Costa Mesa Train Accident Attorneys
Costa Mesa Train Accident Attorneys
Being involved in a train accident is a terrifying experience. Unfortunately, the trauma can last for many weeks or months afterward as victims deal with serious injuries. If you or someone you love was harmed in a locomotive crash, you may be entitled to monetary damages. Our Costa Mesa train accident attorneys can help you navigate the legal proceedings and fight for the full compensation you deserve. We have an in-depth understanding of the case law and statutes pertaining to these claims. Our lawyers can help you identify the liable party, compile evidence, negotiate with the insurance company, and proceed to litigation if necessary. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free consultation with a member of our team.
How to Prove Damages in a Train Accident Case
There are all sorts of costs that might arise after a train wreck. In addition to medical bills and lost wages, you might also have to pay for child care, transportation to and from doctor’s appointments, and domestic help. Beyond the direct financial costs, you may also be coping with serious physical pain, mental suffering, and lost enjoyment in life. These are called “non-economic damages,” and they often account for a significant part of a personal injury settlement or verdict. Besides the damages you have already incurred, it may be possible to collect compensation for damages that you are reasonably certain to incur in the future. Examples include loss of future income and anticipated medical bills. Approximating the value of such damages can be challenging and often requires input from financial and medical experts. The kinds of damages you intend to pursue and their value will determine the types of evidence needed to prove damages. If your injuries are serious and you intend to seek both economic and non-economic damages, valuable evidence may include:
- Your medical records;
- Your financial records;
- Invoices and receipts;
- Your personal injury journal;
- The deposition of medical, financial, and vocational experts;
- The deposition of close friends, family, and caregivers; and
- Photos of visible wounds.
After evaluating the facts of your case, our Costa Mesa train accident lawyers will know the kinds of evidence needed to strengthen your claim. We will perform a meticulous investigation to compile all available evidence so your case is as strong as possible when settlement negotiations begin.
More Than $300 Million Recovered for Clients
You can tell a lot about a law firm by looking at the results they have achieved for past clients. Before you hire an attorney, it’s a good idea to ask about the settlements and verdicts the lawyer has won in cases that are similar to yours. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have won more than $300 million in personal injury and wrongful death cases. This includes substantial victories in train accident cases. With an in-depth understanding of the relevant statutes and case law, our attorneys know how to maximize the potential value of a train accident claim. And because we are seasoned litigators, insurance companies often think twice about refusing to pay a fair settlement.
How Could My Social Media Activity Affect My Train Accident Case?
You may be surprised by how easily and often social media content has a detrimental impact on a personal injury or wrongful death case. Many people don’t think their posts are being monitored by the insurance adjuster, but this has become standard practice—especially when a claimant is pursuing significant damages. Other times, claimants don’t think the content they post could affect the outcome of their case. The truth, however, is that the insurance company may find clever ways to use a seemingly benign post to dispute your claim. For example, a picture of you out with friends might be used to argue that your injuries are not that serious or that you have failed to mitigate your damages. This is why it’s best to stay off social media websites until the conclusion of your case. You should resist the urge to discuss the accident or your injuries online. Rather, keep friends and family informed via phone call or in person. If you intend to keep your social profiles active, be sure to upgrade your security settings. Also, remove anyone whom you don’t recognize from your connections, and do not accept new connection requests from unfamiliar people. Do not post anything, and ask your friends and family not to mention you or tag you in any posts until further notice.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a Train Accident Lawyer in Costa Mesa
When you’re ready to discuss your case in a free consultation, call 1-800-GO-HARRIS. Our attorneys are ready to perform an immediate investigation while time-sensitive evidence is still available. You can also reach us online by sending a message on our Contact Page. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.