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Mesriani Law Group is the premier personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles that has delivered the compensation that victims of personal injury cases deserve for over two decades. Our team of personal injury lawyers have specialized experience that ensures that we are able to deal with any personal injury claim and are committed to protecting our client’s rights. We uphold our promise to dedicate ourselves to each personal injury claim and stand with our clients throughout the entire process including going to trial.

We have help litigate personal injury claims involving vehicle accidents from car collisions to pedestrian accidents, slip and fall premises liability claims, traumatic injury, general negligence, wrongful death, and more. If you or a loved one have been in an accident and suffered injuries and damages due to someone else’s negligence, our personal injury attorneys are ready to help you secure the compensation you need to be made whole. Our commitment ensures that you receive damages for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, disability, and more.

We understand that some clients are hesitant to file personal injury claims due to the perceived high cost of drawn-out legal battles. At Mesriani Law Group, we offer a “No Win, No Fee” guarantee to all our clients which means that our fees are contingency based. We only get paid as a result of winning a personal injury claim, with our fee being taken as a portion of the settlement or award. We take pride in this offer because we are confident that our exceptionally skilled personal injury attorneys will get you the maximum compensation you deserve.

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    What is a Personal Injury Lawyer & What Do They Do?

    Personal injury lawyers assist their clients in recovering damages that were the result of physical or phycological injuries sustained in accidents that are caused by someone else’s negligence. They provide expert legal representation [1] throughout the process from negotiating a settlement with insurance to going to trial if a settlement can’t be reached. Personal injury lawyers help with recovering losses like medical expenses due to injury, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of income due to inability to work, loss of a loved one, and legal fees. They also act as a safeguard for clients so they are unable to be exploited by insurance companies and the legal system.

    Personal injury lawyers handle cases through the entire legal process. This starts with determining liability and lasts until a settlement is reached or a trial is won. The beginning of a case is an involved process that includes:

    • Investigating a claim to determine liability
    • Gathering evidence, researching case law, and formulating a legal strategy
    • Drafting pleadings, motions, and discovery requests
    • Interviewing and deposing witnesses

    These tasks contribute to trial preparation and enable a legal team to fully advocate for their clients before and during negotiations. Sometimes negotiations can fall apart which results in a personal injury claim going to trial. When this happens, having an expert personal injury lawyer is critical to maximizing a victim’s chances of winning their personal injury claim and getting the compensation they deserve.

    Read more: What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?


    Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Serious accidents due to someone else’s negligence can happen at any time with results ranging from life-changing injuries to inability to maintain employment. If you are involved in a traumatic accident like a vehicular collision or slip and fall, there is a good chance that you will need medical attention for immediate and long-lasting injuries. This can cause you undue hardship and financial strain at no fault of your own. If this occurs, it is only right that you are made whole. The only problem is negotiating with insurance and navigating the complex legal system to recover damages can be a daunting task that doesn’t always result in the outcome personal injury victims deserve.

    In addition to navigating the legal battlefield, personal injury lawyers are there to assist in ensuring that victims get the proper medical treatment necessary to ensure that they recover fully. This means everything from the initial doctor visit, to treatment, and after care. Without a personal injury lawyer by your side to ensure that all medical needs are attended to, insurance companies will try to rush you to accept a settlement that may leave a victim on the hook for miscellaneous treatment costs that weren’t considered at the time of negotiations [2]. Personal injury lawyers will guide their clients through the process and advise them on when to accept a settlement and when going to trial may be necessary. If trial is the outcome, a personal injury lawyer will fight for the rights of their clients to ensure they receive the maximum award possible.

    Read more: Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Why Choose Mesriani Law Group?

    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 and if our clients are unable to meet at our office, we are amenable to meet you at your convenience.

