In the disorienting aftermath of an accident—be it a car collision, a construction incident, or a slip and fall accident—you are focused on healing and recovery. But as you move forward, the legal issues, from insurance paperwork to compensation claims, can require the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
As a lawyer who routinely handles personal injury cases, I know that after an accident, it’s about more than just hiring a lawyer; it’s about partnering with someone who balances compassion with legal skill.
Knowing what makes a great accident attorney can help you choose the right legal counsel to help you with your claim and get the compensation you deserve.
They Are Familiar With Various Personal Injury Laws
In California, accident attorneys must be familiar with various personal injury laws. While principles of negligence and liability apply across the board, the specifics vary based on the nature of your accident.
As a skilled personal injury attorney, I have experience with laws in the following personal injury areas:
- Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes
- Slip and fall accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Wrongful death
- Uber and Lyft accidents
My knowledge of personal injury laws allows me to handle your case effectively. For instance, I use my legal understanding of vehicle regulations, driver behavior, auto insurance coverage, and claim requirements for an auto accident case to file a successful claim.
They Carefully Gather Evidence To Understand Your Case
An exceptional accident attorney in California is skilled at careful evidence gathering. My process entails reviewing relevant documents, securing surveillance footage, obtaining medical records, and interviewing witnesses. No matter how minor it may seem, each piece of evidence can help establish the facts and build your compensation claim.
I understand the importance of evidence in supporting your claim and helping you win maximum compensation. I will collect all relevant documentation and evidence to construct a strong case for a favorable outcome.
They Base Your Settlement On Maximum Medical Improvement
One hallmark of a great accident attorney is their emphasis on Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) when determining an appropriate settlement. MMI is reached when an injured individual’s condition has stabilized to the point where no further recovery or improvement is expected, even with continued medical treatment.
I prioritize the concept of MMI to ensure you are not short-changed in a settlement. I use MMI to gauge whether you have undergone a full course of medical treatment and anticipate any potential future treatments you may require.
This approach lets me get a clearer picture of the long-term implications of an injury, allowing for a more accurate assessment of medical costs, lost wages, and associated damages. Armed with this information, I can negotiate a settlement that truly represents your present and future requirements, ensuring you’re fairly compensated for both the immediate and lasting effects of your injury.
They Adequately Assess Compensation Options
An experienced California personal injury attorney will thoroughly assess all compensation options available to you. A settlement can compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, emotional distress, and property damage. However, compensation can depend on the nature of your injuries and insurance coverage available based on your case type.
For instance, when handling cases like motorcycle or car accidents, I review your insurance and the at-fault party’s auto liability policy. All drivers in California must have the state’s minimum liability coverages; I can help you seek the maximum amount based on the severity of your injuries and their policy limits.
If you slip and fall at someone’s residence, I will help you seek compensation from the property owner’s homeowner’s insurance. These policies often carry personal injury liability coverages up to $100,000 or more. If it’s a slip or trip and fall due to a commercial property owner’s negligence, I can help you seek a settlement with their business liability insurance.
They Clearly Communicate What’s Needed and Provide Legal Guidance
An excellent personal injury attorney is committed to clear and open communication, ensuring clients are informed at every stage of their claim. In my practice, I make sure you understand what’s expected of you and what you can anticipate at each phase of the legal process.
Guiding clients on their options, I help you navigate the complex processes of personal injury claims. I believe it’s essential that you know your rights, and my role is to explain and protect them until your case is resolved.
I advise on matters impacting your case, such as interactions with insurance adjusters after an accident. For instance, I will guide you on what to say if an insurance adjuster contacts you, or I will communicate on your behalf.
I can also provide practical advice on areas you may not realize could impact your case. For example, I can explain the potential impact of posting on social media or speaking to friends or family about the accident, helping you avoid actions that could result in a reduced or denied settlement.
They Know How To Deliver Results
At the end of the day, the most defining trademark of a great personal injury attorney is their ability to deliver results. After enduring the pain and disruption caused by someone else’s negligence, you deserve an advocate who can protect your rights and maximize your settlement.
Here’s how I can drive results in your case:
- Skilled negotiator. My negotiation skills are honed from years of experience. Whether I use tactics such as anchoring to set the tone of negotiations, I excel at mitigating lowball offers from insurance companies and persuading opposing counsel on the strength of your claim.
- Trial ready. While many cases settle, I’m always prepared to take your case to court. My extensive trial experience ensures I’m ready to present strong arguments before a judge and jury.
- Proven success. I have a consistent track record of favorable outcomes and satisfied clients. Past successes showcase my capabilities and assurance that your case is in capable hands.
- Transparent case review. Integrity is fundamental to our partnership. I carefully assess each case, accepting only those I believe have a strong foundation for success. This approach sets clear and realistic expectations for you and guarantees that I’m dedicated to the outcome of your case.
- Ethical approach. My reputation is built on a foundation of trust and ethics. I pledge to handle your case with integrity and maintain a trusting relationship based on attorney-client confidentiality.
- Client-centric strategy. Every decision I make is with your best interests in mind. From the initial consultation to the final verdict or settlement, I prioritize your needs, concerns, and goals for your case.
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Choosing the right attorney is crucial for a successful personal injury claim in California. At The Shirvanian Law Firm, I focus on developing a reliable client-attorney relationship based on open communication, trust, and compassion. I offer a safe environment where you can speak freely about your injuries and receive guidance on all aspects of your case.
For a dedicated legal advocate who combines personalized care with legal knowledge, reach out to The Shirvanian Law Firm today. I’ll meet with you during a free consultation to answer your questions and help you get started on your claim.