Our personal injury attorneys and lawyers bring four decades of experience fighting for the rights of personal injury clients in Orange County. Timothy J. Ryan & Associates represents people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, slip and falls, or who want to recover damages for the wrongful death of a family member. Let an Orange County personal injury attorney from our law firm fight for you to get the justice and financial compensation you deserve. Call 714-908-9069 to schedule your free consultation with an injury attorney.
How much does a personal injury lawyer cost in California?
Many people are afraid to reach out to a personal injury law firm because they fear that they will have to pay an attorney on top of their medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses related to their personal injuries. Attorneys have a reputation for charging a lot of money, which turns many people off from reaching out for help.
The good news is that when it comes to seeking out an Orange County personal injury attorney, you don’t pay a penny unless we win for you. We work solely on a contingency basis, which means we take a percentage of the award that we win for you as payment. When you schedule your consultation with us, we evaluate the worth of your claim, and if we determine that you have a valid claim, we will fight for you to get the financial compensation you deserve.
This is the same reason why so many people do not seek medical attention when they have been injured – they are afraid that they will be stuck with the bill. If you have recently been injured and want to get medical treatment, you can give us a call, and we can talk with you about your concerns. But do not delay. Time is of the essence when it comes to personal injury matters. Your case will be a lot stronger the sooner that you seek treatment and talk to an attorney. We understand your anxiety and are more than happy to answer questions about what to expect.
How long does it take to settle a personal injury case in California?
Many personal injury victims want to know how long it will take to settle their personal injury case because they are getting phone calls from debt collectors or the hospital. They might also be receiving calls from their health insurer wanting reimbursement from the liable party’s insurance company after they footed the bill for the victim’s medical treatment. How long it takes to settle a personal injury case depends on the circumstances surrounding that case and several factors. In general, it can take two months or even two years. Call us so we can tell you about cases we’ve settled that are similar to yours and how long the process was for those former clients.
What percentage do most personal injury lawyers take?
The percentage that a personal injury attorney takes varies from case to case. However, the average personal injury lawyer in California gets 33.33% of the settlement or about a third. This means that if a client receives $150,000 from their injury claims, the attorney will receive $50,000.
How can I speed up my personal injury case?
There isn’t necessarily a way to speed up personal injury claims, but there are ways to delay them. Neither you nor your personal injury attorney has the power to push your case to the front of the line in the courts. However, you will be able to recover compensation faster if you have all of your documentation for your medical expenses and other pieces of evidence ready to submit with your claim. Not having these vital pieces of evidence always delays the process.
One of the most important steps you can take is to hire an Orange County personal injury lawyer so they can handle the complex legal paperwork and litigation process. You can help them file your claim faster by providing them with the following:
- A copy of the police report
- All copies of your medical bills
- Your wage and salary information from your job
- All receipts and invoices for expenses related to your accident
- Photos and videos from the scene of your accident
- Contacting them immediately whenever you get a phone call from the other party’s insurance company or any other calls or mail related to your Orange County personal injury
What qualifies as a personal injury case?
Personal injury cases are legal disputes that arise when an injury occurs to someone’s physical body rather than their property, though you still can recover compensation for damaged property in a personal injury claim. The law allows you to seek recourse from the individual or entity whose wrongful actions, negligence, or intent led to you being hurt. If someone has caused you harm and you are left with enormous expenses related to your injuries, then you need to talk to a personal injury attorney. If you have already sought treatment for your injuries or want to seek treatment for your injuries and you accident was within the last month, then call us today.
Types of Personal Injuries Our Lawyers Handle
There are many ways a person can be injured after an accident, and the severity of a victim’s injuries depends on the force of the impact and other factors. Treating these injuries results in extremely high medical expenses. An Orange County personal injury attorney is here for you to help you get the fair and just compensation you deserve for your emergency care and follow-up treatments.
