The Bakersfield personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen have been helping injury victims recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering and more since 1990.
We’ve successfully recovered over $350,000,000 for our clients since opening up over 30 years ago. Having our vast experience in personal injury law in your corner gives you the best chance of recovering as much money as possible for your injuries.
Your personal injury claim will be in the right hands with Nadrich & Cohen, who have successfully recovered countless settlements and awards for injury victims, including:
- $3,880,000 for someone who suffered catastrophic injuries in a Greyhound bus accident
- $2,200,000 for a woman who developed RSD/CRPS after slipping and falling on black ice in a Central Valley parking lot
- $1,845,000 for a construction worker who was badly burned after his crane struck a power line
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you may be suffering both physically and mentally. You might also be facing heavy medical bills while you’re unable to work to pay them due to your injuries. If your accident wasn’t your fault, then the last things you deserve are to suffer, go broke or have to handle a complex, stressful personal injury case yourself.
Our Bakersfield personal injury attorneys handle every aspect of our clients’ personal injury claims for them. This means that you can just sit back and let us do all the work for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Best of all, we don’t charge any fee until and unless we recover money for you. That is our no fee promise.
Call a personal injury attorney at Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation or send us a text from this page if you or a loved one was injured and it was someone else’s fault. We have been successfully handling personal injury cases for over three decades. We can obtain compensation for your injuries from whoever is at fault for your injuries. Let us put our experience to work for you.
What Can I Recover Money For?
If you or a loved one has been injured and it was at least partially someone else’s fault, a Bakersfield personal injury attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover financial compensation for:
One of the most common types of economic damages recovered in a personal injury lawsuit is medical bills. You might already be facing medical expenses due to your injuries. You may also require future medical treatments which will lead to yet more bills. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for any past or future medical bills related to your injuries.
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers
Bakersfield, CA 93301
California personal injury law allows those who are unable to work because of their injuries to recover money for lost wages from the party at fault for the injuries. Whether you’re unable to work because you’re hurt too badly or you have to take time off to receive medical treatment, our personal injury law firm can ensure you get compensated for any wages you’re unable to earn due to your injuries.
Loss Of Earning Potential
Our clients are sometimes hurt so badly that they can never work again, or can never do the job they used to again. If you have suffered a loss or reduction of your earning potential due to your injuries, our Bakersfield, CA legal team can recover compensation for this for you.
Pain And Suffering
Injuries can cause pain, but not just physical pain. Mental pain can also result from injuries. Our experienced personal injury attorneys are experts at maximizing how much compensation our clients receive for their physical pain and mental suffering, which are considered non-economic damages.
Unfortunately, personal injury cases, especially ones involving motor vehicle accidents, sometimes involve someone dying and that death being someone else’s fault. A wrongful death claim can be filed when someone dies and it’s someone else’s fault.
If you have lost a loved one and it’s someone else’s fault, a wrongful death attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for your loved one’s funeral costs, burial costs, medical bills, pain, suffering and more by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. Our Bakersfield wrongful death attorneys can also help you recover compensation for the loss of your loved one’s income, household services, love, companionship and more.
Punitive damages are not awarded in most personal injury cases. However, they are sometimes awarded when defendants act with a reckless disregard for others’ safety. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish defendants and deter other people from behaving similarly.
Do I Have A Valid Claim?
If you were injured and it’s at least partially someone else’s fault, you might have a case. A personal injury lawsuit attempts to recover money from the at-fault party which compensates an injury victim. While money can’t completely compensate for the physical pain and mental suffering that an injury victim and their family goes through, fair compensation can help prevent injury victims from going through financial distress. We can help you so you don’t have to worry about paying your bills. This way you can focus on what is truly important, that being recovering from your injuries.
A personal injury can be caused by the action, inaction or negligence of one party or multiple parties. Personal injuries can be caused by auto accidents, dangerous conditions and more, but whenever you’re hurt and it’s not your fault, it can be technically considered a personal injury. When you have a personal injury claim presented in court, you need to prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries in order to recover money. This means they failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care in order to prevent you from being injured, and that you were hurt because of this.
You might have a valid case in California if:
- You were injured by someone else’s negligence
- You were injured by a defective product
- You got hurt while you were on another person’s property lawfully
- You got attacked by a dog
- Someone harmed you intentionally
Many factors can be involved. Were you partially at fault for your accident? If you were, how much? Was someone else legally obligated to ensure your safety?
