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Southern California Personal Injury Lawyer

Mesriani Law Group is a top-notch legal service provider that has consistently provided superior legal aid for over two decades to all victims of personal injury cases throughout Southern California. Our highly skilled and experienced personal injury lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and will represent you throughout your personal injury claim.

We have assisted personal injury victims in cases involving car accidents, slip and fall, burn injury, general negligence, wrongful death, and more. If you or a loved one have had an unfortunate accident and suffered injuries and damages due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury lawyers can help you secure the compensation you deserve.

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Personal Injury Claims We Handle

Mesriani Law Group is dedicated to fight for your rights and provide you with the maximum compensation that you deserve. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys can help with the following practice areas:

Why Choose Mesriani Law for Your Personal Injury Claim

No Win No Fee Policy

Mesriani Law Group offers a No Win No Fee guarantee to all our clients, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t have to pay us anything.

Proven Track Record

Established in 1996, Mesriani Law Group is California’s most proven and trusted law firm. We've recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients which proves our approach is successful and our results prove it.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys

Rodney Mesriani along with the competent and seasoned lawyers of Mesriani Law Group has over two decades of experience, top-notch expertise, and sincere dedication in protecting victims of personal injury accidents.

Satisfied Clientele

Mesriani Law Group represents clients from all walks of life regardless of status and the value of your claims. Given the highest rating by our clients as seen in Yelp, Avvo, Google, and so on.

Multilingual Staff

Effective communication and exceptional customer service is what our firm is known for. Our professional and cordial multilingual team speaks Farsi, Spanish, and other languages, and we are more than happy to answer any queries you may have.

Available 24/7

We are available 24/7 to give consultation over the phone and if our clients are unable to meet at our office, we are amenable to meet you at your convenience.

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What Does Mesriani Law Do in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

FIRST STEP: Determine if you have a claim

You must first prove that the other party or defendant was negligent resulting in your injuries. An example of negligence would be if a person failed to stop at a stop sign which in turn caused a vehicular crash injuring the driver, or an establishment carelessly mopping their floors and failing to put a caution cone causing an unfortunate slip and fall injuring any passerby.

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SECOND STEP: Know your injuries and damages

By determining your property damage and physical injuries, you now know what to claim. The damages, injuries, pain and suffering you experienced due to the accident will matter greatly in monetizing your demand against the party at fault.

THIRD STEP: Gather evidence to support a claim

After the accident, it is crucial to gather evidence as soon as possible, this is to ensure that you have a concrete basis on your claims. An example would be a car accident, the evidence includes a witness statement, pictures of the damages, the license plate of the cars involved, and so on.

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FOURTH STEP: Secure liability

There are instances that it is unclear who is at fault or liable for the damages and injuries of the plaintiff if there are multiple people involved in the accident. This makes the filling and sustaining of a personal injury claim complicated, making it the best move to seek guidance from an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney at Mesriani Law Group.      

FIFTH STEP: Negotiate a settlement

Once the damages and injuries that you sustained are calculated, your lawyer will start to negotiate a settlement for your compensation. Depending on the situation this process can be quick and easy, but there are times that the insurance company refuses to settle. If this happens, Mesriani Law Group will make sure that the insurance company does not use bad faith insurance tactics while making sure that you get the maximum compensation that you deserve.

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What Our Clients Have To Say

I cannot emphasize enough the level of their professionalism and effectiveness. It was great working with Rodney and the whole team at the Mesriani Law Group. The compensation they got me was more than I expected. I highly recommend them. With the Mesriani Law Group you’ll be in the right hands when you have an accident. They’ll take care of your case like no one else and get the maximum that you deserve.

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George Yadegar

After contacting many different lawyers and law firms to discuss my legal issue, I was lucky enough to come across Mesriani Law Group. They took the time to listen to all the details of my case patiently & kept me updated through out the process on a regular basis. His team was very responsive and accessible both via email and phone. Rodney Mesriani and his team did a fantastic job. Let me add that Cory, Stephan and Brandon were very helpful along the way.
Highly recommend this law firm.

