Nobody should ever have to worry about being harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of another person. However, when these incidents occur, you may be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman, our Santa Barbara personal injury attorneys are proud to stand up for the rights of injured victims. We will work to investigate your case and secure the compensation you need.
We handle many types of personal injury cases
A personal injury case can arise in a variety of ways. Anytime someone is harmed due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, company, or entity, they can file a claim for damages against the negligent party. While there are far too many ways that these cases arise to list here, some of the most common cases handled by the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Rideshare accidents (Uber and Lyft)
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Premises liability incidents
- Faulty product cases
- Elder abuse cases
- Slip and fall accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Pool and hot tub accidents
- Mass transit or public transportation accidents
If you do not see the exact cause of your injuries on this list, do not worry. Call our personal injury attorneys in Oxnard for a free consultation of your case.
What are some common injuries in these cases?
We regularly help victims who have sustained every kind of injury you could imagine. It is not uncommon for our personal injury lawyers to help clients have sustained the following:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or punctures
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Open head wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
Each of these injuries can lead to massive medical expenses for victims, as well as various “hidden expenses.” This can include home or vehicle modifications to aid in mobility, lost income, the cost of medical devices, as well as immense pain and suffering damages.
How long do you have to file a claim?
Personal injury victims must be mindful of timelines in place to file a lawsuit against an at-fault party. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives injury victims two years from the time an injury occurs to file a lawsuit. Cases filed after this two-year period will almost certainly be dismissed.
How can a Santa Barbara personal injury lawyer help?
Surveys of those who’ve pursued compensation after being injured as a result of negligence indicate that hiring an attorney plays a critical role in the outcome of a victim’s personal injury claim or lawsuit. Specifically, victims who file claims have a greater likelihood of reaching settlements with insurance companies or being awarded damages in court. Perhaps more importantly, the amount of money they receive tends to be greater than the amount recovered by victims who don’t have legal representation.
Hiring a qualified Santa Barbara personal injury attorney is a wise decision if you believe you deserve compensation after an accident. A lawyer can assist you by:
Investigating your accident
Recovering compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other such losses incurred as a result of an accident will usually involve filing a claim with the insurer of the negligent party responsible for your injuries. Be aware, if you don’t provide evidence showing you were injured due to their negligence, the insurance company may deny your claim.
Gathering the evidence necessary to demonstrate you’re eligible to recover compensation often requires conducting an investigation. This is a complex task you likely don’t have the resources, time, and funds needed to handle on your own.
You don’t have to. While you focus on your recovery, the experts at our Santa Barbara personal injury firm will investigate your accident.
Accounting for your losses
An insurance company may be unable to justify denying your claim altogether if you present sufficient evidence of negligence. Regardless, the insurance company might still attempt to pay you less than you’re owed.
Insurers deploy many tactics to avoid paying claimants what they deserve. One such tactic is to simply not help a claimant tally up their various compensable losses.
This is another task a personal injury lawyer can assist you with. They will review past and current losses while also estimating the potential dollar value of future losses (such as the cost of ongoing medical care) to determine how much compensation you may be eligible to recover. Sometimes, a lawyer may even be able to assign a dollar value to such non-economic losses as pain and suffering.
No honest Santa Barbara personal injury attorney can promise you will recover a specific amount of money. This is unethical. However, they can negotiate effectively with the insurance company, improving your odds of arriving at a fair settlement.
Can I afford a Santa Barbara personal injury law firm?
You won’t be taking on any financial risk by hiring a lawyer to represent you when seeking compensation. The initial consultation with an attorney, during which a lawyer evaluates your case and discusses your legal options, will cost you nothing.
Additionally, if our lawyer agrees to represent you, our firm won’t charge any fees for our services upfront. Instead, we’ll enter into a contingency fee agreement. This means our fee will be a percentage of the compensation we secure for you. If you don’t get paid, you don’t have to pay us.
Our team is ready to get to work
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another person, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of J. Jeffrey Herman, we are dedicated to helping clients get through this situation and work to secure the compensation they deserve. This could include
- All medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost income in benefits if a victim cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages if the negligent party was grossly negligent