Common Questions: Personal Injury Claims in Berkeley
Berkeley Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured, you are probably wondering whether you need an attorney, or may have other questions that deserve a truthful answer. A Berkeley personal injury attorney from our firm has provided answers to common questions to assist you, and offer a free case evaluation to assist you in making a decision about how to move forward with your claim.
How much should I expect in compensation?
Every injury claim is evaluated on an individual basis as each case has unique circumstances and degree of injury. Minor injury claims in which the victim loses several weeks of work and must have medical care and treatment for soft tissue injuries and ongoing pain often result in many thousands of dollars in compensation, where cases in which a catastrophic injury has taken place can range into the millions of dollars, as the injured victim will require a lifetime of medical care and treatment. We personally evaluate each case to determine what should be sought in compensation, and we are relentless in pursuing the maximum possible for each and every client.
Do I really need a lawyer?
It is well established that those who have quality legal counsel recover far, far more in compensation; so much so that insurance adjusters usually advise injured victims that they should NOT get an attorney! Insurance companies are corporate giants that answer to stockholders and boards of directors. They are not there to protect you or your interests. If they can reduce your claim, they will. That is when we come in. We know their tactics and how to work within the system to recover compensation at the correct level. It is important that you do not allow access to your medical records or answer questions after an accident until you have legal representation to carefully manage each step of the process.
What should I do after a car accident?
It is important that you seek medical care at once, even if you initially do not feel injured or in pain. The body has a natural resource in dangerous situations, and when adrenalin floods the system, it suppresses pain. Later you may be almost completely immobilized and unable to function in the most simple of tasks, including sitting in a chair, walking, turning your head or other action. There are certain injuries that are not immediately apparent that are actually life threatening if not addressed by immediate medical intervention, such as closed head injuries. The second action to take is to contact a Berkeley personal injury lawyer from our firm to get information about filing a claim.
How do I choose a personal injury lawyer?
The first thing to find out is whether the law firm has a history of successful claims. You want to ensure that you are represented by an attorney that actually cares about you and your future, not a large personal injury "mill" in which you are just handled by an assistant and cannot even contact your lawyer. At Clancy & Diaz, LLP, we are proud to provide personal legal services to our clients, and consider that we are a team with our clients in the battle for justice and compensation. We provide individual legal counsel and are always responsive and accessible.
Contact a Berkeley personal injury attorney from Clancy & Diaz, LLP today!