The Boulevard personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers offer compassionate and aggressive representation in a wide array of tort cases. We have a track record of success helping victims of car accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, and other types of torts. Our law firm is one of the most accomplished in California—with over $300 million recovered for clients—yet we remain committed to providing the personalized representation of a small, local practice. You’ll have a direct line of contact to your attorney, and you can expect prompt responses to your phone calls and emails. Our commitment to being readily accessible will greatly reduce the stress of the claims process on you and your family. We can come to you if you cannot come to us. For a free case assessment, call our office today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
What Types of Accident Cases Does Our Boulevard Injury Lawyers Accept?
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Dog Bites & Other Animal Attacks
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Burns
- Bicycle Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Train Wrecks
- Boating Injuries
- Premises Liability Accidents
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Aircraft Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
It's Important to Remember: Contact Us BEFORE You Call the Insurance Company
California is a tort state, so if you were injured through the fault of another person, you probably expect that individual’s insurance carrier to pay for your medical bills and other losses. However, the insurance company isn’t going to cover your damages if they have a reason to dispute your claim, and they’ll go to great lengths to find an excuse to do so. In fact, your initial call with the insurer is a chance for them to record your statements, which might be used against you at a later date. Although you’ll want to initiate the claims process as soon as possible, your first call should be to an attorney—not to the insurance company. The Boulevard personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers know the tactics employed by insurance adjusters to reduce the value of claims or deny them outright. For example, the insurer might give you a settlement offer within a few weeks of your injury. This offer might account for the medical bills and lost wages you’ve already incurred, but it might not include compensation for future healthcare, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Another common tactic is delaying the proceedings so the claimant’s debt becomes overwhelming. As you become more reliant on your savings and credit cards, you may be more willing to accept a low settlement. But doing so could lead to financial turmoil down the road. The insurance company may also try to blame you for the accident or argue that you were partially at fault. Due to California’s comparative negligence law, a claimant’s monetary recover is reduced by his or her percentage of fault. This is why it’s so important to find an attorney who will thoroughly investigate your case and gather all available evidence. The Boulevard personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers will review your case from all angles and make sure your claim is as strong as possible before entering settlement negotiations. We won’t let the insurance company manipulate you into accepting an unfair payout, and if the insurer refuses to settle out of court, we are not afraid to go to trial.
How Will My Attorney Calculate My Damages?
Personal injury claimants can seek compensation for medical bills, lost income, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other economic and non-economic damages. The approach your lawyer will take when calculating your damages will depend on the nature of your injury, the types of medical care you received, how the injury has affected your income, and a variety of other factors. Generally speaking, the following evidence may help your Boulevard personal injury attorney determine the value of your claim:
- Medical bills and invoices;
- Input from medical and financial experts;
- Input from your loved ones and caregivers;
- Paystubs and tax returns;
- Your personal injury journal;
- The police report; and
- Any other receipts and invoices for expenses related to your accident or injury.
Under some circumstances, it’s possible to seek punitive damages in addition to economic and non-economic damages; however, punitive damages are only awarded in cases involving a defendant who was oppressive, malicious, or engaged in fraudulent misconduct. If your attorney determines that punitive damages might be warranted given the facts of your case, valuable evidence might include the police report, chemical test results, eyewitness testimony, expert witness testimony, and surveillance footage of the accident.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Discuss Your Case with a Boulevard Personal Injury Attorney
If another person’s negligence or carelessness has caused harm to you or someone you love, turn to Harris Personal Injury Lawyers for representation. Our law firm is available 24/7 to take your call. Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or use our contact page to set up a free case review with someone from our legal team.