Campbell Personal Injury Lawyer
Solution Now Law Firm provides experienced, dedicated legal representation and advice to victims of traffic accidents in Campbell, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, and across the South Bay. We bring years of knowledge and passion to bear in fighting for the rights of our clients to recover the compensation they are owed after they are injured by negligent and reckless drivers. We understand the pain, devastation, and uncertainty that can arise after a serious car accident, and we treat our responsibility as your representative with the gravity and empathy you deserve.
At Solution Now Law Firm, we pride ourselves on our passion and dedication to the well-being of our clients. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident in Campbell or the surrounding area, you can trust our personal injury legal team to negotiate with insurance companies, contend with defense lawyers, and argue your case in court if necessary. We will be with you every step of the way, keeping you informed and involved as much as you prefer. You have the final say on any important decisions, and we will never pressure you to settle for the easy dollar. Our Campbell personal injury lawyers care first and foremost about making our clients whole, getting them the medical care they need and the compensation they deserve.
What Solution Now Law Firm Can Do for You
We will first ensure that you get adequate medical attention. The sooner you see a doctor, the better your chances are for recovery. We will build the strongest possible case by reviewing police reports and insurance records. We will conduct all negotiations with the insurance companies. We take the burden of the legal issues off your shoulders. All you need to do is focus on healing.
We help victims who have suffered all manner of injury in auto accidents, including the following:
- Head Injuries
- Neck & Back
- Spinal Injuries
- Broken Bones & Internal Injuries
- Car Accident Burn Injuries
- Wrongful Death
We help accident victims deal with insurance companies in order to maximize settlements. We will go toe-to-toe with the biggest insurance companies, corporate defendants, city governments, and any other parties who should be held liable for your injuries. There is no defendant too big nor claim too small. At Solution Now Law Firm, we fight for your rights.
Expert, Dedicated Service to Traffic Accident Victims
The experienced auto accident lawyers at Solution Now Law Firm represent victims injured in any and all types of traffic accidents. Whether you were in a rear-end collision, head-on crash, or any other kind of car accident, our dedicated personal injury team is ready to fight for the compensation you are rightfully owed. We serve clients injured in all manner of traffic accidents, including, but not limited to, the following:
- Car Accidents
- Uber Accidents
- Lyft Accidents
- Delivery Driver Accidents
- Rental Car Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Passenger Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- E-Scooter Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- DUI Accidents
- Distracted Driving
- Uninsured Motorists
- Hit & Run
Do I Need a Lawyer to Settle My Case?
Every car accident victim has a moment where they wonder to themselves, do I need a lawyer? Can I handle my personal injury claim on my own? Why bother paying someone else to do it? While accident victims have the right to proceed with their insurance claims and legal battles without the assistance of a lawyer, there are many reasons why having an attorney will not only make your life easier but also lead to more money in your pocket.
Your Attorney Has Done This Before
Most people will only undergo a serious car accident once, at most, in their lives. The experience itself is jarring and traumatic, and the legal, medical, and insurance issues that arise afterwards tend to be complicated, confusing, and stressful. A seasoned personal injury lawyer has dealt with this exact process dozens, if not hundreds, of times. Let someone who has been through this process before and who deals with these types of matters for a living handle the legal side of things for you. We will jump through all of the requisite legal hoops for you, making sure that nothing falls through the cracks and that your rights are properly protected.
Injury Victims With Lawyers Get Higher Settlements
The numbers bear it out: People who are injured in accidents get higher settlements when they have a lawyer than when they try to go it alone. Insurance companies are always looking for ways to get claimants to accept lowball settlements. Defense attorneys will try to intimidate accident victims and downplay the severity of the case, and they will use tactics to try to bully plaintiffs into accepting an amount lower than their claims are worth. A dedicated personal injury lawyer can help you properly evaluate the true worth of your claim and will know how to collect the right evidence and build the strongest arguments for a proper damages award. We know the tactics that defense lawyers and insurance companies like to use to undervalue claims, and we know how to counter them.
You Can Focus on Your Recovery, Your Family, and Your Life
Dealing with personal injury litigation can be an all-consuming task. You will be constantly communicating with defense attorneys and insurance companies, fielding requests for documents such as medical and employment records, all while trying to conduct your own investigation and gather evidence to support your claim. You will be subject to court rules if you have decided to file a lawsuit. Meanwhile, you will also be responsible for your day job, recovering from your injuries, and trying to take care of your family and the rest of your life. A personal injury lawyer is a professional who can take all of that burden off of your shoulders so that you can focus on your own recovery and your own life.
Your Attorney Only Gets Paid if You Get a Settlement or Court Victory
At Solution Now Law Firm, we operate on contingency fees. That means that we only get paid once you get paid. You do not have to worry about paying legal fees for litigation expenses up-front, and you do not have to worry about owing your lawyer anything if the case falls through. If you do not win any award in a settlement or from a court case, then you do not owe us anything.
