recover compensation for your injuries.
At Freeman & Freeman, LLP, we have addressed the concerns and legal needs of our California injured clients for more than four decades. After a car accident, we know that you may have questions, many concerns and bills to pay.
Therefore, we have compiled some of the most common questions from our clients in the hope that they may be useful for you or a loved one, as follows:
A: We are all expected to cooperate with the relevant authorities when required. Therefore, after a car accident, you are expected to answer all the questions of a police officer. We advise you to do the following when speaking with any authority:
You can contact an experienced lawyer to file your insurance claim, whether minor or major. A lawyer’s advice and assistance can play an essential part in protecting your rights.
A. Yes. Regardless of the severity of the collision and the party at fault, you should report it to the DMV in writing using an SR 1 form within 10 days after the accident. Your insurance agent or legal representative can help you comply with this requirement.
A. It means you can recover compensation from the party that was at fault for the accident. Proving liability may be a difficult task that depends on the facts and evidence you are able to provide. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can assist you in gathering the information insurance companies and authorities require to determine liability.
A: Under certain circumstances, and if the parties cannot agree in significant aspects involving liability, amount of compensation or severity of injuries suffered by the victim(s), your case may go to trial. However, many insurance companies avoid this step and make every effort to settle an issue before it goes to court due to the high costs of litigation.
From filing insurance claims to maximizing compensation or seeking justice, we have fought for our clients and guided them to protect their interests. You pay our fees only after we recover your compensation.
Freeman & Freeman, LLP, has helped innumerable clients throughout Los Angeles and California obtain successful results in car accident lawsuits — and our record proves it. Our Woodland Hills car accident lawyers have recovered more than $220 million for our clients who have been seriously injured in California. We can help you.
The results of each case depend on the specific facts, but we have won verdicts and large settlements for our auto accident personal injury clients throughout California. In some of the most complex, highest stakes and challenging cases imaginable, we have been victorious.
When insurance companies refuse to pay; when responsible parties refuse to admit their wrongdoing; when people have been seriously injured in Woodland Hills auto accidents, lawyers at Freeman & Freeman, LLP, stand up for victims.
Contact experienced Woodland Hills car accident lawyers today to discuss your claim. We offer a free consultation and handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. If we don’t win your case, we collect no attorneys’ fees.