Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients Throughout Riverside County
No one ever wants to believe that they will be injured to the point that they will need the services of a personal injury lawyer. However, we never know when we may be injured due to someone else’s negligence. When they do occur, personal injury cases are extremely serious in nature and require the knowledge and skill of an experienced attorney who can provide you with the legal representation you deserve.
Sadly, often the only recourse victims have to hold negligent parties responsible for their injury cases is to file a personal injury lawsuit. Frequently we have assisted clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries by fighting for the justice and compensation they deserve.
The Paris Law Firm has personal injury lawyers ready to assist you in Riverside, CA, and the surrounding Southern California area. We have the legal experience necessary to win your personal injury case. Attorney Eric Paris is a Southern California personal injury lawyer who has a proven track record of being able to win substantial settlements for his clients.
Contact our law firm and ask to schedule a free initial consultation and case review. We will happily explain the legal process and assist you in understanding your rights and legal options.
What Type of Cases Do Personal Injury Attorneys Handle?
A personal injury lawyer is qualified to handle a variety of accident-related claims and lawsuits. At the Paris Law Firm, we have attorneys who are able to provide you with excellent legal service with the following types of accidents and personal injury claims:
Injury cases that stem from car accidents can cause the victim to incur substantial medical expenses. In addition, they may also need ongoing medical treatment for their injuries. Auto accidents also may result in victims being unable to work for prolonged periods of time.
Motorcycle injuries may be long-lasting due to severe burns, and other injuries motorcyclists may experience as a result of traffic accidents. This is especially true if they were not wearing protective gear when the accident occurred.
These types of accidents typically occur when either management or another party is negligent as far as maintaining a safe workplace environment. Injuries sustained while at work can cause victims to lose time at work and end up in a severe financial crisis as a result.
Business owners and property owners have a legal responsibility to keep their property safe from potential hazards that could harm their patrons or guests. Failure to do so can result in injuries from improper lighting, slick floors, no handrails on stairs, or loose stairs or carpets.
Wrongful death claims can be filed by members of the decedent’s immediate family when they have been the victim of a death that was caused by negligence or carelessness on the part of the responsible party. There are, however, stipulations as to who has the legal right to file wrongful death claims.
Medical malpractice can lead to victims suffering serious injuries and eventually even wrongful death. These types of injury cases are often overly complex and require the skill of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Commonly, these types of accidents result in the victim receiving a serious personal injury that requires the assistance of an attorney who has extensive experience in dealing with injury law. Our Riverside personal injury attorneys have been representing clients who have suffered injuries for over 20 years. Let us put our experience to work for you.
How Do Insurance Companies Determine Settlement Amounts?
When attempting to determine settlements, there are several factors that must first be taken into account. Some examples are as follows:
Type of insurance: The process for determining compensation greatly differs depending on whether or not you are making a claim on a homeowner’s policy or an auto insurance policy.
Policy limits: Insurance policies have what are known as policy limits which specify the amount that may be allowed for recovery. These amounts may affect how much compensation you may be awarded.
Nature and Extent of Injuries: In dealing with injury cases, typically, the more serious the personal injury that was sustained, the larger the award settlement. For example, if you have suffered catastrophic injuries due to a car accident, you likely would receive more than a person who sustained minor injuries in the same accident.
Long-term effects: Personal injury cases that ultimately cause the victim to suffer long-lasting or life-altering effects may lead to higher settlements. Additionally, the insurance company will take into consideration other factors such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our Riverside personal injury lawyers can evaluate your claim and help to strengthen it. The stronger the claim that we are able to present, the greater the chance that the insurance company will be willing to pay the maximum compensation for your personal injury claim.
How Do I File a Wrongful Death Claim in California?
Wrongful death cases can be exceedingly difficult to understand on your own, mostly due to the law’s complexities. Under California law, there are several components that must be addressed before a victim’s family is permitted to file a wrongful death claim. Basically, a wrongful death claim is a personal injury claim that your loved one would have brought due to the injuries that they sustained, had they lived. The claim alleges that another person is legally responsible for causing the death of the decedent.
