Fountain Valley Bus Accident Attorneys
Fountain Valley Bus Accident Attorneys
Thousands of Californians rely on the state’s extensive public transport networks to get around. Buses are a popular option, giving residents an affordable, convenient, and stress-free way to explore the area. However, while bus accidents are rare, collisions do still happen—and the aftermath can be devastating for the victims. If you were injured while using public transport, our Fountain Valley bus accident attorneys are here to help. We strive to simplify proceedings for our clients, handling the logistics so you can focus on other matters such as your recovery. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to find out more about our free case reviews.
How Our Fountain Valley Attorneys Can Help
When you experience extreme pain after an accident, and you’ve been left to pick up the tab for thousands of dollars of medical bills, it may be in your best interests to speak to a skilled personal injury attorney. The legal team at HPIL have decades of collective experience. We can use the resources and knowledge at our disposal to help you fight for a fair settlement for the damages you’ve incurred. Here are a few more ways we might be able to assist with your bus accident claim:
- Estimating the Potential Recovery for Your Claim: If you’re seeking damages, whether it’s through an insurer or by filing a lawsuit, it’s important to know what your claim might be worth. Without a clear idea of the value of your losses, you could be lured into accepting a low-ball settlement offer that does not account for the full extent of your injury-related expenses. Our attorneys can work with you to tally your expenses, non-economic damages, and other losses. We can also help document evidence you need to prove pain and suffering, which—based on your situation—could form a major portion of the potential recovery.
- Handling Negotiations with the Insurer: Many—if not most—claims are resolved during insurance negotiations. However, rarely is the insurance company’s first offer fair. They may try undervaluing your claim in the hopes that you will take the money and run. Their priority is making a profit and paying out claims can put a dent in their bottom line. Our lawyers are familiar with the strategies employed by the area’s insurers and have become adept at identifying low offers and negotiating more favorable outcomes. We’ve won more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
- Litigating Your Claim: Few claims proceed to trial, but if you do need to file a lawsuit it will help to have someone in your corner who has extensive litigation experience. We are not afraid to go court. In fact, we relish the opportunity to move to trial. We can help file a personal injury lawsuit to demonstrate to the insurer and opposing parties that we are serious about your claim. If settlement negotiations stall or opposing parties are unwilling to offer a fair settlement, we will provide tenacious representation from the first day until the final verdict.
- Sharing Our Resources: We have access to some of the best healthcare providers in the area. As such, we can help make sure you are receiving the best possible treatment. We also have experience working with local clinics and hospitals who may be able to put your bills on hold until your claim is resolved. This may help avoid depleting your savings account or having to deal with debtors while you are recovering. We also have strong connections with a variety of different experts. Whether you need a medical specialist to help prove damages, a vocational expert to estimate the value of lost wages, or an accident reconstruction expert to identify the at-fault parties, we know where to find one.
How Much Is My Bus Accident Claim Worth?
A serious injury is often accompanied by financial hardship. Medical bills, unexpected expenses, and your everyday costs can add up to form a terrifying tally. It’s a financial burden that is often too much to bear. With the threat of financial turmoil looming over you and your family, it can help to put your mind at ease if you know what your bus accident claim is worth. Unfortunately, there are no concrete answers. From the evidence available to the nature of negotiations, there are countless factors that could influence the potential recovery in your case. Here are a few factors your lawyer may consider when approximating the value of your damages:
- Medical Costs: Your medical expenses will usually make up a major portion of your post-accident expenses. The cost of procedures, pain management, modalities, nursing care, and other vital medical interventions can add up quickly in the wake of an accident. When approximating the value of your claim, our attorneys might consider a wide range of costs including both past and future medical procedures, prescription medication, laboratory tests, prosthetics, orthopedics, pain management, physical therapy, doctor’s visits, hospital stay, and consultations with medical specialists.
- Lost Wages: Were you unable to work due to your injuries? Has your condition affected your ability to perform on-the-job tasks? This lost income could be factored into the potential recovery. At HPIL, we often consult with vocational experts and economists to estimate a fair settlement figure for lost earnings. If you have suffered a permanent disability or injury with long-term limitations, you might also be able to pursue compensation for loss of income-earning capacity.
- Pain and Suffering: The full effects of a catastrophic injury aren’t limited to the numbers printed on your medical bills. While pain and suffering are difficult to prove, these types of loss will often form a large part of the eventual settlement amount. Experiencing extreme pain can make it difficult to enjoy life. For example, it may rob you of the joy of engaging in your favorite pastimes or prevent you from fulfilling your responsibilities as a parent. While there is no set formula for estimating the value of such damages, our lawyers have developed methods for arriving at a fair figure. For example, we may multiply your medical expenses by a number between 1.5 and 5, with 5 representing the highest levels of pain and suffering. Or your attorney may use the so-called “per diem” method wherein he or she will assign a dollar value to each day from the date you suffered your injuries until the day you’re expected to achieve maximum medical improvement.
Discuss Your Options with a Fountain Valley Bus Accident Attorney
If you’ve been left to pick up the pieces in the wake of a bus accident, know that you are not alone. Our legal team is here to assist you with your claim. Call our 24/7 phoneline at 1-800-GO-HARRIS or shoot us a message by using our Contact Page to pencil in a free case review.