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If you have been injured in an accident, you are likely wondering whether you need to hire an El Monte personal injury attorney to handle your case. In reality, the question is not whether you should hire an attorney, but which lawyer is the right one for your case.
In any personal injury case, the amount of compensation that you receive could vary widely. First, you would need to show that you are legal entitled to payment for your injuries. This requires you to prove that someone else was negligent. This is not a given in every case. In some cases, the question of who was responsible for the accident is not always settled. Many attorneys promise that they will fight for top dollar for you, but first, they must show that you are legally entitled to a dollar in the first place.
At the JLF Firm, we are open and honest with our clients about their rights, and we fight for every dollar they deserve. We handle a wide range of injury cases, so please never hesitate to contact us to discuss whether we can help you.
We Fight for Our Clients
As your personal injury lawyer, we would thoroughly investigate the facts of your case. Then, we would help you assemble the claim that you submit for compensation. We would be present when the insurance company wants to speak with you, and would protect you when the other party’s insurance company tries to contact you and tries to coerce you into making a statement that could hurt your legal case.
Of course, once we have helped you establish that someone else was at fault for the accident, we would fight for financial compensation on your behalf. This is where you need a lawyer who is both a skilled negotiator and an aggressive litigator. While not every case will end up in a courtroom, your attorney should always be prepared to litigate your case. In the end, the insurance company also does not want your case to go to trial. While their initial settlement offer may be low, having the right legal representation will help you negotiate and get more money than they are first willing to pay.
At the JLF Firm, we have experience in a wide range of personal injury cases, providing sensible representation with a client-centric approach. We are accident attorneys, handling cases in the following practice areas:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and fall injuries
- Dog bites
- Bicycle accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Wrongful death
Do not let someone else’s negligence take away your day-to-day life from you without doing something about it. Hiring an attorney may not just help you get financial compensation. It could also help you and your family get justice when someone else caused you an injury.
Putting the “Personal” in Personal Injury Law
We never forget to focus on the “personal” part of personal injury law. After all, we engage in the practice of personal injury law to help our clients after they have been hurt in an accident. Our approach is client-centric, offering compassion and understanding during a difficult time when you need it the most. However, we certainly know how to fight for you when your situation calls for it.
As attorneys who work directly with injured clients, we understand the difficulties that you face during the personal injury process. We know that you are dealing with financial, physical, and emotional issues as you seek to deal with the aftermath of your accident. After all, there is a reason why you are seeking pain and suffering damages in your legal action.
How Your Personal Injury Case Will Work
Your personal injury case will begin when you contact us for a free initial consultation. At that point, we work with you to learn the facts of your case and will suggest paths forward for you. After that, you will decide whether you want the JLF Firm to represent you in your case. You should see that we have the necessary experience and approach to handle your matter.
Once you choose us as your personal injury attorney, we will go to work. If you are filing an insurance claim, we will help you prepare and file your claim and be present when you speak with your insurance company. We will also protect you from the badgering and usual tricks that the responsible party’s insurance agency may use to try to escape responsibility or cut the amount that they owe you.
Establishing Fault in Your Personal Injury Case
Whether you are able to recover for your injuries depends on who is at fault for your injury. The test that an insurance company or a court would use is whether someone else was negligent in the events that caused your injury.
When you are filing a civil lawsuit, you must prove each of the four elements of the negligence test. Your personal injury lawyer would do this by introducing evidence and witnesses who could testify about what happened. They would also use your medical records to document and show the extent of your injuries. As a claimant or a plaintiff seeking compensation, you have the burden of proof to show what happened.
Here is what you must prove in a personal injury case:
Duty of Care - Here, you must show that there was a relationship between you and the defendant that required them to exercise reasonable care. For example, even if you are perfect strangers, being fellow drivers on the road creates that kind of relationship.
Breach of the Duty - For this element, you must prove that someone else acted unreasonably. This is in comparison to the actions that a reasonable person would have taken under the circumstances.
Injury - You must prove that you suffered some sort of damages because of the accident. In most cases, this is a physical injury, but property damage could also suffice.
Causation - This element involves showing that someone else was the proximate cause of your injury. In other words, you would have never been hurt or damaged if it was not for what the defendant did.
As you can see, there are a number of different ways that a personal injury lawyer would help prove your case. They would include the following:
- Recreating the accident to show that the defendant acted unreasonably, and this is almost always a factual question that depends on what happened in your accident. What is reasonable under some circumstances may not be reasonable in others.
- Working with medical experts and reviewing your medical records to establish the injury that you suffered, as the extent of your injury could be challenged in a claim or trial.
- Showing that someone else was the cause of your injury, and this could be an issue if the defendant claims that they were not responsible.
Here are some examples of someone else’s negligence for which you may be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Another driver made an illegal turn, cut into your lane, and caused a crash.
- You were attacked and bitten by a dog, and you did nothing whatsoever to provoke the dog.
- A store owner delayed in cleaning up a spill, and you slipped on a slippery floor and fell.
- A driver did not yield to you at a crosswalk as they are legally required and hit you as you were crossing the street.
