If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury and someone else is to blame for it, you could be owed compensation. The Fair Oaks, CA, personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, want to help you demand it.
Our lead attorneys, Travis Black, and Kelsey DePaoli have more than 40 years of combined experience helping injured Californians seek the money they need for their medical bills, lost income, pain, suffering, and other losses. We know people are at the heart of every personal injury case.
Don’t miss your chance to hold the person who hurt you responsible for their actions. Be heard. Contact the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC, today for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Fair Oaks.
Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney in Fair Oaks, CA
The legal field is complicated, with many rules and procedures you’re likely unfamiliar with. An innocent error could cost you your case. The other side has experienced insurance adjusters and attorneys who have an interest in protecting their employer’s bottom line. By trying to handle the case yourself, you risk recovering less than you deserve or nothing at all.
Now you know how you could benefit from an attorney, you might be wondering why you should choose the Law Office of Black & DePaoli, PC. Here is why:
- Our experience – Not only do our personal injury lawyers have extensive courtroom knowledge, but their backgrounds give them special perspectives on these cases. Attorney Travis Black is a former law enforcement officer and insurance adjuster, which means he knows how to find the evidence it takes to prove your case. Attorney Kelsey DePaoli is a former advocate for children in the foster care system, where she learned how the legal system impacts real people. Together, they understand the stakes and what it takes to win.
- Our approach – You are more than a case file and should be treated as such. Our Fair Oaks personal injury lawyers are focused on your specific needs. We are always available to answer questions and will keep you informed as your case progresses. You’ll never be rushed through a phone call or meeting or shunted off onto a junior associate.
- Our results – An easy way to judge a law firm is by the results they’ve achieved for their clients. We are proud of our track record. We have recovered six-figure and seven-figure awards for injured Californians through negotiations and trials.
- Our no-fee guarantee – We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, which means we won’t collect a fee from you unless and until we secure compensation for you. In other words, it won’t cost you anything upfront to put us to work on your case.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle in Fair Oaks, CA
Our Fair Oaks personal injury attorneys have experience handling many different kinds of cases, including:
- Car accidents – If a negligent driver injures you, you can file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against them to seek compensation for your injuries and related losses. Common examples of driver negligence include drunk driving, distracted driving, driving while fatigued, speeding, aggressive driving, failure to yield, failure to check blind spots, and tailgating.
- Truck accidents – A fully loaded semi-truck weighs more than 20 times as much as the average passenger vehicle. This size disparity means they do incredible damage in the event of a collision. Truck drivers can cause accidents due to impaired driving, fatigue, distracted driving, failing to check blind spots, following too closely, speeding, or failing to yield the right-of-way, among others.
- Motorcycle accidents – Motorcyclists are not always given the same courtesy as other road users, which makes them more susceptible to accidents. If a driver injures a motorcyclist because they failed to check their blind spot, made an aggressive lane change, followed too closely, was impaired, became distracted, or was otherwise careless, the motorcyclist can demand compensation from the at-fault driver.
- Bicycle accidents – Bicyclists have none of the protections afforded to motorists but are required to follow many of the same rules, which means drivers must be especially careful around them. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to take proper precautions around bicyclists, causing accidents for which they can be held responsible.
- Pedestrian accidents – Like bicyclists, pedestrians are at particular risk of serious injury in the event of a collision. Motorists should take special care driving in areas where pedestrians are present, as they often have the right-of-way by default. When drivers fail in this responsibility, they can cause devastating injuries.
- Rideshare accidents – Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft say they thoroughly vet their drivers. Still, accidents happen. Sorting through the insurance issues after a rideshare accident can be complicated, but an experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your options and help you demand the full compensation you deserve.
- Premises liability – Business and property owners are responsible for protecting visitors from hazards on their premises or ensuring they are adequately warned of dangerous conditions. If you have been injured on someone else’s property, you may have grounds for an insurance claim or lawsuit.
- Dog bites – Even otherwise friendly dogs can inflict vicious injuries if they attack. It is up to pet owners to make sure their dogs are restrained. They can be held responsible if their failure to do so results in someone else’s injury.
- Wrongful death – While many accident victims survive their injuries, some do not. If someone dies from injuries sustained in an accident that was someone else’s fault, their family or estate may have grounds for a lawsuit against the party who caused the accident.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Claim Worth?
Every personal injury case is unique, and a lawyer will only be able to tell you what your claim might be worth after they have a chance to review your case thoroughly.
You could be entitled to compensation for losses like:
- Lost wages
- Reduced future earnings
- Medical bills
- Lower quality of life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional distress
- Damaged property
Statute of Limitations on California Personal Injury Cases
In California, you have two years from the date of an accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. If you miss this deadline, your lawsuit will likely be dismissed as untimely. If this happens, you will be unable to recover compensation through the court system.