Answers to Your Southern California Injury Accident Questions

Have questions regarding your Southern California accident case? Steinberg Injury Lawyers have the answers you are looking for. Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers have been helping accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries since 1982. We have the knowledge and experience necessary to recover the highest compensation possible for your case.

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  • What can I do if the other driver’s insurance company denies my claim for injuries sustained in a car accident?

    When it comes time to file a claim for the injuries they’ve sustained, some victims of car accidents are in for a nasty surprise. Insurance companies have been known to deny legitimate injury claims for a number of reasons, but what it really boils down to is another tactic to protect their bottom lines.

    You Don’t Have to Give up Hope If Your Injury Claim Is Denied

    While many victims give up after a claim is initially denied, many aren’t aware that it may be possible to keep fighting for the compensation they deserve. The truth is that the initial denial of a claim isn’t necessarily the end of the story for injured victims. However, to effectively fight a denial, victims are likely to need the help of an attorney who has direct experience with accident claims in the state of California. With the help of a trained legal eye, you can determine why your claim was denied, identify potential problems, and get a clear idea of how and if you can continue to fight for what you truly deserve.

    Even Legitimate Injury Claims Are Sometimes Denied

    Many people receive a denial of their injury claims, and simply move on by paying out of pocket for the injuries the other driver caused. However, there are a number of reasons a claim may be denied right out of the gate, ranging from a mistake on an important form, to a directed attempt to get you to give up on your claim. Before you take no for an answer, review your claim and the reasons for denial with an experienced attorney.

    How Delays Put Car Accident Victims Under Pressure

    Even if your claim hasn’t been denied, you may run into problems as the months stretch on without answers or progress. As your medical bills pile up and deadlines approach, it’s easy to start wondering if you should just accept a low-ball offer or give up entirely.

    While some complicated claims really can take a long time to resolve, some insurance companies will attempt to create these mysterious delays to pressure accident victims into accepting any settlement they choose to offer. An experienced attorney can help speed up the process and make sure that you are protected from pressure and manipulation to accept less than you deserve.

    You can’t make confident decisions about a car accident claim unless you have the information you need. To learn more about protecting yourself from insurance company tricks and traps after you’ve been hurt, take the time today to request your free copy of our book, 7 Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case.

     

  • What Are the Symptoms Of A Mild Brain Injury To Look For After A Car Accident?

    A mild brain injury is denoted by a loss of consciousness for a half hour or less, while a severe brain injury can happen when you lose consciousness for an hour or more. It’s also important to note that traumatic brain injuries, regardless of whether they are mild or severe, can take days or weeks to manifest. As a result, it’s important you speak to your doctor immediately after a head injury if you are demonstrating any of the following symptoms.

    Here are some signs you may be suffering from a mild brain injury:

    • Trouble with coordination, both in terms of fine-motor skills as well as basic walking
    • Intense mood swings or uncharacteristically violent and aggressive outbursts
    • Issues with your senses, such as a loss of smell, over-sensitivity to light and sound, changes in taste (or a continual bad taste in your mouth).
    • Nausea
    • Excessive sleeping
    • Depression
    • Memory loss
    • Seizures

    After you or a loved one suffers a head injury after an accident, there are two professionals you should consult as soon as possible: Your treating doctor and an attorney experienced in successfully handling complicated brain injury cases

    Call our office now for a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.  The call and the consultation are free.

     

  • What Kind of Evidence Will Help My Case?

     It does not matter what type of accident that you or your loved on were injured in (car, slip and fall or bicycle), as long as it was not your fault, collect and preserve as much evidence as possible.  This includes:

    -Photographs

    -Physical Evidence

    -Written Documents

    For more information in depth information on, see our article: https://www.steinberginjurylawyers.com/library/after-an-injury-accident-collect-as-much-evidence-as-you-can.cfm

    If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call us now.  The call and the consultation are free.

  • Do I have to accept the insurance company’s “final offer” if it won’t cover the costs of my care for a brain injury?

    If you’re being pressured with a final settlement offer that is insufficient to cover the care you have received for your brain injury, as well as the care you’ll need in the future, contact a San Bernardino attorney who has experience negotiating with insurance companies on victims’ behalf. Often, the “final offer” floated by the insurance company is not set in stone, but it definitely is a sign that you will need to take action to strengthen your injury claim and give your case an edge.

    Is the Insurance Company’s “Final Offer” for Your San Bernardino Brain Injury Claim Really Final?