Working to Maximize Your Personal Injury Recovery
Once we establish fault in your case, we can make the case for the amount of damages that you should receive in your case. We will work with you to maximize your claim within the law. This includes the following:
- We will make sure that you have gotten treatment and diagnosis for all of your injuries and have a medical file that insurance companies or a court would be able to understand.
- We will work with you on the other documentation of your claim that can show what you have experienced that would entitle you to pain and suffering damages.
- Your attorney will be prepared to argue why you should receive lost wages, and this includes situations in which your earnings capacity was reduced by your injuries.
Your damages award can be negotiated with the insurance company through several rounds of offers and counteroffers. We will advise you whether the insurance company has made an equitable offer. If not, we will draft a demand letter on your behalf that will let the insurance company know exactly how much they need to pay you for your claim. If you still are unable to obtain a reasonable settlement agreement, we are gloves-off litigators who will take your case to court to fight for your legal rights.
As you can see, the personal injury legal process can take some time, and your case would benefit from having an experienced attorney on your side.
Questions About Your Personal Injury Cases
Below are the answers to a few frequently asked questions that we often get about personal injury cases. For information about your specific situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office directly.
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?
It is difficult to know how long your case will take once it is filed. You may be able to settle your case relatively quickly because personal injury jury trials are rare. However, this depends in part on how reasonable the insurance company or the responsible party are being in settlement negotiations. If your case needs to go all the way to trial, it could take years to resolve.
Sometimes, you have control over the timetable for your case. However, many cases that have quick resolutions mean that the accident victim leaves money on the table when they settle their case. Your personal injury attorney could help you negotiate a better settlement offer, but that could take time.
How Should I Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer?
You are placing quite a bit of trust in the person that you ultimately select as your attorney. Their legal advice could make a six-figure difference in the amount of money that you could receive, and it may even make the difference in whether you receive money at all. Therefore, you should feel comfortable with your attorney’s experience and judgment most of all.
Beyond that, you should have a comfort level with your attorney personally. Depending on your case, you may be working very closely with the lawyer over a number of years. It should be someone with whom you could develop a good working relationship because that will benefit your case.
Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Of course, you are always free to file a lawsuit or a claim pro se, but you will not get special treatment because you are on your own. In fact, the insurance company may think that you are a weak mark because you do not have the legal knowledge that a lawyer would provide. Besides, it is very difficult for the average person who does not know what the insurance company is looking for to file a persuasive claim that could maximize their settlement. They may not even know how to present a story that allows the adjusters to conclude that someone else was responsible for the accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In California, the statute of limitations in a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the time that you were injured or should have known that you were injured. This means that you should move quickly to begin your legal action. Two years may seem like a long time, but claims take time to resolve, and lawsuit complaints take time to investigate and draft. Besides, the quicker you get started on the legal process, the sooner you may be able to settle your case and have the money that you need to pay your living and medical expenses.
Contact an El Monte Personal Injury Attorney
Call the JLF Firm at (323) 765-1343 or contact us online if you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident and want to speak with an El Monte personal injury lawyer. It is in your best interests to find legal representation as soon as possible after your injury, especially when you may be fielding calls from insurance companies offering you low settlements. The initial consultation is free, and you owe us nothing for our services unless we are successfully able to help you recover through a settlement or a jury award. Hiring an attorney is not as difficult as you think because you do not need to pay anything upfront. Do not let worries about cost keep you from getting the legal help that you need.
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The JLF Firm is a great firm if you need someone to handle your injury case. Jeff and his associates and legal assistants are very precise in what they do. They are skilled, efficient, professional and compassionate. They did such a great job that I even didn't have to appear in a court. I could not have had better representation. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Thank you for the amazing job Jeff!
Last year I was in a bad accident. I found the JLF firm through yelp and was instantly impressed. Upon consulting with Jeff I knew I had made the right decision. He and his staff helped me through the whole process and made my case quick and simple. I got the medical treatment I needed, the compensation I deserved and it didn’t cost me a dime. The JLF firm got me a good settlement all covered by the other party. If you need an attorney Jeff is your guy.
Shane Simmons, Client
Great law firm. They helped me with a auto vs bike accident and I was so happy with the results. They got all my medical bills paid, bike replaced and got me compensation for my injuries. The firm was always responsive and helped with all my needs. If you need an attorney I cannot stress enough how great The JLF Firm is. They are the attorney you need.
Eric G., Client
Jeff helped my brother out after a pretty bad accident. He was very informative, knowledgeable, and easy to reach. His paralegal hilda was also fantastic whenever Jeff wasn't available. The JLF firm helped us in our time of need and I am immensely grateful.
Babak E., Client
I was involved in a bad Uber accident as a passenger. We were hit by a drunk driver with no drivers license no insurance. I had to go get medical help and I had nobody to turn to and I was referred to Jeff who has been such a great help. He has help me get medical treatment and pursue the insurance to get a good settlement. I would highly recommend Jeff to anyone needing a lawyer.
Nicco M., Client
Jeff is great, one of the best attorneys around. Always answers all my questions within a day. He works weekends, holidays, he's always just killing it for his clients. If you want amazing service, Jeff is the best.