    How Our Los Angeles Lawyers Help with Personal Injury Claims

    Accidents that result in damage and injuries can happen unexpectedly. If you find yourself a victim in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the best move is to have a free consultation with a qualified personal injury attorney. Mesriani Law Group’s personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping you file a claim and navigating the legal process to get the compensation you deserve. Our process is simple and gets results:

    FIRST STEP: Determine if You Have a Claim

    Before a case is taken, a claim must be evaluated to ensure that there is enough support to warrant a personal injury claim. Our team of qualified personal injury lawyers will provide a free consultation to intake all relevant information related to an accident to determine if there is enough to build a personal injury case based on someone else’s negligent acts. A negligence claim requires that there be enough evidence to prove that there was a duty of care, that duty was breached, injuries were sustained, and the breach of duty caused the injuries. 

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    SECOND STEP: Identify Extent of Injuries and Damages

    Once negligence has been determined, the next step is to determine the extent of any injuries sustained in the accident. This can be complicated as injuries do not always present themselves immediately. Some injuries can be delayed, and others can be long lasting whose impacts can’t immediately be determined. These long-lasting impacts can result in lost wages, physical disability, long lasting trauma, and more. Each of these needs to be accounted for when negotiating with insurance to reach a settlement.

    THIRD STEP: Gather Evidence to Support Claim

    After an accident, one of the most critical steps is gathering the evidence needed to support your personal injury claim. A personal injury lawyer has seen every type of claim and will know what evidence is needed to ensure liability is determined in your favor. This can include photographs, videos, witness statements, medical bills, expert testimonials, police reports, and pay slips. All of this will support the fact that the victim did suffer damages that need to be compensated for.

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    FOURTH STEP: Determine Liability

    Not every personal injury claim is clear and sometime liability can be difficult to determine. When determining liability is problematic due to multiple parties or circumstances that may place some responsibility on the victim, a personal injury lawyer will be the expert voice that will help ensure that the cards are stacked in favor of our clients. Using the collected evidence, our qualified personal injury lawyers will be able to recreate the circumstance of the accident and use case law and legal precedents to build a compelling legal strategy to defend our clients.

    FIFTH STEP: Negotiate a Settlement or Go to Trial

    Once the damages and injuries that you sustained are calculated and liability has been determined, our personal injury lawyers will start to negotiate a settlement for your compensation. Depending on how insurance responds, this process can be quick and easy. Other times insurance companies can be difficult or refuse to settle. When this happens, Mesriani Law Group will make sure that the insurance company does not use bad faith insurance tactics to try and skirt their responsibility and we will go to trial on your behalf to ensure that your rights are defended in front of a jury who will determine the outcome of your claim.  

    Read more: How to Negotiate Your Personal Injury Settlement

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    What Should You Do After Sustaining a Personal Injury

    If you are a victim in an accident that results in a personal injury, it’s important that you ensure your well-being and then take the necessary steps to strengthen any potential legal claims you may have against the negligent party. Be sure to:

    1. Seek Medical Attention [3]: Seeking immediate medical attention after getting into an accident regardless of if there are visible symptoms is important to ensuring your health and safety. This action also ensures that any injuries are documented, which will help your claim and may be a legal requirement in some jurisdictions. This is critical as some symptoms of injuries like soft tissue damage or traumatic brain injuries may not present themselves immediately.
    2. Preserve Evidence: This may be difficult if seeking medical attention for injuries takes precedence but be sure to try and take comprehensive notes about the incident if possible. Thorough evidence includes details of what happened before, during, and after the incident, the time and location, conditions surrounding the accident, any witness statements, photos, and videos of the scene of the accident. All of these details help strengthen your legal claim by providing your personal injury lawyer with the details they need to argue your claim.
    3. File a Police Report: If your injury is sustained in an accident that involves the police (like a car accident), be sure that a formal police report is submitted. Obtain a copy of this and ensure that your personal injury lawyer has access to it as it can provide you with an advantage in any subsequent personal injury disputes.
    4. Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney: Reach out to an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles like those at Mesriani Law Group as soon as possible. Mesriani lawyers specialize in personal injury claims and can guide you through the process of filing a claim, negotiating a settlement, or fighting on your behalf if your claim goes to trial. We 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 need to launch a thorough investigation that involves different experts like accident reconstruction specialists and doctors. Be sure to follow your attorney’s directions and participate as best you can in the investigation. Your active cooperation helps your personal injury attorney build a case that will get the maximum financial compensation for your injuries.

