Personal Injury FAQ

If you have been injured and have questions about your rights, start your search here with our Pasadena personal injury attorney’s answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions.

Do I need a lawyer if my case is small?

Believe it or not, the overwhelming majority of cases are not of the multi-million dollar variety that makes headlines in the news. Nonetheless, even smaller cases can benefit greatly from having an attorney on your side. Personal injury law is complex, and an experienced lawyer can help you ensure your rights are protected.

The insurance company says I don’t need a lawyer. Are they right?

There’s one thing you need to keep in mind: your goals and the insurance company’s goals are not necessarily the same thing. You want to get the compensation you need after you have been injured: insurance companies just want to save as much money as possible to increase their own bottom line. If the insurance company responsible for paying says you don’t need a lawyer, it’s not in your best interests to believe them.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit?

The answer depends on what type of injury or incident you’ve suffered from. For example, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you have up to two years from the date of the incident to file a lawsuit against the person responsible. However, this varies depending on how the injury was sustained and who is responsible. Talk to a lawyer to learn about your case’s statute of limitations.

Should I see a doctor?

Yes. If you have been hurt, the first thing you should do straightaway is see a doctor for treatment. Letting an injury go untreated may only make it worse and could strengthen the responsible party’s argument when they say your pain was caused by an unrelated incident after the accident. Doctors also help you by documenting your condition and its progression, which is important to your case.

How much is my claim worth?

This isn’t a straightforward answer, as it will vary based on your situation, what types of injuries you have sustained, and more. Talking to an attorney should give you a better idea of realistic goals in terms of how much your case is worth, as well as what you should expect to receive and what kind of settlement offers you should accept or reject.

If you have any further questions about your case, contact Tedford & Associates today by dialing (626) 793-7270 and request a case evaluation!

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