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How a Good Attorney Can Help With Your Personal Injury Case

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

An insurance adjuster might try to convince you that you do not need a personal injury lawyer to settle your claim. While it is true that you are not required by law to hire a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, it is in your best interest to talk with an attorney before you settle a personal injury claim. The insurance company and the party who caused your injury do not have your best interests in mind. Instead, they want to pay you as little as possible to end your claim.

Learn more: Read the article, “7 signs you’ve hired a great attorney” for more details about what consistutes a great attorney before continuing.

How Do Good Personal Injury Attorneys in Los Angeles Help You With Your Personal Injury Case?

There are many ways a personal injury lawyer helps injured victims and their families receive fair compensation for accident and injury claims. Five significant ways our lawyers help you with your personal injury case are:

Conduct an Independent Investigation

The insurance company investigates your claim to determine if its insured is liable for your damages. Without an independent investigation, you must trust the insurance company to be honest about its findings.

Your lawyer investigates the cause of your injury to determine the factors that contributed to your injury. Then, your lawyer identifies each party responsible for causing your injury. An attorney gathers evidence to prove the legal elements required to hold a party responsible for your economic and non-economic damages.

Calculate the Correct Value of Your Damages

Insurance companies routinely undervalue damages and make settlement offers much lower than your claim’s actual value. Additionally, an insurance company will not tell you if you are not demanding compensation for all damages you are entitled to by law.

Your lawyer knows what damages you can receive and how to calculate the value of those damages. Depending on the circumstances, your attorney might hire expert witnesses, including medical specialists and financial experts, to assist in valuing damages.

Protect You From Allegations of Contributory Fault

California’s contributory fault laws reduce the amount of compensation a victim receives if the victim is partially to blame for causing their injuries. The reduction is equal to their percentage of fault. Insurance companies use the law to avoid liability by shifting blame to the victims. Your attorney fights these allegations to protect your right to compensation for all damages.

Negotiate Fair Settlement Agreements

When you sign a settlement agreement, you release all parties from liability for your damages. In other words, you give up your right to file a lawsuit and pursue additional claims. The insurance company will not tell you if you agreed to a settlement amount that is lower than the value of your personal injury case. Therefore, do not sign documents or accept a settlement offer without legal advice.

Level the Playing Field for You

The insurance company has unlimited resources to fight your personal injury claim. It has investigators, claims representatives, insurance adjusters, and attorneys who protect the company’s best interest. When you hire a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, the law firm uses its resources to pursue a claim on your behalf.

Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers

At Javaheri & Yahoudai, our legal team is dedicated to helping you recover the maximum compensation available for your personal injury claim. Contact our law firm to schedule a free case evaluation with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney. We put your best interests first during all phases of your personal injury case.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.