A car accident can change everything for a victim and their family. Auto accident victims may suffer severe injuries, preventing them from working the same job again, and victims’ family members may incur expensive medical bills, putting them in debt. A fatal car accident changes lives even more profoundly.
We have been handling car accident claims since 1990 and have recovered over $400,000,000 for clients. We have the experience to obtain the maximum possible compensation for you, and the best part is that we won’t charge you any fee to handle your car accident case until and unless we obtain a recovery for you. Those who are injured in Santa Rosa car accidents will never owe us any upfront fees or out-of-pocket fees.
If you’ve suffered injuries, even catastrophic injuries, and can’t afford to have them treated, our experienced car accident attorneys can get you to the best doctors in Sonoma County who won’t charge you until your case is over. Doctors do this for our clients because they know that when we handle a car accident injury claim, we get great results for our clients.
If you or a family member suffered injuries in a motor vehicle accident that was someone else’s fault, you could be eligible for financial compensation through a car accident claim or car accident lawsuit. An experienced car accident attorney at Nadrich & Cohen can take over your case, file your car accident claim for you and fight on your behalf for maximum compensation in or out of court. During a free consultation, we will tell you more about how a Santa Rosa car accident lawyer from our firm will help.
The Damages Car Accident Victims Can Recover in a Claim
Filing a car accident claim may be your best option for pursuing compensation. Typically, personal injury claims are best for car accidents that do not involve severe injury or loss of life. However, depending on your situation, a lawsuit may be best. You and your lawyer can discuss both options.
California car accident laws hold at-fault drivers liable for your damages. The damages you could claim can be financial and non-financial damages, including intangible damages you cannot place a monetary value on. You may be able to claim:
If you have suffered a serious personal injury in a car accident in Santa Rosa, you probably already owe a lot of money in medical bills. You may also require future medical appointments or treatments which will generate yet more bills.
You may qualify for financial compensation for all past and future medical expenses which are connected to your car accident.
Nadrich & Cohen Accident Injury Lawyers
Many of our clients miss time from work due to their injuries. Some are simply unable to work for a period of time because they are hurt. Others need to take time off from work to attend medical appointments.
Whatever the reason for your time missed from work, if it’s because of the injuries you suffered in your car accident, you may be eligible for financial compensation for your lost wages.
Loss Of Earning Capacity
Your injuries may have left you unable to do the work you once did. Your injuries may have even left you unable to work at all anymore. If you have lost earning capacity due to your car accident injuries, you may be eligible for compensation for that lost earning capacity.
Pain And Suffering
It is common for those injured in car accidents to go through a lot of physical and mental pain and suffering. You may be eligible for financial compensation for any pain and suffering which results from your car accident.
With help from one of our firm’s attorneys, you will find it easier to valuate your non-financial damages, like your physical pain.
Most car accident claims involve vehicle damage. If your vehicle has been damaged or destroyed, an auto accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can help you recover compensation for the cost to repair or replace your vehicle.
Wrongful Death Damages
If you lost a family member in a car accident, we are very sorry for this loss. We understand how profound such a loss can be.
To help your family recover financially from such a loss, you may want to file a wrongful death lawsuit. In this suit, you can claim such damages as loss of companionship, loss of parental support, funeral costs, unresolved medical bills and more.
Not every car accident case involves punitive damages. However, when car accident cases involve reckless or intentional conduct, such as drunk driving, punitive damages are sometimes awarded to punish the perpetrator and deter others from behaving similarly.
If your car accident involved reckless or intentional conduct, we will pursue punitive damages on your behalf in order to maximize the size of your financial recovery.
Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer In Santa Rosa?
California law holds negligent parties in car accidents financially liable for damages caused by their negligence. This essentially means that if you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in Santa Rosa which wasn’t your fault, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is legally obligated to pay for all of your losses that result from the accident.
However, if you don’t have a lawyer, insurance companies can get away with dodging this legal obligation, because the only way you can force them to pay you what you’re entitled to is to sue them over a lowball offer, and you can’t win a lawsuit without a lawyer. Insurance companies will only offer you lowball offers if you have no attorney because of this.
You need an experienced car accident law firm like Nadrich & Cohen in your corner if you want an insurance company to pay you what you deserve for your injuries. Most of our cases settle out of court for fair and just settlement amounts because we have a long track record of success in court and insurance companies know this, meaning they know it’s a waste of legal fees and their time to take us on in court.
Insurance Adjusters Will Try To Trick You
In addition, insurance adjusters are experts at manipulating injury victims into saying things they can take advantage of in order to pay them less or nothing at all. Talking with insurance companies after an accident is dangerous. Even something as innocent as saying “fine” when they ask you how you’re doing today can result in them claiming it means you’re not actually injured that badly. It’s important that you hire experienced car crash lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen so they can talk with insurance companies for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
How a Car Accident Attorney Will Help You
One of our firm’s car accident lawyers can help you decide which legal action to pursue, and afterwards, they will take on each task involved in your legal action while you focus on your recovery and family.
Your lawyer will:
- Investigate your accident and prepare evidence for your case, such as the authorities’ incident report and your medical bills
- Corroborate the evidence with testimony, such as a statement from a medical expert
- Determine what your damages are and list them in your claim or suit
- Valuate your non-financial damages for you
- Explain your damages to the other party’s insurance company and negotiate your settlement with them
- Litigate your case if the insurer does not make a fair settlement offer
Establishing Liability in Cases Involving Car Accidents
Establishing the other party’s liability is key in car accident cases. This involves showing how the other party was negligent, such as driving while intoxicated or ignoring traffic signals. Demonstrating negligence in a personal injury claim is quite complicated, as it consists of showing how the other party owed you a responsibility to act in a careful manner, how the party violated their responsibility and additional criteria.
