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Top 3 FAQs We Hear About Wrongful Death Accidents

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When a person dies due to the wrongful act of another, their surviving family members have the right to pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. Wrongful death claims are similar to personal injury claims in that plaintiffs must prove negligence, causation, and damages in order to recover compensation. However, there are some stark differences between wrongful death and personal injury claims, too. If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about wrongful death accidents that may be helpful to you–

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

Only certain parties are allowed to file a wrongful death claim after losing a loved one in California. Per Section 377.60 of California Code of Civil Procedure, these parties include the decedent’s:

  • Spouse or Domestic partner;
  • Children;
  • Parents of the Decedent;
  • Stepchildren;
  • Relatives who would be entitled to the property of the decedent per the state’s intestate succession laws; and
  • Dependents who relied upon the decedent at the time of their death;
  • Any minor who resided with the Decedent for 180 days prior to Decedent’s death;

What Damages Are Recoverable in a Wrongful Death Claim?

The specific amount of damages that an individual can recover in a wrongful death claim in Ventura is dependent upon the amount of losses beneficiaries have suffered. That being said, the types of damages that are recoverable include burial expenses, funeral expenses, medical bills prior to death, the value of the decedent’s lost wages and benefits, loss of love and community, loss of guidance and moral support, and loss of household services and punitive damages.

How Much Does a Wrongful Death Law Firm Cost to Hire?

Most people want to know how much a wrongful death claim will cost them to pursue before they take action. At the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, our Ventura accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means you never have to pay for services upfront. Instead, if your case is successful, we will be paid based on a percentage of your winnings. We also handle all upfront fees, like the costs of hiring experts, so that you never have to worry about whether or not you can afford a wrongful death claim.

If you have more questions, contact our Ventura accident attorney, Trevor Quirk, today. Our personal injury and trial attorneys at our wrongful death law firm care about you and will work hard on your behalf.

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What To Do If You’re A Pedestrian Involved In A Hit & Run Accident

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If you are a pedestrian victim of a hit and run accident, we can help you. Unlike a traditional car accident or truck accident, hit and run accidents make it more difficult to recover compensation. If you are an injured pedestrian, the attorneys at our hit and run law firm located in Ventura can guide you through your recovery options. Here are some steps to take after your hit and run:

  1. Gather as Much Evidence as Possible

Gathering as much evidence as possible about the accident will be a critical part of recovering compensation you are owed. This is because in California, most pedestrian accident claims are paid by the liability insurance of the at-fault driver. However, if a driver flees the accident scene, we may still recover compensation for you.

You should talk to witnesses, and ask any nearby businesses or parties if they recorded the accident on video. Report the accident to the police and provide all information that you remember about the accident. Working with an injured pedestrian attorney and accident reconstruction experts may be helpful in gathering clues to track down the at-fault driver.

  1. Understand Options for Recovering Compensation for Your Injuries

After a hit and run accident, finding the at-fault driver may be a critical part of recovering the money that you need to pay for your injuries and losses. If the driver is found, you can file a claim with the driver’s insurance, or file a lawsuit directly against the driver. If the driver is not found, some alternative ways of recovering compensation might include:

  • Your car insurance policy;
  • Your family member’s car insurance policy;
  • Your homeowner’s insurance policy;
  • The premises owner’s liability insurance policy;
  • Your health insurance company; and
  • Workers’ compensation insurance if your accident occurred while on-the-job or performing work-related duties; and

Contact our Pedestrian Injury Lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm

Pedestrian accidents involving motor vehicles happen far more frequently than they should. If you are involved in an accident with a hit and run driver, our experienced injury lawyers at the Quirk Law Firm want to help you. Accident attorney Trevor Quirk knows what it takes to open an investigation into an accident and work with the appropriate parties to track down a negligent driver, and will diligently explore all option for recovering compensation for your losses. Contact us today for a free case consultation 805-650-7778 or [email protected].

