Getting injured at home, work, or anywhere else in Long Beach is already a painful life situation. It’s even harder if the accident wasn’t your fault. Suddenly you’re looking at mounting medical bills, missed work time, and other unexpected expenses you don’t know how to handle. It shouldn’t have to be this way—and you need the law on your side. It’s time to speak with a Long Beach personal injury lawyer.
What should you do if you become a victim of negligence?
Every day, we at Simmrin Law Group work with personal injury victims who are bearing large burdens because of someone else’s negligence. Many of our clients aren’t even aware until after speaking with us that the injury isn’t their fault. In many cases, someone else was being careless and caused your injury. We can help you pursue the financial recovery you need and deserve to move on from the accident. We’ll give you a FREE consultation, and we never charge you unless we win you money. Call us today at 310-997-4688 or complete the form to the right to get started.
What kinds of injuries count as personal injury cases in Long Beach?
Just about any injury that happens because of someone else’s negligence counts as a personal injury. Put simply, “negligence” means acting in a way that was put others at risk. The other party was being careless and led to the harm of you as the victim. That person is therefore liable for your costs from the injury.
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Examples of personal injury cases in Long Beach
- Auto accidents like car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents, such as a pedestrian getting hit by a car
- Slip and fall injuries
- Bicycle injuries, often where the cyclist is hit by a motor vehicle
- Injuries caused by criminal assault or other crimes
- Abuse or neglect in nursing homes
- Incorrectly filled or prescribed prescription drugs that caused harmed
- Injuries cause by medical devices or defective products
These are just some common examples. Almost every type of injury is eligible for a claim, depending on the circumstances.
We’ve found victims are often quickly to be embarrassed, blame themselves, or think they could have prevented the accident in some way. But according to the law, most personal injury accidents happen as a result of negligence. You can find out for sure in your own case by speaking with a personal injury lawyer.
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What evidence do I need to win money for my claim?
Evidence is really important in preserving what happened and proving your damages from the injury. Beginning almost immediately after the accident, you’ll want to start compiling as much evidence as possible. That includes:
This is evidence that you can see or touch. For example, it could be a dented car from a car accident, a broken staircase that led to a slip and fall, or bloody clothing and physical injuries you have from the accident. This should be preserved as much as possible, since physical evidence can become altered or repaired as time goes by.
Photographs and videos.
Pictures are a great option if you can’t preserve an in-person physical piece of evidence. If you were in a car accident, for example, you should get pictures of as much as you can from the accident. A snapshot of the situation will preserve what happened to show to the insurance company.
Photograph your injuries and vehicle damage, including anything else that shows the results of the accident. Video can also demonstrate the situation, especially if it involves the guilty party’s negligence, like in the case of a drunk driver acting intoxicated or trying to hide evidence.
If you weren’t able to get pictures of the location at the time of the injury, try going back and capturing any evidence that still exists.
After a personal injury, it’s important to get medical treatment very soon. Medical records from the doctor’s office will demonstrate the extent of your injuries: any diagnoses, tests, treatments, and medications prescribed. Be sure to see your doctor for your injuries, follow all treatment recommendations, and keep track of all related records and expenses.
If police were involved in the accident, such as in a car accident, make sure officers create a police report of the incident. In many cases, the police report is a go-to piece of evidence for determining liability for the injury.
Also, be aware that there are strict deadlines in California for personal injury cases. Most of the time, you must submit a claim within two years of when the injury occurred—but in some cases, it can be less time. It’s best to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible and make sure you have all your ducks in a row to proceed.
Do I have to sue someone?
Most of the time, you do not need to go to court in a personal injury case. Your lawyer can usually help you reach a fair settlement with the insurance company.
However, sometimes insurers will flat-out refuse to negotiate you claim unless a lawsuit is file. This can happen if the at-fault person’s insurance company believes their evidence is strong or your credibility isn’t strong enough to win. If negotiations don’t work, your lawyer will help you look at the facts and the strengthen of your case. You can then decide if you want to pursue the case in your local court.
In most cases, however, personal injury claims can be resolved through negotiations between your lawyer and the insurers that reach a fair settlement for your costs.
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At Simmrin Law Group, we understand how much injuries can derail your daily life. The costs of recovery shouldn’t leave you with stress and worry on top of everything else. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping personal injury victims get back on their feet. And working with us risk-free: you don’t pay unless we get you money. For a FREE consultation to get started, give us a call us at 310-997-4688 or fill out the form to the right today.