Personal Injury FAQs
Find Answers to Commonly Asked Personal Injury Questions
Most injured individuals have never had to navigate the legal process before and, as such, are likely to have numerous questions about the process. Because personal injury law is so complex, even those who have had prior experience with the legal system may still find themselves needing answers.
At Alpine Law Group, we have provided answers to some of the most frequently asked personal injury questions in order to help you stay informed. Because every case is different, we encourage you to reach out to us for answers to specific questions or for help in building your case. Our Irvine personal injury lawyer serves clients throughout the state. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Do I have a case?
Whether or not you have grounds to file a personal injury claim will depend on the specifics of your case, primarily whether or not someone else acted negligently or wrongfully and if this led to your injuries/losses. Remember, the “someone else” in question can be but does not have to be another person; a manufacturer, company, government entity, or other various parties can be held liable.
Contact Alpine Law Group to discuss your unique situation with our Irvine personal injury lawyer.
How much is my case worth?
Many people want to know how much their case is worth, and understandably so. After all, you have medical bills to pay, lost income to make up for, and other immediate financial needs caused by the accident and your injuries. However, the somewhat unfortunate answer to this question is not so simple: it depends.
There are numerous factors that play a role in how much your case is worth: the extent of your injuries, the cost of medical treatment, how long you are out of work, whether you are ever able to return to work, the emotional trauma you have experienced, etc. These all factor into the total value of your case. To learn more, please contact our firm today for a free consultation.
If I file a personal injury claim, will I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. At Alpine Law Group, we strive to achieve swift, favorable settlements for our clients. However, this is not always possible, often because the liable insurance company refuses to pay the amount they owe to the injured party. When this is the case, our team is prepared to take your case to trial.
If your case does go to trial, you will be required to attend certain hearings. However, in every case, we always prioritize our clients’ goals and best interests. Our attorney can work with you to develop a legal strategy tailored to your unique situation.
How long will my case take?
Again, the answer to this question depends on the unique circumstances involved in your case. That being said, at Alpine Law Group, we have a track record of achieving better results in less time than other law firms in the area. We have been successful in securing seven-figure results within 30 days for multiple clients. Though we cannot guarantee the same outcome for your case, our priority is to help you move through the legal process as quickly as possible so that you can focus on healing and moving forward with your life.
Can I still recover compensation if I’m partly at fault for a car accident?
Yes, in California, motorists who are partly at fault for an accident can still collect compensation for damages under the state’s “comparative negligence” rule. Here’s how it works: Say you failed to come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign. As you began to move forward, a car coming from the opposite direction blew through the stop sign altogether, hitting the side of your vehicle. The driver of the other car was speeding 10 miles per hour over the speed limit at the time of the accident. A jury may find you 20% at fault for the accident, due to the fact that you stopped, but did not stop all the way. The jury finds the other driver 80% at fault for the accident. If the total cost of your damages equals $10,000, you will only be able to recover 80% of that amount, or $8,000.
I was bitten by a dog; is the owner liable?
In most cases, yes, dog owners in California are liable when their dogs bite another person—even if the dog has never shown any prior signs of aggression. Dog owners are typically liable when their dogs bite someone on public property or on private property when the victim was lawfully on the premises at the time of the incident.
There are some exceptions to this rule, though they are rare. We encourage you to reach out to our Irvine personal injury attorney today to learn more during a free consultation.
What should I do if I was injured after slipping and falling in a store?
If you slipped and fell as a result of a dangerous condition, such as fallen merchandise or an unmarked wet floor, you may have a case against the manager or owner of the store. These types of cases are known as slip-and-fall cases or premises liability cases. It is important that you seek medical attention right away to treat your injuries; then, contact Alpine Law Group to discuss your legal options with our experienced attorney.
What is a wrongful death lawsuit and who can file one?
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for the surviving family members of someone who is killed as a result of another party’s negligent or wrongful actions. Anyone who can prove that they were dependent on the deceased—including a surviving spouse, child, parent, etc.—may bring a wrongful death claim.
To learn more, contact Alpine Law Group for a free consultation with our Irvine wrongful death attorney.