Personal Injury FAQ
So you’ve been in an accident and now you’re dealing with a painful injury, expensive medical bills, and other physical, mental, and financial burdens. What makes the situation even worse is the fact that the accident wasn’t even your fault! Why should you have to suffer for someone else’s mistakes? The answer is, you don’t. Check out this FAQ provided by Wilshire Law Firm to learn about your rights and legal options after an accident. If you would like to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our dedicated personal injury attorneys, call (800) 522-7274. We offer FREE consultations.
HOW MUCH IS MY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM OR LAWSUIT WORTH?
While an attorney cannot provide you with an exact figure – and you should not trust one who claims otherwise – he or she can give you an estimate based on several factors, including but not limited to: the severity of your injuries, the circumstances surrounding your accident, the identity of the liable party, and the limits of his or her insurance policy. The following damages are considered when determining the worth of your claim:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages and loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
The amount of compensation you receive will be affected by not only the extent of your damages but also the strength of the evidence supporting your claim. That is why it is essential to get help from a personal injury lawyer who has experienced investigating and resolving cases like yours.
HOW SOON SHOULD I FILE A LAWSUIT?
In California, the deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit, also known as the statute of limitations, is two years from the injury or date of discovery in most cases. However, there are exceptions. It is best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible following your accident if you want to ensure that your suit is filed in time. Missing the deadline can result in you being barred from pursuing compensation for your injury.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RESOLVE MY PERSONAL INJURY CASE?
To put it simply, it is extremely difficult to determine how long it will take to a resolve a personal injury case. Each and every case presents its own unique set of circumstances which affects its length, so it’s impossible to come up with a general timetable. Some lawsuits may settle in a few months without the need for litigation, while others can take years to complete.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT A PERSONAL INJURY DEPOSITION?
If your case has a good chance of going to trial, you will likely undergo a deposition, an oral question and answer session with the opposing attorney. Be prepared for the following questions:
- Have you suffered other illnesses and/or injuries in the past?
- Is this the first time you have been involved in a legal claim?
- Can you produce any witnesses to the accident?
- Have you filed an insurance claim?
- What is your employment history?
- How has your injury affected your life?
- When was the last time you received medical treatment for your injury?
An attorney can help you prepare for a deposition by going over important documents related to your injury claim and coaching you on your answers. He or she will also be at your side during the deposition itself.
CAN I STILL PURSUE COMPENSATION IF I WAS PARTIALLY AT FAULT FOR MY INJURIES?
Yes. The state of California uses a “pure comparative negligence” system for determining damages in a personal injury suit. Under this system, your compensation amount will be deducted by an amount equivalent to your percentage of fault. So, for instance, let’s say a jury awards you $100,000 in a verdict but also determines that you were 50 percent at fault for the accident. In the end, you will receive $50,000 ($100,000 minus 50 percent).
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO HIRE WILSHIRE LAW FIRM?
At Wilshire Law Firm, we provide our services on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you won’t have to pay us any attorney fees unless we make a recovery. We advance witness fees, court filing fees, deposition costs, and other legal expenses. We have ways to take care of your medical costs as well! Once we obtain a settlement or verdict, we will take a fair percentage of the proceedings as payment for our services. We won’t ask for even a single cent beforehand. So there is literally zero risk to seeking our help!
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident caused by another party, contact Wilshire Law Firm today to get started on the road to recovery. Since opening the doors of our first Los Angeles office in 2007, we have obtained more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. Our attorneys have years of experience and the results to show for it. You won’t go wrong with our legal team at your side. Call us today and let us fight for you.