If you were injured or lost a member of your family due to the negligence, carelessness, or intentional wrongdoing of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. The Los Gatos personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers provide compassionate and aggressive representation to clients throughout Santa Clara County and surrounding communities. The process of filing a successful tort claim can be incredibly complicated—especially in cases involving serious injuries or wrongful death. With decades of combined experience, the attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers know what it takes to win substantial settlements and verdicts in cases of varying complexity. If you cannot come to our office for the initial consultation, we will come to you. You can reach our 24-hour phone line at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. The initial consultation is free, and you won’t owe any legal fees unless we win.
Types of Accident Injury Cases We Handle in Los Gatos, California
- Auto Accidents
- Slips and Falls
- Premises Liability
- Truck Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Scooter Injuries
- Aircraft Accidents
- Motorbike Crashes
- Boat Accidents
- Train Crashes
- Bike Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Turo Accidents
- Burn Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
The Personalized Representation You Deserve
At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, our clients receive personal attention from highly skilled and experienced attorneys who are well-versed in the laws and procedures that govern tort claims in California. We have an outstanding support staff, but our clients have a direct line of contact to the lawyers who are handling their claims. Many law firms accept far too many cases and don’t have the time to provide exceptional representation. But at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we purposely limit our caseload so our attorneys can thoroughly investigate every claim. Whenever you have questions or want an update on your case, your attorney will be just a phone call or email away. You won’t have to worry about jumping through hoops to reach your lawyer, and you can expect any messages to be returned promptly.
Contact Us BEFORE You Speak to the Insurance Company
If you were involved in an accident and you or the at-fault party has insurance, your instinct might be to contact the insurance company to initiate the claims process. But your very first call with the insurer is an opportunity for them to obtain statements that may be used to dispute your claim. Even if think your statements could only serve to strengthen your case, you never know how the insurer might misrepresent what you say, so it’s best to leave this correspondence to your attorney. The Los Gatos personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers have many decades of combined experience negotiating with insurance providers throughout California. We know how they manipulate claimants into making compromising statements about their accident or injuries. Our attorneys will make sure you are treated fairly by the insurance company, and we will help you avoid costly mistakes that might lead to unnecessary delays, complications, or disputes. It is likely that a claims adjuster will contact you within a few days of your accident to obtain a statement. Insurance adjusters are skilled negotiators who know how to coerce claimants into making statements that harm their cases, so you should direct all correspondence to your attorney. Here are a few more steps you can take to give your claim the best possible chance of success:
- Disable your social media accounts;
- Tell all friends and family not to publish any photos or posts about you until your case has been resolved;
- Keep all receipts and invoices for any expenses related to your accident or injuries;
- Write daily journal entries about how your injuries are affecting your life;
- Take daily photos of your injuries to show their progression; and
- Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Even if you are certain that another party was at-fault for your injuries, you have a duty to mitigate any damages you incur. That means you must take reasonable steps to minimize your healthcare expenses, lost income, and other injury-related costs. You might be tempted to participate in physical activities or return to work without your doctor’s permission, but doing so could jeopardize your case. If the insurance company has reason to believe that your own negligence has contributed to the severity of your injuries, you might be held at least partially liable for your damages. The bottom line: Always follow the instructions of your doctor and your Los Gatos personal injury attorney.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with Our Los Gatos Personal Injury Legal Team
The thought of filing a claim may seem overwhelming if you’re already dealing with the physical and emotional effects of an injury or death in the family. But the longer you wait to speak with an attorney, the more likely it may be that essential evidence will become unavailable. If you’re ready to discuss your case in a free consultation, call our office at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. You can also use our contact form to send us a message online.