Have you been injured in an accident that someone else caused? Have your injuries cost you money and suffering? If you can answer yes to these questions, then you may be able to seek financial compensation from the person who caused the accident, or their insurance company, to address your unnecessary and life-altering pain. There are many different situations that you could be injured in that will qualify for a settlement that goes above what you will be offered by the responsible party’s insurance company will try to settle for, but it is important that you navigate this process with the help of an experienced, reliable personal injury attorney in Huntington Beach.
When you are working with an insurance company, one of the most important things for you to remember is that the insurance agent you are working with is NOT working on your behalf: they are a representative of a company whose main goal is to spend as little money as possible while protecting their client and themselves from any future legal issues. This means that when they offer you a settlement agreement, this is the absolute minimum that you deserve, and will come at the cost of signing away your ability to pursue any future legal action. Never accept an initial offer from an insurance company; instead, contact an experienced attorney who can help you navigate this process and ensure that you are being treated fairly.
Read more below about a variety of situations you might be entitled to seek additional damages for, how a personal injury attorney can help, and what type of damages we may be able to include in our negotiations or lawsuit. Call now for a free case evaluation and to learn more about your rights and options for your specific situation.
There are many different things that a personal injury lawyer can do for you, starting with helping you understand whether or not you actually have a case. At Timothy J. Ryan & Associates, you can be confident that we are working on your case because we believe in it. We will not collect a fee if you do not win.
Once we have determined that your case is worth pursuing, we will begin negotiating directly with the insurance company or party who is financially responsible for your injuries. It is in everyone’s best interest to avoid a full lawsuit, and so we will attempt to reach an agreement that fairly compensates you for all aspects of your injury without needing to take it to California courts. If negotiations fail, we will then move to our next step, which is to file a lawsuit to seek the damages we believe you are entitled to.
During a lawsuit case, there will be a lot of paperwork and procedures that must be followed in order to ensure that your chances of winning are as high as possible. Even if you believe that your case is cut and dry, it is extremely important that you are represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer. The defense will work extremely hard to find any legal avenues to reduce the amount of damages they must pay, and our experience will be a great benefit to you and your ability to counter their arguments with your own to ensure that you get what you deserve. Read more about the various damages we will consider during your case.
There are a variety of damages that the courts will consider while we are working through your case, and are divided into categories of compensatory and punitive damages. Since all injuries are different, your situation may not exactly resemble the following examples, but you can be confident that we will make sure that every detail is considered while we are calculating the full amount of the damages we are seeking for you.
Compensatory damages are intended to do exactly what you would expect: compensate the victim for the losses they have suffered after their injuries. There are two different types of compensatory damages which seek money for different types of losses:
Economic damages are intended to compensate victims for losses that have actual dollar amounts attached to them. For examples, medical bills or lost wages have true, calculable losses associated with them, and therefore will simply be submitted to the court as proof of the losses. In addition to medical bills and lost wages, we will include any other associated expenses including child care or other assistance that you require because of your inability to take care of yourself, recovery costs, and any possible future expenses. If you have used any paid time off (PTO) that you have accrued at work, we will also seek repayment for these hours as well.
Again, we understand that every injury is different, and everyone has a unique situation, so we will work directly with you to account for every expense associated with your injuries, and seek repayment for them – there is no reason that you should be financially liable for expenses associated with an accident that someone else caused.
Noneconomic damages are a bit more complicated than economic damages and can require some complex calculations and an extensive understanding of the California legal system. Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate victims for losses that do not have actual costs associated with them. This could include things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, depression, fear, anxiety, and a diminished quality of life. While there is no way that we could simply submit invoices to the courts that prove the costs of these issues, they are no less important.
We will work to determine a “multiplier” that we believe provides the judge and jury an accurate indication of the severity of these noneconomic damages, which is a lot more representative than trying to come up with a dollar value for your pain. Once we agree on a fair multiplier, we will apply that number to your economic damages, and seek those in addition to the economic damages in your case. For example: if you have suffered from $100,000 in economic damages, and we determine your noneconomic multiplier to be 3x, then we will seek $300,000 in noneconomic damages in addition to your $100,000 of economic damages. In cases of medical malpractice, California has a $250,000 damage cap for noneconomic damages.
Punitive damages are granted to victims in very rare cases where the injuries were the result of extremely egregious actions on behalf of the defendant, or if the responsible party has significant financial holdings and a large award will act to properly punish them for their behavior. These types of damages could be included in drunk driving injuries, or if you have suffered an injury that a major corporation or company caused because of extreme negligence or possibly even malice.
We will not be able to seek punitive damages as part of your lawsuit — a jury awards punitive damages on their own accord, in extreme situations where it is found to be fitting.
There are a lot of different accidents that could result in a personal injury lawsuit. The most important thing that we will work to prove is that the situation resulted because of someone else’s actions (or inactions), that the accident caused your injuries, and that your injuries caused you losses. Some examples of common accidents that lead to personal injury lawsuits are as follows:
There are many other situations that can warrant a personal injury lawsuit, but the ones mentioned above are common in California. We understand that no two accidents are alike, that no two injuries are the same, and that no two personal injury lawsuit cases are identical. We will work with you to build a case that represents your situation and seeks the compensation that you deserve for your specific experiences and suffering.
If you believe that your injuries may entitle you to compensation, or if you are unsure of your options, contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation. During your consultation, you will be able to get a better understanding of what your personal injury case will look like, how the team at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates works with clients, how we will represent you, and what different options we anticipate for your own case.
The sooner you begin this process, the sooner you can go back to focusing on your life and moving forward from your injuries. We will work to make sure that the additional stress of your case is reduced so that recovery can be your priority, and you can rest easy with the confidence that an experienced attorney is fighting on your behalf for everything you deserve. We look forward to working with you and helping you get your life back on track after your life-changing injuries.
At Timothy J Ryan Associates., we are backed by winning results. Not only have we handled thousands of personal injury lawsuits, but more than 99% of them have been settled successfully—resulting in tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
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