If you have been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and personal pain and suffering. Before you settle a claim with insurance, talk to one of the personal injury lawyers at our Redondo Beach office to make sure you are not waiving your rights or accepting less than your injury demands.
At Kirtland & Packard, our lawyers understand the impact serious injury can have on every aspect of a person’s life. Catastrophic injuries are expensive. We know how vital it is that you receive the compensation to which you are entitled.
If you live in Redondo Beach, Torrance, South Bay, or a surrounding California community and you need an experienced injury lawyer, please call Kirtland & Packard at 310-536-1000 for a free consultation.
- Types of Personal Injury Cases we Handle
- What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
- How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
- Damages in a Personal Injury Claim
- What Percentage Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Take?
- Quiz: Do I Have a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
- Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Lawsuits
- SlideShare: Steps in a Personal Injury Claim
- What are the Chances of Winning a Personal Injury Claim?
- About Kirtland & Packard
- What is the Average Time to Settle a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
- Contact Us for a Complimentary Consultation
“Personal injury law” is a broad term that encompasses a huge range of cases. As such, it is important when choosing an injury lawyer to find one who has experience in your specific type of case. There's no substitute for experience.
At Kirtland & Packard, we’ve spent decades successfully handling, through both litigation and settlement, the following types of injury cases:
- Car Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Aircraft Accidents
- Premises Liability Cases
- Product Liability Cases
- Wrongful Death Suits
We'll be happy to discuss your case at your free initial consultation, where we will listen to your story, answer your questions, and help you decide if legal action is the right choice for you.
A personal injury lawyer fights for the rights of people who have sustained a serious injury in an accident. Personal injury lawyers collect evidence, pour over medical records, and examine every detail of an accident to establish liability, build an effective case, and fight for compensation for things including medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional trauma.
For viable cases, legal action is almost always a more effective way to recover damages than an insurance settlement. This is why it makes sense to talk to a personal injury lawyer before you accept a settlement from an insurance company. Once you have accepted an insurance settlement, you will no longer be eligible to take legal action.
hen choosing a personal injury lawyer, you should focus on:
- Practical Experience: This is the big consideration. There are huge differences between the practice of law and the theory of it, and the only way to truly gain effectiveness in the courtroom and the negotiating room is to actually work in both. Our lawyers have collective decades of experience in complicated litigation, which means we understand how to craft compelling, successful cases.
- Relevant Experience: It's important to remember that “personal injury law” is a broad term encompassing a number of different case types. Experience is crucial, but make sure the lawyer you choose has experience in the specific field that's relevant to you. Both car accidents and defective drugs can result in personal injury cases, but if you've been hurt by a shoddy medical device, you certainly want someone who has experience handling those cases.
- Track Record of Success: Finally, you want to evaluate the attorney's track record. Has the lawyer won the sort of cases that are relevant to you? Do they have a list of verdicts and settlements they can point to in order to demonstrate their successes?
Please read the bio pages of our attorneys to find out more about our experience and proven track record of successful personal injury settlements and verdicts.
The hard reality is that medical care is not cheap. And the kind of serious personal injuries we handle require extensive treatments that can last for years. You need to heal, but that's often impossible if you can't afford the required medical treatment.
That's why our injury lawyers are so passionate about pursuing compensation for our clients. We know that personal injury cases aren't about greed – they're about getting the compensation necessary to allow for the continued livelihood of an innocent victim who is often unable to earn a living after an accident.
A personal injury case can provide compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (in a wrongful death suit)
No injury lawyer can promise you a specific result or settlement amount, and the compensation available to you will be determined by the specific circumstances of your case. But our firm has a track record of pursuing liability wherever it may lead and is here to fight tooth and nail for every penny you are due.
Personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis. This means that you will not pay your attorney for his or her services unless you win your case. A contingency fee will be agreed upon when you hire your attorney. For personal injury claims, it is typically between 33 and 40 percent of the total verdict or settlement. However, this amount can go up or down depending on the specifics of your arrangement.
Please note: almost all personal injury attorneys cover legal fees and associated costs as part of the contingency fee, but some firms charge interest on these payments. Make sure you understand the full implications of any contract you sign with a personal injury lawyer to avoid unpleasant surprises once the case has been completed.
If our injury lawyers had one piece of advice to give accident victims, it would be this: don't delay speaking to an attorney. Moving quickly is one of the most important elements of a successful personal injury claim.
The issue here isn't so much California's statute of limitations. Under California law, you have two years to file a claim related to a personal injury. That period begins when an injury is discovered, so it may not directly correlate to the date of the accident.
While the California statute of limitations for personal injury is generous, waiting years or even months can make building a successful claim very difficult. It is absolutely crucial that you speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident to avoid unnecessary complications.
Let's say you suffered an injury in a wreck involving a large commercial truck. The injuries are severe, as they often are in truck accident cases, and you definitely want to consider pursuing legal action.
This is a perfect scenario to illustrate why it's so important to move quickly after an accident. Truck accident litigation is complicated, and proving fault requires an extensive, professional investigation. And such an investigation requires time- time to speak to witnesses, time to uncover evidence, time to build a case.
Memories fade, and they fade quickly. Evidence is “lost” – in the case of a truck accident, vital GPS data often ends up wiped and unrecoverable. Road and environmental damage, which often constitutes vital evidence, is repaired.
We need to move quickly after your accident to preserve evidence and talk to witnesses while their memories are still fresh. And we can only do that if we know about the accident as soon as possible. We know you're in pain and you're tired and you just want to take some time for yourself. But remember, the steps you take in the immediate aftermath of an accident can have tremendous ramifications down the line. You want to protect your legal rights, and the best way of doing that is to move quickly.
Almost all personal injury claims are settled before trial. Those that do go to trial are more likely to result in significant verdicts, but less likely to be successful.
Settling before trial saves time, money, and resources, but is only acceptable in cases where the offer is suitable for the damages. The best way to determine which course of action will be appropriate for your case is through a free and confidential consultation with a qualified personal injury lawyer.
Founded in 1932, Kirtland & Packard is a successful personal injury law firm. Our award-winning and highly respected attorneys are known for their skill in both negotiation and litigation, and have secured multiple substantial verdicts for men, women, and families who are suffering the consequences of someone else’s negligence.
Thoughtful, thorough, and effective, our lawyers give their full attention to each case they take, working individually with each client to ensure every problem is addressed during the course of a claim. We welcome an opportunity to meet with you free of charge, listen to your story, provide honest information about your options, and help you chose the best path forward.
The average time to settle a personal injury lawsuit is six months to a year. Some will settle faster. Some will take more time. Cases that go to trial may take two or more years to settle. Much of this depends on the Discovery Process, the number of victims involved, and the severity of the injuries.
The best way to learn how long you can expect a personal injury claim to last is through a one-on-one consultation with a qualified attorney. This meeting will also give you an opportunity to determine if you feel comfortable and confident working with a specific attorney or firm for your case. If an attorney does not have your full confidence, keep looking. You may spend several months working with your lawyer and his or her firm. Choosing one that you trust is essential for your comfort and the ultimate success of your case.
If you've been hurt in an accident in the Redondo Beach area, our injury lawyers want to hear your story. Please call Kirtland & Packard LLP today at 310-536-1000 to schedule your complimentary case review. We welcome clients from Torrance and all surrounding South Bay communities.