You may struggle to establish the other party’s liability on your own. Additionally, you might struggle to protect yourself from accusations about your liability. Those who are found to be partially responsible for motor vehicle accidents in California see their payouts reduced by their percentage of fault, per California Civil Jury Instructions No. 405.
With one of our car crash lawyers on your team, you will not have to represent and protect yourself, and you will not have to establish the other party’s liability. Instead, your lawyer will take care of these things for you.
Meeting the Deadline for a Lawsuit in California
Something else your auto accident attorneys will do for you is help you meet the filing deadline for your lawsuit, should you choose to file one. Meeting this deadline is necessary to preserve your case and pursue compensation.
According to CA Civ Pro Code § 335.1, the filing deadline for a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the date of the accident. According to the same legislative code, the filing deadline for a wrongful death suit is two years from the date of the loss of life.
Can I Recover Compensation In A Hit And Run Accident?
Hit and run accidents are accidents where the party who is at fault flee the scene of the accident and, by doing so, attempt to avoid financial liability for the accident. You may not know what to do if you’ve been hurt in a hit and run accident since you don’t know who the driver who is at fault is. Your auto insurance company, however, may be able to provide you with a solution.
One of the first things to do after a hit and run crash is calling the police. The police may be able to find the driver who is at fault after performing an investigation at the site of the accident.
Uninsured Or Underinsured Motorist Coverage
However, if the driver can’t be identified by the police, you will need to seek compensation from your car insurance company. Report the accident to your insurance agent, who will tell you if you have what is known as uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage.
If you have underinsured motorist coverage, your insurance company will pay for your medical bills and damage to your vehicle. Additional accident damages may be covered by collision and comprehensive insurance.
A Santa Rosa car accident lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can negotiate with your insurance company for you to make sure you receive all of the compensation you’re entitled to under California law if you’ve been hurt in a hit and run accident.
Third Party Compensation
In addition, some hit and run accident victims can recover financial compensation from a third party. For example, another party other than the at fault driver may be partially responsible for your accident, such as a company who hired the hit and run driver, a government entity for dangerous roadway conditions, or the manufacturer of a defective car or automobile part. A lawyer at Nadrich & Cohen can perform a thorough investigation of your hit and run accident and tell you about every option for financial compensation that is available to you.
The Cost of Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Santa Rosa
Many law firms have made it much easier for people to hire an attorney. One thing these firms do is make contingency agreements with their clients. In this kind of agreement, the client will not pay their lawyer anything unless the lawyer recovers compensation for them. Many firms also offer complimentary consultations, making hiring an attorney even more affordable.
Our law firm operates on a contingency basis and offers free consultations. Our only fee is a percentage of the financial compensation we obtain for you, and we don’t charge a fee until and unless we obtain compensation for you. This should make hiring one of our Santa Rosa car accident attorneys affordable for you.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Common car accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Bruised or broken ribs
- Heart attack
- Fractured bones
- Joint dislocations
- Lost limbs
- Penetrating injuries
- Organ damage
About Our Santa Rosa Car Accident Lawyers
Our lawyers in Santa Rosa work with many medical professionals throughout the area who work on a lien. We can refer you to one of these professionals for quality care and treatment for your car accident injuries, and you will not have to pay anything until after your case resolves. Also, one of these professionals may be able to provide corroborating testimony for your case, which could be invaluable.
If you hire one of our lawyers, your lawyer will fight hard for the best possible outcome for your case. Our lawyers have obtained settlements and verdicts totaling over $400,000,000 for clients, including many car accident victims and victims’ families. We are fully committed to helping people like you recover their due compensation.
Is There A Time Limit To File A Car Accident Claim In Santa Rosa?
If you’ve been injured in a car accident in Santa Rosa or Sonoma County, you generally have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim. However, important exceptions to this time limit exist.
The most important exception to keep in mind is if your accident was partially the fault of a government agency. For example, your car accident could have been partly caused by a dangerous roadway condition like a defective traffic signal, a pothole or a poorly-placed traffic sign. In this case, you would only have six months to file a claim seeking compensation for your injuries.
The problem is, you might not even realize a dangerous roadway condition was responsible for your accident, so it’s important that you call us today for a free consultation. We can perform a thorough investigation of your accident to determine any and all liable parties.
Calling us today gives our Santa Rosa car accident lawyers the most time possible to investigate your case, identify all liable parties to maximize your recovery, put together a convincing case on your behalf and make sure that any and all paperwork is filed on time.
You shouldn’t expect the best possible results if you wait until the last minute to call a lawyer. Call us today for a free consultation in order to maximize the chances that you recover every penny you’re entitled to under California law as compensation for your injuries.
Santa Rosa Car Accident Lawyer
If your life or a family member’s life has been affected by a car accident, you can reach out to us for help. We have helped many people like you and will take over your case so you will be able to focus on health and family matters. In addition, your attorney will take care of legal and financial matters for you.
In your free consultation and case review, we will discuss your legal options and advise you on how to proceed. There is no obligation, and you have nothing to lose since your consultation will be free, and our Santa Rosa car accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. Call Nadrich & Cohen today for your free consultation.