Aggressive And Honest Representation For Injury Victims
The world can be a dangerous place due to negligent and inattentive people in our communities. Unfortunately, the carelessness and callousness of individuals and corporations leave many innocent people hurting and struggling to stay afloat.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to another’s negligence, it is in your best interest to speak to a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can explain your rights. That is exactly what you will find at the Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman in Woodland Hills, California.
Pursuing Justice For The Injured In Southern California And Nationwide
Whether you were hurt in a car accident, due to medical malpractice or as a result of a defective product, you deserve to be financially compensated for what you have been through and what you continue to go through.
We fight on behalf of those who have suffered severe injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and fractures. Our goal is to obtain full compensation for damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages, so that our clients have the resources they need to get back on track.
Personal Injury FAQ
What is personal injury in California?
Personal injury is a type of law that covers accidents and injuries that harm you physically or emotionally. Specifically, personal injury law covers harm caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless actions.
There are multiple kinds of personal injury cases, but they all have one thing in common: someone who owed you a duty of care didn’t follow through, and you got hurt. That can mean they broke traffic laws and caused a car crash or that your doctor was careless and hurt you. Personal injury law allows you to sue these negligent parties to pay you for the damages you’ve suffered.
Is it worth getting a personal injury lawyer?
If you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s worth working with an attorney. You have enough on your plate with recovering and getting back to normal. You don’t need to navigate the legal system alone, too.
The right southern California personal injury attorney will help you fight insurance companies to receive the compensation you deserve. They will negotiate with insurance companies for you and help you take your case to court if you need to take legal action. Insurance companies have legal teams dedicated to fighting claims, so it’s in your best interest to have a great attorney on your side.
What kind of cases do personal injury lawyers handle?
There are many types of cases that personal injury attorneys handle. Common kinds of cases include
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Wrongful death
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents
- Tort claims
Essentially, personal injury lawyers handle cases where you were hurt because of someone else’s negligence. If your loved one was killed by someone’s negligence, they can also help you hold that person accountable.
What is the average personal injury settlement in California?
No two accidents in California are the same, so there’s no “average” settlement amount. Every accident has several elements involved that affect how much the personal injury settlement may be.
Settlements are decided based on the four following factors:
- The total medical bills after the accident
- The amount of money you lost from missing work
- The pain and suffering you faced because of the accident
- Any punitive damages deemed necessary by a judge
These four factors are valued individually, then added together to find the total amount of damages.
That number is then run through California’s pure comparative negligence law. This requires liable parties to pay damages based on how responsible they were for an accident. If the driver that hit you was 90% responsible for the accident, they would need to pay 90% of the damages you suffered.
How are pain and suffering calculated in California?
Pain and suffering damages are the most complex element of most accident settlements. There are two main methods California insurance companies use to calculate pain and suffering:
- Per Diem Method: With this method, a specific dollar amount is assigned to the suffering you feel each day. That amount is then awarded to you multiplied by the number of days it takes you to recover from your injury. If it takes you 150 days to recover from an accident, and your pain and suffering are valued at $100 per day, your pain and suffering damages will be $15,000.
- Multiplier Method: The multiplied method applies after the rest of the damages have been calculated. These damages are considered the “base” amount. Then a multiplier is decided for the pain and suffering you’ve faced. Suppose you suffered a trip and fall accident and your medical damages were $20,000, and the multiplier for suffering is 3. In that case, the total damages will be $60,000.
You Don’t Have To Bear The Burden Any Longer
While the law is on your side, the insurance companies are not going to pay without a fight. We will be your strongest advocate, negotiating on your behalf and going to trial if necessary to achieve the outcome you deserve.
Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with our nationwide personal injury lawyer. We represent injury victims and the families of wrongful death victims throughout Southern California. You will speak
directly to your attorney when you work with our firm.