    In many cases, the so-called “final offer” from the insurance company is not the maximum amount you could recover for your claim. Instead, it’s an attempt by the insurance company to pressure you into accepting a settlement that does not work for you or fully cover the cost of your injury. As time limits approach, medical bills pile up, and negotiations drag on, insurance companies know that they can pressure vulnerable victims who do not fully understand how the insurance industry works or what their rights are after an injury.

    However, instead of giving up, it may be possible to continue negotiations with the insurance company or even take them to court for what you truly deserve. While an individual may have trouble pushing for a better outcome in this situation, an experienced personal injury attorney who is familiar with California laws and insurance company tricks can quickly identify any problems with your claim and fight for a successful outcome.   

    For more regular news and information about your rights after a brain injury, connect with our San Bernardino team on Facebook—and, of course, you can also contact us directly via phone or email for personalized assistance with your questions.

     

  • Other than physical injuries, what are some of the damages that a child might experience after a dog bite?

    When you look at your own loving and gentle dog, it can be hard to imagine that there are other dogs that are mean or vicious.

    Sadly, in here in California plenty of dogs aren’t as kind as yours. They may attack a human without provocation. This is often the fault of the owner for not taking the proper actions to prevent the attack.

    What makes matters worse is the fact that the majority of dog bite victims in San Bernardino are actually children under the age of twelve. Because of a child’s size and inability to defend himself, a large proportion of dog attacks are severe and even fatal.

    Although a dog bite can cause severe bodily injury, it may also cause damage that is nonphysical. These damages may be nonphysical but they can take just as long to recover from. It is important that parents recognize these nonphysical damages in order to help mend them.

    Three common damages that are nonphysical that a child may experience are:

    • PTSD. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is very common among children who have been bitten by a dog. PTSD is a mental condition that is the aftereffect of experiencing a stressful or terrifying event. Unfortunately, many children suffer from PTSD after being involved in a dog bite.
       
    • Loss of faith. Most children have a natural trust and faith in dogs. This can quickly go away when the child is attacked. It can take a lot of time and effort to regain their faith in dogs.
       
    • Phobia. Traumatic experiences is one of the main causes for people to develop phobias. This is no different when a child is bitten by a dog. With the help of parents, friends, and the proper therapy, the phobia may be overcome.
       

    Like physical damages, nonphysical damage can be grounds for a lawsuit. To discuss your legal options simply fill out the contact form found on this page.

  • Who, or what, is the Defendant in a Personal Injury Accident Claim?

    We have all seen courtroom drama on television and in the movies, but the parties to a lawsuit and what they do still can remain confusing.  When you're in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit because you were injured in car accident,  Hurt in a slip-and-fall , or even victim in a dog attack, you need to know the legal terms that you're going to encounter.

    The Personal Injury Accident Defendant:

    The defendant is the person (insurance company) that you (the plaintiff) is suing as being at fault for injurying you and/or a family member in any type of accident.

    The dictionary says:  an individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law.   Let's keep it simple...Think about it this way: the defendant is the person that has to defend their actions.  

  • Now What Should I do? My Car Accident Caused Damage to My Car in Excess of the Available Insurance.

    We were contacted recently by a prior client who was involved in another car accident.  

    Here are all of the details of the question:

    I was recently in another car accident.  The other driver was at fault.  The damages to my car are estimated at $8,000.   The at fault driver only has a $5,000 policy limit for the damages.  Where will the remaining $3,000 come from?

    ANSWER:

    Keep in close contact with your adjuster. The other insurance company will most likely attempt to get you to take the policy limit of their insured.  Do not sign any release prior to fully exploring the possibilities.  There are two possible ways to collect the other $3,000:

    1. Look to see if the at fault driver has any assets or income that would make it feasible for them to pursue them personally for the excess due above of coverage policy limit.
    2. Check your own policy for Under-Insured Car Insurance.  (Since you were my personal injury client in the past, I am sure that I must have suggested that you get UIM/Under-Insured coverage added to your car insurance policy!)  This insurance is very important in a case like this because you can collect the difference between the at fault drivers coverage and your damages.

    If you need a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us right now!

     

  • What Is a Statute of Limitations? How Long Do I Have to File My California Car Accident Claim?

    The term “statute of limitations” means the period of time after an event that you have to file a lawsuit. Many types of lawsuits, as well as certain crimes, have a statute of limitations. After the statute of limitations has expired, a legal claim will no longer be considered valid in court, and a criminal action can no longer be prosecuted. Knowing the statute of limitations can help you protect your legal rights.

