Beverly Hills Personal Injury Attorney
When you suffer injuries in a car wreck, because of a slip and fall, or because someone intentionally injured you, one of the main things on your mind is recovering from your injuries. The other item that is probably at the forefront of your mind is how you are going to pay the household bills, medical bills not covered by insurance, and put food on the table. And, if you have a family, you’re going to worry about making sure they have plenty of food, clothing, and other needs.
Even if your spouse works, the cost of living is so high, that one salary is usually not enough. The last thing you want to do is to argue with insurance companies only to find out that they’re offering a pittance compared to your losses.
A Beverly Hills personal injury attorney helps you through these tough times, including negotiating with insurance companies so you don’t have to worry about getting the compensation you deserve. Contact our office as soon after your injuries or the loss of a loved one as possible to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
Types of Personal Injuries
The types of injuries you could suffer depending on the type of accident and the severity of the accident. You are less likely to suffer catastrophic injuries in a fender bender than you would if you were a pedestrian or bicyclist hit by a car or if another vehicle hit you at a high rate of speed.
Other types of personal injury accidents, including medical malpractice, also cause injuries that vary depending on the situation. Some of the injuries could lead to long-term or permanent disabilities. Injuries include:
- Bumps, bruises, scrapes, and cuts;
- Road rash;
- Strains, sprains, pulled muscles, torn muscles, and other soft tissue injuries;
- Fractures — simple and compound;
- Head, neck, and shoulder injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Back and spinal cord injuries;
- Internal bleeding; and
Any injuries that result in open wounds, whether from the initial accident or after surgery, have a risk for infection. The risk for infection increases if you have an autoimmune disease. It is often difficult to know whether your auto accident injuries will result in long-term or permanent disabilities.
Recoverable Damages in a Beverly Hills Personal Injury Case
Insurance companies know certain personal injury lawyers and that those lawyers will not stand for their clients getting less than they deserve. The Hurwitz Law Group is one of those law groups that insurance companies do not like to hear from. You can recover three types of damages in California, including economical damages, non-economical damages, and punitive damages.
Most clients can recover economic damages for a personal injury. This type of damages covers expenses with a monetary value, such as past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, replacement or repair of destroyed or damaged personal property, and funeral, burial, and cremation expenses.
Non-economic damages do not have a monetary value. In most cases, you have to have long-term or permanent injuries or are suffering the loss of a loved one. Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress;
- The loss of a body part or a bodily function;
- Excessive scarring;
- The loss of quality of life;
- Loss of companionship or consortium; and
- Inconvenience, should you have to hire someone to do the daily chores you usually do, such as lawn maintenance, house cleaning, and shopping.
Personal Injury Punitive Damages
In a personal injury case, you can sometimes collect punitive damages. However, the onus is on you — the plaintiff — to prove that the defendant’s behavior was grossly negligent or intentional. A court orders punitive damages in personal injury cases as a punishment for the defendant’s grossly negligent behavior.
How Long Do I Have to File a Beverly Hills Personal Injury Claim with an Injury Lawyer?
You have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit for injury or death as a result of another person’s negligence or wrongful act.
The statutes of limitation for different types of personal injury, including having to do with real estate, for children suffering a personal injury, and other exceptions are different. You should always file a personal injury claim with a Beverly Hills personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
In addition to the time limit, you are more likely to remember the facts of the incident closer to the time of that incident than you would be a year or two later. Additionally, preparing for a personal injury lawsuit takes some time, especially if you want to try to negotiate first.
A Beverly Hills personal injury lawyer needs time to review the case, collect evidence to prove your case, and hire investigators and expert witnesses if needed.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle Surrounding Beverly Hills, CA
We represent the interests of injury victims suffering from vehicle accident cases — including commercial truck and car accident cases, motorcycle accident cases, slip and fall cases, pedestrian accident cases, bicycle accident cases, boat accident cases, animal attack cases, wrongful death cases, premises liability cases, spinal cord injury cases, traumatic brain injury cases, and more.
- Dog Bites
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Slip & Fall
- Bicycle Accidents
Injury victims often end up with the short end of the stick when they don’t retain law offices with attorneys in the appropriate practice areas. You can get a free case consultation from an attorney with experience in the type of accident in which you suffered injuries.
For example, car accidents that involve a commercial truck are different from car accidents involving another small car. By the same token, truck accidents are different from car-to-car accidents because of the size of the truck and the amount of damage it can do.
Why You Need to Act Fast After an Accident
In addition to the reasons mentioned previously, the sooner people file a claim, the sooner verdicts and settlements come to fruition. Don’t rely on someone else to tell you when to file your claim. And, never speak to an insurance company other than to give it your contact information and that of your Beverly Hills personal injury lawyer.
Evidence, especially evidence left on the road or side of the road and in vehicles tends to disappear after some time. The weather can wash evidence away, or people could remove evidence. Should we need to retain an investigator on your behalf, that evidence could help you get the compensation you deserve.
Finally, insurance agents will attempt to twist anything you say or pull other tricks in an attempt to deny your claim or offer you much less than you would get in verdicts and settlements negotiated by a Beverly Hills personal injury lawyer.
Insurance companies are in business to make money, so they don’t care if you recover enough compensation to cover medical expenses, never mind the other damages you deserve.
Contact our personal injury lawyers in our Beverly Hills law firm for a free consultation to discuss your rights and your case.