San Diego Personal Injury Attorney
Gateway San Diego personal injury law firm is devoted to protecting our clients’ best interests. If you or your family member has been harmed in an accident, you are going through a very emotional time. With everything you have to deal with right now, choosing a San Diego personal injury attorney can be overwhelming. The reason to choose us is because we care about the outcome of your case. We work tirelessly to ensure that we maximize the amount of compensation that you receive. Sometimes it is possible to get money very quickly for clients by settling a case out of court. But often times insurance companies are not willing to pay out serious money until a complaint is filed with the court. We are not afraid to play hardball with the insurance companies and file a lawsuit. In fact, we pride ourselves on being San Diego personal injury lawyers and we love going to court.
This means that you can be assured that our San Diego injury attorneys in California will not push you to accept a quick settlement, and instead will work as long and hard as we must in order to get you a big settlement or verdict. Filing a lawsuit in California can be a long and time-consuming process. If your case is filed in court, opposing counsel will most likely want to take your deposition. A deposition is a time when you appear with your attorney and a court reporter, who writes down everything you say, and opposing counsel has the opportunity to ask you questions are relevant to the case. You need a skilled, aggressive San Diego personal injury lawyer at your deposition in order to ensure that the opposing attorney does not ask you questions that violate your constitutional right to privacy, and also to ensure that the opposing attorney doesn’t ask you “trick” questions. For example, “when did you stop beating your wife?”
It is not just the opposing San Diego personal injury attorney that gets to take depositions. You also have the right to take depositions of witnesses who have information relevant to your case. Depositions are expensive, and often cost about $1000 a day. If you retain us as your San Diego injury attorney, we will advance all costs in your case, including the cost of depositions. Another cost is expert witnesses. Experts often charge between $300 and $500 an hour, depending on their reputation and education, and depending on how specialized their testimony needs to be. For example, an expert testifying about traumatic brain injury would have to have a tremendous amount of knowledge and education. There are relatively few experts capable of testifying about traumatic brain injury as compared to another more common topic, such as broken bones.
It is not uncommon for costs in a CA personal injury case, including the cost of depositions and expert witnesses, to be in the tens of thousands of dollars. You need an San Diego personal injury lawyer who is willing to advance those costs so that you do not have to come out of pocket for them.
San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury cases such as car accident cases in CA, even when they seem straightforward, are often complicated. The insurance companies, who pay to defend these cases, have devised all sorts nefarious strategies that they try to use to foil your chances to obtain recovery in your case. For example, let’s say you are rear ended while stopped at a stoplight. At the urging of the insurance company attorneys, the person who hit you might say that you swerved over in front of them and slammed on your brakes at the last minute. You need an San Diego car accident attorney who will send an investigator out to interview any witnesses who may have been at the scene, and who will ask skillful questions at the deposition in order to elicit inconsistent testimony from the defendant. We send investigators out to photograph the accident scene, we prepare meticulously for depositions, and we order every single one of the medical records in your case. California personal injury cases are really 90% preparation. And we are always prepared. Our San Diego car accident lawyer is prepared to get the best outcome possible in your case, and we are prepared to provide you with a free consultation. We are standing by 24 hours seven days a week to answer your calls and look forward to hearing from you so that we can get moving on your case as quickly as possible.
By Douglas Gilliland
California Legal Resources