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A Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Can Help with Hit and Run Accidents

December 31, 2013

A Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Can Help with Hit and Run Accidents

Hit and run accidents are an issue when the person who causes the accident flees the scene in order to avoid talking to the police. The reason they flee often has to do with other legal issues they are avoiding, such as owing back child support, having unpaid traffic tickets, or driving on a suspended license. As long as they have insurance, you may have grounds for filing a case through an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.

Fault, or negligence, has to have been contributed by the other person in order to establish your rights to sue the other person. Next, you are only able to sue them for personal injuries sustained from the accident, like medical bills, physical therapy, lost time from work, and other such items. However, you cannot sue them for damages to your vehicle or other personal property. These items are handled through a different part of motor vehicle insurance policies, unrelated to personal injury claims.

Bringing to justice the person who hit you and then fled is a priority for your personal injury lawyer, here at Madison Law Group in Los Angeles. We will work with the media, law enforcement agencies, and the public to find and catch the person responsible for your injuries. Not only do they have to face criminal charges, but also have to deal with the personal injury lawsuit we file against them. Our goal is to win your case and seek the maximum amount of damages possible under the law for your medical expenses, lost wages, and the pain and suffering you must contend with on a daily basis.

Consult with Injury Lawyers after a Slip and Fall Accident

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December 27, 2013

Slip and fall personal injury accidents are not always pursued to their fullest extent allowed under the law. The reason for this is often due to the injured person not fully understanding their legal rights. The business or property owner where the accident occurred may be supportive and offer to cover all of the medical expenses and treatments. While this is a decent gesture by the other party, it might limit your legal rights down the road. Most of the time, the goodwill is for a short period to cover your immediate injuries and could require you signing documentation that prevents you from taking further legal action against the party later.

Before signing away your legal rights, it is a good idea to consult with experienced slip and fall lawyers. Even if the other party is willing to cover your current medical expenses, it does not mean there can’t be long term damage requiring ongoing treatments. If you agree to settle with the other party’s insurance company on your own and take the immediate pay out to cover current medical bills, they often do not allow you to submit future bills for long term conditions. Rather, their insurance company expects for you to pay these yourself. What if you require surgery a year or two from now? Will your insurance cover it, or could you be looking at hundreds or tens of thousands of dollars out of your own pocket?

Most slip and fall lawyers offer a free consultation and case evaluation to see if you have grounds for filing a case. In addition, you should avoid talking to the other party’s insurance company until after your initial appointment with your attorney. If the attorney believes there is a case, they handle speaking to the insurance company on your behalf and working in your best interests to guarantee you receive the best monetary settlement possible.

Selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles

December 26, 2013

When selecting an injury lawyer in Los Angeles with whom to discuss your case, there are a few things you should consider before hiring the attorney. First, it is important to remember whoever you select is going to be representing you and your interests in your case. If you are not entirely comfortable with the attorney or how they treat you, it may be better to choose a different law firm. In addition, you want to consider their experience, the types of cases they have handled, and the results they have obtained for other people. Do not be afraid to ask the attorney for supporting documentation. Most law firms are able to give you examples of the cases they have won, and their amounts, without breaking client-attorney confidentiality.

It is important to remember any examples and amounts provided are an indication of the success the Los Angeles personal injury lawyer has experienced. By no means should you use this as a reference for the amount of monetary damages you might receive. Each case has to be treated individually, as the circumstances surrounding the case can and do vary, even when they fall into the same area of personal injury. The attorney you select has to take the time to conduct a careful case evaluation and verify there is supporting evidence in your favor. Further, supplying you with a figure upfront is not possible because they have to complete the evaluation first. If the attorney quickly rattles off a figure without looking into your case in more detail, you need to be cautious.

How Much Can I Recover from Filing a Personal Injury Case in Los Angeles?

December 24, 2013

How Much Can I Recover from Filing a Personal Injury Case in Los Angeles?

The amount you are able to recover from a personal injury law suit in Los Angeles is based upon the type of accident and extent of your injuries. Further, there must be another party that was negligent in some manner involved in the accident. What this means is that the amount of negligence does vary, from one case to another. In some situations, the other party is entirely at fault, so the maximum amount for the case can be sought.

