Fresno Personal Injury Attorneys
Some things in life happen suddenly and unexpectedly. Suffering a serious personal injury in a car accident, a slip-and-fall accident or as the result of the reckless and negligent actions of another can be one of those curveballs life throws at you. When you are suddenly injured and unable to work as you recover from your injuries, there are many questions with which you may be grappling. Will my insurance company cover my claims? When will I be able to return to work? What if I cannot return to work? How will I pay my medical expenses? How will I support my family?
The Fresno personal injury lawyers at BISNAR CHASE have a lengthy track record of helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing secure the support they need for medical expenses, lost wages and other damages they have suffered as a result of a traumatic incident. Whether you have been injured by a drunk driver, a negligent nursing home employee, or a defectively designed or manufactured product, our personal injury lawyers are here to assist with expediting your claim process while fighting for your rights and best interests.
When Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you have suffered an injury that required you to get medical treatment and take time off work, it may be in your best interest to at least schedule a consultation with a knowledgeable Fresno personal injury lawyer. For example, if you have been injured in a car accident, ideally, the at-fault driver's insurance company should offer you a fair settlement that covers all of your damages and any future losses such as the continued treatment and care you may need to completely recover from your injuries.
However, many find during this challenging process that insurance companies are not really the friends in need that they claim to be. When you have an insurance company that is playing hardball or if you are facing other challenges that are making it difficult for you to get the compensation you need to recover and move on with your life, then, an experienced personal injury can help you.
Should You Trust the Insurance Adjuster?
What we consistently tell our clients, based on nearly four decades of experience in personal injury law, is that the insurance adjuster or the insurance company is not your friend. Insurance companies are in the business to make money. The premiums you pay these insurance companies - either monthly or yearly - are a part of their profit. Just like any other business, insurance companies make more money if they keep their costs low. This also means that they make more money if they pay out the least amount possible.
The job of an insurance adjuster is to save his or her company money by settling your claim for as little as possible. If you were seriously injured in an accident, you may not be in the best position to fight with insurance companies. On the other hand, retaining the services of a lawyer, who has successful track record of fighting and winning against insurance companies, may be the best decision you can make to protect yourself, your family and your future.
Understanding Personal Injury
Under the law, a personal injury is any harm you sustain, including physical injuries, financial costs and emotional trauma. As you work to resolve your claim, you may hear insurance adjusters, doctors and others speak about different degrees of injuries. Personal injuries are usually broadly categorized as minor, moderate, serious or catastrophic. A minor or moderate injury refers to injuries such as sprains, strains, broken bones or lacerations. Although they may be painful and may not seem "minor" to you, they are referred to in those terms because they are injuries that will heal completely and quickly with the necessary medical treatment.
Serious injuries are those that may take much longer to heal. Examples of serious injuries are multiple broken bones or injuries to internal organs such as a punctured lung. Serious injuries are not usually life-threatening. However, the victim may have to undergo surgery, extensive treatment and lengthy rehabilitation to recover completely.
The most severe injuries are "catastrophic" or those that have lifelong consequences for the victim. Examples of catastrophic injuries are traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord trauma that causes paralysis, limb amputations, scarring and disfigurement. Catastrophic injuries often lead to permanent disabilities, which means that the patient will face lifelong expenses for treatment and care. Some may require 24/7 nursing care, which could add up to millions during a person's lifetime.
Establishing What Your Fresno Claim is Worth
Determining the worth or value of your claim is usually dependent on the severity of your injuries. The higher the severity of the injury and the extent of your losses, your claim will be worth more. Victims are typically compensated for damages including but not limited to medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, lost future income, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer will be able to help you determine that value of your claim and ensure that you are fairly and fully compensated for all your losses.
Do I Have to go to Court to Settle My Injury Claim?
Settlements in personal injury cases usually occur without any trial or court appearance. Financial settlements allow all parties involved to avoid expensive court fees, though we are more than ready to bring a case to trial if necessary. Settlements may provide finances to repay medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, mental distress, and many other problems incurred due to the accident. Often, a Fresno personal injury attorney at our office can recover additional fees for your legal assistance as well. California's statute of limitations varies depending on the case. If your lawsuit is filed too late it may never be heard even if the evidence of guilt is overwhelming. Contact a Fresno personal injury lawyer at our office immediately so that we can begin the process for you.
Why BISNAR CHASE?
At BISNAR CHASE, our clients benefit from top-notch legal reputation and outstanding personal injury law track record. Our law firm has a 96 percent success rate. Offering superior customer service is a way of life at BISNAR CHASE. We also offer a no-fee guarantee. This means that our clients do not have to pay any fees until we win the case for them. Instead of facing the legal system and hostile insurance companies alone, our skilled negotiators will represent you and fight for your rights every step of the way. Your lawyer will take care of paperwork, courtroom procedures and the nitty-gritty of your personal injury case so you can focus on your recovery. For a free, no-hassle, no-pressure legal consultation with a personal injury in Fresno, please call us today.