We provide a free consultation to all prospective clients. In the free consultation, we will answer any questions you may have about your case and the process of making a claim. The free consultation will provide you with helpful information that will assist you on your case. There is no charge or fees for this helpful information.
We review the facts to determine the viability of the case. Only if we determine that we can provide significant value will we accept your case. If you are on our website, you probably realize that given our reputation and success, services of our firm are in high demand. Consequently, our firm is very selective in the cases that we take and accept only those that involve serious physical and/or psychological injuries. If we cannot accept your case, we will happily provide you with a referral to a firm or organization that may be able to help you.
If we do not win money for you, you owe us nothing. In other words, you will not be required to pay any costs and expenses that we have paid to prepare your case unless we recover money on your behalf.
Once we have accepted your case, we will promptly begin a thorough investigation of coverage, liability and damages. We investigate coverage to determine all available insurance policies and assets that may be available to pay for your damages. We investigate liability to prove that the other party is responsible for your damages. We investigate your damages and injuries and develop a plan to maximize the value of your injury claim. During this time, you will continue to receive medical treatment for your injuries.
After your injuries have healed and you have concluded your medical treatment, we will prepare a detailed settlement demand letter that will include all necessary reports and billing statements. The demand will also include a discussion of all legal theories that are applicable to your case. The demand will be forwarded to the defendant's insurance company. The insurance company has thirty days to respond to our demand. After the insurance company has provided an offer to settle your case, we will review their settlement offer with you and begin the negotiation process. When we have their best pre-litigation offer, we will discuss whether to accept it or file a lawsuit and proceed towards trial.
Our settlement efforts are directed to obtain the best figure weighed against the costs of litigation and risks of trial. If we have difficulty proving that the other party is legally responsible for your injuries, it may be best to settle for a smaller amount rather than risk losing at trial and getting nothing. Another consideration is the time and expense of trial. If the trial expenses will be near the value of the case, an out of court settlement may net you more in the long run. Our trial record is impressive because of our experience and accuracy in evaluating which cases are appropriate for litigation and trial.
You and your attorney will discuss what is best for you – accepting the settlement offer or proceeding with litigation. We will provide you with our advice and opinion but the decision rests with you. If you decide to settle the case, you will sign a release form and receive your settlement check, usually within thirty days. If we litigate your case, we will explain to you the steps and time required to conclude your case. Litigation of a case often takes much longer than a settlement prior to litigation. We will discuss and weigh all options with you regarding whether it is appropriate to settle your case or proceed to litigation and possibly trial.
If you are hesitant to contact us about your claim, it may help you to gain an understanding of what personal injury law is, and what is is not. We are ready to help you. Whether you prefer talking on the phone, coming into our office in Riverside, or you need us to come to where you are, give us a call at 951-543-9020 to schedule an appointment.