On the other hand, if they were only partially to blame, then the amount is adjusted accordingly. For example, you were 25 percent at fault for causing the accident. The other party would be held accountable for the other 75 percent. The maximum monetary damages for your type of lawsuit are reduced by 25 percent. Your personal injury lawyer in Los Angles will cover this in more detail after your initial consultation and case evaluation.

In addition, the amount you recover can be different, if you accept a settlement offer, instead of taking your case to court in front of a judge. Some people choose to take the settlement, rather than having to relive the pain and suffering they experienced while they recount their testimony to the judge. It should be noted that in certain situations, it might be more beneficial to go to court, like if the insurance company does not want to meet your settlement proposal. Again, your attorney will work in your best interests to guarantee you receive the maximum amount possible, either with a settlement, or by taking your case to court.

Get Help with Worker’s Compensation from a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney

December 20, 2013

If you are ever injured while on the job, through no fault of your own, your employer has certain responsibilities. First, they must pay for any injuries you sustained. Next, they are required by law to complete an accident report. This report is used for a variety of reasons, including establishing a worker’s compensation claim. Sometimes an employer can attempt to make an employee feel guilty about the accident so they do not seek worker’s compensation as a means of protecting their own interests. However, this is against the law, and you should never give up your legal rights.

To learn more about your legal rights in a worker’s compensation claim, you should consider obtaining professional legal advice from your local Los Angeles personal injury attorney. There are no out of pocket expenses for receiving a consultation. Further, your lawyer is able to evaluate your case and determine the maximum amount of monetary damages you may be entitled to seek. Your lawyer also acts as your own personal representative, so you do not have to deal directly with your employer while pursuing worker’s compensation.

While you are injured and off of work, your employer cannot fire you from your job as a result from filing worker’s compensation claims using a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. There are exceptions to this, such as if you were intoxicated or using illegal substances which resulted in the accident. Even if you are a contractor working for another person or company, you can ask for worker’s compensation from injuries sustained from an accident at the job site.

What to Look for When Selecting an Accident Lawyer in Los Angeles

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December 19, 2013

There are a few key items to look for whenever you require the assistance of an accident lawyer in Los Angeles. Understanding these items helps you find the best attorney to represent you in your legal claim. First, the attorney should offer a free consultation to review your accident and evaluate your case. Law firms which charge for case evaluations are a waste of your money, especially in situations where it is discovered you do not have grounds for filing a claim.

The next item to look for is how fast the accident lawyer in Los Angeles determines the value of your case. If they are quick to give you a figure, then you may want to consider a different law firm to represent you. Why? A proper case evaluation has to be performed in order to establish a monetary amount. Since each case is different, providing you a figure upfront without taking the time to complete a detailed analysis could result in you losing the maximum value of what your case is actually worth.

Another item your personal injury attorney should offer is working on your case on a contingency basis. What this means is they work on your case without requiring any retainer or other money to be paid initially. Further, they only take payment in the event they are able to come to an agreeable settlement or a verdict in your favor in court. If they do not win your case, then they are not paid. As a result, law firms which follow this method tend to work harder to protect your legal rights and interests.

Consult with Slip and Fall Attorneys if You Are Injured

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December 17, 2013

Consult with Slip and Fall Attorneys if You Are Injured

Any time you slip and fall down, whether it is in a public area, or in front of a person’s home, you may have legal rights if you are injured. For instance, if you trip over an uneven sidewalk, land face first on the pavement, knock out your teeth, injure your head, or sprain, strain, or break any bones, you will require medical treatment. As a result, there are bills that are going to need to be paid. You might initially bill these to your own health insurance. However, if another party is found to be at fault, you and your insurance company could be entitled to receive full reimbursement for these expenses.

To see if you have grounds for seeking monetary reimbursement from another party, your first step is to schedule a free consultation with one of our slip and fall attorneys, here at Madison Law Group. During your consultation, your attorney will assess and evaluate information based upon your account of the accident, as well as information gathered from medical reports. They may also have to make a trip to the location of your accident and perform a site inspection.

