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A Personal Injury Case Using a Los Angeles Lawyer has Two Award Options

January 16, 2014

A Personal Injury Case Using a Los Angeles Lawyer has Two Award Options  

Filing a personal injury claim against another party using a local Los Angeles lawyer can result in two different options for receiving a monetary award. It is important you understand the differences between the two and how they could ultimately affect the amount you potentially receive. Just remember, your attorney is working in your best interests, so they will recommend which one they believe is best for your situation.

Your first option in a personal injury case is to try to come to a settlement with the other party’s insurance company. This type of award is based upon an amount negotiated between your Los Angeles accident lawyer and the lawyers representing the insurance company. Taking a settlement option may be less than the maximum amount initially filed in your law suit. However, it is often a substantial amount and is enough to fully cover any related medical expenses, lost wages from work, and other damages. One benefit to reaching a settlement is avoiding a court case.

Your other option is to have your personal injury lawyer take your case to court when a settlement cannot be reached. This option requires you have sufficient evidence to support your claim against the other party. Evidence includes accident reports, medical reports, and other such testimony from experts familiar with your injuries and how they have affected your quality of life. In order to receive an award, a verdict must be issued by the judge or jury in your favor. Court cases do take longer and cost more than reaching a settlement. Your attorney will discuss both options in detail and how they are going to affect the total amount of your monetary award.

In Los Angeles Personal Injury Cases It Is Best to Use a Lawyer

November 29, 2013

In most Los Angeles personal injury cases, a settlement is reached without having to go to court and present your case to a judge and jury. One reason for this is because insurance companies do not want to receive bad publicity in the media. If your case were to go to court, the media might discover the story and have it end up as the top item in the news. Negative publicity can drastically sway public opinion about a business, and could result in losing customers, which directly affects their revenues. As a result, insurance companies would much rather try to come to an amicable settlement to close your case and keep it out of the media.

However, even though insurance companies are motivated for reaching settlements quickly, you should never attempt to come to an agreement without the help of your local Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. Insurance companies have large legal tomes and multiple lawyers on their side providing them legal opinions, information, and how best to precede in your case, so you need to have the same type of representation and resources to protect your interests. Additionally, without the proper legal representation, the insurance company may pressure you into accepting a much lower settlement than you are legally entitled to seek.

Retaining a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is not difficult, especially if you seek help from Madison Law Group. We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and prepare your case. Further, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay for any of our services unless we win your case by reaching an acceptable settlement or a favorable verdict in a court of law. Normally our contingency fee is approximately one-third of the total monetary recovery you receive.

Your Los Angeles Attorney May Include Emotional and Mental Injuries as Part of Your Personal Injury Case

October 29, 2013

Your Los Angeles Attorney May Include Emotional and Mental Injuries as Part of Your Personal Injury Case

Normally when you think about personal injury cases, you might assume they are where a person has received physical injuries, such as a serious motorcycle or automobile accident. Additionally, there are certain situations where a person may be mentally or emotionally injured as a result of the accident, because their physical injuries have directly affected their quality of life. By law, you have a legal right to also seek damages for emotional and mental injuries. However, being able to be compensated for these types of injuries frequently requires the assistance of a local Los Angeles attorney.

When selecting an attorney in Los Angeles to represent you in a personal injury case, it is important to choose one who is experienced in this area of the law. You would not go to a criminal defense lawyer for assistance with filing for a divorce or other civil manner. Instead, you typically seek out a lawyer who specializes in the area of the law you require. Further, the attorney should offer a free consultation to meet with you, discuss your situation, and gather information. You need to be hesitant if the lawyer asks for a consultation fee.

After your initial consultation, you are able to find out whether you have grounds for filing a case. There are two things your personal injury lawyer will look for at this time. The first is whether there was another party who either contributed towards or was involved in the accident. The second is if the other party was at least partially at fault. Both of these items need to be present in order to establish grounds for filing your case. Your lawyer should work on your case for free and not accept any form of payment unless they actually win.

A Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Handles a Variety of Practice Areas

August 29, 2013

There are different areas of personal injury a lawyer in Los Angeles practices. Most people are familiar with the more common cases of slip and fall, automobile accidents, and motorcycle accidents. In addition to these kinds of cases, personal injury also extends to medical malpractice suits, workers’ compensation, catastrophic events, wrongful deaths, dog bites, aviation accidents, pedestrian accidents, brain and spinal cord injuries, and certain catastrophic events which drastically change a person’s life. Any time you believe an accident was caused by another party, it never hurts to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys, with a free consultation.

In order to determine whether you have actual grounds for a personal injury case, your Los Angeles lawyer has to first determine whether there was any negligence present. Negligence refers to the amount of fault due the other party involved in the accident. If there was no other party present, or if you were entirely to blame for the accident, then you do not have grounds for filing a claim. On the other hand, even if the other party was only partially at fault, you still have the ability to seek damages in the amount equivalent to the percentage they were responsible. For example, if you and the other party were both equally responsible, you would both be 50 percent at fault. If the total amount of damages your lawyer determines is $200,000, if the other party was completely at fault, it has to be reduced by half, since you were 50 percent responsible. So the resulting amount of monetary damages you could claim would be $100,000.

