When you’ve been hurt, we take your side. We fight the insurance companies for a living, and we know how to beat them. Focus on your recovery while we get you the money you need.
What should I do after an injury?
From the beginning, there are three things we advise all personal injury victims to do:
- Don’t sign those papers!
Insurers may send out a check and a stack of release forms. Don’t take the money and don’t sign the papers—it means you won’t be able to seek the full amount later.
- It’s not your fault
Many injury victims apologize or talk down their injury. Don’t do it—these words will be used against you. Say you need to find out how serious your injury is before you give a statement.
- Get the care you need
We help you get money for all the care you’ll need—including advances procedures, physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Legal help, no risk
Your consultation is FREE and you pay NOTHING unless we win you money.
You pay nothing unless we win you money.
You Need a Lawyer You Can Count On
Years of personal injury experience backing your case
We have built our law firm around a hand-picked group of top Los Angeles injury lawyers. The result is a formidable force both in the courtroom and at the bargaining table. Let us put this force on your side.
When you talk to us, we listen, learning the details of your injury and your story and working to build you a case. We launch a full investigation and put together the hard facts that the insurance company cannot deny—and that carry the day in court.
Proving who was at fault & how much you need — even from uninsured drivers
Injuries in a home, a business, or a public property
When a product is dangerous, the maker can be held liable
Workers compensation claims, Social Security Disability & more
We consider ALL types of personal injury cases in Los Angeles, including:
- Car Accidents
- Truck, Motorcycle, Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
- Slip and Fall
- Dog Bites
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Neglect
- Prescription Drug/Medical Device Cases
- Product Recalls
- Class Action Lawsuits
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- We beat insurance companies
We know the strategies they use and how to force them to negotiate.
We’ve chosen each of our personal injury associates based on their knowledge, experience and success record.
- History of success
Our results for our clients have made us one of the most respected personal injury firms in Los Angeles.
- We side with the people
We never back the insurance company or the employer—we serve the injured.
- Always here for you
We believe you have a right to know the latest developments in your case. We listen to you & keep you informed. We are top personal injury attorneys near you.
- Risk-free guarantee
We don’t believe in billing accident/injury victims. You pay nothing unless we recover money for you.
“We’ve all had a loved one go through a traumatic injury. I want to fight for people the way I would fight for my own son.”
—Attorney Sherry Simmrin
What to Expect
How the claim process works
An injury is stressful enough, and it can derail your life. You shouldn’t have to fight tooth and nail to get your claim paid out too. We give you the peace of mind that you will get the best outcome possible.
Here’s what we do at each step of the personal injury claim process:
- FREE consultation.
We can meet you in your home, at work, in the hospital or wherever is convenient—or conduct your consultation over the phone. This is your chance to get your questions answered and learn how strong your claim is.
- Medical care.
If you haven’t already, we will make sure you’re getting the medical care you deserve. We want you to see specialists who have experience with your type of injury—even if you cannot pay. Their professional opinion will help you know what to expect for your recovery, and help us prove the full cost of your injury to the insurer.
- Our own investigation.
Insurance companies expect you to take the findings of their investigators on blind trust. We don’t play that game. We send our own independent investigation team to find out what happened, and confront the insurance company with the facts.
- Your total $ figure.
We look beyond hospital bills and missed work time to assess all of the hidden costs you’ve faced—or will face in the future. We get you the most possible for pain, suffering, emotional trauma and other intangible costs. The total number can reach in the millions.
- Bargaining table.
Insurers hope you’ll settle without ever hiring a lawyer. Once we’re on your side, they know they cannot trick you or talk you down. We know how to present the toughest case possible at the bargaining table.
- Your settlement.
The offer we get you will typically reflect the full costs you face and can help you weather the the changes in your life. We go for the highest number possible and get you everything you need. Most settlements are won WITHOUT going to court.
Many injury claims never go to trial. You may win your case without ever setting foot in a courtroom.
“The true cost of an injury is often the pain, the disappointment, the lost time—the things you’ll never get back. Your settlement isn’t just about treating an injury. It’s about rebuilding a life.”
—Attorney Sherry Simmrin
9 Most Common Questions About Personal Injury Claims
Get answers you can trust from the top Los Angeles injury lawyers
How do I know if I have a legitimate claim?
It’s hard to be sure if you don’t sit down and discuss it with a lawyer. This lack of certainty is what causes many people to hesitate, to undervalue their injury and its costs, and ultimately to miss the full money they should have gotten from their claim. It’s also why we offer a free consultation. It’s a chance for else to help you understand your claim and how strong it is from a legal perspective.
As a general rule, however, we can say this: if someone else’s carelessness contributed to your injury, or if someone else could have prevented it and didn’t, you have a valid claim.
What should I do after an injury?
You need to protect yourself and your rights. Insurers will jump into action trying to close out your claim and pay you as little as possible. Meanwhile, other parties involved in the injury or accident will scramble to protect themselves and blame you. From the beginning, there are three things we advise all personal injury victims:
- Report what happened, whether it means calling the police at a car accident or telling the manager in a store where you tripped and fell
- See a doctor immediately, even if you’re not sure your injuries are serious
- Don’t sign anything from the insurance company, accept their money, or give them any recorded statement
- Schedule a consultation with a lawyer
Once you have a professional opinion, you will be in a much better position to decide how to move forward.
