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How Can Someone Get A Favorable Outcome In Their Auto Accident Claim?


The very first tip is to speak to your attorney, often. Let the lawyer know how you are progressing with your medical treatment, etc. Many people complain that they don’t hear from their attorney for months, or they never get a call from their attorney. This does not help one’s case. The attorney and the client must both know what’s going on at all times, and must work together to assure that a good result will be obtained. Make sure that you have an attorney that is willing to talk to you frequently, and make sure that you’re able to communicate with your lawyer so that you both are on the same page. Make sure that you’re getting along, and that you agree with the recommendations made by your attorney.

When you are making appearances at the doctor’s office and so forth, always dress neatly, and be polite to everybody that you deal with on your case. Most importantly, be gracious to your doctors. Let them know you value their opinion. Remember to be a good historian and make sure the doctor understands your symptoms. Make sure that your doctor and other health care providers understand what you’re going through on a day to day basis managing your symptoms. Never be late to your doctor’s appointments, and be polite. Sugar will get you a lot further than vinegar, and this certainly is the case in accident claims.

What Sets You And Your Firm Apart In Handling Auto Accident Claims?

Our firm has limited its practice to personal injury law. Our lawyers have developed a wide range of experience in this field, from over 40 years of handling accident injury cases. Our clients deal directly with our attorneys, rather than any support staff, on any substantive issues. We appreciate the importance of our client’s cases, and we understand the need to speak directly to their attorney. We will always promptly return our client’s calls, and we will always keep our clients informed of the status of their case throughout the legal process.

We appreciate that our task is to relieve our clients of the burden of dealing with their personal injury claim, in order to allow them to focus on recovering from their injury. We ensure that our clients are treated fairly, that they are treated with dignity, and that the parties responsible for their loss are held accountable. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping our clients and their families recover from any injury and loss.

We have handled thousands of vehicle accidents over the past 40 plus years. We’ve handled cases involving automobiles, trucks, and commercial vehicles such as tractors or forklifts, and we’ve obtained some of the largest settlements and verdicts for particular vehicular loss cases in California. We also specialize in handling motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. Motorcycle accidents are particularly complex.Several of our attorneys are motorcycle riders, so we understand these cases and have handled many motorcycle injury and death cases to conclusion and have had been able to achieve remarkably high verdicts or settlements for our clients.

If we agree to handle a client’s case on a contingency basis, our fee will be a percent of their recovery. The California state bar endorses this type of an agreement, which is called a Contingent Representation Agreement. This is because it allows an injured person the ability to obtain high quality representation, which they may not have otherwise been able to afford after suffering from a serious injury accident. This method of compensation for your attorney allows you to be on an equal footing with the insurance company lawyers. Because our law firm will be paid a percentage of our client’s recovery, this aligns our interests with those of our client. This percentage is decided upon during our client’s meeting with our attorneys.

Our firm requests one-third (33 1/3) percent of the recovery value if the case is settled prior to litigation, and forty (40) percent if the case must advance into litigation. Our office will bear all of the costs, involved in advancing our client’s case, and we’ll request that those costs be paid back at the end of the case. However, if our office is unsuccessful in prosecuting a client’s case—in other words, if we do not obtain a favorable settlement or a verdict for you—we will never request reimbursement for any moneys we have advanced towards our client’s costs.

You are not married to your attorney. You can hire and fire your attorney at will. We urge a client, if they are not communicating with their attorney, or they’re not in agreement with their attorney, or if they are just not getting along, to find an attorney that they can work with, as that’s so important to obtaining a successful result in the case. If we are removed from a case, we will never ask a client for reimbursement of those monies we have advanced for costs on their case. We want our clients to know that they will never be out of pocket with our law firm.

It’s a great advantage when you have a reputable firm handling your case, because you have that comfort of knowing that there will never be any costs that are unanticipated that you’ll have to pay. This way you can concentrate on your health, and recover from your injuries, with the knowledge that your attorney is doing what they are supposed to be doing. You just don’t have to concern yourself with the monetary factors involved. The insurance company will not make the process easy on you and in this regard, it’s often necessary for our firm to spend a significant amount of money to advance our clients’ cases. Investigation is often required, and trained investigators are expensive. Finding the right doctors can be difficult, and in almost all cases, your health insurance carrier will not be helpful to you.

In serious injury cases, the ability to properly work a case up from the beginning is absolutely essential to a client’s eventual recovery. In our law firm, we have very knowledgeable practitioners, and they know the steps involved. We are committed with our time and wallets. Our experience, dedication, commitment and resources are what sets us aside in this complex area of injury litigation. In short form, when it comes to accident injury law, our law firm knows what to do.

For more information on Resolution Of Auto Accident Cases, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (760) 837-1884 today.

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