Suffering a serious injury can result in long-term consequences, not just for victims but also their families. If the injury was the result of someone else's negligence – whether it was caused by an impaired or distracted driver, a negligent dog owner or a property owner who failed to remedy hazardous conditions – you have the right to retain the services of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to seek just compensation for your losses.
At Vaziri Law Group, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our injured clients. We understand the tribulations victims and their families face as they try to overcome their trauma and pain, and get their lives back together. We will put our knowledge, resources and expertise to work for you to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
A personal injury lawyer provides legal representation to those who have been injured in a traumatic incident, often caused by the negligence of another individual or entity. Personal injury attorneys work with tort law, which means they handle cases that involve acts of negligence and wrongdoing. Personal injury lawyers help those who are injured or those who have lost loved ones as a result of negligence or wrongdoing pursue compensation for their tremendous losses.
Here are some of the most important ways in which personal injury lawyers can contribute to your case:
A personal injury lawyer will work to gather and compile evidence that will substantiate your claim. This could involve getting police reports, tracking down witnesses, obtaining photos, video and other pieces of crucial evidence from the scene, etc. Such evidence can play an important part in establishing who or what caused the incident and who should be held liable. Your lawyer will also help compile evidence that show losses including medical reports, employment documents such as pay stubs, medical records, bills, etc.
A vast majority of personal injury cases don't end up in trial. In fact, most of them are settled out of court. Therefore, you need a personal injury lawyer who is a skilled negotiator in addition to being an able trial attorney. Insurance companies fear attorneys who have a reputation of being accomplished negotiators.
Your lawyer can also send a demand letter on your behalf to an insurance company after thoroughly investigating the claim and evaluating the damages. The demand letter essentially outlines the facts of the case and demands a certain amount of damages for the injuries and losses suffered by victims and caused by the defendants.
In addition to preparing and filing relevant paperwork in court, your lawyer will also engage in the discovery process, which is the formal process where the parties involved exchange information about evidence and witnesses they plan to present during the trial.
If the case ends up in the courtroom, your personal injury lawyer will represent you in court and present your case to the judge and jury.
Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Los Angeles
We handle the following types of personal injury cases in Los Angeles:
- Automobile accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Lyft Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Premises liability
What is the Statute of Limitations for Los Angeles Personal Injury Claims?
It is important to remember that plaintiffs do not have unlimited time to file a personal injury claim. The statute of limitations in California – or deadline to file your lawsuit – for most personal injury cases is two years. This means you must file your case within two years of the date of your accident and injury.
If the plaintiff is under 18 or a child, his or her family will have two years from the date of the child's 18th birthday to file a lawsuit, even if this is more than two years from the date of injury. If you are in doubt about how long you have to file, please contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer to make sure you don't miss the deadline to file your case and seek the compensation you rightfully deserve.
What is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
The value of your personal injury case will be based on the nature and extent of your injuries and damages. For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident that caused you to become paralyzed, your case will be worth a lot more than if you were to suffer a broken arm. Here are some of the factors that could determine what your case is worth:
- The medical expenses you incurred as a result of the accident.
- If you will need ongoing treatment, care and/or rehabilitation for your injuries.
- If you will need long-term nursing care.
- The amount of wages you lost as a result of missing work.
- Property damage repairs.
- Lost earning capacity, if you suffered a major injury that limits your ability to earn as you did prior to the accident.
- Permanent injuries or disabilities you suffered as a result of the accident.
- Pain and suffering – the physical pain and the emotional suffering caused by the accident and your injuries.
Often, the worth of a personal injury case will also depend on the degree of negligence on the part of the defendant. In some cases, in addition to compensatory damages, plaintiffs are also awarded punitive damages, which are awarded to punish the defendant for an egregious level of negligence. An experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can help you properly assess the value of your case.
How Much Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At the Vaziri Law Group, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This essentially means that we will only charge injured clients for our services if we win compensation for them. Our fee will be a percentage of the award we win for you.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, the legal team and Vaziri Law Group will fight hard for your rights. We are dedicated to helping our injured clients secure maximum compensation for their losses.