    How to Gather Evidence After an Accident

    Collecting supporting information after an accident is one of the most important steps to building a robust personal injury claim. There are several different types of evidence [4] that are needed to build your case:

    1. Physical Evidence: This includes items related to the accident that caused your injuries like bloody clothing worn at the time of the accident, damaged personal property, receipts for injury related purchases like a wheelchair, crutches, etc.
    2. Photographs & Video: Document the scene of the accident as well as your injuries. Make sure to take pictures from multiple different angles and video anywhere it makes sense to get better context of the accident. It’s important that all photos and videos are timestamped. This documentation will help experts recreate the conditions of the accident by returning to the scene at a similar time of day as the accident.
    3. Personal Narrative: Immediately write down everything you remember about the accident while the events are still fresh in your mind. The more time passes, the less clear the memories will be which may be under question later during a trial. This first-person account helps your personal injury attorney understand the details surrounding the incident.
    4. Witness Statements: Collect the contact information and statement of anyone who happened to witness the accident. They will provide additional insights from neutral perspectives about what happened leading up to, during, and after an accident or incident.
    5. Medical Records: Seek medical attention immediately to document your injuries and include bills, receipts, diagnosis reports, treatments, and any other relevant medical information relevant to the personal injury claim.
    6. Police Reports: Reports made by the police at the scene of an accident can offer critical evidence to help build your case. While they are not always admissible in court, they can aid in settlement negotiations.

    It’s important to preserve any evidence as it was at the moment of your injury to maintain the integrity of your personal injury case. Physical evidence can be misplaced or deteriorate over longer periods of time. Be sure to document all aspects of the accident and if possible, return to the scene to gather additional evidence or have someone from your legal team do it. Securely store all evidence, contact witnesses as soon as possible to get fresh recollections, and thoroughly document any injuries sustained after the accident.

    If law enforcement gets involved be sure to get a copy of their report. If the accident happened at a business, there may be an incident report or video evidence that can be recovered. If there were similar incidents that occurred in the past, having your personal injury lawyer obtain those reports could help prove the other party’s negligence. Lastly, keep any insurance communications, bills, work information, and other financial documents related to your injury because they will help determine your losses and establish a baseline for settlement negotiations.


    When Should You Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer

    Enlisting the help of a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can greatly improve the outcome of your personal injury claim. While there are some instances where getting legal help may not be needed, it is generally recommended to seek out a lawyer under the following circumstances:

    • When you’re partially at fault: California follows a “pure comparative negligence” doctrine when determining liability. This means that victims in accidents can share responsibility if they are partially at fault in an accident. This can affect the compensation an injured party can receive. In most circumstances, the other party’s insurance adjuster will attempt to minimize their payout by trying to allocate blame back on to the victim by arguing a higher degree of fault. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help ensure you receive fair compensation based on an accurate assessment of your liability.
    • When the accident is someone else’s fault: The severity of your injuries and the amount of compensation you’re seeking are important considerations in a personal injury claim. If you’ve suffered severe injuries due to someone else’s negligence, a lawyer’s help is critical when it comes to navigating the personal injury claim. This is especially true if the other party refuses to pay. Always consulting a personal injury lawyer in these situations before making decisions is advisable to ensure maximum compensation.
    • When a business, property owner, or the government 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. The same can be said if an injury occurs on government property. When an accident that results in government property occurs, these cases are usually held to different standards than a normal personal injury claim. It is important to have a qualified personal injury lawyer to help navigate the complexities of trying to negotiate with a government agency. In all circumstances a personal injury lawyer can help investigate the incident, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, represent you in court.


