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At Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP, we work hard to provide our clients with the highest quality of care and service possible. A large part of that includes answering any questions they may have and addressing all of their concerns. On this page, we answered several of the most commonly asked questions regarding personal injury, employee rights, workers’ compensation, and how we can assist you. If you do have a question but do not see it answered on this page, please feel free to reach out to us today and schedule a FREE consultation. We look forward to meeting you and assisting you with all your legal needs.

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I Have Just Had an Accident. What Is the Personal Injury Claim Process?

When you file a personal injury claim, you are stating that the injuries you suffered from an accident were no fault of your own. If you feel another person or entity was legally responsible for your accident and the injuries you sustained, you can take steps to recover compensation for the costs you incurred.

The first step in this process is to file an insurance claim with the responsible party’s insurance company. During this part of the process, you will send a demand letter to the company, detailing information about the specifics of your accident, the injuries you sustained, the reasons you feel the other person was at fault for your accident, among other pieces of information. For minor injuries, you may not want to send this demand letter until after you have finished receiving treatment for your injuries. That way, the information contained in the letter will accurately reflect all the medical expenses you incurred. The insurance company will investigate your claim and will make a decision as to whether or not to accept your claim.

If the insurance company accepts your claim, settlement negotiations will begin and a compensation amount will be discussed. If, at the end of negotiations, you feel the settlement amount is fair, you can accept the offer. If negotiations fail, or you cannot agree on a fair settlement amount with the insurance company, you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

When you file a personal injury lawsuit, your case will go to trial, and you and the responsible party will present your sides of the story in front of a judge or jury. The judge or jury will then make a decision about whether the defendant is responsible for your injuries and how much compensation you will receive. Only about 5% of cases actually go to trial, and most cases are settled out of court.

The process of filing a personal injury claim can be complex. Insurance documents, negotiations, and other parts of the process can be confusing, and you may not be certain you are receiving the compensation you deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles can help you navigate this process, relieving the burdens associated with personal injury claims and making sure you are fairly compensated for your expenses.

I Have Been Injured in a Personal Injury Accident. What Do I Do Next?

If you have been injured in an accident that was no fault of your own, there are steps you should take to ensure you are compensated for costs related to the incident. Taking quick action after your accident can profoundly affect your personal injury claim or lawsuit. The following are steps you can take after a personal injury accident:

  • Seek medical attention for your injuries, even if symptoms are not immediately apparent
  • Keep a record of your injuries and note any complications that arise because of your injuries
  • Report the incident as soon as possible after it occurs
  • Record detailed descriptions and notes about the facts of the incident
  • Keep receipts of medication and medical care you received
  • Contact an experienced personal injury attorney in Los Angeles who can help with navigating your claim

I Have Filed a Personal Injury Lawsuit. What’s the Difference Between a Settlement and Going to Trial? What are the Pros and Cons of Each?

You may be entitled to compensation for injuries you sustained and expenses you incurred as a result of an accident that was no fault of your own. There are two ways in which compensation can be awarded to you for your claim: through a settlement or by going to trial. There are pros and cons to each.

When your claim is settled through a settlement, the compensation for your claim is decided outside of court, usually through negotiations between lawyers.

The pros of settlements:

  • The risks are less than going to court because in a court trial you may not receive any compensation for your injuries and expenses
  • The time commitment may be less because you won’t have to wait for a trial date to be set or a judge or jury to make a decision
  • Fewer resources have to be expended for the case, which means it may be less expensive than going to trial

The cons of settlements:

  • The compensation amount for injuries and expenses can be much less than if the case had gone to trial
  • No further legal action can be take once the case is settled

When your lawsuit goes to trial, your case is taken to court and brought in front of a judge and/or jury. The case can be taken to small claims court for smaller compensation amounts or civil courts for greater compensation amounts.

The pros of trials:

  • The compensation amount can be much higher than if you settled out of court
  • A judge or jury will make a decision about the case, and the decision will be legally binding

The cons of trials:

  • The process can be time consuming, which means it can take longer to receive compensation
  • Trials can be stressful because greater resources are expended and the incident is presented publicly
  • Juries and judges have prior beliefs that could affect the way they see the evidence presented in the case, influencing compensation award decisions

I Have Suffered Injuries as the Result of an Accident. How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

Personal injury cases can involve a variety of incidents, from car accidents to product liability and everything in between. When determining the worth of your case, many factors are taken into consideration, a few of which include your injuries, medical expenses, and any loss of wages. Because the nature of injuries sustained and expenses incurred differ from each case, the amount of compensation you deserve will vary depending on your accident. Each case is unique, so there is no set formula for determining what your case is worth. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Los Angeles will thoroughly examine your case and gather all necessary information to determine what a fair compensation would be for you.

I Have Filed a Personal Injury Lawsuit. How Long Will it Take to Settle?

The amount of time it will take to settle your personal injury lawsuit will depend on the type and complexities of your case. Some cases can take months, others can take years. More complex cases will take longer to settle. If your case can’t be settled outside of court, it will be taken to trial, which can lengthen the settlement timeframe. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney will comb through all of the facts and evidence presented for your case to strategically build the strongest case for your claim.

I Was Recently in an Accident. How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

If you’ve suffered injuries from an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you should act quickly to ensure you are able to recover compensation for your losses. You can get financial compensation in two ways: filing a personal injury insurance claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.

You should notify your insurance company and the responsible party’s insurance company as soon as possible after your accident. Most insurance companies request that you file your claim within 24 – 48 hours after your accident. When you file a personal injury insurance claim, you are requesting that the at-fault party’s insurance pay for the losses you suffered as a result of your accident, and the compensation amount is determined during negotiations.

