San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers

A serious injury will forever change your life. Physical recovery may take months or even years, and in some of the most tragic cases, it may never be possible. Although no amount of money can make up for the losses these serious personal injuries inflict, victims deserve to be compensated for their medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering, and any future care that may be necessary.

Retaining an experienced San Diego personal injury attorney can help you recover the full compensation you need to move forward with your life and avoid a devastating financial burden. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our legal team has years of experience handling all types of claims in San Diego and Southern California. We have recovered more than $100 million in life-changing settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation with our San Diego personal injury lawyers to discuss how we can help you.

How the San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers at Berman & Riedel, LLP Can Help You

When you have suffered injuries in a serious accident, you are counting on the money you recover from your injury claim to pay your medical bills and lost income. Unfortunately, accident victims find themselves fighting an insurance company intent on minimizing their injuries and pain. Having an experienced personal injury attorney by your side is crucial.

Here’s how Berman & Riedel, LLP, can assist you following an accident:

  • Legal guidance and advice: We help you through every step of your injury case. Our San Diego injury lawyers take the time to explain the challenges in your case and what we believe is the best course of action. We will also guide you on steps you can take or actions to avoid that may harm your case.
  • Assistance with the personal injury claim process: We help you avoid mistakes that can damage your case, take care of all the paperwork involved in your injury claim, and handle all communications with the insurance company.
  • Investigate your case: We conduct a thorough investigation into your accident. We gather evidence related to your injury to support your claim. This evidence is necessary to prove causation and negligence necessary to hold the at-fault party responsible. It's also used to document your damages.
  • Work with experts: Berman & Riedel, LLP will work with experts as needed to analyze evidence and provide expert testimony in court if your case proceeds to a personal injury lawsuit. Law firms work with many experts in fields like medicine, accident reconstruction, manufacturing, and economics.
  • Assess your damages: The full extent of your damages isn't always apparent, especially if you suffered serious injuries. We carefully assess your case to determine the full value of your losses. Medical and economic experts may assist with projected future medical treatment and lost wages.
  • Negotiate on your behalf: The goal of the insurance company is to minimize the financial compensation they must pay. We advocate on your behalf to seek compensation that fairly compensates you.
  • Defend you against insurance company tactics: The insurance company may employ many methods to reduce your compensation or deny your claim completely. They may blame you for your accident, claim your injury is pre-existing or not caused by the accident, or claim you were not as severely injured as you claim. We fight back against these tactics with a strong legal case backed by evidence.
  • Litigation: If a fair settlement cannot be reached through negotiation, we are prepared to take your case to trial to fight for your rights and pursue the compensation you deserve.

At Berman & Riedel, LLP, we understand the impact a serious injury can have on your life and are committed to helping you every step of the way.

Our approach is simple and is applied consistently: we thoroughly investigate each claim, apply our years of experience and understanding about the civil legal process, and put in the many hours necessary to properly represent victims and their families.

Our San Diego accident attorneys have successfully negotiated and litigated a broad assortment of serious personal injury cases in the San Diego area and Southern California. Contact our law office to schedule a free case evaluation with a San Diego personal injury lawyer today.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

At Berman & Riedel, LLP, our accident attorneys handle all types of personal injury cases throughout California. We leverage our expertise to provide exceptional legal representation. We have a proven track record handling cases involving:

Each type of personal injury case has its unique challenges, but with Berman & Riedel, LLP, you have the best personal injury attorneys ready to fight for your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.

Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?

If you suffered injuries because someone else was careless or caused you intentional harm, you may have a personal injury case. Depending on the cause of your injuries, you may even have a case if someone was careful but you were still hurt.

California personal injury law allows injury victims to hold negligent parties financially accountable for the harm they cause. Personal injury lawsuits can be filed on many grounds:

  • Negligence. This refers to someone's failure to behave in a way that a reasonably prudent person would in similar circumstances. Someone is usually negligent through carelessness or disregard for the safety of others. An auto accident case, for example, almost always involves negligence like speeding or drunk driving.
  • Strict liability. California law holds manufacturers strictly liable for defective products that cause injury. This means the manufacturer is responsible for injuries dangerous products cause, even if they were not careless. Dog bites are another example of strict liability: an owner is responsible for injuries caused by their dog even if they had no idea their dog would bite someone and didn't behave carelessly.
  • Intentional tort. This means someone intentionally or knowingly caused harm. Assault and sexual abuse or assault are examples.
  • Statutory. The examples above all involve some type of tort, a civil wrong like an action or failure to act that causes someone else to suffer a loss. Not all personal injury claims fall under tort law. Injured workers have statutory grounds to make a workers' compensation claim. This no-fault system is created by law and gives workers the right to compensation without wrongdoing or negligence.

If you have been hurt and you believe someone else was mostly or entirely to blame, an experienced personal injury lawyer in San Diego, CA, can help you. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, we take the time to thoroughly evaluate the facts of your accident to help you understand if you have a legitimate case.

Schedule your free case evaluation with our law firm today to explore your options and get the legal representation you deserve.

