Aghabegian & Associates, PC is proud to be one of the leading personal injury law firms in Century City, California. Since our inception, we have helped our clients recover millions of dollars in damages. We don’t believe you should have to pay for the negligent or reckless act of another. So if you or someone you love was injured, physically or emotionally, in a car accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall accident, or some other type of accident, we can help.
Century City personal injury attorneys, like those at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, are committed to helping you get back on your feet following an accident. Our team of attorneys has the expertise and experience to handle all types of personal injury claims, ranging from dog bites to wrongful deaths. With over 40 years of combined experience in the field of personal injury law, you can trust that we will do everything in our power to win you the compensation you so deserve.
Will I have to go to court if I file a personal injury claim in California?
The short answer to this is it depends. Although some personal injury cases never see the inside of a courtroom, this isn’t a guarantee. When you file a personal injury claim in California, there is always a chance that the case will go to trial. The process of filing a personal injury lawsuit in California goes like this. First, you’ll hire an attorney who will kick things off by filing initial papers with the court. This will be followed by a fact-finding and discovery phase, where both you and the defendant will try to obtain as much information and evidence about the case as possible. The discovery phase may include depositions and document production. The next phase determines whether your personal injury claim will go to court. Typically, both parties will enter into negotiations with the goal of reaching a settlement. If the claimant and defendant agree to a settlement at this stage, then the case is over. However, if a settlement can’t be reached through negotiations, then your case will go to trial where a final ruling will be made. Whether your personal injury claim is settled out of court or goes to trial, having an experienced Century City attorney by your side can help you navigate these complex legal processes.
How Do You Prove Negligence?
In some personal injury cases, you and your attorney may seek to prove that the at-fault party acted negligently, and it was this negligence that led to your injuries. The burden of proof is on the claimant, meaning it’s up to you to prove the at-fault party was negligent. How do you do this, you may be wondering? In California, the law defines negligence as the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to oneself or others. Under this definition, someone is negligent if they did something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation, or failed to do something that a reasonably careful person would have done in the same situation. To successfully recover damages in your personal injury case, you and your Century City attorney will need to prove that the defendant owed the claimant a duty of care, that the defendant breached their duty of care through negligence, and that the defendant’s negligence was a major factor in causing the claimant harm.
To prove negligence, you and your attorney should independently investigate the accident. Evidence that can help you prove your claim may include police reports, eyewitness statements, photos and/or videos of the scene, medical bills and other medical records, documentation showing missed time at work, and incident reports from a store or other business where the incident occurred.
Do I need to hire a lawyer for my personal injury claim?
You are not required by law to hire an attorney for your personal injury claim. However, there are several reasons why doing so may be a wise decision. First, hiring a personal injury attorney to handle your claim levels the playing field. Without an expert by your side, you will likely be going up against the at-fault party’s insurance company on your own. Most insurance companies have an entire legal team behind them dedicated to making sure you receive the smallest payout possible. A Century City personal injury attorney will ensure you aren’t taken advantage of, and instead, receive the compensation you deserve. An attorney will assess your case and have you evaluated by medical professionals to understand the full extent of your injuries. Once this is known, they can help you seek the appropriate damages (which in most cases, will be greater than what you would have received without the help of an attorney). Therefore, while you don’t need to hire a Century City attorney to handle your personal injury claim, it can be incredibly beneficial, especially when it comes to compensation.
How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
It is almost impossible to assign a figure to the worth of a personal injury case, as cases vary widely. That said, there is a common misconception that injured parties will only receive a nominal amount of compensation in a personal injury claim. For example, if your claim is being filed over a car accident, you may think that you will only be reimbursed for the cost of the vehicle repair and your medical bills. The reality is that a skilled personal injury attorney understands that the purpose of personal injury law is to make the victim feel “whole” again, and this extends far beyond compensation for car repair or medical bills. Recoverable damages in personal injury cases include but are not limited to loss of profits, lost wages, loss of employment opportunities, medical expenses (ambulance bills, surgeries, rehabilitation/physical therapy, medications, etc….), mental anguish, loss of enjoyment, inconvenience, and loss of companionship. Plus, there is no limit to the number of damages a claimant can seek to recover. Given the many damages available to claimants, your personal injury case may be worth a considerable amount of money. We recommend working with your Century City personal injury attorney to come up with a plan regarding the damages that are worth pursuing.
Interested in pursuing a personal injury claim? You’ve come to the right place. Aghabegian & Associates, PC offers 100% obligation-free consultations to all prospective clients. Get in touch today to schedule a free consultation and have your questions answered by a personal injury law expert right here in Century City.
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