If you need an experienced Car Accident, Motorcycle, or Truck Accident Lawyer in the Greater Los Angeles area, contact us online or call our office directly at 310-634-1316 to schedule your free consultation.  Joshua Cohen Slatkin is here for you after any vehicular accident.

Unfortunately, you were seriously injured by another party’s negligent or careless actions.  Now you are struggling to recover. You cannot work or pay your medical bills. You are worried that you may never get your former, pre-injury life back. You need a lawyer who cares about you and is dedicated to getting the full compensation you deserve.

At JCS Law Firm, we are committed to restoring our personal injury clients’ dignity and improving their lives through the civil justice system. Get more information here to find out if you have a claim and how we may be able to help you recover what you have lost.

Car Accidents Aren't the Only Type of California Personal Injury Claim

Several key factors must be present for a personal injury claim to be successful in California. You become the plaintiff bringing the personal injury case when you bring a personal injury action. It has to be proven that the defendant acted in a careless (i.e. negligent) manner, the defendant caused the claimant’s injuries, and that the claimant suffered damages (e.g. past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering etc.).

Examples of types of accidents that meet the criteria for a personal injury claim:

  • You are driving through an intersection when a driver runs a red light, slamming into your car or you are rear-ended. Drivers owe others on the road a “duty of care.” Running a red light is careless and reckless, and caused your accident and resulting injuries. Because of your injuries, you may have medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.

 

  • You are walking through the grocery store when you slip and fall from liquid on the floor and hit your head. The store manager has a duty to keep the premises free from hazards and dangerous conditions. The store did not follow protocol and allowed the spill to sit for too long (negligence), leading you to slip and fall causing your physical injuries (causation and damages). Your injuries lead to medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Common Personal Injury Claims:

Our experience with personal injury cases helps us identify what evidence we need to prove your case. In addition to things like the police/incident report and your medical records, we will gather eyewitness and expert testimony and conduct accident reconstructions to evaluate the causes and contributing factors to your accident.

Do Not Trust the Insurance Company to Make a Fair Offer

Drivers, property owners, and business owners all carry liability insurance to pay personal injury claims, but the insurance company lawyers may use a number of tactics to minimize the settlement they have to pay you. These lawyers are rewarded for paying out the lowest amount possible.

Insurance companies might try to engage in the following tactics:

  • Get you to admit fault for your accident. A simple statement like, “I’m sorry this happened,” can be misinterpreted as an admission of fault.
  • Claim your injuries are fabricated, exaggerated, or preexisting.
  • Rush the settlement offer. Many insurers offer claimants a very low offer shortly after the accident, hoping the claimant will take whatever he or she can get.
  • Talk you out of hiring a lawyer to represent you.

We have had years of experience, and we are very familiar with all the tricks insurance companies may try to pull. And we know how to defend against them. If you are interested in learning more about the ways an insurance company may try to cheat you out of what you're owed, request Your Personal Injury Guide: 10 Things You Should Know About Your Personal Injury Case today.