At Citywide Law Group, our attorneys understand how devastating an unexpected El Monte accident can be. The injuries you sustain may be incredibly painful and put you under tremendous financial pressure. If the accident was caused by another person’s negligence you may be entitled to monetary damages. Contact our El Monte personal injury attorneys today to find out how we can maximize the compensation you receive.
El Monte Practice Areas
Our El Monte personal injury attorneys have more than 17 years of experience handling a wide range of complex personal injury matters. We have successfully recovered millions in damages for our clients through personal injury claims for:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Birth Injury
- Burn Injury
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Negligent Security
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Sexual Assault
- Uber and Lyft Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Wrongful Death, and more.
Call our El Monte personal injury attorneys today for a complete list of the personal injury cases we handle.
El Monte Accidents
Over the past few years, the number of car accidents in El Monte has been on the rise. In 2013, there were a reported 533 injury-causing and fatal accidents. By 2015, the number of accidents had skyrocketed by more than 40 percent to 748. According to data from the Office of Traffic Safety, speeding was a causal factor in nearly 20 percent of the accidents in 2015. Other frequently reported causes included driving at night (6 percent of accidents), alcohol use (7 percent of accidents), and hit and run (9 percent of accidents).
Many El Monte accidents also affect pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists. In 2015, 63 pedestrians, 57 bicyclists, and 30 motorcyclists were injured or killed in El Monte traffic accidents. A considerably high rate of these accidents involved children and/or the elderly.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Your life can be changed drastically if you are involved in a serious accident. Your injuries may be extremely painful and require extensive medical care. Your recovery may even force you to miss time at work, which can add to the financial stress you’re under. According to a review of insurance claims, the average cost of a bodily injury claim after a car accident in 2013 exceeded $15,500. If you sustained catastrophic injuries or have become disabled, this number can be considerably greater.
Most Americans do not have tens of thousands of dollars sitting in the bank for these types of emergencies. You can minimize your financial stress by filing a personal injury claim for damages. If another person’s negligence is responsible for your injuries, they can be required to compensate you for the harms you have suffered.
What Will an Attorney Do?
Hiring an attorney to handle your case will increase the likelihood of maximizing the compensation you recover. Putting your case in the hands of a professional also gives you the time you need to focus on your own personal health and well-being.
Here’s what you to expect when you hire Citywide Law Group to handle your case:
Consultation: An initial consultation serves two purposes. First, it gives us the opportunity to learn about your accident and weigh your legal options. Second, it gives you the opportunity to learn about our attorneys and become familiar with the process of recovering damages. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you need at this time. This consultation will serve as the basis for your case when you decide to hire us.
Investigation: We will always conduct an independent investigation into your accident and injury. This investigation may include:
- Reviewing police reports
- Consulting with experts
- Interviewing witnesses
- Analyzing evidence, and
- Legal research.
We will combine the results of our research and investigation to create a persuasive legal claim.
Negotiation: We will approach the negligent party’s insurance company and use our claim to leverage a fair settlement offer. You will have the opportunity to review all offers and make final decisions about the resolution of your case. We will never let you settle for a lowball offer.
Litigation: While most cases will settle before trial is necessary, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We are skilled litigators and know how to connect with a jury. Insurance companies in El Monte know this and will want to avoid a battle in court.
When Do I Have to File a Claim in El Monte?
As an El Monte accident victim, you may have the right to recover monetary damages. It will be crucial to file your personal injury claim before the applicable statute of limitations expires.
Bodily Injury: Most bodily injury claims must be filed within two years of your accident.
Medical Malpractice: Claims based on medical malpractice must be filed within (a) one year of discovering your injury or (b) three years from the date of your accident, whichever is earlier.
Birth Injury: Birth injury claims must be filed before the affected child turns eight.
Government Liability: Claims against the government must be filed within six months of your accident.
There are certain times when the statute of limitations can be tolled, or extended. You may be able to file your claim outside of the traditional timeframe if:
- There is a reasonable delay in the discovery of your injury,
- You were a minor at the time of your accident, or
- The defendant cannot be found.
What Damages Can I Recover After an El Monte Accident?
El Monte accident victims are entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages. The specific type and value of your damages will depend on the extent of your injuries.
Economic damages are those awarded to put you back in the financial position you would have been in if the accident had never happened. These can help to cover your out-of-pocket costs and the projected future costs you are likely to have. Examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Nursing care
- Lost wages, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
Some of your injuries may not have a direct financial cost. Non-economic damages are used to compensate you for these tough-to-value harms. Examples of non-economic damages include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring, and
Experienced El Monte Personal Injury Attorney
Have you been injured in an El Monte accident? Contact the personal injury attorneys at Citywide Law Group to learn about the benefits of filing a personal injury claim for damages. We understand how important a settlement or award can be while you’re recovering from a life-changing injury.
For the past 17 years, we have been fighting to make sure our clients are fairly compensated for their injuries. If you have been injured because of another person’s negligence, we can fight for you, too. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t have to worry about a legal fee unless we win. Contact us today to request a free consultation and learn more.