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Steps To Take If You’ve Been Hit By An Uninsured Motorist

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Quirk Law Firm specializes in making uninsured motorist car crash automobile insurance claims. Being injured by an uninsured motorist in Ventura is as frustrating as it is scary – following an auto accident like this, contact our uninsured motorist accident law firm located in Ventura. Here are some steps in dealing with an uninsured motorist:

Step 1: Check To See If You Have Uninsured Motorist Coverage

Your automobile insurance declaration page will tell you if you have uninsured motorist automobile insurance coverage. In this example, our client was hit by an insured motorist. Our client had a “50/100” Uninsured motorist coverage. That means our client could recover up to $50,000 per person or $100,000 per occurrence when he was hit by an uninsured motorist. Look at your automobile insurance policy’s declaration page to determine whether you have uninsured motorist coverage.

Uninsured Motorist Section Marked By Asterisks.

Uninsured Motorist Section Marked By Asterisks.

Even if you do not have uninsured motorist coverage listed on your insurance policy declaration page, Quirk Law Firm may find uninsured motorist coverage for you. Insurance companies must provide you a specific form deleting and/or be modifying your uninsured motorist coverage.

Step 2: Timely File An Uninsured Motorist Claim with Your Automobile Insurance Company

If you are hit by an uninsured motorist and you have uninsured motorist coverage, you should timely file a claim with your insurance company. Insurance Code Section 11580.2(i) provides a two-year statute of limitations for making claims for uninsured motorist benefits. This means within two years of your accident date, you must: (a) settle with your insurance company; (b) commence arbitration, or (c) sue the uninsured motorist and notify your insurance company.

While the state of California maintains that drivers who cause crashes should pay for them, and thereby requires all drivers to carry liability insurance, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company to help pay for your insurance even if you were not at fault. This is true if you have purchased uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, which is not mandatory in the state of California. This type of insurance will help to pay for your injuries and property damage when you are involved in an accident with a motorist who does not have or does not have enough insurance.

Step 3: File A Lawsuit Against The At-fault Driver

Another option for dealing with an uninsured motorist is to file a lawsuit directly against the motorist. If the driver and/or owner of the vehicle have assets or financial means, filing a lawsuit against an uninsured motorist and/or vehicle owner can be effective. However, in many cases, the reason the driver is uninsured is because he/she could not afford insurance. As such, pursuing a civil action against an uninsured driver and/or vehicle owner may prove futile because they may not have any money for you to reclaim.

In some cases, however, filing a lawsuit against an uninsured motorist and/or vehicle owner does make sense. Quirk Law Firm’s attorneys can help you determine whether a civil action is appropriate.

Contact The Accident Attorneys At The Quirk Law Firm Today

Car accident, truck accidents, and all other auto accidents leave victims with questions about their future and how they will pay for their expenses moving forward. When you are injured by an uninsured motorist, the answers to these questions may be elusive. Injury lawyer Trevor Quirk and our accident attorneys at the Quirk Law Firm want to help you recover the compensation that you are owed.

If you are injured in a crash, call our law offices today to begin the process of recovering compensation for your losses. Reach us by email at [email protected] or by phone 805-650-7778. Consultations are free.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Most Frequent Trucking Accidents That Occur In Ventura County

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The trucking industry is essential to moving products and goods, both within California and throughout the United States. The vast number of items being shipped to and from various locations means an overall increase in the number of tractor trailers and semi-trucks on the road, which can be potentially hazardous to drivers in general. At the Quirk Law Firm LLP, our accident attorney in Ventura County knows the devastating impact these accidents can have on victims, including injuries that are often severe and even life threatening. Whether you are a truck driver or a motorist, it is important to be aware of the potential risks these accidents pose, as well the most frequent types of accidents that occur in our area.

Ventura Truck Accident Statistics

According to the latest truck accident statistics from the California Highway Patrol, roughly 300 people die each year in accidents involving trucks throughout the state, while more than 5,000 others end up with serious, potentially debilitating injuries. Close to 100 of these accidents occur directly in Ventura County, and your odds of being involved in a trucking accident increase dramatically if you travel in or around Los Angeles for work or school. Our automobile accident lawyer in Ventura has extensive experience in handling these types of accidents, and understands the serious ramifications that can result. Cars are no match for the sheer weight and bulk of a big rig, and it is often motor vehicle drivers themselves who suffer the greatest injuries.