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Ali Daneshgar

My insurance gave me the run around for a horrible car accident I was involved in. I was getting so frustrated until i contacted Rodney and his team. Not only was his staff super professional, they actually cared and followed up with me. My case has been settled and I couldn’t be happier. Hopefully I don’t get into any more accidents but if I do, I know where to go. Thanks for having my back Rodney!!!

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We Only Charge If We Win Your Personal Injury Claim

Mesriani Law Group has over two decades of experience in protecting victims of personal injury accidents as well as employment and labor law violations in California.

Through our wealth of experience, we understand that the main reason why victims of accidents or of unjust treatment by employers are hesitant to file cases or claim damages against the parties at fault, and this is because of the high legal fees.

In order to resolve this matter and help more people get the best compensation they deserve against the people who caused their injuries, pain and suffering and losses, we decided to offer a No Win No Fee guarantee to all our clients. This means that you don’t have to pay us anything for our top legal services, regardless of the complexities of your claims, if we are not able to provide you with the justice you deserve.

We offer this because we are confident that our experience, expertise and dedication will always translate in getting the maximum compensation you deserve at the swiftest possible time. Call our top personal injury attorneys right away for your personal injury accidents or our best employment and labor law attorneys in California for any employee related concerns and we’ll assure you of nothing but the best legal service and personalized client care you deserve.

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Personal Injury Lawyer

Rodney Mesriani is an accomplished litigator and trial attorney for personal injury disputes in Southern California. Using his background and experience, Rodney Mesriani established the Los Angeles-based Mesriani Law Group where he is the principal partner that oversees an experienced and qualified team of personal injury lawyers.

Rodney Mesriani originally graduated from the California State University Northridge before attending Southwestern School of Law. There he received his Juris Doctorate before becoming a full-time Judicial Extern for Judge William J. Rea of the United States District Court, Central Branch in 1995.

Since then, Rodney Mesriani has become an accomplished personal injury lawyer that has won countless personal injury lawsuits for victims that have sustained injuries in accidents that were caused by the negligence of others. Rodney Mesriani along with the competent and seasoned personal injury lawyers of Mesriani Law Group have provided hundreds of millions in awards for damages, earning the trust and satisfaction of their clients.

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    What Should You Do After Suffering a Personal Injury?

    If you suffer a personal injury, it’s imperative that you take immediate and appropriate actions to ensure your well-being and the strength of any potential legal claim. Be sure to:

    1. Seek Medical Attention[1]: Seek medical help immediately after sustaining a personal injury accident regardless of if there are visible symptoms. This action not only ensures your health and well-being but also may be a legal requirement in some jurisdictions for a valid claim. This is crucial as certain injuries like soft tissue damage or brain injuries may not immediately manifest symptoms.
    2. Preserve Evidence: Take comprehensive notes about the incident. This should include details of what happened before, during, and after the incident, the time and place, weather conditions, any witnesses, and any conversations. These details strengthen your legal claim.
    3. File a Police Report: If your injury results from an incident that involves police (like a car accident), ensure a formal police report is filed. Obtain a copy of this report as it can provide you with an advantage in any subsequent personal injury dispute.
    4. Contact an Attorney: Reach out to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney like those at Mesriani Law Group as soon as possible. Mesriani personal injury lawyers can guide you through the process of filing a claim and can work on a contingency basis which means you won’t need to pay any upfront costs.
    5. Participate Actively in the Investigation: Your personal injury attorney will likely launch an extensive investigation involving professionals like accident reconstruction specialists and medical doctors. Ensure you follow your attorney’s instructions and participate fully in the investigation. Your active cooperation helps your attorney obtain the maximum financial compensation for your injury.
    How to Gather Information After an Accident?