The back is integral in supporting the body, so it is extremely difficult to move, stand or walk when its muscles and ligaments have been injured. Back injuries can cause stiffness, pain that radiates down to the legs, muscle spasms, and numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, legs or feet. Physical therapy can treat back pain and help the victim recover their mobility.
Fractures, much like many of the other injuries mentioned, are very common after accidents due to the force of the impact. Some of the most common fractures occur in the face, arms, spine (vertebrae), pelvis, ribs, and skull. Broken bones may require surgery, a cast to protect and immobilize the broken bone, physical therapy, or chiropractic care. Our personal injury lawyers fight hard so that you can get all of the rehabilitative care you need covered by the liable party’s insurance provider.
A car accident could cause burns even if none of the cars involved in the crash are on fire. Burns can be caused by the car’s electrical system becoming damaged in the accident. The damage can be enough to cause sparks. The radiator can also leak hot water or steam that can lead to burns. Chemical burns occur when a victim’s skin comes in contact with fuel or engine fluids.
Catastrophic injuries leave the victim with lifelong impacts, such as paralysis, loss of sight or hearing, nerve damage, neurological damage, organ damage, or amputation. Traumatic brain injury is one of the most common catastrophic injuries that can change the victim forever. The brain can be injured by hitting the inside walls of the skull or the penetration of an object. Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries according to the CDC. The most common symptoms of a brain injury include:
- Balance and coordination issues
- Cognitive problems
- Difficulties with memory
- Dilated pupils
- Personality changes
Foot And Ankle Injury
Heel bone fractures, Lisfranc joint injuries, and compartment syndrome are all common foot injuries that occur in a car accident. The foot can get caught behind the pedal or stuck under a seat, straining the tendons in the ankles. These injuries result in severe pain and may prevent the victim from putting any weight on their foot for many months.
Herniated Disc Injury
The spine is composed of 24 vertebrae divided into four sections. During a car accident or fall, the back can absorb the force of the impact, leading to the discs slipping out of place, cracking, or rupturing. This type of injury can lead to compressed nerves in the spine, causing extreme pain that radiates toward the limbs. A herniated disc injury can lead to chronic pain, lumbar radiculopathy, and cervical radiculopathy.
Neck Injury & Whiplash
Whiplash is one of the most common car accident injuries and is caused by the sudden back-and-forth movement of the neck, similar to the motion of a whip cracking. In milder forms, whiplash limits side-to-side neck movement but can heal on its own with over-the-counter pain medication. Severe whiplash limits neck mobility, causes extreme pain and usually requires physical therapy.
Soft Tissue Injury
The impact of an accident can injure soft tissues and internal organs in your abdomen and chest, such as your liver, spleen, kidneys, lungs, heart, or bowels. In an accident, the blood vessels burst or are torn due to blunt force trauma. At first, the victim may not feel anything, but within a few hours they can be suffering from life-threatening internal injuries, which is why it is so important to seek medical help after an accident. Other soft tissue injuries include cuts and lacerations, torn ACL, bruising, and swelling.
Spinal Cord Injury
The spine is divided into four sections. At the top is the cerebral cervical spine. The middle section is the thoracic spine, followed by the lumbar spine, and then the sacral spine at the bottom, including the tailbone. Where the injury occurred determines the symptoms a victim feels. Spinal cord injuries can result in muscle weakness, pain, numbness and tingling down the arm, problems with coordination, or paralysis. If the injury was in the cervical spine, then that can result in loss of voluntary movement in the chest and arms and breathing problems. Injuries occurring much lower can lead to loss of bowel function, leaking of urine, or urinary retention.
Types of Accidents
Call 714-908-9069 now to speak to an Orange County personal injury attorney if you have been involved in any of the following types of accidents.
