A San Diego Car Accident Lawyer | Injury

Do not let a car accident ruin your life. Contact my Ordaz Law, APC, personal injury office to speak with a premier San Diego car accident lawyer(619) 550-3617.  We will fight to get you the monetary compensation you deserve.

  • Continue to read and learn about 5 Things You Should Do after a car accident.

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Five Things To Do after a Car Accident

It is important that you remain calm if you are ever in a car accident. It is also important to do the following five things:

  1. Call the Police;
  2. Receive Immediate Medical Attention;
  3. Photograph the Damage to your Vehicle;
  4. Follow-up with your Medical Care; and
  5. Call an Experienced and Well Respected San Diego Car Accident Lawyer.

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Ordaz Law, APC | San Diego Car Accident Lawyer

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a San Diego car accident lawyer.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of vehicle producing injury incidents including the following:

We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses such as the following:

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego car accident lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

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What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

What Should You Expect from Your Injury Lawsuit?

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Car Accident | Personal Injury

It is common for a driver (passenger or pedestrian) to submit an insurance claim if they were injured in a car accident. Injury claims may be made against at-fault driver, the employer of the driver (if the driver was on the job at the time of the crash) and/or the registered owner of the negligent vehicle.

  • Continue to read and learn more on How To file an insurance claim if you were injured in a car accident.

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Car Accident | Injury Claim

An accident insurance claim is filed when you call to report a car accident to an insurance company.  When you call be prepared to have the following information ready:

  • The date, time and location of the accident;
  • The make, year and license plate of your car;
  • The facts regarding how the car accident occurred;
  • An extent of your bodily injuries and property damage; and
  • The amount of medical expenses, lost wages, and the amount of property damages caused by the accident.

Car Accident | Injury Questions

You should be careful when answering questions about the injuries you sustained in the car accident because you may not know the full extent of your injuries. Lingering pains and discomfort may evolve into serious injuries requiring months of medical treatment including surgery. A proper response to any question regarding what injuries you sustained would be as follows:

Question:  What are your injuries?

Answer:  Well, I hurt all over and I am in great discomfort. My low back hurt a lot and I hope it stops hurting soon. I did get medical treatment at Urgent Care in San Diego and I am going back in a few weeks to see my doctor. But I don’t know how severe my back injury is.

Car Accident | Recorded Statement

Insurance companies will attempt to record your statement for potential use against you. You must know that you don’t have to provide the insurance company with a recorded statement. If they tell you otherwise then end the call and immediately call again, this time asking to speak with a supervisor.

Recorded statements are taken to potentially attack your credibility in front of a jury.

For Example:  Low back injuries are commonly diagnosed as herniated disc injuries with nerve impingement. This injury is readily scene in an MRI but MRI’s are not readily ordered by doctors. If in your initial recorded statement you say your back hurts but did not mention any of the common symptoms of nerve impingement such as numbness in your extremities, then the recorded statement will be used against you even if you indeed continued in pain and a followup MRI was ordered weeks after your car accident.  Defense attorneys are skilled and such attacks on your credibility may be very damaging against you in the eyes of a jury.

Car Accident | Lawyer

When in doubt, call and speak with an experienced car accident lawyer.  Juan J. Ordaz Jr. gives free consultations before there is an actual client retention.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Car Accident

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego car accident lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Learn More:

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Action?

What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

What Should You Expect from Your Injury Lawsuit?

Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial or Be Settled?

Determining Fault (Liability) After a Car Accident

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage in a Car Accident

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Auto Accident | Personal Injury

Even for the most experienced driver, driving on a busy roadway can increase the odds of a person being involved in an auto accident. Though you may believe you are a cautious driver, taking your eyes of the road for less than 3-seconds can have severe consequences. With more and more people using social media while driving, then instances when people take their eyes off the road while driving are increasing.

  • Continue to read and learn more about Safety Tips that will reduce your chances of being involved and injured in an auto accident.