If you can’t reach a settlement with the insurance company, you can file a personal injury lawsuit. The time limits to file a personal injury lawsuit vary by state. Each state has a statute of limitations that sets limits on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. In California, the statute of limitations to file a personal injury lawsuit against an individual or non-government entity is two years, which is referenced in the California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335.1.

Failure to file a claim within your state’s specific statute of limitations will result in you losing your right to financial compensation. Soon after your accident, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney in Los Angeles who can explain the time limits to you and help you get the compensation you deserve.

I Need a Personal Injury Attorney. How Much Does it Cost to Hire One?

Most personal injury attorneys will not require you to pay upfront fees for their services. These attorneys will be paid through contingency fees. That is, they only receive payment if they are able to secure compensation on your behalf. Attorneys who are paid through a contingent fee agreement receive a percentage of the compensation amount that you are awarded. Injury attorneys will also receive payment for all expenses they incurred while preparing for your case. Attorneys who are paid on a contingency basis will not receive payment if they do not recover compensation on your behalf.

In rare instances, a personal injury attorney will charge an hourly rate for services. You will pay attorneys who charge by an hourly rate regardless of whether or not compensation is awarded to you. Be sure to discuss with your Los Angeles personal injury attorney how they are paid for your case: on a contingency basis or hourly.

Why Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney? How Can an Attorney Help?

When you’ve suffered injuries in an accident in which another person or entity was at fault, you want to be fairly compensated for the physical and monetary costs incurred as a result of your accident. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney will help you get the settlement you deserve.

Our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers at Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP have experience with various types of personal injury cases, so we have a comprehensive understanding of the legal process and know if you are receiving a favorable settlement for your case. We have a track record of success and work hard to recover the maximum compensation on your behalf. We are dedicated to you and your welfare, and will carefully listen to you to gather all necessary information to build a strong defense for your claim. We will be with you from beginning to end to help relieve the burden and stress associated with your accident.

How Does Workers' Comp Work in CA?

In California, workers' comp insurance provides benefits for employees who are injured in their line of work. These benefits include:

  • Medical care
  • Temporary disability
  • Permanent disability
  • Supplemental job displacement
  • Death benefits

If you are injured or become ill due to your employment, then your employer is required by law to pay for the aforementioned workers' compensation benefits. Here is the standard process for workers' compensation in California:

  • Promptly report your injury/illness to your supervisor
  • Get emergency medical care if necessary
  • Fill out and return a workers' compensation claim form to your employer

Your employer is required to provide you with a workers' compensation claim form within one (1) working day of your reported injury or illness. You can also download this form online.

Does the Law Protect Me Against Discrimination at Work & if so, Against What Types?

Both federal and California state law protect employees from a vast range of discriminatory acts. Regarding the applicable federal laws, the most relevant ones are included in Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts. Regarding state law, California protects you through the California Constitution, Fair Employment Housing Act (FEHA), and the Labor Code. All of these laws, and more, work to protect you from discrimination in the workplace. Discrimination is defined as disparate treatment or harassment based on one’s mental disability, physical disability, veteran and military status, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, sex, nationality, ancestry, skin color, religion, race, or a variety of other characteristics.

I am Being Sexually Harassed at Work. What Can I Do?

You can file a lawsuit against the harasser, prove that their actions have legally constituted harassment, and seek compensation for the damages inflicted upon you. There are two primary ways to legally prove that you are a victim of sexual harassment, which are “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment”. Quid pro quo occurs when a superior demands favors of a sexual nature in return for various benefits, including job security, money and gifts, promotions, and more. A single instance of quid pro quo sexual harassment will lead to liability. To show that there is a hostile environment, a victim of sexual harassment needs to prove that the harassment has been pervasive and severe, and it can either be verbal or physical. You should contact a skilled employee rights lawyer in Los Angeles immediately since the statute of limitations for these types of cases is generally one year from the date of the last illegal act.

I Have Been Fired for Illegal Reasons. What Are My Options?

Individuals who have been wrongfully terminated may sue the employer that fired them and possibly recover compensation in the process. Being wrongfully terminated means that one was fired for reasons that were illegal. Illegal reasons include discrimination, a breach of an employment agreement, if one has complained about safe working conditions, a failure to comply with wage and hour laws, if one complained about discrimination, and more. For these types of cases, there is generally a one-year statute of limitations so it is important to contact an experienced employee rights attorney in Los Angeles right away.

I’ve Been Hurt on the Job. What Can I Do?

If you’ve been injured while working in California, you have a right to vocational rehabilitation or supplemental job displacement benefits, permanent disability benefits, temporary disability benefits, medical care, and death benefits. You are legally eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim without fear of retaliation from your employer. If your employer harasses or mistreats you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim, their actions are illegal. First, however, you should seek professional medical help in order to treat your injury and get it officially documented. Once it is documented by a doctor, it may serve as invaluable supporting evidence later on in your case. Then, contact a knowledgeable attorney for effective legal guidance.

Why Should I Hire Levin & Nalbandyan, LLP?

Our highly experienced employee rights lawyers in Los Angeles have a long track record of success in both workers’ compensation law as well as employment law. In fact, we have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of clients who were injured or mistreated at their workplaces. Our lawyers have a comprehensive understanding of our respective practice areas and provide a personalized method of care. We commit 100% of our time and effort to each and every client that we take on. Also, we offer free initial case evaluations and accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that it will cost you nothing unless and until we win on your behalf. You can count on us to provide you with the outstanding representation you need and deserve.

Speak with an experienced employee rights attorney in Los Angeles. Contact us at (213) 267-3640 or submit an online form to schedule a free and private consultation.

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