Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury in California
Based in San Jose, California, the experienced attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish help people throughout the Bay Area who have suffered injuries in bicycle, automobile, truck and motorcycle accidents. We also handle elder abuse and wrongful death claims. Below are some questions we frequently receive about personal injury matters. For further information or to speak with an experienced attorney about your claim, contact us today.
Q: What are your attorney’s fees in personal injury cases?
A: We handle most personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no legal fees unless you receive compensation through a settlement or trial. In most cases, we also advance the costs associated with prosecuting the case, such as copying fees, court costs and expert witness fees. Under California law, the fee arrangement is negotiable and will be discussed with you before you agree to retain us.
Q: What is my personal injury case worth?
A: It is impossible to assess your claim’s potential value until we can collect the essential information about the case. Often, it is necessary to complete an investigation and some discovery before we can determine your case’s value. We also base our evaluation on our knowledge of the trends in recent trial results.
Q: When do I have to file my personal injury lawsuit?
A: Determining the statute of limitations that is applicable to your case can be complicated. You should speak with an attorney as soon as possible after an accident to prevent the statute of limitations from becoming an issue. In general, California law gives an injured party two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. Cases involving a public entity, medical malpractice or a minor child have different time limits. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin investigating your case, preserving evidence and complying with the relevant deadlines.
Q: How fast will my personal injury case be resolved?
The speed with which a lawsuit can be completed depends on the court’s schedule, the specific circumstances of the case, how many parties are involved, the complexity of discovery and the extent of motion practice. At Needham Kepner & Fish, our personal injury lawyers are committed to keeping you informed about the progress of your case and the anticipated date of resolution.