Filing a lawsuit after a pedestrian accident is a powerful tool for recovering the compensation you need to move on. It can also be very complex, requiring plaintiffs to navigate a series of legal tasks in the right order and within strict deadlines.
An Anaheim pedestrian accident lawyer from our office can make the legal process much less strenuous. We would be proud to protect your rights by confronting the liable party and fighting for the damages you need and deserve.
Recovering Damages for Pedestrian Accident Injuries
CCP § 335.1 gives pedestrian accident survivors the right to seek compensation from the at-fault party, so long as they start their case within two years of the accident. This could entitle you to damages based on:
Your Pedestrian Accident Injuries
You should never have been injured, period. Whether you will eventually make a full recovery or will spend the rest of your life learning to manage the injuries, you could receive damages for:
- The pain and suffering, both physical and mental, that you endured (or will continue to endure) thanks to your injuries
- Disability, which includes injuries that temporarily or permanently prevent you from using your mind or body in all the ways you did before
- Reduced quality of life, which refers to the ways in which your injuries keep you from living independently and without pain, or engaging in all of the activities you want to do
- Loss of consortium with your spouse or other close relatives
Money You Lost
The accident itself could have caused you to miss work. After that, you may continue to miss work because you needed to seek medical care, or because your injuries were so serious that you were unable to perform your regular duties.
You are allowed to seek compensation for the income you lost due to:
- Temporary loss of wages stemming from your need to recover or undergo treatment
- Permanent loss of earning capacity caused by untreatable injuries that keep you from working full-time (or at all)
- Loss of job opportunities, such as promotions, that you once qualified for but no longer do
- Job benefits you once received but no longer qualify for
Money You Spent
Aside from affecting your ability to earn money, pedestrian accident injuries can also cost a great deal—perhaps even more than you can afford. You could qualify for compensation if you need to pay for things like:
- Past medical expenses for hospital stays, emergency care, and so on
- Medical expenses you will probably incur in the future
- Services you would not have needed in the past, such as babysitting, petsitting, or housekeeping
- Replacing any valuable possessions, such as cell phones, that were damaged or destroyed in the accident
How Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Can Be of Service
You know you need and deserve compensation, but do you know how much you qualify for? Can you prove the liable party’s identity and hold your own in negotiations with their insurance company?
Many people would find it difficult to answer “yes” to these questions, especially when they are still recovering from a serious injury. Fortunately, you do not have to go through this difficult time alone. An Anaheim pedestrian accident lawyer from Greenberg Gross can support you by:
- Addressing your concerns: From the day we give you your free case review until you receive a check for compensation, our team will always be available to answer your questions and explain the legal process.
- Collecting evidence: We can examine medical records, police reports, photos, video, expert testimony, and more. This information allows us to create a complete and accurate picture of what happened on the day of your accident.
- Coming up with a plan of action: Sometimes, we can resolve cases at the negotiating table. Other times, we must go to trial. We can design a viable plan based on your case’s specifics and your own preferences.
- Following through on that plan: Both ways of getting compensation require careful attention to detail and a willingness to confront other parties. You can depend on our team to do whatever we can to secure compensation for you.
- Asking for no attorneys’ fees up front: We only get paid attorneys’ fees once our clients get compensation. This way, we are truly in it together.
Hiring our firm to represent you means that you do not have to worry about parsing the legal system or facing other parties alone.
Our Lawyers Can Protect You from Insurers
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), all California drivers must carry a certain amount of insurance to cover damages if they ever cause an accident.
After a pedestrian accident, the liable party’s insurance company may try to contact you. They have a right to speak with you (or your attorney) if the only thing they want is to investigate the accident’s causes. However, if they ask for any of the following, these may be warning signs that they are trying to diminish your payout:
- If they ask you to record a statement about the accident, they may want to use that statement to interpret your words in a way that makes it seem like you do not deserve damages.
- If they offer you a fast settlement, it probably does not meet your needs. We can calculate your case’s worth to prevent this.
- If they imply you contributed to the accident or your injuries are “not that bad,” they are trying to shift blame from their client to you. This could limit how much you get in compensation.
Even if the liable party in your case is someone other than a driver, you will still likely have to deal with their insurance company. Instead of risking your settlement, you can allow Greenberg Gross to do all of the talking and protect your rights.
Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Want to Help
Greenberg Gross has been helping personal injury survivors recover settlements and jury awards since 2013. Now, our lawyers serving Anaheim can fight for the money your pedestrian accident injuries entitle you to recover. Call our office as soon as possible to start the process with a free, no-obligation case review.