Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

Personal injury victims should always retain the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer. Statistics show that victims who choose to "go it alone" receive substantially less compensation than those who retain representation. Laws regarding injury and insurance are complex, and insurance companies can be very difficult. The Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at our law firm will protect your rights and stand up to the insurance companies in the event they try to minimize your claim. We will thoroughly explain the litigation process to you, evaluate and present your claim, and pursue the best course of legal action.

What financial compensation can I receive in a personal injury lawsuit?

Depending on the type and extent of your personal injury, you may be entitled to compensatory and punitive damages. The damages may cover these and other issues resulting from your injury:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages, including overtime
  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent scars
  • Emotional trauma
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment
  • Loss of companionship
  • Embarrassment
  • Mental disability
  • Property damage
  • Transportation charges

What is the statute of limitations?

It is the time limit within which you must file a personal injury lawsuit. In some states, for example, you may have as little as one year to file a lawsuit from an automobile accident. When the statute of limitations expires on your case, you are a barred from ever bringing a lawsuit. Statutes of limitations differ not only from state to state, but also depending on the kinds of lawsuits involved. In some states the statute of limitations for medical malpractice, lawsuits against governmental agencies, and wrongful death actions is shorter than that for other types of personal injury cases. In general, however, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is from two to three years, beginning from the time of the accident that caused your injury.

Should I retain an attorney?

If you want to make certain that every aspect of your case is looked at, you should retain an attorney. The experienced attorneys at our firm are familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to reduce their liability and your settlement. We're familiar with not only insurance companies, but courts and judges, and can get you fair compensation for your damages and injuries.

Our firm will advise you about your property damage, medical bills and lost wages. We'll will tell you which insurance coverage applies to your accident or injuries and what compensation you are entitled to.

How do I pay for an attorney?

You didn't plan on being in accident and don't have the ability to pay extensive legal bills. Our firm does not receive a fee for our services unless and until we recover money for your injuries and damages. We receive a percentage of that recovery. If there is no recovery, you don't owe us a fee.

Where do I turn for medical treatment?

You have been injured in an accident, but either you don't have health insurance or you don't trust your health insurance company to promptly and adequately address your injuries. With our representation, our law firm can help you find the proper doctor(s) and medical facilities for treatment of your injuries. If necessary, this treatment can be provided on a lien basis and paid for at the conclusion of your case out of the monies recovered from the insurance company for your injuries and damages.

How long will it take to resolve my case?

We use all of our resources to bring cases to conclusion as quickly as possible, while also taking care that all cases are fully and properly prepared. While a small percentage of cases may resolve in a few months, it may take several years for a case to reach a conclusion. The time required varies based on the type of case (for example, personal injury cases are usually resolved in shorter periods than class actions or medical malpractice cases), the number of parties involved, the complexity of the investigation process, the number of depositions, and the schedules of expert witnesses and judges.