Personal Injury

California Products Liability Statute of Limitations Overview

Every day, product liability rules protect us as consumers. The function of these rules is to ensure that manufacturers of consumer products only sell goods that are safe to use or consume as intended. The intended use of all products is not the same, so different product liability laws apply to different products. For example, the product liability standard that applies to packaged food is not the same as the one that applies to televisions. Regardless of the product, however, California’s product liability statute of limitations governs the amount of time you have to file a legal claim after a product injures you. How Product Liability Rules Protect Consumers No matter the good, if a defect injures a consumer when they use that good as intended by the manufacturer, product liability rules typically hold the manufacturer liable for damages that the defective good causes. If you suffer damage due to a product defect, chances are you are considering legal action to recover damages. After all, why should you bear liability for damage you suffer that is not your fault?  When you plan on taking legal action to recover damages, you always want to keep the relevant statute of limitations in mind. Failing to account for a statute of limitations can doom a legal claim from the start. When considering legal action for product liability, then, you might consider the question, What is the products liability statute of limitations in California? Knowing the answer is crucial to the success of your legal claim. What Is a Statute of Limitations? A statute of limitations is a law that limits the amount of time interested parties have, after a given event, to initiate legal proceedings related to the event. Once the statute of limitations expires in a product liability case, you can no longer file a legal claim. Statutes of limitations play an important role in our legal system. They help to ensure that the basis of all legal decisions is clear evidence. Evidence deteriorates over time and becomes less clear. Thus, the more time passes, the harder it is to assess the facts and evidence as they existed at the time of the event in question. A statute of limitations limits the amount of time that evidence has to deteriorate before someone initiates legal proceedings over a given event.  What Is California’s Product Liability Statute of Limitations? The length of the products liability statute of limitations in California depends on the type of damage a consumer suffers due to the product’s defect. If a consumer product injures someone in California, the statute of limitations set by California’s Code of Civil Procedure is two years from the date of the injury. If someone does not discover an injury right away, the statute of limitations is one year from the date that they discover the injury (but no less than two years from the date of the injury). A separate statute of limitations applies when a defective product causes property damage. In that case, the statute of limitations is three years from the date that the property damage occurs. If both property and personal injury damage occur in the same event, it is important to be aware that both statutes of limitations apply. If you suffer both types of damages and wait two-and-a-half years to initiate legal proceedings, courts will reject your personal injury claim. Are There Exceptions or Extensions to the Product Liability Statute of Limitations in California? California law does have certain extensions or exceptions to its statutes of limitations. With respect to product liability, the number of exceptions is very limited. The main exception to California’s product liability statute of limitations is known as the discovery rule. According to the discovery rule, which we noted earlier, a person who suffers a personal injury due to a defective product and is not aware of the damage right away has one year from the date that they discover the injury to initiate legal proceedings. This sort of thing may happen, for example, with respect to prescription drugs. The damage that defective or dangerous prescription drugs can cause typically does not manifest itself immediately. Sometimes it can take years to discover an injury caused by a prescription drug. Still, a person who suffers personal injury through no fault of their own should not be liable for that damage. With this in mind, the discovery rule exception to the personal injury statute of limitations is essential in upholding the spirit of product liability rules. Do Not Let the Product Liability Statute of Limitations in California Pass You Up The best thing you can do to ensure that California’s product liability statute of limitations does not jeopardize your legal claim is to retain the services of a product liability attorney as soon as possible after an accident.  Sometimes, in an attempt to avoid liability, parties will try to make negotiations take as long as possible. You may inform a manufacturer that their product injured you, and they may respond by asking for proof. Such a situation can turn into a back and forth between you and the manufacturer where every time you submit evidence, they string you along, asking for more or different proof. In another situation, they may accept your evidence but repeatedly give you lowball settlement offers. The idea behind this tactic is to take up as much of a statute of limitations as possible. They hope that it will be too late to initiate legal proceedings by the time you hire a lawyer.  If you immediately hire an attorney, however, you can avoid this. Knowing that you have an attorney on your side and can initiate legal proceedings whenever you need to, the opposing party will take your claim seriously and try to resolve it as soon as they can.  Do You Need to File a California Products Liability Claim? If you are considering filing a product liability claim in California, don’t let the statute of limitations jeopardize your case. Instead, hire an […]

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Personal Injury

California Personal Injury Statute of Limitations Overview

The California personal injury statute of limitations requires injury accident victims to file a civil lawsuit within two years of the date of their injury, in most cases. If you fail to take legal action within the prescribed period, you could lose your right to recover compensation for your damages. Although you might have some options for extending this deadline, you should take legal action as quickly as possible after a car accident or any other type of personal injury. In Los Angeles and throughout California, the experienced personal injury lawyers of the Saeedian Law Group work hard to protect the legal rights of injury accident victims. We help ensure that you don’t miss any critical deadlines, preserving your right to recover compensation for your medical treatment costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and any other damages you incurred. Our attorneys are compassionate and knowledgeable, and we put the full power of our firm’s resources to work for you. Contact us today to learn more about how the CA personal injury statute of limitations might affect your claim. What Is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury in California? Every state, including California, legally limits the time during which injury accident victims can pursue legal action. As set forth in the California Code of Civil Procedure, victims must file a lawsuit for personal injury not later than two years after the date of the accident in which the injuries occurred. For medical malpractice, you must file within three years or within one year of having discovered your injury. These limits, which might seem overly restrictive for many injury accident victims, actually serve several important purposes. Statutes of limitations compel injury accident victims to promptly bring their claim forward to be heard by the court. By discouraging delays, the court system can run more efficiently and best serve the interests of the people who want to have their cases heard. More importantly, these legal time limitations provide plaintiffs—in this case, the injury accident victims—with an increased chance of getting the justice and fair compensation they deserve. Over time, witness memories can fade. Evidence can be lost or destroyed. By bringing your case promptly, you have the best chance of a favorable outcome. Defendants also benefit from these laws. Statutes of limitation help ensure that any evidence against them is fresh and relevant. Further, defendants won’t have to worry about facing legal action for events that occurred years in the past. Are There Exceptions to the Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in California? In some cases, you can pause the statute of limitations from running. This practice, known legally as “tolling” the statute, effectively extends your deadline to file a lawsuit in civil court. Some options for tolling the statute are as follows. Delayed Discovery In some cases, personal injury victims sustain injuries that they aren’t aware of. Under the statute of limitations for personal injury in California, you can file your lawsuit within one year of the date you discovered or should have been able to discover a previously unidentified injury. Lack of Majority If a victim has not yet reached the age of 18, known as their majority, the statute of limitations tolls until the victim reaches his or her majority. Lack of Legal Capacity If an accident victim lacks mental competence or capacity, the statute of limitations will not begin to run until or unless the victim becomes legally competent. Absent Defendant If the defendant is out of state or cannot be located, the clock won’t start running until such time (if any) that they return to California. Government Entities Another important exception involves defendants that are government entities. You must notify any government entity of your intent to pursue legal action within six months of the injury accident. Even if you are well within the statutory limitation period, you cannot file a lawsuit against a government entity without having provided this notice. After filing your notice, the governmental entity must respond to your claim within 45 days. If the entity does not respond, or if it denies your claim, you must file a lawsuit within six months. Although these exceptions do exist, it is important that you understand whether they apply to you and, if so, how they might affect your claim. Talking to an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to protect your legal right to pursue compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. Compelling Reasons to Act Quickly After an Injury Accident Although you might believe that you have ample time to take legal action under the statute of limitation for personal injury in California, it is in your best interest to act as quickly as possible after an injury accident. Pursuing a personal injury claim can be a complex and time-consuming process. In most cases, your attorney will pursue a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company first. Negotiating a settlement gets a check in your hand more quickly than filing a lawsuit and taking your case to court. However, if the insurance company won’t settle, you might already be well into the timeframe established in the statute of limitations. Contacting an attorney immediately after a California car accident, dog bite, slip and fall, or another type of personal injury helps your lawyer build the strongest possible case for you. Investigators will have the ability to interview witnesses while their memories are fresh and gather evidence before it deteriorates or is destroyed. Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles In LA and throughout southern California, the personal injury attorneys of the Saeedian Law Group provide aggressive, compassionate legal representation to injury accident victims. Our experienced litigators have helped thousands of clients to date, recovering millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Don’t take chances with your future. Call 310-288-3000 now or contact us online to learn more about how your case might be affected by the statute of limitations for California personal injury.

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Will a Car Accident Settlement Cover My Chiropractic Treatment?

Medical experts often recommend going to a chiropractor after a car accident. This is especially true if an injury accident victim has (or suspects) spine or neck injuries, nerve damage, or other injury to the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care is a proven, non-surgical treatment approach that can benefit injury victims of all types. Chiropractors help injury victims recover from serious injuries without invasive surgeries or potentially addictive pain medications. Unfortunately, injury accident victims often lack the financial resources to pay for these effective but potentially costly treatments. The good news is that in most cases, Los Angeles car accident settlements do cover the cost of chiropractic medicine and related therapeutic treatments.  Being the victim of a car accident can leave you with myriad questions and concerns. To get the information and answers you need to take the next step, talk to a Los Angeles car injury attorney at the Saeedian Law Group.  What Can a Chiropractor Do for a Car Accident Victim? More than 22 million Americans seek chiropractic care each year in the U.S. This treatment approach combines manual manipulation of the joints with a variety of physical therapies and other treatments. The goals of chiropractic care are to reduce pain, increase strength, and restore function and range of motion. The treatment plan recommended for you will depend on the type of injuries you suffered in the accident. When you go for your first appointment, your chiropractor will evaluate you thoroughly, typically taking x-rays and performing a comprehensive exam. The doctor will take down your medical history and ask you a variety of questions to determine what type of symptoms you may be suffering. Your chiropractor will then perform manual adjustments as necessary, which is often followed by one or more therapeutic treatments. Some of the most common therapies include ultrasound, stretching, spinal traction, and manual therapy of soft tissue. Most patients leave their appointment with a noticeable and lasting drop in discomfort. Over time (often just a few weeks), chiropractic treatment can help patients recover from painful car accident injuries. Should I Go to the Chiropractor After a Car Accident? After a serious motor vehicle collision, the most important consideration is your safety and the safety of others who were involved.  It’s a good idea to get checked out by EMTs at the scene of the accident. If no emergency medical technicians were there, go directly to the emergency room, urgent care, or another qualified medical treatment provider for evaluation, even if you don’t believe you were seriously injured. This helps ensure that you do not have any undetected internal damage or other injuries that require treatment from a medical doctor. Getting seen by a doctor immediately also provides critical medical records that your lawyer will need when building a case for you. Next, you need to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor. Waiting until you start experiencing neck or back pain could potentially worsen any soft tissue damage you sustained. Delaying treatment could also potentially weaken your legal claim. The insurance company could assert that since you didn’t seek chiropractic care immediately, you obviously weren’t hurt that badly.  Although chiropractic treatment is safe for most accident victims, it is always a good idea to clear any type of accident injury treatment with your primary treatment provider. This is especially important if you have preexisting spinal injuries such as a slipped or herniated disc, osteoporosis, or other issues with the musculoskeletal system. If you do not know any treatment providers or chiropractors, contact a car accident attorney from the Saeedian Law Group. We may be able to refer you to highly qualified treatment providers in your area who are willing to wait for payment until your case is settled. Can I Get a Car Accident Chiropractor Settlement? If your accident was caused by someone else, the at-fault party is liable for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. If your injuries require treatment from a chiropractor, you should be able to include those costs in your settlement demand to the insurance company. In addition to chiropractic care, you could be entitled to recover compensation for other medical treatment and care, lost income and benefits, emotional trauma, and other damages you sustained. Whether you will need to see a chiropractor after a car accident settlement will depend on how your recovery is progressing and what your chiropractic doctor recommends for your optimal health. If you will require ongoing treatment, your attorney may include the estimated cost of future treatment in your settlement amount. Do Personal Injury Settlements Pay for Chiropractic Care? The best way to determine whether you can recover compensation for a chiropractor car accident claim is to speak with a qualified attorney. An experienced personal injury lawyer understands how to build the strongest possible case. Your attorney may have to prove that your injuries required chiropractic care. Look for a law firm that has a wealth of resources that it can put to work for you. Your lawyer may need to call on a medical expert to provide a statement or to testify regarding your need for comprehensive chiropractic care. Talk to a Car Accident Attorney in Los Angeles Today for Help In California, the personal injury attorneys of the Saeedian Law Group provide compassionate legal representation for victims of car accidents and other personal injuries. We have a wide variety of resources that we put to work for you, helping you get the best possible outcome for your case. If you would like to discuss the benefits of seeing a chiropractor after an accident, talk to one of our LA car accident lawyers today. We offer a free consultation, and we never charge any legal fees until we settle your claim. For your safety and convenience, we offer telephone and video consultations, as well as in-person consultations at your location or one of our five California offices. Contact us now to learn more about the possibility of a car accident chiropractor settlement.

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California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations Overview

The California wrongful death statute of limitations places significant constraints on how long family members have to take legal action after the death of a loved one. In most cases, you have only two years from the victim’s death to file a civil lawsuit. As it concerns wrongful death, the California statute of limitations is complex and potentially confusing. If you lost a loved one in an injury accident caused by someone else, trying to interpret these laws and determine how they apply to you is the last thing you need to deal with. Let the experienced California wrongful death lawyers of the Saeedian Law Group help you through this challenging time. We understand the fear and uncertainty you’re experiencing. Our compassionate legal team can provide the support you need right now. We fight to get justice and fair financial compensation for the families of wrongful death victims in Los Angeles and throughout southern California. We offer a free consultation and case analysis, so you can determine the best course of action for you and your family. Contact us now to learn more. What Is the Statute of Limitations for Wrongful Death in California? Under the California statute of limitation for wrongful death, you have only two years from the date of the victim’s death to file a lawsuit in civil court. If you do not take action within this timeframe, you could lose your legal right to recover compensation for the loss of your loved one. In California, the two-year limitations period does not apply to every wrongful death case, however. In some cases, this timeframe can be shorter. What Are the Exceptions to the California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations? The two-year statutory time constraint does not apply in every wrongful death case. If your loved one’s death was caused by a governmental entity, you must provide official notification of your intent to sue within six months of the injury. The governmental entity then has 45 days to respond to your notification. If they deny your claim or fail to respond, you can then file your legal claim. These exceptions can be highly confusing for the victim’s family members. Talking to an experienced wrongful death attorney is the best way to determine how these laws might apply to your case. Can You Extend the CA Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations? In some instances, you may have the ability to “toll” (pause the clock) on the California wrongful death statute of limitations. If a minor seeks to bring a wrongful death action after losing a parent, they must do so within two years of their 18th birthday. This means that if the minor was ten years old at the time of the parent’s death, he or she has ten years to file a lawsuit. If family members had no reasonable means to have known about the victim’s death, they may toll the statute of limitations to the date that the victim’s death was (or should have been) discovered. Other exceptions to the statute of limitations may exist. It is critical to determine whether they apply to your case and how they might affect your timeline for filing a lawsuit. Talking to an experienced wrongful death attorney will help protect your legal rights to compensation for your damages. In most cases, victims’ families are best served by starting the legal claims process as quickly as possible. This ensures that your attorney and legal team can investigate the circumstances of the victim’s death while evidence remains fresh and untainted.  Seeking Help from a Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles As frightening and overwhelming as your situation is right now, you don’t have to fight this battle alone. At the Saeedian Law Group, our experienced trial lawyers and compassionate legal team are here to help you through your time of need. You could be entitled to recover compensation for the victim’s medical bills as well as funeral and burial costs. You could also be eligible to pursue a legal claim for lost financial and household support, lost inheritance, lost care and companionship, and emotional trauma. When you trust us to handle your wrongful death claim, we immediately begin investigating the circumstances of your loved one’s injuries and death. We build the strongest possible case and submit a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance company. We negotiate with the insurance company to get you the best possible settlement for your damages. If the insurance company does not make an acceptable settlement offer, we will be prepared to file a lawsuit and fight for you in court. We offer a free consultation and case evaluation. We can come to your location, meet you in one of our five southern California office locations, or facilitate a consultation via phone or video conference. Call 310-288-3000 now or contact us online for help with a wrongful death claim or to get answers to your questions about the wrongful death statute of limitations in California.

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Filing a Lost Time Claim After an Injury or Accident

If you’ve suffered an injury due to an accident, one of your biggest concerns likely relates to the lost time after your accident. When you suffer a loss of time working due to your injury, your earning capacity is greatly diminished. However, this inability to work does not eliminate your mounting medical expenses and other financial burdens. If you’ve sustained injuries due to a lost time incident, you may be able to recover compensation for the period you were unable to work.   What Is a Lost Time Accident?  A loss of time injury simply refers to the amount of time you could have worked but were unable to due to your injury. Also referred to as lost wages, this is the money you could have earned from your employer from the date of your injury to the date of settlement or judgment for your injuries. Additionally, you may have been able to work in a diminished capacity, such as shorter hours, and subsequently earned less than you would have without your loss of time injury.  To recover damages for a lost time claim, your injuries must be caused by your accident. Evidence of Lost Time After an Accident  Evidence proving your lost time after an accident requires careful record-keeping or your past earnings and earnings after suffering your lost time injury.  Pay Stubs and Tax Returns  If, before your accident, you enjoyed regular employment, the easiest way to prove lost wages is through evidence of pay stubs and tax returns.  As a general rule, it’s best to retain your pay stubs for at least one year and until you receive your W-2 from your employer. However, don’t worry if you failed to keep all of your pay stubs. In this situation, after filing your personal injury claim, your personal injury attorney may obtain copies of your past pay stubs through the discovery process.    Letter from Employer Additionally, you may request a letter from your employer outlining the amount of time you were unable to work after your accident. A letter from your employer would provide the following information:  Your job title;  The date you were hired;  Confirmation that you were working for the employer at the time of your accident; The number of hours you worked before the accident; Your rate of pay;  Your overtime pay rate; The loss of time, such as the number of days or hours of work missed due to your injury;  If you used sick or vacation time for missed work due to your injury; Any expectation of unearned overtime pay due to the injury; and  Any perks or benefits you missed due to your injury. This type of letter serves as strong evidence to support your claim for loss of time after an accident.  Other Lost Benefits Other lost benefits you may have missed earning due to your lost time injury include commissions, bonuses, and overtime pay. Although this type of income is generally very speculative and dependent on several factors, certain evidence may be presented to support this lost time after your accident. This type of evidence includes:  Pay stubs reflecting earnings of overtime pay or bonuses;  An employment contract from your employer;  Company policy or handbook for overtime pay, bonuses, and commission earnings;  A letter from your employer providing overtime pay, bonuses, or commissions you would have earned but for your lost time injury; and  Proof that you would have qualified for overtime pay, bonuses, or commissions if your lost time injury had not occurred.  Your personal injury attorney works with you to obtain this type of evidence in support of your lost time claim.  What if I’m Self-Employed? You may be concerned if you are one of the 2.2 million self-employed workers in California. How do you obtain a letter from your employer if you are your own employer? You may use similar documentation that an employer would provide. For example, the following evidence of lost time worked supports your accident claim:  Your tax returns from prior years; and  Billing statements before your injury. In some situations, your personal injury attorney may advise hiring a forensic accountant to analyze your financial records. A forensic accountant works with your lawyer to ensure all the necessary data is considered in your case enabling you to recover lost earnings after filing your lost time claim.  Contact Us Since 2009, The Saeedian Law Group has helped individuals seek financial recovery after an accident. We understand that each of our clients is unique and that your case requires our careful analysis. We know the financial burden you may be experiencing and work diligently to provide effective and reliable solutions to your legal matters. You may access your attorney throughout every stage of your lost time claim process and ensure you understand your legal rights through every point in your legal process. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn how we can help you! 

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Who Pays For Medical Bills After a Personal Injury Settlement?

Once you receive a settlement for your personal injury case, it is not over. Your medical bills still have to be paid. It is important to understand where that money is coming from and who is actually responsible for those expenses. Personal Injury Settlement in California  A successful personal injury case is one where you receive adequate funds to cover all of your medical and property expenses related to the accident, including loss of wages and ongoing medical treatment.  Ideally, your settlement will also cover any non-economic damages. These are things like pain and suffering, depression, and mental anguish; all of which you would not have experienced if it was not for the action that caused the injury. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve and avoid allowing you to settle for less than what you are entitled to.  At-Fault State California is an at-fault state which means that the party deemed responsible for your injuries is also responsible for your medical bills. If you are partially responsible for your injury, your settlement may be reduced by your percentage of fault. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the negligent party may or may not be personally responsible.  Do You Have To Pay Your Medical Bills From a Personal Injury Settlement? Payment or reimbursement of payment for medical bills is a component of any settlement or personal injury lawsuit. This includes medical bills that you have already paid, have already been paid by your insurance company, and future medical treatment payments. A health insurance provider who has already paid for some of your medical costs may place a lien on your settlement in order to be reimbursed. This is important to note, so you understand that some of the compensation you receive may already be spoken for. Who Pays for Medical Bills After a Personal Injury Settlement? To get your medical bills paid after a personal injury settlement you may receive compensation from multiple resources including: The responsible party directly;  Government health insurance; Private health insurance;  Workers’ compensation; or Healthcare providers willing to work on a California “medical lien” basis. There are several factors that determine who pays for medical bills after a personal injury settlement. One of the biggest factors is whether or not the person has adequate insurance to cover your expenses.  Paying Medical Bills Before The Settlement One big concern for many people going through a personal injury lawsuit or waiting on the completion of settlement negotiations is paying medical bills before the settlement is finalized. This is where your own personal insurance is likely to be most helpful. Private health insurance often requires a copay prior to treatment, or you may be billed at a later date. If you are uninsured, you may be able to get government assistance such as medicare or medicaid. Some California health care providers may also work on a medical lien basis to cover expenses.  Once the parties reach a settlement or you win an award at trial, your health insurance provider is reimbursed for costs they have covered so far. This concept of reimbursement with court winnings is called subrogation.  Types of Medical Bills There are many types of medical bills you may incur depending on the type and severity of your injury. These may include: Doctor visit invoices; Hospital bills; Ambulance costs; Rehabilitation invoices; Long-term care expenses; Prosthetics, wheelchairs, and similar equipment expenses; Ongoing future medical costs; Mental health costs; and  Medications. It is important to take into consideration future medical costs associated with your injuries. Insurance companies will often try to downplay the extent of your injuries. So recovery may require statements from a medical professional who is familiar with what your body has endured. Proving Your Medical Costs  When negotiating your personal injury medical bills settlement, it is important to have proof of your actual costs. Make sure you keep thorough records of every injury-related expense. This includes invoices, receipts, records of travel, time off from work, and records of other associated costs.  Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney If you are concerned about paying medical bills after settlement, the best thing you can do to ease the process is consult an experienced personal injury attorney. The team at Saeedian Law Group understands how important it is to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We would love the opportunity to help you navigate the legal system and negotiate with insurance companies to manage your medical expenses. Contact us today for your free legal consultation. 

