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La Jolla Personal Injury Lawyers

La Jolla Personal Injury Attorneys

La Jolla is a seaside area in Southern California’s San Diego County that’s among the top places to live and visit. Despite such stunning surroundings, accidents happen. Each year, visitors and residents suffer serious personal injuries in La Jolla.

Injured in an accident? Get a real trial lawyer. Get Gomez.

While we can’t undo an accident, the personal injury lawyers at Gomez Trial Attorneysfight to ensure that the victims of personal injury accidents in La Jolla receive the highest compensation possible for their injuries. Although we cannot guarantee results, our attorneys have won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients in the southern California area, including:

  • $106 million wrongful death jury verdict
  • $12.3 million brain injury settlement
  • $3.125 million auto accident settlement
  • More than 135 awards totaling more than $1 million

If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries because of someone else’s actions in La Jolla, contact us at 619-237-3490 or schedule a free case evaluation through our website.

For more information and your free case evaluation, contact our La Jolla personal injury lawyers today. One of our friendly, empathetic, and knowledgeable team members will be happy to field your questions and concerns.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a broad category that encompasses all civil legal cases involving injury or death to a person. Injury may be physical or mental, but it can often be both.

Some common types of personal injuries include:

Some common types of accidents that lead to personal injury cases:

Because La Jolla is a coastal area with a Southern California culture, it’s common to see personal injury cases of all kinds in this area, including dog bites, high-speed vehicle accidents, water sports accidents, drownings, pedestrian and vehicle, and golf cart accidents.

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our La Jolla personal injury lawyers take most types of cases and have substantial experience with complex and catastrophic situations that not all firms are equipped to handle. To determine whether you have a personal injury case, contact us today.

Legal Liability for Personal Injuries

To hold a person legally responsible for your personal injuries, you must prove a legal cause of action against them. The most common cause of action for civil personal injury lawsuits is negligence. To prove negligence in California, you must establish that the other party breached their duty of acting like a reasonably prudent person and that their breach caused you harm.

In most personal injury cases, insurance companies are who will ultimately be responsible for paying. Some insurance companies will try to get out of this obligation, and you may also need to prove their responsibility for making payments. Ensuring the insurance company is on the hook for payment is crucial since most people would not be financially able to pay a large judgment against them out of their own pockets.

If the conduct of the party that caused injuries was criminal, law enforcement authorities may bring criminal charges against the person. This is a separate case, and criminal liability is not required for you to bring a personal injury lawsuit.

Avoid Common Personal Injury Case Mistakes

If you suffered personal injuries because of someone else’s negligence, protect your claim by avoiding these three common mistakes.

Mistake #1: Taking the First Insurance Offer

Insurance companies are known for giving an early, low offer in hopes that personal injury victims will accept it before consulting with a personal injury attorney that can evaluate the settlement offer for them.

Mistake #2: Not Obtaining Medical Care

Don’t “tough it out” when it comes to your post-accident injuries. Get any symptoms checked out immediately. Some injuries do not appear immediately and can be life-threatening if not treated. Additionally, you will need to prove your injuries, so having medical records to rely on in support of your claim is essential.

Mistake #3: Posting About Your Accident on Social Media

Anything you post on social media can — and often will — be used against you in court. This is true even if you delete it. It is usually best to avoid posting after an accident altogether since defendants try to turn even seemingly innocent posts, like you celebrating a child’s birthday, against you.

Personal Injury Attorney La Jolla — FAQs

If you are considering hiring a La Jolla personal injury attorney, you probably have some questions. The following are the answers to some of the most common questions we get about working with a personal injury attorney.

When Should I Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer?

You should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident. Insurance companies and at-fault parties begin developing a strategy to defend against the case immediately. To avoid falling into one of their traps, you should seek the help of a personal injury attorney quickly.

We understand that you probably want to learn more about your case, your options, and working with a personal injury lawyer before you make a hiring decision. For this reason, we offer a free, no-obligation, case evaluation. Contact us at 619-237-3490 or schedule your case evaluation through our website.