    Filing a Claim Against a Person or Business

    The California Code of Civil Procedure states that a claim for the “assault, battery, or injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the Businessman Pointing at a Red Claims Signwrongful act or neglect of another” must occur within two years of the date of injury. Car accident injury claims would typically fall under this category, so two years is how long you will have to file your case with the court.

    A legal claim solely for property damage, such as for the repairs to your car after an accident, has a slightly longer statute of limitations than a personal injury claim. In this case, you must file your lawsuit within three years of the date of the damage.

    However, it’s best not to delay speaking with an attorney, even if you think you haven’t been injured. Car accidents can sometimes leave hidden injuries that go undetected for long after the crash, so don’t delay getting legal advice.

    Filing a Claim Against a Government Agency

    Statutes of limitation start getting complicated when the lawsuit involves a government agency. The legal procedure is different from a regular injury suit, and the period of time to press your lawsuit is often significantly shorter, leaving you as little as six months to a year to file. If your claim is against the government, it’s best to consult with an experienced attorney immediately to be sure that your rights are protected before you run out of time to file your lawsuit.

    How to Get Help With Your Personal Injury Claim

    When considering whether or not you would like to file a claim, it’s best not to wait to talk to an attorney. Building a legal case and moving it through the court system takes time, so get started with the claims process as soon as possible.

    If you have been in a car accident, the attorneys at Steinberg Injury Lawyers are here to help you. We have been handling accident and injury claim cases like yours since 1982, and we will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. Don’t let the clock run down on your legal rights. Call us any time, day or night, for a free case evaluation at 800-989-6385.

     

  • How am I protected by the NHTSA’s new 5-star safety ratings?

    In 1978, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued its 5-Star Safety Ratings—also known as the New Car Assessment Program. This rating system set the bar for safety standards in the auto industry by crash testing new vehicles and ranking them based on performance and safety features. This ranking provided consumers with information to help them choose a safe vehicle for their family.

    The NHTSA Updates Ranking System

    The initial rating system ranked new vehicles on their performance in frontal, side, and rollover crash tests, assigned a rating of 1 to 5 stars, and offered recommendations for advanced technology features. The new and improved 5-Star Safety Ratings system, announced in December 2015 and expected to be implemented by Model year 2019, will go further and provide the following updates:

    • Advanced crash-avoidance and mitigation technologies assessment
    • Pedestrian protections
    • Additional crash testing
    • Improvements to currently used tests
    • More human-like crash test dummies
    • Half-star increments for vehicle ratings
    • Features that allow the NHTSA to update the program more quickly in response to new safety technologies

    Having the NHTSA place a greater emphasis on advanced safety technologies that can help drivers avoid crashes is beneficial for all motorists.

    If You Have Been Injured in an Accident

    Being involved in an accident can change your life. At Steinberg Injury Lawyers, our knowledgeable and experienced legal team is dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

     

  • Does Caffeine Consumption Reduce the Chances of Car Accidents?

    In an effort to come up with ways to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, the UniSA Sleep Research Centre, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and the Monash University Accident Research Centre conducted a study that focused on the effects of caffeine on drowsiness and driving performance.

    Participants in the study were kept awake for 50 hours. During this time period, they were required to drive on 15 occasions in a simulated vehicle for about 40 minutes each time. Half of the group was given chewing gum that contained caffeine, and the other half received a placebo of the same gum but without caffeine. Gum was used as the caffeine source, as it only takes about 10 minutes for most of the dose to be absorbed by the brain and lasts for 90 minutes. Coffee, however, takes about 30 to 60 minutes to deliver the caffeine and the effects last for an unknown period of time.

    Results were obtained by using a spectacle frame-mounted infra-red sensor that registered blinking velocity. Lane keeping and speed variation measurements were also used to determine the results.

    What the Study Revealed

    What may not surprise you is that researchers found a relationship between drowsiness and driver error in the placebo group. What may be interesting, however, is that they also found a much lower incidence of driver error in the caffeine group, even though the drivers were becoming increasingly drowsy. This means that caffeine has a positive effect on cognitive function, although it may not do too much in the way of decreasing drowsiness.

    Did a Drowsy Driver Cause You to Suffer Injuries?

    As the study showed, there’s not much one can do to prevent drowsy driving besides getting the appropriate amount of sleep. Unfortunately, a significant number of car crashes are caused by drivers who are too tired to get behind the wheel. If you suffered from injuries because of a drowsy driver, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation. The Steinberg Injury Lawyers may be able to help you receive help to cover medical bills, vehicle repairs, and time lost from work. Call 800-989-6385 for your free case evaluation.