Personal Injury FAQ
Trusted Guidance from Pasadena Personal Injury Attorneys
At Tedford & Associates, we recognize that for many of our clients, this is their first time hiring a lawyer and facing the civil justice system. Facing an unknown legal process can be daunting. That’s why we have compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about personal injury law – to help you navigate the road ahead with ease.
Still have questions after reading our FAQ? Do not hesitate to contact us at (626) 325-0142 today.
What if I cannot afford an attorney?
In the wake of your accident, you are undoubtedly saddled with unexpected financial burdens. The last thing you should have to worry about while you recover is the cost of an attorney. At Tedford & Associates, we operate on a contingency fee basis, which means you owe us nothing unless we win your case. Should we successfully recover compensation on your behalf, we charge only a nominal fee and take attorney’s fees out of your award.
What should I do immediately after being involved in an accident?
Whether you were involved in a car accident, a motorcycle accident, or a pedestrian accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention. Even if the accident seems minor, you may still have unforeseen injuries. If you do not receive professional medical attention, you may not have any evidence for a future personal injury claim.
We also recommend alerting the police. An officer can create a police report about the incident, which can be used in your claim.
Finally, be sure to exchange contact and insurance information with anyone else involved in the accident. It is also wise to request contact information from any eyewitnesses.
How much money will I receive in my personal injury claim?
Your award in a personal injury case is entirely dependent on the circumstances of your situation. Only after thoroughly assessing and investigating your situation can we arrive at a reliable estimate for the value of your claim.
Factors that may impact your award include:
- The extent of your injuries
- The cause of the accident
- The person or entity at fault
- The value of your damaged property
What will the compensation in a personal injury claim cover?
By filing a personal injury claim, you may be able to recover compensation for the financial, physical, and mental impacts the accident had on you.
Potential recoverable damages include:
- Medical bills
- Future medical care, therapy, medical devices, etc.
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death (if you lost a loved one in an accident)
Should I talk to the insurance company after an accident?
If you were involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, you may be wondering if you should discuss the incident with your insurance company or that of the other party. We recommend that you do not provide a recorded statement until after consulting with a personal injury attorney. By giving a statement to the insurance company, you may be unknowingly affecting the validity of your claim. Anything you say to the insurance company can be used against you in your case.
How long will my case take to be resolved?
Every personal injury case is unique – it is nearly impossible to say how long yours will last from start to finish. The duration of any case depends on the parties involved, the injuries you sustained, the evidence available, and whether the other party is willing to settle. When you hire Tedford & Associates, you can rest assured that we will keep you updated and informed of the status of your case every step of the way.
The at-fault party in my accident is a friend/relative/loved one. What should I do?
This is a difficult and delicate situation. At Tedford & Associates, we recognize that this is a tough position to be in, but we also recommend that you file a claim. By choosing not to pursue a personal injury claim, you may not be able to afford the medical treatment you need. You might struggle financially due to lost wages and damaged property. Rest assured, filing a claim has a greater impact on the insurance company than your loved one. Plus, the at-fault party’s insurance premiums will increase whether you file a claim or not.
Want to learn more about filing a personal injury claim in Pasadena? Call our team at (626) 325-0142 for a free consultation.