Truck Accident Causes

While reports from the CA Highway Patrol indicate that truck driver behaviors, such as driving too fast, poor navigation of turns, and driving under the influence can be a contributing factor in California trucking accidents, our truck accident attorney in Ventura knows there are often other issues that can be to blame.

According to the Ryder Systems, Inc., one of the leaders in the commercial trucking industry, in addition to driver error, other conditions that can result in trucking accidents include:

  • Poor truck maintenance, resulting in damaged or improperly inflated tires, faulty brake systems, and inadequate repairs;
  • Improper loading practices, resulting in exceeded weight restrictions and cargo shifting;
  • Negligent company policies, requiring operators to meet high quotas or travel excessive distances in unrealistic time frames, resulting in poor driver performance and the likelihood of errors or drivers falling asleep behind the wheel.

Any of the above conditions can result in deadly accidents, both for motorists and the truck driver involved. In these situations, our wrongful death attorney can advise you on how to hold the trucking company responsible for the losses you have suffered.

Take Immediate Action & Preserve Event Data Recorder Information

Most commercial vehicles have Event Data Recorders and/or DriveCam Systems. Event Data Recorders and DriveCam Systems are black boxes that record information related to vehicle accidents. If you have been injured as a result of a crash with a commercial vehicle, you should act promptly to preserve this information. Quirk Law Firm, LLP has successfully recovered Event Data Recorder information leading to muti-million dollar settlements.

Contact Our Office Today

If you or someone you care about has been injured or killed as the result of a trucking accident, get the experienced legal representation you need and contact the Quirk Law Firm. LLP today. We can assist you in negotiations with the insurance company for the at fault driver, while our Ventura trial attorney pursues legal against the trucking company itself.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Have You Recently Been Injured By Someone Who Was Texting While Driving?

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Texting while driving increases the risk of crashing 23 times! Distracted driving kills more teenagers than drunk driving.

Texting while driving is a national deadly epidemic. 9 Americans are killed every day in a motor vehicle crash because of a distracted driver. In 2013, 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured in a motor vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver. In 2014, 1,717 drivers from 15 to 20 years old died in vehicle crashes. That number is sadly increasing. Car crashes are the leading cause of death of 15 to 20 year olds.

Quirk Law Firm LLP, has represented mothers, fathers and children of people killed and injured by distracted drivers.   Quirk Law Firm has requested and filed motions with California Courts seeking punitive damages against distracted drivers and their employers. If you have been injured by someone texting while driving, our injury lawyer in Ventura County may be able to help.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as eight people a day are killed while more than 1,000 others are injured as the result of distracted driving behaviors such as texting, making phone calls, sending emails, or even talking to other passengers or changing GPS settings while behind the wheel. Distracted driving increases your risks of being involved in an accident by increasing the likelihood of missing traffic signals, drifting into other lanes, and failing to notice and respond to changes in traffic patterns. The CDC lists three main types of distractions:

  • Visual distractions, which require you take your eyes off the road;
  • Physical distractions, which require you to take your hands off the wheel
  • Cognitive distractions, which divert your thinking and attention.

The CDC states that of all the different types of activities in which drivers engage behind the wheel, texting while driving is particularly dangerous, as it involves all three types of distractions. If you have been involved in this type of accident, it is important to speak with an automobile injury attorney right away.

