A personal injury is an injury suffered due to the negligence of someone else. Even though you may think an insurance company is on your side when you’re injured in an accident of some type, the sad truth is that the opposite is often the case.
While an insurance company may offer you a tempting settlement, this is done to protect their bottom line and not yours. The best way to obtain the compensation you are legally entitled to is to obtain the services of a personal injury attorney.
While most personal injuries occur as a result of motor vehicle accidents, people living in and visiting San Francisco can sustain personal injuries in all types of ways. People can be injured while riding cable cars, while in taxicabs, on trains such as BART, while enjoying rides on Red and White Fleet ferries or when zipping back and forth to work on Segways. Sadly, some people are even injured as a result of nursing home abuse.
Many of the tourists who visit California enjoy taking in the sights on tour boats and by air via helicopters and small aircraft. Unfortunately, some of these visitors are injured in boating accidents and in airplane and helicopter crashes. Sometimes tourists and locals alike are hurt while on moveable walkways in high traffic areas such as airports and shopping centers. All too often, people become injured when using products which are faulty, resulting in them sustaining serious injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at Hogan Injury have the experience and knowledge needed to help you obtain the compensation you are due. Our aim is to serve our clients through exceptional case results to make sure each gets a fair settlement.
What To Do If You Sustain a Personal Injury
By nature, personal injuries typically occur suddenly and without warning. If you’ve been injured because of the negligence of another, it is important that you seek out medical attention without delay. Once you’ve received sufficient medical treatment, you should begin taking action that can help you strengthen your potential case.
It’s important to gather information related to fault and the accident itself. You also should gather information related to your injuries and other damages you could potentially seek compensation for. The next step to take is to speak to a personal injury attorney to find out if you are eligible for compensation.
Your personal injury lawyer must prove the fault, negligence or liability of another party in order for you to receive compensation for your injuries. Therefore, be sure to write down the contact information of all people involved including witnesses. It’s also necessary to obtain copies of any police, insurance or auto damage reports and other data related to the accident.
Types of Personal Injuries
While no two personal injury cases are the same, there are some common types of personal injuries which includes:
- Highway or Road Traffic Injuries including bus accident injuries
- Work-Related Injuries
- Injuries sustained in Tourist Accidents
- BART, Muni and other public transportation accident injuries
- Injuries sustained by or while on public transit
- Injuries sustained in Trolley Accidents
- Injuries sustained in boating accidents
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Defective Product Injuries
- Traumatic Brain injuries and brain damage caused by aneurysms
- Loss of Mobility or Use of Limbs
- Injuries Caused by Toxic Substances
- Injuries Sustained in Elevator and Escalator Accidents
Compensation You May Be Eligible For
Financial compensation may be available for all or most of the losses you suffered. For example, if you required medical attention due to the negligence of someone else, financial compensation may be available for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of current and future income
- Hospitalization and surgery costs
- Permanent injuries
- Pain & suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship or consortium
The extent of compensation in your personal injury case often is dependent upon several factors such as who was at fault and who was liable. It would be in your best interest not to speak to an insurance company as the insurance adjuster’s job is to get as much information from you as possible. While an insurance adjuster may sound helpful and caring, the truth is that this what he or she was trained to do. Put simply, it’s their job to help the insurance company profit. Unfortunately, that is something they often accomplish by denying or reducing the value of your claim.
Whether you’re coping with an injury yourself or have a loved one that has suffered due to something someone else did or did not do, turn to our California personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. Hogan Injury offers no-cost initial consultations wherein we review cases to determine if there are grounds for compensation. We understand how an injury suffered at the hands of another can be devastating and we will help you begin the process of getting your life back on track.