    Gathering information after an accident is a crucial step towards building a robust personal injury claim. There are several types of evidence[2] that can aid your case:

    1. Physical Evidence: Includes items related to the accident such as torn or bloodied clothing, or receipts for purchases made due to your injury (like a wheelchair, crutches, etc.).
    2. Photographs & Video: Document the accident scene and your injuries. Make sure to take multiple pictures from different angles and video where it makes sense to gain better context. Be sure to include a time and date stamp and replicate conditions by returning to the scene at a similar time of day as the accident.
    3. Personal Narrative: Write down everything you remember about the accident as soon as you can while recollection of the events are still fresh. This first-person account aids your attorney in understanding the specifics of the incident.
    4. Witness Statements: Collect contact information of any witnesses. They can provide additional insights into what happened leading up to, during, and after an accident or incident.
    5. Medical Records: Document your injuries and include bills, receipts, diagnosis reports, and other relevant information.
    6. Police Reports: These can offer crucial evidence to build your case if your injury was recorded in one. While not always admissible in court, they can aid in settlement negotiations.

    It is critical to preserve the evidence you’ve collected to maintain the integrity of your case. Physical evidence can get lost or deteriorate over time. Always strive to preserve the evidence as it was at the moment of your injury. Document all aspects of the accident, return to the scene to gather additional evidence, securely store all evidence, promptly contact witnesses, and thoroughly document your injuries.

    If law enforcement was involved, get a copy of their report. If the accident occurred at a business, there might be an incident report. In addition, photographs and videos of the scene and your injuries, statements from witnesses, a detailed record of your treatment, and expert witness opinions are invaluable resources. If there were similar incidents in the past, those reports could help prove the other party’s negligence. Lastly, keep all insurance correspondences, bills, work information, and other financial documents related to your injury because they will help calculate your losses.

    What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

    Personal injury lawyers are legal professionals who represent plaintiffs that allege physical or psychological harm as a result of another person’s or entity’s negligence. Their primary role[3] involves helping clients secure compensation for various losses. These can include lost wages due to an inability to work, pain and suffering, medical costs associated with the injury, emotional distress, loss of companionship, and legal costs. They also protect clients from potential exploitation by the legal system or insurance companies.

    The tasks performed by personal injury lawyers are diverse, but fundamentally, they guide cases from inception through appeal. Key duties include

    • investigating claims to determine their validity
    • gathering and analyzing evidence
    • developing case theories
    • researching relevant laws
    • draft legal documents like pleadings and motions and discovery requests.
    • interviewing and deposing witnesses

    This is all done in an effort to comprehensively prepare for the personal injury case and effectively represent their clients both before and during the trial. Given the complexity of personal injury lawsuits, lawyers often specialize in particular areas. For example, a lawyer who deals with car accident cases may focus specifically on collision incidents.

    Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Accidents—whether vehicular collisions, slip and fall incidents, or otherwise—often come unexpectedly and can result in severe physical injuries and psychological trauma. In many instances, these accidents lead to costly medical treatments and other related financial burdens.

    The immediate aftermath of an accident is just one aspect of the overall impact; studies have indicated that long-term consequences often pose greater challenges than the immediate injuries. These long-term effects should be factored into the calculation of damages in a personal injury case. Potential long-term consequences include:

    • Physical impairments: These could be limitations or the inability to perform basic motor functions like walking, running, standing, sitting, bending, lifting, etc.
    • Sensory impairments: This might involve limited or total inability to utilize the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.
    • Psychological impairments: Accidents often lead to psychological issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, which in turn may result in insomnia, mood disorders, phobias, etc.
    • Financial impairments: Long-term medical treatments can be expensive and lead to enduring medical debts. If the injuries prevent the victim from working, the loss of income is another financial burden.

    Usually, when personal injury accidents happen, accident insurance should give us some security but often times insurance companies will try to slip away from their responsibilities[4] leaving the person helpless. If this happens, a professional Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Mesriani Law Group will know exactly what to do to help you. They can help you by:

    • Accurately determining the compensation that you most deserve based on all of your damages plus pain and suffering that developed out of the accident which includes the long-term consequences
    • Negotiating with the insurance company to secure the best settlement for you
    • Providing medical professionals that help alleviate your injuries and long-term consequences
    • Handling your case on a contingency basis to prevent further worry on the financial obligation to pay for the legal fees
    Even for a Minor Accident?