Compensation For Texting While Driving Accident Injuries

Under the California Vehicle Code, texting while driving is illegal in the state, and drivers who are injured as the result of these types of accidents may be entitled to compensation and punitive damages. The Quirk Law Firm, LLP will assist you in pursuing a claim against an at fault driver through either of the following ways:

  • Through an insurance company claim: While the insurance company may attempt to downplay or even deny your claim, we negotiate on your behalf, investigating and uncovering evidence such as drive cam videos, news footage, cellular phone logs, ambulance records, hospital records, police reports and witness statements to ensure you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.
  • Through a personal injury lawsuit: If a proper settlement amount cannot be reached, our trial lawyer in Ventura is prepared to file the appropriate court documents to obtain damages including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

Providing The Legal Representation You Need To Get Results

We work on a contingency basis. If we do not recover money for you, you owe us nothing. If you or someone you love has been injured in a texting while driving accident, get the experienced legal representation you need and contact our texting while driving attorney today. The Quirk Law Firm, LLP, we can advise you on how to hold responsible driver’s accountable for the damages they have caused, and assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover. We serve Ventura, California and the surrounding areas.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Steps To Take If You’ve Been Involved In A Ventura County Truck Accident

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With the increase in the number of goods being shipped from other areas, the number of trucks and tractor trailers have increased on roads in Ventura County and throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, this also means an increase in the potential for truck accidents and injuries, which can be severe and even life threatening. At the Quirk Law Firm LLP, we provide truck accident help to victims seeking compensation through insurance company claims, as well through personal injury lawsuits. If you are injured while driving a truck, follow these tips from our truck accident attorney on what you need to do both at the scene and in the aftermath of your accident to protect your rights and interests.

Information To Get In the Aftermath of a Truck Accident

According to Ryder Systems, Incorporated, a leader in the trucking industry, roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year throughout the United States. Commercial trucking companies are required to provide their employees with the proper training on both driving and maintaining their vehicle, which includes performing system checks concerning things such as tire pressure, fluid levels, brake function, and load distribution. While serious accidents can occur as the result of improper maintenance or road conditions, Ryder indicates the main contributing factor in most trucking accidents is driver error.

In the event you are injured while driving a truck, you will need to report it to both your employer, as well as your own insurance company. Unfortunately, even in situations in which you were clearly not to blame, you may find your claim being disputed by both parties, in an attempt to save themselves the money they would be required to pay for costs such as medical expenses and lost wages. In these types of situations, it is important to protect yourself by ensuring you obtain the following information:

  • Contact information for all drivers involved, including their license, registration, and insurance numbers;
  • Police reports from the scene of the accident, as well as any witness statements;
  • Photos at the scene of the accident, which you can take with your cell phone camera;
  • Receipts for any medical care you received, as well as medical records showing your prognosis for recovery;
  • Details on any lost wages you have suffered, as well as statements from family members in terms of how your injuries have affected your home life.

Getting Treatment For Your Injuries

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as many as 100,000 drivers are injured each year as the result of truck accidents. Injuries may include the following:

  • Head injuries, such as concussion and traumatic brain injury;
  • Back and spinal cord injuries;
  • Crushing injuries and damage to internal organs;
  • Broken bones and muscle and tendon strains;
  • Severe cuts and lacerations;
  • Burn injuries due to contact with hot surfaces or exposure to burning oil and gas.

It is vitally important to get medical help immediately after a truck accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. Many serious conditions can have symptoms that are delayed, while failing to have a doctor document your injuries could prevent you from getting compensation.

Reach Out to Our Attorneys for Help

If you or someone you care about is injured while driving a truck, contact our Ventura accident lawyer right away. At the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get the compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered. As a full service personal injury law firm, we can represent you against the trucking company and insurance representatives, ensuring your rights are protected. Let us help you today.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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I Was Involved In A Slip & Fall Case At Work…What Should I Do Now?

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Accidents while working can happen in any occupation, and the injuries that result can be severe. At the Quirk Law Firm LLP, we know that slip and fall accident injuries are among the most common type of personal injury to occur in the workplace, and can result in lasting ramifications that require ongoing medical care while impacting your ability to work or engage in hobbies and activities you once enjoyed. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help you through your recovery, and our Ventura slip and fall accident lawyers have some tips to follow to ensure you get the amount of compensation you deserve.

