What does an Los Angeles personal injury attorney do?
Personal injury law covers a wide variety of practice areas where compensation is sought for damages suffered by injured people as a result of the negligent or intentional acts of others. These types of cases most commonly include but aren’t limited to:
- Car, truck or motorcycle accidents
- Aviation, boat, train, bus or taxi accidents
- Slip and fall and trip and fall injuries
- Accidents involving dangerously defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers aren’t only restricted to actual physical injuries. A personal injury lawyer might also bring actions involving purely financial loss or injury to reputation like libel or slander. Although cases like those have different elements of proof, the same rules of civil procedure and evidence apply.
The accident consultation and evaluation
Personal injury lawyers are trained to identify certain pivotal issues in accident cases that might arise in the future. They’re not going to waste time and money pursuing an injury case if there isn’t a likelihood of financial recovery or if the recovery would be cost prohibitive. He or she will also determine whether the client might have been partially responsible for the accident since the percentage of negligence attributable to the client can be deducted from their total award. More than one person or entity can be responsible for a victim’s loss. The personal injury lawyer can identify who might be held accountable for an accident and injury.
After taking a case
Once a personal injury attorney accepts responsibility in a case, he or she will either make a claim on behalf of the client against the insurer of the person who caused the accident or file a lawsuit in court. Medical and employment records are obtained to support the allegations of damages. Statements from witnesses might be obtained, and if the case has been placed in a suit, it’s prepared as if it will be going to trial. Whether in the claims stage or court, settlement offers might eventually be made. Based on the attorney’s knowledge and experience, any offer will be recommended or not recommended to the client.
If you or a family member have been injured in an accident in or around Los Angeles, or if a family member has been killed in an accident, call Guldjian Law, APC right away at 1-800-385-4838, or use our online contact form. We’ll arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation.