A serious injury or the death of a loved one can affect your family in many different ways. Besides dealing with emotional trauma, you may also be facing financial turmoil due to lost income, medical bills, and other expenses. The San Mateo personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers understand what you are going through, and we are ready to help you fight for the compensation you need to get your life back. With decades of combined experience and more than $300 million recovered for clients, our law firm is one of the most respected in the entire state. We combine the personal touch of a small firm with the resources of a large practice. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. We will come to you if you are unable to come to us.
Types of Cases Our San Mateo Personal Injury Lawyers Handle
- Train Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Motorcycle Crashes
- Bus Crashes
- Rideshare Accidents
- Aircraft Accidents
- Boating Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Severe Burn Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Injuries
- Scooter Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slips and Falls
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Dog Attacks
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
Can I Recover Compensation If I Was Partially at Fault for My Accident?
There are many scenarios when two or more parties share liability for a single accident. In some cases, the insurance company tries to argue that a claimant was partially responsible just to minimize the amount of compensation they have to pay out. If you think the opposing party might try to hold you partially liable, it is critical that you enlist the help of a personal injury attorney. The state of California uses a “pure comparative negligence” system when awarding damages in cases involving multiple liable parties. That means even if you were partially at fault, you may be able to recover compensation for your damages, but your monetary award will be reduced by your own percentage of fault. If you suspect the insurance company or opposing party might argue that you were partially responsible for your own damages, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Depending on the facts of your case, a few percentage points may add up in lost damages. The San Mateo personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers have a track record of success in tort cases involving liability disputes. We will do everything in our power to help you overcome such a dispute by:
- Performing an Immediate Investigation: We will conduct a thorough investigation as soon as possible so we have the best chance to compile evidence before it becomes unavailable.
- Bringing in Expert Witnesses: If necessary, we can bring in experts from a variety of disciplines to assist with the investigation and provide testimony.
- Handling Correspondence with the Insurance Adjuster: As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Preventing a liability dispute is far better than having to overcome one. Our attorneys can handle all correspondence with the claims adjuster so you don’t wind up making any recorded statements that could be misrepresented to challenge your claim.
- Talking to Eyewitnesses: If any witnesses saw your accident, their statements might support your version of events.
How Soon Should I Contact a San Mateo Personal Injury Attorney?
After any serious injury, your top priority is to seek medical care. But once your condition has stabilized, you should consult a lawyer as soon as possible. The insurance adjuster might contact you within just a few days of the accident to get a recorded statement. It is critical that you let an attorney handle this correspondence on your behalf so you don’t say anything that would compromise your claim. Also, the at-fault party might attempt to cover up evidence of negligence. The sooner you consult a lawyer and the claims investigation begins, the more likely it will be that critical evidence will still be available. Finally, there are deadlines for filing tort lawsuits in California. If this deadline, or the statute of limitations, passes before you file the lawsuit, your case will almost certainly be dismissed.
Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to Speak with a San Mateo Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you’re ready to discuss your case in a free initial consultation, call Harris Personal Injury Lawyers at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. You can also reach us online using our contact form. If you are unable to come to our office for the case evaluation, we will come to you.