Costa Mesa Personal Injury Attorneys
The Costa Mesa Personal Injury Lawyers at Bisnar Chase understand the specific needs of individuals who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries. Those who have experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident, pedestrian accident or dog bite should not have to pay out-of-pocket for their injuries.
Since 1978, our attorneys have served thousands of clients and have recovered over $500 million dollars in compensation for them as well.
Our law firm has not only received top ratings from prestigious organizations, but we also have the trust and support of the accident victims we have helped for the past four decades.
If you have endured great pain and suffering due to someone's carelessness and are near the 92626 area, contact us today at 949-203-3814 for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions by Costa Mesa Injury Victims
There are two matters that come to an injury victim’s mind immediately after a collision: money and legal representation. If you are one of the 39.5 million people that has sustained an accidental injury you may have multiple questions on what steps to take.
Commonly asked questions include:
What do I do after an accident?
If you have experienced serious injuries after an incident, seek medical attention right away. Even if you believe that you did not suffer a major injury you should still be examined by a medical professional. Some symptoms from an injury such as a concussion do not appear until weeks or even months later. Make sure to keep all medical documentation as well. This can be helpful later for your personal injury case. Once it has been confirmed that you have suffered from an injury, immediately after, file a claim through your insurance company. The insurance representative that is handling your claim will then speak to an adjuster to discuss the compensation that you may receive. Remember that most of the time the job of the negligent party's insurance company is to provide you with as little compensation as possible for your losses. You should not have to settle for any amount that will not cover the costs for your medical bills, lost wages or mental anguish. The Orange County accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase have taken on the most unyielding insurance companies for the last four decades. We are well informed of the techniques and strategies that insurance adjusters use to intimidate injury victims. Contact our law offices at 949-203-3814 to get more information on your legal rights.
Can I still file for compensation even if it was partially my fault?
California carries out a regulation known as comparative negligence. There are two types of comparative negligence. The first is known as "pure comparative negligence". Pure comparative negligence means that the plaintiff can recover compensation for damages even if they contributed to the accident. What will determine the compensation that the plaintiff will earn will be dependent on "how much" of the incident was their fault. The second kind of comparative negligence is known as "modified negligence". There are 12 states operating under the modified negligence rule, and it can differ slightly from state to state. If a plaintiff is more than 50% at fault for an accident, then they cannot recover damages for their injuries. States that operate under "modified negligence” consists of West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Utah, Main, Idaho, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Arkansas, Georgia and Colorado. There are other states that follow the 51% rule. This rule states that if a plaintiff was 51% at fault then they cannot recover any sort of compensation.
Is there a deadline I must meet when filing a Costa Mesa personal injury claim?
In California, an accident victim has two years to file a personal injury claim. This regulation states that you have two years after the actual incident to file a claim, not two years after you filed a claim through your insurance company. Experts say that you should still file an insurance claim immediately after the collision or dog bite. If your claim is denied by the insurance company and you still want to pursue compensation, you will still be left with a window of time to do so. If your claim is denied you can file a lawsuit with a Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer. There are cases where a person involved in an accident will experience the pain and soreness months later. If it is confirmed by a doctor that you are suffering from injuries that can be related to the incident, you can still file a claim. For example, if you have pain in your back one year after the accident, you then have one year left to pursue legal representation.
What types of damages can I be compensated for?
Medical expenses that you may need to recover for your injuries can be expensive. The types of services you may potentially need after an accident can include emergency transportation costs, hospitalization, surgery, medical equipment and medication. In addition to medical care, injured victims may need extensive rehabilitative care. Rehabilitation for an injury, which might include physical therapy, may be required so a person can completely regain their strength and mobility. When you are injured, you will need to take time off work to recover. In some cases where individuals have suffered major injuries, they may even lose their jobs or be unable to return to work in the same capacity. If you have lost your livelihood as a result of your injuries, you may potentially have a case. Pain and suffering can also be rewarded in an accident claim. This includes the physical pain you endure as the result of an injury, as well as emotional trauma. Those who are severely injured, disfigured or scarred could, for example, suffer from depression. Dog bite victims, for example, at times suffer from anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
The value of your claim will rely on the nature and extent of the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained. For example, if the incident resulted only in property damage or in minor injuries such as scrapes or bruises that did not require you to seek medical treatment, then your case may not be worth much. However, if you did suffer injuries serious enough to require hospitalization you may be eligible to receive much more in terms of compensation. Negligence is also a crucial element in a personal injury case, which might affect the amount of compensation you receive.
Why should I strictly hire a trial attorney?
There are two types of lawyers that deal with personal injury lawsuits: trial attorneys and litigators. Litigators are employed by large law firms and can be quite costly since they charge clients by the hour. They generally do not have experience in the courtroom and try to avoid it all together. Personal injury lawyer Brian Chase explains why you should only hire a trial attorney. Chase states: "You want to hire a trial lawyer not a settlement lawyer. So many lawyers are settling cases and they're getting fifty cents on the dollar because they're not trial attorneys. You want to find a law firm where the lawyers are trying cases. The judges know who they are, the insurance companies know who they are, and then if you do settle that case you're going to get a hundred cents on the dollar. At Bisnar Chase you know we're in trials all throughout the year, every year."
What type of evidence should I gather for my Costa Mesa personal injury lawyer?
If you were involved in a collision, you need to gather as much information as possible to prove that you were hurt or were left with an extensive amount of property damage. It will be beneficial for you to file a claim straight to your insurance company first. If you do not feel satisfied with the amount that is offered by the insurance adjuster than you can proceed to hiring a Costa Mesa accident lawyer. The evidence that is recommended to gather includes photos, witness accounts and medical documentation. What most people do not know is that you can also collect physical material from an incident as well. For example, if you fell off an electric scooter, you can physically take the scooter and save it for inspection later. Photos are the primary form of evidence that most victims gather before filing their injury claim. The types of objects that are photographed can consist of the street the collision took place at, any skid marks on the road from one of the vehicles or the weather conditions at the time the incident occurred.
