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Chula Vista is a great place to live and is a particularly popular California city for families. It is currently the second most populated city in San Diego County and continues to grow. Unfortunately, no location is immune to personal injury incidents.
Each year, Chula Vista residents and visitors have their lives turned upside down because of a personal injury incident. If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries caused by someone else in Chula Vista, you may be entitled to compensation for the harm you have suffered.
Gomez Trial Attorneys has served personal injury victims in the San Diego area, including Chula Vista, for more than 15 years and recovered over $750 million for our clients. Our individual personal injury case results include:
Each case is unique, and we cannot guarantee results. The best way to determine whether you have a Chula Vista personal injury case is to contact Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation as soon as possible.
For more information and your free case evaluation, contact our Chula Vista personal injury lawyers today. One of our friendly, empathetic, and knowledgeable team members will be happy to field your questions and concerns.
A “personal injury claim” is a broad term used to refer to all civil legal cases where someone, referred to as the victim, suffers bodily injury because of the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts or omissions of someone else.
Personal injury cases come in many different forms, including:
Car accidents are a particularly common cause of Chula Vista personal injury accidents. Many Chula Vista residents commute to work, leading to roadway congestion and increasing the likelihood of vehicle accidents. Pedestrian accidents, which typically involve vehicles, have also gone up, increasing by 60% from 2010 to 2019.
In a personal injury case, the victim can pursue compensation, called damages, for the harm they have suffered. Damages in a personal injury case include compensation for the financial harm suffered as well as the non-financial kind, which includes pain and suffering. Examples of common categories of damages recoverable in a Chula Vista personal injury case include:
In very limited cases, exemplary damages (also called punitive damages) may be available. These types of additional damages are only available when the at-fault party engaged in egregious behavior. For example, punitive damages may be awarded if a drunk driver caused a car accident that seriously injured the victim.
Not every accident that results in personal injuries can serve as the basis of a personal injury case. To have a personal injury case, another person (or persons) must be legally liable (at fault) for your harm. Negligence is the most common legal basis for Chula Vista personal injury cases. To prove negligence in California, you must present evidence that proves the other party violated their duty of reasonable care and consequently harmed you.
In some situations, you may be able to bring a lawsuit on behalf of a deceased loved one or for harm that you have suffered as a result of a deceased loved one’s death. These are called survival and wrongful death claims. These types of claims still require that another party was at-fault for the accident.
If you do not have legal experience, it can be difficult or impossible to determine whether you have a viable personal injury case for an accident that harmed you or a loved one. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys for a free case evaluation.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, someone may have suggested that you hire an attorney. Understandably, you may have some questions. The following are answers to the most common questions we get about working with a Chula Vista personal injury lawyer.
There are many reasons to hire a Chula Vista personal injury attorney following your accident. Two of the strongest are to recover more money and to avoid mistakes.
On average, when people work with a personal injury attorney, they recover more money than if they represent themselves. This is true for settlements and if the case goes to court. In a personal injury case, money matters. Sadly, there is no way to undo the harm that you have suffered as a result of the accident. Money is the only way you can be compensated for your financial and non-financial harm. It is important that you recover enough so that the at-fault party, not you, bears the burden of paying for the harm they caused.
Personal injury lawyers also ensure that you don’t make costly mistakes. Self-represented individuals often make mistakes that cost them thousands of dollars or, in the worst-case scenario, their entire case. These mistakes can stem from a lack of legal knowledge or simply being overwhelmed by managing a case while also dealing with your physical recovery. A reputable experienced Chula Vista personal injury attorneywill eliminate the possibility of such mistakes.
As soon as possible. The sooner you contact and hire a personal injury lawyer in Chula Vista, the faster they can take over managing your case, allowing you to focus on recovery and getting back to your life.
Additionally, insurance companies are notorious for using deceptive tactics right after your accident in hopes that you have not yet hired an attorney. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have a strong reputation among insurance companies for fighting for our clients. This means that when they know we represent you, they are less likely to use these tactics (if they do, we fight back!). They’re also more likely to bring a full and fair settlement offer early in the process.
Most Chula Vista personal injury lawyers, including Gomez Trial Attorneys, do not charge any money upfront. Instead, you hire the personal injury law firm on a contingency fee basis. Under this arrangement, you only pay attorneys’ fees if and when you recover money, either through a settlement or a court judgment in your favor.
The attorneys’ fees you pay are calculated as a percentage of your recovery. In California, the percentage typically ranges from 30% to 40%. The percentage may vary depending on when you recover money. Usually, the earlier the recovery happens, the lower the percentage. For example, if you obtain a settlement within a year, under most arrangements, the law firm will recover a lower percentage than if you recovered money three years after your accident in a jury trial. The reason for this is the longer the case goes on, the more work the law firm puts in.
In addition, there are fees associated with bringing a personal injury lawsuit, including court filing fees, service of process fees, expert witness fees, document request fees, and court reporter fees. In many arrangements, the personal injury law firm will front these fees on your behalf, and they will come out of your settlement. However, this is not always the case. In some fee arrangements, you will be responsible for these costs.
Be sure to have any prospective attorney clarify their attorneys’ fees and how expenses are handled.
When interviewing a prospective Chula Vista personal injury lawyer or law firm, the following are some suggested questions to ask:
Pay attention to the answers and how the law firm treats you. You want to make sure that you are a valued client, not just a number. A good personal injury law firm will treat you with respect and patiently answer your questions.
At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our team of Chula Vista personal injury lawyers has decades of collective experience litigating personal injury cases. We have a proven track record of obtaining the highest settlements possible for our clients including over 130 settlements and verdicts of more than $1 million.
We offer potential clients a free initial consultation. During the consultation, we will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and determine whether our team is the best fit for your case. To sign-up for a free case evaluation, contact us at 833-GET-GOMEZ or here.
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