California Personal Injury Attorneys
Serving California For Over 30 Years
California is a big and beautfiful state with natural wonders throughout it's sprawling land. We have beautiful parks, beaches, and tourist attractions that make California the most unique state in the union. However, with all of our land and a massive population, personal injury can occur at any given time. You need to be prepared and should know how to deal with your injuries.
The worst thing you can do after any sort of accident is not act quickly. You need to secure evidence of the accident including photographs, witness statements, geographic evidence, and any information you can get on the parties involved. Doing this in a timely manner can determine the success in your case.
In addition to collecting evidence, finding a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney in California is a good idea. Guilty parties can be extremely defensive and will go to the ends of the earth to not pay for their wrongdoings. This is something we do not tolerate.
Choosing a Personal Injury attorney-A Checklist
If you have been injured in the workplace or in the outside environment through no fault of your own, you will want to seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. The right attorney can and will act in your interests in order to obtain the best outcome for you. Therefore it's essential that you take your time and choose wisely. With this in mind, here are some pointers that you might want to use in order to find the right attorney.
First -- Make some calls
The first thing to remember is that you want to find the best attorney for you. Although every state is different, most states give you anywhere between six months and three years to file a claim. Don't procrastinate or delay. In this instance it is probably best to make a series of calls first. Ask the law firm to give you a free consultation or send you an information package. A reputable personal injury attorney will do this for you. If you call their offices and just get a 'hard sell' tactic instead of talking about the specifics of your case, this may be a good indicator that it's not the right law firm. Instead it is best to gather all the information and make a short list of possible attorneys based on your findings.
Second -- Beware of stalkers
This may seem obvious; however you might be surprised at the number of people who agree to hire a lawyer after being pounced on in the hospital emergency room by an unscrupulous person acting on behalf of a law firm. Remember, you are emotional and vulnerable as such times. Any good personal injury attorney would never allow this type of practice. It is severely frowned upon if not downright illegal in most states.
Third - Get Trusted Recommendations
A good law firm is only as good as their last recommendation, so if you know or hear of anyone who has had a claim that has been successfully fought and won by a particular firm, it might be a good idea to speak to with that person. Also check out the websites of law firms based in your area that specifically deal in this particular area of law. Take a look at the verdicts. Any reputable personal injury attorney will be transparent about this and freely share this information. If the site lists similar cases won to yours, then you know that they are definitely worth checking out.
Fourth -- Make a decision off your short list
After sifting through all the relevant information, make a short list of somewhere between three and five law firms you think might will be able to take on and successfully win your case. Your assumptions can be based on recommendations, on past cases won, or simply a gut feeling or instinct. Whatever your reasons, it is at this stage that you will want to contact them to arrange a meeting. A qualified personal injury attorney will always agree to a meeting. If for any reason you cannot make it in to their offices then they should, and often will, come to you.
Fifth -- Interview the attorney thoroughly
Before meeting with any law firm, it is advisable to prepare a list of questions to ask. Any qualified personal injury attorney is used to this and will certainly be happy to take the time to answer questions. So with this in mind, what type of questions do you need to ask? Here are some ideas...
What does your company charge?
Obviously cost is a big factor in your decision, so you will need to know. Do they have a contingency policy? This means that they will take their percentage out of the money awarded in settlement to the claimant. However, definitely check this out before you proceed. You already have stress and costs. You do not want to pay any expenses out of pocket upfront for your injury lawsuit.
What experience does your firm have in handling your type of case?
Quality Law firms will have an attorney who specializes in your type of case, so ask them about past experience. Furthermore, if you can see some kind of documented evidence, this should aid your decision.
Who will you assign to my case?
It is always good to know which person in the firm will be handling your case and any good law firm will have no problem in disclosing this information from the onset.
Does your firm have malpractice insurance?
Most any law firm of repute will carry malpractice insurance. By choosing one that does, you will feel safe in the knowledge that your law firm cares enough about its clients to know that if anything does go wrong you will be compensated.
Don't Wait too Long - You Have Limited Time, so Choose a Lawyer Quickly
The most important thing is to not wait too long before contacting a lawyer if you have an accident or injury claim. This is because there are time limits on bringing claims; we usually call them statutes of limitation. These time limits may vary from state to state, and they sometimes vary based on the type of claim involved.
But there are other important reasons to act quickly to protect your rights. With each passing day, the odds that vital evidence will disappear increase. The memories of witnesses also fade with time. Not only that, but witnesses sometimes move or die or become difficult to locate, making it harder to prove your case. The time to act is now.
At Bisnar | Chase, we will assist you in determining the best and most efficient route to successfully win your case. Call 1-800-561-4831 today for a free consultation.
Personal Injury Accident Information
Contrary to what most people believe personal injury can be all sorts of things, not just car accidents. Personal injury can include:
Certainly injuries can occur in different ways, these are simply a few of the different types of cases we handle. We've been in California for over 30 years, and we've seen it all.
Many accidents that cause injury in California go unreported because the victim or innocent party doesn't know they have a case. This is why getting a free consultation is so important. Personal injury is a very complex and complicated subject - getting legal advice is strongly suggested.
If you look at just dog bites, there are around 4.7 million every year. That's almost 13,000 per day! Financial compensation is important to your overall piece of mind, and we can help you get it.
How to Handle Your Case
Most of the time when you're injured and there is a guilty party, you have a case. If you're not sure about everything, please give us a call 1-800-561-4831 to discuss your case and receive a free consultation.
Gathering all the information you can is vital to a healthy case. We can help you through this process, so please don't hesitate to call.
2006-2012 - Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 60 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Brian Chase has received this award for six consecutive years.