The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) reports that 17,722 victims were killed and injured in Orange County in 2019. Of those crashes, 4,446 involved speeding, and 395 involved alcohol. Car accidents can lead to devastating personal injuries such as spinal cord injuries, fractures, and brain injuries. These result in enormous medical expenses that can overwhelm an Orange County personal injury victim. The most common car accidents are:
- Head-on collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end accidents
The III reports that the most lethal time of day for motorists is between 3 PM and 6 PM, which is when 23.7% of all motorcyclist fatalities occur. Of the 5,014 bikers that died in motorcycle accidents in 2019, 1,689 were killed in alcohol-impaired crashes, which is 34% of the total killed. Motorcycles do not provide the same type of protection that cars do, so the chances of suffering a catastrophic injury are very high.
Truck accidents usually lead to serious injuries due to the incredible mass difference between a car and a truck loaded with cargo. Unfortunately, these types of personal injury cases are too complex for the average person to handle on their own. The issue is that in any personal injury suit, the plaintiff must establish liability. In truck accidents, the liable party could be the truck driver, the employer, or the truck manufacturer.
The negligent party could also be the cargo loaders since improperly loaded freight can cause the contents to shift, leading to balance issues that the driver would not be able to respond to in time before causing an accident. If you were involved in an accident that involved a truck, then an Orange County personal injury lawyer from Timothy J. Ryan & Associates can investigate what happened and represent you in front of the insurance company to get you what you deserve.
There were 470 reported pedestrian fatalities in California in 2021 and 463 pedestrian fatalities in 2020. Pedestrian accidents occur when a person is walking or jogging on a sidewalk or public road is struck by a motor vehicle. The injuries from these types of accidents are typically severe. Poor visibility, recklessness by drivers and pedestrians, street designs that aren’t conducive to walking, and bad weather all contribute to pedestrian accidents.
Negligence, misconduct, and intentional acts are some of the most common reasons why a wrongful death claim is filed by grieving loved ones who seek justice. Some of the most common causes of wrongful death we handle at our firm include:
- Airplane accidents
- Car accidents
- Defective items
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
To win damages in a wrongful death claim, your personal injury attorney will have to prove the defendant owed a duty of care to the deceased. In a medical malpractice case, that means the doctor or healthcare provider should have abided by the standard of care of their field when treating their patient. In a car accident, the other driver owes a duty of care to other drivers to be sober and alert to avoid an unexpected accident. A manufacturer of products must design and produce them so that they do not lead to personal injury claims.
Next, your personal injury attorney will prove that the doctor, driver, product designer, or manufacturer, depending on the personal injury lawsuit, was negligent and did not follow the professionally accepted standard of care for the field, did not abide by the law, or do what is right for their customer. Your personal injury attorney will work to prove that the defendant’s negligence caused the accident that led to your loved one’s injuries and death.
The law allows the surviving family members or the estate to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages when a loved one dies because of someone else’s wrongful act. The damages they can recover include the burial and funeral expenses, the bills for the medical care the deceased received before they succumbed to their injuries, the pain and suffering they experienced before their untimely death, lost wages, and compensation for the loss of companionship. Under California law, only the following have legal standing to file a wrongful death lawsuit:
- The decedent’s spouse or life partner
- The decedent’s adopted or biological children
- The decedent’s financially dependent stepchildren, parents, or putative spouse
Slip And Fall Accidents
A slip and fall accident falls under the category of premises liability claims because it occurs on someone else’s property; the owner or manager should have maintained their premises to be free from hazards. There are many different places where slip and fall accidents can happen, such as hotels, retail stores, or grocery stores.
Poor lighting, wet floors, torn carpeting, uneven floors, or narrow stairs can cause a person to harm themselves and lead to personal injury. Fall accidents can also occur on sidewalks, due to potholes or after a rain or snowstorm. According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 800,000 people are hospitalized every year because of a fall injury, often because they have suffered a head injury or hip fracture.
What Makes a Good Personal Injury Case?
The factors of a good personal injury claim are clear liability, a large number of damages, and the ability of the liable party to pay them. A case can get more complicated if liability is harder to establish. Suppose you fail to document the incident, sign agreements with the insurance company before speaking to a personal injury attorney, do not follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, or handle your claim initially. In that case, it will be a lot harder to win your personal injury case. Working with a knowledgeable attorney always helps, so call us today.
