The following information includes frequently asked personal injury questions. The answers stated are general in nature and are not intended to apply to every personal injury situation. Each case is different and carries its own set of circumstances which must be taken into consideration by competent legal counsel. By contacting San Diego accident Attorney Robert Wallenstein, you can receive a personal consultation regarding your specific legal claim.
What is Personal Injury?
A Personal Injury is any physical or mental injury to a person that is a result of another person's negligence or wrongful act. San Diego accident Attorney Robert Wallenstein has extensive experience in representing accident victims who have suffered serious personal injury. Injuries can occur in a wide variety of ways. The following are some of the most common accidents resulting in personal injury:
- Auto Accidents;
- Dangerous or Defective Product Injuries;
- Motorcycle Accidents;
- Boating Accidents;
- Slip and Fall Accidents;
- Dog Bites;
- Wrongful Death Accidents and
- Large Truck Accidents.
What financial compensation can I recover in a personal injury claim?
Accident victims are entitled to recover monetary compensation (often referred to as "damages") for all losses and expenses that they suffered as a result of the accident. Depending upon the particular circumstances of your case, damages may include recovery for any of the following:
- Medical bills,
- Lost Wages, including overtime, and other employment benefits
- Pain & Suffering,
- Physical Disability,
- Permanent Scars
- Emotional Trauma,
- Mental Anguish,
- Loss of Enjoyment,
- Loss of Love & Affection,
- Mental Disability,
- Property Damage, and
- All out of pocket expenses (transportation charges, doctor/hospital bills, medical equipment, etc).
How do I know if I have a case?
In order to prevail in a personal injury case in California, you must be able to show that you have been injured and that your injury resulted from the intentional or negligent conduct of another. The injury may be a physical injury or it may be an emotional injury. By consulting with San Diego Serious Injury Attorney Robert Wallenstein, you will be able to determine whether or not you have a case and if that case can settle out of court or should be presented to a judge and jury.
How do I know if I may need an attorney?
If you have been seriously injured in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside or Orange Counties, and are unsure about what would be fair compensation for your injury, consult a serious injury attorney as soon as possible; especially before you sign any papers with an insurance company. In all injury cases, a statute of limitation requires plaintiffs to file their lawsuits within a specific period of time. If you wait too long to hire an attorney, you may miss important deadlines or lose the opportunity to file your complaint in court.
What is a contingency fee?
A contingency fee is a method of compensation that is used by plaintiff's lawyers in most injury cases. The fee that you owe your attorney is contingent or only required to be paid if your lawyer obtains money for you. A contingency fee is paid as a percentage of your monetary recovery. A contingency fee is what is meant when you hear "no fee unless we recover money for you."
How long will it take to settle my claim?
The time it takes to settle a personal injury case depends on the circumstances surrounding the case. The more complex the case the longer it may take to settle. Many cases can take anywhere from 3 to 18 months to settle depending on their complexity.
If you or someone you know in San Diego, Imperial, Riverside or Orange Counties needs the assistance of an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact California Automobile Injury lawyer Robert Wallenstein at 619-685-5388 or complete the contact form provided on this site to begin your free consultation today.