Personal Injury FAQs
If you are still at the scene, preserve it with photos, lots of photos. If a car accident, get pictures of all vehicles involved, the people involved, the street scene, including skid marks, debris, etc.
Make no statement as to your own liability. Do not say, “It was my fault”. After analysis, it may turn out to be someone else’s fault. In a recent case, our client was accused of being at fault by the police, on television news, in an accident where she was killed. Our team of attorneys and investigators were able to reconstruct the accident scene, prove that she was not at fault, and arrive at a $1,000,000 settlement for her family.
If you are injured, do not hesitate to seek medical attention immediately. If you cannot afford treatment, Coastal
Legal Center attorneys may be able to arrange for medical treatment with doctors who will wait for payment until your case is settled.
Call Coastal Legal Center as soon as possible for a no obligation free consultation.
Get the names of store personnel and witnesses ASAP: If you tripped over something like torn up or uprooted driveway or sidewalk, have someone take pictures of the place. Use a ruler to show the difference in elevation, such as a 2-inch lift or a 3- inch crack. Take pictures of the ruler overlaying the problem area. Often, property owners get these problems repaired soon after an accident is reported, making it impossible to later preserve the evidence.
Call Coastal Legal Center as soon as possible to make sure your rights are protected. If you have medical bills outstanding, we can often negotiate with the hospital or other provider to wait for their payment until the case is resolved. We can often negotiate a reduction of those bills, saving you thousands of dollars.
Typically, these are vehicular accident cases (cars, motorcycles, trucks, pedestrian); premises liability cases also known as slip and fall or trip and fall cases; or, in the worst-case situation, when someone was killed (wrongful death), where the deceased’s family may be entitled to compensation for the death of their relative.
Coastal Legal Center has extensive experience handling the full range of cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. We are able to offer you superior representation by staying abreast of trends and changes in the legal field and by constantly updating our skills and knowledge. Our attorneys are willing to consider any case involving serious personal injury or wrongful death, even those not specifically listed on our website. If you have been seriously injured or have lost someone you love, and you feel that someone else’s negligence was responsible for your damages, Coastal Legal Center would be pleased to evaluate your case at a free initial consultation.
Cases We Handle
- Death: killed by another person’s negligence or lack of care, or a product defect
- Hurt by drunk driver
- Auto accidents
- Motorcycle accidents.
- Trucking accidents
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Defective vehicles, products, machinery, tires, etc.
- Lack of safety warnings
If you are in doubt about whether we handle a case like yours, just ask us.
In any case, you should not ‘sit on your rights”’. You should seek an experienced attorney from the beginning, one who is especially skilled at negotiating on your behalf.
To schedule your free appointment, call Coastal Legal Center at (888) 828-7548.
A medical authorization allows the other side (insurance company) to gather your medical records, supposedly from the accident to assess your bills and injuries. They often say they want to get them paid and need them to analyze the value of your case. Too often, however, the authorization you sign has no dates of service attached to it. BEWARE! The insurance company can then go back ten, even twenty years into your personal medical records to look for similar injuries, or to find “dirt” on you. Worse yet, they have these documents, but you do not.
At Coastal Legal Center, we never allow our clients to sign such authorizations without prior preparation, and then, only rarely. We collect the medical records for you, and send them to the other side. That way we know what they have in their possession.
Workers Compensation laws were designed to keep businesses in California. The amounts of recovery are limited and generally low. Good news for your employer. However, if you can make a claim against someone not your employer, you may be able to recover much more than you could under Workers Compensation.
When you are injured, the first thing you need is medical care. Then come the worries. How will I maintain financially while out of work? Who is going to do all the things around the house that I won’t be able to do for a while? How do I get my damaged property repaired or replaced?
If you are looking for answers to these and other questions, give the attorneys at Coastal Legal Center a call now for a free consultation at your home, the hospital or nursing home, or our downtown office.
You will have exceptionally skilled (and patient) negotiators to work on your behalf. We have a history of several decades of excellent settlements for our clients. We can do this for you as well.
- We will negotiate on your behalf for a fair settlement, refusing to accept any low ball offers of pennies on the dollar.
- Do not attempt to negotiate for yourself. You are hurt, vulnerable and stressed.
- Realize that the insurance adjusters are professionals using the latest techniques to convince you that a cheap settlement is fair.
- Their professionals receive continuous training.
- If you try to negotiate by yourself, you could easily end up with a much lower total settlement, may have to skimp on necessary treatment, and may have a much lower quality of life.
You didn’t cause the accident. Someone else did, and they are responsible to pay every dollar you deserve in compensation. Their insurance company, however, doesn’t look at it that way. They may not be “fast, fair, and friendly.” You may not be “in good hands.”
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