If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in the Los Angeles, Orange County, Irvine, Newport Beach or San Clemente areas, and the accident was due to the negligence of another, you have the right to seek full compensation for your losses. From lost income to lost limbs, an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney can help to guide you through the process of obtaining medical treatment and financial support you need.
At The Cifarelli Law Firm, in Orange County, California, we have extensive experience helping victims in any type of serious injury claim, with a particular focus on representing those with a catastrophic injury. For more than 25 years, people have relied on us to protect their interests and to see that all negligent parties are held accountable.
Broad Experience In Complex Personal Injury Claims
In any personal injury claim, the negligent parties will be represented by teams of lawyers whose only concern is to defeat your claim. They want to settle your case for as little as possible, and a successful denial of your claim is a resounding victory for them. Our attorneys fight to ensure that your injuries are taken seriously and that you receive fair compensation for your loss of income, pain and suffering, medical care and recovery.
We have experience handling a variety of personal injury claims, including the following:
- Wrongful death
- Serious burns and electrical injuries
- Diving and drowning accidents
At our Orange County injury law office we have a complete and thorough understanding of California accident and injury law. We know the benefits that should be provided to victims in these matters allows us to take a much more direct and efficient approach to handling your case. Having our skilled personal injury attorneys representing you lets the insurance companies and their lawyers know that you will not go away quietly. We have a reputation for aggressive representation, and our opponents know that we are prepared for court before settlement negotiations even begin.
Stages of a California Personal Injury Case
Finding the right personal injury attorney to represent you or your loved one is not always an easy endeavor. From reviewing the attorney’s practice experience, to determining if the attorney is a right fit for your legal needs, the interview process can be long. Fortunately, our personal injury attorney will answer any questions you may have regarding your claim and will never pressure you into making a decision against your best interest. You should hire a lawyer if you have suffered severe bodily injuries or property damage. Our attorney can review the facts of your case to determine if you have a viable claim and provide you with the best legal options on how to proceed.
Contact our Orange County lawyers for a free consultation regarding your injury. Read on to learn more about the stages of a California personal injury case.
At our law office, if you retain our personal injury attorney to represent you, our attorney will ask you detailed facts about your case and perform the following actions:
- Review the accident details and interview witnesses
- Gather and preserve physical evidence
- Obtain photographic or video evidence
- Hire experts and any additional investigators
- Review your medical history and current treatments
- Determine your bodily/property injury expenses and future expenses
- Contact the insurance company
The preliminary investigation stage can take several months to complete. Upon the conclusion, our attorney will recommend either entering into a settlement negotiation with the negligent party (likely with the party’s insurance company), or filing a lawsuit.
Lawsuit Mediation & Negotiation
Before filing a lawsuit, our attorney will try to negotiate with the negligent party’s attorney or their insurance company to reach a reasonable settlement for your personal injury. Our attorney will present to the negligent party’s counsel or insurance company the physical evidence supporting your claim such as collision or incident documents, witness statements, and expert reports. A settlement range will be determined and a “demand letter” will be sent to the insurer. The demand will detail the facts of the case, explain why the party is responsible, provide evidence supporting your position, and conclude with a demand to settle the case.
If a demand settlement is not reached, our attorney will file a lawsuit on your behalf. A complaint will be filed and the opposing party’s counsel will provide an answer. After this occurs, a formal discovery process will commence. The parties will obtain additional information from witnesses, take formal testimony, propound interrogatories, admissions, and request for the production of documents. Motions will be made by counsel to convince the court to dismiss some or all of the claims made on your behalf.
Prior to going to trial, each party will try to mediate any remaining disputes and negotiate a settlement. The mediator serves as a neutral third party and helps the parties reach a mutual agreement.
A trial can occur within months to a year of the completion of discovery. Our attorneys will make sure your case is well prepared for trial. We will subpoena witnesses to appear in addition to experts to support your claim. Trial results are binding.
Hire A Law Firm Handling Serious Injury Cases
Contact our Orange County accident law office today to schedule a free consultation about your personal injury claim with a member of our legal team. You can reach our office by phone at (949) 502-8600.
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