What is the Personal Injury Process?
Every personal injury case is unique, and there is no general approach to handling every personal injury matter. Each case presents its own specific challenges and issues. There is, however, a general way in which most claims tend to progress. Below, the seasoned litigators at Solution Now Law Firm provide an overview of how personal injury matters generally proceed.
Find a Good Lawyer
The first thing that you need to do after a car accident or other personal injury event is to see a doctor. After that, find a lawyer. While you can pursue a personal injury claim without an attorney, there are many benefits to hiring a lawyer: Plaintiffs with lawyers get significantly higher settlements on average, and they do not have to spend all of their time trying to build a case and wade through the complicated legal system.
Do your research. Look around for personal injury lawyers in your area on websites such as Google, avvo.com, and the California Bar’s website. Find a lawyer with experience in cases like yours and who has good reviews from former clients and the legal community. Set up a meeting with your first choice. It can be helpful to meet with more than one lawyer to get a fair comparison.
Once you have picked your lawyer, you can talk about the fee structure and the details of your case. Discuss your legal options, the extent of your injuries, the circumstances of your accident, whether the negligence of the other party was involved, which defendants can be properly sued, and further details.
Watch Out for the Statute of Limitations
Nearly all legal claims have a time limit within which the claim must be filed. If you wait too long, you might pass this “statute of limitations.” In California, for most car accident claims, you must file within two years of the date of the accident. If you wait until after the two-year period, your case could be thrown out.
Investigating Your Case
You and your attorney will build your case. Your attorney will collect evidence such as medical records, police reports, security camera footage, and witness testimony. She might consult with and retain experts such as medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, and engineers. Your lawyer will also consider potential defenses and holes in your case, establishing your strongest case to prove liability and maximize your damages.
Sending a Demand Letter
After building a good case for liability, your attorney will send a demand letter or demand package to the defense or their insurance company. The demand will lay out your claim, including proof of liability and the damages you are owed. The demand will include a settlement offer stating the value of your case. The defense, including individuals, businesses, and insurance companies, will review your demand and decide whether to agree to settle the case, make a counter-offer, or reject the settlement offer outright. Putting together a strong demand letter is critical in starting your case off on the right foot and from a position of power.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you cannot reach a settlement, then it is time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your attorney will file a complaint with the court and serve it on the other parties involved, starting the lawsuit process officially.
Before trial, you and the opposing party will have the opportunity to collect more evidence from one another. You can make requests for documents or interview witnesses and other parties involved.
Mediation and Settlement Negotiations
As the case progresses, you will likely enter settlement negotiations with the defense or their insurance company. Often, these negotiations will involve a mediator who will facilitate informal discussions between the parties to encourage an amicable resolution. Settlement negotiations can also take place without a mediator directly between the parties and their attorneys. If the parties can reach an agreement in mediation or settlement negotiations, then the case can end.
If the parties are unable to settle, then the case will eventually go to trial. At trial, your attorney will present evidence and witnesses, argue your case, and try to convince the judge or jury that your side of the matter is correct. The factfinder, whether it is a judge or jury, will evaluate the facts and the arguments and make a decision, possibly awarding damages to the plaintiff.
If either party is unsatisfied with the results of the case and they can point to a legal error made by the court during the course of the matter, then they might file an appeal.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
The first thing on many clients’ minds when they consider filing a car accident claim is the value of their claim. How much can you expect to win in your case? Every accident is different, and there is no general formula for calculating the anticipated award in all cases. Certain factors play into most personal injury claims, however. Below, the experienced personal injury legal team at Solution Now Law Firm provides an overview of the factors that go into calculating the eventual settlement or jury award a car accident victim can expect. For a more specific estimate of your particular claims, reach out to the Campbell law offices of Solution Now Law Firm for a free case evaluation.
The Damages You Can Collect
In a personal injury matter, your ultimate award is based on the types of damages that you can collect, which vary depending on the type of claim and the circumstances of your case. As a general matter, in car accident cases, you can obtain two types of damages: Economic and non-economic.
Economic damages cover expenses that can be more readily quantified and put to a specific number. Economic damages include costs like:
- Medical expenses, including past treatments and anticipated future surgeries, medications, nursing costs, medical devices, etc.
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages are losses that are harder to quantify, but which are still very real issues that accident victims suffer. Non-economic damages include harm such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of life enjoyment
How Serious Are Your Injuries?
The brunt of your damages will depend on the severity of your injuries and other damage suffered. If you only have superficial injuries such as bruises and scrapes that will heal fully, you would not be able to recover as much. If your injuries have caused long-term problems such as loss of limb, loss of a bodily function, functional limitations, or chronic pain, then you would be able to claim a much higher amount in damages. Your damages will be based in part on your actual expenses–medical costs, lost income, etc.–and in part on the psychological harm that serious injuries can cause. Serious, permanent damage is both more expensive to treat and also more emotionally damaging. However, even short-term injury can be severe when you have experienced a traumatic event such as a serious car crash.
