Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Tim Ryan
Over $1 Billion Recovered for Victims
If you or one of your loved ones are injured and need to know the important facts about your potential personal injury claim, call the Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys of Timothy J. Ryan & Associates at (714) 898-4444 for a free consultation.
Attorney Timothy J. Ryan has been helping HB and OC locals receive the money they need to recover from their serious injury accidents for nearly 40 years. We put our clients needs first, doing what is needed to help them physically, emotionally, and financially.
There are many different situations that you could be injured in that will qualify for a settlement that goes above what you will be offered by the responsible party's insurance company will try to settle for, but it is important that you navigate this process with the help of an experienced, reliable personal injury attorney in Huntington Beach, California.
When you are working with an insurance company, one of the most important things for you to remember is that the insurance agent you are working with is NOT working on your behalf: they are a representative of a company whose main goal is to spend as little money as possible while protecting their client and themselves from any future legal issues.
This means that when they offer you a settlement agreement, this is the absolute minimum that you deserve, and will come at the cost of signing away your ability to pursue any future legal action. Never accept an initial offer from an insurance company; instead, contact an experienced Huntington Beach attorney who can help you navigate this process and ensure that you are being treated fairly.
- If you are in need of answers to your questions or would like a case review, please contact us: Timothy J. Ryan & Associates 8072 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach CA, 92647 (714) 898-4444
How Can a Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me?
There are many different things that a Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer can do for you, starting with helping you understand whether or not you actually have a case. At Timothy J. Ryan & Associates, you can be confident that we are working on your case because we believe in it. We will not collect a fee if you do not win.
Once we have determined that your case is worth pursuing, we will begin negotiating directly with the insurance company or party who is financially responsible for your injuries. It is in everyone's best interest to avoid a full lawsuit, and so we will attempt to reach an agreement that fairly compensates you for all aspects of your injury without needing to take it to California courts. If negotiations fail, we will then move to our next step, which is to file a lawsuit to seek the damages we believe you are entitled to.
During a Huntington Beach lawsuit, there will be a lot of paperwork and procedures that must be followed in order to ensure that your chances of winning are as high as possible.
Even if you believe that your case is cut and dry, it is extremely important that you are represented by an experienced personal injury lawyer in Huntington Beach with a history of success.
The defense will work extremely hard to find any legal avenues to reduce the amount of damages they must pay, and our experience will be a great benefit to you and your ability to counter their arguments with your own to ensure that you get what you deserve. Read more about the various damages we will consider during your case.
What Types of Damages Are Included In a Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawsuit?
There are a variety of damages that the courts will consider while we are working through your Huntington beach injury claim, and are divided into categories of compensatory and punitive damages. Since all injuries are different, your situation may not exactly resemble the following examples, but you can be confident that we will make sure that every detail is considered while we are calculating the full amount of the damages we are seeking for you.
Compensatory damages are intended to do exactly what you would expect: compensate the victim for the losses they have suffered after their injuries. There are two different types of compensatory damages which seek money for different types of losses:
Economic damages are intended to compensate victims for losses that have actual dollar amounts attached to them. For example, medical bills or lost wages have true, calculable losses associated with them, and therefore will simply be submitted to the court as proof of the losses. In addition to medical bills and lost wages, we will include any other associated expenses including child care or other assistance that you require because of your inability to take care of yourself, recovery costs, and any possible future expenses. If you have used any paid time off (PTO) that you have accrued at work, we will also seek repayment for these hours as well.
Again, we understand that every injury is different, and everyone has a unique situation, so we will work directly with you to account for every expense associated with your injuries, and seek repayment for them - there is no reason that you should be financially liable for expenses associated with an accident injury that someone else caused.
Noneconomic damages are a bit more complicated than economic damages and can require some complex calculations and an extensive understanding of the California legal system. Noneconomic damages are intended to compensate victims for losses that do not have actual costs associated with them. This could include things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment, depression, fear, anxiety, and a diminished quality of life. While there is no way that we could simply submit invoices to the courts that prove the costs of these issues, they are no less important.
We will work to determine a “multiplier” that we believe provides the judge and jury an accurate indication of the severity of these noneconomic damages, which is a lot more representative than trying to come up with a dollar value for your pain. Once we agree on a fair multiplier, we will apply that number to your economic damages, and seek those in addition to the economic damages in your case. For example: if you have suffered from $100,000 in economic damages, and we determine your noneconomic multiplier to be 3x, then we will seek $300,000 in noneconomic damages in addition to your $100,000 of economic damages. In cases of medical malpractice, California has a $250,000 damage cap for noneconomic damages.
Punitive damages are granted to Huntington Beach, CA victims in very rare cases where the injuries were the result of extremely egregious actions on behalf of the defendant, or if the responsible party has significant financial holdings and a large award will act to properly punish them for their behavior. These types of damages could be included in drunk driving injuries, or if you have suffered an injury that a major corporation or company caused because of extreme negligence or possibly even malice.
