An Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
Did You Suffer a Personal Injury in Los Angeles?
A good personal injury lawyer should be capable of helping victims seek immediate justice following a motor vehicle accident. The Law Offices of Daniel Kim not only delivers on that end, but we have also developed proficient strategies for getting our clients maximum compensation expeditiously.
Our personal injury law firm is comprised of an award-winning team with a superb reputation, recovering over $250 million in verdicts and settlements for our deserving clients. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, the at-fault party must be held accountable. Allow our legal team to assist you during this difficult time.
No Win. No Fee. Guaranteed.
Victims undergo financial hardships while enduring with the stress and trauma ignited by personal injury accidents. This is why our personal injury law firm offers our services on contingency. This means clients are never responsible for paying upfront legal fees and will not be billed if we do not deliver a win. To learn how we plan to assist you with your personal injury case, please schedule a free consultation when you are ready.
Why Hire Daniel Kim as Your Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney?
As a leading personal injury attorney who has maintained a successful track record of 99%, Daniel Kim has perfected a winning strategy for helping injured victims recoup their losses after being injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.
Refined expertise in auto-related accidents is the primary pillar of the firm’s success. Personal injury law covers a broad spectrum of case types. By focusing our efforts on this particular subject, we can direct our attention strictly toward California traffic laws. This is vital when battling against the insurance company.
Our Los Angeles personal injury firm knows how insurance companies operate. In an attempt to avoid liability, an insurance adjuster’s objective is to compensate victims for as little as possible–or, not at all. However, an experienced lawyer, like Daniel, counters these unruly tactics and has been successful in helping clients obtain full and fair compensation.
The firm’s dedication to our practice has earned us notable recognition from Martindale-Hubbell, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, The Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association, and other distinguished trial lawyer associations. Schedule a free case consultation to begin discussing your case options today.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Working with an experienced personal injury attorney is the most effective route to financial recovery. Attempting to reach a fair settlement with the insurance company without legal representation will be extremely challenging.
A number of uncertainties arise during the legal process. Without proper representation from an accident lawyer, it will be difficult to address questions such as:
- What do I do next?
- Should I file a personal injury lawsuit?
- How long will it take to reach a settlement?
- Who is going to pay for my medical expenses?
- Will insurance help me?
- And the common… Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Insurance adjusters are not concerned with injured victims’ recovery and are only interested in protecting the company’s bottom line. This is why it’s highly advisable to avoid agreeing to early settlement offers. Initial offers do not cover the full extent of damages, like future financial losses or how emotional distress from the accident affects mental well-being.
The best personal injury lawyers who are established in their field have access to expert witnesses who will prove these types of damages. Working with experts, like medical professionals and accident reconstructionists, confirms liability on the other parties involved, strengthening personal injury claims.
A successful settlement should result in full financial recovery. An attorney makes this achievable and can proficiently produce such results in a timely manner.
Statute of Limitations in California
One of the most important factors in working with a personal injury lawyer is the timeline. Accident victims are only allotted 2 years from the date of the accident to file personal injury claims, under the statute of limitations. There are also other exceptions to consider, as the statute is sometimes significantly reduced depending on the circumstances.
If the statute expires, a victim will lose the right to pursue legal action; personal injury lawyers will prevent important deadlines like this from being missed.
Wrongful Death Cases
Catastrophic accidents can unfortunately be fatal and have devastating impacts on surviving family members. In the event of a wrongful death, families can be compensated for their loss.
Damages that can be recovered are loss of income, funeral expenses, and any other aspects that were affected by the death. Wrongful death cases can get complicated, as insurance companies will not compensate family members for the full extent of damages.
Before attempting to take on the big insurance companies alone, contact The Law Offices of Daniel Kim. We are aggressive negotiators who will not settle for less than what our clients deserve. If an ideal settlement is not reached out of court, we will proceed in taking the case to trial with litigation.
Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle
Traffic accidents can involve a variety of motor vehicles, resulting in severe injuries. The Law Offices of Daniel Kim specializes in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and rideshare accidents (Uber/Lyft). Each type of accident presents many unforeseen obstacles, but our law firm has found success in recovering maximum compensation for past clients.
