Unfortunately, a personal injury caused by someone else’s negligence could strike at any minute leaving you and your family to deal with the aftermath.
Faced with expensive medical bills, lost income and the battle to recover both physically and emotionally, the impacts are often devastating.
The most frustrating part for many is the feeling that so much is suddenly outside of their control.
If you reside in the North Bay, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Petaluma, Novato, Rohnert Park, Windsor and have suffered an injury, here’s some useful information:
Do I Have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you’ve been hurt through no fault of your own, you may have a case. Personal injury lawsuits attempt to recover financial damages from the negligent party to compensate the victim for their injuries.
Although money can never completely make up for the pain and suffering that a severe injury causes to the victim and their family, adequate compensation can relieve the financial distress that usually results from an unexpected tragedy. In other words, let the best Personal Injury Attorney help you stop worrying about paying the bills so that you can focus your energy on what’s really important, your recovery and future well-being.
Personal injuries can be a result of the actions, the inaction or the negligence of one or more individuals or organizations—private entities or even a public entity.
The most common causes include traffic accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death and workplace accidents, but anytime you’re injured due to no fault of your own, it can fall under the legal definition of personal injury.
When your claim is presented in a court of law, you must prove that the other party was both liable and negligent to recover. The defendant or offending party does not have the burden, you do as the plaintiff. This means that they were legally required to exercise a certain level of care, but they failed to do so and as a result of that failure you were injured or damaged in some way.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
You can rely on the skills and knowledge of an experienced lawyer to know the relevant laws and case studies inside and out.
At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC our experienced team of attorneys will carefully examine your claim from a variety of different viewpoints to identify all of the possible angles in order to maximize your compensation package while ensuring that no detail, no matter how small, is overlooked.
Of course, the insurance company may tell you something different. They are trained to give you the impression that they are acting in good faith and protecting your interests, but really they are trying to minimize their financial exposure. They are trying to shift the burden to you, making you at fault. Don’t fall for that nor should you agree to a taped interview from the opposing insurance carrier.
Here’s a little secret: Even your insurance company doesn’t work to protect your interests when it comes to a payout. Their ultimate responsibility is to pay you as little as possible and avoid an expensive lawsuit.
If an insurance company or a large business is involved in your personal injury claim, here are a few reasons that consulting with an experienced lawyer is critical:
You’re Outmatched – Organizations of this size have an entire team of experts, forensic accountants, attorneys and other professionals who share a common goal: to pay as little as possible to injury victims like yourself. Never attempt to take on an insurance carrier without having your own attorney by your side—YOU won’t be alone then.
You’re Too Close to the Issue – Personal injury is, very personal, and you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t feel emotional about the entire situation. Although the adjuster at the insurance company or business entity won’t pay more than they have to there is no reason why the final number doesn’t have to be so low that you are unable to pay your bills and living expenses. In addition to having many years of experience in ALL PERSONAL INJURY matters, we do not allow the insurance carrier to gain the upper hand at the bargaining table when they try to low ball you. WE aggressively negotiate with them directly to even the playing field for you!
You Can’t Afford to Wait – The insurance company has all the time in the world, but you don’t. Knowing that your bills are piling up, they may give you a low-ball offer on the chance that you’ll take it out of desperation. An experienced attorney who has handled hundreds of cases just like yours will be able to advise you on the fairness of any offer as well as what you can gain by filing a lawsuit.
You Don’t Know Their Tactics – Big business knows that you aren’t a legal expert, and they take full advantage of it. Don’t expect them to tell you about your legal rights or the applicable statute of limitations. They certainly won’t preserve any useful evidence that is unfavorable to them, so we need to write letters to preserve evidence for later testing.
Most of all, an experienced legal professional will provide you with peace of mind and the time to heal and get back on your feet. Once you have expert knowledge and attorneys with years of plaintiff’s personal injury experience on your side you’ll feel like you’ve started to take control of the situation, and your life, once again.
If you’ve been losing sleep worrying about negotiating with the insurance company and meeting your financial obligations, a single consultation with the best accident attorneys will be better than any sleeping pill! Once your energy is refocused on your recovery and your family’s needs, you’ll literally feel like a heavy weight has been lifted from your shoulders!
If you or someone you care about is injured due to someone else’s negligence, take these steps to protect your interests:
Do not wait to seek medical care. Delays can raise several questions including whether you were really hurt, the date of the injury or the actual source of the damage. Keep records of every doctor you see and how you feel on a daily basis.
Record the names of witnesses and other pertinent facts. If you’re able, create a file with all relevant information. Write down your own account of the accident as soon as you can just in case your memory of the event fades with time. Keep track of every medical visit and related expense and keep a log of your lost time from work. We make every effort to get you paid on wage loss.
Call Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC as soon as possible at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507—Two very convenient locations to serve the entire North Bay.
Remember….never sign any legal documents or speak to anyone without speaking with us first. We will advise you of your rights and your responsibilities in your personal injury case and help you obtain the MAXIMUM COMPESNATION possible.
“The Right Personal Injury Attorney Makes All the Difference…” has rightfully been our motto as far back as when we opened the doors in 1992. Please feel free to call us. The consultation is free and everything is private and confidential.
Please feel free to CLICK HERE to view all of our videos relating to Personal Injury to find out more information.