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Seek a Personal Injury Attorney Who Will Fight For You

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a preventable accident, you need experienced legal representation.  A serious injury can lead to pain and suffering, significant medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability, and negatively impact your ability to work and earn income. You need a San Diego personal injury lawyer to fight for your case to ensure you receive rightful compensation.

While these unfortunate events are traumatic, a San Diego personal injury attorney can help to ease your anxiety over financial concerns and help ensure that you get the compensation you need to move forward.  At the Haffner & Morgan personal injury law firm, our San Diego personal injury lawyers will work tirelessly to get you the help you need and maximize your financial recovery. Contact us for your free consultation today.

What Is Personal Injury Law?

California’s personal injury law deals with litigation related to accidents and injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence. Not only do we expect a certain duty of care from those around us, whether they’re other drivers on the road or medical professionals responsible for our care, but in some circumstances people actually have a legal obligation to adhere to expected standards of behavior that don’t put others at risk. Those who are injured as the result of someone not adhering to those standards have the right to pursue legal claims against the negligent person or entity in order to gain monetary compensation for their economic and non-economic damages. In most cases, these claims settle out of court through negotiations with the defendant’s insurance company. A skilled, diligent San Diego personal injury lawyer can help you get the best possible outcome for your claim or advocate on your behalf should the case go to court.

Why Choose Haffner & Morgan Personal Injury Lawyers?

Haffner & Morgan’s injury attorneys have experience representing clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including:

neck injury

The Statute of Limitations in Personal Injury Cases

The Statute of Limitations refers to the time period in which a personal injury claim must be filed. Under California law, the statute of limitations is typically 2 years with some limitations causing the time frame to be shorter or longer.  A San Diego personal injury attorney from Haffner & Morgan can help you get your filing in order so you don’t miss this deadline.

What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

Personal injury law is complex and involves substantial sums of money. A personal injury lawyer represents you in the case of an accident, addressing the legalities of your claim while you focus on your recovery. Insurance companies exist to make profits and typically try to low-ball payouts or deny claims completely for a variety of reasons. A skilled personal injury lawyer knows how to best represent your case either in negotiations for a settlement or in a courtroom. A personal injury lawyer aids and accident victim in the following ways:

  • Works on a contingency basis to investigate claims
  • Gathers evidence to support injury claims, such as police reports, witness statements, employment records, doctor’s notes, and medical bills
  • Sends a demand letter to the defendant’s insurance company for a sum that covers the claim
  • Prepares complaints against defendants if negotiations with the insurance company are not successful
  • Represents clients in court to argue aggressively for full compensation for their injuries.

If you were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, the attorneys at Haffner & Morgan can evaluate your claim and provide the representation you need through the entire claims process, beginning with negotiating a settlement after gathering evidence.

Negotiating on a Settlement

A settlement is the process of dealing with personal injury cases outside of court. It is not yet a lawsuit. The plaintiff can negotiate with the defendant. After the settlement is reached, you will sign an agreement that you will no longer take the case to court. On average, personal injury settlements range from $3,000 to $75,000,

What Are Some Recoverable Damages in Personal Injury Cases?

If a settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury victim can proceed to bring the case to court.  Compensation for accident damages might include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Expenses for property damage (cars, bikes, etc) and irreplaceable items
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain and suffering costs
  • Lowered quality of life costs
  • Impairment costs
  • In some cases, punitive damages

What are Punitive Damages?

In accident cases involving particularly egregious behavior on the part of the defendant such as extreme acts of recklessness, a jury could award punitive damages. These are non-economic damages intended to “punish” the at-fault party and to deter them from repeating the reckless or malicious behavior. While some states place caps on the amount of punitive damages a judge or jury can award, California’s Civil Code 3294 does not place caps or limits on punitive damages. However, The United States Supreme Court prohibits excessive punitive damages and requires that these damages remain reasonable and in proportion to the harm caused by the plaintiff’s actions.

You can ask a lawyer if punitive damages might apply to your personal injury case in California.

Ways a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Can Assist You

Some ways a San Diego personal injury attorney can assist might include:

  • Investigating your claims to determine if your case worth taking to court
  • Gathering evidence
  • Sending a demand letter to defendant
  • Protecting you from settling early with insurance companies
  • Preparing motions and pleadings
  • Representing you through trial

Steps You Can Take After an Accident to Help Your Personal Injury Case 

If you experience an accident, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Report the accident to the police and request a copy of their report. Ask your doctor to take detailed records and be sure to report all of your injuries and every symptom. If you’re physically able to record witness names and statements with your phone, it will help the investigation later. Be sure to do the following:

  • Keep track of all medical reports and bills
  • Request copies of witness statements and police reports
  • Take photos of the accident scene if at all possible
  • Follow your doctor’s orders and keep every appointment for follow-ups and recommended treatment and rehabilitative therapies
  • See a therapist if you experience any symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Your actions following an accident can help your lawyer to prove your case in order to obtain a settlement or to represent your interests in court. 

Contact Haffner & Morgan Today

If you or someone you love has suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of someone else, the Haffner & Morgan legal team we fight for you in your personal injury claims to get you the compensation you deserve. A personal injury can hinder your ability to live your life, and our law firm wants to help you get back to living as soon as possible.

Our San Diego personal injury attorneys will make sure you get the best representation to take your case on. Contact us today for your free consultation.