    Types of Personal Injury Law Claims

    Mesriani Law Group is dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights and providing them with the maximum compensation that they deserve. Our highly experienced personal injury attorneys can help provide legal expertise and guidance with the following practice areas:

    The Timeline of a Personal Injury Lawsuit

    The personal injury claim process is complex and can take as long as several years to fully play out before an award is recovered by an injured party. There are several steps in the personal injury lawsuit timeline:

    1. Medical Recovery: The first step after getting into an accident that results in injury is seeking immediate medical attention to ensure health and wellbeing.
    2. Attorney Research: Once injuries have been attended to, it is time to seek out legal assistance. This period is critical to finding the right personal injury lawyer to attend your specific case. They will listen to your claim and determine if there is a viable case while the injured party does their due diligence to ensure that the lawyer is a good fit for the victim.
    3. Initial Investigation: Once a personal injury lawyer has been hired on, they will start their investigation. During this period, they will gather evidence, support the victim’s path to recovery, and ensure that the personal injury claim moves forward towards reaching a settlement.
    4. Settlement Negotiations: Once the investigations are completed and all the relevant evidence is gathered, the lawyer will start negotiating with insurance companies on behalf of their client.
    5. Preparation of Lawsuit: If a settlement can’t be reached, the personal injury lawyer will start to prepare for trial. They will build the strongest case possible using all available resources and evidence to ensure victory in court.
    6. Filing Lawsuit and Serving Defendants: When ready, the lawsuit will be filed, and the defendants will be served. This will give the defendants a time and place where they are able to provide their arguments against any liability in front of a judge and jury.
    7. Discovery and Pretrial: Before facing the court, both sides of the lawsuit are able to seek out facts about the case that may strengthen their claim. This step can take several months and includes depositions and interrogations of witnesses.
    8. Mediation and Negotiation: After discovery is completed, negotiations continue with any newfound information that has come to light. If needed, mediation from a third party can be brought in to help expedite the case.
    9. Trial: If mediation and negotiations fail, the case is scheduled for trial. This trial can last from a day to over a week depending on the complexity of the case. During this time both sides of the lawsuit present their case in front of a judge or jury who will determine liability and the resulting award.
    10. Disbursements: Once an award has been determined, the funds will need to be disbursed to the victim within 30 days.


    California Personal Injury Laws

    California personal injury laws establish the legal structure that governs civil liability for injuries caused by negligence, regardless of if that negligence was intentional or not. These laws can be complex, but they are important to understand to protect a victim’s rights and know how to properly file a claim. Here are some of the most important personal injury laws that may impact your personal injury claim.

    1. Car Accidents

    In an at fault state like California, insurance companies investigate who the party responsible for the crash was before paying for any damages. California’s comparative negligence laws state that a plaintiff can share liability when they contribute to their accident which can result in compensation being reduced by the amount of liability shared. Within California driving code, there are several laws that dictate how drivers must act when on the road that helps determine liability. Drivers have a duty of care to follow these laws and when they are violated and result in an accident, the guilty party is usually found liable.

    1. Premises Liability

    Premises liability law is the realm of law that holds property owners and managers responsible for any injuries and damages that arise due to their negligence. Premise liability claims typically include slip and fall accidents, trips, construction accidents, dog bites, and injuries that were the result of negligent or intentional misconduct by a third person.

    When determining liability, the most important elements of a premises liability claim are ownership, possession, and control of the premises. If these elements are not present, then the defendant has no duty to practice reasonable care. Only individuals who own, possess, or manage a property have a duty to act reasonably to maintain a safe property and take reasonable steps to prevent people from being harmed while on site.

    1. General Negligence

    California law states that parties at fault in general negligence claims are responsible under the legal theory of tort of negligence. This covers situations where there is a failure by a person or entity to practice reasonable care or caution in performing any rights or obligations. By these standards, if you are injured by another person’s negligence, you have a right to just compensation for the resulting injuries and damages you’ve sustained.

    1. Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death occurs when a person dies as a result of an accident caused by the negligence or misconduct of another person, establishment, or other similar entities. A wrongful death claim provides family members with the right to recover damages from the party responsible for their loved one’s death. In California this claim comes with a unique set of circumstances that does not apply to other types of injury cases. Instead of having a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the accident to bring a civil claim, it would be two years from the date of the wrongful death. Only the deceased individual’s spouse, domestic partner, child, parent, or someone entitled to the departed’s estate through intestate succession has the right to file a wrongful death claim.