Heavy traffic along the I-405 Freeway, I-10 Freeway, and US Highway 101 are all too familiar to Los Angeles residents. According to INRIX, LA drivers spend a little over 60 hours on the road due to traffic, ultimately increasing the odds of being in an accident. In our experience, we have found that these car accidents are typically caused by driver negligence, often attributed to texting and driving, as well as other driver inattention.
Motorists of passenger vehicles who fail to detect or watch for approaching motorcycle riders are often at fault in most motorcycle accidents. However, motorcyclists are commonly blamed for these crashes. In fact, ⅔ of multi-vehicle accidents involving motorcycles are caused by car drivers impeding motorcyclists’ right of way. Reckless driving is a regular occurrence in most accidents and results in costly medical treatment.
Recognized as the busiest port in North America, the Port of Los Angeles draws a major influx of massive commercial trucks, like 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and big rigs traveling through Los Angeles County. Vital to California’s supply chain, this transportation of goods is necessary. However, negligent trucking industries and reckless truck drivers endanger others when they do not abide by the FMCSA’s truck regulations.
The growing popularity of rideshares, like Uber and Lyft, has changed the way people commute. Because the concept of ridesharing and the gig economy is so unique, the legal proceedings of how to treat these events once an accident occurs are also unique. Every Lyft/Uber driver is required to carry auto insurance, and all CA rideshares are required to carry a $1 million insurance policy. However, circumstantial events affect how insurance coverage is utilized when passengers and other drivers are involved.
Any person traveling by foot, roller skates, skateboard, or wheelchair is considered a pedestrian. Pedestrians are vulnerable and unprotected from the force of a motor vehicle, which is why motorists owe a duty of care not to endanger a pedestrian’s safety. However, distracted drivers often fail to yield at crosswalks, make unsafe left turns, and run passed stop signs, resulting in serious injury.
Bicyclists are required to ride along the right side of the road, surrounded by fast-moving motor vehicles. Even when cycling in a designated bike lane, a negligent driver could swerve into the lane. Because of the velocity of impact, even when a helmet is worn, life-changing injuries can still ensue. Over 130,000 riders are injured in roadway bike accidents in the US annually.
How Is the Value of a Personal Injury Claim Determined?
Early settlement offers made by the insurance company to an injured person only account for the immediate and apparent damages, such as vehicle repairs or medical bills from the first hospital visit. What’s not considered are the extent of injuries and how to treat them long-term, psychological trauma, or the toll that accident will have on a victim’s finances.
When building a case against the at-fault party and the insurance company, personal injury lawyers must consider all of the economic damages and non-economic damages. In the cases that our law offices have settled, compensation included the following:
- Current medical expenses to treat minor injuries and serious injuries
- Future medical costs for physical therapy and other rehabilitative services
- Loss of future earnings due to permanent disability
- Lost wages from missing work while healing
- Mental anguish and diminished outlook on life
- Physical pain and suffering
- Property damage, including repairs and/or replacement
- Wrongful death of a family member
Unfortunately, victims’ daily lives can be severely impacted by severe injuries, such as spinal cord injury or brain injuries. In some instances, an injured person may no longer be able to perform regular activities as he or she did pre-accident. The goal of a successful personal injury claim involves restoring a victim’s life back to normalcy. This includes physical wellness, mental health, and financial well-being.
Personal Injury Due to Negligence
Many variables cause personal injury accidents, especially motor vehicle accidents. In order to determine who or what is liable for damages, the subject of negligence must be established. In the legal sense, negligence is identified with the following four factors:
- Duty of care was owed from one party to another to act in a reasonable manner and not cause harm.
- Duty of care was breached.
- The breach of care caused the ensuing accident.
- Economic and non-economic damages resulted from the accident.
Experienced personal injury lawyers can prove negligence and obtain a maximized settlement. If an ideal agreement cannot be met, trial lawyers can litigate the case in court.
Again, many variables can contribute to an accident. In some instances, both parties–the plaintiff and the defendant–caused the accident. California is an at-fault state, meaning that comparative negligence laws apply when both parties are at fault, and each party will be held liable.
Even if the plaintiff is found partially liable, he or she can still receive financial compensation, just in the form of a reduced settlement. For example, if a pedestrian jaywalks and is hit by a drunk driver, the courts could find the pedestrian 30% at fault and the drunk driver 70% at fault. This means that the pedestrian can still collect compensation, but the total amount will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault, which is 30%.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Attorney Cost?