Can I Claim Injury Compensation If It Was My Fault?
California observes pure comparative negligence, which means that victims can recover damages even if they are partially at fault for the accident. You are only liable for your percentage of fault, so you should speak to one of our attorneys about your case. We may be able to reduce your amount of fault so that you can recover more compensation. An investigation can shed light on what contributed to your accident, and we are ready and eager to use all our resources to seek the truth in your case.
Should I Pursue a Personal Injury Claim?
If you have suffered losses because of extensive medical treatment, lost wages, your inability to work, or will need future medical or physical therapy treatments, you should pursue a personal injury claim. If you received a settlement offer from the insurance company that does not cover your expenses, you should call us now. We will tenaciously pursue your claim to get you every dollar you deserve. After your initial consultation, we will provide you with how much we think your case is worth, what it will take to win, and the next best steps to take.
How Does a Lawyer Help in a Personal Injury Case?
Nothing substitutes a personal injury attorney’s education, training, and experience. Personal injury attorneys handle cases every day and negotiate with insurance companies regularly. Timothy J. Ryan & Associates investigates your claim, scrutinizes your documents and photographic evidence, asserts your rights, and represents you in front of the insurance companies or a judge. Let us help you seek closure on your case.
We prepare your case and consult with expert witnesses to take the stress off of your shoulders. Expert witnesses are authorities in their field who have specialized knowledge. They are hired as consultants to contribute their knowledge and shed light on how an accident or injury occurred. Expert witnesses include accident reconstructionists, doctors, physical therapists, and forensic scientists. An experienced attorney has developed relationships with many of these experts.
How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Personal Injury Claim?
Some personal injury cases are resolved in as little as two or three months, whereas others end up in litigation and can take up to two years. It can take longer if it is hard to establish liability, if your expenses are very high, or if you waited too long to speak to an attorney. If you are not done with your treatment, then you may have to wait longer to get an accurate calculation of the damages you claim. However, you should still talk to an injury attorney right away, even if you are still being treated for your injuries.
To better understand how long your case will take, call 714-908-9069 now to speak to a personal injury attorney from Timothy J. Ryan & Associates. We can advise you of how long it took us to settle other personal injury cases similar to yours.
How Much Is a Personal Injury Case Worth?
Every case must be evaluated individually to determine how much it is worth. That is the purpose and goal of your initial meeting with an Orange County personal injury attorney. We give you a chance to tell us what happened, how the accident impacted your life, and how you feel. We then give you our professional opinion of what your case might be worth and how we plan on proving it.
There are multiple factors that affect how much your claim is worth:
- How long after your accident you sought medical help
- The recovery period is for your injuries
- If you suffered a permanent injury such as the loss of mobility, use of an organ, or an amputation
- If you suffer life disruptions such as being unable to attend school, participate in your kids’ lives, or have to cancel a special event due to your injuries
- If you share any fault for the accident
- How carefully and thoroughly you go through the claims and settlement process, such as not posting about your claim online
Suppose you did not receive treatment from a medical doctor, did not have any medication prescribed, and only suffered soft tissue injuries such as sprains and bruises. In that case, your compensation will likely be lower.
California Personal Injury Law
California personal injury law sets the legal framework for instituting civil liability for harm caused by another person’s recklessness, negligence, or intent. The money you recover is intended to put you in the financial position you would have been in had the accident not happened. Under the law, your attorney can handle every aspect of your personal injury case as your legal representative.
This is preferable to representing yourself since a lawyer knows the intricacies of the California statutes and any prior cases whose verdicts can influence the outcome of your case. This also means that your lawyer can negotiate on your behalf and take care of everything for you while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are some of the most common questions personal injury attorneys receive. However, the content provided is meant for general informational purposes only.
What do I do after an accident?
Whether you’ve been involved in an auto accident or slipped on someone’s property and fell, your personal injury claim starts when your accident happens.
