Have you suffered a debilitating injury in a Long Beach accident? Are you struggling with outrageous medical bills because of a Long Beach accident? You may be entitled to recover compensation from the person who is responsible for your accident by filing a personal injury claim. Contact Citywide Law Group today to find out how we can help to get you the money you need and deserve after an accident.
The Long Beach personal injury attorneys at Citywide Law Group have over 17 years of legal experience handling complex personal injury claims. During this time, we have been able to help thousands of clients recover millions in compensation for injuries caused by traffic accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective products, and more. We understand that an accident can be a huge setback, and we are here to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries. Contact our Los Angeles attorneys today to learn more.
Accidents in Long Beach
Long Beach is one of the most popular destinations in Los Angeles for residents and tourists, alike. A booming economy means that the city’s roads are jam-packed and accidents are likely to happen. In 2014, drivers logged an average of 4.9 million miles on Long Beach roads. This resulted in more than 2,280 injury-causing and fatal accidents. Thousands of other accidents resulted in significant property damage.
Who was involved in these nearly 3,000 accidents? According to the Office of Traffic Safety, motorcyclists (123), pedestrians (211), and bicyclists (211) were often involved in Long Beach accidents. Commonly cited causes of these accidents include speeding (409), driving at night (244), and driving under the influence (230).
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Accidents are Expensive
Accidents can be incredibly stressful. They are, by their very nature, an unexpected (and unwelcome) surprise. They can cause you to suffer serious injuries, often generating tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If your injury is serious enough you may be forced to miss time at work. This can make the rising medical bills even more overwhelming. Most Americans do not have a lot of money in savings. In fact, most of us do not have $500 stashed away for a minor emergency. As a result, accident victims are often forced to ask for money from friends and family, take out high-interest loans, and max out their credit cards. Fortunately, Long Beach accident victims have the option to file a personal injury claim if their injury-causing accident was the fault of someone else.
Recover Much-Needed Compensation
A personal injury claim for damages can be an extremely important tool for accident victims. The money you recover from a personal injury claim can be used to compensate for:
- Medical bills
- Nursing care
- Prescription medications
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity, and more.
The damages you recover from a personal injury claim can also compensate you for the pain and suffering, emotional distress, and embarrassment that an accident has caused.
Long Beach Personal Injury Practice Areas
At Citywide Law Group, no personal injury case is too small. Many times, attorneys will turn accident victims away because their potential recovery is small. We know that even a small settlement or award can make a meaningful difference in your life, so we will do our best to get you every cent you deserve. We have successfully helped injured clients like you recover millions in compensation for injuries caused by:
- Car accidents;
- Truck accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Slip and fall;
- Premises liability;
- Defective products;
- Dog Bites; and
Have you been injured in a Long Beach accident through little-to-no fault of your own? Contact Citywide Law Group today to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case, determine liability, and explain the process of filing a claim for damages.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim in Long Beach?
It is important to act quickly after an accident, because the state of California limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim for damages. For most personal injury cases, you will have two years from the date of your accident to file a claim. There are limited exceptions to this rule. The statute of limitations on your claim can be tolled (paused) if:
- There is a reasonable delay in the discovery of an accident-related injury;
- You are a minor at the time of your accident; or
- The defendant responsible for your accident is not available because they are incarcerated or out of the state.
If you believe that the government is responsible for your accident and injury, the process of filing a claim is slightly different. In fact, the process is accelerated and you will have even less time to file a claim. After an accident, an administrative claim must be filed with the government itself within six months of an accident.
It is important to speak with an experienced Long Beach personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. If you do not get your claim filed within the appropriate statute of limitations you may not be able to recover any compensation for your injuries. Contact Citywide Law Group today to learn more.
Can I File a Claim Even If I Was Negligent?
The only way you will be barred from recovering compensation after an accident is if you are entirely at fault. If your negligence only contributed to the accident, but was not the only cause, you can file a claim to recover compensation from other parties. Your ability to recover compensation, however, will be reduced by your own degree of fault. For example, if you are allocated 50% of the responsibility for the accident, you would only be able to recover 50% of your damages.
If you are interested in recovering compensation for injuries suffered in an accident that was partly your fault it is very important to hire an attorney. Calculating your degree of responsibility for an accident will significantly affect your ability to get the money you need. The more fault that you are given, the less you will be able to recover. Our attorneys will investigate your accident and frame an argument that minimizes your role in the accident. We will fight to maximize the compensation you are awarded in your Long Beach personal injury case.
What Will a Personal Injury Attorney Do?
Citywide Law Group will begin to work on your case as soon as you hire us. We will make sure that you are not contacted by other parties and/or their insurance companies. Any communication should go directly through your legal team. This will help to ensure that you are not the victim of manipulative tactics that are commonly used by insurance companies. In addition to handling the communications about your claim, we will investigate, negotiate, and (if required) litigate your case.
Investigation. We will launch a thorough investigation into your accident. This will help us to get a better understanding of what happened and gather evidence that will be useful in your claim. This investigation may include reviewing police reports, speaking with eyewitnesses, consulting with experts, and analyzing existing evidence.
Negotiation. Most personal injury cases are settled in private negotiations between your attorney and the at-fault party. When we negotiate, we will present our formal argument about why you should be compensated for your injuries. This argument will include pointing out weaknesses in the other party’s case and highlighting the extent of your harms. You will have the opportunity to review every offer given by the other party.
Trial. If we are not satisfied with the offers you receive we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We are skilled litigators who know how to connect with the members of a jury. We make passionate, thoughtful, and persuasive arguments that allow us to get the results our clients deserve.
What Should I Do After an Accident?
Filing a personal injury claim may not be your first priority after an accident. However, there are certain steps you can take to help any claims you do decide to file in the future.
Call the Police
A police report will be incredibly helpful for any future personal injury claim you file. In this report, the police will document essential information and details, including many that may be lost or forgotten over the course of a few months. Road, weather, and traffic conditions are all extremely relevant to determining why an accident happened, so it is important to document these as soon as possible.
See a Doctor
A thorough medical evaluation will allow a physician to diagnose and treat any injuries that you have suffered. This physician’s medical report will be important in proving that your injuries were the result of your accident. The sooner you see a doctor after your accident, the more useful this report will be.
Do not speak with insurance companies or their representatives after an accident. Insurance companies are not on your side, and will do anything to minimize the amount they pay to you. Any settlement amounts they offer to you will likely be insufficient to cover your accident-related costs.
Contact an Attorney
Hiring an attorney will increase your chances of getting the money you need and deserve after an accident. Attorneys know how the law works and can navigate a complex claim while you focus on your own personal recovery.
Experienced Long Beach Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you suffered an injury in a Long Beach accident? If so, contact Citywide Law Group today to learn about how we can maximize the compensation you recover from a personal injury claim. We know that the thought of adding legal fees into an already stressful financial situation may prevent accident victims from getting the help they need. This is why we offer our legal services on a contingency-fee basis. We will not get paid until we recover a monetary settlement or award on your behalf.