Nursing Homes & The Coronavirus Outbreak | Wrongful Death Liability

Posted on April 6, 2020 by bermanstaff
While the COVID-19 pandemic has created widespread fear and health concerns among the general public, no group is more at risk than residents of nursing […] Read More 

Scabies Infestations At Nursing Home Facilities Are More Common Than You Think

Posted on July 25, 2017 by bermanstaff
Is Your Loved One Being Exposed to Scabies?  Scabies is a skin condition caused by an infestation of microscopic mites that burrow into a person’s […] Read More 

What to Do If an Older Person Falls

Posted on February 19, 2016 by bermanstaff
Falls affect all of us. Either due to slippery floors, messy walkways, uneven surfaces, or simply unsteady legs, falls can cause serious injury. However, due […] Read More 

Psychological and Emotional Abuse of the Elderly

Posted on January 10, 2016 by bermanstaff
Sadly, hundreds of thousands of elderly people are abused, taken advantage of, and neglected by their family members and paid caregivers. Elder abuse can fall […] Read More 

Differences between Skilled Care Facilities and Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly

Posted on December 22, 2015 by bermanstaff
Finding a care facility for a loved one is a difficult process and one that must not be taken lightly. It is estimated that as […] Read More 

June 15th is Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted on June 10, 2014 by bermanstaff
This Sunday, June 15th is the Eighth Annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This year WEAAD also happens to fall on the same day […] Read More 

Is a Reverse Mortgage Right for You?

Posted on April 4, 2014 by bermanstaff
Reverse mortgages are now a popular option for many senior homeowners. Lower income due to retirement, increased medical costs, and unexpected expenses can all make […] Read More 

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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