Because your lawyer wants to make every effort to ensure you actually have a claim, it could take a short period of time to conduct a proper evaluation. Slip and fall attorneys take the time upfront to help you avoid situations where there are no grounds for filing a case, as well as making sure your case is properly prepaid when there are grounds. Further, it allows your lawyer the opportunity to start to prepare and gather evidence which can be used in your favor for establishing your claim.

Do I Have Grounds to File an Accident Claim with a Los Angeles Attorney?

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December 13, 2013

There is a wide range of personal injury accidents where you may be entitled to seek monetary damages against another individual or party. In order to determine whether you have grounds for filing a case using your local Los Angeles accident attorney, there are a few key elements which need to be present. First, and foremost, there has to be another individual or party involved in the accident. Without another contributing party, there is no-one to sue.

Next, and equally important, is negligence caused by the other party involved in the accident. Negligence is the amount of fault they contributed towards your personal injuries. One way to gauge fault is to evaluate whether, if the other party had taken better precautions, the accident would have occurred. If a change in their actions could have avoided the accident and prevented your injuries, they were at fault. However, the amount of negligence is based upon a certain percentage and is often established using police reports, medical reports, and accident reports. The types of reports issued after an accident do depend upon where and how you sustained your injuries. Your Los Angeles accident attorney uses the reports, as well as your account of the accident, to determine who is at fault and the degree to which they contributed to your injuries.

For example, if you slipped and fell from damaged carpeting in a shopping center and were injured, you may not necessarily file a police report. However, you should make sure to complete and file an accident report with the building owner, as well as seek medical treatment, so a medical report can be completed detailing the extent of your injuries. In this example, the owner of the building could be held accountable for your injuries. There might be other parties also responsible, such as the store leasing the space from the building owner. If either party knew the carpeting was damaged and in need of repair, but failed to take proper corrective actions, they would be considered negligent.

Motorcycle Injury Accidents Are Some of the Most Severe

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December 12, 2013

Motorcycle injury accidents are some of the most severe of vehicular accidents today. The numbers of motorcycles on the road are higher than in the past, due to their fuel efficiency. Since there is virtually no barrier between the rider and the road, as well as other vehicles, accidents result in an alarming 98 percent of some form of injury and are 26 times more likely to result in death.

The serious injury or death of a loved one from a motorcycle accident can be a sensitive time. You often experience a wide range of emotions and question why this happened. In the event the accident was the fault of another person, you have certain legal rights you need to protect. Even though you may not be fully prepared to deal with legal issues, you do not want to let the statute of limitations run out and risk losing your right to seek monetary damages from the other party.

While a monetary settlement or verdict in your favor may not restore the former livelihood of your loved one or bring them back from the dead, it does help prepare you financially for supporting your family on your own. You might have relied upon your loved one’s income to cover living expenses and pay other obligations. With this income no longer coming in, you can face serious hardships, which could be avoided by filing a personal injury claim with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, here at Madison Law Group. We are understanding and sensitive to your needs and will work on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum amount possible under the law.

Use an Attorney in Los Angeles for Filing Personal Injury Claims

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December 10, 2013

Use an Attorney in Los Angeles for Filing Personal Injury Claims

It is important you understand the difference between personal injury and property damage when it relates to your insurance coverage on your vehicle, apartment or home. People sometimes get these two types of insurance coverage confused. Property coverage pays to repair or replace your automobile, home, and possibly the contents, in the event of an accident. Often there is a deductible amount, which is reduced from the total amount your insurance company reimburses. In the event the accident was the fault of another party, you may be able to sue them in small claims court to recover your deductible.

Personal injuries are handled in a slightly different manner from property claims. First, your insurance company determines whether there was another person or party at fault for injuries to your body that required medical treatment. Medical treatment can include both short term and long term care. If there was another party responsible, they will seek reimbursement from their insurance company, first. However, rather than allowing your insurance company to handle personal injury claims, it is better to seek the assistance of an experienced local Los Angeles attorney.

Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney is familiar with the laws and is often able to help you obtain a much higher reimbursement amount than your insurance company. This is due, in part, to the fact insurance companies want you to settle for the least amount possible, even if they know you are entitled to a much larger amount. By using an attorney, not only is it possible to seek the maximum amount for your case, but also to protect your legal rights with your claim.

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