Common Places Slip and Fall Accidents Occur

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of accidents injury each year in the United States, sending roughly eight million people to hospital emergency rooms for injuries that range from mild to severe, potentially debilitating, and even life threatening. The NSC reports that some of the most common places for these accident to occur include the following:

  • At doorways, entrances, and exits, where crowds and uneven surfaces can present trip and fall hazards;
  • In cluttered hallways and aisles;
  • On wet and slippery floors, or places with uneven carpeting;
  • On unstable work surfaces, such as step stools and ladders;
  • On places which lack handrails or security barriers, such as on stairwells and upper floor levels;
  • On walkways or sidewalks with surfaces that are cracked or uneven.

Slip and Fall At Work Injuries

According to research from the National Floor Safety Institute, slip and fall accidents while working are one of the leading causes of workers’ compensation claims. Injuries that can impair your ability to work or perform on-the-job tasks include the following:

  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Broken bones and dislocated joints;
  • Back injuries; such as slipped or herniated disks;
  • Head and neck injuries, including concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

If you are injured as the result of a slip and fall at work, you may be entitled to compensation, either through the California Division of Workers’ Compensation, or through a personal injury lawsuit.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

If you or someone you care about is injured while working, contact our Ventura accident attorney right away. At the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need to get the compensation you are entitled to, including coverage of your medical expenses and lost wages. As your full service personal injury law firm, we can help protect your rights, while assisting you in getting the benefits you deserve. We serve Ventura, California and the surrounding areas; call or contact us online today for a free consultation.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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What You Need To Know About Your Premises Liability Injury

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Accidents in which you are injured while on another’s property can leave you suffering serious and even debilitating injuries. These injuries can take months or even years to completely heal, and may leave you suffering permanent disabilities. When you have suffered this type of injury, you need aggressive legal representation to assist in getting the compensation you need to recover. At the Quirk Law Firm LLP, our injury accident lawyers are here to help. Our premises liability law firm can assist you, either in negotiations with insurance companies or by filing a personal injury lawsuit, ensuring your legal rights are protected.

Premises Liability Injuries

Under Section 1714 of the California Civil Code, property owners and managers can be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur on their property. These types of injuries may occur as the result of dangerous conditions that should have been corrected, such as uneven walkways, loose shelving fixtures, or poorly lit emergency exits, as well as injuries that occur due to failure to warn visitors about safety hazards, such as wet floors, areas under construction, or pools with no lifeguard in attendance. Injuries sustained due to these types of conditions may include the following:

  • Broken bones and fractures;
  • Muscle strains, sprains, and tears;
  • Severe lacerations and bruising;
  • Back and neck trauma;
  • Head injuries, including skull fractures and traumatic brain injury.

Compensation For Premises Liability Injuries

While people often consider the above types of injuries as being accidental, they are generally the result of another person’s negligence. Black’s Law Dictionary defines negligence either as acting in a way a reasonable person would not have acted in similar circumstances, or failing to take an action a reasonable person would have taken. This includes failing to make the proper repairs to property, as well as failing to warn visitors of potential hazards. When an accident does occur, you may be entitled to compensation, through either an insurance company claim or through a personal injury lawsuit. Types of compensation you may be entitled to include the following:

  • Medical expenses, including the costs associated with diagnosing and treating your condition;
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation necessary to recovery;
  • Lost wages due to your injury;
  • Future losses in income as the result of lasting disabilities.

In addition to the above types of compensation, you may also be entitled to additional damages awarded through the court, such as pain and suffering, and punitive damages meant to punish those who exhibit particularly reckless or negligent conduct.

Providing Aggressive Legal Representation To Get You Results

If you or someone you care about suffers an injury as the result of dangerous conditions on another’s property, get the experienced legal representation you need and contact the Quirk Law Firm LLP today. As a full service premises liability law firm, our experienced accident injury lawyers can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable, and assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to. We serve Ventura, California and the surrounding areas. Call 805-650-7778 or contact us online today for a free consultation.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
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Phone: 805-650-7778

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Three Common Myths About Traumatic Brain Injuries

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Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), while normally associated with certain situations, can occur due to many different types of accidents or violence. However, due to the enduring perception of TBIs as injuries sustained in specific ways, with specific symptoms, many plaintiffs can encounter difficulties when seeking justifiable compensation for what they have suffered. A knowledgeable Ventura head injury lawyer may be able to assist in dispelling these myths in order to educate a jury.