A personal injury case can be very complex. However, if you believe your injuries were someone else’s fault, it’s vital that you immediately talk with our injury lawyers. Call us now for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
Do I Need A Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyer?
You need a Bakersfield personal injury attorney if you have been injured, your injury is someone else’s fault, and you wish to recover as much compensation as possible for your injuries. Studies show that those who suffer personal injuries receive far more compensation for their injuries when they hire a lawyer, even after taking attorney fees into account.
Two of the main reasons why you can expect to recover more money if you’re represented by Bakersfield injury lawyers are insurance companies respecting you and insurance companies not being able to trick you into saying the wrong thing.
Insurance Companies Won’t Respect You If You Don’t Have A Lawyer
We find that most of our personal injury clients, especially those involved in a car accident, end up recovering money for their injuries not directly from a defendant, but rather from a defendant’s insurance company instead.
The thing is, insurance companies are much more interested in preserving their own profit margin than they are in making sure you get paid all the money you are legally entitled to for your injuries.
While the insurance company representing the at-fault party in your accident is legally obligated to compensate you for any damages related to your injuries, they know they don’t actually have to unless you make them.
How can you make them? There’s only one way: you have to sue them. Once you file an insurance claim, they’re just going to offer you tiny offers which are a fraction of what you’re entitled to until you sue them, and if you sue them without a lawyer, they’ll know you can’t win in court so they still won’t offer you any more money.
The way to make an insurance company offer you what you deserve for your injuries is to sue them while being backed by experienced personal injury lawyers with a reputation for success – lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen. Insurance companies keep records on law firms. Their records on us show them that when we represent our clients in court, we win. Their records on us show them that it’s a waste of their time and money to take us on in court. Their records on us show them that it’s wiser for them to settle out of court with us for every penny our clients deserve. This is why virtually all of our cases settle out of court.
If you want to recover all of the money you’re entitled to under California law for your injuries, you’ll need to first make the insurance companies respect you, and you can do that by hiring Nadrich & Cohen.
Insurance Adjusters Are Trained To Trick You
Insurance companies are so desperate to preserve their own profit margin that they actually train their adjusters to trick injury victims like you into saying things, while being recorded, that allow them to pay you less money or no money at all.
A lot of our clients suffer physical injuries in car accidents. One trick an insurance adjuster might use against such an injury victim would be to ask them how they’re doing today. When the injury victim innocently responds “fine,” the insurance company then uses this as evidence that the injury victim hasn’t actually suffered a serious injury.
As you can see, they can trick you into saying incredibly innocuous things that they can twist into being financially beneficial for them. For this reason, it is very dangerous for you to speak to insurance companies when you seek compensation for your injuries. You should instead hire experienced personal injury lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen to handle all communications and negotiations with insurance companies for you.
What Types Of Cases Do Nadrich & Cohen Handle?
Our experienced personal injury attorneys handle all types of personal injury claims in Bakersfield, including but not limited to:
A serious car accident can lead to serious injuries due to the incredible forces involved in a car accident. We have been successfully proving that our clients’ car accidents were caused by someone else’s negligence for over 30 years. We, along with our team of experts such as accident reconstruction experts, have the experience and know-how to recover compensation for your injuries by proving that your auto accident was somebody else’s fault.
Some of our most severely injured clients were involved in bicycle accidents. A bicycle accident can lead to especially severe injuries because cyclists don’t have the protection around them that people inside most vehicles do. Our lawyers are vastly experienced in representing bicycle crash victims and are avid cyclists themselves. We know the ins and outs of California bicycle accident law and know how to prove that your injuries were someone else’s fault.
Motorcycle accidents can lead to even more catastrophic injuries than bicycle accidents, since not only do motorcyclists not have the protection around them that people inside most vehicles do, but very high speeds can also be involved in a motorcycle accident. We have successfully recovered countless settlements for motorcyclists with a catastrophic injury over the years. We also know how to deal with the bias sometimes shown against motorcyclists by insurance companies, judges and juries.
