Few experiences can upend your life like a serious injury or wrongful death in the family. Besides the physical and emotional trauma, you may be struggling to make ends meet due to medical bills, lost income, and other damages. But if the accident was caused by another person’s negligence or intentional misconduct, the Millbrae personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you pursue compensation for any damages you have incurred. We will aggressively represent your interests through every stage of the proceedings. Our attorneys can gather evidence, interview witnesses, and make sure your claim accounts for all potentially recoverable losses. Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS to set up a free consultation. We are available 24/7 to take your call.
Accident Injury Cases We Handle in Millbrae, California
- Car Accidents
- Scooter Injuries
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Turo Vehicle Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Airplane and Other Aircraft Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Bus Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Train Accidents
- Rideshare Vehicle Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
Why Time Is of the Essence After a Personal Injury or Wrongful Death
As you may already know, there’s a lot to do after being seriously injured or losing a loved one in a sudden accident. You might have to take time off work, arrange for child care, and find a new way to pay your bills virtually overnight. With so many pressing concerns, it can be tempting to put off your claim until your schedule opens up, but failing to take immediate legal action could prove to be a costly mistake. For your claim to be successful, you must be able to prove liability and damages. Even if you are certain that you are entitled to compensation, it is important that your attorney is able to enter settlement negotiations with the strongest case possible. This may reduce the duration of the proceedings, prevent complications, and possibly help you avoid the hassle and stress of going to trial. Compelling evidence is the foundation of any strong tort claim, but depending on the facts of your case, some of the most valuable evidence may be time-sensitive. For example, business establishments might not keep surveillance footage, and drivers might delete dash cam recordings. Also, eyewitness testimony will become less reliable as time passes. It is essential that your Millbrae personal injury attorney is able to investigate your case at the earliest possible point in time—while critical evidence is still available. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call, and we can start the process of building your claim right away. There are also deadlines for filing tort lawsuits in the state of California. After this deadline passes, you may not be able to bring your case to trial.
Our Millbrae Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You Prove Damages
Proving damages is an essential component of winning a fair settlement or verdict. In the state of California, personal injury claimants can pursue compensatory damages and, in cases involving particularly egregious misconduct, exemplary (“punitive”) damages. The Millbrae personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you determine the types of damages to pursue and calculate their value. We can also gather the evidence needed to support our settlement calculations. The types of evidence we might use will depend on the facts of your case. But generally speaking, the following evidence may play an important role in proving damages:
- Hospital bills;
- Receipts and invoices for prescription medications, physical therapy, and other medical care;
- Photos of any visible wounds;
- Recent paystubs and income tax returns;
- Estimates for repairing or replacing any property that was damaged in the accident;
- Receipts for any other accident- or injury-related expenses such as child care and alternative transportation; and
- Expert witness testimony.
The testimony of expert witnesses can be vital if you suffered a catastrophic injury that will require ongoing care. Our Millbrae personal injury lawyers work with a network of medical specialists in a variety of disciplines who have the experience and qualifications to assist with settlement negotiations and litigation. Expert witness testimony can also be valuable if there is a dispute regarding the severity of your damages. For example, if the opposing party argues that your injuries were pre-existing but the accident aggravated your injuries, the testimony of a medical expert may be necessary to prove as much. We also work with financial and vocational experts who can provide testimony regarding loss of earning capacity and the future economic impacts of the injury. If there is a dispute regarding liability, we may bring in an accident reconstruction expert or another specialist to testify regarding the cause of your injuries.
Discuss Your Case with a Millbrae Personal Injury Lawyer Today
Our phone line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call. Dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a free consultation, or use our contact form to reach us online.