You deserve compensation after a pedestrian accident but may be seriously injured or too overwhelmed by the legal system to pursue that claim. Our Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyers could make things easier.
With help from our team, you could receive fair damages without having to collect evidence, negotiate a settlement, or go to court by yourself. This could provide you with the peace of mind and the time you need to concentrate on recuperating from your injuries.
Compensation for Pedestrian Accident Survivors
How much can you get in a settlement from the person who caused your accident? That depends on the following factors:
How Much Money You Lost
A pedestrian accident could cause financial strain in any number of ways, including by:
- Forcing you to seek medical care for your physical and psychological injuries.
- Keeping you home from work on either a short-term or long-term basis.
- Preventing you from pursuing new jobs or promotions.
- Making you undergo vocational rehabilitation training so you can find work in a new field that better accommodates your injuries.
- Damaging any valuable personal property (e.g., jewelry or electronics) that you had on you during the accident.
How Severe Your Injuries Are
In addition to compensation for your financial losses, you have the right to seek damages for bodily injuries, per CIV § 1431.2. You could qualify for such damages based on:
- Pain and suffering, which includes both physical and psychological distress related to experiencing the accident and/or catastrophic injuries.
- Disabling injuries that affect how you move, think or feel.
- Loss of quality of life stemming from an inability to perform basic tasks without help or to live independently.
- Loss of quality of interpersonal relationships, especially if you can no longer connect with your spouse emotionally or conjugally.
If the Other Party Is Insured
According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), all drivers in the state must carry a minimum amount of insurance and carry proof of their insured status in the car “at all times.” Similar rules apply to other potentially liable parties, such as trucking companies or auto part manufacturers.
What happens if someone is not insured or does not have enough insurance? You may have a more difficult time getting the compensation you need, but doing so is not impossible. Greenberg Gross can help design a strategy to get you an appropriate settlement.
If the Accident Was Fatal
If you lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, please accept our condolences. When a personal injury turns fatal, the victim’s loved ones may have the right to sue for damages on their behalf. You could be entitled to compensation for:
- The cost of burying your loved one, holding a funeral service, and settling their estate.
- The loss of your loved one’s presence in your life.
- The loss of whatever income your loved one would have earned over their lifetime and put to use in supporting their dependents.
Our Lawyers Want to Be Your Ally
Our firm believes that all accident survivors have a right to fair compensation—and to a passionate, determined attorney who can pursue that compensation on their behalf. Our pedestrian accident lawyers serve Long Beach residents who want someone to:
- Assess their case’s value at no cost to them.
- Investigate the accident and gather evidence that proves they deserve damages.
- Calculate exactly how much compensation they deserve.
- Identify the party or parties who caused the accident.
- Contact all liable parties with a demand for fair compensation.
- Negotiate with the insurance companies as necessary to secure the settlement that is right for you.
- Represent you in court, if necessary.
- Handle all of the paperwork related to your case, including evidence, demand letters, legal briefs, and settlement agreements.
- Talk to all other parties on your behalf and let you know what they have to say about your case.
The above list represents just a small portion of the many tasks and hard work that go into completing a lawsuit. It is perfectly understandable if you do not feel up to—or simply do not want to—handle all of these tasks alone.
Greenberg Gross represents clients who do not have the time, energy, or experience to navigate the legal system alone. We support our clients in every way we can from start to finish, making it less stressful for them to get fair compensation.
Why Hire a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer?
We would be happy to do all of the work associated with your case. This not only saves you the trouble of doing it yourself, but it also protects you against other parties who have an interest in undermining your case.
For example, has the liable party’s insurance company:
- Tried to contact you very quickly after the accident, even before you left the hospital or recovered enough from your injuries to think straight?
- Asked if they could record you talking about your injuries?
- Offered you a settlement and then refused to negotiate or discuss the matter further?
- Implied that you do not need an attorney, or that you could settle your case faster without an attorney?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the insurance company is likely trying to reduce your settlement by gathering “evidence” of your culpability or pressuring you into a fast settlement.
You do not have to tolerate this behavior. If you are uncomfortable with the insurance company’s behavior, you have every right to:
- Give them your attorney’s contact information or tell them you are in the process of hiring a pedestrian accident attorney.
- Tell them that you want all communication to go through your lawyer going forward.
- Let us speak to them for you, and let us know if they try to directly contact you again.
Let Our Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Support You
Greenberg Gross wants to help you protect your family’s future by fighting for the compensation you need and deserve. If you were injured in a pedestrian accident or another type of accident in Long Beach, our lawyers are here to support you as you seek a settlement.
Do not hesitate to contact us today for a free case review.