At JML Law, our qualified and experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys field questions from potential clients on a regular basis. While we are more than happy to talk to you about your case, we want to make sure that we also answer some of the most commonly asked questions here so you can be better prepared when you call us for help with your case.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire An Attorney?

In general, we take Los Angeles car accident cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to worry about paying any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their case. Our attorneys will only collect legal fees after we secure the compensation that our clients are entitled to. This type of fee arrangement helps ensure that anybody, regardless of their means, is able to hold negligent parties accountable for causing their injuries.

Do I Have A Case?

The truth is that you may not know if you have a case before you speak to a skilled personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. An attorney at JML Law is much better positioned to be able to determine whether or not you have a viable personal injury lawsuit. Having solid evidence in the aftermath of sustaining an injury makes a case much stronger, but the reality is that you may need an attorney to help properly obtain and preserve the evidence needed to prove liability. Please speak to one of our attorneys as soon as possible so we can help determine the best steps forward for your case.

Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer?

The role of a personal injury attorney is multifaceted, and their job is to get involved in the claim as early as possible so they can handle every aspect on behalf of the client. You are not legally obligated to hire a personal injury attorney, but please understand that skilled legal counsel can greatly benefit your case and help you receive full compensation for your losses. At JML Law, some of the steps we take with our clients include the following:

  • Listening to your needs and quick to answer your questions.
  • Monetizing on all of your damages and losses.
  • Ensuring that all paperwork is filed accurately for a strong case.
  • Detail in evidence gathering.
  • Witness interviews related to the scene of the accident.
  • Representing your needs during every process of your case.
  • Presenting facts in your interest.

How To Win Your Personal Injury Claim

“Winning” your personal injury claim means that you have secured complete compensation and are made as close to “whole” as possible in your given situation. In order to get to this point in your case, there are various steps that can be taken immediately following the claim, including:

  • Document your accident – In a perfect world, you will need to prove that the defendant in the case did actually injure you. Writing down what occurred during the accident, before and after is very important for your case. Do not forget to write down the times of the day and incidents involved with your personal injuries. Try to establish a character for the defendant after the accident occurred. Was the defendant understanding and compassionate?
  • The search for witnesses – There is almost always a witness available for the scene of a car accident. If you are physically able, find a person willing to testify to the scene of the accident. Ask the witness for their information, including their phone number for communication later in the process.
  • Evidence – Taking photos is crucial to a successful personal injury claim. If your phone is damaged, ask a witness to take the photos for you and have them email the photos to you. Be certain that the email was sent before departing from the scene of the accident.
  • Injury Evidence – It might be difficult, but taking photos of your injuries is hit or a miss in your case. If you cannot take the photos at the scene of the car accident, take photos while receiving medical treatment or at home.
  • Medical Assistance – If an emergency vehicle did not transport you to the hospital, head over to the hospital yourself and make sure you are seen by a medical professional.
  • Treatment Suggestions – If you have received instructions on how to proceed with your injuries and medical condition, make sure to follow all suggestions provided by your doctor.
  • Organization – Make daily and hourly notes on the condition of your injuries. Rate your pain from the time you wake up in the morning until the evening.
  • Attorney – Contact the Law Offices of JML Law.

Am I Covered By Workers’ Compensation?

If you sustained an injury while performing job-related duties, then you will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation. The workers’ compensation system in California is designed to be a no-fault system, which means that an injured employee should be able to receive coverage of the medical bills, lost wages, and disability benefits regardless of who caused the incident. However, it is not uncommon for an injured worker to receive pushback from the employer or the insurance carrier about how the injury occurred or even where the injury occurred. The attorneys at JML Law will be able to analyze the facts of your case and help determine whether or not you will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance.

When Is It Too Late To Sue For Compensation?

Injury victims need to be aware that they have a limited amount of time to file a lawsuit in these cases. The California personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the day the injury occurred. Failing to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party within this time frame will likely result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they need.