Compensation Available to Injury Victims in California

Personal injury victims in California are entitled to seek compensation that covers the full extent of their losses, both economic and non-economic. The legal system recognizes the profound impact injuries can have on an individual's life. While no amount of money can take away the effect of your accident on your life, it's the only way to compensate you for the losses you have suffered.

Compensatory damages are designed to restore you to the financial position you were in before the accident occurred and compensate for the pain and emotional trauma you have experienced. There are two broad categories of compensatory damages in California.

Economic Damages

Also known as special damages, economic damages are the financial losses you suffered. This includes:

  • Medical bills and future medical expenses
  • Property damage such as damage to your car in a motor vehicle accident
  • Lost earnings and diminished earning capacity
  • Physical therapy and other types of rehabilitation
  • Home or vehicle modifications and assistive technology
  • Home health care and services you need
  • Other reasonable out-of-pocket costs

Non-Economic Damages

Also known as general damages, non-economic damages are the physical, emotional, and psychological losses you sustained that do not have a financial value. This includes:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Mental anguish
  • Reduced quality of life or enjoyment of life
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium (for the spouse or partner)

In certain cases, if the conduct of the defendant is found to be especially harmful, the court may award punitive damages. These are not meant to compensate the victim but rather to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar conduct in the future.

Our San Diego personal injury law firm is committed to pursuing the full financial recovery you deserve. Our personal injury attorneys will help you hold the at-fault party responsible while tirelessly defending your legal rights. Contact our San Diego office today to discuss you case and how we can help you.

How Much Is My San Diego Personal Injury Case Worth?

The potential value of your personal injury claim depends on many factors related to the circumstances surrounding your accident and the extent of your injuries. Important factors that must be considered include:

  • Evidence and liability. Clear liability and good evidence strengthen your case and improve the chance of recovering full compensation. If liability is murky or your case lacks strong evidence, it can reduce the value of your claim.
  • Shared fault. If you share fault for your accident, you can still recover money from the other party at fault, but your recovery will be reduced based on your share of blame for the accident.
  • Your injuries. Severe injuries often result in higher compensation due to increased and potentially lifelong medical costs, a long recovery period, and a greater impact on your quality of life.
  • Impact on your earning potential. Catastrophic or serious injuries that leave you disabled have a higher value as you are entitled to the value of your lost or reduced earning capacity.
  • Defendant's behavior. If the defendant's behavior was egregious or intentional, your case may be worth more with the potential for punitive damages. They are also unlikely to be sympathetic to a jury if your case goes to trial. This gives an experienced attorney another edge during negotiations.
  • Insurance. Most injury claims involve an insurance policy. The insurance company will only pay out up to the policy limits. This can limit the amount you can recover, particularly if the at-fault party does not have assets to pursue.

Every case and every victim is unique. A personal injury lawyer can help you understand what your case may be worth after assessing your case, but determining the full value of your losses may require a more thorough investigation. Even then, what you recover will depend on whether your case settles or goes to court and how long it takes.

It's important to understand that no attorney can promise you a specific amount of financial compensation. However, at Berman & Riedel, LLP, we are committed to fighting for the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Our personal injury attorneys will meticulously gather and present evidence to substantiate these factors, ensuring the insurance company or jury fully understands the depth of your suffering and losses.

We Fight for Compensation for All Types of Personal Injuries

Our San Diego personal injury law firm is committed to pursuing the full financial recovery you deserve. Our law firm has recovered more than $100 million on behalf of injured clients. We will give you the same tireless legal representation to pursue fair compensation for all types of serious or catastrophic injuries including:

The accident lawyers at Berman & Riedel, LLP are highly skilled in litigating serious personal injury lawsuits. By working with medical and professional investigative experts, our attorneys gain a complete understanding of the full extent of your injuries. This allows us to build the absolute strongest case and convincingly explain to insurance companies, judges, and juries exactly how your injuries affect your daily life. The result: the best possible outcome for each and every client.

Whether you suffered fall injuries caused by a negligent nursing home or severe injuries in a car accident caused by a reckless driver, Berman & Riedel, LLP is here to help you. Our personal injury attorneys will help you hold the at-fault party responsible while tirelessly defending your legal rights.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney

If you or a family member has suffered a serious injury, you deserve an experienced attorney ready to fight for the compensation you are depending on. Berman & Riedel, LLP offers the experience and skill necessary to provide you with sound legal advice on your personal injury matters and act in your best interests when dealing with the insurance company or presenting your case in court.

Contact our law firm today for a free consultation to discuss your legal options with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers in San Diego, California.

Our Law Firm Accepts Personal Injury Cases Throughout California

We represent clients from our San Diego office, but we accept and manage cases throughout California. Below are areas where we have handled personal injury cases.

Counties
Los Angeles County | Orange County | Riverside County |  San Diego County

Cities
Carlsbad | Chula Vista | Del Mar | Encinitas | La Jolla | Oceanside | Poway | Temecula


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$2,200,000
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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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