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If you were injured in an accident or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you likely have many questions about your situation, your rights, and your legal options. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we strive to ensure that ordinary individuals are armed with the knowledge and resources they need to effectively take on major corporations, liable insurance companies, and other negligent parties. With this in mind, we’ve provided answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury law. See our personal injury FAQs below and if you need more information about your specific situation, we encourage you to reach out to our Glendale personal injury lawyers today.

Call (818) 507-4311 or submit an online contact form to get started with a free, no-obligation consultation.

Q: Do I Have a Case?

A: After an unexpected accident or incident that leaves you or a loved one injured, one of the first things you are probably wondering is whether you have a case against the responsible party or insurance company. While each case is different, if the injuries you or your loved one sustained were caused in any way by negligence, carelessness, or recklessness, you likely have a valid claim which could allow you to recover compensation. At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we offer a free consultation and case analysis to determine whether you have a case or not.

Q: How Much is My Case Worth?

A: The compensation you deserve varies wholly based on the severity of injuries sustained, and the long-term impact the injuries have on your future. A crucial part of building your case is working with medical providers and specialists to determine the full extent of injuries – both immediate and long-term – and to establish the maximum value of your case. Many of our clients receive compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity
  • All medical expenses
  • Future estimated costs of medical care and treatment
  • Costs to adjust home and vehicle to accommodate physical disabilities

If a loved one was killed through negligence or carelessness, close members of the family may be eligible for wrongful death compensation which can include:

  • Medical expenses leading up to death
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of physical and financial support
  • Costs associated with the pain and suffering experienced prior to death

The amount of compensation you get will also depend on the degree of responsibility assigned to the negligent parties. If a jury decides that you or your loved one are partially responsible for the accident, then your total claim may be reduced by that amount. For example, if the jury decides that you were 20% responsible, then you would be eligible for 80% of the compensation.

Q: What Should I Do if I Was Injured in a Car Accident?

A: The first and most important thing to do is to get immediate medical help. The lives of you and your passengers are the top priority, and anything you can do to prevent further injury is crucial. As soon as you can, you should also do the following:

  • Call 911 and get both an ambulance and law enforcement to the scene of the accident.
  • Evaluate the condition of your passengers and check for any injuries that require immediate help.
  • Obtain the contact and insurance information of the other driver(s).
  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle, debris, skid marks on the roadway, or any item on the road that may have contributed to the crash.
  • Get the contact information of any witnesses that may have observed the crash.
  • Speak to the police and provide only facts – do NOT admit any kind of fault for the accident. There are many factors, and any misstatement could affect your claim.
  • Report the accident to your own insurance company, again providing only facts.
  • Contact an experienced auto accident attorney.

Don’t speak to anyone else’s insurance or fill out any paperwork until you have spoken to an attorney.

Q: What Types of Cases Do You Handle?

A: At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we handle a broad range of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving:

Our extensive experience and skill both in out of court settlements and trial scenarios enable us to take on serious and complicated cases, and as such, we take only a limited number of cases at any given time. We devote the needed resources, time, and attention to each case to protect the rights of our clients and help them get the compensation they need to help put their lives back together.

Q: How Do I Know if Someone Else is Liable for My Injuries and Losses?

A: Determining liability is a crucial part of any personal injury case and is best done by an expert personal injury attorney. Depending on the conditions that brought about the injury, responsibility may lie with an individual, your employer, a manufacturer, another driver, or other parties. Winning your case will require establishing the liability of the other party.

At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we offer a free consultation where we can review the circumstances around your injury and help determine whether others are liable. If the consultation results in a determination that your case has merit and we take you on as a client, we will perform a thorough investigation into all factors to determine and prove the liability of the other parties to get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

Q: How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

A: At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, there is no cost to you unless we win your case. Our initial consultation is free, and we work on a contingency-fee-basis – you will only pay attorney fees if and when we win your case. There is no financial burden or risk associated with hiring us as personal injury attorneys.

Q: Is There a Deadline to File a Lawsuit?

A: Personal injury cases in California have a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the incident. To be clear, this is not the date that you discover an injury – this is the date of the incident that caused the injury. It is best to file your claim as soon as possible, as the event will still be fresh in everyone’s minds and evidence will be more readily available.

Q: What Kind of Proof Do I Need?

A: The proof you will need depends entirely on the type of injury and how you received it, but some essential pieces of evidence that can help are:

  • Medical reports
  • Photographs and videos
  • Any relevant physical evidence
  • Witnesses
Q: What Do I Do if an Insurance Adjuster Calls Me?

A: Tell them to contact your attorney. Insurance adjusters are trained to reduce claims, and anything you say to them can be used against you. This same rule applies if anyone else’s attorney attempts to contact you. Your only point of contact should be your attorney.

Q: What if I Was Partly at Fault for the Accident?

A: The state of California holds a pure comparative negligence policy on personal injuries, which means that you can still recover compensation even if you were partially at fault. In a trial, liability will usually be assigned by percentages – meaning you can be allocated 20% of the “fault” for the injury, and in such a case would still be eligible to receive 80% of the total compensation deserved.

Q: How Do I Pay for Medical Bills and Lost Wages Until My Case is Settled?

A: Personal injury cases can take time to settle, especially when significant injuries and compensation is involved. In such a case, you may need to cover certain bills and expenses upfront, while others may be covered by workers' compensation or your auto insurance policy. Retaining a dedicated, experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible is the best way to get your compensation rapidly and efficiently.