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What To Do Once Involved In An Accident

No matter how safely you drive, getting into an auto accident is sometimes unavoidable. That being said, your knowledge of what to do following an accident and how you handle it plays a crucial role in your ability to recover and seek compensation for damages. Knowing what to do in the event that you do get into an accident will help ensure that you are ready to take the steps necessary to have the best chance at receiving the compensation you deserve. Our very own Beverly Hills personal injury attorney, Michael Saeedian explains everything you need to know. Proactive Tips While there is no guaranteed way to stop accidents from happening completely, practicing good driving habits may help prevent the accident from happening in the first place. Some of the best practices to help you avoid accidents include: Stay off your cell phone while driving Scan your mirrors frequently Never drive under the influence Follow the speed limit Stay away from drivers you believe are aggressive or not paying attention Keep your eyes on the road at all times While you can do things to help prevent accidents, the truth is they will happen no matter how many preventative measures you may take. Steps to Take at the Accident Scene Getting into a car accident can be a terrifying experience, thoughts and emotions are racing: “Whose fault is it? What do I do now? Who do I call? Who do I talk to?” The most important thing to remember is to stay calm. When you remain calm and level-headed you will be at your best which will ensure you take the proper steps. Remain at the accident scene, and remember to take a deep breath to calm your nerves. If you are in a dangerous location, move yourself to the closest available safe space. Check yourself, drivers involved, passengers, and anyone else involved in the accident for injuries. Notify medical professionals in the event that parties involved are injured as soon as possible. Call the local police, regardless of the situation. Calling local authorities to the accident is a crucial step for your personal injury claim. They will provide an incident report that will be very strong evidence to support your claim. Take photographs of: Both cars (be sure to include any damages) Driver’s license License plates Insurance Registration Gather personal information of all parties involved, this includes: Name Address Contact information Insurance information (including policy number) Speak with each witness and be sure to receive: Name Phone number Address Their story of what happened in the accident DO NOT sign anything from anyone other than the police. Remain at the accident scene until everything has been settled. Following the Accident Scene Not only are there steps to take immediately at the scene of the accident, but there are also steps which need to be taken once you leave. Taking these steps will help ensure that your rights are protected and you have the ability to recover any damages you’ve suffered in the accident. Speak with a qualified Los Angeles personal injury attorney to ensure deadlines are met and the proper information is gathered. Get in touch with your insurance company and inform them of the accident as soon as you can. Track your injuries in great detail, be sure to include: Mental health Physical health Get proper damage valuation. This is very important in making sure you receive the full compensation you deserve. Speak with your attorney before providing any information to the other party’s insurance company. How Saeedian Law Group Can Help Putting the pieces back together following an auto accident can be overwhelming, to say the least. Our team at Saeedian Law Group has worked around the clock for years helping clients receive the compensation they deserve. Our team of staunch personal injury attorneys will do everything they can to ensure the best possible outcome for your case. Don’t wait any longer to begin recovering, call (310) 288-3000 today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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A Deeper Look at L.A.’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Los Angeles, the home of sunshine, stardom, beaches, and… Car accidents. While it isn’t possible to completely prevent car accidents, there are things that can be done to reduce the risk of getting into them. Learning which intersections are the most dangerous in Los Angeles will help you stay as safe as possible while driving through these “death traps.” Why are Intersections so Dangerous? Intersections are one of the most frequent places that car accidents happen. “Why?” you may ask. There are a number of reasons why, which include: Distractions – Intersections are one of the most common places where people get distracted on the road. When the light turns red, the phone typically comes out. This may lead to making bad decisions such as turning when it’s not your turn, going before the light turns green, or going when it is unsafe to do so. Misjudging another driver – For intersections to function properly, many different moving parts need to work together. In this case, the moving parts are the other drivers on the road. Many times accidents occur in the intersection when an individual misjudges the time they have to go before the other driver comes. A common example of this is if you were trying to turn left on a green light. You look and see only one car coming, but you believe you have enough time to make the turn before they arrive. However, as you’re turning—SMASH, you get t-boned. Now that we know intersections tend to be hotspots for auto accidents, we will cover some of the most dangerous intersections to look out for in L.A. It may come as no surprise that nearly half of the accidents on the list are located in Los Angeles, with over 90% of the accidents being in Southern California. There are 444 intersections included on the list, and 221 of them are located in Los Angeles. The next intersection is in Sacramento with 13. As you can see, this is a substantial gap. Reseda Street & Devonshire Boulevard At the top of the list of Los Angeles’ most dangerous intersections is Devonshire St. and Reseda Blvd. To those who travel through this intersection, it most likely comes as no surprise to see this make the list at the number one spot. It is one of the valley’s most traveled intersections and it shows. There is no explanation as to why this intersection is so dangerous, however, there are a number of different major retailers and shopping areas centrally located. The high accident numbers have been explained as the result of the overly high traffic volume this intersection sees annually. Imperial Highway & Vista Del Mar This intersection is right near Dockweiler Beach and has been among the top of many dangerous intersection lists for quite some time now. For those who have visited Dockweiler, this intersection may remind you of the beginning of a great weekend, which may be the reason why it is so dangerous. When people are in “vacation mode” they tend to not think as clearly due to their levels of excitement. It is important to keep your focus on the road until you arrive safely to your destination. How a Beverly Hills Attorney Can Help While it isn’t possible to completely prevent a car accident from taking place, the proper steps to prevent them will help increase your chances. That being said, intersections are not the only place that car accidents take place, and it is important to seek the advice of legal professionals if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Our team here at Saeedian Law Group consists of highly experienced Beverly Hills personal injury attorneys, who work around the clock to ensure our clients get the best possible outcome. For years our award-winning team of attorneys has been helping our clients take the proper steps to recover from injuries due to another individual’s negligence. Don’t let the negligence of another person change your future. We are available to speak 24/7, call (310) 288-3000 today to schedule your free case evaluation.

