Irvine Personal Injury Attorney
Experienced Representation for Irvine Personal Injury Accident Victims
Americans commonly think about the U.S. legal system as if it is a singular thing. In reality, the U.S. legal system is a broad idea that functions practically within specialized sub-systems. If you need to file for bankruptcy, you’ll file your case in the federal bankruptcy district court that governs over residents where you live. If you need to file for divorce, you’ll work within the family courts. If your small business is suffering because a competitor has infringed upon your intellectual property rights, you’ll work within the courts that handle corporate law. If you commit a crime, the criminal justice system will determine your fate. However, if you’ve suffered injuries as a result of another’s negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous behavior, your case will be governed by the civil courts that handle personal injury claims.
Personal injury law governs the rights of accident victims and the civil rights of crime victims. This area of law also broadly governs the rights of those who may not have been injured as a result of an accident but have nonetheless been harmed because a person, corporation, municipality, or other legal entity caused them harm as a result of negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous behavior. The personal injury claims process allows accident victims to seek compensation through legal action. Attorneys who practice this area of law also assist those who have suffered harm with their insurance claims in order to better ensure that these claims aren’t unfairly valued, delayed, or rejected outright.
How Our Firm Can Help
If you’ve been injured as a result of another’s actions or inactions, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim and to receive compensation as a result of the harm you have suffered. Our firm is proud to represent the interests of personal injury victims who reside in Irvine and neighboring communities as well as those who travel in Orange County. We believe that every accident victim deserves quality representation, regardless of their economic situation, immigration status, employment status, age, and other personal circumstances. As a result, we offer risk-free case evaluations at no cost. If you schedule a case evaluation with our team, it would be our honor to clarify your legal options, protect your rights, and – if you choose to move forward in this way – pursue legal action on your behalf.
Our knowledgeable and experienced legal team has handled many kinds of personal injury cases efficiently and effectively. Some of the most common personal injury claims we handle include:
- Car Accidents
- Dangerous and Defective Product Cases
- Medical Malpractice
- Truck Accidents
- Work-Related Accidents
- Accidents Resulting in Wrongful Death
With that said, you can certainly schedule a consultation with us even if your personal injury case doesn’t conform to one of the categories listed above. No two cases are exactly alike. Our team believes in treating our clients’ cases with the personalized guidance, dedication, and respect they deserve. Know that if you work with us, you’ll never feel like your case is just another task on our to-do list. We aim to treat our clients in the same ways we’d hope our loved ones would be treated if they ever needed to seek legal counsel from another firm. If you’re unsure of whether you have grounds to file a case or your situation falls within our areas of experience, that’s okay. Schedule a consultation with our team and we’ll either answer your questions or direct you to someone else who can.
Is Pursuing Legal Action “Worth” the Stress of Filing a Claim?
Given that you’re recovering from injuries or you’re a family member grieving the loss of a loved one, chances are good that the last thing you want to be dealing with right now is lawyers. We will do our utmost to ensure that you only need to exercise necessary energy when dealing with your case. Our team will handle as much of the personal injury claims process and the insurance claims process as possible on our own in order to minimize your stress. With that said, we understand that dealing with anything legal can be stressful when you’re dealing with injury, illness, and/or grief. Our firm respects that reality and we don’t take it for granted. Yet, short-term stress is often worth avoiding the long-term stress that usually accompanies a failure to act in the wake of a personal injury crisis.
The law codifies the rights of accident victims for very good reasons. It is patently unjust to saddle personal injury victims with the costs associated with the harm that they’re suffering which was caused by others. If you were recently injured as a result of another’s actions or inactions, you shouldn’t have to be burdened by costs related to your injuries and you don’t have to navigate your legal options alone. Yes, filing a personal injury claim can be stressful. Yes, allowing us to negotiate with insurance claims adjusters on your behalf can be relatively anxiety-inducing. However, not acting now may result in the burden of trying to manage significant medical bills, lost wages, and other costs associated with the harm you’ve suffered. Don’t let your future self wonder why you didn’t explore your legal options when you had the chance.