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Auto Accident | Safe Driving Tips

The following are some tips on how to reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident:

  • Avoid Distracted Driving:  Do not text or talk on the phone while driving.  Roadway conditions can change instantly.  Texting or talking while driving can impact your response time.  On average, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds.  In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers.  Unless you are calling the police for help, there is no reason to text or talk while driving.
  • Don’t Drive in Diminished Road Conditions:  Reduce driving during a severe storm or at night when visibility is low.  It is more difficult to see under both conditions.  Most driver’s reaction time are low at night or during a storm due to visibility.
  • Check Your Blind Spots:  Always check your blind spots when changing lanes.  Look over your shoulder to view adjacent lanes.  This will help identify motorcycle drivers and small vehicles.
  • Avoid Tailgating:  Make sure there is enough distance between your car and the one in front of you.  This will help prevent a rear-end crash in the event of a sudden stop.
  • Upkeep Car Maintenance:  Perform routine maintenance checks on your car.  Follow the manufacturer’s recommended car maintenance schedule.
  • Avoid Dangerous Drivers:  If you observe a dangerous driver, avoid him/her at all costs.  Pull over or exit the roadway to let the driver pass you.  Call the police if the driver poses a threat to other drivers.

By being a safe driver, you can reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident.  Taking a defensive driving course can also help you reduce the chance of being involved in an accident.  I invite you to contact my law office to discuss any recent car accident you have been in. You may be able to file an injury lawsuit against the at-fault party for pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.  Do not delay in filing a claim.  Doing so can jeopardize the amount of compensation you may receive.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Auto Accident

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego auto accident lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Learn More:

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Action?

What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

What Should You Expect from Your Injury Lawsuit?

Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial or Be Settled?

Determining Fault (Liability) After a Car Accident

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage in a Car Accident

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Automobile Accidents | Personal Injury

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness month.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently promoting their annual “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.,” campaign in an attempt to bring awareness to the causes of automobile accidents.  The main focus of this campaign is to educate drivers of the dangers of texting and driving.  Basically, if a person is texting they are not driving.  Drivers are unable to multitask texting and driving.  The focus is on the idea that “If you’re texting, you’re not driving.

  • Continue to read and learn about common facts pertaining to the causes of automobile accidents.

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Automobile Accidents | Facts

  • In 2014, 3,179 people were killed and 431,000 were injured in automobile accidents involving distracted drivers.
  • 46 states have banned drivers from text messaging.
  • Sending or receiving a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the roads for 4.6 seconds on average.
  • 10% of all distracted drivers crashes involve drivers under the age of 20.
  • At any given hour in America, approximately 600,000 drivers use cell phones or manipulate electronic devices while driving.
  • Distracted driving includes texting and talking on the phone, drinking or eating while driving, constantly adjusting the radio, and putting on makeup.

Automobile Accident | Distracted Driver

If a distracted driver hits your vehicle, and you feel that you are injured, seek immediate medical care. Also:

  • Take photos of the accident scene;
  • Obtain the driver’s contact and insurance information; and
  • Seek out witnesses and ask them for their phone number.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Automobile Accidents

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of automobile accidents including the following:

We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego car accident lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Learn More:

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Action?

What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

What Should You Expect from Your Injury Lawsuit?

Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial or Be Settled?

Determining Fault (Liability) After a Car Accident

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage in a Car Accident

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Statute of Limitation | Personal Injury

Pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure sect. 335.1, California’s personal injury, statute of limitation (SOL) is 2-years but there are exceptions to this general rule during which you may sue for personal injury damages such as those sustained in any personal injury action, car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, emotional distress or wrongful death.

  • Continue to read and learn more about California’s statute of limitation and its exceptions for personal injury actions.

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Statute of Limitation | General Rule

In California there is a general 2-year rule during which you must settle your personal injury claim, or file your injury lawsuit or risk losing any rights you may have for compensation.  Learn More

Statute of Limitation | Exceptions

Exceptions to California’s 2-year, personal injury statute of limitation include:

  • Government Claims;
  • Minor (underage) Injury Victims; and
  • Mentally Institutionalized Persons.

Government Injury ClaimsInjury claims alleging government liability must be filed within 6-months of the injury producing event.

