Frequently Asked Questions

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The attorneys at May Firm answer questions clients frequently ask about motor vehicle accidents and wrongful death claims in California.

When you are injured in an accident that was not caused by your fault, the most important thing you can do is take care of yourself. It can be very difficult, if not nearly impossible, to navigate through the accident claim process on your own. Insurance companies often attempt to settle cases as quickly as possible to avoid paying further medical fees for innocent victims like you. By hiring a personal injury lawyer, you can focus on getting back on your feet and you can trust that your legal battle is being fought by knowledgeable attorneys. As you heal from your physical and emotional injuries, an attorney will fight the insurance companies and the person who is at fault for the accident to get you the compensation you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm have extensive knowledge on a variety of personal injury cases, as well as how the law applies to each individual case. You will not be taken advantage of by an insurance company with the guidance and support of an attorney. The May Firm will be a powerful advocate working for you.

An experienced personal injury attorney will work tirelessly to maximize the value of your case. Not hiring an attorney can be, and ussually is, a major mistake. Unintentional legal mistakes occur during the first call or visit with the claims adjustor. Insurance adjustors are trained to ask certain questions that could pose problems for your case later. They are also trained to offer a small settlement amount right up front. Unfortunately, some people agree to the small up-front settlement and regret it later when they have on-going medical issues.

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Elements for Personal Injury Claim

In California, the following claims are commonly recovered in personal injury cases:

  • Medical care and consultations with health care providers
  • Lost income
  • Permanent damage, which includes physical disability and disfigurement
  • Social, educational and family experience losses, meaning any education, training, events, vacations or other occasions you will miss out on
  • Emotional damage, including depression, anxiety, stress, personal strains and family trouble resulting from the accident
  • Loss of consortium, which refers to the loss of affection or companionship with your loved one.
  • Property loss or damage
  • Loss of use

By working with the personal injury lawyers at The May Firm, you will receive a better understanding of the damages you are entitled to recover once we review your specific case.

A personal injury lawyer should be called whenever you experience an injury due to someone else’s negligence. Common personal injury cases may include: motorcycle accidents, car accidents, truck accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog bites, construction accidents, and injuries due to a defective product. It doesn’t matter if your injury is minor or severe, a personal injury attorney can help you manage claims against your insurance company, or the insurance company of the person who is responsible for the accident. An attorney will act as your advocate during this difficult time to ensure your rights are protected and fought for. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm can also assist you in recovering damages for your time spent out of work due to your injury.

Immediately following an accident of any kind, the first thing you should do is seek immediate medical help.Obviously, it is important for a physician to determine the extent of your injuries and start you on the healing process. But this step is also important so that you can begin documenting your injuries. If you have a strong case against the person whose negligence caused your injuries, documentation is vital to convince the court and insurance companies that your case is justified and you should be compensated accordingly. Once medical treatment is sought, contact a personal injury attorney who will work for you to ensure your rights are protected and any due compensation is granted.

Legally, everyone must be properly insured to handle accident claims. However, that is not always the case. If you were injured in an accident and the other person does not have insurance, or does not have enough insurance, it is your right to file a claim against the person. You can file a claim with your own insurance company, this is called an undersinsured motorist claim. If you have underinsured motorist coverage, you have it for the precise situation you are in. Don’t worry, your premiums will not go up. You have paid for this coverage each and every month you pay your insurance premiums. You have the contractual right to protect yourself in the event the persona at fault did not carry enough insurance to cover your losses. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm will help protect you against the uninsured or underinsured person who caused the accident that led to your injuries. You have rights and deserve to receive compensation for your pain and suffering.

At The May Firm, we work on a contingency basis. A contingency basis means that you will not pay us anything until we win your case for you. Once you receive compensation from your injury settlement, we will typically collect 33.33% to 40% of that settlement to cover the costs associated with fighting for your rights in a personal injury claim. It is important to note that the actual percentage will be discussed and agreed upon in writing before we begin working on your case. By working on a contingency basis, you will not have to worry about any upfront costs. All costs will not be paid until your case produces a successful outcome.

Even if you suffered from minor injuries after an accident, you may be out of work for a period of time — or even indefinitely. As you try your best to heal quickly, you are likely very concerned to go back to work in order to pay your regular bills, in addition to mounting medical expenses as a result of your injury. Loss of income is typically taken into account when litigating or negotiating your personal injury claim. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm will fight to ensure that the wages you lost due to your injury will be returned to you in full compensation.

The May Firm offers clients a free, no-obligation initial consultation. During our first discussion together, our experienced personal injury attorneys will take the time to ask you questions. We will ask for details regarding the accident that led to your personal injury, in addition to information about the injuries you suffered due to the accident. The questions are asked in an effort to determine the viability of your case. If we determine that you have a solid case, we will help you gather police reports, photos, wage loss information, billing statements and medical records, all of which will help us build a solid foundation for your specific case.