What costs are covered by personal injury claims?
In general, all costs related to the injury are covered. These are known as “damages” and they include:
- Medical costs including medication, doctor/hospital visits, tests, X-rays, surgical procedures, and other treatment
- The predicted future cost of treating your injury, if you are not fully recovered yet
- Any property damage involved (such as your car in a car accident)
- Lost wages, which can include a few days of missed work or being laid up long term
- Compensation for long-term effects such as a disability, cognitive impairment, restricted mobility, etc.
- Any other costs directly caused by the injury
How much is my claim worth?
It’s impossible to give a dollar estimate without looking at your individual claim. However, many injury claims end up paying far more than the client originally expected. It’s not uncommon to see a claim valued at $100,000 or more, or even millions.
I’m being blamed for my injury or accident. What should I do?
This is sadly very common. The person responsible will try to get out of being held liable, and their first tactic is to try to blame you—the person who was hurt. We see this from:
- Negligent and careless drivers
- Business owners
- Dog owners
- Doctors, hospitals and nursing homes
- The insurance companies themselves
How you respond to these claims makes a difference. Do your best to say calm—and not to blame yourself. Do not second-guess what happened, and don’t apologize or accept partial responsibility. When you have a lawyer, they can serve as your go-between with the other party so that you don’t have to confront these allegations directly.
My loved one was killed in an accident. What can I do?
This is the hardest kind of accident. Nothing can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, and having to fight the insurance company only makes a difficult time worse. We are truly sorry for your loss.
The law gives you the right to recover money on behalf of your family member. This includes all the costs discussed above, such as their medical bills before passing. It also includes funeral costs and final expenses.
One of the purposes of a personal injury settlement is to help keep you and your family financially stable after your loss. Your settlement can also include money to offset their lost income or wages. This is often a very large amount, and you have a right to it.
We will do everything possible to handle the details of your case for you and to get you every penny you deserve. We do not want you to have to worry about your financial future whole also coping with a loss.
Can I really recover money for “pain and suffering”?
Yes. Pain and suffering is a general term for the non-financial costs of an injury. It can refer to physical pain or other types of grievous losses, like the suffering involved in losing a loved one. You have a legal right to recover money for your pain and suffering. This money cannot “pay it off” or undo the pain you have experienced. It can, however, help you rebuilt your life in the aftermath of a serious accident.
The challenging thing about pain and suffering is that there’s no way to measure it. The cost of a surgery can be seen by simply looking at the bill, but the cost of six months of being unable to walk is hard to add up. This means the insurance companies will try to argue it down.
We help you prove your pain and suffering by:
- Showing the specific negative effects the pain or anguish had on your life
- Getting your pain and suffering documented by medical professionals
- Drawing on our knowledge of past similar cases to estimate an appropriate amount
- Knowing how to talk to insurance adjusters, judges and juries
The amount of pain and suffering compensation you get is based on a “multiplier.” We take the total amount of your financial costs and multiply it by a number to represent your pain and suffering. The multiplier used will vary from case to case, but pain and suffering money is often the largest part of your settlement.
Can I file a claim for emotional distress?
Yes. Emotional trauma, distress or anxiety all fall under a legal term known as “mental anguish,” and it’s part of pain and suffering. This refers to the very real, but often intangible effects that an injury can have on your happiness, personality and sense of security. You are able to recover money for mental anguish in your personal injury claim, but there are a few things you should know:
- Insurance adjusters are often skeptical.
They will accuse you of claiming mental anguish only to get more money. But this isn’t true—you can demonstrate that you really do suffer from mental anguish, and if the injury caused or contributed to it, it’s a valid claim.
- Second, you will need to get personal.
We may ask you to give statements describing what you’re experiencing in your own words—what it’s like when you feel depression come on, or having anxiety, or waking up in the middle of the night unable to sleep. Your personal narrative helps paint a much stronger picture.
- Diagnosis helps.
Your case is easier to prove when you have a formal opinion from a therapist, and we can help you see an expert who will understand your condition.
Some of the conditions that may count as mental anguish include:
- Anger or frustration
- Changes in mood or personality
- Loss of someone who was close to you
If the insurance company already offered me money, why do I need a lawyer?
Be careful. Insurance companies are run for profit, and they will always try to pay out as little as possible. They’ve learned that the best way to save money is not to refuse to pay, which will get challenged, but to offer a small amount and see if the person takes it.
When you’ve just been injured, their first offer might seem big, even generous. You might think it’s more than you need. But as the months wear on, you may not recover as quickly as you expected, you may have complications or you may even need new treatment. The “big payout” can disappear fast.
Many people end up deep in medical debt after accepting an insurance payout. This is almost always because they took the first amount, signed the papers and only found out later the true extent of their injuries.
It doesn’t cost you anything to consult with a lawyer. If the lawyer says you don’t have a claim, or that the insurance money is reasonable, then take it. But in many cases that one short phone call will end up saving you tens of thousands of dollars and many years of grief.
“We prove your case, we get you an offer, and we make sure it’s the highest offer possible. We don’t take the easy money. We win.”
—Attorney Sherry Simmrin
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