Can Scheduling a Consultation Wait Until You’re Feeling Better?
Understandably, a lot of personal injury victims avoid exploring their legal options for long periods of time because they are focused on their recovery, their families, getting back to work, and a host of other stressors that tend to take over in the wake of becoming injured or ill as a result of another’s actions or inactions. For better and for worse though, exploring your legal options is not a task that you should put off any longer.
Whether your accident happened today or a few months ago, the law only gives you so much time to decide whether you want to file legal action, insurance claims, etc. If you wait too long, your legal options will become barred by California’s statute of limitations. For example, if you were hurt in a car accident, you only have two years to file a claim (per California Code of Civil Procedure § 335.1) before you forfeit that right. Acting quickly to explore your legal options helps to ensure that critically important evidence that may “make or break” your case can be preserved. Additionally, acting quickly can help you get access to any compensation you may be entitled to quickly. Bills tend to pile up in the wake of an illness or injury and personal injury cases take time to work their way through the legal system. Acting now will help to ensure that you get access to compensation before the bills associated with the harm you’ve suffered become unmanageable.
As soon as we learn about the details of your unique situation, we can (with your permission, of course) begin the process of taking on the legal “heavy lifting” associated with your case so that you can focus on your recovery, your family, your work, and/or anything else that needs your attention right now. We respect how much you’re going through at this time. This is the primary reason why our legal team is so devoted to working efficiently and effectively on behalf of our clients.
Do I Need to Work with a Lawyer to File a Claim Successfully?
There is very little that can be done successfully within the personal injury claims process without the assistance of an experienced attorney. This area of law is complex. As a result, you’ll want an experienced attorney advocating for your interests at every step along the way. Similarly, you’ll want to work with an attorney even if you’re “only” going to file insurance claims – not legal action – related to the harm you’ve suffered. Insurance companies are private enterprises that need to remain profitable to stay in business. Without an attorney’s guidance, your claim could be rejected, delayed, and/or undervalued. Don’t attempt to navigate these legal hurdles alone; there is too much at stake for you and your family to take that kind of risk.
Preparing for Your Consultation
The most important thing you can bring to your consultation is a list of any questions you may have about your legal options and/or our firm’s approach to representation of our clients. This list will help to ensure that all of your concerns are addressed in ways that allow you to make informed decisions about your options. Additionally, please bring along any information that will allow us to make the most accurate possible assessment of your case. The list below will give you some good ideas of the kind of information we’re looking for. Please note that this list frequently refers to “accidents.” If you’ve experienced harm as a result of a defective medication or another non-accident scenario, please don’t feel pressured to “drum up” these kinds of documents and information that may not apply to your situation. Not every personal injury case involves an accident. With that said, some of the information we’ve traditionally found helpful includes:
- Pictures and/or video recordings of the accident scene
- A copy of your accident report filed by law enforcement
- The names and any available contact information of witnesses that saw the accident take place
- The names and any available contact information of others involved in the accident
- The insurance information of others involved in the accident
- Contact information for your insurance provider and – if you have already spoken to insurance representatives from your provider or the insurer of anyone else involved – please bring their names and contact information too
- Physician notes and/or discharge papers from medical treatment you received as a result of the accident
- The names and contact information of any healthcare providers who have treated you for injuries related to your personal injury situation
- Any medical bills or correspondence related to your situation that you feel may be relevant
- Any receipts for expenses that you’ve incurred as a result of the harm you’ve suffered.
- If you were injured while on the job and you reported that injury, please bring a copy of that accident report and any supporting documentation
Finally, please take a little time to either write down or otherwise record your memories of the accident or other situation that caused the harm you’re suffering. This recording can serve as a very helpful reference to us as we build your case and may serve as a resource for you should you ever want to reference it in the future. When the body suffers physical and/or emotional trauma, it often tries to protect itself by blocking out challenging memories over time. Making a recording now will help to ensure that your story remains at the center of your case and that we don’t have to bother you by asking you to retell your story more often than is necessary. Just like exploring your legal options, making effort to record your memories now can be stressful but is likely going to be a worthy investment of your energy.
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