Personal Injury

When you or someone you love is hurt by another person’s careless actions, our legal system allows you to be monetarily compensated for the damage that was caused to you. The idea is that monetary compensation will help you, the injured person, become whole again in order that you may move forward in life.

After you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it's natural to ask yourself questions, such as:

  1. Should I retain the services of a California personal injury attorney? 
  2. Will I be able to seek compensation for your injuries?
  3. Will I be able to work as I recover from your injuries?
  4. Will I get disability pay?
  5. How will I pay for my medical costs?
  6. Should I accept a payment from an insurance company?
  7. How much is my claim worth?
  8. How long will it take to settle my personal injury claim?

To help you answer these questions, you need the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact the Law Office of Eric J. Rechsteiner here or call (909) 255-9529 for answers to these questions as this firm represents clients in many types of personal injury cases.


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About Insurance Companies

The insurance company is NOT your friend. They are extremely profitable corporations that aim to remain profitable. They do so by denying or minimizing the value of claims. In short, they are NOT looking out for what is best for you. This is why you need the services of an experienced injury lawyers who will fight for your rights and look out for your best interests.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

The experienced Law Office of Eric J. Rechsteiner, Esq. handles cases involving personal injuries caused by:

  1. Auto Accidents
  2. Motorcycle Accidents
  3. Truck Accidents
  4. Workplace Accidents
  5. Dog Bite
  6. Wrongful Death
  7. Slip and Falls
  8. Vehicle Rollover Accidents
  9. Brain Injuries
  10. Product Liability
  11. Catastrophic Injuries

Elements of a Personal Injury Case

A personal injury case usually involves two parties who were in an accident—the injured person (called the plaintiff) and the person who caused the injury (called the defendant). As a general rule, the injured person must show that the person who is responsible acted carelessly. To make their case, the victim must show four primary elements.

  1. Duty to Use Due Care: The defendant owed a duty of due care to the plaintiff. For example, a property owner has the duty to keep their property safe so that visitors are not hurt while on the property owner's premises.
  2. Breach of This Duty: The accident victim must show that the defendant did not exercise reasonable care, violating their duty.
  3. Proximate Cause of Injury: The accident was a foreseeable result of what the defendant did. For example, a person was hurt after slipping on the floor because the defendant had spilled something and didn’t clean up the mess.
  4. Damages: Plaintiffs need to show that they were hurt by the defendant’s carelessness. For example, if the person who slipped suffered a broken arm or leg in the fall, they might be entitled to money for their injury, assuming that fault is established.

Compensation for Your Losses

Financial compensation may be available for all or most of your losses. For example, if you required medical treatment because of someone else's negligence, financial compensation should be available for:

  1. Medical Expenses
  2. Lost Current and Future Income
  3. Hospitalization and Surgery Costs
  4. Rehabilitation
  5. Permanent Injuries
  6. Disabilities
  7. Pain and Suffering
  8. Emotional Distress
  9. Loss of Companionship or Consortium

Factors Affecting Compensation of a California Personal Injury Case

The extent of compensation in your California personal injury case will often depend on various factors such as who was at fault, who is liable and what avenues of compensation are available. It would be in victims' best interests to refrain from talking to insurance companies. If you have been involved in a car accident, your insurance adjuster will try to get as much information as possible from you. He or she may talk or act like your best friend and well wisher. However, that's what they are trained to do. Their job is not to help you. Their job is to make a profit for the insurance company, which is usually accomplished by denying or reducing the value of your claim.

This is why it is crucial that you consult an experienced California personal injury lawyer before you talk to an adjuster or accept a settlement from the insurance company. Do not rush into a settlement without consulting your lawyer. Once you do so, you have shut the door on your claim. The case will be considered closed. Also, remember not to sign any documents that provide insurance companies or other parties access to your personal information such as health or financial records. If you are active on social networking sites, it would be in your best interest to suspend or curtail such activity until your claim is settled. Insurance companies or defense lawyers can use what you post on these sites against you.


Why Choose Rechsteiner Law?

We provide superior customer service - the kind we would want ourselves or our family members to receive - should we be placed in a similar position. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don't pay anything until after you have been compensation. What's more, our initial consultations are always free of charge. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, please contact us at (909) 255-9529 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.


Disclaimer

This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.