Dog bites can cause very severe injuries. These injuries can lead to not only physical pain, but mental suffering from things like scarring, disfiguration and post-traumatic stress disorder. Dog owners are typically strictly liable for damages suffered by those bitten by dogs in California. So, if you have been bitten by a dog, our experienced legal team can help you obtain a financial recovery for your dog bite injuries.
Some of the worst injuries seen in personal injury matters are seen in pedestrian accidents. A pedestrian accident often involves a pedestrian being struck by a very heavy vehicle at a high speed, which can lead to severe injuries like spinal cord injuries or brain injuries. Our Bakersfield law office has been representing injured pedestrians since 1990 and we have a thorough understanding of all relevant pedestrian laws in California. We prove negligence in pedestrian accident victims’ cases by understanding all relevant laws and working with the best experts in the state who help us build a convincing case.
Slip and fall and trip and fall accidents are considered premises liability cases. We have been handling slip and fall cases since 1990 and possess a thorough understanding of premises liability laws in California. If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, we can obtain compensation for your injuries by proving that a dangerous condition existed, the at-fault party knew or should have known it existed, the at-fault party failed to prevent you from being injured by the condition, and that your injuries sustained were due to the dangerous condition.
Devastating injuries can result from truck accidents because trucks weigh so much and thus generate tremendous forces in collisions. Truck accident cases can be more complex than most personal injury cases because numerous defendants can be involved. Sometimes an accident is the fault of the truck driver. Sometimes a truck accident occurs because of faulty truck maintenance. Sometimes a truck accident happens because of a defective truck part. Our vast experience in handling truck accidents allows us to quickly identify all parties responsible for a truck accident and maximize our clients’ recoveries by doing so.
Sometimes an injured person dies as a result of their injuries, and sometimes this death is someone else’s fault. When this happens to your loved one, California law allows you to file a wrongful death claim on their behalf. Those who can file a wrongful death claim include spouses, domestic partners, and children. If you have lost a loved one and it was someone else’s fault, we can obtain financial compensation for you by proving that your loved one died due to the negligence of another party.
Personal injury cases involving ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft can be very complex, as there can be multiple defendants in these cases and it can be challenging to determine who exactly is at fault. It is unwise for you to try to handle a ridesharing case by yourself because of this. We know all of the ins and outs of ridesharing laws in California, how to identify any and all parties responsible for your injuries, and how to prove that your injuries were the result of those parties’ negligence.
A spinal cord injury, along with a brain injury, can be one of the most devastating injuries you can sustain. These injuries can leave you permanently disabled, as they can partially or completely paralyze you, and they can also lead to life-long chronic pain. You may be facing a lifetime of medical bills and disability if you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury, so you can’t afford to get your choice of lawyer wrong. You need lawyers with decades of experience in handling spinal cord injury cases like Nadrich & Cohen by your side.
The herbicide paraquat has been linked by numerous scientific studies with Parkinson’s disease. There is a lot of agriculture in Kern County, and thus a lot of paraquat is sprayed in Kern County. If you or a loved one developed Parkinson’s disease after being exposed to paraquat, we can help you obtain financial compensation by filing a lawsuit against the manufacturers of paraquat. We have been representing clients who have been injured by dangerous substances like paraquat, Roundup and asbestos since 1990.
California law allows victims of defective products to recover financial compensation for damages caused by those products. We have been successfully handling product liability cases for over three decades by proving that products such as 3M Earplugs, chemical hair straighteners/relaxers and infant formulas are defective and that our clients’ injuries were caused by those defects. Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was injured by a defective product.
Mass tort cases involves acts or omissions which harm numerous people. Examples of mass torts include dangerous chemicals like AFFF firefighting foam, defective medical devices like Philips CPAP devices, dangerous drugs like Ezricare Artificial Tears, and defective products such as Instant Pots. Mass tort actions are groupings of individual lawsuits alleging the same claims against the same parties, and are often consolidated into a multidistrict litigation. We have decades of experience in handling mass torts and we and our partners are often involved in the leadership of multidistrict litigation.
What Are The Stages Of A Personal Injury Claim?
Every personal injury case is different. The injuries, accidents and circumstances involved are always different. However, even though all personal injury cases are different, personal injury cases typically all go through the same stages.
An Injury Victim Hires A Lawyer
An injury occurs. When this happens, the person who has been injured is known as the plaintiff. The plaintiff will need to seek representation from an experienced Bakersfield personal injury lawyer. The plaintiff will receive a free consultation with the lawyer to talk about their injuries and if they have a valid case.
