An unexpected accident and injury can change your life forever. You may suffer from a painful physical injury. On top of that, you may struggle with emotional trauma and financial debts. If someone else caused your accident, you have the right to hold them responsible. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Citywide Law Group can help you get the money you need in this difficult time.
Since 2005, our personal injury lawyers have fought on behalf of injured victims. Our aggressive approach allows us to recover millions in compensation for our clients. No case is too big or too small. Call our law offices today to schedule a free consultation with our legal team.
- 1 Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?
- 2 How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
- 3 How long do I have to file a Los Angeles personal injury claim (statute of limitations)?
- 4 Why choose Citywide Law Group to handle your injury case?
- 5 Common personal injury cases we handle in Los Angeles, CA
- 6 What damages are available in a Los Angeles personal injury case?
- 7 Negligence laws in California
- 8 Contact our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers today for help
Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?
After an accident, you will probably be dealing with the insurance company. They have one goal, to pay you as little money as possible and to limit their liability. They are professionals who spend all day doing this.
By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you level the playing field. Having a personal injury lawyer forces the insurance company to make a reasonable settlement offer.
How much does it cost to hire a personal injury lawyer?
We know that the costs of an accident can be overwhelming. We also know that hiring a personal injury lawyer will allow you to maximize the financial award you receive. We do not want the fear of the cost of an attorney to stop you from getting the help you need. As a result, our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys do not get paid until we recover compensation on your behalf. This means that you do not have to worry about costly attorney fees upfront. Instead, you can focus on recovery and taking care of your family. We’ll handle your claim and fight to get you the money you deserve. Find out more by scheduling a free consultation with a personal injury attorney at Citywide Law.
How long do I have to file a Los Angeles personal injury claim (statute of limitations)?
If you’ve been harmed because of another person’s negligence you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages. However, California law limits the amount of time you have to file your legal claim.
For most personal injury claims, you will have two years (California CCP § 335) from the date of your accident to file a case. If you do not file your claim before the statute of limitations expires you will not be able to get the settlement or award you deserve. There are limited exceptions to this rule. For example, you may have additional time to file a lawful claim if you didn’t notice your injury right away or if the defendant cannot be found.
You can make sure that your claim is filed within the applicable statute of limitations by calling a Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group soon after your accident for a free consultation. When you call, we will immediately get to work on your case.
Why choose Citywide Law Group to handle your injury case?
Hiring a personal injury attorney increases your chances of getting all the money you deserve. Here’s how Citywide Law Group can help you:
1. Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf.
Insurance companies want to pay you the least amount of money possible. They know you’re going through a difficult time and use that against you. Citywide Law Group has over 20 years of experience negotiating with insurance companies. If the insurance company won’t make a reasonable offer, our attorneys are prepared to go to trial on your behalf.
2. Properly value your claim.
Who decides how much your personal injury claim is worth? If you don’t hire an attorney, you’ll probably be forced to accept the insurance company’s assessment of your claim. You can be certain that they will undervalue your injuries. Our experienced lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case and consult with medical experts. This will help us determine the true extent and value of your injuries. This information will help us get you the money you deserve.
3. Deal with the legal issues so you can focus on recovering.
After a serious accident, you need to focus on recovering and getting medical attention. The last thing you need is the added stress of negotiating a financial settlement. Hiring Citywide Law Group to handle your case will give you the freedom to focus on your recovery. You can rest assured that your case is in the best hands and that you’ll receive excellent legal representation.
Common personal injury cases we handle in Los Angeles, CA
We are prepared to help you with any personal injury matter that you may have. Call us today to schedule a meeting with our skilled legal team to learn more.
The leading cause of auto accidents in Los Angeles is driver error. They often happen because drivers are distracted by their phones, drunk, or in a rush. When other drivers engage in this dangerous behavior, accidents and personal injuries are more likely to happen.
Our Los Angeles car accident attorneys know that a car accident doesn’t just inflict physical injuries. The emotional and financial costs cannot be overlooked. Sadly, insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize your payout. When you hire us to handle your case we will make sure this does not happen. Our aggressive approach allows us to force insurers into accepting responsibility. Call a personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group to learn how we can help if you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident.
As a motorcycle rider, you are 26 times more likely in Los Angeles to die in an accident than other drivers. Crashes that aren’t deadly can still cause very serious injuries. Motorcycle accident injuries can cause chronic pain and may require lifelong medical care. Your injuries may even largely reduce your ability to work. As a result, the financial costs of a motorcycle crash can be severe.