    Whether or not to seek legal representation following even a minor accident is a decision many individuals grapple with. While it may seem practical to handle the situation independently, especially when the accident seems minor and the other party has insurance, the decision could have unexpected long-term repercussions.

    It is often challenging to ascertain the full extent of your injuries immediately after an accident. What initially appears as minor harm could evolve into a severe health issue with significant short and long-term consequences[5]. Therefore, consulting with a personal injury lawyer even for seemingly minor injuries can prove beneficial. Such an attorney brings to the table:

    1. Understanding of Contributing Factors: An experienced lawyer can identify and understand all potential factors that may have led to the accident.
    2. Insight into Potential Consequences: A lawyer can provide a clear understanding of possible short-term and long-term effects, even in the case of minor injuries.
    3. Assessment of Long-term Costs: Small injuries can potentially grow into severe problems with significant long-term costs. A lawyer can help evaluate this risk.

    While it might be tempting to navigate minor personal injury cases independently, engaging a personal injury lawyer can provide essential insight and ultimately ensure your interests are well protected.

    When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

    The decision to engage a personal injury lawyer can significantly impact the outcome of your case. It is generally recommended to seek legal help under the following circumstances:

    • When you’re partially at fault: California operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means your degree of fault in an accident can affect the compensation you receive. Without legal representation, the other party’s insurance company might attempt to minimize your settlement by arguing for a higher degree of your fault. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive fair compensation based on an accurate assessment of your fault.
    • When the accident is someone else’s fault: The severity of your injuries and the amount of compensation you’re seeking are important considerations. If you’ve suffered severe injuries or are seeking significant compensation, a lawyer’s help becomes crucial especially when the other party refuses to pay. Always consulting with a personal injury lawyer in these situations before making decisions is advisable.
    • When a business or property owner is at fault: Businesses and property owners in California are legally obligated to maintain safe premises. If you’ve been injured on someone else’s property due to their negligence, engaging a personal injury lawyer is often beneficial. They can help investigate the incident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, represent you in court.

    It’s crucial to note California’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which is two years. This means you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. However, time can pass quickly while recovering, so it’s advisable to reach out to a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles as soon as possible after your accident. Your lawyer can start building your case, negotiate settlements, handle insurance company communications, and allow you to focus on recovery. The sooner you engage a lawyer, the better chance you have of achieving a favorable outcome.

    Who is Liable for My Personal Injury?

    Identifying the liable party in a personal injury case depends on determining negligence or fault, which is not always straightforward at the time of the accident. Multiple factors which are not always clear at first can cause an accident. An experienced injury lawyer understands these factors and has the resources to research and document them effectively. In legal terms, liability is used to ascertain the party deemed responsible for causing injury to another. Often, though not always, fault and liability are synonymous. Liability can be determined through an admission of responsibility by one party or may require a jury’s evaluation of the presented evidence.

    Various types of torts, classified according to intent, can give rise to liability[6]:

    1. Negligence: This refers to the unintentional failure of an individual to perform their duty of care towards another, thereby causing harm. This type of tort is the most common in personal injury cases.
    2. Intentional: These are instances where harm is inflicted deliberately, potentially leading to criminal charges. Examples include assault, battery, fraud, defamation, and wrongful death, among others.
    3. Strict Liability: This exists regardless of fault or intention, often in situations inherently carrying danger. Here, the injured party only needs to prove the injury and the causation by the other party or company. A common example is product liability, where a company must take all reasonable precautions to ensure its product does not harm consumers.

    Given the complexity of determining liability, if there is any doubt, the services of a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles should be sought to ensure fair representation in any legal action.

