Disclaimer: *Steve and Rich Barnes have obtained millions in recoveries for their clients and have supervised over $2.5 Billion Dollars in settlements.
At The Barnes Firm, our team of experienced San Jose personal injury lawyers know that victims of accidents can sustain long-lasting and life-changing injuries. With decades of combined experience, our trusted attorneys have the knowledge you will want and need after a San Jose accident. The Barnes Firm is committed to working hard for you every step of the way to help you get the best result possible. With the skills, experience, and resources needed to win accident cases in California’s complex court system, our San Jose personal injury lawyers have helped countless clients recover compensation for accident injuries. Call (800) 800-0000 today for a FREE case evaluation.
The Barnes Firm is here to help you. Our personal injury firm helps individuals and their families who
have suffered an injury in an accident.
Personal service is a key element to our legal service. We keep our clients informed of the progress of their case along the entire way.
Our team is experienced and dedicated to bring our clients results. We lead your case to a successful resolution for you and your loved ones.
Our law firm has the resources we need to find and hire the best experts in the nation. These experts are here to help you with legal counsel.
Our priority is to lead your case to a successful resolution. That is our focus. You won’t pay any fees until we win your case. Results over fees.
Most people have never needed a lawyer when they find themselves injured and in need of legal advice. We hear the following questions from many of our clients. We hope the answers help clarify your options and considerations.
Personal injury lawyers in California charge on a contingency fee basis, which means that they only get paid if you do. Typically, they take a pre-arranged percentage of any settlement or award you receive.
In order to file a personal injury lawsuit in California, you file a complaint against the at-fault party in the appropriate court. Importantly, however, most personal injury claims are resolved by reaching a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Read on: How to file a lawsuit in California?
In California, a personal injury is any injury caused by the negligence of another person. Common examples of personal injury cases include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, pedestrian accidents, and bicycle accidents.
Typically, personal injury settlements that compensate you for losses like medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering are not taxable. That said, if a court awards you punitive damages, those will be taxable.
Personal injury lawsuits can take anywhere from a few months to several years to conclude. Some of the factors that can have an impact on how long your case will take include the strength of the evidence in your favor, the complexity of your case, and the damages you are seeking.
California’s Civil Code 3040 places a limit on the monetary restitution that health insurance companies can reclaim from your settlement. The sum they’re entitled to recoup is determined either by the actual expenses of the medical services they covered or a specific proportion of the settlement sum, depending on a range of factors. The lesser of the two is the amount they can recover.
You should bring as much documentation as you can to your initial compensation. Some examples of documentation you should bring to your consultation include your medical expenses, the police report about your accident, any incident reports that might exist, and pictures of your injuries or damage to your property.
If you have suffered injuries in an accident, there are certain steps you should take to protect your rights. Some of the most important of these steps include the following:
Under California law, if someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, they are likely liable for your injuries. In addition, if an employee caused your injuries within the scope of their duties, their employer is likely liable for your injuries.
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