Why Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Some of the main reasons to hire a La Jolla personal injury attorney are:

  • More Money. Surveys and studies have routinely shown that personal injury victims recover more money, whether through settlement or trial when they have a personal injury attorney. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we have worked with countless clients that have come to us after lackluster settlement offers from insurance companies. While each case is different, we routinely get these types of clients more compensation for their injuries.
  • Legal Knowledge and Experience. Obtaining the highest personal injury settlement or judgment possible requires legal knowledge and experience. Our attorneys have been the recipients of many local, regional, and national awards which recognize their exceptional levels of personal injury knowledge and experience.
  • Local Experience. Gomez Trial Attorneys has been operating in San Diego County for 15 years. We know the local laws, local court system, local opposing counsel, and judicial tendencies. This type of local knowledge helps us develop a strong strategy for your La Jolla personal injury case that attorneys that only occasionally practice in the area simply cannot because they lack the local knowledge.
  • Keep Insurance Companies in Check. Insurance companies have a reputation for trying to take advantage of unknowing personal injury victims by engaging in unfair tactics like giving lowball settlement offers very shortly after an accident before most people have obtained an attorney. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we are proud that insurance companies know our firm by name and that they need to bring their A-game settlement offers because we are not afraid to take a case to trial if they don’t.
  • Let’s You Focus on Recovery. Negotiating with insurance companies and litigating a personal injury lawsuit is an intense, time-consuming process, even when you have a strong case. Our La Jolla personal injury attorneys take care of all of the legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your physical, mental, and financial recovery following your personal injury.

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Charge?

A personal injury lawyer, or law firm, typically offers a free initial consultation. If the client decides to work with the lawyer or firm, the legal services are usually provided on a contingency fee basis. Under this type of fee arrangement, you pay nothing until you recover money for your personal injuries through a settlement or a verdict rendered after trial.

Once you obtain a financial award, the attorneys’ fees will be paid out of the award, typically as a percentage of your recovery. If the attorney or law firm paid expenses associated with the lawsuit on your behalf, they will be reimbursed for these amounts from the settlement or recovery. If you do not recover, you are not responsible for the attorneys’ fees. You may or may not be responsible for the costs of the suit, depending on the fee agreement with your attorney.

What Should I Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you decide to work with a personal injury lawyer in La Jolla, you want to make sure you get the best personal injury attorney for your case. Asking questions is one of the best ways to do this.

Be sure to ask anything you are wondering about. However, if this is your first personal injury case, you may not know what to ask. The following are some suggested questions to ask before hiring a personal injury lawyer:

  • What type of experience do you have with cases like mine?
  • What percentage of the cases you work on are personal injury cases?
  • Do you have any testimonials or references from former clients?
  • Do you/your firm have experience working on cases in La Jolla?
  • Can you provide me with a range of what you think my case might be worth?
  • Based on what I’ve told you so far, what are the strengths and weaknesses of my case?
  • How can I help with my case?
  • Have you or your firm received any awards or other recognition for your work?
  • Who will be working on my case?
  • How often can I expect to hear from you?
  • Who can I reach out to with questions during my case?
  • Will you transfer this case to another law firm if it goes to trial?
  • Can you tell me about you/your firm’s trial experience?
  • How do attorneys’ fees for your work get paid?
  • What costs, if any, will I need to pay if we don’t get a settlement or jury verdict?
  • What is your estimate for how long my case will take?

In addition to the answers to the questions, pay attention to the lawyer’s or law firm staff’s demeanor. At Gomez Trial Attorneys, we believe that a reputable personal injury law firm will welcome your questions and won’t try to brush you off by telling you, “don’t worry about it,” or “you don’t need to know that.”

Attorney John Gomez

Personal Injury Lawyer, John Gomez

Looking for a Top La Jolla Personal Injury Lawyer? Get Gomez.

Gomez Trial Attorneys are experienced La Jolla personal injury attorneys that have the legal experience, knowledge, reputation, and drive to take on your serious personal injury case. Contact us at 619-237-3490 or schedule a free case evaluation through our website.

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