Personal injury law is an area of legal practice that attempts to protect the rights of an individual who was injured because of someone else’s negligence. In California, personal injury claims can result after a car accident, truck accident, big rig accident, motorcycle accident, getting bitten by a dog, slipping and falling, accidents caused by someone having a dangerous condition on their property, and more.
If you or a member of your family is injured in an accident, a lawyer can guide you through the process of bringing a claim. A personal injury lawyer can be instrumental in helping you obtain much-needed compensation to help you, and your family, recover. California law allows all injured victims to recover monetary compensation for all the costs and damages associated with the accident. The job of a skilled attorney is to prove that your accident was caused directly by someone else, and to help you collect payment for your damages, pain, and suffering from them.
Fresno Injury Law® represents and protects injured victims throughout the state of California particularly including the counties of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Merced and Kings.
Fresno Injury Law® receives its fee based on a percentage of the settlement or jury verdict recovery. If Fresno Injury Law® does not win your case there is no attorney fee.
What Can We Do for You in Your Personal Injury Case?
As you read the following list, perhaps it is more important to see just how many reasons there are to need a qualified personal injury attorney handling the process for you. Understanding that is more important than understanding everything in the list: in fact, you don’t have to understand it; that’s why you hire Fresno Injury Law®.
- Initial interview with the client (you, or a family member)
- Educate you, or your family member, about personal injury claims
- Gather documentation evidence including police accident reports, medical records, bills, and business records.
- Analyze the your insurance policy to see whether there is any coverage which you have that may pay all or a portion of the medical bills until you can collect from the responsible person, or company
- Analyze your insurance coverage and make suggestions as to what coverage should be purchased for future protection
- Interview known witnesses
- Collect all other evidence; for example, photographs of the accident scene
- Analyze legal issues, including contributory negligence and “assumption of the risk”
- Talk to your doctors and other health treatment providers or obtain written reports from them to fully understand your condition
- Analyze your health insurance policy to see whether any money they spent to pay your bills must be repaid
- Analyze any liens on the case. Doctors, insurance companies, welfare benefit plans and employers may have legal claims stating that they are entitled to all or part of your recovery
- Contact the insurance company to put them on notice of the claim, if this has not already been done
- Decide with you whether an attempt will be made to negotiate the case with the insurance company or whether a lawsuit shall be filed
- If suit is filed, prepare you, your family, witnesses and healthcare providers for depositions
- Prepare written questions and answers and take the deposition—a deposition is an interview of a witness, under penalty of perjury—of the defendant and other witnesses
- Give the defendant all of the pertinent data for the claim, such as medical bills, medical records, and tax returns, as required by law
- Go to court to set a trial date
- Prepare for trial and/or settlement before trial
- Prepare you, your family, and witnesses for trial
- Organize the preparation of medical exhibits for trial
- Organize the preparation of demonstrative exhibits (exhibits that show the jury what happened) for trial
- Prepare for mediation and/or arbitration
- File briefs and motions with the court to eliminate surprises at trial
- Take the case to trial with a jury or judge
- Analyze the jury’s verdict to determine if either side has a good grounds to appeal the case
- Make recommendations to you, and your family, as to whether or not to appeal the case*
- Prepare a full accounting of funds held in trust for your benefit
- Disburse monies according to outstanding liens and balances due you
*Note that our contract with you will not include participating in an appeal, but we will help you determine if one is possible, and direct you to the proper attorney or other resource to do that.
If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, or other action, contact Fresno Injury Law® at (559) 825-8888 for a free consultation today!