After the plaintiff consults with the attorney, the attorney will investigate the injury and the circumstances around it to figure out if the plaintiff has a valid claim for compensation. Once this investigation is completed, the plaintiff and the lawyer sign a fee agreement.
A Lawsuit Is Filed
The Bakersfield personal injury lawyers will then file a lawsuit, on behalf of the plaintiff, in the proper court by filing what is known as a civil complaint. The attorney will follow this up by serving any defendants with a complaint.
Complaints are legal documents establishing the date that defendants need to show up in court and acknowledging defendants’ awareness of a lawsuit.
A Defendant Hires An Attorney
After being served a complaint, a defendant will hire a defense attorney to defend them. Unlike personal injury plaintiff lawyers, who typically only charge a percentage of what they recover, defense lawyers work on an hourly pay basis. If the case involves an insurance company’s liability, defendants need to tell their insurance companies, as the insurance companies may need to hire lawyers to defend the defendant.
The discovery stage occurs before a trial. During this stage, plaintiffs and defendants give each other witness information and evidence. Plaintiffs and defendants appear in court in order to discuss with a judge how things will proceed. The discovery stage also sees depositions scheduled.
This stage can take only a few months or it can take more than a year. The date of trial can often be pushed back during this stage. Settlement conferences will occur during this stage discussing what will and won’t be allowed in jury selection and in trial.
Negotiations And Settlements
Negotiations between plaintiffs and defendants occur before civil trials. These negotiations often end in a settlement being reached before a trial begins. In fact, most personal injury lawsuits end in out-of-court settlements before a trial ever occurs. Defendants often choose to settle with plaintiffs, offering plaintiffs financial compensation in order to avoid having to spend expensive legal fees in a trial.
While most personal injury lawsuits don’t end in trials, a few do. A trial can last for days. A judge or jury will determine whose fault any personal injury is. If a court finds a defendant at fault for an injury, an amount of damages will be set regarding the amount of money the defendant has to pay a plaintiff. When defendants are found at fault, they can start appeals processes. When defendants aren’t found at fault, plaintiffs can start appeals processes. Appeals processes can take months or years to complete.
Why Should I Call Nadrich & Cohen?
If you’ve been injured and it’s someone else’s fault, you might be eligible to recover compensation. This can be difficult while dealing with the pain of an injury and struggling to return to a sense of normalcy in your life, though. You have to focus all of your energy and time on recovering from your injuries.
You can technically try to recover compensation by yourself, but it’s much better for you to seek help. Hiring a lawyer to help you recover compensation will give you the best chances of recovering the money you deserve.
You should call an experienced Bakersfield personal injury lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen because:
You Probably Don’t Know How Much Your Case Is Worth
The process of determining how much a personal injury case is worth is very complex and time consuming. It’s a difficult thing to do on your own and you don’t want to let insurance companies determine the value of your case for you. If you try to handle a personal injury case by yourself, an insurance company will end up determining your case’s value for you, and you won’t like the results because the insurance company will put its own profit margin ahead of your well-being.
Our lawyers have been representing injury victims since 1990 and have built up a network of the finest accident experts in the state. When we investigate a case like yours, these experts give us valuable input and insight. We can accurately identify every single one of your damages and every single liable party, and by doing so maximize the value of your case. This makes sure you recover every penny you’re entitled to under California law.
You May Not Know Who Is At Fault
Personal injuries aren’t always straight-forward. A lot of different things can contribute to accidents. For example, you may think the other driver was at fault for your injuries because they were speeding, but a dangerous roadway condition might have also played a role in your accident. You might not be able to obtain all the compensation you’re entitled to if you don’t identify all responsible parties for your accident.
Our lawyers will perform a through investigation in order to find every possible cause of your injuries. Once we determine all of the causes of your injuries, we will then identify all potential defendants. We will fight tooth and nail to recover compensation from everyone whose negligence caused your injuries. This lets us recover for you every penny you’re entitled to.
Defendants Will Blame You For Your Accident
The people you will blame for your accident will blame you for the accident. In California, plaintiffs can be assigned partial negligence for an accident. The higher percentage of fault that you’re assigned for an accident, the less compensation you’ll be able to recover for your injuries.