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What to Expect From Your Personal Injury Settlement

Being involved in any type of accident can be a difficult experience. The injuries you sustain may have a lasting impact on your body, and your medical bills may quickly become overwhelming. Personal injury settlements may help you out of that tough spot, however. Learning more about personal injury settlements is crucial if you want fair compensation for any trouble another party causes you. By becoming aware of what you’re entitled to, you can figure out your best course of action moving forward. Without further ado, let’s find out more about personal injury cases and the matter of settlements. What Is a Personal Injury Case? Before we get into the matter of settlements, let’s first take a moment to discuss personal injury cases. These cases can be quite varied. Someone’s dog biting you when you’re not on their property can be a personal injury case. Getting injured on the job due to negligence on the part of your employer is another example. You may also sue doctors and/or hospitals that jeopardize your health while you’re receiving treatment. According to the American Bar Association though, the typical personal injury case involves automobile accidents. The law expects drivers to exercise a reasonable amount of care whenever they’re on the road. Individuals who fail to that may have a case filed against them. If you end up injured due to the negligence of a fellow driver, then you likely have a personal injury case on your hands. Here is when you may have different options related to how you may proceed. One option for you to consider is filing a case against the party who caused the accident. If you can win that case, you will receive compensation. The compensation may cover your medical expenses and lost wages. You may also receive compensation for the emotional distress and pain you experienced because of the accident. The people who often choose to go to trial do so because they believe they will receive more compensation that way. They also believe they have a strong chance of winning the case. You are certainly welcome to pursue a case against the person who caused the accident, but it can be a lengthy ordeal. Trials often don’t get underway until after a year after the accident occurred, and in some cases, it may take longer than that. Considering how much of your time and resources may get tied up into a pursuing trial, it’s no surprise to learn that a lot of people prefer settling out of court. What Is a Personal Injury Settlement? Going to trial is not an experience a lot of people are eager to have. Even those who believe they have a legitimate chance to win are not too fond of having their daily lives upended by an active case. That’s why aiming for a settlement in an injury case has emerged as a viable option. Instead of going through the trouble of preparing for and participating in a trial, you can handle matters faster by settling out of court. How the Process of Negotiating for a Settlement Works Settlement negotiations usually start after the plaintiff files a lawsuit; this serves the defendant notice that they cannot ignore the accident they caused. Once they file the lawsuit, the ball is now in the defendant’s court. Don’t expect the defendant to send a settlement offer to you right away. After they file the lawsuit, the defendant and their lawyer will research matters first. Expect them to take a long look at their current predicament to see what their chances of winning a case are. This is the point of the settlement process where things can hit a snag. The defendant and their counsel may have a different perspective on the case than your side does. Even if they acknowledge that you were not at fault for the accident, they may also disagree with how much compensation you’re seeking. A disagreement such as that can prolong the proceedings. The defendant’s side taking a long time to respond does not necessarily mean they are planning to go to trial. The defendant may be weighing their options and considering the pros and cons of taking the case to court. It’s also possible they are delaying matters because it’s one of their negotiating tactics. The defendant may try to draw things out to make you more amenable to receiving lower compensation. After not hearing anything from the defendant for a while, even a weak offer may start to look good. Do note that the defendant’s initial offer does not need to be the final one. If you’re unhappy with the initial offer and want to negotiate further with the defendant, you can push for a conference and settle matters there. Negotiations can also continue between your lawyer and the defendant’s counsel until such time that one side comes up with a settlement figure that both parties find fair. Settlement negotiations can continue even after a trial starts. You and the other party can keep going with the negotiations as long as you have not gotten a verdict. The point here is that opting for a settlement can be a lengthy undertaking as well. Still, it beats the year-long wait that you’ll endure if you decide to go to court. How Much Should You Expect to Receive as a Personal Injury Settlement? Let’s say that the facts in your case are clear. The other party is at fault for the accident, and they must compensate you. How much should you expect to receive? Unsurprisingly, there is no set amount that defendants must offer to plaintiffs. $3,000 to $75,000 seems to be the average range for settlement amounts in car accident cases, but that doesn’t mean that your compensation must fall within that range. To figure out how much compensation you should seek from the defendant, you must first consider certain factors. The Factors That Affect the Settlement Amount Medical Expenses Your medical bills should be the main consideration when calculating the settlement amount. […]