Your personal injury lawyer will help you build a strong case for maximum damages by itemizing all of the harmful results of your injuries, both physical and psychological, and the medical expenses and other ancillary costs that are likely to accumulate as a result of the accident.
How Strong Is Your Proof? Are You in a Hurry?
Not everything that factors into the value of your case will be by the numbers. Case strategy and the risk averseness of each party will play a role. If you have a strong claim for liability, with witnesses, security camera footage, a strong police report, and medical records clearly showing your damages sustained directly from the accident, then you are more likely to recover a larger award. Particularly if you are dealing with a risk-averse defendant, they might decide to settle quickly and simply pay you what they owe rather than risk an even bigger jury award.
If your case has more gaps and the fault of the other driver or negligent party is less clear, then your case could drag out with the defendants or insurance company less willing to settle for a large amount. If you are in a rush to get any sort of settlement, moreover, then you might be ready to settle for less than your case is worth. We advise clients to wait until they get the compensation that gets closer to what they should rightfully be paid, but we also understand that for some people, it is more important to get some money now than to hope to get more money later. At the end of the day, it will be your decision.
Do You Have a Claim for Punitive Damages?
Some of the largest awards in personal injury matters come from what are known as “punitive damages.” Economic and non-economic damages are meant to compensate the victim for the harm they have suffered, to make the victim “whole” again. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are intended to punish a defendant for their wrongs in order to deter that kind of conduct in the future. Punitive damages are awarded on top of and in addition to compensatory damages. However, they are only available in cases where the defendant’s conduct was especially reckless or malicious, showing a disregard for human life. Serious injuries or death caused by a drunk driver, for example, could give rise to punitive damages.
Is It Really Free?
Many of our clients are understandably skeptical of lawyers. We understand that people have a conception of lawyers from TV, movies, and from things that some unscrupulous lawyers have been caught doing in the past. You may have even had a bad experience with lawyers in the past. At Solution Now Law Firm, we strive to be as open and up-front as possible with our clients. When we say that you do not owe us a dime unless and until we win for you, we mean it.
You Only Pay if We Win
At Solution Now Law Firm, we take all personal injury cases–whether they involve car accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, or any other type of incident–on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee means that you do not pay us any amount upfront for our services. Instead, we collect a portion of the damages you are paid after we win a favorable settlement or court decision for you. If we do not secure you any compensation, then you do not owe us a dime. It’s as simple as that. We have every incentive to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve, and we have no reason to spin our wheels or waste time on unnecessary tasks just to generate extra “billable hours.” What matters to you, and what matters to the auto accident legal team at Solution Now Law Firm, is results.
We Pay Litigation Expenses up Front
Throughout the case, there may be expenses that arise, such as fees for filing court documents and motions, printing costs, fees for collecting documents from government agencies or private businesses, costs for printing medical records, etc. As part of your contingency fee arrangement, Solution Now Law Firm will pay these costs upfront. After we have secured a favorable settlement or jury award, we will retain a portion of the award to pay back these litigation costs. If we do not win you any compensation, then you will not owe us for these litigation costs.
There Are No Hidden Fees
We will itemize all of our costs and expenses throughout the litigation. Moreover, we will discuss the fee structure with you before we enter into a formal retainer. You will know from Day One the percentage of the award that we will retain and the types of additional costs (court filings, etc.) that we will be repaid after the case ends.
If You Have Questions, Just Ask
The fee structure is one of the most important things that we will discuss in our initial strategy session. If you have any questions about our fee structure, whether they occur to you before we start your representation or at any point throughout your case, please let us know. At Solution Now Law Firm, we pride ourselves on keeping an open dialogue with our clients. It is part of the personalized, tailored service that we offer. We want to be on the same page as our clients at all times.
Why We Are Different
Many personal injury law firms take as many cases as they can and settle them as quickly as possible. These firms typically spend a lot of money on advertising so they can accumulate as many clients as possible. Their focus is on volume, not value. The more cases a firm takes, the less attention they can give to your case. This often results in a lower settlement than what the fair value of your claim would be.
Solution Now Law Firm is not like other firms. We take a limited amount of cases so that we can deliver tailored and compassionate service to each and every one of our clients. We will work with you personally, learn the details of your case, create a strategy that is unique to your claim, and do our best to fight for your rightful compensation. Our experienced team will be with you every step of the way to provide you with the help you need.
Get Personalized, Passionate, and Effective Legal Help from our Campbell Personal Injury Lawyer
The zealous personal injury attorneys at Solution Now Law Firm are ready to bring our years of litigation experience to bear in pursuing your injury claims after a traffic accident in the South Bay. Reach out to our Campbell offices to discuss your case and find out how we can help you get the compensation you are owed. You do not have to face your struggle alone in this difficult time. We are here to help. Please call us at 408-256-2871 or contact us online to arrange a free case evaluation.