What qualifies as a personal injury?
Nobody makes it through life without getting injured. But some injuries rise to a level where the law takes notice and you are entitled to compensation to help deal with the aftermath. This happens when your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence. To prove negligence and be awarded the damages you deserve, it’s important to lean on a legal team that understands the ins and outs of personal injury law, ensuring your story is told both accurately and compellingly to judge and jury.
How can Formica Law Group help?
Formica Law Group has recovered more than $50 million in settlements and trial awards for our personal injury clients. Our victories include the largest slip and fall verdict in California history, producing a $3.1 million award for our client.
Our proven track record of major settlements isn’t just a reflection of legal expertise, however. It’s a reflection of our commitment to listening to you and your story with humanity and care. Because it’s only by fully understanding what you’ve been through that we can help you through it.
What can a personal injury payout cover?
The money we recover for you can cover medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other things.
What are the most common types of personal injury cases?
Our attorneys have extensive experience in a wide range of personal injury cases, including some of the most common:
– Catastrophic Injury
– Workplace Accident
– Wrongful Death
– Slip and Fall Accident
– Broken Bone(s)
– Construction Accident
– Premises Liability
– Spinal Cord Injury
– Swimming Pool Accident
– Paraplegia / Quadriplegia Injury
– Back Injury
– Brain Injury
– Burn Injury
– Child Injury
– Pet/Animal Attack
– Laceration Injury
– Neck Injury
– Orthopedic Injury
– Whiplash Injury
What should I do after I’m injured?
Whether you’re involved in a serious auto accident, workplace accident, or recreational injury, there are some things you should immediately do to protect yourself and your financial future.
- Move to safety – If you can, move away from the area of danger.
- Evaluate your injuries – Examine yourself and others involved in the accident for injuries. If anyone is hurt, call for emergency medical assistance immediately. Even if no injury is apparent, you should see a physician as soon as possible to help document potential damage.
- Call the police – The best way to document an accident is for the police to be involved.
- Preserve evidence – You should exchange contact and insurance information if another driver is involved. Take photos of the scene, injuries, and property damage. Write down the location, time, and local conditions of the accident. Try to get the contact details of any witnesses.
- Say as little as possible – It can be difficult, but try to say as little as possible to the police or other parties. Never say “sorry” or admit fault, as that can damage your ability to recover compensation in the future.
- Call the Formica Law Group – You need a legal expert to guide you through the complicated process of getting money for a personal injury, so call the Formica Law Group as soon as possible after an accident.
Who is responsible for my injuries?
Sometimes it seems obvious who’s at fault for your personal injury, but many times it can be more complicated. For example, what if a car hit you due to negligence by the auto manufacturer rather than just the driver? Often, liability is shared between multiple parties. That’s why it’s crucial to secure highly experienced investigators and lawyers to uncover all guilty parties. These could include:
– Careless drivers
– Product manufacturers
– Vehicle owners
– Property owners
– Public entities
– Repair service providers
How much can I recover?
Following a serious injury, you should never accept an offer from an insurance company without legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney. Know that the insurance company will try to pay you off with the least amount possible.
In many personal injury cases, you may expect to recover:
- Specific damages – These economic damages are intended to cover medical expenses, lost wages, diminished future earning potential, and property repair or replacement.
- General damages – These damages cover pain and suffering, emotional distress, and the loss of consortium.
Accurately evaluating the monetary compensation for a personal injury takes considerable legal experience. The personal injury attorneys at the Formica Law Group are adept at assessing cases and formulating legal strategies to recover the maximum amount possible.
How is a personal injury case won?
If you can prove that another party’s negligence caused your personal injury, that is normally sufficient to warrant a settlement. Negligence must be proven by using the following legal standards:
– Defendant was responsible for ensuring the safety of others.
– Defendant did not fulfill that responsibility.
– You were injured due to the defendant’s action or inaction.
If you can convince the other party they will be held liable for the injury, they will usually agree to settle the case rather than go through an unwinnable trial. However, it often takes a lot of time and effort to convince the defendant to accept responsibility, which is why it’s necessary to secure a dedicated personal injury firm to represent you.
When should I contact a lawyer?
As soon as possible. In most personal injury cases in California, you have two years to file a lawsuit, but this time frame can be shortened in special circumstances. If, for example, the negligent party is a public entity like a city government, you only have 180 days to file a claim. Furthermore, the longer you wait, the harder it can become to gather supporting evidence.