Nursing Home Wrongful Death Cases & Coronavirus | Guide to Covid-19 Lawsuits

Posted on June 5, 2021 by bermanstaff
Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, nursing home residents have been the most vulnerable to the virus. The first suspected local transmission occurred on […] Read More 

Wrongful Death Settlements | 👨‍⚖️ How Are Verdicts & Awards Paid Out

Posted on February 25, 2021 by bermanstaff
After the loss of a loved one due to negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. However, you […] Read More 

COVID-19 Immunity Laws Lead to Exemption for Nursing Home Neglect

Posted on February 19, 2021 by bermanstaff
Lisa Howze and her three sisters have filed a lawsuit against Treyburn Rehabilitation Center of North Carolina after the death of their mother, Palestine Howze, […] Read More 

What Are the Differences Between Wrongful Death and Medical Malpractice in California?

Posted on January 15, 2021 by bermanstaff
Have you lost a loved one and believe a medical professional’s negligence was to blame? While compensation can never bring back your loved one or […] Read More 

Common Violations of California's Trucking Laws

Posted on August 4, 2015 by bermanstaff
California motorists are keenly aware of the dangers that go into driving on the freeways in the Golden State. It is not uncommon for California […] Read More 

A Sometimes Fatal Distinction in CPR Policies in Independent Living and Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on November 18, 2013 by bermanstaff
Outrage across the country was sparked by a staff member’s refusal to render CPR to a collapsed 87- year-old woman at an independent living facility […] 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 

What Is Loss of Consortium in California? How a Loss of Consortium Claim Works & Typical Settlement Amounts

Posted on August 26, 2009 by bermanstaff
Was your spouse injured or killed due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing? As the surviving or non-injured spouse, you may be entitled to bring […] 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 

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 

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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