Huntington Beach Personal Injury Attorney
Although Huntington Beach is a great place to live, work, or visit, you run the risk of suffering serious injuries from a variety of causes. From motor vehicle accidents and slip-and-fall accidents to medical malpractice, dog bites, and more, any number of accidents or incidents can result in catastrophic injuries to you or someone you love.
At Bentley & More, LLP, we are here to help when you need a Huntington Beach personal injury attorney. Whether you sustained a serious injury in a Huntington Beach car accident or suffered the wrongful death of a close family member due to a surgical error or some other preventable tragedy.
Our goal is to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers and at-fault parties so we can secure the compensation you need to cover your medical bills, lost income, and other related expenses, as well as the mental and emotional distress your injuries and losses have caused.
Contact our Orange County law office by calling (949) 870-3800 to schedule a free consultation.
Why You Should Call Bentley & More, LLP for Your Personal Injury Case
Sustaining a serious injury can be scary, and you may not know where to turn for advice and help. The personal injury attorneys at Bentley & More, LLP have decades of combined legal experience and in-depth knowledge of California’s liability laws. We have built our practice on providing highly personalized counsel to personal injury victims, and we can sit with you and devise an effective solution based on your specific needs and the unique circumstances surrounding your case.
Other items to consider that show our lawyers provide the best possible legal representation of your personal injury claim include:
- Our Huntington Beach personal injury lawyers are experienced litigators. We will not hesitate to take your case to trial if necessary.
- You will always have access to your attorneys to ask any questions or raise concerns about your case.
- Our Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not collect any legal fees until after we secure the compensation for you. We also offer free consultations so you can speak with us with no risk or obligation.
When choosing a personal injury lawyer, you want someone you can trust. Our attorneys have earned consistent recognition from The Best Lawyers in America, and the Daily Journal has named us among the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in our region.
We have also received many other top rankings and endorsements from prominent legal organizations and publications, and our website proudly displays some of the dozens of glowing client testimonials we have received over the years.
Our attorneys have secured many multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients. Some of our most recent successes include:
- $67 million judgment for a personal injury case
- $44.1 million settlement for a personal injury and workers’ compensation case
- $30 million settlement for personal injury
- $26 million settlement for personal injury and wrongful death
Although we can’t guarantee results or how much money you will receive, we can promise to do all we can to maximize your monetary compensation so you can focus on getting better and moving on in your life.
To begin, call Bentley & More, LLP at (949) 870-3800 or complete our contact form to request a free evaluation of your claim. We represent clients in Newport Beach, Anaheim, Irvine, Santa Ana, San Bernardino, Riverside, and all points in between, so you are never far away from the quality legal representation you need when you need it the most.
Why You Need A Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawyer
A Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer is going to handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on recovering. An attorney will have the experience and resources necessary to fully investigate the entire incident, and they will have your best interests at heart.
Personal injury claims are extremely complex and require in-depth knowledge of California personal injury law along with an understanding of how insurance companies operate. To file a personal injury claim with the insurance company and seek compensation, you must show you sustained serious injuries and establish the other party is liable for your injuries.
An attorney can help you gather all the evidence you will need to support your claim, including:
- Medical records that document the medical treatment you received
- Physician testimony regarding the extent of your injuries and whether you will need any future medical care
- Copies of your doctor and hospital bills, prescription drug costs, and other related medical expenses
- Proof of lost wages
- Receipts for other related out-of-pocket expenses
- Photos or videos of the accident scene
- Photos of your injuries
To hold the other party liable for your injuries, you will need to show they caused you harm through their negligence or wrongdoing. To establish liability, your attorney will analyze various forms of evidence, which can include:
- Accident and police reports
- Surveillance video, if applicable
- Eyewitness statements
- Accident reconstruction reports
To increase your chances of success, you want to submit the strongest claim possible. The more evidence you have, the better. As you deal with your injuries and focus on your physical recovery, the last thing you need to worry about is dealing with all the legal issues involved in pursuing compensation.
You can rely on a Huntington Beach personal injury attorney for help getting the compensation you need. An attorney will also work with trusted medical professionals to ensure you receive competent care for your injuries and help you determine the total amount of compensation you need to cover all your expenses and losses.
