No accident victim should have to pay for the resulting damages and losses when he or she wasn’t at fault for what happened. Consult with a personal injury attorney in San Francisco today to find out how to get compensated.
It seems obvious: If you’ve been seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you should be fully compensated for the damages and losses you’ve experienced. However, while this might appear blatantly true, it rarely works out this way in practice.
The insurance company or attorney of the at-fault party will do everything possible to stonewall or undercut you at every turn. Lowball settlements, blaming victims for accidents, and providing misleading or incomplete information are just a few of the tricks they might attempt to pull on you.
By working with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer from Haffner Law, you can prevent this from happening to you. Our experienced injury attorneys know how to hold an insurance company liable, and we won’t be intimidated by anything an opposing legal team can put together.
The Legal Help You Need for Your Serious Injury Case
When pursuing financial compensation through a personal injury claim, there are three key pieces of information you need in order to win your case: who was responsible, how he or she caused the accident, and how much your claim is worth.
None of this is easy to handle on your own, especially when you need to focus on your recovery and getting your life back to normal. You can’t expect help from the insurer, either, as their chief concern is protecting their profit margins—which means settling your injury claim for as little as possible.
An experienced personal injury attorney from our firm will be able to handle all three of these tasks for you. You’ll always know what the current status of your claim is and what’s coming next.
Everything starts with the investigation, however, and our firm will know how to handle your case no matter how you were hurt.
Investigating Any Type of Injury-Causing Accident
It’s important that we start our investigation as soon as possible. Not only will this prevent an insurer from taking advantage of you early on, but it will also allow us to collect the evidence your case needs while it’s still fresh and readily available.
From witness testimony to physical proof, our firm can identify everything needed to build your personal injury case, regardless of how the accident happened:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – Cars, motorcycles, 18-wheelers, buses—a crash involving any of them can be devastating, but each vehicle type requires a different type of investigation. From trucking companies to private auto insurers to government transportation agencies, we can help you collect the damages you’re owed.
- Defective Products – No company has a right to put their profits before your health. Whether you were hurt by a design flaw or shoddy production, you can seek compensation through a product liability claim.
- Premises Liability Incidents – Dangerous dogs, slick surfaces, and electrical hazards are just a few examples of dangers that could leave a property owner accountable for an injury suffered by a visitor to the premises.
- Work Accidents – Compensation for an on-the-job injury isn’t always limited to workers comp. If your employer was willfully negligent or a third party was involved, we can help you determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim.
- Maritime Accidents – Offshore injuries require a lawyer experienced in maritime and admiralty law. When you work with our firm, your San Francisco personal injury attorney will have that experience.
Valuing Your Personal Injury Claim
The investigation doesn’t end with determining who was responsible and how. Your injury attorney will also need to work closely with both you and your healthcare providers to assess how much compensation you’re entitled to.
This is key to avoiding an inadequate settlement from the insurance company. The damages you’re eligible for don’t stop with the obvious medical bills and lost income; you should also be compensated for the suffering your catastrophic injury has caused and for your future injury-related needs.
The way that insurance companies fool victims into leaving money on the table is by making an offer that covers everything that’s obvious and immediate, thereby making it sound good. In truth, you’re probably entitled to much, much more.
On the financial side, you should recover damages for current and future medical expenses, lost income and earning potential, property damage, transportation expenses, home renovations necessitated by a new disability, and anything else with a price tag attached to it.
Your non-economic damages that reflect how your life has changed also need to be included, however. Pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, lost companionship, disfigurement, and emotional distress all need to be accounted for.
The Experience to Assess Any Injury
Every San Francisco personal injury lawyer from our firm knows how to evaluate the costs and losses associated with a serious injury. We know that different injury types will require different types of medical care and affect your life in different ways.
These are just a few examples of possible personal injury types that we’ve successfully helped accident victims recover full compensation for:
- Brain and head injuries
- Spine and neck injuries
- Severe burns
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal organ damage
- Wrongful death of a family member
San Francisco Personal Injury FAQ
We know that your injury and accident are going to be followed by what seems like a limitless list of questions and concerns. Our personal injury attorneys are here to provide you with the answers you need, and to that end, we’ve answered a few common questions in the space below:
How long do I have to file a personal injury claim?
California provides injured accident victims with a statute of limitations of two years to file their claim. If you don’t file in time, your case will likely be dismissed without being heard. Note that if the at-fault party is a government entity, you only have six months to get started on your claim.
Can I seek compensation for an injury in California if I was partially at fault for the accident?
California is a comparative negligence state, so being partially at fault will not prevent you from seeking compensation. Your percentage of the fault will reduce your total compensation, however. Because of this, it’s critical to work with a personal injury attorney who can minimize your level of responsibility.
Will I have to go to court for a personal injury claim?
Probably not. Most claims can be settled out of court through negotiations as long as the negligent party or their insurer is willing to cooperate and negotiate in good faith. Court only becomes necessary if they refuse to be reasonable and won’t settle your claim for a fair and full amount.
Connect with a Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco
Haffner Law knows how to get the most compensation possible for a personal injury claim. We’re here to stand up to the insurance company and recover every penny you’re owed in damages, and we’ll never be satisfied with a settlement that’s anything less than that.
It all starts with a free consultation to review your accident in detail with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer. Simply complete the contact form on this page or give us a call at 1-844-HAFFNER (423-3637) to schedule a time for yours.