    Who Can Be Liable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    In personal injury lawsuits, a broad range of individuals or organizations can be held liable depending on the specifics of the accident. Potential liable parties may include:

    1. Vehicle or property owners: If their vehicle or property caused an injury due to negligence or unsafe conditions.
    2. Business renting spaces: If the rental space was not maintained properly, leading to an accident.
    3. Parents: If the accident was caused by their underage child.
    4. Service organizations: If their negligence or actions contributed to an accident, especially in buildings or parks.
    5. Employers: When their employees cause accidents during work-related tasks.
    6. Third parties at a worksite: They may be held liable for injuries caused by products they manufacture or services they provide.
    7. Governmental agencies: Could be liable for unsafe conditions in areas they are responsible for, such as streets and public places. They might also be held responsible for not identifying unsafe or hazardous situations in industries they oversee.
    8. Manufacturers: Can be held responsible for injuries caused by faulty design or manufacturing of their products.
    9. Repair services: If their improper repair of a vehicle or product contributes to an accident.

    Understanding and identifying all potential sources of liability requires expertise, research, and legal experience which highlights the importance of engaging an attorney specializing in personal injury.

    How to Prove Negligence?

    In the realm of personal injury law, the plaintiff needs to convincingly prove their claim against the defendant. The expertise of a seasoned personal injury or negligence lawyer can be instrumental in legitimizing your claim. There are four primary elements[7] that your lawyer would need to establish to secure a settlement:

    1. Duty: The defendant owed a legal duty of care to the plaintiff under the given circumstances.
    2. Breach: The defendant breached their duty of care either intentionally or carelessly, engaging in an act or omission that resulted in negligence.
    3. Causation: The defendant’s actions or lack thereof directly led to the plaintiff’s injury.
    4. Damages: The plaintiff suffered harm as a direct result of the defendant’s negligence.

    The demonstration of these key components is achieved through evidence, which can come in various forms. Some of the common types of evidence include:

    • Photographs or video of the scene of the accident.
    • Medical documentation and witness statements illustrating the injuries sustained.
    • Incident reports or police records outlining the accident or its aftermath.
    • Medical bills and proof of loss of income to substantiate the financial aspect of your claims.

    A thorough collection and presentation of these evidence types form the crux of a solid negligence lawsuit, making it more likely for you to receive the compensation you are due.

    What is Comparative Negligence in California?

    California employs the concept of “pure comparative negligence” to determine damage awards in personal injury claims. This legal principle works to apportion blame and the corresponding liability among involved parties in proportion to their fault.

    Under pure comparative negligence[8]:

    • Each party involved in an accident is held liable for damages equivalent to their percentage of fault.
    • Even if a plaintiff is found partially at fault for the accident, they can still recover damages. However, their award will be reduced by their determined share of fault. For example, a plaintiff found to be 30% at fault would receive 70% of the total damages.
    • This rule applies in various injury cases, including car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice injuries, product liability accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other personal injury cases.

    In California, the defendant bears the burden of proving the plaintiff’s negligence if they argue that the plaintiff was partially responsible for the accident. As detailed in the California Civil Jury Instructions (CACI) 405, if a defendant can establish the plaintiff’s contributory negligence, the jury then determines how much fault to assign to the plaintiff and adjusts the award amount accordingly. The combined responsibility assigned to all parties involved must add up to 100%.

    Should I Speak to the Negligent Party’s Insurance?

    If you’re involved in an accident and dealing with the negligent party’s insurance company, it’s crucial to exercise caution. Speaking directly with the insurance adjuster without first consulting a personal injury attorney can potentially harm your claim, as they may try to use any statements you make against you to reduce or deny your claim’s value. Remember that an insurance adjuster’s primary job is to settle your case for the least amount possible. They may also offer initial sympathy or assert that you don’t need a personal injury lawyer, but their main objective is still saving the insurance company money.

    Several key points to consider when dealing with insurance companies are[9]:

    1. Don’t give a recorded statement: Insurance adjusters often ask to record your statement, comparing it to medical records or police reports to identify any inconsistencies that could be used against your claim. Therefore, avoid agreeing to any recorded statement without your lawyer’s advice.
    2. Be careful when speaking with your own insurance company: You’re legally required to inform your insurance company about any road accident. Nevertheless, be aware that they might also try to reduce the payout on your claim. Be cautious when providing them with information and limit your responses to basic details.
    3. Risks of Speaking with the Opposing Insurance Company: Insurance companies are invested in their own financial interests, not yours. They may contact you before you’ve had a chance to consult an attorney to seek out information they can use against your claim. Anything said over the phone can serve as a basis for denying your claim or reducing its value.

