Fighting For Your Rights And Compensation
When it comes to personal injury, our team at The Hayes Law Firm has one focus and that is making sure our injured clients and their families are taken care of after an unfortunate accident caused by someone else’s fault. It is hard to know just how difficult and disruptive a personal injury accident can be until you or a close loved one is living through it.
Every accident and injury is different, and the ways in which people and their families are affected after accidents are different as well. For this reason, our personal injury attorneys give each client individual attention and make themselves available when clients contact them with questions and concerns.
Common Personal Injury Difficulties
Many difficulties may arise when it comes to personal injuries and they are often things that people never considered would be an issue. Some common difficulties our clients experience are described below.
- Injury recovery – One of the hardest aspects of personal injury is the physical recovery, especially when injuries are severe. Doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, and other treatments required may seem endless and exhausting.
- Expenses – The cost of those medical appointments and treatments can really add up. Even when insurance is paying for medical costs, out-of-pocket expenses for deductibles and copays can be enough to hurt family finances.
- Lost wages – When work is missed because of injuries, those lost wages add even more to the financial burdens that frequently come along with personal injuries. Sometimes debilitating injuries leave a person unable to ever return to work or they may only be able to return to work in a limited capacity.
- Lack of transportation – When injuries prevent someone from being able to drive or when automobiles are destroyed in an accident, transportation becomes an issue. And it is not just an issue for the driver; it is also an issue for other people such as children, who rely on the driver for transportation as well.
- Accommodations and modifications – Serious injuries, especially debilitating injuries, typically require a number of modifications and accommodations such as making a home handicapped accessible or installing motor vehicle adaptive equipment such as hand controls and wheelchair lifts.
Types Of Personal Injury Cases
At The Hayes Law Firm, we handle all types of personal injury cases including:
- Car accidents, including rear-end collisions and rollovers
- Large truck and bus accidents
- Pedestrian accidents, including accidents not involving motor vehicles
- Bicycle accidents, including non-collision incidents
- Train accidents
- Workplace construction accidents
- Unsafe or defective products
- Dog bites and pet-related injuries
- Slip and fall accidents and other premises liability cases
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
- Children’s injuries
Recovering from an injury is uneasy, but our personal injury lawyers can help you pursue a claim against the negligent or careless party to seek financial reimbursement.
Wrongful Death And Survival Actions
Some of the most difficult cases our firm handles are wrongful death cases. When someone’s death is caused by another person’s fault, our attorneys represent close family members seeking recovery for losses they have sustained as a result of their loved one’s death. Sometimes survival actions are appropriate as well in order to recover for the decedent’s injuries and damages for the benefit of his or her estate.
Being injured is never easy. Even a minor injury can cause severe physical pain and suffering on top of emotional and psychological effects. The consequences of a personal injury can hurt your earning capacity and have a drastic impact on your family.
Regardless of whether you suffered a spinal cord injury, brain injury or any other type of injury, your family members will most likely become caregivers until you get back on your feet and will have to provide for you financially throughout your recovery.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Partially At Fault For My Injury?
Many victims of car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other types of accidents tend to believe that they still have their right to sue the other party if they were partially to blame for their injury.
“In reality,” answers our personal injury lawyer, “You can sue, though your compensation will be limited to a certain percentage depending on how your negligence contributed to your injury.”
Under California’s comparative negligence rule, you are eligible for compensation even if you were 90% responsible for the accident (yes, you can still recover the remaining 10% through a personal injury claim).
Will I Have To Go To Court To Settle My Personal Injury Claim?
Although it is not necessary to go to court to receive compensation in a personal injury case, the option of going to trial should never be ruled out if the other party’s insurance company is reluctant to pay you the maximum amount of compensation.
An attorney with a proven track record and strong negotiation skills will help you settle your claim outside of court to get the most money. If the settlement talks fail, however, our team will take your case to trial.
Why Do I Need A Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people believe that they have what it takes to represent their own interests in courts and, therefore, do not need to hire a personal injury lawyer to win the compensation.
An experienced lawyer will help you manage your expenses during the claims process and navigate the court’s filing requirements. Statistically speaking, people who seek legal representation recover damages for the amount that exceeds the amount recoverable by people who opt out of legal representation.
How Does A Contingency Fee Work?
Usually, when hiring a personal injury attorney, people must pay a contingency fee, which is basically taking on a legal case for a fixed percentage of the client’s final award or settlement. The greatest benefit of contingency fees is that the client does not need to pay the attorney if they end losing the case.
We Are Here To Listen; Call Today
Typically, the average attorney fees in California range from 30 to 40% of the final settlement or award. Consult with our skilled personal injury lawyers from The Hayes Law Firm to discuss your case and estimate your total damages and losses. Call at 323-693-1052 for a free case evaluation.