To file a personal injury claim, you will need to provide a police report or incident report of the injury. To car file a car accident claim, you will need to call 911 to have law enforcement present at the accident scene to write up a report. If you were injured on someone’s property, such as a grocery store, you would need to speak to the manager or supervisor of the premises. The insurance company will require this documentation when you file your personal injury claim.
Exchange Contact Information
You must exchange names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, driver’s licenses, and car insurance information after an auto accident. In other types of personal injuries, you should exchange contact information. You should also get contact information from any witnesses to provide them to your Orange County personal injury attorney.
Gather Evidence and Documentation
Photos and videos from the Orange County personal injury site are vital pieces of evidence. The photos and videos should explain how your personal injuries occurred and where. If you were involved in a car accident, your photos should show the damaged vehicles, the accident location, and traffic signs. If you were injured on someone’s private property or at work, you should take pictures of the accident location and any hazards that contributed to your injury.
Seek Medical Attention
Immediately head to the nearest emergency room to be evaluated by a medical professional. Injury victims who cannot take themselves to the ER should have an ambulance transport them to a hospital. A doctor will be able to respond to your serious injuries and order diagnostic testing to know the extent of your personal injury.
Avoid Discussing Your Personal Injury Case Online
Personal injury lawyers always advise not discussing your case online and even shutting down your social media accounts while you’re in the middle of the personal injury process. The insurance companies are notorious for hiring private investigators to check out the social media profiles of victims who have filed insurance claims. They look for pictures and posts from injury victims that can be misconstrued to prove that they are exaggerating their injuries and are enjoying their lives unencumbered by a serious injury.
You may have seen people online talk about getting into an auto accident and reassuring their followers that they are fine. This could definitely be misleading to the insurance company. Talk to your Orange County personal injury lawyer about what you should do, and if you feel the need to let coworkers, people you supervise, and long-distance family members know about what happened and how you are doing. It’s understandable that leaders in a community or company may want to make a statement, so you can ask your attorney what messaging would be appropriate.
Hire An Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer
An Orange County personal injury attorney is your advocate. We fight for you to get compensation for your medical bills, assistive devices (such as a wheelchair), lost wages, future lost earning potential, property damage, and other financial losses. We protect your rights and help you.
What types of personal injury cases can Timothy J. Ryan & Associates help me with?
If you have suffered a physical injury and want to file a personal injury claim, you need a personal injury attorney. However, not all personal injury attorneys share the same practice areas. Some specialize in medical malpractice or help victims of product liability. They may be great at what they do and get results for their clients, but they might not have the expertise you need if you were injured in a different type of accident. Thankfully, many attorneys post their areas of practice on their websites so that you are informed.
Our law firm specializes in helping accident victims file an Orange County personal injury claim if they have been harmed in a:
- Bus accident in Orange County
- Car accident
- Motorcycle accident
- Truck accident
- Bicycle accident
- Dog attack
- Rideshare accident (Uber/Lyft)
- Pedestrian accident
- Slip and fall
- If a loved one suffered wrongful death due to a car accident, medical malpractice, construction accident, defective item, or airplane accident
If you have been hurt in any of these types of accidents, you should call us. With almost 40 years of experience helping victims with their Orange County personal injury cases, we have the knowledge to help you during this devastating and traumatic time in your life. We have helped other victims just like you who were scared, stressed, and unsure of what to do. Let us guide you and make the path toward justice clear. Call us today.
Your Dedicated Orange County Personal Injury Firm
Call 714-908-9069 now to speak to an Orange County injury attorney from Timothy J. Ryan & Associates. Suppose you have suffered catastrophic injuries and have questions about filing a personal injury claim. In that case, you deserve to get advice from a legal professional who will advise you of your rights and tell you what steps you need to take to recover compensation. The personal injury attorneys at our Orange County, CA law firm have recovered millions of dollars for our clients, and we can do the same for you. Our previous clients describe us as patient, knowledgeable, supportive, and professional in every regard. We can stop the harassing phone calls from debt collectors and help you get back on track financially.