Someone else’s negligence can turn your life upside down. A serious injury can result in significant and long-term pain and suffering, expensive medical bills, and thousands of dollars in lost wages. If you have suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident in or around Redwood City, CA, the legal team at Danko Meredith, Trial Lawyers can help. Our law firm has years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases. Call (650) 453-3600 today for your free consultation with an experienced Redwood City personal injury attorney.
Our Redwood City personal injury lawyers will call upon years of experience to get you the best results possible. Our firm enjoys relationships with proven investigators, accident reconstructionists, engineers, medical professionals, and other experts. In investigating the cause of your injury, we can bring to bear all the tools and resources necessary to do it right. Our lawyers will evaluate your case honestly and accurately and battle for the fair compensation you’re entitled to.
Personal injury (tort) law provides an injured victim (plaintiff) the right to claim financial compensation (damages) from the person or entity that caused the injury (defendant). The burden of proof in an injury claim rests with the plaintiff. To obtain an award of financial compensation, the plaintiff need not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. Rather, the plaintiff must prove only that it is “more likely than not” that defendant was at fault.
Our trial lawyers have spent decades representing injury victims in and out of the courtroom. We have attorneys with experience in virtually all facets of personal injury law, from plane crashes to fatal explosions. Our firm accepts a wide range of injury cases types arising from accidents in or around Redwood City.
If you do not see your practice area listed here, contact our law office to learn more. We offer free case consultations in our Redwood City offices. Tell us your story and we will let you know if we think you have a case, and if we’re the right lawyers to help. If we accept your case, we go to work immediately gathering evidence against the responsible defendants.
When you hire Danko Meredith, you never need to worry about whether you will be able to afford your attorney. We know the financial strain that follows from a serious injury. And we want to make legal representation available for everyone. The contingency fee arrangement means that you will not pay one dollar in attorney’s fees unless and until we win the case. If we lose, you will pay us nothing for the services we have rendered, or for the costs we have advanced in bringing your case. When we take your case, we accept 100% of the risk.
California imposes a deadline, called a statute of limitations, for bringing a personal injury claim. If you miss your specific deadline, you will lose your rights and the courts will not allow your case to proceed. The statute of limitations is unique to each case and depends on the type of claim being brought. In California, most types of injury claims must be brought from between 6 months and two years from the date of the injury or accident.
Other statutes of limitations may apply as well. And some exceptions to the rules do exist. Contact an attorney to discuss the time limit for your specific case.
To obtain a settlement or verdict in an injury claim, the plaintiff must prove four main elements of his case.
Proving these four elements requires research into legal precedent, the gathering of evidence such as photographs, eyewitness accounts, and testimony from subject-matter experts, and an analysis of plaintiff’s medical condition and future medical needs. Then the evidence and the law must be put together according to the rules of the court and presented in a way that is easy for a judge or jury to understand.
Armed with the necessary proof, your Redwood City personal injury lawyer will negotiate on your behalf with the defendant’s insurance carrier or with the defendant itself, making sure that those responsible for your injuries do not unfairly deny or delay a reasonable settlement. Although it is legally allowable for a plaintiff to deal directly with insurance companies or other responsible party, a plaintiff who does so typically harms his or her case. It’s best for the plaintiff to get an attorney involved from the outset, as it’s the attorney’s job to look out for the plaintiff’s interests.
Before you call an attorney, gather up the essential facts about your case. It’s okay if you are not sure who or what caused your accident, or exactly how your injuries happened. The law firm can send investigators to the scene and piece together the facts from the evidence they find. But the more you know about your case, the better. It’s especially helpful to have in hand the police report, if one is available, and medical records that describe your injuries. You can then tell the attorney your story confidentially. The lawyer will let you know whether you have a case.
Most injury claims in California settle without going to trial. The parties agree on appropriate compensation while staying out of court. But to get to the point where a defendant will pay fair compensation voluntarily, cases typically require significant legal research and preparation.
Sometimes, regardless of a case’s strengths, the insurance company cannot be reasoned with. It may refuse to pay a fair settlement while wrongfully denying liability, blaming the victim, or minimizing the client’s injuries. In those situations, the client can always opt to take the case to trial and to let the matter be decided by a judge or jury.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you by:
Depending on the case, you may be entitled to compensation for:
Some cases – even very serious ones – are resolved within months of an accident. Others can take years. Often a case cannot be resolved until the accident victim has completed enough of their medical treatment to determine the extent to which any of the injuries will be permanent. An experienced lawyer may be able to give you a better idea of how long your case will take during an initial consultation.
No, you aren’t necessarily required to hire a personal injury lawyer, but doing so gives you a better chance at securing the funds to which you are entitled. A trial-tested personal injury attorney can also give you peace of mind and allow you to concentrate on your recovery.
By hiring a Bay Area personal injury lawyer with a record of trial verdicts, the claimant tells the defendant right from the outset that he is capable of taking the case to trial if defendant won’t agree to pay a reasonable settlement out of court. That’s why hiring a trial attorney at the start often results in the defendant or its insurer making the plaintiff a fairer settlement, quicker than it otherwise might.
Contact Danko Meredith, Trial Lawyers to consult with an attorney about your personal injury accident. The law could entitle you and your family to financial compensation. Learn more about your legal options during a free initial consultation. We also offer our services in San Mateo county and the around the San Francisco Bay Area.