If you’re reading this, it’s because you’re the victim of a personal injury in Los Angeles. Thankfully, Spodek Law can help you. Our trained Los Angeles personal injury lawyers understand how difficult cases involving injuries can be, and have experience handling them professionally, and with excellent results.
If you or someone you truly care about was injured because of someone else’s negligence, whether from a car accident, slip and fall accident, or more, then you have the right to a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will represent you and get you fair compensation for your pain and suffering. Everyone is required to act with reasonable care, and avoid causing harm to someone else. Negligence is not acceptable.
At Spodek Law, we’ve built a foundation rooted in helping clients get justice. We are committed to helping individuals get justice. It means holding businesses and other individuals accountable for their negligence. We take pride in the fact we help clients get results for their pain and suffering. IF you, or someone you care about, has suffered a personal injury and needs legal help – we can help you.
Why can you trust Spodek Law to help you | Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
- Our team of Los Angeles personal injury lawyers is committed to helping you get max compensation for your case.
- Our law firm has locations nationwide, with lawyers who have experience in a number of different practice areas. Our team of lawyers has recovered over $100 million in combined verdicts and settlements for clients.
- Our personal injury attorneys only accept cases, and clients, on a contingency fee basis, so that means you don’t have to pay anything unless we win.
Our goal is to get you the maximum compensation possible. Dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Spodek Law will review the specifics of your exact case, and let you know the legal options available to you.
There is no fee unless our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers get you compensation
While that sounds ideal, and simple, it’s also true. Unless we win your case, there is no compensation. All of the personal injury cases we handle, ranging from slip and falls, to dog bites, or more, are done on a contingency fee basis. This means we only charge a fee if we get you compensation for your personal injury case. To learn more about how we can help you, it’s important you call our personal injury lawyers.
What do Los Angeles personal injury lawyers do?
Personal injury lawyers take your case to court. In addition, they handle every legal process involved in your claim. Most personal injury claims don’t need to go to trial. Often, your lawyer will be able to negotiate a settlement agreement which is fair to you with the insurance company. By working with our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers, you don’t need to worry about navigating insurance carriers, benefits, limits, and other issues. The benefit of having a personal injury attorney is that someone handles this all for you. If your case does proceed to litigation, your personal injury lawyer will represent you in court, in order to get the maximum compensation possible. While you rest and heal, your personal injury lawyer will fight for a positive result on your behalf.
What type of personal injury cases do we handle
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have fully staffed offices in locations in California. Our goal is to ensure that we are always available to help you get personalized legal help and attention. Regardless of whether you’re in Los Angeles, or San Diego, or San Francisco, we can help. From our many offices, we handle a wide array of personal injury and accident cases, such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents like car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Bus and train accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Defective products
- Dog bites
- Construction Accidents
- and more
California laws that govern personal injuries
When you file a personal injury claim in Los Angeles, it’s critical to understand there are laws that govern the process. The laws regarding personal injury claims can make or break your case. If you miss the California statute of limitations, for example, this could stop you from recovering potential damages.
California is a fault-based, state when it comes to car accidents. After a car accident occurs, the party injured in the crash can get financial damages from the insurance provider of the at-fault party. You, or your personal injury lawyer, will have to do the following:
- identify the cause of the car accident
- identify the defendant
- file a personal injury claim
In California, there are also rules such as pure comparative negligence. California law states that when a plaintiff contributed to his, her, accident, then courts can still awards some compensation for injuries/pain suffering and more. The courts will reduce the overall amount, based on the plaintiffs % of fault. This law can reduce your recovery, if you were partially at fault for the car accident. If you were injured in a car accident, and look to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, you have a max of 2 years to file the personal injury claim. If you’re filing a property damage claim only, you have 3 from the date of the accident to file. The deadline is shortened to 6 months only, if you have a government entity as the defendant.
What’s my case worth?
Personal injury victims often wonder what their case is worth. With all of the time and effort that a personal injury case involves, it’s natural to wonder what you stand to gain. Trying to place a value on your case can give you a realistic idea of what to expect and hope for as your case moves forward. If you suffered injuries and are unable to work – your first priority is getting better – but you’re also worried about how you’ll pay for the time you can’t work.