    The process of dealing with insurance companies can be filled with pitfalls. If you’re not fully aware of the potential impacts of your statements or actions, you could accidentally jeopardize your claim. It’s always a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles before engaging in discussions with any insurance company.

    What are California Personal Injury Laws?

    California personal injury laws cover a range of situations and dictate the legal responsibilities in cases of injuries caused by negligence or intentional actions. These laws play a pivotal role in establishing civil liability.

    1. Car Accidents: In California, fault-based rules apply to car accidents. Post-accident, insurance companies investigate to ascertain the party at fault for the crash. Compensation is then paid based on the liability established. Even if a plaintiff has contributed to the accident, under California law, they are still eligible to receive some compensation.
    2. Premises Liability: This aspect of the law focuses on the responsibility of property owners and caretakers for injuries or damage occurring due to their negligence. Cases falling under this category can include slip and fall accidents, construction mishaps, dog bites, and injuries caused by negligent or intentional actions of a third party. The key factors to establish liability are ownership, possession, and control of the premises. Owners or custodians are obligated to maintain the property safely and prevent potential harm.
    3. General Negligence: The legal theory of tort of negligence in California asserts that those at fault for accidents resulting from negligence are liable to the victims. If an individual or entity fails to exercise reasonable care in fulfilling their duties or rights and causes harm, the injured party can claim compensation for the damage incurred.
    4. Wrongful Death: This term pertains to a death caused by negligence or misconduct of another party. Family members have the right to seek financial damages from the responsible party. California law provides a unique aspect to wrongful death claims, extending the statute of limitations to two years from the date of death, not from the date of the accident. Only the deceased’s spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, or someone entitled to the deceased’s estate through intestate succession, can file a wrongful death claim.

    Understanding these laws is crucial in order to file an accurate claim and protect your rights effectively.

    What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in California?

    In California, personal injury claims are governed by a statute of limitations, which is a time limit within which a lawsuit must be filed. As outlined in California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1[10], individuals have two years from the date of an accident or injury to file a civil lawsuit seeking compensation for “injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.” This rule applies to nearly all types of personal injury lawsuits, given that most are underpinned by the liability principle of “negligence.”

    While two years might seem like ample time, it is crucial to engage a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. The prompt collection of evidence to build your case not only strengthens your claim but also ensures that it can be filed without delay. Once this two-year period lapses, your legal right to sue the other party expires. Although you may still file a lawsuit after the statute of limitations has passed, such attempts are usually unsuccessful as the expiration can be used as a defense by the defendants to dismiss the case. Additionally, the statute of limitations also applies to settlements, making it practically impossible to seek damages after the two-year timeframe.

    What are the Damages You Can Recover in a Personal Injury Settlement?

    When involved in a personal injury case, various types of damages can be recovered as part of the settlement which depends on the specifics of the case. These damages are classified into three main categories[11]:

    1. Compensatory Damages: These are intended to return the victim to the position they would be in if the injury had not occurred. Compensatory damages can be broken down into:
      • Monetary Losses (Special Damages): These include medical expenses (both past and future), costs associated with living with a disability (such as home modifications or in-home care), lost wages, property repair or replacement costs, and funeral expenses in the case of a death.
      • Non-Monetary Losses (General Damages): These damages are harder to quantify and include pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of consortium (the loss of the emotional elements of a relationship due to injury).
    2. Punitive Damages: These are not intended to compensate the victim, but rather to punish the defendant for their actions and deter others from similar behavior. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases of particularly egregious or outrageous conduct and are generally less common than compensatory damages.
    3. Wrongful Death Damages: In cases where a person is killed due to the negligence or intentional actions of another, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death damages typically include:
      • all funeral expenses including burial costs
      • emotional pain and suffering
      • any loss of expected income from the deceased party
      • loss of consortium for spouses and partners
    What is a Good Settlement for a Personal Injury?

