If you have been seriously injured through no fault of your own, you may be able to file a personal injury claim with an experienced Bakersfield personal injury attorney. Personal injury claims are the result of traffic accidents, construction accidents, premises liability accidents, and more. Although you may have the right to compensation for your injuries, insurance companies will hold out paying you as long as they can, and then offer a small settlement that does little to cover medical bills, let alone lifelong disabilities.
Reasons to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are in Bakersfield, California, and have suffered a personal injury, you need to speak with a Bakersfield personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Mickey Fine to make sure your rights are protected.
The Law Offices of Mickey Fine has fought to protect victims of personal injury and their families for over 20 years. We represent victims and families who need to file claims involving:
Sadly, car accidents cause an outstanding number injuries and thousands of deaths each year throughout the United States. According to the NHTSA, over 3,000 people die in California each year in car accidents. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident due to another person’s negligence, The Law Offices of Mickey Fine will help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
A large commercial truck that is fully loaded can weigh more than 80,000 pounds. A crash that involves a commercial truck can cause serious damage and injuries to the occupants of the cars around it. Commercial truck accident cases are often complicated due to their wide range of potentially liable parties, evidence, and federal regulations that can potentially complicate a case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a negligent truck driver, call Mickey Fine today so he can discuss what your legal options are.
Motorcycle riders unquestionably lack the amount of protection as their motor vehicle counterparts on the road. Because of this, an accident involving a motorcycle can have catastrophic consequences. The majority of motorcycle accidents that occur across the United States happen because drivers fail to see a motorcyclist on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Mickey Fine right away. Mickey understands that motorcyclists are often not treated fairly in the claims for compensation, and will work to ensure that this does not happen in your case.
Property owners in California are responsible for maintaining safe premises and warning people in the event of hazards on their property if there is any. When property owners provide poor maintenance, faulty electrical equipment that causes burn injuries, inadequate security, or their dog bites someone, Mickey Fine will come to the injured party’s aid. Mickey is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Bakersfield who will fight for you in your premises liability case.
Trip and fall or slip and fall accidents can cause serious injuries which can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and soft tissue injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a trip and fall or slip and fall accident, call Mickey Fine immediately. Mickey will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive compensation for your injuries and hold the negligent property owner responsible.
Oilfield work is an extremely dangerous profession. Workers in the oil industry run the risk of burn injuries, falls, head trauma, broken bones, spinal injuries and much more. Oilfield accidents are hard to navigate and require the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. If you or your loved one has been injured in an oil field accident, contact The Law Offices of Mickey Fine, so that we can assist you in your case.
Farming is a dangerous occupation. Each year, farmers are injured in accidents involving heavy machinery, chemicals and trip and fall accidents. No matter how your farm accident occurred, if you sustained a personal injury because of it, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries through the help of experienced farm accident lawyer, Mickey Fine.
Mickey Fine focuses on assisting victims who have suffered traumatic injuries resulting in significant medical expenses, lost wages, and major lifestyle adjustments. If your injuries are somewhat minor, will not impact your daily life for very long, and result in damages that are less than $7,500, then the most effective avenue to recover compensation is through small claims court. Please read our Filing a Small Personal Injury Claim in California page to learn the simple steps involved in this process.
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Common Injuries In Personal Injury Claims
There are many types of injuries that can result in a person pursuing a personal injury claim in Bakersfield. Accidents caused by a negligent party can cause injuries including:
This list is by no means exhaustive and should not be taken as the only list of possible injuries you can claim in a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been involved in an accident and have sustained an injury listed (or not) above, you need to call personal injury attorney, Mickey Fine as soon as you can. Mickey will fight for you in your case and work tirelessly to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?
Your initial consultation with Mickey Fine is FREE. The reason we offer a no-obligation case evaluation is so we can learn more about your case. During this initial consultation, you may be able to get a better idea of what your claim is worth and how Mickey Fine can help.
The Law Offices of Mickey Fine won’t charge you anything up front so we can get started on your personal injury claim right away. We will work diligently on your personal injury claim on a contingent fee basis, meaning we will only get paid if you get the compensation you deserve in your case. If we do not win your case, you owe us nothing.
What Compensation Can I Receive for a Personal Injury Claim?
Bakersfield personal injury lawyer, Mickey Fine will thoroughly investigate your claim and fight on your behalf to recover the compensation you deserve. Compensation for a personal injury claim in Bakersfield can cover the following:
- Medical bills
- Damages to your property
- Lost income and reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Punitive damages
How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take to Complete?
The answer to this question depends on many factors of your case. The first thing you need to do is call Mickey Fine and file a claim. The statute of limitations in California for personal injury cases is two years from the date of your accident, so it is important that you meet this deadline to receive compensation.
Factors that can prolong a personal injury case are things like:
- The severity and extent of your injuries
- Determining the cost of your medical treatments
- Debates with opposing insurance companies
- Jury decisions
The main thing to remember in your personal injury claim is that patience is your number one asset. We will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve, but time can be your friend. The opposing insurance company will most likely offer you a settlement in the meantime. Always consult with Mickey Fine when you are approached with an insurance settlement offer so he can help you determine whether it is fair or not. Remember that you have a legal right to being compensated for your damages fairly, and what the insurance companies offer you may not be fair at all.
What Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
Experienced personal injury lawyer, Mickey Fine will conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and strategize the best plan of action for pursuing compensation on your behalf. At The Law Offices of Mickey Fine, you will feel comfortable knowing that we will:
- Take care of all communication that occurs with the at-fault party’s insurance company
- Obtain all medical bills and records from your healthcare providers
- Investigate your accident and obtain all evidence
- Identify the responsible party in your case
- Document all of your injuries
- Obtain opinions from medical and financial experts to better serve your case
- Negotiate with the opposing insurance company and demand the maximum compensation for your case
When Should I Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Depending on the circumstances, you may not need a lawyer right now. But in many situations, hiring legal counsel early on can prove extremely beneficial. Not only does it spare you a lot of stress and frustration but it also helps you avoid common pitfalls, improving your chances of receiving the full financial compensation you deserve.
Too many people have made the mistake of waiting to call a lawyer — or attempting to handle the whole process on their own — when they might have reached a more efficient and successful outcome by going to an attorney in the first place.
Below, we look at five situations when it makes sense to hire a personal injury lawyer in California.
When You Believe Your Injury Was Caused by Someone Else
Generally speaking, an injured person’s ability to recover financial compensation under California personal injury law hinges on the question of negligence.
Accident victims are entitled to recover monetary compensation if their injuries were caused by someone else’s careless, reckless, or unlawful behavior (e.g. speeding, texting while driving, allowing a store floor to remain slippery, failure to address dangerous conditions on a construction site, etc.)
If you believe your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence, or a company’s negligence, then you should consider talking with a personal injury lawyer right away.
Anytime there is evidence of negligence, the insurance company on the other side knows there is a chance that it may have to pay a claim, which is something insurance companies strongly prefer to avoid. In fact, as a general rule, they’ll work very hard (and very cleverly) to avoid it.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer in California, you can fight back against the insurer’s tactics.
(Note: there are some situations where an injured person can recover even if no one else was negligent, as is the case with many dog bites in California, for example. Likewise, under California comparative negligence law, injured people can often recover even if they were partially at fault for their own injuries. For these reasons, it’s always a good idea to consult a personal injury lawyer before making assumptions about your eligibility for compensation.)
When Your Injury Is Serious or Significant
Serious injuries are typically associated with greater damages and thus larger insurance claims.
The higher the financial stakes, the more eager the insurance company will be to minimize its liability. Insurance companies have virtually endless legal resources. By choosing to hire a personal injury lawyer, you can help to level the playing field.
Your lawyer can fight to protect your rights under the law and to advocate aggressively for your best interests.
We have often found that our clients are entitled to a larger sum of money than they realize when they first walk into our office. When injuries are serious or significant, there’s an even greater chance that the client might miss out on a substantial amount of compensation by attempting to handle things on their own.
When the Insurance Company Contacts You
If an insurance adjustor calls you to ask questions or request documentation, the best response is this: “I am hiring an attorney in this matter. Please direct any communication to my lawyer.”
Insurance companies hire and train adjustors with one goal in mind: reducing the insurer’s losses. Any phone call you receive from the adjustor will be oriented toward that goal. Adjustors often try to coax accident victims into making statements against their interest. That’s why it’s a good idea to refer them to your lawyer instead.
If an insurance adjustor is contacting you, it is likely because they believe you may have a valid claim. The sooner you hire a personal injury lawyer in California, the more effective your attorney can be in protecting you from the tactics of insurance companies (including your own).
When the Insurance Adjustor Won’t Give You a Fair Settlement
Insurance companies are supposed to handle each claim in good faith, but that doesn’t mean they always do. Unfortunately, it has become common practice at some insurance companies to make unreasonably low settlement offers and then refuse to negotiate fairly with the victim until an aggressive attorney gets involved.
Likewise, insurance companies sometimes attempt to dispute liability on a claim, even when their policyholder is clearly at fault for the damages.
Many times, the insurance adjustor’s goal is to make you feel like you’re lucky to get any money from them at all. They might pressure you to rush into a settlement for much less money than you’re owed.
The best way to find out whether you’re getting a fair deal is to talk about your claim in detail with an experienced personal injury lawyer in California.
When You Feel Uncertain or Overwhelmed by the Legal Process
Though it is possible to handle an insurance claim or lawsuit entirely on your own, doing so it isn’t easy, especially if you are unfamiliar with the legal process. Personal injury law is complex. The rules of procedure alone can be extremely challenging. Mistakes are easy to make, and you can count on the insurance company to exploit your mistakes.
By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you shift the burden of stress onto someone else’s shoulders. An experienced attorney can help to more comprehensively evaluate your claim, anticipate defensive tactics by the insurance company, and put you in the best possible position to maximize your financial recovery.
Why Should I Choose Mickey Fine?
The Law Offices of Mickey Fine understand traumatic injuries can impact the lives of you and your family. We fight for our client’s rights right as they are dealing with the emotional and physical pain these types of personal injuries cause. When the injury was caused by the negligence of another person or party, you need to know you can count on an attorney who will look after your needs from the moment your case is accepted.
The person-to-person approach offered by the Law Offices of Mickey Fine means you will speak with Mr. Fine or another lawyer. We will educate you every step of the way, so you understand what is going on with your case in an honest manner. We will focus on the legal side so you can concentrate on healing.
Mickey Fine uses cutting-edge legal techniques and employs experts and consultants when seeking damages on your behalf. Getting you the compensation you need for medical bills, rehabilitation, long-term care, pain and suffering, and other damages in as quickly as possible is as important to us as it is to you. We look at the case from different angles and stay open-minded to serve your unique case in the best possible way.