#1. A TBI can only be sustained via blunt force trauma to the head. This is false. While this is indeed how many TBIs come about, in situations such as violent altercations or incidents on the sports field, it is also possible to sustain a TBI due to the brain bumping the inside of the skull. This can happen in multiple situations, but the most common is in an automobile accident. It is quite common for a person’s head to bounce forward even if their body is restrained by a seat belt, sustaining both whiplash (a soft tissue injury) and a potential TBI. If you think you have no case due to the nature of your injury, you are likely mistaken, and a reputable trial attorney law firm will likely tell you so.

#2. If someone looks good, with no visible signs of trauma, their injury is not severe. This is false, primarily because physical and cognitive injury are not analogous, nor are they necessarily simultaneous. This myth appears both at the scene of an accident and later on, such as in court, when a defense attorney may point to a plaintiff’s apparent physical health as proof that their injury was negligible. Cognitive injury may also trigger physical issues at a later date, such as sleep problems or vertigo, that may not be apparent immediately after an accident or in the courtroom.

#3. Recovery from a TBI, if possible, will be consistent and linear. This is absolutely false, though inconsistency in this regard may often be used against plaintiffs to accuse them of faking or acting. In reality, the brain is an extremely fragile organ, and every time it is taxed, it has the opportunity to change, improve, or regress to an earlier point in a recovery path. Many people’s recovery process will take place in a linear time frame – usually in the first two years or so following an accident – but it is not possible to generalize such a statement into applying to everyone.

Seek Experienced Legal Help

If you have been diagnosed with a TBI, it can be imperative to find the right trial attorney law firm to help you get the compensation you deserve. Ventura head accident lawyer Trevor Quirk and the Quirk Law Firm are knowledgeable on these cases, and will work with you to obtain the best possible result. Contact us today to set up an initial appointment.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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The Importance of Having A Trial Attorney For Your Personal Injury Case

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Many times, if someone is in an accident, they believe they can handle the legal formalities on their own, especially if injuries are negligible. However, the odds are against them; generally, people who retain trial attorneys fare better in obtaining the compensation they are entitled to. It is generally in your best interests to seek a Ventura trial lawyer if this is your situation.

You Won’t Be Overwhelmed

Many times, insurance companies count on people without attorneys to settle quickly. They know that legal jargon and the sheer volume of paperwork that usually occurs in a personal injury trial will intimidate most laymen, and they often see an opportunity to buy you off relatively cheaply. A personal injury attorney can help, but a knowledgeable trial attorney can act for you while having a better idea of what your case is worth, thanks to experience with trial and insurance companies both. A personal injury attorney may be well versed in insurance negotiations, but have no plan if negotiations break down. A trial attorney can do both.

Different Preparation From The Beginning

Another major difference between a trial attorney and a standard personal injury attorney is that a trial attorney will prepare a case as if trial is imminent, from the very beginning. This can be a time-saver, as well as impress upon your insurance company that if need be, you are ready, willing and able to bring your case before a judge or jury. If you engage the services of a personal injury attorney from the beginning, as opposed to a trial lawyer, you might still need to engage a trial lawyer if negotiations are unsuccessful. It makes more sense to hire an attorney who can do it all right at the beginning.

There Is Still No Fee If You Lose

While there are exceptions, the overwhelming majority of trial attorneys will charge a contingency fee in a personal injury case, meaning that they are entitled to a percentage of your settlement if you win, and receive nothing if you lose. Thus, there is essentially no risk to you in engaging one, because you can benefit from their knowledge and experience even if your suit is unsuccessful. In California, there are also more specific laws governing contingency fees, so you are protected regardless of outcome.

Experience Matters

When you have been injured, you need a quality attorney to help fight for you. Trial lawyer Trevor Quirk and the Quirk Law Firm are ready, willing and able to share the benefit of our experience and knowledge with you. Contact our Ventura offices today at 805-650-7778 to set up an appointment to discuss your case.

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4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778