Find Out if You Have Grounds for a Case by Talking to Slip and Fall Lawyers

August 16, 2013

Find Out if You Have Grounds for a Case by Talking to Slip and Fall Lawyers

If you slip, trip, or fall down, and are injured, you may be entitled to file for compensatory monetary damages against the property owner by filing a claim through our lawyers, who handle slip and fall cases. It does not matter whether your accident occurred at a place of business, a government property, or a residence. The owner of the property is required by law to ensure the proper upkeep and maintenance to prevent accidents. Maintaining the property includes making sure there are not broken or uneven sidewalks, loose carpeting, and slippery floors. In the event the owner is aware of a problem and fails to take the necessary actions to correct the problem, they are negligent.

An important aspect to every slip and fall lawsuit is determining whether the property owner was negligent. For example, if there is a broken sidewalk outside the entrance of the business, and the owner is aware of the problem, but fails to take steps to correct the situation, they are negligent. On the other hand, if they block the area off, put up warning signs and take corrective actions, then they may not be held fully accountable in the event of an accident.

An important aspect to every slip and fall lawsuit is determining whether the property owner was negligent. For example, if there is a broken sidewalk outside the entrance of the business, and the owner is aware of the problem, but fails to take steps to correct the situation, they are negligent. On the other hand, if they block the area off, put up warning signs and take corrective actions, then they may not be held fully accountable in the event of an accident.

Fault and the Nature of Your Injuries Is Considered When Using Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys

May 28, 2013

You have to consider the nature of your injuries and your amount of fault in an accident prior to speaking to Los Angeles personal injury attorneys. It is still possible to seek partial damages from the other party when they were mostly at fault. For example, you may have contributed towards the accident a small percentage. Upon reaching a settlement in your case this percentage amount is subtracted from the total amount you would otherwise be award if the other party was completely at fault.

Filing a Case with Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys Requires Two Basic ItemsThe two basic items you need to have available in order to file a case using Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are showing you experienced personal injury and being able to identify the person or party responsible for those injuries. For instance, if you are working on the roof of your own home and fall off and get hurt, there is no other party to blame. While your insurance company most likely will cover related medical expenses provided by your plan, you cannot seek further amounts. On the other hand, if you were working on your neighbor’s roof and fell due to their negligence, like if they were to accidently knock the ladder over and you were still on it, then you might have a case where you can seek further compensation.

A Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Might Not Be Able to Help if You Walk Away

May 23, 2013

What happens if you were to accidently slip and fall within a retail business? Some people might just get up, make sure they are not seriously hurt and walk away. However, this is a bad idea because injuries do not always show up right away. It may be several hours later before you start to notice any severe pain or discomfort. In cases where you just walk away, you run the risk of losing the ability to use a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles in situations you discover you actually do need medical treatments.

Things to Follow After Slipping and Falling Which Help Your Personal Injury Lawyer in Los AngelesIn situations where you slip and fall within a retail business the first thing you need to do is alert the business owner or manager. You need to make sure they complete and accident and injury report. They should also be willing to call an ambulance on your behalf. It is vital to make sure you accept any offered medical treatment after your fall. You might discover your injuries are much more severe than you thought. By following these processes it makes your case easier for your personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles.

Are You Losing Sleep Over Hiring a Motorcycle Injury Lawyer

March 26, 2013

If you need to hire a motorcycle injury lawyer for a loved one, you are probably feeling overwhelmed. You want to make sure you are making the right decision so you don’t want to rush into anything, but at the same time, the longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to win the case.

Hire the Right Motorcycle Injury AttorneyRight now you may have several personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles who are eager to take the case. This is especially true if the injuries of the victim are severe, or if they know it will be an easy case to prove. Some of these lawyers may not even traditionally handle this type of case, and if the compensation didn’t look so appealing, they probably would not even be interested. This is not the type of lawyer you want handling your case.

Here at Madison Law Group, we have some of the best and most respected personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles. In fact, we are so confident in our ability to get you the compensation you deserve that we don’t collect a fee until you win.

Questions to Ask a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

March 22, 2013

Hiring a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is a big decision, but it does not have to be a stressful one. It does not matter if you are hiring someone for yourself or a loved one, there are a few important questions you should ask.

Interviewing Los Angeles Injury AttorneysYou may be tempted to open the phone book and just randomly pick one of the Los Angeles personal injury attorneys, but this would be a huge mistake. Just because they say they can handle your case does not mean they have the experience needed to properly do so. Take the time to get the answers to some very important questions.

  • What type of cases do you handle daily?
  • How long have you been handling personal injury cases?
  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • Do you charge a retainer fee?
  • Are most of your cases settled out of court or in the courtroom?
  • What is your track record of settlements and verdicts?
  • Who will actually be handling my case?
  • Has my particular lawyer won any awards?
  • What happens if my case is lost?
  • Do you have the time and resources to devote to my case?

Can My Los Angeles Injury Attorney Get Me Compensation Without Going to Trial?

October 25, 2012

One of the scariest things about seeking compensation, for many people, is the idea of going to trial. If this sounds like you, then you are not alone. Maybe you are even trying to decide if you should bother hiring a Los Angeles injury attorney, or if you should just forget about it. After all, you have seen plenty of movies where lawyers twist things, and make the accident look like it was the victim’s fault, right? Is this something you really want to deal with?

Trust Your Los Angeles Injury AttorneyYou will learn that the majority of cases taken on by a Los Angeles injury attorney never go to trial. They are able to get a fair settlement for their client rather quickly, without dealing with a long drawn out case.

Understand that attorneys would much rather settle, because it is far less work, so if your attorney is telling you that you need to go to trial, then they know something that you don’t. You need to trust that they have your best interest at heart, so if they are recommending a trial, there is a good reason why. This is why it is very important that you are comfortable with the attorney you choose and that you can trust their judgment, based on experience.

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