At The Law Offices of Brian Brandt, we understand how difficult it can be for personal injury victims to find answers to their questions. We’ve created this page as a service to anyone looking for advice.
The following questions represent some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury we regularly receive at our law firm. We’ve handled a wide range of accident and injury cases. We urge you to contact us if you need help with your personal injury claim.
- What is a ‘personal injury’ and how is it different from any other type of injury?
- Should I contact the police if I’m injured in an accident?
- What should I do if the person who caused my accident denies wrongdoing?
- Should I talk to an insurance company if they contact me?
- Should I accept an offer from an insurance company for my accident?
- Can Brian negotiate for more money after my accident?
- Should I file a personal injury lawsuit?
- Should I hire a personal injury lawyer after my accident?
Everyone has been injured at one time or another. Maybe you banged your thumb with a hammer while doing work around the house. But a ‘personal injury’ is a more complex matter. These types of injuries involve legal disputes arising out of accidents or injuries in which someone else may be legally responsible. If you accidentally strike your thumb with a hammer, that’s probably no one else’s fault. However, if the head of the hammer falls off because it was manufactured with a defect and you are injured, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer (and possibly the company that sold you the hammer).
Examples of factors that might lead to an injury and a possible legal dispute:
- Poor lighting
- Negligent security
- Poor maintenance
- Unmarked hazards
If you slip and fall in a grocery store or you are bitten by a dog while visiting someone’s home, you might not think the police need to be involved. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. You should call the police to tell them you were injured. This way, you will have an official police record of your accident. In addition, insurance companies won’t later wonder why you didn’t report your accident as soon as possible.
You never know how the person responsible for the accident might react. The individual (or in some cases a company or corporation) might deny any wrongdoing or may try to get you to admit you were at least partially to blame. Do not talk about fault with the person responsible for your accident. At most, simply exchange contact information and basic facts. We urge injury victims to contact the police and contact our law firm. We can investigate your case and speak on your behalf with the insurance company responsible for compensating you.
In many cases, you need to contact your own insurance company to tell them you’ve been in an accident. If the negligent party’s insurance company contacts you, don’t comment. Anything you say to insurance companies can be used by them to deny you compensation. Remember, insurance companies only have one goal in mind – paying injury victims as little as possible. That’s why you need an attorney speaking with them on your behalf. Contact us right away.
Always be suspicious of insurance companies that make offers after an accident involving injury. What might seem like a good offer probably does not come close to covering the full cost of your losses. It’s a good idea to speak with us first. We can help you determine whether it’s in your best interest to accept the offer or reject it. Best of all, we will give you this advice free of charge.
Yes. Brian has extensive experience at the negotiating table. He’s a lawyer with three decades of experience who has made significant recoveries on behalf of clients. He has helped accident victims obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, including the largest wrongful death verdict in California history – $150 million.
Each case is unique, which is why it’s impossible to make a general statement about whether a victim should file a lawsuit or settle out of court. In fact, most cases do end up settling without the need for litigation. But experience shows us that filing a personal injury lawsuit sometimes is best way to maximize compensation for a client. One of the advantages of retaining our law firm is that Brian has a reputation for being a fierce litigator who has won big verdicts. Often, the threat of a lawsuit by our office is enough to prompt the defendant to settle the case.
We urge anyone injured in an accident to at least contact our law firm for a free consultation. There’s no obligation. We can give you our honest opinion about your case, and then you can decide. In cases involving serious injury or wrongful death, it’s always wise to have representation. Your attorney can help you level the playing field. Remember, your insurance company and everyone else involved in your accident does not work for you. Only your attorney truly represents you and cares about your best interests.