    A good settlement in a personal injury claim is generally one that covers all expenses and damages that are incurred related to an accident or injury that were the result of someone’s negligence. The most critical aspects of making someone whole again include:

    1. No Unpaid Medical Bills: A good settlement should ensure that the victim is able to seek immediate and appropriate medical treatment without leaving the victim with outstanding medical bills to pay out of pocket.
    2. Current and Future Suffering: The outcome of a personal injury lawsuit should ensure that any expenses related to current and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, and hardships are fully covered. On-going therapy, medicine, or necessary accommodation for temporary or life-long disabilities are all considerations that should be accounted for.
    3. Maximum Possible Settlement: A good settlement should optimize a victim’s rewarded damages to cover all hardships. This amount should not be dictated in any way by the summary of an insurance adjuster.

    Engaging an experienced personal injury lawyer can greatly help in achieving such a settlement by accurately assessing the case’s value and effectively negotiating with insurance companies.

    How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

    The cost of a personal injury lawyer primarily operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients do not have to pay any upfront fees. Instead, the lawyer’s fees are paid out of the settlement or jury award from the case. Therefore, if the case is not won, and the client does not recover anything, the lawyer is not paid.

    Here are some key points regarding the cost of a personal injury lawyer:

    1. No Upfront Costs: Personal injury lawyers generally do not charge any fees upfront. This allows all potential clients to access experienced legal representation without having to worry about costs.
    2. Contingency Fee Basis: The lawyer’s fee is contingent upon the client receiving a settlement or award. This model not only makes legal services more accessible to injury victims but also motivates lawyers to take cases with merit.
    3. Variable Fee Percentage: The fee is normally a percentage of the final settlement. This amount typically varies depending on how far the claim goes with trial cases generally requiring a larger percentage.
    4. Risk-Free Consultation: Most personal injury consultations are free. During this interview, a personal injury will hear the details of a claim and review the case before moving forward.
    5. Understanding the Agreement: A personal injury lawyer should be transparent and answer any questions a victim has to ensure that the personal injury victim understands the contingency agreement before they sign.

    The cost of a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles is largely contingent on the success of the case. The lawyer’s fees are typically deducted from the compensation recovered, thereby ensuring access to legal representation for victims regardless of their financial capabilities.

    Is Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer in California Worth It?

    Securing the services of a personal injury lawyer in California, despite common misconceptions, can prove to be highly advantageous for victims of personal injury cases. The apprehensions surrounding the cost, time, and complexity involved in the process often deter individuals from seeking legal aid. However, industry data indicates that employing a personal injury lawyer significantly improves the chances of receiving higher settlements as compared to negotiating solely with insurance companies.

    Here’s why a personal injury lawyer can be worth the investment:

    • Maximized Settlements: A proficient personal injury lawyer can construct a compelling case that accurately reflects the severity of the injuries, prognosis, losses, and the impact the injury has had on the client’s life and family. This often results in settlements that adequately compensate for the victim’s ordeal.
    • Best Chance of Compensation: With a personal injury attorney’s assistance, victims are more likely to receive full compensation for medical costs and other accident-related expenditures. Without legal expertise, individuals may struggle to gather the necessary evidence, compile appropriate documentation, and determine a fair settlement amount, risking potential missteps that could jeopardize the claim.
    • Expert Guidance: The process of filing a personal injury claim can be complex and overwhelming, especially for someone grappling with the aftermath of a traumatic event. A personal injury lawyer can provide expert guidance through every step of the process, helping the victim avoid common pitfalls and ensuring a smoother journey towards recovery.

    While it is not obligatory, hiring a personal injury lawyer in California can significantly increase the chances of a successful and fair resolution of a personal injury claim.

    Why Should You Get a Personal Injury Lawyer to Help Your Case?

    Choosing to hire a personal injury lawyer to help with your case offers several benefits[12]. These legal professionals provide invaluable assistance and guidance through the often complex and time-consuming personal injury claim process. Their expertise not only expedites the claim process but also ensures that your rights are protected and that you receive fair treatment.

