Pasadena Personal Injury Attorneys
Our Injury Lawyers Have 38+ Years of Combined Experience
If you were recently injured due to the negligent behavior of another, you may be uncertain of how to move forward. You should not have to pay for the poor conduct of another, and our Pasadena personal injury attorneys are here to make sure that you get justice. We are prepared to fight tirelessly on your behalf to secure fair compensation that can go toward covering medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more during your time of need.
What makes Tedford & Associates the right choice?
- We have over 38+ years of combined experience.
- There are no fees unless we win.
- Se habla español.
- Our attorneys have an Avvo Rating of 10.0 Superb.
- We offer free consultations.
To get the skilled legal representation that has been helping clients since 1994, contact us now!
Premier-Quality Advocacy for a Variety of Injury Claims
Our knowledgeable attorneys are equipped to handle all types of personal injury claims, big and small, including:
- Car Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Construction Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Wrongful Death
- Toxic Exposure
How Can Our Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
After suffering an injury at the hands of a negligent party, it may seem simple on the surface to file a claim for damages. Unfortunately, California's laws are highly complex and can be confusing to navigate for those who are struggling to deal with a sudden injury. Insurance companies understand that you are in a vulnerable position in the immediate aftermath of an accident and may use this to their advantage to pressure you into accepting a quick settlement that is far lower than what you actually deserve. It is also important to remember that insurance companies have a team of lawyers that get to work opposing your claim as soon as you file. You need an experienced advocate on your side who can level the playing field and maximize your chances of success.
If you have been injured in an accident in Pasadena, get in touch with our attorneys today to learn about your legal rights. Our lawyers can provide several benefits to your case, including:
- Reviewing the facts surrounding your accident to identify all liable parties
- Answering all of your legal questions and thoroughly explaining your options
- Handling all necessary paperwork and negotiations with insurance companies
- Bringing much-needed objectivity to your case during this emotional time
- Assistance getting the medical treatment you need to recover from your injuries
- Guidance avoiding potentially costly pitfalls that can harm your claim
- Taking your case to trial if necessary to secure a positive result
Compensation for Accident Victims in Pasadena
There are several damages that you can recover in your personal injury case that are divided in two categories - special compensatory damages and general compensatory damages, they are defined as:
Special Compensatory Damages: Aim to repay the victim for any monetary loss they suffered because of their injury. It can include:
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Medical bills
- Cost of future medical care
- Household expenses
- Other quantifiable expenses
General Compensatory Damages: are more subjective and cover pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium or companionship.
Skilled Attorneys Looking Out for Your Best Interests
What many victims do not realize is that the insurance companies will purposefully offer you a very low sum of compensation in order to make a profit for themselves. They do not have your best interests in mind, and they can be extremely difficult to work with if you do not have a lawyer on your side. At Tedford & Associates, we make your best interests our number one priority. We are compassionate with our clients and aggressive when fighting to protect their rights.
If you need assistance with deciding on how to move forward, please feel free to schedule a complimentary and confidential consultation with our Pasadena personal injury attorneys. We can clear up any confusion that you may have about your situation. We are here to ensure that you do not have to go through this trying time alone and that your rights are fully protected.
What is personal injury?
The term "personal injury" describes a specific area of legal practice and acts as a broad term that encompasses any accident or occurrence resulting from the negligence or wrongdoing of another party that leads to bodily injury. Some examples of personal injury include:
- Brain injuries
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Toxic substance exposure
- Slips and falls
- Dog bites and animal attacks
- Construction accidents
- Burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Why do I need an attorney if I already have insurance?
In a perfect world, your insurance company would cover all of your losses after a sudden injury. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case. An insurance company is a business, and like any other business, its primary purpose is to make money. Insurance companies cannot survive if they pay out every claim they receive. For this reason, they will use everything within their power to limit, delay, or even fully deny you the full value of your claim. An attorney who understands these tactics can help to guard your rights and fight to ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled under your policy.
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.
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.
Who will pay my medical bills?
Most injury victims worry about how they will pay for their medical bills. The answer to this question will vary depending on the specific circumstances of your case. Your auto or health insurance may cover your medical costs, or you may have to rely on the at-fault party insurance company. In any case, it is always best to discuss your situation with an attorney.
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.
What are examples of cases that are not worth pursuing?
Generally speaking, if no people were hurt, or there was no damage (no broken bones or potentially lingering injuries that cause you to miss more than a couple days of work), then it may not be worthwhile pursuing a personal injury claim. Just be careful when making this judgment of "no injuries" on your own, as things that may seem relatively harmless at first can prove to be major issues later. It is always worth it to discuss your situation with an attorney.
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
Do personal injury claims have monetary limits?