In the difficult time after losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction, contact a wrongful death attorney to help you through the legal issues surrounding the death. By pursuing legal action, you have the ability to hold someone accountable for your loved one’s death. The wrongful death attorneys at The May Firm understand your grief and they vow to work on your behalf to get the compensation you deserve. Be wary of insurance companies and others who may try to take advantage of you during this vulnerable time. The May Firm attorneys will help you navigate the system to ensure you are treated fairly and compassionately.

It is always a good idea to talk to a few personal injury law firms to find the best fit for you and your case. That is why The May Firm offers a free, no-obligation consultation to our potential clients. During this meeting, we will ask you questions to determine the viability of your case. We will also instruct you and we will guide you through the next steps, if we choose to work together on your personal injury claim. It is important for you to find attorneys with whom you are comfortable working. We approach every case with compassion. Our experience and knowledge of California personal injury law makes us the perfect fit for many clients.

The amount of compensation you may recover from an injury due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, malpractice, or inaction is dependent upon the details of your case. A claims adjuster will be brought in during negotiations to determine the total medical expenses incurred by your injury. This will be a baseline for us to work with in order to determine what other damages can be recovered, including pain, suffering, and personal or professional problems resulting from the accident. It is important to understand that experienced lawyers will never put a value on your case until they know every single detail. The majority of cases settle before having to go before a jury. If a case is brought in front of a jury, The jury is given complete power to determine the amount of compensation that should be awarded.

There are two ways you can recover damages from a personal injury claim: through a settlement outside of court or through a lawsuit taking place in court. There is no way to tell from the beginning of your case if your case will go to court or not. However, it is typical for personal injury cases to settle outside of the courtroom. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm will work diligently to negotiate a settlement in your favor before pursuing action through the court system. No matter what happens, the attorneys at The May Firm will fight hard on your behalf to ensure you are appropriately compensated for your injuries.

Our first meeting with potential clients is always a free consultation. There is no obligation to continue working together if the fit is not right. During the free consultation, an attorney at The May Firm will sit down with you and will ask you many questions to find out every detail about your situation. We will ask about how the accident happened, what injuries you suffered as a result of the accident, and what your life is like as you recover and heal from your physical injuries. We will also determine if you have a case. If we determine that you have a case, we will go over the next steps with you, including a list of documents you will need to gather for us to use as a starting point in building a strong case for you.

It is difficult to say exactly how long it will take to settle your case. There is no specific time frame set for cases that settle through negotiation nor for cases that settle through the court system. The insurance companies will push you to settle quickly, which may be enticing when you are struggling to pay your medical bills or cover the costs of missing work for an extended period of time. However, a quick settlement is usually not in your best interest. Quick settlements are typically well below the compensation you actually deserve. The personal injury attorneys at The May Firm will work as fast as possible to get you the compensation you deserve. We will communicate with you every step of the way so you understand exactly what is happening, as well as any next steps needed to get recovery for your damages.

Typical attorney fees at The May Firm are between 33.33% and 40% of your total settlement, although this percentage is variable depending on your specific case. The fees we collect from the settlement also cover payments related to case costs and court costs, aside from our attorney fees. Case costs may include filing a lawsuit, retaining experts, subpoenaing records, travel expenses, depositions and private investigators. Fighting a personal injury claim can get expensive, as we research, collect evidence, and hire outside experts to provide testimony in your case. It is important to note that The May Firm will pay all case costs upfront on your behalf. We will only be paid back these costs when you win your case.

A statute of limitations is a time limit placed on action taken in a personal injury claim. In the majority of cases, after the statute of limitations expires, you can no longer seek damages or other compensation through a personal injury claim. For a typical personal injury case, you will usually have to take action within two (2) years from the date of the accident in order to remain within the statute of limitations. However, the statute is different for medical malpractice claims and for cases against a government entity. It is best to consult with a qualified personal injury attorney at The May Firm right away for detailed information specific to your case. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and we will fight for your rights under California law.

We at The May Firm have extensive experience in a variety of personal injury cases. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Dangerous products, including:
    • Airbag injuries
    • Car seats
    • Crushed roofs
    • Defective seat belts
    • Food poisoning
    • Gas tank explosions
    • Mesothelioma/asbestos
    • Motor vehicle defects
    • Pharmaceutical liability
    • Product liability
    • Recalled products
    • Tire defects
  • Injuries, including:
    • Amputation
    • Brain injury
    • Burn injury
    • Catastrophic injury
    • Shoulder injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Wrongful death

The May Firm attorneys enjoy working with clients. We will put all of our energy into achieving a successful outcome for your case. We will always put your case first, with personal attention and a hands-on approach to guide you through each step of your case.

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