    Read more: What are California Personal Injury Laws?


    What Do I Do If I’m Injured at Work?

    Accidents can happen at any time including when an individual is at work. Injuries sustained on the job are not limited to those that take place while at your place of employment. Workplace injuries include those that take place outside like when you are in traffic or inside other establishments while on the clock. As long as the reason for being somewhere is work-related or within your work hours it counts as a workplace injury. For example, an employee who was in a car accident while traveling to a job site is considered injured on the job. The employee may be able to claim both personal injury and worker’s compensation. Depending on how they proceed, they may need to seek out a personal injury lawyer or work injury lawyer to secure the maximum compensation for his or her claim.


    Who is Liable for My Personal Injury?

    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. Determining liability in a personal injury case can be complex as it is not always clear at the time of the accident. An experienced injury lawyer understands how to navigate identifying the responsible party and has the resources to research who should be held liable for injuries sustained. 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 [5]:

    1. Negligence: This refers to someone’s unintentional failure to perform their duty of care towards another which results in harm. This type of tort is the most common in personal injury cases.
    2. Intentional: These are instances where harm is inflicted deliberately and can potentially lead to criminal charges. Examples of this generally include assault, battery, fraud, defamation, and murder.
    3. Strict Liability: Strict liability exists in situations inherently carrying danger regardless of fault or intention. Here, an injured party only needs to prove injury and causation by another party. The most common example of this is product liability, where a company must take all reasonable precautions to ensure that its product does not harm consumers.

    Given the complexity of determining liability, the services of a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles should be enlisted to identify liable parties if there is any doubt.


    Who Can Be Liable in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    There are a broad range of parties that can be held liable in a personal injury claim. This typically depends on the specifics of the accident. Liable parties can include any of the following individuals:

    1. Drivers: If a driver fails to uphold their duty of care to follow safe driving practices which then results in an accident that causes injury, they can be held liable.
    2. Property owners: If a property fails to ensure the safe occupation of their premises within reason, they can be held liable for unsafe conditions.
    3. Business renting spaces: Similar to property owners, property managers and businesses in control of a space can also be held liable if the space was not maintained properly and leads to an accident.
    4. Parents: If an accident was caused by an underage child, the parents would be held liable.
    5. Service organizations: If the negligence or actions of an organization contributed to an accident, they can be held liable.
    6. Employers: Employers can be held responsible when employees are in accidents during work-related tasks.
    7. Governmental agencies: The government 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: Product manufacturers can be held responsible for injuries caused by faulty design or manufacturing of their products.
    9. Repair services: If the improper repair of a vehicle or product contributes to an accident, the service responsible for repairs can be held responsible.

    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 a Personal Injury Claim

    The basic principle in any personal injury claim rests in the fact that the accuser (the plaintiff) is required to prove his/her claim against the person being accused (the defendant). This is relevant in general negligence lawsuits, which is why it is essential to seek out an experienced personal injury lawyer to handle your claim for you. To legitimize your personal injury claim, your lawyer would need to prove the four main elements of negligence [6] to obtain a settlement on your behalf:

    1. Duty of Care – Indicates that the accused party (defendant) owed a legal obligation or duty of care to the victim (plaintiff) to prevent harm
    2. Breach of Duty – Evidence that the accused party breached his or her legal duty of care by intentionally or carelessly acting a way that could otherwise result in injury
    3. Causation – Ties the conduct or misconduct of the accused and shows that their actions caused the injury of the victim
    4. Injuries and Damages – Evidence that the victim was harmed due to the negligence of the accused party

    These main elements can be proven by providing evidence which include but are not limited to:

    • Pictures and/or videos of the accident
    • Medical records and witness declarations of the injuries that you suffered
    • Police reports or incident reports showing the accident or its aftermath
    • Medical bills and proof of loss of income that shows the value of your claims

    Read more: How to Win Your Personal Injury Claim

    Read more: How to Prove Negligence


    California Comparative Negligence

    Comparative negligence establishes that a plaintiff can share liability when it comes to their own injuries [7]. If partial liability is assigned to the victim, it reduces the number of damages that a plaintiff can recover in a negligence-based claim. The negligence of an injured party does not hinder all recovery, but damages are reduced based on the percentage of relative negligence assigned to the victim. For example, a plaintiff who is determined to share 20 percent of the fault in a car accident will only be provided 80 percent of the awarded damages. The intent of comparative negligence is to hold all liable parties responsible for only their share of fault.

