You do not need anyone to tell you how devastating pedestrian accidents can be. The injuries you sustain could affect all aspects of your life, from your career and family life to your social life and personal health.
If you want help filing a lawsuit against the party responsible for your accident, we can assign a San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident lawyer to your case. Our legal team is dedicated to seeking compensation on behalf of deserving plaintiffs like you.
How Pedestrian Accident Cases Work
If you have no legal experience, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the legal system. We are here to make things easier for our clients so they can sue for compensation without exhausting their time and energy.
Here is how your case may go with Greenberg Gross at your side.
Filing Your Case Promptly
It is important to act quickly if you want to file a pedestrian accident lawsuit. CCP § 335.1 gives you two years from the accident date to file a suit before you lose your right to compensation.
When a prospective client comes to us, the first thing we do is provide a free consultation that tells them:
- If their case still falls within the statute of limitations
- If they qualify to recover compensation
- How we can help them recover that compensation
Collecting Evidence to Support Your Case
Before giving you any compensation, the liable party’s insurance company will want to see strong proof that:
- You were injured in the accident in question
- Your injuries are as serious as you say they are
- The liable party was responsible for your injuries
Our lawyers can investigate the cause of your San Fernando Valley pedestrian accident to find proof of each of these points. For example, we might:
- Ask for your permission to review your medical records
- Talk to doctors, accident reconstruction specialists, and other experts
- Go to the accident scene to see it for ourselves
- Determine if there are any photos or videos that show your accident
Talking to Other Parties
When we feel we are ready to confront the liable party, we can send them a demand letter on your behalf. This letter would:
- Explain how the liable party caused the accident
- List all of the injuries and losses you want compensation for
- Ask the liable party’s insurance company to pay what you are asking for
If the insurance company responds to the demand letter, we can meet with them on your behalf to:
- Discuss next steps
- Show them the evidence we have collected
- Hammer out a settlement agreement that meets your needs
The liable party’s insurer or lawyer may want to talk to you directly—for example, to get a statement regarding the accident. If and when this happens, we can go with you to these meetings and make sure they do not entice you to say anything that could put your settlement at risk.
Going to Court
While it is often in our clients’ best interest to resolve cases without going to trial, that is not the only way to get compensation after a pedestrian accident. Greenberg Gross can also go to court on your behalf. This would involve:
- Submitting legal briefs, trial exhibits, and other paperwork to the court
- Finding jury members who will consider your case fairly and without bias
- Preparing witnesses and questioning them on the stand
- Cross-examining witnesses brought by the liable party’s defense team
- Delivering verbal arguments about why you deserve compensation
- Protecting your rights by ensuring the defense follows proper legal procedures
Whether you get your compensation through negotiations or a jury award, you would not have to appear in person if you do not want to do so: our team can take your statement beforehand and use that as evidence rather than making you testify in person.
Compensation Our Lawyer Can Pursue for You
We understand that every case is different and that every client deserves different amounts of compensation for different reasons. As we investigate your case, we can look for evidence that proves the liable party should pay you damages. These damages may include:
- Past medical costs, if you have already spent money on treatments designed to improve your quality of life and reduce painful symptoms
- Future medical costs, if you have good reason to believe that you will need more treatments in the future
- Loss of wages, if you took time off work to recover but expect to be able to return to work at some point
- Loss of earning capacity, if you have to leave the workforce entirely or permanently reduce your working hours
- Pain and suffering, if your injuries were (or will continue to be) physically and emotionally distressing or discomfiting
- Disability, if you have temporarily or permanently lost the ability to do things (e.g., walking without pain) that you did before
- Reduced quality of life, if your injuries prevent you from doing things you enjoy, supporting yourself, or handling everyday tasks alone (e.g., getting dressed)
- Loss of consortium, if your injuries make it difficult to maintain close relationships with loved ones and/or have cost you a relationship that was important to you
The Cost of Pursuing Compensation
While recovering compensation after a traffic accident is important, it is reasonable for people to wonder: how much will it cost to fight my case? Will the legal costs cancel out the compensation I ultimately receive?
At Greenberg Gross, we make our services more accessible to people like you in the following ways:
- We offer a no-cost case evaluation over the phone (you do not have to incur travel expenses to come see us right away)
- We charge no attorneys’ fees until after we win your case
- We answer any questions you have about our fee structure, legal costs, and other matters
We Serve the San Fernando Valley and Beyond
Greenberg Gross has multiple offices that serve clients in the San Fernando Valley and other communities in California and elsewhere. By contacting one of those offices, you can receive a free case review and learn more about how our pedestrian accident lawyers can champion your rights.