Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need an attorney?
If you have been injured as a result of the negligence of another, whether it be a car, motorcycle, truck, or bike accident, or any other type of accident, you need the assistance a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies make money by paying out as little as possible, and unless you have an attorney, they will not want to pay or they will pay as little as possible, which means far less than your claim is worth. The Lara Law Firm, APC will represent you on a pure contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless and until we get you money.
What if I’ve already taken steps independently?
A few of our clients are people who began the claims process themselves but then found it very difficult and frustrating to deal with the insurance company because they got the run around. In other cases, clients simply could not afford the high costs of medical treatment. Once they retained us, however, the process became far easier and far more manageable because we know the law and we know the insurance claim process inside and out. We do all the hard work, and this frees our clients to focus on recovering from their injuries.
The insurance company told me that I don’t need an attorney—is that true?
The answer all depends on what you mean by “need and attorney.” If you mean that it is your right not to hire an attorney, then it is true. However, if you mean that hiring an attorney is not necessary if you want fair compensation for your damages and injuries, then it is false. Think of it this way: You are free not to see a doctor if you need medical treatment, but does that make any sense? No, it does not! The insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. On the contrary, insurance companies are for-profit businesses, and they make money by taking in all the premium payments they can get and then paying out as little as possible in claims. For example, one of our clients was offered $250 to settle his personal injury claim, but got him $5,000 after both his doctor bills and attorney’s fees were paid. Big difference! The insurance companies are concerned with their own profit margins and not with being fair to you. There is a conflict of interest where you let the insurance company decide what to pay you for your claim because the insurance company’s interest lies in paying you as little as possible. If the Lara Law Firm takes your case, your interests and our interests are one and the same because we only get paid if you do – and the more you get paid, the more we get paid. See the difference? And the best part is that the consultation is free, so there is no risk to you whatsoever.
What damages am I entitled to recover?
It depends on the facts of your case, but damages may include: past and future medical treatment; past and future lost wages; ‘general damages’ for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and inconvenience; and possible also ‘punitive damages’, which are punish a defendant whose actions were intentional or reckless. Victims of car collisions are also compensated for the damage to their vehicle – known as property damage, but at the Lara Law Firm, we take no percentage of your property damage recovery and you keep all of it.
Is my case big enough for a lawyer to handle?
At the Lara Law Firm, our mission is to promote a more careful society. Thus, if you were injured by another’s carelessness, we are committed to helping you if at all possible. And, again, the consultation is free, so you have nothing to lose by discussing your case with us.
Will the information I share with you be confidential?
Yes. Right from the start, everything you tell your attorney is protected by the attorney-client privilege and is therefore confidential. This includes any information you provide during your free consultation.
How soon after I am injured do I have to file a lawsuit?
The time you have to file a lawsuit is determined by the statute of limitations. In California, the injured party generally has two years from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. But this time limit varies for different kinds of cases, so you should see an attorney as soon as possible after you are injured.
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