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Virtual Tour of Berman & Riedel, LLP

Posted on September 15, 2015 by bermanstaff
Please take a moment to take a virtual tour of our San Diego offices.  This new technology makes it so that you can actually take […] Read More 

Celebrating a Win: The Trial Advocate Award!

Posted on November 26, 2014 by bermanstaff
Our own William M. Berman, the founding and managing partner of Berman & Riedel, LLP, has been awarded the Outstanding Trial Advocate Award by Consumer […] Read More 

Significant Trial Victory for Deserving Client

Posted on April 7, 2014 by bermanstaff
  By: Firm Founding and Managing Partner, William M. Berman, Esq. Our firm recently had the privilege of trying a case here in San Diego […] Read More 

Attorney Lukas Pick Featured in Attorney Journal

Posted on April 3, 2014 by bermanstaff
Congratulations to Berman & Riedel attorney Lukas Pick! Mr. Pick was featured in the April edition of the San Diego Attorney Journal as this month's […] Read More 

Attorney William Berman Appears on Fox 5 News

Posted on March 11, 2014 by bermanstaff
Award winning elder abuse attorney and elder advocate, William Berman, appeared on Fox 5 News last Saturday. News reporter Juliette Vara interviewed Mr. Berman regarding […] Read More 

Legal Considerations When Caring for Individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on May 8, 2013 by bermanstaff
Attorney William M. Berman of the San Diego, California, based law firm Berman & Riedel, LLP, recently spoke at the April 6, 2013 Scripps Conference […] Read More 

Two Deadly Accident on Highway 46 Spur Further Talks of Highway Changes

Posted on October 30, 2009 by bermanstaff
BAKERSFIELD, CALIFORNIA – Two accidents on Highway 46 that have killed six adults and one infant within days of each other have re-directed attention to […] Read More 

Vista Jury Awards $1,850,000 to Children of Father Killed by Person Asked to Drive Vehicle When Known to be Impaired and Fatigued

Posted on June 10, 2009 by bermanstaff
In May 2009, Berman & Riedel, LLP had the privilege of presenting a case at trial on behalf of the three children of 48-year-old Derek […] Read More 

Burn Injuries and the Elderly: Risk Factors and Prevention Methods

Posted on January 31, 2009 by bermanstaff
By U. Kelley Riedel, Attorney at law PROTECTING OUR ELDERLY -- Burn and fire injuries suffered by older adults are on the rise. According to […] Read More 

18-year-old Driver Killed in Wildomar When Hit Head-On by Careless Motorist

Posted on January 26, 2009 by bermanstaff
Wildomar, California – 18-year-old Michael Stone of Temecula, California, was killed when the vehicle he was driving was struck head-on at a high rate of […] Read More 
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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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