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Let Us Be Your Advocates Throughout The California Personal Injury Process

After being injured, the legal process required to seek compensation can be challenging, frustrating and unclear. At the Law Office of Brian H. Turner, we understand that legal issues can cause you a great deal of stress. Our job is to navigate you through the legal system, minimizing the impact on your life and maximizing your compensation.

The Basics Of Personal Injury Representation

Here are some basic things you need to know when working with an injury attorney (and what you can expect when working with us):

  • Paying for attorney’s fees: There are no upfront costs. We are not entitled to a fee unless we are successful in the resolution of your case.
  • Communicating with insurance companies: We will communicate on your behalf so you don’t need to deal with the stress of pushy insurance adjusters who may try to get you to accept an unfair settlement or attempt to get you to take blame for the accident.
  • Medical care: Although medical expenses are your responsibility, we assist you at every stage of your recovery to maximize the potential of your case.
  • Communicating with your attorney: We take pride in being available and approachable throughout the duration of your case.
  • What to know about trial: We prepare every case like it is going to trial and invest in the case accordingly.

If you have additional questions about the legal process or working with an attorney, the following FAQ section will hopefully be informative.

Answers To Frequently Asked Personal Injury Questions

Below, we have provided answers to some of the most common questions we receive from personal injury clients.

When should I contact a personal injury attorney?

You should contact a personal injury attorney if you suffered significant physical injuries or psychological injuries due to the negligence of another person, business or organization. Be sure to act relatively quickly after being injured to maximize your legal options.

How much does it cost to hire a personal injury attorney?

Most personal injury attorneys (including ours) do not charge upfront fees or costs. Instead, fees are assessed on a contingency basis after your case is resolved. This means that you pay no fees until and unless the attorney helps you recover money in a settlement or jury award. Even then, attorney fees are a predetermined percentage of the total amount of compensation you receive.

Can I hire a different personal injury attorney if my current one is ineffective?

Yes, it is always your option to change attorneys if you are not satisfied with your current one.

Will I have to go to court?

No, not always. But, courtroom litigation may be necessary to obtain the maximum value in your case.

How long will my case take?

Rarely will an attorney know how long it will take to resolve your case because it is largely dependent on how long it takes for you to recover, or how long it takes for you to obtain a new normal. Contact your attorney to see how your case is moving along.

What are the statutes of limitation in my case?

Typically in a personal injury case, the statute of limitations is two years. Within those two years, if a case does not settle, a suit will follow and your case will go into litigation. There are many exceptions to the general two-year rule. Contact an attorney immediately upon sustaining injuries to determine the statutes of limitation for your particular case.

When should I settle my case?

When you and your attorney agree that the settlement offer is reasonable in relation to the damages you sustained.

Have Additional Questions? Get Answers During A Free Initial Consultation.

From our office in Sacramento, the Law Office of Brian H. Turner serves clients throughout the surrounding areas of California. If you’ve been injured and want to better understand your legal options, contact us for a free discussion about your case. You can reach out online or call 916.229.8800 to get started.