The time around an accident can be chaotic. There’s insurance to deal with, reports with police, liability, hospital bills, and we’ve seen plenty of times when the party at fault or insurance tries to get out of paying fair compensation. This is why we’re passionate about accidents and personal injury law. When severe personal injury throws a client’s life and the lives of their family into utter chaos, we are here to fight for you.
We at Crockett Law Group focus only on accidents and injuries. We are not a general practice because we want to be live, breathe, and litigate everything injury and accident-related to serve our clients better.
When you hire us, you know you’re getting skilled and experienced Cathedral City personal injury lawyers who are going to go to the mat fighting for you and your rights!
What Should I Do After an Injury?
The first thing to do is make sure to report the incident and get proper treatment. If you’re seriously hurt in a car crash, make sure not only that the ambulance is called but also that police are notified and become aware of the situation. Depending on the severity of the accident or injury you might be limited in what you can do. However, if you have the ability to take photos, videos, or get the contact information of any witnesses you need to do that.
If you’re hurt at a business or on another’s property, make sure the premises owner is notified. In the event that you’re badly hurt but a close friend is there, make sure to tell them to help collect information for you. The more records you have of the situation, what happened, when, and who was there, the better the follow-up will be.
When you have photos, video, contact information, and a record of the reported incident, then you give your personal injury lawyers a lot of what they need to fight hard on your behalf for proper treatment and compensation. If you’re in any type of accident, never admit fault, as doing so could seriously harm your case.
Do not make the mistake of trying to negotiate with insurance companies yourself. If a company is happy to talk in good faith, they will be happy to talk to your lawyers and make sure your rights are properly protected. As soon as the proper medical attention is given, all reports made, and you have time to breathe and think of the next steps, it’s time to call our professionals at Crockett Law Group to represent you as your personal injury lawyer!
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
If you were hurt because of another’s actions, you always want to have a good lawyer on your side. The time after an accident can be incredibly trying and stressful. Having capable lawyers working for you with case preparation, filing a lawsuit, pushing for a strong settlement, or preparing for trial will help your mind be at as much ease as possible.
This isn’t something you can tackle on your own. At Crockett Law Group we take pride in our reputation as a personal injury practice that protects our clients and fights tooth and nail for them. We comb over every detail of your accident to see all applicable case law, put together the best possible case.
Getting the Best Settlement
When you have a personal injury lawyer with a strong reputation on your side, you’re not only likely to get a much better settlement but you have a better chance of getting it faster or with less hassle. A lawyer will know if the other side tries to trick you into accepting an amount that’s too low, and will be watching over your rights so you can focus on healing.
Representing Your Case at Trial
Sometimes a good settlement doesn’t happen. When the case needs to go to trial, you want an experienced and skilled attorney on your side. This isn’t the time to go with someone new. We have the in-court experience to get the job done and make sure that you are taken care of.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
The amount of damages are going to vary from case to case. The specific details of your situation are going to matter quite a lot. There are three types of damages that you could recover.
Economic damages provide compensation for financial losses, such as medical bills and loss of income. California state law doesn’t impose a limit on economic damages.
Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and permanent disability. Meanwhile, punitive damages are awarded in certain cases to punish the at-fault party for their actions. In most cases (with the exception of medical malpractice which has a $250,000 cap for non-economic damage) non-economic damages and punitive damages aren’t capped.
How Is Liability or Negligence Determined?
In order to prove liability and demand compensation from the at-fault party, it’s necessary to prove negligence. This involves four elements:
- Duty of Care – The other party had a legal responsibility as it relates to your safety. A good example is how all drivers must follow traffic laws.
- Breach of Duty – They didn’t uphold this duty of care.
- Causation – The person’s breach of duty led to your accident and injuries.
- Damages – You experienced harm and losses.
But what happens if you’re partially responsible for an accident? California is a pure comparative fault state. This means that you can seek compensation for your injuries even if you were as much as 99 percent to blame for causing the accident. You cannot, however, seek compensation if you were 100 percent at fault for causing the accident.
This is how it works. A percentage of fault will be assigned to you and to the other party involved in the accident. Your settlement amount will then be reduced by your percentage of fault for the accident.
How Much Time Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in California?
You have two years from the time of injury to file a case. Sooner is better for a variety of reasons. For instance, witnesses’ memories may fade with time.
How Much Will a Cathedral City Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
At Crockett Law Group, we operate on a contingency fee basis. This means that there are no upfront fees, and you only pay if we win your case! We receive a percentage of the amount we win for you through a settlement or a trial.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle at Crockett Law Group
You will find at Crockett Law Group we cover a wide array of personal injury cases. You can come to us for a free initial consultation if you’ve suffered an injury related to:
Car Accidents – We have experience with a wide array of car accidents. From running stop signs to right-of-way issues, we will fight for your compensation.
Truck Accidents – Handling truck accident cases can be tricky, especially if a lawyer doesn’t have experience with the special circumstances that can come up in these lawsuits.
Distracted Driving Accidents – Being distracted is no excuse, especially when it leads to your injury or injuries to those that you love.
Drunk Driving Accidents – Too many drunk driving accidents happen, often leaving the victim in pain long after the collision. We will fight to make sure those responsible for your injury are held accountable.
Hit & Run Accidents – Hit and run accidents are a clear breach of duty under state law. We will fight for financial compensation so you can focus your time on recovery.
ATV Accidents – We have experience with ATV accidents including those that also are related to premise liability.
Bicycle Accidents – Cyclists have legal rights on the road. If a driver ignores that and injures you, you’re entitled under state law to sue for compensation.
Motorcycle Accidents – We represent motorcycle riders who have been hurt by negligent drivers.
Pedestrian Accidents – Did a driver ignore your right of way as a pedestrian? Like distracted driving, it’s no excuse and we’re here to fight for your rights.
Scooter Accidents – We represent victims of scooter and moped accidents.
Uber Accidents – If you’re injured because of an Uber driver’s negligence, you might be entitled to compensation.
Brain Injuries – Brain injuries are especially devastating and challenging. Our lawyers will fight for compensation so the injured party can have the support they need.
Children’s Injuries – If your child was hurt because of someone’s careless or reckless actions, we are here to help.
Dog Bites – We have experience trying personal injury cases that revolve around dog bites. Whether the dog was unleashed or aggressive, if laws and proper precautions were broken we’ll work to get you taken care of.
Slip & Fall Accidents – Slip and fall accidents can be challenging, which is why we’re here to take care of your legal representation for these types of cases.
Premises Liability – Property owners have obligations. If those were broken and the negligence resulted in your injury, we want to help.
Wrongful Death – We work with families on wrongful death cases, doing our best to bring justice for the family left behind.
Get a Free Case Review With a Cathedral City Personal Injury Lawyer
Don’t go another day suffering without hope! Our team at the Crockett Law Group has the skills, experience, and fire to fight tooth and nail to get you the compensation you deserve from your personal injury case. We charge no fees if we don’t win your case. Contact us today at (800) 900-9393 for a free no-obligation consultation on your case.