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Antaramian Law, APC Nov. 8, 2023

The Importance of Contacting a Personal Injury Attorney

As a victim of an accident or negligence, you may feel alone and unsure of what to do next. But let me assure you, you're not alone. In fact, seeking the help of a personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world. I'll guide you through why it's so important to get legal help, and how an attorney can assist you through this complex process.  

At my firm, Antaramian Law, APC I will gladly assist you during these troubling times. I have the knowledge, experience, and resources to cater to your best interests. I proudly serve clients throughout California, including Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, and Kern counties.

Common Personal Injuries

You might be surprised at the variety of situations where personal injuries occur. The following are just a few common instances that result in personal injuries

  • Vehicle accidents (motorcycle, truck, car, pedestrian and rideshare accidents) 

  • Bicycle accidents

  • Slips and falls 

  • Workplace incidents 

  • Medical malpractice 

It's important to note that these are just a few examples. Each case is different and the severity of injuries can range dramatically. Whether it's broken bones, spinal cord damage, traumatic brain injuries, or even emotional distress, a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the legal landscape and stand up for your rights. 

Understanding California's Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

In California, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date the injury or accident occurred. This means you must bring a civil action to recover damages within two years of the accident or injury (California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1). If you're unsure about this timeline or if it applies to your case, I'm here to help. Understanding these legal deadlines is crucial to ensuring you don’t lose your right to compensation. 

Fault state vs No-fault (California is a fault state)

Here in California, we operate under a fault system when it comes to personal injury cases. Simply put, the person who caused your injury or accident—the at-fault party—is financially responsible for the damages you've suffered. Now, it's important to note that California follows what we call a "pure comparative negligence" rule. So, if you were partially at fault for the accident, don't fret—you can still seek compensation. However, the total amount you're awarded will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you. This means that even if you were 99% at fault, technically, you could still recover 1% of the damages.  

Navigating these waters can be tricky, and that's where I come in. I'm here to help you through the complex claims process, ensuring you receive the fair financial compensation you deserve. Remember, you have two years from the date of the accident or injury to file a civil action.  

If you’ve been hurt due to someone else's carelessness, it's crucial to reach out to a personal injury law firm. We'll protect your rights and make sure you get the compensation you're entitled to. 

Knowing When to Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm

It's common to feel overwhelmed and confused about what to do after an accident. The following information can help you draw conclusions on the personal injury process in California and when to contact a firm. 

When Injuries are Serious

If your injuries are so severe that they require extensive medical treatment, you need a personal injury attorney on your side. We have the knowledge to evaluate your case, collect evidence, and negotiate with insurance companies. We’ll ensure you get fair compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. 

When You Don’t Know Your Options

The legal process can be a maze if you're not familiar with personal injury laws. That's where we come in. We'll guide you through the process, explain your options, and help you make the best decisions for your situation. We strive to make sure you understand your rights and are confident in your choices. 

When Dealing with Insurance

Insurance companies often try to minimize the payout to injured individuals. Having a personal injury attorney by your side can level the playing field. We handle all communication with the insurance company, negotiate on your behalf, and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. 

When Proof of Negligence Isn’t Easy

Proving negligence in a personal injury case can be challenging, especially when the responsible party denies fault. As a personal injury attorney, I have the resources and knowledge to thoroughly investigate the incident, gather evidence, and build a strong case for you. 

Things to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney

When you're seeking a personal injury attorney, it's important to ask the right questions. Here are four key ones to consider: 

  1. How much experience do you have in handling personal injury cases? Look for an attorney who has a successful track record in this area of law. 

  1. What is your approach to handling personal injury cases? You want an attorney who is proactive, dedicated, and willing to fight for your rights. 

  1. How do you communicate with your clients? Good communication is essential. Make sure your attorney will keep you informed and feel comfortable answering any questions you may have. 

  1. What fees do you charge for your services? Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case. Be sure to understand how this works before proceeding. 

Although these questions are important to ask when selecting a personal injury attorney, you should also use your own judgment as to whether or not the lawyer is the right fit for you. Consider their level of experience, reputation, communication style, and any other factors that may be important to you. Ultimately, it’s essential that you find an attorney who understands your needs and will work hard with the goal to get you the best possible outcome.  

Trusted Legal Guidance

When it comes to personal injury cases, having trusted legal guidance is crucial. As your attorney, I'll provide not only expert legal advice but also emotional support during this challenging time. By hiring me as your personal injury attorney, you can focus on your recovery while I handle the complex legal aspects of your case. Together, we'll navigate this journey and secure a better future for you and your family. Schedule a consultation today. 


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