The first and perhaps one of the most vital steps in attempting to file a wrongful death claim is to seek assistance from a legal team that can properly advise you. There are common mistakes that families make, such as not providing an adequate amount of information in regard to the claim or missing the deadline for the two-year California statute of limitations. Hiring a lawyer from the onset of your case could help you avoid potential mistakes and give you a greater chance of recovering compensation.
The next step in filing a wrongful death claim is to determine if the circumstances that pertain to the death of your loved one actually constitute a wrongful death under California law. A family can bring such a claim if it can be proven that another individual’s wrongful act or negligence was the direct cause of your loved one’s death. There are four elements that must successfully be proven as follows:
- The responsible party owed your loved one a duty of care (legal obligation imposed on an individual while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others.)
- The party breached their duty of care.
- The responsible party’s breach of care directly caused your loved one’s fatal injury.
- The decedent and your family suffered damages due to the breach of care.
Our Riverside injury attorneys can help determine whether or not your case contains all of the elements necessary to file a wrongful death claim. Our personal injury law firm has extensive experience in handling wrongful death claims and will be happy to answer any questions that you may have in regard to this area of personal injury law.
The third step in filing a wrongful death claim is to determine if you are eligible under the state’s law to file a wrongful death claim. In California, the right first goes to the serving spouse or domestic partner, then to surviving children. If none of these conditions exist, then any individual who may legally claim the decedent’s property through intestate succession may be entitled to file a claim. It may become necessary to appoint a personal representative to file a claim on behalf of your family.
After determining who will file the wrongful death claim, collect all of the evidence necessary to strengthen your claim, such as police and medical reports, coroner’s reports, and witness testimony. Your attorney will need this information in order to successfully file your claim.
Finally, be certain to file your claim before the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations. Generally, this is two years from the date of death, but there are certain exceptions that an attorney can explain to you.
Why Should I Hire a Riverside Personal Injury Attorney?
Being the victim of a serious personal injury can be overwhelming and stressful. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for injury victims to immediately start receiving communications from doctors, police, and of course, insurance companies asking questions about the accident. The at-fault party’s insurance company may also attempt to pressure you into recording a statement in regard to your injuries or asking you to sign a release for authorization to examine your medical records.
It can be extremely confusing to try and understand what you should do in these situations. Skilled personal injury lawyers have the experience necessary to assess your claim along with any damages and other potential costs that you may encounter in the future in relation to medical care and potential loss of income. One critical aspect that a personal injury lawyer must be able to determine is who is liable for damages. This becomes critical if the negligent party’s insurance company attempts to exempt themselves from the claim.
One especially important aspect that an accident attorney can lend to personal injury cases is the ability to conduct a thorough investigation into the circumstances that surround your claim. In a case that involves a serious personal injury, this is of great importance. Personal injury law firms have trained investigators ready to examine the evidence, obtain witness statements, and identify any other potential parties who may also hold a degree of responsibility for your accident.
Sadly, insurance companies often try to undervalue, delay, or even outright deny personal injury claims. Our Riverside personal injury attorneys are prepared to help you to get a fair settlement or to take your case to trial if necessary.
How Can the Paris Law Firm Help Me?
The attorneys of our law offices recognize that our ability to file a lawsuit and litigate a claim greatly affects the insurance company deciding to settle with you out of court. We will not be intimidated by the insurance companies or their attorneys.
The Paris Law Firm has been serving Riverside in Southern California for years and takes pride in helping victims of serious personal injury obtain settlements that are fully favorable to them.
If you have been injured, do not trust your future to an accident attorney who lacks the skill and experience necessary to help you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries. We are a personal injury law firm that is committed to obtaining justice for you in your legal matter. Our lawyers in Riverside, CA, will treat you with the compassion and respect that you deserve.
Contact our personal injury law firm by calling (909) 469-5127 and scheduling a free initial consultation and case review with one of our attorneys, who can explain your legal rights and options. We look forward to serving you in your time of need.