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Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer

What Does a Personal Injury Attorney Do?

While no one wants to consider the possibility that they will need a personal injury lawyer, there are many reasons why it might one day be necessary.

With Orange County being home to over three million residents, injuries from auto accidents, falls, auto defects, construction accidents, and other hazards in Costa Mesa are extremely common. Unfortunately, these accidents are often preventable and occur as the result of the negligent behavior of another party. As a result, victims are owed compensation for their injuries, making it wise to consider a personal injury lawyer to help them obtain what they deserve.

In instances like these, a personal injury attorney is responsible for assessing the liability of the other party and helping their clients receive adequate compensation for any losses suffered. Personal injury lawyers can assist with compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, pain and emotional distress, legal fees, and dealings regarding insurance companies. By advocating on their client’s behalf, personal injury attorneys are able to assist in navigating the nuances of the legal world and gaining compensation for the expenses and inconveniences associated with injuries.

How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in California?

The statue of limitations for California is two years. This means victims of personal injuries have up to two years from the date of their accident to file a claim. It's important, however, that you contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case and discover your opportunities for recovery. Not only can an attorney help alleviate some of the stress of filing a claim, they can also help in securing documentation that may be useful in proving negligence.

The Orange County personal injury attorney at The Soliman Firm, PLC does all of this and more. If you find yourself or a loved one in need of personal injury representation in the Costa Mesa area, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for the compassionate, in-depth care you deserve.

Call The Soliman Firm, PLC at (714) 970-4770, or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation.

Personal Injury Practice Areas

After spending many years working as personal injury attorneys, we have had the opportunity to gain experience with a variety of claim types.

Below is just an overview of the types of personal injury claims we cover:

  • Auto Defects: Usually the result of a manufacturing or design error, auto defects can cause serious malfunctions when a driver is behind the wheel, often leading to injuries or car accidents.
  • Boating & Jet Ski Accidents: Whether you are boating for recreation or work, another party’s negligence can cause serious injury when out on the water.
  • Brain Injuries: Brain injuries are life-altering and can cause the victim to accrue massive amounts of medical debt, as well as drastically impact their quality of life. Falling objects, slip-and-falls, and explosions can often lead to brain injuries, among other things.
  • Burns: Burns can occur in a multitude of scenarios including car accidents, workplace incidents, or restaurant negligence. Burns typically require extensive medical treatment and can lead to permanent scarring or disfigurement.
  • Car Accident Injuries: Car accidents often cause both minor and serious injuries. If you have been in a car accident it is important that you get a thorough check-up from your doctor and make sure to call us and get a free consultation before you speak to your insurance provider. We can help you determine if you have a claim.
  • Catastrophic Personal Injuries: Catastrophic injuries typically refer to injuries of crucial body parts such as the brain, spinal cord, or neck, especially in cases where the victim would be permanently disabled or otherwise impacted by the injury. Catastrophic personal injuries can have a large impact on quality of life and the abilities of the victim to take care of themselves.
  • Construction Accidents: Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, in part due to negligence from other parties on site. Whether the accident involves machinery, scaffolding malfunctions, or falling objects, these are preventable errors the other party may be liable for.
  • Consumer Product Injuries: Product defects, which can refer to defects both in design and in manufacturing, can cause serious injury that the seller must take responsibility for. This term can also extend to defects in marketing, such as incidents where the product is advertised incorrectly, causing misuse and harm to the consumer.
  • Dog Bites: According to California state law, if you suffer a dog bite in Costa Mesa, the dog’s owner is liable for the dog’s actions and is required to take responsibility for any consequence of the bite, which in most cases includes medical expenses.
  • Fires & Explosions: Fires and explosions are dangerous, not just in regards to burn injuries but also due to the long-term impacts of burns or forces from a blast. Brain injuries are extremely common following an explosion and can have serious and costly consequences for the victim.
  • Golf Ball Injuries: Though golfing is a relaxing pastime, injuries from errant golf balls can cause many medical issues and serious complications. In some situations, simply shouting “Fore!” is not enough, meaning the other party might be liable for injuries.
  • Inadequate Security: Commercial property owners have a duty to provide adequate security to patrons of their business or attraction. Cases of injury due to assault, battery, or other altercations are often the liability of the property owner due to not providing adequate security measures to prevent the altercation.
  • Motorcycle Accidents: The statistics vary from year-to-year, but there are typically a minimum of 80,000 motorcycle injuries annually. Because California is a state that allows lane-splitting, many of the motorcycle injuries in Orange County are due to drivers in cars neglecting to pay attention to motorcyclists on the road. It is important to have a qualified personal injury attorney on your side to fight these types of cases.
  • Premises Liability: A premises liability claim occurs when you are injured due to unsafe conditions on someone else’s property. This can range in cause from a fall due to a missing movie theater handrail to a slippery grocery store floor and can lead to many medical issues and bodily injury.
  • Products Liability: Unclear or incorrect product manuals, warnings, or instructions can all lead to injury that the manufacturer is liable for. Additionally, food or children’s toys that are found to be contaminated could also incite a products liability case.
  • Railroad Accidents: From commercial railroads to the Metrolink commute, trains bring a level of convenience to life but can also bring danger. Many railroad accidents are preventable, so if you have been injured by a train or Metrolink car, it is important to consult with an attorney to understand your options.
  • Slips, Trips, & Falls: Property owners have the responsibility of keeping their property reasonably safe, whether it is a commercial or residential parcel. Therefore, if their neglect of their property caused a slip or fall resulting in injury, they could be at fault.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries: Because of how fragile the spinal cord is, injuries to it are extremely common in any kind of impact accident and can cause paralysis or irreversible damage to the victim.
  • Sports Injuries: While all sports carry some level of risk, unreasonable athletic behavior or malfunctioning sports equipment can exacerbate these reasonable risks and cause serious injury.
  • Trucking Accidents: The regulations and precautions surrounding the semi-trucking industry are put in place in order to prevent injuries to others because of how dangerous these large trucks can be. Trucking accidents can be some of the deadliest, so it is important that negligent parties are held responsible.
  • Unsafe Streets & Highways: If you are in an accident due to a poorly maintained Costa Mesa road or highway, you might not be liable for the error.
  • Wrongful Death: A wrongful death case occurs if a victim is killed as a direct result of the other party’s neglectful actions. Some common scenarios for this would be medical malpractice, elderly neglect, or airline accidents, but there are many other scenarios where wrongful death could occur.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should I hire a personal injury attorney?

    If you have experienced an accident due to another party’s negligence, it can be a confusing time filled with uncertainty. A personal injury lawyer will be able to advocate for you during the complicated process of recouping your losses, especially those related to medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and emotional stress in the wake of your injury. Unfortunately, the other party’s insurance company will often be unreasonable in their settlement amounts to avoid negatively impacting their bottom line. It is not uncommon for victims to be offered no settlement or to be offered one so low it will not even begin to cover the expenses they have accrued. With a personal injury attorney on your side, you have someone willing to fight this system and win back the compensation you deserve.

  • Do I have a personal injury case?

    It can be difficult to determine if there is a personal injury case without knowing all the details of the claim, but we can certainly work with you to evaluate the situation and determine the answer. Schedule a free consultation so we can review your case.

  • Do you offer a free consultation?

    We do! We pride ourselves on our strong client relationships and always want to make sure your questions are answered without forcing you to accrue extra fees. Contact us today to schedule yours.

  • What is my personal injury case worth?

    Every personal injury case is different, so assigning a dollar value prematurely is not something we like to do. However, we can guarantee that we will fight to get you every bit of compensation you are entitled to in your personal injury case.

  • How long will my personal injury case take?

    Just as every personal injury case varies, so does the timeline for the settlement of the case. Depending on how compliant the other party’s insurance company is, cases may be settled anywhere from a mere few months to several years.

  • Is it worth it to hire a personal injury attorney?

