How much do I have to pay the attorney?
You pay us nothing, unless we win your case. Unlike other attorneys, we charge no out of pocket fees to our clients. We work on a contingency fee, which means that we are paid a percentage of the amount we recover for you. This allows us to represent clients who normally would not have the financial access to quality legal representation. Don’t let fear of payment stop you from getting an experienced attorney to fight for you. Call us today for a free consultation 866-306-3011.
Call us today for a free consultation 866-306-3011.
What if I don’t have money to go to the doctor?
We have access to an extensive network of excellent injury doctors throughout the entire state of California. In addition to providing great medical care, these doctors work on a lien basis. So, you do not have to pay any out of pocket bills or co-pays. They agree to wait until your case is resolved and are paid from the recovery obtained on your behalf.
How much is my case worth?
Usually, an attorney that promises you a specific amount of recovery in your case, up front, is either inexperienced, unknowledgeable or less than honest. This is because the value of each case is unique and depends on many factors. Some determining factors include, liability for the accident, available insurance coverage, the extent of your injuries, the amount of your medical bills, loss of earnings and the medical prognosis of your future recovery. Until all such relevant information is obtained and carefully reviewed, any amount would only be a broad estimate of your damages. Thus, at Gold Coast Law, our only guarantee is to provide you with excellent service and fight to get you all of the compensation you are legally entitled to receive.
How long will my case take?
Every case is different. Rarely, can anyone predict how long your case will take. Some cases can resolve in a few weeks and others can take years. This is due to countless factors, some of which are completely out of your attorney’s control, which affect the time it takes to get you fully compensated. While we cannot give you a specific timeline, we do promise to work diligently, for as long as it takes, to make sure that you get fully and justly compensated. Nevertheless, you can rest assured that we have no interest in delaying your case. Unlike other attorneys who work on an hourly basis, we don’t get paid until we win your case. This means that we share a common goal with our clients, to reach a prompt and efficient resolution of their claim.
Should I get an attorney close to me?
Our office represents clients throughout California. We have a network of medical providers throughout the state, so you will not need to travel for the care you need. We keep regular communication with our clients by various methods, such as phone, fax, email and/or written correspondence. And if we need to meet in person, we can come to you.
What if I don’t have a driver’s license?
Driving without a valid driver’s license is illegal and we would never advise anyone to do so. However, even if you did not have a valid driver’s license at the time of your accident, we can still help you get compensated for your injuries and accident damages.
What if I don’t have insurance?
It is not only against the law to drive without insurance, it also places you and others at great risk. Thus, we urge all of our clients to be always be fully insured when driving. Nevertheless, if you were uninsured at the time of your accident, we may still be able to help you be compensated for damages caused to you by another’s fault. However, California Civil Code section 3333.4 (commonly referred to as Proposition 213) does preclude uninsured auto accident victims from recovering general damages, such as pain and suffering. While certain exceptions may apply, this law can considerably reduce the value of your case. So, always make sure to have proper insurance coverage when driving.
What if the police placed me at fault?
Often, police reports are inadmissible at trial. That is why it is so important to consult with an experienced accident attorney. It is also important to note that California is a full comparative negligence state. This means that even if you are partially at fault for an accident, the other party may still be liable for their percentage of fault.
Can I represent myself?
While only a licensed attorney can legally represent another person, you do have the right to represent yourself. But, just because you can do something, doesn’t always mean that you should. Would you do your own dental work? Or, would you change your own car transmission, if you had no mechanical knowledge? Many people attempt to resolve their own injury claims. Not only can this become extremely time consuming and stressful, you can seriously reduce the value of your case. Anything you say could be admitted into evidence as an opposing-party admission. Insurance companies and their attorneys are experts at twisting your own words and using them against you. By the time you realize this, it can be too late to undo the damage. When your health and economic well-being are on the line, don’t take that risk. Call an experienced injury attorney that will protect your rights and fight for you. Best of all, the call costs you nothing.
Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. 1-866-306-3011
Will I have to go to court?
We treat every case as if it were going to court. This helps us get our clients the best possible result for their claim. Nonetheless, the vast majority of personal injury claims are resolved before trial. So, the odds of you ever seeing a courtroom are very low. With that said, we aggressively pursue all of our clients’ claims. If we see that the insurance company is not acting reasonably to resolve your case, we have no fear of filing a lawsuit to protect your interests. While we have spent countless hours in the courtroom, we understand that this may be your first time. So, we take time to prepare and guide our clients through the entire process. We explain everything well in advance. Most importantly, your attorney is at your side the entire time.
What is a Plaintiff?
Plaintiff is the legal term for the person filing a lawsuit. If you were injured in an accident and file a lawsuit, you would be referred to as the Plaintiff.
What is a Defendant?
Defendant is the legal term for the person against whom a lawsuit has been filed. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, the persons or business entities that caused or are responsible for causing your damages are called Defendants.
Damages is a legal term for the harm caused to you in the accident. This can include, but is not limited to, your accident related pain, suffering, medical expenses, loss of income and property damage.
What are policy-limits?
Policy-limits generally refer to an insurance policy’s maximum amount of coverage available to pay for a specified claim. For example, California generally requires that your auto insurance have policy-limits of $15,000 per person and $30,000 per accident for any bodily injury damages you cause while operating your motor vehicle. Of course, you can increase these limits by purchasing additional coverage. Make sure to consult with your insurance broker/provider to assure that you have sufficient insurance coverage to adequately protect you in case of an accident.
What if I already have an attorney?
You are free to hire the attorney of your choosing. This means that you also have the right to change attorneys at any time. If you are unsatisfied with your current attorney and want a second opinion, we will gladly provide you with a free consultation. Just call 866-306-3011.
What if other attorneys have refused to take my case?
Many attorneys practice different areas of law, such as family law, criminal, bankruptcy, etc. If these attorneys see an easy personal injury case, they may choose to take it. However, many attorneys who don’t focus their practice on personal injury, are not willing to take challenging cases. At Gold Coast Law, we only handle personal injury cases. This allows us to focus our efforts on one area of law and pursue cases that others may be afraid to take. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by calling us for a free, no-risk consultation. Call us today at 866-306-3011.
What if the insurance company already made me a settlement offer?
Often, insurance companies try to take advantage of injury victims when they are not represented by an attorney. They will make quick and extremely low settlement offers in the hope that you will fall prey. This can leave you with unresolved injuries and drastically under compensated. Usually, once you enter into a written settlement agreement, there is nothing more that can be done. This means that it is extremely important that you consult with an experienced accident lawyer before signing any settlement agreement or accepting any settlement amount. It is amazing how often the insurance company’s settlement offer multiplies as soon as they see that you have retained an experienced accident attorney. Don’t be fooled into settling for less.
Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation 866-306-3011.