    Here’s why you should consider getting a personal injury lawyer:

    • Identifying Contributing Factors: A lawyer can uncover hidden factors that may have contributed to the accident, ensuring no critical information is lost. This can significantly enhance the strength of your case.
    • Managing Inaccurate or Changing Testimonies: People involved in an accident may modify their accounts over time, either intentionally or due to fading memories. A lawyer can help secure and preserve vital testimonies.
    • Navigating Insurance Companies: Insurance companies often aim to settle claims quickly to minimize their costs. A lawyer can protect you from premature settlements that may not fully cover your damages.
    • Complex Responsibility: Determining liability in an accident can be complex, especially when defective parts or substandard repairs are involved. A lawyer can unravel these complexities to identify all parties responsible.
    • Professional Representation in Court: If negotiations fail and the case goes to court, having a skilled litigator on your side greatly increases your chances of success.
    • Maintaining Objectivity: The emotional impact of an accident can cloud judgment. A lawyer brings an objective perspective to your case, ensuring that emotions don’t compromise your claim.
    • Understanding the Claim Process: Navigating the personal injury claim process can be challenging. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand pertinent laws, gather necessary information, and expedite the claim process.
    • Access to Medical Care: A good personal injury lawyer can leverage their extensive network to ensure you get the best possible medical care, helping to hasten your recovery.

    In essence, hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your case can provide you with expert guidance, protect your rights, and significantly enhance your chances of getting a favorable outcome. It’s a decision that’s worth serious consideration for anyone involved in a personal injury case.

    What Should You Look for in a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Choosing a good personal injury lawyer entails a keen evaluation of several key characteristics[13], each vital to ensuring successful resolution of your case.

    1. Applicable Experience: It’s vital to engage an attorney who has handled cases similar to yours. If your claim involves, say, premises liability, you will need an attorney well-versed in battling insurance providers. Experience is invaluable in formulating a successful case strategy.
    2. Track Record of Success: A reputable attorney should be able to demonstrate a history of effective legal strategies and negotiations leading to substantial settlements for clients in similar situations.
    3. Compassion: It’s crucial to find a lawyer who exhibits not only professionalism but empathy, acknowledging that clients are often in a vulnerable state due to their injuries.
    4. Trial Experience: Even though most personal injury claims settle out of court you still need an attorney who is well-versed in litigation if settlement negotiations fall through.
    5. Thorough Investigation Skills: A strong attorney will independently investigate your case to gather and preserve critical evidence and use a network of experts if necessary.
    6. Mediation and Litigation Skills: Your attorney should excel at negotiation to achieve an optimal settlement. They should also be prepared to litigate when necessary.
    7. Excellent Listening Skills: Your lawyer should listen attentively to your account and ask insightful follow-up questions which will inform a comprehensive analysis of your case.
    8. Continued Education: The legal landscape changes frequently so you need an attorney who stays updated through continuous learning to ensure they are up to date with recent legal precedents.
    9. Genuine Care and Compassion: Above all, you should feel comfortable with your attorney and understand their genuine concern for your wellbeing and determination to secure the best possible outcome for you.

    In sum, the best personal injury attorneys are experienced, successful, and empathetic litigators who are dedicated to their field. Those traits define who the personal injury lawyers at Mesriani Law Group are.

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    Personal injury cases can be complicated, and attempting to negotiate your claims on your own is the worst move you can make. You need an experienced and qualified attorney to represent you for your Personal Injury claims. Mesriani Law Group’s personal injury attorneys have successfully represented victims of personal injury cases throughout the state of California for over two decades. Our top-notch and dedicated personal injury attorneys are driven to protect your rights and represent you from start to finish of your claims, giving you the maximum compensation that you deserve.

    With a No Win, No Fee policy for all our clients, you don’t have to worry about high legal fees to file claims against other parties. If we don’t win your case, you don’t have to pay us anything.

    Let us focus on winning your case while you focus on moving forward! Call Mesriani Law Group now at (310) 826-6300 or message us online to schedule a FREE consultation.

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