Our experienced Bakersfield personal injury lawyers will tenaciously protect you from defendants who are trying to blame you for an accident. We will thoroughly gather all available evidence which can limit any liability you face and maximize the amount of money you receive.
Call us today for a free consultation if you or a loved one was hurt and it wasn’t your fault.
What Are Common Injuries In Personal Injury Cases?
When someone’s negligence causes someone else to get hurt, the injuries which result will vary from case to case. Victims sometimes only suffer a single injury. Other victims may suffer numerous injuries in the same accident. At Nadrich & Cohen, our personal injury lawyers in Bakersfield often assist clients who have suffered:
- Bone fractures
- Bone dislocations
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open wounds to the head
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Crush wounds
- Amputation injuries
Personal injury victims often end up with significant disfigurement or scarring after an accident. This, in addition to permanent or temporary disabilities, can significantly lower someone’s quality of life.
We work tirelessly to help our clients who suffer from the above injuries, as well as psychological or emotional trauma. It is very common for injury victims to suffer from anxiety, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder or depression because of their injuries.
We Treat Our Clients With Respect
All of our clients are treated with the compassion and dignity they deserve. We treat our clients with respect while we aggressively build a strategy that is driven by results and will stand up in a negotiation room or a courtroom.
We understand our clients have recently endured trauma and pain and are working to rebuild their lives. We know that it will take time to rebuild their lives.
It is important to us to help guide our clients through the often complex legal process.
We keep our communication lines open from beginning to end, work tirelessly to strengthen our relationships with our clients, and assist our clients with navigating through the financial, legal and even physical challenges which result from serious accidents. These challenges can include dealing with insurance companies as well as civil litigation.
What Things Should I Not Do After Being Injured?
If you were hurt and it wasn’t your fault, there are still things you can do which can reduce the value of your claim, including:
Not Seeking Medical Attention Quickly Enough
If you wait too long to seek medical attention, insurance companies can claim your injuries weren’t caused by your accident, or that you didn’t properly mitigate your damages. You should seek medical attention immediately after being injured.
Ignoring Doctors’ Orders
It can be difficult to stay home from work, not partake in your hobbies or not attend social events after an injury. However, it’s important to rest if a doctor tells you to. Otherwise, insurance companies can claim you didn’t mitigate your damages.
Giving Recorded Statements
Insurance adjusters will try to get you to incriminate yourself on recordings so they don’t have to pay you what you deserve. You should let our lawyers talk with insurance companies for you.
Posting Things On Social Media
Insurance companies will monitor your social media after you file a claim. You can hurt your case if you post about your case, your injuries or your accident. Insurance companies can also dispute your injuries if you post pictures of yourself taken after you have been injured.
Delaying In Hiring A Lawyer
Your case can be seriously compromised if you make a single mistake in the early legal process. The more quickly you hire a lawyer, the more likely it is that you won’t make a critical error.
How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?
In California, personal injury victims usually have two years from the date of their injury to file a personal injury claim. This time limit is called a statute of limitations.
However, this time limit is only six months when a governmental entity like a state, city, county or Department of Transportation is involved.
You should not expect awesome results if you wait until the last minute to file a claim. It can take quite a bit of time and effort to build a convincing personal injury case. Calling us today gives us the most time possible to build a convincing case for you and make sure that all paperwork is filed on time.
How Much Do Nadrich & Cohen Cost?
We are contingency fee lawyers. This means we don’t charge a fee until and unless we recover money for you. We won’t charge you a fee until and unless we win your case. You won’t ever owe us any out-of-pocket money or any upfront fees.
Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyers
If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, what you don’t need is some random lawyer who takes every kind of case under the sun and who is located halfway across the country, which is what you might end up with if you just go with the first lawyer you see advertising on TV.
What you need is lawyers who have been focusing on personal injury cases for over 30 years and who are located in Bakersfield, so they know all relevant local laws. What you need is lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen.
Insurance companies don’t just respect us, they fear us. When they see our name on a lawsuit, they know they better pay up out of court or they’ll just have to pay up in court as well as having to spend expensive trial fees.
The best way to obtain all the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries is to hire lawyers the insurance companies fear, lawyers like us.
Call us today for a free consultation or text us from this page if you or a loved one was hurt and it wasn’t your fault. You might be entitled to financial compensation.