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Two Seriously Injured In Oceanside, CA, Plane Crash

Posted on January 24, 2009 by bermanstaff
OCEANSIDE, CA - A plane crashed in the Oceanside area of San Diego County on Saturday injuring the 24-year-old pilot Amadeep Singh and his 18-year-old passenger, Harshdeep […] Read More 

Product Recalls: How Do You Know Whether to Stop Using a Recalled Product?

Posted on January 22, 2009 by bermanstaff
By: U. Kelley Riedel, Attorney at Law and Partner CONSUMER PRODUCT LIABILITY ISSUES -  Imagine that you’re watching the local news one evening and you hear […] Read More 

Donald Leslie Truesdail: Let’s NOT All "Jump" To Conclusions

Posted on January 16, 2009 by bermanstaff
By: William M. Berman, Managing Attorney SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – On January 15, 2009, it was reported by the San Diego Union Tribune that 34-year-old […] Read More 

Visalia Man Killed in Car Accident Involving Multiple Vehicles

Posted on January 15, 2009 by bermanstaff
VISALIA, CALIFORNIA – A 31-year-old man was killed on Highway 198 at Road 68 just west of Visalia Wednesday afternoon in a crash involving four […] Read More 

MAXIMIZING RECOVERY IN SLIP AND FALL CASES

Posted on January 14, 2009 by bermanstaff
By: William M. Berman, Attorney at Law CALIFORNIA PREMISES LIABILITY LAW – If you have been seriously injured as a result of a slip and […] Read More 

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: EARLY SIGNS THAT ALL BOATERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF

Posted on January 13, 2009 by bermanstaff
By: Natalie B. DeClusin, Attorney at Law SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - Most boaters understand that they must be on the lookout for any and all […] Read More 

PREVENT ACCIDENTS: PROTECT YOURSELF AND LOVED ONES WHILE BOATING

Posted on January 6, 2009 by bermanstaff
By: Natalie B. DeClusin, Attorney at Law SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - With the San Diego Boat Show just days away on January 8-11, 2009, it […] Read More 

LANDLORDS’ LIABILITY FOR CRIMINAL ACTS OCCURRING ON THEIR PROPERTY

Posted on December 30, 2008 by bermanstaff
By: William M. Berman, Attorney at Law CALIFORNIA PREMISES LIABILITY LAW – Despite being the victim of an intentional crime, victims may be able to recover […] Read More 

INJURED AT WORK? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: YOU MAY HAVE MORE THAN A SIMPLE WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM

Posted on December 10, 2008 by bermanstaff
When Paul suffered a crushing injury to his hand while pouring cement at work, he thought his company's workers' compensation insurance would take care him. […] Read More 

THE IMPORTANCE OF PROTECTING YOUR FAMILIES FROM UNINSURED/UNDERINSURED MOTORISTS

Posted on December 4, 2008 by bermanstaff
In today's difficult economic times, it is more important than ever to ensure that you and your family are properly insured against other drivers who […] 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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