    Read more: What is Comparative Negligence in California?


    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 [8]:

    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. 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.

    Also 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.

    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.

    Read more: Should I Talk to the Other Insurance Company After an Accident


    What is the Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims

    The statute of limitations is a legal term that refers to the time limit imposed on plaintiffs to file a lawsuit after they have suffered harm. The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in California is two years from the date of the accident [9]. If an injury is not known at the time of the accident, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit is delayed and starts when a party discovers the injury. If the accident is filed against a government entity, the plaintiff must file a claim within six months and follow specific procedural rules. There are a few other exceptions to the rule:

    • If the plaintiff is a minor, the family will have two years from the date when the child turns 18 to file a personal injury claim.
    • If a defendant is out of state, the statute of limitations is paused during the defendant’s absence since they can’t be served.

    Read more: Personal Injury Statute of Limitations


    What Damages Can You Claim in a Personal Injury Claim?

    If your injuries are due to the negligence of another person, you have the right to seek compensation for any physical injuries or damages that you’ve suffered, which include [10]:

    • General Damages
      • Physical pain and suffering
      • Emotional distress
      • Reduced quality of life
    • Special Damages
      • Costs related to current and future medical treatment and care
      • Lost wages or earning capacity
      • Property damage
      • Therapy costs
    • Punitive Damages
      • Awarded as a punishment in egregious cases of negligence

    Read more: Damages in a Personal Injury Lawsuit


    What is a Good Settlement for a Personal Injury?

    A good settlement in a personal injury claim is one that ensures that the victim is made whole again and compensated for any damages incurred. It should cover all expenses plus provide recovery for non-tangibles related to an accident or injury like pain and suffering and emotional distress. The most critical aspects include:

    1. No Unpaid Medical Bills: A good settlement, at the bare minimum, should ensure that any victim of someone else’s negligence is able to seek immediate and appropriate medical treatment for current and future injuries related to the accident without the victim having to pay out of pocket.
    2. Current and Future Suffering: A settlement or outcome of a personal injury lawsuit should ensure that the victim is compensated appropriately for current and future pain and suffering, emotional distress, and hardships. On-going therapy, medicine, or necessary accommodation for temporary or life-long disabilities should be accounted for.

    It is important to remember that 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. Hiring an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can greatly improve the chances of achieving such a settlement by accurately assessing the case’s value and effectively negotiating with insurance companies.


    What is an Average Personal Injury Settlement?

    It’s estimated that 95% of personal injury claims end in a settlement being reached before it goes to trial. The average personal injury settlement varies wildly on several factors like the type of accident, the severity of injuries, and the lasting impacts that the accident had on a victim. An injured party who suffered a broken arm in a car accident with another driver will receive far less than someone who lost an arm on the job in a workplace related accident. Lasting injuries that result in lifelong disabilities and diminished quality of life tend to pay out the most while minor injuries usually result in far less. That being said, case studies indicate that averages of different accident types typically result in:

    • Average auto accidents: ~$25.5K
    • Average motorcycle accidents: ~$79.3K
    • Average pedestrian accidents: ~$53.5K

    It is important to note that individuals that enlisted the help of expert personal injury lawyers were able to secure larger settlements. Those that were represented received ~$77.6K on average compared to those without who received ~$17.6K [11].

    Read more: What is the Average Personal Injury Settlement?


    How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

    Most personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis. This generally means that clients do not have to pay any costs until a settlement is reached or an amount is awarded by jury. Only when there is an award will the lawyer’s fees be paid. If the case is not won and the client does not recover anything, the lawyer is not paid. If the case is won, the general percentage can range between 30% – 40% of the awarded money. This percentage is typically taken after any expenses related to the personal injury claim are paid back to the legal representation.