We will not be able to seek punitive damages as part of your Huntington Beach lawsuit — a jury awards punitive damages on their own accord, in extreme situations where it is found to be fitting.
What Situations Warrant a Huntington Beach Personal Injury Lawsuit?
There are a lot of different accidents that could result in a personal injury lawsuit. The most important thing that we will work to prove is that the situation resulted because of someone else's actions (or inactions), that the accident caused your injuries, and that your injuries caused you losses. Some examples of common accidents that lead to personal injury lawsuits in Huntington Beach are as follows:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Pedestrians struck by motor vehicles
- Motorcycle accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Defective products
There are many other situations that can warrant a personal injury lawsuit, but the ones mentioned above are common in Huntington Beach. We understand that no two accidents are alike, that no two injuries are the same, and that no two personal injury lawsuit cases are identical. We will work with you to build a case that represents your situation and seeks the compensation that you deserve for your specific experiences and suffering.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are some of the common questions we answer during initial consultations. Recognize that your specific situation will have different answers, but the following are intended to give you a general idea of what you expect.
Do I Need a Huntington Beach Injury Attorney?
Although hiring a Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer is not required, if you have serious injuries, it is a very good idea. Insurance companies are armed with teams of Huntington Beach lawyers whose goal it is to keep your money in house. You need someone who is just as educated as they are to argue on your behalf.
What Constitutes “Negligence” in an Accident?
A Person or business has what is called a “duty of care” in a certain situation. A “Duty of care” is defined as the legal obligation not to injure others. For example, when one gets a driver's license, they have a duty of care to obey the rules of the road.
Will My Case Have To Go To Court?
With the exception of a wrongful death claim, your case will probably not go to court. A good Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the at-fault party's insurance company to get you an acceptable amount of money before you ever have to file a lawsuit, let alone go through an actual trial.
Why Choose Timothy J. Ryan & Associates
With over forty years of legal experience, the law firm of Timothy J. Ryan & Associates has been assisting Huntington Beach accident victims with every kind of personal injury claim. Our staff of experienced legal professionals will get you the money you need to move forward after an accident injury. Contact us now for your free initial consultation, where we will be able to provide you with examples of past cases that we have successfully represented that are similar to your own, as well as offer you specific insight to your situation that will be very helpful in making your decision.
If you believe that your injuries may entitle you to compensation, or if you are unsure of your options, contact us as soon as possible for a free initial consultation. During your consultation, you will be able to get a better understanding of what your Huntington Beach personal injury case will look like, how the team at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates works with clients, how we will represent you, and what different options we anticipate for your own case.
The sooner you begin this process, the sooner you can go back to focusing on your life and moving forward from your injuries. We will work to make sure that the additional stress of your case is reduced so that recovery can be your priority, and you can rest easy with the confidence that an experienced Huntington Beach personal injury lawyer is fighting on your behalf for everything you deserve. We look forward to working with you and helping you get your life back on track after your life-changing injuries.
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Do I have a limited time to pursue compensation?
Despite the state's understanding of the trauma victims have suffered, particularly if they are at a point in which their injuries have brought them to court, there is a limit to how long victims have to submit their Huntington Beach personal injury claims. According to the California Code of Civil Procedures, Section 335, victims who have sustained any type of personal injury, whether they were harmed intentionally, unintentionally, negligently, carelessly, or in any other manner, have two years from the day they were injured to pursue legal action. Huntington Beach claims that are filed after this two year period have a significant chance of not being heard by the court.
The statute of limitations for minors, as well as cases involving government agencies and employees, is different however. According to the California Government Code, Section 911.2 (a), adults and minors who have personal injury claims against the government or one of their employees, have six months in which to file their claim. During this six month period, they must also complete the state's designated, administrative form, and pay the court a fee for filing their personal injury claim. Minors involved in Huntington Beach personal injury cases that are unrelated to both government agencies or their employees, have a much longer statute of limitations. Minors are allowed to file their personal injury claims for two years after they turn 18. Still have questions? Read our personal injury FAQ to find answers you are looking for.
When to Contact Our Huntington Beach Personal Injury Law Firm
Most people on any given day do not plan on getting injured, being careless, engaging with equipment that does not work the way it is supposed to, or causing injury to others. Sometimes, however, life happens around and to us and we get hurt or cause injury when we least expect.
When these personal injuries and accidents occur, most people initially can only relate to the pain and trauma they are experiencing. It is only after they have begun to process what has happened to them that they can even give thought to pursuing compensation, regaining their lives, and everything that comes next.
Attorney Timothy J. Ryan understands the shock and fear you are likely experiencing at this time. Contact our Huntington Beach personal injury attorneys to obtain a free consultation and get the support you need.