Of course, no two cases are alike. However, you still want to get some kind of general idea of what your case might be worth. There are a few different moving parts that can impact the value of your case. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can give you advice that’s specific to your case, but there are a few different things that can potentially determine the value of your case.
Determining a value
The first step to determine the value of your case is to look at your medical expenses. This can include current medical bills and anticipated future medical bills. You might work with a medical expert to analyze what treatment you may need in the future and what it’s likely to cost.
After looking at medical bills, your personal injury attorney in Los Angeles will consider your lost earning capacity. If you break your leg, and you can’t work at your construction job for three months, you can request lost wages to compensate you. If your inability to work is likely to continue long term, you may need to work with a vocational expert who can testify to your limitations.
In addition to these economic damages, you likely have non-economic damages. Even though you can’t visibly see these losses, they’re very much real losses that you sustain because of a personal injury. An example might be pain and suffering. Physical pain usually accompanies physical injury, and you also likely have emotional anguish.
In some cases, an injury may cause you to lose the companionship of a spouse. This is a loss that you can receive compensation for under Los Angeles law. Your Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you evaluate all of the possible damages and calculate their value.
The actions of the other party
Most personal injury cases are based on negligence. However, some cases are based on willful or wanton conduct or even intentional conduct. When a person acts in a way that’s malicious, you may have the option to recover punitive damages. Punitive damages aren’t meant to compensate you for any particular loss. Rather, they’re meant to punish a person or corporation for their bad acts.
An example of this might be when a company sells a product that they know is dangerous. It may also exist when a person acts intentionally to cause you injuries. In addition to punishing the bad actor, punitive damages are meant to deter others from acting in a way that’s almost certain to cause injury to others.
Working with a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer likely has experience calculating damages. They know all of the types of damages that might be on the table in your case. They also know what questions to ask you in order to uncover categories of damages that may assist you with putting your life back together. An attorney can help you calculate current and future damages. They can also help you reduce the figure to a sum in today’s dollars even if some of your expenses are in the future.
The purpose of damages is to make you whole again. That is, the law tries to put you in the same position that you likely would have been in if you hadn’t suffered an injury. Of course, money alone can’t make you whole, but it’s the best the legal system can do. An attorney can speak with you to examine the complexity of your case and give you an idea of its exact value.
How do our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers get paid?
Personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we get a favorable outcome for you.
In most personal injury cases, lawyer services are offered on a contingency fee basis, which means the attorneys fees for representing you are deducted from the final verdict/settlement. If you don’t get a good outcome(no money is recovered), then the personal injury lawyer handling your case collects no fees. Here’s what you need to know about how contingency fees work when hiring a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles.
Contingency Fee %
Most contingency fee agreements give the lawyer a % of your money recovered. Typically, this is between 33-40%. You can try negotiating a reduced % or alternative agreement. Some junior personal injury lawyers who are trying to build a reputation may agree to a lower % fee. One way to understand how contingency fees work is the example below:
You receive a settlement offer of $30,000
The attorney will receive $10,000 – and you will receive $20,000 based on a 1/3 contingency fee.
In some states, lawyers will draw up a contingency fee agreement in which the % depends on the stage at which the case is resolved. This is known as a sliding scale. For example, if your lawyer sends a demand letter and is able to get the case resolved right then, then this would imply he did less work than taking the case to trial. In this situation, based on the sliding scale – he may agree to take a lower %.
What are the costs and expenses a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer pays for?
Most personal injury lawyers will cover cost and expenses as they arise. They will deduct them from the final settlement or court verdict. It’s rare for a personal injury attorney to charge a client for costs and expenses as they manifest.
Below are examples of costs and expenses in personal injury cases:
- medical records
- police reports
- expert witness fees
- filing fees
- trial exhibits
Who gets the money?
When your settlement check is sent, it goes to the attorney first. This ensures that the lawyer gets paid for his, or her, services. Many personal injury lawyers work on contingency fee, and as a result risk not getting paid if they don’t get the settlement check first. The lawyer will contact you when he, or she, receives the settlement check, and will provide an itemized list of expenses incurred which are being deducted from your settlement.