    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 and agree to cover the costs incurred during a personal injury claim with the promise that those expenses are repaid upon settlement or judgment being awarded. This allows all potential clients to access experienced legal representation without having to worry about costs.
    2. Contingency Fee Basis: A personal injury lawyer’s fee is contingent on the client winning 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: There are instances where sliding scale agreements determine the percentage. Higher percentages are taken depending on how complex the case is or how far into the legal process the claim goes. If a settlement is reached quickly, it might result in 30% being taken out, while a claim that goes to trial may require 40%.
    4. Risk-Free Consultation: Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations. During this process, a personal injury will hear the details of a claim and review the case and evidence before deciding to move 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. This usually includes the sliding scale as well as the promise to repay case related expenses.

    The cost of a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles is largely dependent on the success of the personal injury case. The lawyer’s fees are typically deducted from a settlement or award, which helps ensure that access to legal representation for victims regardless of their financial capabilities is available.

    Read more: How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?


    Is Getting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles Worth It?

    Enlisting a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles can prove to be highly advantageous for victims of personal injury cases. Apprehensions surrounding costs, time, and the complexity involved in the process often deter individuals from seeking help from a qualified personal injury lawyer. However, the data supports that personal injury lawyers significantly improve the chances of receiving better settlements when compared against individuals negotiating with insurance companies by themselves.

    Here’s why it can be worth discussing your case with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer:

    • Optimal Settlements: An expert personal injury lawyer like the ones at Mesriani Law Group 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 higher settlements that adequately compensate the victim.
    • Best Chance of Compensation: With a personal injury attorney’s assistance, victims are much more likely to receive full compensation for medical costs and other accident-related expenditures as personal injury lawyers are able to provide support in getting the appropriate medical treatment for current and future injuries. Without the expertise of an experienced personal injury lawyer to help navigate medical claims, individuals may struggle to gather the necessary evidence, compile appropriate documentation, and determine a fair settlement amount. This increases the potential for missteps that could jeopardize the claim simply because an individual may not seek out appropriate treatment when it is needed.
    • Expert Guidance: The process of filing a personal injury claim can be complex and overwhelming, especially for someone in the midst of dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can provide expert guidance through every step of the process and help the victim avoid common pitfalls and ensure a smooth recovery.

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    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 valuable assistance and guidance through the complex and time-consuming personal injury claim process. Their expertise can expedite the claims process and ensure that your rights are protected so you receive fair compensation.

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

    • Identifying Contributing Factors: A lawyer can uncover things that may have been overlooked but contributed to the accident. This ensures that no critical information is lost during the claims process which significantly enhances the strength of your case.
    • Managing Inaccurate or Changing Testimonies: People involved in an accident may modify their accounts over time intentionally or due to fading memories. A lawyer will ensure that proper notes are taken to help preserve vital testimonies.
    • Navigating Insurance Companies: Insurance companies will attempt to skirt their responsibilities and settle quickly for the lowest amount possible. A personal injury lawyer will fight the highest settlement possible or go to trial if a settlement can’t be reached.
    • Detemine 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 settlement negotiations fall apart and the case needs to go to court, having a skilled litigator fighting on your behalf greatly increases your chances of success.
    • Maintaining Objectivity: The emotional impact of an accident can cloud judgment for all parties involved. A lawyer brings an objective perspective to your case to ensure that emotions don’t compromise your claim.
    • Understanding the Claim Process: Navigating the personal injury claim process is an extremely challenging ordeal. An expert personal injury lawyer will help you understand pertinent laws, gather necessary information, expedite the claim process, and guide you through the entire process from start to finish.
    • Access to Medical Care: A good personal injury lawyer can leverage their extensive network to ensure you get the best possible medical care.

    Hiring a personal injury lawyer to handle your case will provide you with expert guidance, protect your rights, and significantly improve 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 requires an individual to evaluate several key factors [13].