How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
Every accident lawyer has their own payment system set in place when charging a client for their services. There are some factors to keep in mind when seeking legal representation though that can potentially save you money in the long term. The first way in which you can save money is by contacting a law office that offers you a free consultation at the beginning. A legal expert will be assigned to you and analyze your case free of charge. It is also best to seek a law firm that operates under a contingency fee basis. An attorney working under a contingency fee basis means that if a lawyer does not win your lawsuit then you do not have to pay for their services. The law firm of Bisnar Chase offers their clients both a free consultation and functions under a contingency fee basis. We understand that lawyer fees can become costly and want to alleviate those costs as much as possible. When you call a Bisnar Chase personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa, CA, you will receive free legal advice from a top-notch legal team member.
Can I file a wrongful death claim if I lost a family member?
After losing a loved one, many families that are grieving are too distressed to think about what legal steps to take. One of the first steps to take is determining whether you can file a wrongful death claim. In the state of California, a spouse, surviving parent or surviving child of the deceased can file a wrongful death claim. People who were not related to the deceased can file a claim as well if they can prove that the deceased was legally responsible for their livelihood. Types of compensation you can file for as a surviving family member can include income the deceased would have accumulated in their lifetime, medical bills that the deceased acquired due their injury and mental anguish. If you lost a loved one due to someone else's carelessness let the lawyers of Bisnar Chase hold those wrongdoers accountable. Your loved one deserves justice. Call our Orange County law offices today for a free case analysis.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Have Taken Care Of
After an accident, many injury victims are scared and confused. Many are left wondering "do I even have a strong enough case to win compensation?" If you pursue legal representation your Costa Mesa California personal injury lawyer will provide you with more information of what you are up against and how much compensation you can earn. The law firm of Bisnar Chase has maintained a 96% success rate at winning compensation for clients for over 40 years.
The practice areas we specialize in include:
Motor vehicle accidents: According to DriverKnowledge.com, twenty-seven percent of car crashes result in serious injuries. Car wrecks, a truck accident or motorcycle accident can leave victims in a distressed physical state and leave behind an extensive amount of property damage. The causes of these losses can range from a negligent driver or poor weather conditions. Sometimes, though, a motor vehicle wreck is not caused by a careless driver. It can at times be an outcome of an automobile defect. Automobile defects can involve faulty parts of a car such as a faulty brake system or airbags that did not deploy on impact.
Dog bites: Children are the most vulnerable group to being bitten by a dog. Children who have been mulled by a dog have experienced catastrophic facial disfigurements or have suffered from serious emotional trauma. California enforces a strict liability law which states that "The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness..."
Job injuries: The National Safety Council reported that in one year, there were 4,414 preventable work-related deaths. The industry with the most injuries and deaths was construction. Some common causes of those injuries involved a person being hit by an object, an employee overexerting themselves or an object falling on them. Your employer should make your safety as a worker a priority. If you did not receive proper training or you were working with faulty equipment speak to a personal injury attorney in Costa Mesa CA for more information.
Slip and fall accidents: Slip and falls usually take place at locations such as department stores or construction sites. If a manager of a grocery store was informed about a leaky fridge and did not immediately place a "caution when wet" sign or inform customers to be careful around the area, then the manager or company can be sued for negligence. There are cases where a person can claim injuries for being hurt in a store parking lot as well. Possible reasons of why a store would be liable for parking lot injuries can be due to poorly lit areas, potholes or deep cracks in the cement.
Product liability lawsuits: There are two potential reasons of why a product is defective. One reason would include that the product was manufactured improperly and the other would involve the product being poorly designed. If a product manufacturer did not print out concise instructions for usage this can be an act of negligence. Another way a designer or manufacturer can be held accountable for injuries is if a warning label was not placed on the product. An example of a warning label can be a choking hazard sticker on a toy.
Establishing Fault for your Costa Mesa Accident Claim
Liability is one the primary terms used to refer to fault in a personal injury case. Responsibility for your injuries will fall on the wrongdoer which can be an individual or an organization. One of the main aspects that needs to be proven is negligence.
The law firm of Bisnar Chase holds wrongdoers accountable, be it individuals, entities or large corporations. In doing so, we encourage the public to be more responsible, governments to properly carry out their duties and manufacturers to make safer products.
What makes us unique is our passionate representation and pursuit of justice for injured clients and their families. You will see this passion from the time you make that initial phone call and schedule your free consultation. We've won cases where others have said it couldn't be done. Our trial attorneys have had a successful track record in proving tough cases to juries. We go the extra mile for our clients, to collect every cent in your case that the law and the circumstances allow.
Our mission is to provide superior client representation in a compassionate and professional manner while making our world a safer place.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Lawyers Deliver Top-Notch Results
Our attorneys don't hesitate to take on big cases against giant corporations that typically have high-priced legal defense teams at their beck and call. This is because we have the experience, expertise and the resources it takes to get results.
We understand how a serious personal injury can turn lives upside down. It affects not only the individual who has suffered the injury, but also his or her family members. It affects victims and families emotionally and financially. Our lawyers will fight for your legal rights every step of the way and help ensure that you receive fair and full compensation for all your losses. Our legal services also extend to multiple locations such as Riverside County, Los Angeles County and other regions in Southern California.
Call the Personal Injury Law Firm of Bisnar Chase at 949-203-3814 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
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