Free Initial Consultation. Every prospective client is entitled to a free initial consultation with someone from our firm without any kind of charge or obligation. During this free consultation, we will gather facts from which we can make an initial assessment of your case.
Contingent Fee Agreement. For injury related disputes, Jawlakian Law Group utilizes an arrangement whereby the client will not have to pay any attorneysâ€™ fees, unless there is a recovery by settlement or verdict from the defendant(s). In other words, you Donâ€™t Pay Until You Win. In fact, we receive payment for our services â€“ only after we recover money for you. Under this kind of agreement, we receive compensation for our work on a case based on a percentage of the total recovery. The amount you would have to pay as a client would be equal to a specified percentage of your total recovery, consistent with applicable law and regulations.
Q: When should I call an attorney?
If you have been injured or involved in a dispute, it makes sense to call a lawyer to find out what rights you may have. If you believe that your injury has been caused by another person or company, you may have a right to recover compensation for the injury. Although car accidents account for many personal injury claims, many other types of preventable accidents produce injuries that deserve compensation. Examples are: falls caused by a defect in a walkway or stair, work-place injuries caused by defective equipment or unsafe work practices, household injuries caused by defective consumer products, fires and electrical injuries, medical errors and defective medical products such as hip replacements and mesh implants, and sexual assaults. If you have any question about your potential rights following an injury, a call to an attorney is essential.
Q: Why do I need a lawyer?
There are many reasons to hire a lawyer to handle your case. First, a good lawyer will give you peace of mind so that you can focus on healing your injuries and the many other aspects of your life. Second, we know how to gather evidence to maximize the result in your case. Third, we are used to dealing with insurance companies and are comfortable doing so. Many people do not realize that many insurance companies assign specially-trained adjusters to deal with unrepresented accident victims. These adjusters may try to get away with things that they would not attempt with experienced attorneys. Fourth, many factors go into calculating the value of a case. Jawlakian Law Group is familiar with these factors and uses their experience and numerous tools to evaluate cases. An unrepresented person is simply not equipped to maximize the amount recovered from the insurance company.
Q: My insurance adjuster wants to settle and says I do not need a lawyer. Should I get one?
Some insurers have tried to contact those injured in accidents directly and tell them not to hire an attorney. The insurers say that theyâ€™ll pay the injured party directly, saving legal fees and expenses. While you might hear from someone that they have been successful doing this, the vast majority of times it is only the insurance company that benefits. Remember who the adjuster works for: the insurance company. Adjusters have one goal: to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. What may seem like a fair offer to you could fall short of any amount of money settled through a lawyer. It is a good idea to consult with an attorney before accepting any offer made to you by an insurance company.
Q: Is it important to meet the lawyer I will be speaking with about my case?
Absolutely. You will develop a relationship with your lawyer. This relationship is essential to developing the reciprocal trust that you will need to have in your lawyer and that your lawyer needs to have in you. At Jawlakian Law Group, we know we have done our job well when our clients consider us friends.
Q: Are you available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
Yes. Each day at the close of business our phones are forwarded to an attorney to speak with clients or potential clients at their convenience.
Q: What if I am not able to come to your office?
As you can imagine, many of the accident victims that we have helped in the past were unable to come into our offices because of injury or transportation problems. If you cannot come to our office, we would gladly send someone out to you so that we can begin working on your case immediately.
Q: I was injured but may have been partly at fault. Can I still recover for my injuries?
Yes. Under Californiaâ€™s comparative negligence rules, you may still have a case even though you were partly at fault in causing an accident. These cases are very fact specific, and you should consult with an experienced injury lawyer at Jawlakian Law Group.
Q: What should I do after I have been hurt?
If you have suffered a personal injury, you should first seek medical attention. Even if your injuries are not readily apparent, you should see a doctor because many injuries are not immediately obvious. Some injuries, especially soft tissue injuries or brain injuries, do not manifest symptoms for days, weeks or even months following the injury. A doctor will do a thorough evaluation to diagnose your injury and provide the proper treatment.
After you have received the appropriate medical attention, you should contact an experienced and knowledgeable California personal injury lawyer at Jawlakian Law Group for free consultation of your case.
Q: Will my insurance rates go up if I pursue a claim or obtain recovery?
This is a common concern. The answer is no. Simply because an injured person pursues a claim does not mean that his or her insurance premiums will be increased. It is when a personâ€™s negligent or wrongful acts cause injury that his or her own insurance premiums are increased.
Q: How much compensation might I be able to receive?
Injury compensation value depends on two things: the strength of your liability claim and the extent of your damages. Meanwhile, insurance companies have one goal which is to pay you nothing at all or pay you as little as possible once you have decided to assert your claim. It is for this reason that we encourage you to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jawlakian Law Group so that we could better access your damages and get you the maximum compensation you deserve.
Q: What should I expect when I meet with a Jawlakian Law Group attorney for the first time?
You should expect the attorney to fully explain the law relating to your case, the steps necessary to bring your case to conclusion, the agreement relating to fees and expenses, the extent to which you will be involved in the case and the length of time the various steps in your case will take. However, before a lawyer can give this explanation, the lawyer needs to have detailed information about your accident and injuries. So, you should also expect to be asked to fully explain how you were injured and the circumstances surrounding the accident, the extent of your injuries, the treatment that youâ€™ve had and will likely have in the future, your health and employment history and your loss of wages or earnings from your injuries.
Q: What will I need to bring to meet with the lawyer?
At the initial meeting, you should bring copies of any reports you have regarding your dispute, whether filled out by you, the police or others. Also, you should bring your health insurance information and any papers you received at the hospital or from other health care providers related to your treatment. Itâ€™s helpful to have any photos you might have showing your injuries, the place where you were injured or your car or other vehicles involved in the accident. If you have a claim involving a defective product, it would be helpful to bring the product assuming it is small and convenient enough to carry. If not, you should take steps to preserve and store the product until your lawyer can investigate the claim.