    1. Applicable Experience: It’s important that an attorney has handled personal injury cases similar to yours. No matter what type of accident you are in or what injuries you sustain, you will need an attorney well-versed in that realm to help battle insurance providers during negotiations.
    2. Track Record of Success: A reputable attorney should be able to demonstrate a history of effective and successful legal strategies that can lead to substantial settlements for their clients.
    3. Commitment to Your Case: Personal injury lawyers can be stretched thin if they take on your case but are too stretched thin to actually act in your best interests at all times. Be sure to find someone with the bandwidth and resources to give your claim the attention it deserves.
    4. Strong Negotiation Skills: Most personal injury settlements are made before things go to trial so being able to present a strong case and negotiate on your behalf in a way that insurance adjusters will be willing to come to agreement will save you time and resources.
    5. Trial Experience: Even though most personal injury settlements are reached through negotiations, you still need a personal injury attorney who is well-versed in litigation and ready to go to trial if needed.
    6. Thorough Investigation Skills: An expert personal injury attorney will investigate your case, gather and preserve critical evidence, and use a network of experts if necessary to build a winning personal injury claim.
    7. Excellent Listening and Communication Skills: Your lawyer should listen attentively to your account and ask insightful follow-up questions which will inform a comprehensive analysis of your case. They should also maintain clear communications with you throughout the legal process.
    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. Compassion and Compatibility: 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.

    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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    [2] https://www.natlawreview.com/article/do-i-need-personal-injury-attorney

    [3] https://www.healthworkscollective.com/important-steps-to-take-after-suffering-serious-injury/

    [4] https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/checklist-of-records-to-gather-after-a-car-accident.html

    [5] https://www.enjuris.com/personal-injury-law/what-is-liability/

    [6] https://www.alllaw.com/articles/nolo/personal-injury/proving-negligence.html

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    [12] https://www.findlaw.com/injury/accident-injury-law/using-a-personal-injury-lawyer.html

    [13] https://calbizjournal.com/the-10-essential-qualities-of-a-great-personal-injury-lawyer/

    “No Win, No Fee” Policy

    Mesriani Law Group has over two decades of experience in protecting victims of personal injury accidents in Los Angeles. We understand that victims of accidents are sometimes hesitant to file a claim for damages against a responsible party due to perceived high legal fees. To resolve this matter and help more people get the best compensation they deserve, we offer a “No Win No Fee” guarantee to all our clients. This means that if we are not able to provide you with the justice you deserve, you don’t have to pay us anything for our legal services regardless of the complexities of your claims. We offer this because we are confident that our experience, expertise, and dedication will provide the best chance of getting the maximum compensation you deserve.

    Free Consultation with a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

    Personal injury cases can be complicated and attempting to negotiate your claims on your own is the worst move you can make if you have sustained serious injuries. You need an experienced and qualified attorney to represent you for your personal injury claims. Mesriani Law Group’s Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have successfully represented victims of accidents and negligence 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, 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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    Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer FAQs

    Who can file an injury claim?

    Under personal injury laws, only the person who has suffered an injury due to the negligence of another person or entity may file a personal injury claim. To see if you have a valid personal injury claim, contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Mesriani Law Group for a free consultation.

    When should you contact a personal injury lawyer?

    You should contact a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer as soon as the accident happens or after you have received immediate medical attention. It is best to seek consultation with a personal injury lawyer when the details of the incident are fresh and when the statute of limitations has the largest window to file.

    What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?

    A personal injury case can come from any kind of accident or incident, the common kinds are:

    • Bicycle Accident
    • Burn Injury
    • Bus Accident
    • Car Accident
    • Construction Accident
    • Dog Bite
    • General Negligence
    • Motorcycle Accident
    • Pedestrian Accident
    • Slip and Fall
    • Medical Malpractice
    • Premises Liability
    • Work injury
    • Wrongful Death

    What is fair compensation for personal injury?

    Fair compensation is generally the amount that is required to make a person whole after sustaining injuries. Medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more are usually accounted for when determining this amount.

    Absolutely No Fee Unless We Win Your Case

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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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