    In most cases, the answer is, “Absolutely.” If your accident was a result of someone else’s negligence, their insurance company will typically try to settle the matter as inexpensively as possible—sometimes even offering no compensation, especially if the victim does not have legal representation. Hiring a personal injury lawyer forces insurance companies to take your claim seriously and ensures you have someone fighting for you to get what is owed.

  • How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in Orange County?

    For personal injury cases, each state has a Statute of Limitations which governs how long one has to seek compensation for their accident. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the accident, or if the injury was not discovered right away, one year after the injury was discovered. However, if the other party is a city, county, or California state government agency, you must file your personal injury claim within six months.

What Is the Process of Filing an Injury Claim?

If you have been in an accident in the Costa Mesa or Orange County area where another party was at fault, it is wise to understand the process of filing a personal injury claim. A good legal team will help you through every step of the process and make sure you are fully compensated for your injuries and inconvenience.

These are the steps to filing an Orange County personal injury claim:

  • Obtain Medical Attention: Obtaining medical attention is the most important thing following an accident. Consult with your doctor to have your injuries professionally evaluated. This may require X-rays and other testing in order to uncover injuries that are not immediately obvious.
  • Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer: Even for small claims, an Orange County personal injury attorney is helpful to guide you through the complications of the process.
  • Lawyer Will Make Demands or File: In certain cases, a personal injury lawyer can make demands of the other party or their insurance representative and have those demands met right away. Otherwise, a lawsuit is formally filed, and the timeline will begin for the case to go to trial.
  • Discovery & Investigation: The discovery period is a chance for both parties’ attorneys to obtain a full overview of the case and what evidence each side will be presenting. They will typically request all relevant documents, interview witnesses, and question all of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s) involved.
  • Settlement & Mediation: Around 95% of personal injury cases are settled before going to trial. Many times, the other party will want to avoid escalating the situation further and will choose to settle out of court in order to have the lawsuit dropped. Generally, legal teams are able to discuss the terms and come to an agreement on their own, but they might also see a mediator if they are unable to agree. If you and your personal injury attorney are unhappy with any of the offers the defendant extends, it is your right to choose to take the case to trial.
  • Trial: If mediation is not effective, the case is escalated to go before a judge. Trials can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the complexity of the case. A jury of people from the community will make the final decision on how much to award you for your injuries, based on all the facts presented in court.

How Do I Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer in Orange County?

In the aftermath of an accident where you have been injured, selecting a personal injury attorney can seem like an insurmountable task. However, there are criteria to use when you seek out a personal injury lawyer, so you can determine if they are a good match for your case.

First and foremost, a good personal injury attorney will have your best interest as their top priority. Following an accident, a personal injury lawyer is tasked with the responsibility of protecting your best interests and fighting for your rights throughout the case. Working with an attorney that is committed to helping you and working for your well-being is key.

Secondly, look for a lawyer that specializes in your type of claim. Attorneys can specialize in a variety of concentrations but finding someone with experience in Costa Mesa personal injury law will ensure you are working with someone familiar with the nuances of personal injury cases.

Third, it is important to select a personal injury attorney with a history of satisfied clients. Regardless of whether their cases ended in settlements or trials, finding a personal injury lawyer with a history of success is key.

Finally, search for someone who is willing to provide a free consultation to evaluate your case. Do not get stuck having to pay for an initial meeting with a lawyer without knowing the details of what your case will entail. Booking a free consultation for your personal injury case will allow you to further educate yourself on the details of personal injury law at no cost to you.

Call The Soliman Firm, PLC Today!

The Soliman Firm, PLC is happy to schedule a time for a free consultation so you can have the details of your case professionally assessed. We will discuss the details of the accident and the injuries sustained, and we will gain an overview of your treatment process in order to better understand the situation. We will also review your medical records and accident-related bills to assess the financial damage the accident has done to your life in order to better discuss the demands of the other party.

What Sets Us Apart?

  • Recovered Millions of Dollars
  • No Fee Unless We Win Your Case
  • Available & Accessible at All Times
  • Arabic & Spanish Consultation Available
  • We Maximize the Value of Each Case
  • Clients Become Family When They Sign With Us
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