There is no cap on reimbursement for economic damages in personal injury claims, but these losses must be documented, and future expenses must be supported by reasonable estimates and/or expert testimony. Compensation for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering is generally awarded at the discretion of the jury. The only major exception to this rule is in regard to medical malpractice cases, which have a cap of $250,000.
What if the accident was partially my fault?
You may still be able to recover compensation for injuries that were partially your fault under California's "pure comparative negligence" rules. California courts allow injured parties to collect damages even if they are 99% at fault for an accident, although their recoverable financial award will be reduced by a percentage equal to their share of fault.
For example, if you were injured and suffered $100,000 worth of damages but were found to be 30% at fault, you would still be able to recover $70,000 (or $100,000 less 30%). Since there is no empirical way of assigning fault, however, this is ultimately influenced by the negotiation skills of your attorney.
Who can I bring a personal injury claim against?
The individual or party on the receiving end of your claim is the one who is responsible for your accident. Depending on the circumstances, there may be multiple liable parties. In that case, you would be able to file a claim against all parties who played a role in causing your injuries. This may include a person, a business, or even a government entity.
The insurance company has already offered me a settlement. Should I accept it?
It is generally unwise to accept any offer from an insurance company before you have had a chance to discuss your situation with a lawyer. Initial settlement offers are often far lower than what you are actually owed. The insurance company knows that you are likely desperate for compensation during this vulnerable time and will use this to try and pressure you into resolving your case as cheaply as possible. Remember, once you accept a settlement, your case is finished and you will be unable to pursue additional compensation even if your losses prove to be far greater than what the insurance company paid.
How soon after an injury should I contact an attorney?
As soon as practically possible. The longer you wait to get an attorney involved, the greater the chances are of encountering some sort of difficulty with your case. Memories fade, evidence is lost, and key witnesses can become more difficult to identify and contact as time passes. The sooner you hire an attorney, the sooner they can get to work collecting evidence and building a case in your favor.
What does "negligence" mean?
"Negligence" in California is defined as the failure to use reasonable care to prevent harm to oneself or others. In the context of personal injury claims, a person acts negligently when they do something that a reasonably careful person would not do in the same situation, or if they fail to do something that a reasonably careful person would do in the same situation. Generally speaking, injury victims in California must be able to demonstrate the following in order to prove negligence on the part of the defendant in their case:
- The defendant had a duty of care
- The defendant breached this duty
- The defendant's breach of duty caused the victim's injuries
- The defendant's actions were the proximate cause of the plaintiff's injuries, and
- The plaintiff suffered actual damages
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.
Will I have to go to court for my personal injury case?
Possibly. Many personal injury matters are resolved through out-of-court negotiations between your attorney and the defendant's insurance company. With that being said, if we believe there is a significant discrepancy between what we believe your case to be worth and what the insurance company is offering, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial in pursuit of a favorable resolution.
I was hurt at work. Can I sue my employer?
In most cases, no. Injuries that happen in connection with your occupation are generally compensable under your employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage, which is a no-fault system that provides benefits regardless of who is at fault for the accident. In California, An employer can only be sued in civil court for a workplace injury under special circumstances, such as if the employer intentionally caused the injury, the employer fraudulently tried to conceal the injury, or if the employer did not carry workers' compensation insurance at the time of the injury.
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.
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
Under California's statutes of limitations, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit and three years to file a claim for property damage. If the responsible party is a government agency, such as a city, county, or state agency, you only have six months to file a lawsuit.
Insurance claims generally have a much shorter deadline and must be filed within a few days of your injury in order to be eligible for coverage. It is best to get an attorney involved early on after an injury, so you have enough time to file a lawsuit if negotiations do not yield a favorable settlement.
Can the statute of limitations be extended?
Yes, under certain circumstances. The statutory deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit in California may be delayed if:
- The injured individual is mentally or physically incapacitated due to their injuries
- The injured individual is a minor under the age of 18
- The injury or cause of the injury was not revealed until after the incident took place
Are personal injury settlements taxable?
In most cases, no; compensation for physical injuries is not taxable under state or federal law. This includes compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and attorney fees. You may have to pay taxes, however, if you are awarded punitive damages or if your settlement or verdict is for an emotional injury only without a physical component.
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.
Motorcycle Crash $2,750,000.00
Disability Discrimination $1,000,000.00
Construction Accident: Crane Injuries $995,000.00
Insurance Bad Faith $900,000.00
Rear-end Auto Accident: Neck and Toe Injury 850,000.00
Dog Bite $340,000.00
I-5 Tunnel Crash: Truck Accident $300,000.00
Police Brutality: Use of Taser $225,000.00
Rear-end Auto Accident: Lumbar Injury $185,000.00
Dog Bite $184,000.00
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