Many motorcycle accident victims find that it is hard to recover compensation. Insurance companies will do whatever they can to minimize the amount of money you get after a crash. Some may deny your claim altogether. Others will take exploit your emotions and get you to accept a low offer. As your personal injury attorneys, we won’t let this happen.
Dog bites can happen quickly and when you least suspect it. A bite can result in puncture wounds, soft tissue damage, or broken bones. Left untreated, dog bite injuries can get worse and result in life-threatening infections. As a result, you may require corrective and/or plastic surgery. Serious cases can even result in a permanent disability.
Dog owners are responsible for personal injuries caused by their dogs. It isn’t necessary to prove that the owner knew (or should have known) that the dog was likely to attack. We will work with experts to determine the full extent of your injuries. Call us to schedule a free session with our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys.
Premises Liability & Slip and Fall Accidents
As a guest on someone else’s property, you have the right to be safe. Property owners in Los Angeles are obligated to make sure that you aren’t in harm’s way. Sadly, many owners take shortcuts that increase your risk of an accident. If a dangerous condition isn’t fixed, owners can be responsible for your injuries.
It is important to hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case. Property owners will try to blame you for the accident. This can hurt your ability to recover compensation. We will find the evidence to prove that the owner is responsible for the accident. We will make sure that you get the money you deserve. Contact us to learn about filing a slip and fall injury lawsuit.
Wrongful Death Claims
Sometimes an accident victim will not survive his or her injuries. The right to file a lawsuit for damages isn’t lost because the victim has died. A wrongful death lawsuit allows family members to recover compensation for the loss of a loved one. Our attorneys can help you recover money for things like medical bills and funeral costs. You can even get compensation for your loss of financial support.
Have you lost a loved one in a tragic accident? We can help you hold the person responsible for your loved one’s death accountable. Money won’t bring your loved one back. It can, however, help to alleviate some of the costs and distress you experience. Our attorneys will make sure that you get the money you deserve.
What damages are available in a Los Angeles personal injury case?
In California, accident victims are entitled to recover both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are awarded to help you deal with any financial burdens you face because of your accident.
In other words, you can be compensated for the financial expenses you experience because of your accident or injury. Commonly awarded economic damages include those for:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Nursing care
- Lost wages
- Temporary and/or permanent disability, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
In California, economic damages must be capped at your actual expenses and costs. However, you may also recover damages for reasonably calculable future costs/losses.
Sometimes an accident-related injury will not have a direct financial cost. These injuries tend to be very personal, intimate, and subjective, which can make them difficult to value in terms of dollars and cents.
The fact that these injuries are hard to value economically does not mean that they are any less devastating or harmful to you. Non-economic damages can be awarded to help compensate for these hard-to-value injuries.
Commonly awarded non-economic damages include those for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Anxiety and depression
- Emotional trauma
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Loss of consortium (sexual relations), and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Generally speaking, there is no limit to the amount of non-economic damages that can be awarded in personal injury matters. However, non-economic awards are capped at $500,000 in medical malpractice matters.
Negligence laws in California
What happens if you are partly responsible for your own accident or injury? In California, you can still get compensation as long as someone else is also to blame. The state follows the rule of comparative fault. Anyone who causes an accident can be responsible for damages. This is true even if you suffer an injury.
Your role in the accident won’t prevent you from recovering compensation. However, it will impact how much money you can get. The larger your role in the accident, the less you’ll be able to recover.
Here’s an example. Let’s say you were hit by a car while crossing the street. You suffer $10,000 in damages.
The driver was texting at the time of the accident and didn’t see you in the crosswalk. You are also partly responsible for the crash because you crossed while the pedestrian signal was red. Investigators determine that you are 25 percent responsible for the accident. You will only be able to recover $7,500 in damages. ($10,000 reduced by 25 percent fault.)
Your role in the accident is directly linked to much money you can recover. Our attorneys will review every detail of your accident and find evidence that shifts the blame to others. Call Citywide Law Group today for help getting the money you deserve after your accident.
Contact our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers today for help
Have you or someone you love recently been injured in a Los Angeles County accident? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact Citywide Law Group for immediate assistance. Our lead attorneys are both Super Lawyers with a proven track record of success. We will explain your legal rights and options and address any questions you may have.
Our injury lawyers fight to protect the rights of victims in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California, including Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Burbank, and Culver City. We know how devastating an injury can be and will fight to get you the money you deserve. Call us today to schedule a case assessment. You have a limited amount of time to take action, so do not hesitate to call us for help now.