Being injured in a preventable accident can be a devastating and enormously disruptive experience. You may find yourself temporarily or permanently disabled, subject to the trauma of the incident as well as the pain, discomfort, or suffering which follows. Such injuries can lead to lost time at work, the inability to care for yourself and your family, stress and worry about your recovery, and spiraling medical costs and other out-of-pocket expenses. A personal injury of this nature can lead to a financial drain and, for those with the most serious or catastrophic injuries, financial ruin.
When all of this has been caused by the negligence or wrongdoing of another, you may have grounds under California personal injury law to hold the responsible party or parties accountable for your damages through an injury claim or lawsuit. Generally, by doing so, you will have to deal with an insurance company, which can be confusing and frustrating. In some cases, you may need to seek justice through the courts for a fair resolution. All of this takes time, attention, and an understanding of the claims process as well as the legal system. In dealing with an insurance company, you may find your best interests are not necessarily considered by insurance company representatives whose main priority is to work towards the best interests – and the bottom line – of their employer. That is why it is generally wise to engage the services of an experienced attorney whose sole purpose will be to help you achieve a fair and just settlement, whether through negotiation with the insurance company or through courtroom litigation.