If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident‚ you may not know what steps to take in order to protect yourself and recover from trauma. Specifically‚ many injured victims do not know if they need an attorney.
At the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers‚ we want every San Diego resident to better understand their rights and have the information they need to make the correct decisions following an injury.
Below‚ we provide insight into your needs and whether seeking the help of an attorney can benefit you. If you need further answers to your questions‚ call our legal team at (888) 233-5020 and receive a no-cost consultation concerning the specifics of your case.
Who Caused Your Accident?
If you were injured in an accident that you caused completely by yourself‚ you do not have a legal case. However‚ if your injuries were caused by another party‚ which can be either a single person or a group/organization‚ you have the right to pursue payment for your injuries and their costs.
A person or group is at fault for your injuries when they cause an accident by acting recklessly or negligently or create a dangerous situation that eventually causes your injuries.
Have You Been in Contact with Insurance Representatives?
After being in an accident‚ you may be contacted by the insurance representative of the party involved in your incident. However‚ these agents will look to settle quickly with you and for far less money than you need for your losses.
Often‚ they will try to pressure you into admitting fault or signing documents that put an end to your case. If this is happening‚ get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. The help of a skilled legal professional will help you better understand what can hurt your case and what steps you should take when dealing with insurance providers. If needed‚ he or she can also collect evidence and form a case that succeeds in getting you full and fair compensation.
Did You Need Medical Care for Your Injuries?
If your injuries caused you to seek out a medical evaluation‚ undergo surgery‚ stay at a hospital‚ or be taken via emergency vehicle‚ you more than likely have suffered major losses. And while serious injuries need medical care‚ this will often cost thousands and thousands of dollars.
Unfortunately‚ even a good insurance policy may not be able to pay for all of your injuries and related medical bills. When an accident caused by another party caused these injuries‚ they and their insurance coverage are legally obligated to pay for your physical and financial losses. With the help of an attorney‚ you can create a case that proves the at-fault party caused the accident‚ resulting in compensation for your medical bills.
Did You Miss Work Due to Being Injured?
Being injured to the point of being unable to work is a sign of severe injuries. You may miss days‚ weeks‚ or even months of work due to injuries‚ even if you are not permanently disabled. Being severely injured can even cost you your job‚ since you will be unable to fulfill your duties.
An attorney can help you calculate the amount that you lost while being unable to work and prove that the injuries you suffered are what caused you difficulties concerning your job.
Are You Dealing with Disabilities?
Suffering a disability can lead to serious physical‚ financial‚ and emotional harm. Whether your disability was partial or total‚ temporary or permanent‚ you will surely be facing serious difficulties in your future. Dealing with a disability requires costly medical care and rehabilitation services‚ but also prevents many from being able to work‚ which often leads to severe debt.
Many at-fault parties and their insurance providers will not want to pay the steep costs caused by permanent disabilities and will try to pay far less for your losses than what you need to cope with a disability. An attorney can collect evidence that accurately projects the costs of your disabilities over the years‚ creating a total amount of compensation that is right for you.
Were You Injured at Work?
If your accident happened while you were on the job‚ you are entitled to compensation‚ but not through a personal injury case. California law requires the vast majority of companies in the state to provide workers’ compensation. This provides benefits for workers who were injured while on the job‚ as long as you were hurt while doing your work duties.
However‚ your claim may be disputed by your employer and his or her insurance provider‚ who may claim that you do not qualify for workers’ compensation or the total amount of benefits that you truly need. In these cases‚ an attorney can help you find success.
Was a Family Member Hurt or Killed?
In some cases‚ you can seek the help of an attorney and file a case on behalf of someone else. Typically‚ this is for family members that are physically or mentally unable to do so themselves‚ such as due to being in a coma‚ or for those who have died from injuries through a wrongful death case. You will need an attorney to represent your case in order to prove you have the right to seek compensation and find success in the suit.
How Can I Learn More About My Rights?
If you need more information about your accident‚ get in touch with the legal team at the Jurewitz Law Group | Injury & Accident Lawyers by calling (888) 233-5020. Through a no-cost consultation‚ you can better understand your rights and best course of action concerning your specific incident. With our help‚ you can protect your rights and begin the path to recovery.