Most Common Personal Injury Claims We Help Clients With
At Bentley & More, LLP, our Huntington Beach personal injury lawyers help clients who have sustained a wide range of injuries. Some of the most common personal injury claims we see following auto accidents, fall accidents, construction accidents, dog bites, and other preventable tragedies include:
- Severe neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
- Spinal cord trauma
- Organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Broken bones
- Amputations or crush injuries
Along with physical injuries, we also help clients who sustained significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the accident and their subsequent injuries. Common mental and emotional disorders arising from serious accidents include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Intense grief due to a wrongful death
Many times, the mental and emotional issues injury victims experience have a negative impact on their physical recovery. Being involved in a serious accident is a traumatic event that can leave you with deep psychological scars as well as physical scars. You deserve compensation for all areas of your life affected by the tragedy, and an attorney can help you determine what you will need and fight to ensure you get all you deserve.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
The Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys at Bentley & More, LLP handle all types of personal injury claims, including those involving:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Airplane Accidents
- ATV accidents
- Train accidents
- Nursing home abuse
- Premises liability
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Wrongful deaths
Our personal injury law firm also handles workers’ compensation and Amazon workers’ compensation claims, along with oil spill property damage and related personal injury issues. We also handle e-cigarette explosion injury claims and claims resulting from sexual abuse and physical assault. Contact us for a free case evaluation for information on how we can help you get full and fair compensation for the injuries you sustained.
How Do I Seek Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim?
After someone else’s negligence, carelessness, or unlawfulness caused you or a loved one serious harm, you have the right to pursue compensation from those responsible. Depending on your case, several negligent parties may be liable for your injuries, and you will need an attorney to investigate your claim thoroughly to identify all parties responsible.
File a Personal Injury Claim
For most personal injury claims, the first step in pursuing compensation is to file an injury claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company. If your claim involves more than one liable party, your attorney will submit claims to all insurance companies involved. An attorney can also help you file a claim with your own insurance if the at-fault party does not have insurance.
Your attorney will draft a demand letter that explains your injuries and why the other party is liable. It will include details regarding your expenses and losses, and it will include a total dollar figure the insurance company can pay to settle your claim and avoid trial.
In the best-case scenario, the insurance company will accept your claim and agree to pay you the money you ask for. Many times, however, insurance companies respond with lower settlement amounts or refuse to cover certain injuries.
An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies who may use aggressive defense tactics to refute your claim or reduce the amount of money they will pay. An assertive personal injury lawyer will advocate for you and fight to help you get the highest amount possible.
File a Personal Injury Lawsuit
There are times when you may have to take the negligent party to court and sue for the money you need. For one, insurance may not cover your injuries, such as certain work-related injuries that may require a third-party injury claim. Even if insurance covers your injuries, the insurer may act in bad faith regarding your claim, or they may outright deny your claim (or certain parts of it) and refuse to settle or negotiate.
Whatever the reason, your attorney may have to file a lawsuit in civil court and litigate your case at trial to help you get the money you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to File A Huntington Beach Personal Injury Claim?
California’s statute of limitations requires you to file a personal injury lawsuit in court within two years of the date of your injuries. If you fail to file a claim in that time, you will not be able to secure compensation for your losses.
Additionally, if your claim is against a city or a local or state government, their deadlines and requirements for filing claims may be very different. You will need your attorney to investigate and advise you on how to best handle the situation.
Should I File an Injury Claim Right Away?
Although you want your money as soon as possible, you also don’t want to miss out on the compensation you may need in the future. You need to consider that some injuries do not show symptoms right away, and you could suffer debilitating effects of your injuries weeks or even months later. You want to get a comprehensive medical evaluation and prognosis for how long your injuries may affect you so that your attorney can accurately calculate the full amount of compensation you will need.
If you accept a settlement or obtain compensation for your injuries, you will not be able to pursue additional compensation. It’s best to discuss your case with an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately for advice on filing a claim.
What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?
You may receive economic damages to cover your tangible financial losses, such as medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. You may also receive non-economic damages to cover intangible losses and adverse effects your injuries have caused, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, disfigurement, and loss of consortium.
In certain cases involving egregious negligence, wanton recklessness, unlawfulness, or intentional harm, courts may award punitive damages on top of economic and non-economic damages. Punitive damages, also called exemplary damages, serve to punish the wrongdoer and send a message to others not to engage in that sort of activity. Courts only award punitive damages at their own discretion, but a lawyer can advocate for you at trial to convince the court the defendant’s actions warrant an award for exemplary damages.
Contact an Experienced Huntington Beach Personal Injury Attorney
At Bentley & More, LLP, we are here to help if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries due to the negligent actions of another person or entity. We pledge to fully investigate your case so we can secure the compensation you deserve. For help with your personal injury claim from a Huntington Beach personal injury attorney you can trust, contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling (949)-870-3800.