What should I do if I’m involved in an auto accident?
Seek police and medical attention immediately. The police will need to make a report of the incident, and a trained medical professional will need to assist you with any injuries you may have sustained. NOTE: You may not feel any pain immediately after an accident but that does not mean you are uninjured. Some injuries may take hours or even days to present themselves.
Seek the advice of an attorney who specializes in personal injury and auto accidents to find out your rights and what compensation you may be able to receive.
I was injured in an auto accident. What can I do?
If you have already retained the services of an experienced attorney, you should consult them on whether you can file a personal injury claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
What makes me eligible to receive compensation for my injuries?
Your injuries must be a direct result of the auto accident
You must not have been 50% or more at fault in the accident
Your attorney must prove the negligence of the party responsible
What can I receive compensation for?
You may be eligible to receive compensation for present and future medical expenses and wage loss, mental pain and anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and more.
How much money can I get?
This will depend upon several factors: who was at fault in the accident, the severity of injuries you received, the impact the accident had on your lifestyle, and more. Your best option is to work with a competent and aggressive law firm, such as Vaziri Law Group, whose attorneys use their experience and passion in this area of law to protect your rights and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
Slip and Fall Accidents
How soon after my accident do I need to contact legal help?
As soon as possible. If you aren’t sure who is at fault, a lawyer will be able to help you answer that question. Your chances of winning your case improve the sooner you act – the evidence is fresher, the witnesses are more reliable, and you have a better chance of taking accurate pictures of the scene as it was on the day of your fall.
Many people are saying the fall is my fault - are they right?
Each and every slip and fall is different, and any good attorney will examine all of the evidence before telling you how the law sees your accident. Often times, society judges some people – older people, young children, or the disabled – more harshly than other when it comes to slip and fall accidents. However, in the light of the law, considerations like age and ability do not matter – a property should be safe for visitors no matter who they are. It is easy to say that you were clumsy or that you weren’t paying attention, but you should also ask yourself, “Would I have fallen if the stair wasn’t broken, or if there had been a slippery when wet sign posted?”
Do I need an accident report at the time of my fall, like in car accidents?
Accident reports for slips and falls are not required by law. However, if you slip and fall in a store or business, they may have a policy requiring a report to be filled out. Accident reports are helpful to everyone because they collect evidence and data that is fresh and accurate. Those filling out the reports can note the lighting, take down witness information, and mention any other important facts relevant to the event.
If I was injured in a motorcycle accident, am I automatically entitled to receive compensation?
No. Just because you were injured in a motorcycle accident does not mean you are automatically entitled to financial compensation. It is up to you and your attorney to prove to the judge how the accident has taken a financial toll on your life, including what expenses you have already incurred, as well as those expenses that you expect to incur in the future.
I was injured in a motorcycle accident. What am I entitled to receive for my injuries?
The type of compensation you are entitled to receive will depend on your unique situation. Factors such as who was at fault, how severely you were injured, your current employment and salary, marital status, etc. will have an effect on how much compensation you receive. In general, most people are awarded compensation to cover the following: pain, suffering, medical expenses, emotional or mental distress, rehabilitation, lost wages, financial hardship, future expenses, property damage, wrongful death, etc.
What is the statue of limitations for a motorcycle accident case?
The statute of limitation refers to the set time period the victim has to file a personal injury lawsuit against the other party. In California, a motorcycle accident victim has two years from the date of his/her injury to file their lawsuit. Failure to file a claim within the set amount of time waives the victim’s right to seek damages or take further legal action. It should be noted that people under the age of 18 have until their 20th birthday to file a claim. For more information about California’s statute of limitation, as well as exceptions to the rules, please contact one of our experienced Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Long Beach and Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys today to set up a free consultation.
How long will my case take?
There is no specific set length of time for a motorcycle accident case. The amount of time it takes to complete a case depends on a number of factors, and varies per case. In general, complex cases that involve multiple parties, and cases regarding serious accidents take longer to complete than simple motorcycle accident cases. Simple cases can be resolved in as quickly as a few months to no more than a year. Complex cases can take anywhere from one to three years to complete.
How much is my case worth?
Unfortunately, there is no set answer to this question. There are a number of factors that will determine how much your case is worth, and each case has a different value depending on its unique circumstances. In general, the more severe your injuries are, the more your case is worth. Other factors will contribute to the value of your case, such as which party is ultimately responsible for the accident, the defendant’s ability to pay damages, the impact of the injuries on your lifestyle, your health and physical condition prior to the accident, etc. If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident, our experienced Los Angeles and Orange County motorcycle accident attorneys can evaluate your case, and give you an idea of how much your case is worth. However, it is important to remember that compensation is never guaranteed.
Why should I hire an attorney to represent me?
It is always in your best interest to hire an experienced and reputable attorney to handle your motorcycle accident case. Personal injury law can be complex, and difficult to handle if you are not familiar with the court system. At Vaziri Legal Group, we have extensive experience helping motorcycle accident victims protect their rights and obtain compensation for their injuries. We work one on one with our clients to develop an effective legal plan, and increase their chances of obtaining favorable results in court.
If the accident was partially my fault, am I still eligible to recover damages?
If you are found partially at fault for causing the accident, you may still be eligible to recover compensation for your injuries. In California, the courts use “comparative negligence” to determine the percentage to which each party was at fault, and consequently how much in damages the victim is entitled to receive.
For example, if the victim is found to be 30% at fault, then he/she is entitled to collect 70% in damages. However, it is important to remember that compensation can never be guaranteed, even when the defendant is found to be 100% at fault.
The best way to ensure you receive the maximum amount in damages is to contact an experienced Los Angeles and Orange County motorcycle accident attorney. At the Law Offices of Siamak Vaziri, our talented attorneys are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
What if the party responsible for my accident has no insurance?
If the other driver has no insurance, you can collect compensation for your bodily injuries through your own insurance policy if you have “uninsured motorist” coverage and “med pay.” After you have exhausted your own insurance coverage, there are a few more options you have to consider. The best way to ensure that you obtain the financial compensation you deserve is to contact an experienced Los Angeles or Orange County motorcycle accident attorney.
At Vaziri Legal Group, we aggressively pursue all avenues to make sure our clients receive the compensation they need to cover their medical costs, lost earnings, and other financial hardships that resulted from the accident.
What should I do if the insurance company contacts me?
It is best to refrain from making any statements to the insurance company if they contact you, whether it is your own insurance company or the other party’s insurance company. Do not discuss any element of your case with the insurance company, as they can use your statement as evidence against you in court.
If you are contact by the insurance company the best thing to do is to kindly refer them to your attorney without disclosing any information about your accident. If you are asked to make a statement, make sure your attorney is present at all times. At Vaziri Legal Group, we have many years of experience working with insurance companies, and know effective ways to increase your chance of obtaining a favorable outcome.
What should I bring with me when I go to the lawyer’s office?
The more information you have regarding your accident, the better. When your attorney has access to more information, he/she can give you better advice and a more thorough evaluation.
It is important to bring any documents regarding your case, such as accident reports, medical charts, eye witness accounts, reports, insurance information, photographs of the accident, etc. These documents will assist your attorney in developing a strong case and helping you obtain compensation for your injuries. It is not a problem if you do not have any documents at the time of your first meeting. The attorney can obtain them for you.