There are a number of Los Angeles law firms that are capable of providing legal representation, and we encourage you to explore your options by meeting with them. When consulting with an attorney, always confirm pricing and legal fees. Know that there are various types of payment arrangements personal injury lawyers use, including:
- Fixed fee – a standard amount that is set for a certain amount of provided services
- Hourly fee – a standard amount that accumulates for every hour spent working on the case
- Retainer fee – this ranges for all personal injury attorneys, but it can be viewed as being “on call” and readily available when needed
- Statutory fee – a fixed fee or percentage that is set by the courts
- Contingency fee – an arrangement that will be paid only when personal injury lawyers win a case
At The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not bill if we do not produce a win. In addition, our law firm does not charge any upfront legal fees and offers all new clients a 100% confidential and free consultation.
During our meeting, we discuss case details, learn the facts of the event, and estimate each case’s value. The best personal injury lawyers will always have a client’s best interest in mind, which is why it is our goal to provide victims with new knowledge that will only benefit them.
Frequently Asked Questions
After Hiring Personal Injury Lawyers, What Happens Next?
After reviewing your accident details and agreeing to work together, we jumpstart your case. Our legal team will get you started with the right medical treatment and conduct an investigation to prove that the at-fault party was at fault.
Then, we send the party who caused the accident a demand letter for the damages owed. If insurance gets involved, we will aggressively negotiate for a maximum settlement. If our demands are not met, we will gladly take the case to trial and litigate in court.
How Often Do Personal Injury Cases Go to Trial?
A common misconception is thinking that personal injury cases must go to trial. In fact, most civil cases do not go to court, especially cases that our law firm takes on. As it stands, only 1% of civil cases go to trial; this is attributed to retaining a personal injury attorney, which is a major factor.
Should a case require litigation, our law offices are more than capable of obtaining optimal financial compensation in court.
What if I Can’t Afford My Medical Bills?
It is vital to seek immediate medical attention after an accident and to continue treatment under your physician’s orders. Not only is your health at stake, but the medical records that are created during that time will be needed as evidence.
When it comes to medical costs, the at-fault party is responsible for covering all accumulating medical expenses. Those expenses are included in the final settlement and can be reimbursed. Our legal team works with clients to develop a medical treatment plan and explains how medical billing works.
How Long Do Personal Injury Cases Take to Settle?
Depending on the ensuing damages and the amount of time it takes to heal from injuries, a personal injury case can be settled within weeks or months. Ultimately, the higher the case value, the longer it will take to reach a settlement.
If the case goes to trial, the timeline will be extended. However, working with a personal injury attorney expedites this process so an ideal agreement can be met sooner.
Contact Our Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
If a negligent party caused you harm, you deserve justice at the highest level. Our dedicated legal team can help you accomplish this. By working with The Law Offices of Daniel Kim, you greatly increase your chances of recovering maximum damages. Contact our LA office and schedule a free consultation, so we can begin building your winning case.
Based in Southern California, we are proud to serve the greater Los Angeles area and surrounding cities, including: Agoura Hills, Alhambra, Bell, Bell Gardens, Beverly Hills, Bradbury, Burbank, Calabasas, Commerce, Cudahy, Culver City, El Segundo, Glendale, Hidden Hills, Huntington Park, Inglewood, La Cañada Flintridge, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Maywood, Monrovia, Montebello, Monterey Park, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Fernando, San Gabriel, San Marino, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, Sierra Madre, South Gate, South Pasadena, Temple City, Vernon, West Hollywood, Westlake Village.
Directions to Our Los Angeles Office
About Los Angeles, CA
Known for its cultural diversity, the “City of Angels” is one of the largest metropolitan areas–not just in Southern California, but in the United States. It is home to roughly 4 million Angelinos and ranks second in population after New York City. Popular tourist attractions, like the Hollywood Sign, Universal Studios, Crypto.com Arena, and Dodger Stadium reel in an average of 50 million visitors annually.
The city has generated roughly $37.8 billion for local businesses from tourism. While California has seen an increase in residents moving out of the state, 5.8 million people still migrate over from other parts of the country. The consistent influx of traffic increases the odds of a car accident taking place and ultimately leads to personal injuries.
If you or a loved one suffered a serious injury from an accident, contact our Los Angeles personal injury law firm, The Law Offices of Daniel Kim. We offer a free consultation to get started.