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Can’t I just accept what the insurance company offers me, without the need for an attorney?

In a personal injury case, the insurance company involved represents the responsible party, not you. That puts you in the position of having no one representing your interests. Unfortunately, insurance companies usually attempt to minimize the amount of compensation they pay out. After all, insurance companies are profit-oriented businesses. Insurance companies realize that you cannot know the full value of your case immediately after an accident, and they take advantage of this fact by offering quick settlements. If you accept a settlement from the insurance company without legal representation, you will be unable to obtain further compensation in the future should you need additional medical treatment for your injuries.

How does workers' compensation differ from a third-party claim?

If you have a work-related injury or illness, your employer is required by law to pay for workers' compensation benefits. On the other hand, a third-party claim involves suing someone other than your employer if that party is responsible for your injuries. Many people believe that if they are injured during the course of their employment, they only have a workers' compensation claim. Under many circumstances, however, there may also be a viable third-party claim against another party.

Will the information I share with you remain confidential?

Yes. The information shared with us is protected by the attorney-client privilege and will remain confidential even after our legal representation terminates or if you decide not to retain our services.

What is mediation?

Parties may submit their disputes to mediation. In such cases, parties meet with an independent third party who assists them in arriving at an agreed upon settlement. This is an informal and less expensive method than proceeding with litigation. If mediation is viable in your case, your lawyer will confer with you regarding this option.

How is the value of my claim determined?

The value of a claim is determined based on a consideration of the totality of the circumstances. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim have established a track record of successful verdicts and settlements in all types of personal injury matters and will make sure that you obtain the amount of compensation that you deserve.

How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?

The time frame that you have to file a lawsuit is called the statute of limitations. Failing to file a claim before the statute of limitations expires will cause your case to be barred. In California, the statute of limitations for most personal injury matters is two years from the date of the injury. However, claims against government entities have a much shorter statute of limitations. Therefore, due to the time constraints regarding personal injury claims, you should immediately consult the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim.

Premises liability — Is there liability?

Premises liability refers to someone being injured while on property owned by another person because the owner of the property failed to maintain a safe environment. In such cases, the owner of the property may be held liable and the injured party may recover for medical losses.

Should I sign a release or give a recorded statement to the insurance company?

It is never advisable to sign anything without consulting a lawyer first. If you sign a release, it could stop you from recovering monetary compensation in the future. The insurance company may contact you the day of or the day after the accident to attempt to secure your agreement to settle your case for less than it is worth or to record your version of the accident. If you comply, you may unknowingly hurt your case. Call our office so that we can help you navigate through this potentially confusing time.

What documents should I bring when meeting with a lawyer?

You should bring all documents in your possession that are related to your injury, including police reports, insurance declaration, photographs of your automobile, photographs of your injuries, repair records and receipts, copies of medical records for treatments related to the accident, any loss of wage information, and any information from the other party involved. Prior to our meeting, we will provide you with a checklist for any other information that we may need from you.

What is premises liability?

If you are injured due to a dangerous condition on another person's property, you may be able to collect compensation from the property owner. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury to determine whether you have a viable premises liability claim.

Who can be held liable for a catastrophic injury?

To determine liability, it's important to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. More than one person may be responsible for your injuries. Depending on your type of personal injury, the liability may rest with a hospital, doctor, motor vehicle driver, truck driver, employer, drug manufacturer or property owner.

Why do I need an attorney?

Accident victims are advised to seek the assistance of a personal injury attorney. Individuals who are represented by attorneys recover higher compensation awards on average than those who file claims on their own. At the Law Offices of Eslamboly Hakim, we provide free consultations to injured people and their families. Take advantage of our attorneys' knowledge and abilities to represent you in your personal injury claims.

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