Have you or someone you know recently been involved in an accident in Lancaster? If so, you and your family may be entitled to recover monetary compensation for any injuries you have suffered. Insurance companies will try to get you to agree to a low-ball settlement offer, but you deserve to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Contact Lancaster personal injury attorney Sherwin Arzani today for immediate legal assistance. We can help you recover the money from the person who is responsible for your accident, which can make this stressful time in your life easier.
Over the past 17 years, the Citywide Law Group has been fighting for injured Lancaster, CA accident victims just like you. We have helped thousands of clients get the most out of their personal injury claims, recovering millions in life-changing compensation. While many attorneys will not handle minor claims, no case is too small for our experienced legal team. We know that any settlement or award can make a huge difference in your life, and we will fight to ensure that you are compensated fairly. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, so you do not have to worry about paying for costly legal fees up front. We only get paid when we win. If you are interested in getting the most out of your personal injury claim, please contact our Los Angeles office today.
Accidents in Lancaster
More than 2.1 Million miles were driven on Lancaster roads in 2014. With roads this heavily traveled, traffic accidents are inevitable. In 2014, there were 1,245 reported injury-causing and fatal accidents in Lancaster. According to the Office of Traffic Safety, there were 40 motorcycle accidents, 46 pedestrian accidents, and 33 bicycle accidents that year. Accidents were frequently caused by driving under the influence (112), speeding (103), and driving at night (83).
Drivers, passengers, and third-parties who were injured in these accidents would likely be able to recover much-needed compensation by filing a personal injury claim for damages. Contact our experienced Lancaster personal injury lawyers today to find out how you can get the money you need after an injury-causing accident.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
While some accidents in Lancaster may cause minor scrapes and bruising, many accidents can inflict serious and life-changing injuries. The Citywide Law Group has successfully handled cases for clients who have sustained debilitating injuries including:
We know that the medical bills associated with these serious injuries can be overwhelming. Many times, accident victims do not have enough saved away to cover tens of thousands of dollars (or more) in medical debt. This problem is only aggravated when an injury forces an accident victim to miss time at work, reducing the monthly income they have at their disposal. Many victims turn to family for help and max out high-interest credit cards to cover their debt and normal living expenses.
In California, accident victims can file a personal injury claim to recover damages from a negligent party. These damages can be used to take care of the costs related to an accident. Call Citywide Law Group today to find out how we can help to get you the money you need after your Lancaster accident.
What Can I Recover From a Personal Injury Claim?
This is the question our Lancaster attorneys receive most frequently from accident victims. When your life has been turned upside-down, and you are struggling with an injury and unexpected financial burdens, it is normal to ask “what can I get if I file a claim?” Our attorneys can help you recover two types of damages after an accident, depending on your specific injuries.
If you have suffered financially because of an accident you are entitled to request economic damages. These are paid to put you back in the financial situation you would have been in had the accident never happened. When you request economic damages you must be able to prove that you have suffered specific financial losses. Economic damages can be awarded to compensate you for medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. If an injury is so severe and limits your ability to work, you can be compensated for your reduced earning capacity.
An accident can also impose injuries that do not necessarily cause you to suffer financially. These injuries are often emotional, psychological, or social, and are difficult to value in terms of money. Non-economic damages can be awarded to compensate you for these injuries, which can include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.
When Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in Lancaster?
You will have a limited window of time to file a personal injury claim for damages after an accident in Lancaster. In most situations, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this rule. The civil statute of limitations for a personal injury claim can be extended if:
- You are a minor at the time of the accident;
- The defendant in your claim is incarcerated or out of the state; or
- There was a reasonable delay in the discovery of your accident-related injury.
In some cases, the government may be responsible for your accident and injury. When the government is responsible the process for filing a claim is slightly different. If you want to recover compensation from the government you must file an administrative claim with that government entity within six months of your accident. Failure to file an administrative claim within this six month period can prohibit you from recovering compensation.
The clock will begin to run as soon as your injury occurs, so it is important to act quickly after your accident. Contact our experienced Lancaster personal injury attorneys for immediate legal assistance.
What Will a Personal Injury Attorney Do?
We will get to work on your case the moment you hire the Citywide Law Group to handle your personal injury claim. The sooner we can begin, the sooner we can get you the compensation you need and deserve. Our attorneys have developed a process that allows us to efficiently and effectively handle complex personal injury claims. This process will include a consultation, investigation, negotiation, and litigation (if needed). We are confident that this process will help us to get you the money you deserve after your Lancaster accident.
We will meet with you to review your case. Here, we will ask you to recount the details of your accident and explain what happened. It is important to provide as many details as possible, even if you do not think that they are relevant. Many times, the small details can be incredibly important to the success of a personal injury claim.
We will thoroughly investigate your accident and determine liability. This investigation may include reviewing police reports, consulting with expert witnesses, and interviewing witnesses. At this point in time, we will determine the best legal argument for your case.
Most personal injury claims are settled outside of court. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who understand how to frame an argument to maximize settlement offers. We will never let you settle on a low-ball offer. We will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
If we are not satisfied with the settlement offers, or if we know that we can get a better result at trial, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We are skilled litigators and are confident that we can secure a positive result when we try your case before a jury.
Lancaster Personal Injury Practice Areas
For the past 17 years, our Lancaster personal injury attorneys have been advocating for injured accident victims just like you. We have successfully handled thousands of complex personal injury cases, and helped clients recover compensation for injuries suffered in:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slip and fall;
- Premises liability;
- Defective products;
- Dog Bites; and
Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about the cases we handle. Our attorneys are standing by and ready to make sure that you are fairly compensated for the injuries you have suffered in a Lancaster accident.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
There are certain steps you can take following your Lancaster accident to make sure that any future claims you file are successful. If you are involved in an accident, our attorneys suggest that you:
See a doctor as soon as you can. You may have suffered internal injuries that could be potentially dangerous if left untreated. Seeing a doctor immediately will rule out any issues. The doctor’s medical evaluation report will also be helpful in proving that your injuries were caused by your accident.
Call the police. A police report will be incredibly helpful in the construction of your future personal injury claim. These reports document details of your accident that may be lost or forgotten over time.
Be careful who you speak with. Insurance companies will start calling you shortly after your accident and will try to get you to agree to a low-ball offer. This offer will likely be insufficient to fairly compensate you for your injuries. Your attorney can, and should, handle all communication with at-fault parties and insurance companies.
Call an attorney. Accident victims who hire an attorney are more likely to get a higher settlement or award from a personal injury claim. Call Citywide Law Group as soon as you can after your accident to get started.
Experienced Lancaster Personal Injury Attorneys
Have you been injured in a Lancaster accident and are having difficulty paying for costly medical bills? You may be entitled to recover compensation to help pay for these, and other, accident-related costs. This is true even if you were partially responsible for the accident.
Contact Citywide Law Group today for more information about filing a personal injury claim for damages. You have the power to get the money you need, and we can help to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim after your accident, so it is important to act quickly.