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What Is California’s Cell Phone Law? | Penalties & Proving Distracted Driving in an Injury Case

Posted on December 15, 2022 by bermanstaff
Despite the well-known dangers of texting while driving, a Harris Poll in 2022 found 70% of drivers have used a cell phone while driving in […] Read More 

What Is Considered Reckless Driving? | California Law & Negligence in a Car Accident

Posted on May 15, 2022 by bermanstaff
When someone drives recklessly or carelessly, they knowingly endanger the lives of everyone around them. Aggressive or reckless driving was a factor in 56% of […] Read More 

Brain Injury from a Car Accident | Common Head Injuries from Car Accidents, Symptoms & Statistics

Posted on August 25, 2021 by bermanstaff
Across the United States, there are more than 2.8 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths every year related to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Brain […] Read More 

What To Do if You Are in an Auto Accident

Posted on January 29, 2021 by bermanstaff
Over three million people in the United States are injured every year in car accidents. For every two out of three people, the impact is […] Read More 

Crumple Zones Help Prevent Catastrophic Injuries and Deaths

Posted on February 27, 2016 by bermanstaff
The declining number of fatalities and serious injuries per mile traveled is thanks to a lot of factors. For one, vehicles are safer now than […] Read More 

Falls, Overuse, and Vehicle Accidents can Result in a Shoulder Impingement Injury

Posted on February 15, 2016 by bermanstaff
Shoulder impingement is caused by the narrowing of the area between the rotator cuff bone and the acromion bone above it. When the area between […] Read More 

ACL Tears Can Result in a Permanent Loss of Function

Posted on February 10, 2016 by bermanstaff
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears happen on the soccer field, on the ski slopes, and in football. They also, however, happen in everyday scenarios to […] Read More 

The Pain of Fractured Ribs Following a San Diego Auto Collision

Posted on January 21, 2016 by bermanstaff
While not the most lethal injury sustained in a car crash, fractured ribs can be one of the most painful. As anyone who has ever […] Read More 

What If a Truck Company Causes a Serious Accident to Occur?

Posted on November 7, 2015 by bermanstaff
Truck accidents in California cause a significant number of injuries and deaths every year. In fact, in the year 2013, the California Highway Patrol reported […] Read More 
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to common questions people have about personal injury cases and working with a lawyer. During your initial consultation, we will be happy to answer questions that are particular to your case.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

The attorneys at Berman & Riedel, LLP, accept cases on a contingency-fee basis. This type of agreement means you do not pay any attorneys’ fees out-of-pocket for legal representation. Attorneys’ fees are also contingent on the outcome of your case.

You benefit from legal representation in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of a settlement or jury award. We will only recover a fee if you recover compensation.

Can You Tell Me How Much My Case Is Worth?

There is no way to determine the exact value of a personal injury case, especially early in your case. However, an experienced attorney can give you an estimated range based on their experience with similar cases.

There are many factors that may influence the value of your case, such as:

  • Your total financial or economic damages
  • The severity of your injuries
  • The impact of your injuries on your daily life
  • The strength of your case
  • Whether you share fault for your accident
  • Insurance policy limits 

Some damages are easy to calculate, such as lost wages and medical bills. Calculating the value of diminished earnings for the rest of your life or future medical needs; however, may require the help of experts. Non-economic damages like pain and suffering have no intrinsic financial value. These damages are challenging to calculate. 

If your case goes before a jury, you may potentially be able to recover more than you could through a settlement. However, this introduces a new element of risk: the jury. The circumstances of your accident and even how sympathetic you or the defendant are can influence the outcome.

During your consultation, and throughout your case, we will help you understand how these factors influence your case. We will also work tirelessly to document the value of all your damages and pursue maximum compensation on your behalf.

Will My Case Go to Trial?

The vast majority of cases are resolved by reaching a settlement agreement outside of court. Very few personal injury cases actually go to trial, but it is more likely if the facts in your case are in dispute, a legal issue is being contested, or you have a high-value case.

An experienced lawyer will build your case as if it will go to trial from the beginning. The stronger your case and evidence, the more likely a fair settlement will be reached.

How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If your case involves mostly property damage or minor injuries, you likely do not need a lawyer to handle a claim with the insurance company. The more serious your injuries, or the more complex your case, the more important it becomes to seek experienced legal counsel.

Remember that the insurance company is not on your side, even if the insurance adjuster seems sympathetic and you receive a settlement offer. If you are being blamed for your accident or sustained serious injury, a lawyer will help you protect your rights and build the strongest case possible. This includes calculating the full value of your current and future losses.

Legal representation is also vital if your case involves a complex area of law such as elder abuse or neglect, premises liability, commercial vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, or serious work-related accidents. Determining liability, navigating decades of legal precedence, and interpreting specific statutes in these cases is best done with years of relevant legal experience.

Do You Accept Cases Outside of San Diego?

While our law office is located in San Diego, Berman & Riedel, LLP, accepts cases throughout the state of California.

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