A serious personal injury can have a profound and lasting effect on an accident victim. Serious injuries can result in financial struggles, emotional challenges, and a diminished quality of life. The victim’s family may also suffer. At Danko Meredith Trial Lawyers, we stand up for the rights of those injured due to the carelessness or wrongful conduct of another.
We work hard in and out of the courtroom to achieve for the victim compensation that helps them and their family move forward. Speak with one of our San Mateo personal injury lawyers by sending us a message or call (650) 453-3600. We represent clients all throughout San Mateo and the San Francisco Bay Area.
California’s personal injury law empowers accident victims to obtain monetary compensation from those who caused or contributed to their injuries. Compensation can cover the accident victim’s medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation expenses, and the costs of home modifications necessary to accommodate the injuries.
Compensation can also cover the pain and emotional distress the accident victim has experienced and will experience in the future, and it can make up for the injured person’s inability to participate in activities such as sports, music, gardening, or other hobbies. Personal injury compensation aims to return the injured person as closely as possible to the position he was in before the accident.
Our trial law firm represents individuals in almost all types of personal injury claims. We have successfully handled lawsuits involving:
To find out if we might be able to represent you in your case, contact us for a free consultation. We will listen to the details of your specific accident and let you know if we think you have grounds for a claim.
At Danko Meredith, Trial Lawyers, we take cases on a contingency fee basis. There are no upfront fees or costs of any kind, and our clients pay our fees only if we win the case. When we win, we deduct our fee percentage directly from the settlement so that the clients do not have to pay out of pocket.
Our San Mateo personal injury attorneys understand that accident victims often find themselves under sudden financial hardship, so we strive to make legal representation affordable for everyone.
If you believe you have grounds for a personal injury claim, you should keep in mind the statute of limitations. Missing your deadline generally means giving up the right to seek damages, as the courts won’t hear a case after the statute of limitations has passed.
In California, you usually have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim. If the date on which you discovered your injuries differs from the accident date, you will generally have two years from the date of discovery. Note, however, that the deadline to file can be as short as six months if the defendant is a government agency.
Determining the particular statute of limitations that applies depends on the specific facts of the case and can be tricky. It’s best to consult accident attorneys experienced in California personal injury law.
For a case to succeed, the plaintiff must prove each of the four elements that make up a personal injury claim.
Evidence of each of these elements lay the groundwork for a strong personal injury claim. But the evidence that establishes each element is seldom apparent from the outset. An attorney must build the case by researching the legal precedent, interviewing witnesses, and subpoenaing documents. Your San Mateo personal injury lawyer can handle these aspects of your claim while you focus on healing.
Before you make your first phone call to a San Mateo personal injury attorney, gather information and documents relating to your accident and injuries. Your lawyer would like to see a police report, if one is available, medical records, and any letters you received from any insurance company. The more information you have about who or what caused your accident, the better.
While having plenty of information at hand can help an attorney give you an honest and accurate evaluation, all you really need is to be prepared to relate what happened and describe how your injuries are impacting your life. Your truthful account can be enough to give the attorney an idea of whether you have a valid claim and what the next steps should be. If the attorney accepts the case, the law firm can conduct a full investigation of your accident to gather the necessary evidence. Even if all you have is your story, contact a personal injury lawyer for counsel.
Not all personal injury cases go to trial. In fact, the majority of personal injury claims settle during pretrial negotiations. However, if the insurance company or other defendant denies the claim or refuses to agree to a settlement that is fair, the case may need to go to trial if you are to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. This is why it is important to hire an attorney with trial experience from the start.
Danko Meredith, Trial Lawyers has the experience, skill, and resources to maximize your chances of obtaining fair compensation from a personal injury claim arising anywhere in Northern California, including the San Francisco Bay Area. We have the commitment to see your case through to the end. Our accident attorneys will fight aggressively for a fair award, no matter what type of accident or injuries the injuries suffered. We will start work on your case with a free consultation at our San Mateo law office. Contact us today to schedule yours.