Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney soon after you have been hurt is an important step to protecting you and your family so you can focus on making a full recovery.
How Our Personal Injury Attorneys Help You After a Serious Injury or Accident
After a serious injury, your top priority should be physical and emotional recovery. You need time to focus on healing and seeing doctors, therapists and other health professionals.
What you don’t need is the stress of figuring out how to get compensated for time you are missing from work and for the stack of medical bills piling up. You don’t need to spend hours on the phone with insurance companies and you don’t need to be dealing with the details of what happened to cause the injuries, or what the long-term financial and emotional impact of the event will be for you and your family.
Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel, LLP lets you focus on your recovery. We deal with the insurance companies. We figure out who is at fault and why. We determine what full and fair compensation looks like for you, based on what has happened to you so far and the likely impact of the injuries on your future.
What compensation are you entitled to receive?
Experienced personal injury attorneys understand that full and fair compensation includes much more than reimbursement of medical expenses. A serious injury can cause you to miss work, prevent you from caring for your family, and prevent you from participating in hobbies and activities that you enjoy and keep you healthy.
People who are seriously injured often feel like they have been robbed of the life they once enjoyed. They are entitled to compensation for that loss of enjoyment. They are also entitled to compensation for care and support they will need in the future.
Additionally, a victim’s family suffers from the loss of income provided by the injured victim and the loss of household services provided by that person, such as driving a child to sporting practices and games or grocery shopping and yard work.
Personal injury attorneys can seek monetary compensation for the following types of expenses and losses:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic and acupuncture treatment
- Medication and medical equipment costs
- Expected future medical and therapeutic treatment expenses needed because of the injuries
- Lost wages
- Future lost earnings if the injuries change the type of job you can hold or your ability to get a job after your rehabilitation period
- Costs of in-home care if you are no longer able to complete tasks of daily living
- Costs of hiring household help for tasks you are no longer able to do (such as yard work or house work)
- Mental health treatment
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Mental and emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
Serious injuries include:
- traumatic brain injury
- internal organ or tissue damage
- broken or crushed bones
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- spinal cord injuries
- open and closed head injuries
- second-degree and third-degree burns.
Whose fault is the accident?
Injuries are usually caused by a person doing something they shouldn’t or failing to do something they should. In personal injury law, the negligent person is responsible for compensating the victim for the harm.
Generally speaking, negligence means that a person (such as the owner of property or driver of a car) has a duty to act responsibly toward the victim and fails to carry out that duty in a way that a reasonable person would have done.
In California, proving negligence in personal injury cases can be complicated because a jury decides who was at fault in an accident.
The standard used is called comparative negligence and it allows a court to assign a percentage of fault to everyone involved in the incident and assign damages based on that percentage. For example, if an injured person (the plaintiff) is trying to recover $100,000 in damages and a court finds that the plaintiff was 50% responsible for the injury, then the recovery of damages is limited to $50,000 instead of $100,000.
What should I do after a serious injury?
The first thing to do after you are injured is seek immediate medical attention. As soon as possible after that, hire an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help manager the details of your case while you focus on your recovery. The experienced attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney & Frankel are available today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.