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Can I Ignore A Subrogation Letter

Exhibiting negligent behavior has consequences. For instance, your negligent behavior could lead to an accident. After speaking with the other party and seeing that they’re fine, you may think you’re out of the woods, but that may change quickly because of a subrogation letter. A subrogation letter may inspire confusion and bewilderment the first time you see it. Know that you cannot afford to ignore it, however. This article will teach you more about the process of subrogation and why it’s something you need to know. You should also read on if you want to find out how to react after receiving a subrogation letter. What Is Subrogation? To better understand the significance of the letter you recently received, it helps to define what subrogation is. According to Investopedia, subrogation is a term that refers to one party essentially taking the place of another party. Think of someone who subrogates as a person who stands in for you. They are a substitute of sorts. So, why is another party deciding to take your place? That’s because they want to receive compensation. Subrogation is commonly carried out by insurance providers, and they do so because they want to recoup their money. Providing insurance is still a business at the end of the day. While insurance providers may prioritize giving you the funds you need, that doesn’t mean they will refrain from using all available means to regain the money they lost. Often, the method of recouping money made available to insurance carriers is the process known as subrogation. In the context of insurance, subrogation refers to an insurance carrier attempting to recover costs from a third party after they gave their insured party appropriate compensation. The money sought after by the insurance carrier from the third party is equivalent to the money, they provided to the person they insured. Subrogation can happen whenever you send in a claim to help pay for medical expenses and to pay for property damage. Under the law, your insurance carrier has the right to take your spot and go after the third party. Your insurance provider would have the same rights that you do if you were the one pursuing a claim against the offending party. The Benefits of Subrogation for the Insured It’s clear that the process of subrogation is to give insurance providers a way to recoup their losses, but what incentives do individuals have to assist with it? The first benefit for the insured is that cooperating with their carrier can help speed up the claims process. If your insurance carrier knows that you will help them regain their losses after you file your claim, then they may be more inclined to process it as soon as possible. Obviously, your carrier should compensate you if you have a valid claim but cooperating with them can help the process move faster. Another reason subrogation occurs frequently is there are financial benefits for the insured individual. Many insurance policies require insured parties to first pay for a deductible before they can receive their claims check. If your insurance provider already subtracted your deductible from the amount you received when you filed your claim, you may receive that money back if they successfully obtain money from the other party. Do note, though, that you may not receive the full amount of your deductible if an investigation into the accident reveals that you were at least partially at fault for what happened. Instead of receiving an amount equivalent to your deductible, you may only receive a percentage of it. percentage of it. The Subrogation Process Now that you have a better grasp of what subrogation is and how it benefits the insurance carrier and the insured party, you probably understand why it happens often. It’s now time to familiarize yourself with the subrogation process so that you know what to expect if they find you at fault for an accident. The process of subrogation will typically start with the insurance carrier attempting to contact someone on your side. Who they contact depends on whether you are insured? If you have insurance, they will reach out to your carrier first. If you’re uninsured, they will contact you directly. Once they’ve managed to get a hold of either you or your insurance provider, the other party’s carrier may discuss their plans. You can settle the matter right then and there if you find their terms agreeable, but that is up to you. Ducking the other party’s insurance carrier is not advisable in this scenario as they may assign someone to determine your whereabouts through the process of skip tracing, according to Zacks.com. The next step of the subrogation process will involve the other party’s insurance carrier sending you a letter. What’s inside a Subrogation Letter if You Are the Party Responsible for the Accident? The contents of the subrogation letter will contain the details pertinent to your case. The letter will list the amount the insurance carrier paid, when they paid off that claim, and a brief detailing of why they paid that claim. You will also probably see a line in that letter telling you to get in touch with the insurance carrier to hammer out an agreement. What’s inside a Subrogation Letter Your Insurance Provider Sent You? By the way, you may also receive a subrogation letter even as the person who filed an insurance claim. However, the letter sent to you is different in the sense that it’s more about requesting information as opposed to urging you to provide compensation. When insurance carriers send subrogation letters to their own clients, they do so to ask about what happened during the accident, injuries they might have, damage to their property, and they will also request information about the party responsible. They may specifically ask about the name of the other party and their insurance provider if they have any. What Happens if You Ignore a Subrogation Letter as the Responsible Party? It’s important to point out here that […]

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