An injury suit seeking money compensation may not be maintained against the State, city, county, public or transportation agency, a school district unless a written, administrative claim has been first timely presented to the alleged wrongdoing agency.  The injury claim must include all potential claims, and include all the claimants.  It must state the all facts (i.e. when, where,  who, and why) and be MUST be filed within 6-months from the date of the injury producing incident.  If the claim is not filed within these first 6-months, the injury victim risks losing all their rights to seek injury compensation. Learn More

Minor Injury VictimsIf on the date of the injury producing incident the victim was a minor (under 18-years old), the 2-year personal injury statute of limitation is tolled (suspended) until the victim turn 18.  On the person’s 18th birthday the cause of action accrues and the SOL begins to run. The victim then has 2-years from their 18th birthday to settle their claim or file a lawsuit before risking the loss of their rights for injury compensation. Learn More

Example Scenario 1:  Maria, 15, gets injured in a car accident that occurred on June 1, 2016.  She was born on December 1, 2001.  Maria has until she turns 20 on December 1, 2021 to settle her injury claim or file her lawsuit. For the time Maria was underage the 2-year period in which to file her lawsuit is suspended and does not begin to run until she turns 18.

NOTE:  The minor exception to California’s 2-year personal injury statute of limitation does not apply to injury claims made against the government. If you are filing an injury claim against a government agency, the 6-month administrative claim requirement MUST be met or you risk losing all your rights for injury compensation.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Statute of Limitation

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego personal injury lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Sources and Useful Links:

California Courts – The Judicial Branch of CaliforniaStatute of Limitations

California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1

California Code of Civil Procedure section 352

Government Code 911.2

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A statute of limitations (SOL) is a time period during which a person must file their lawsuit or risk forfeiting their legal rights forever. With exceptions, in California there is a general 2-year time period during which you may sue (or be sued) for personal injury damages such as those sustained in any personal injury action, car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, emotional distress and wrongful death.

  • Continue to read and learn more about California’s statute of limitations for personal injury actions.

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Statute of Limitations | California

California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) sec. 335.1 strictly mandates a 2-year statute of limitations period for all personal injury or wrongful death actions. This means that a personal injury victim (or their heirs) must settle their claim or file a lawsuit during the initial 2-years from the date of their injury (or death).  If the injury claim is not settled or a lawsuit is filed during these initial 2-years, the victim (or the heirs) will likely lose all rights for injury compensation.

Example Scenario 1: On January 10, 2016, Becky, 18, was t-boned while driving her car down Main St. in Chula Vista. In the crash she sustained a displaced fractured in her left foot and other personal injuries. She also missed worked and incurred $24,000 in medical bills. Becky has until January 10, 2018 to settle her injury claim or file her lawsuit before she loses all rights for injury compensation.

Statute of Limitations | Accrual

Under CCP sec. 335.1 a cause of action for personal injury damages accrues and the statute of limitations begins to run when the victim has reason to know or suspect they are injured. In most injury cases it is fairly easy to known or suspect that you have been injured and the SOL begins on the date of the crash, fall, accident, incident, etc.  See Example Scenario 1 above.

Delayed Discovery:  Under the delayed discovery rule, an injury victim may allege and attempt to prove that they did not discover, and did not know of facts that would have caused them to know or suspect that they had been injured or harmed. If successful, the statute of limitations for the injury cause of action is tolled and the plaintiff will have 1-year from the date of the discovery of their injury to bring their lawsuit (if the 2-year SOL has already lapsed).

Example Scenario 1 (cont’d):  On January 10, 2016, Becky, 18, was t-boned, by a hit an run driver while driving her car down Main St. in Chula Vista. She does not know who hit her and it is now January 1, 2018. January 10, 2018 comes and goes and it is now February 1, 2018. Becky now finds out that Ron was the one that t-boned her. If Becky did not file suit before the 2-year SOL lapsed (on January 11, 2018) against a Doe Driver she will likely lose all rights for compensation when she attempts to sue Ron.  (The general rule in California has been that ignorance of the identity of the defendant is not essential to the claim and does not toll the statute. Bernson v. Browning-Ferris Industries (1994) 7 Cal. 4th 926, 932).

Statute of Limitations | Tolling

A tolling of the statute of limitations means that the SOL is suspended and does not begin to run until it is no longer suspended.

Minors:  CCP 352(a) tolls (suspends) the accrual of a personal injury action if at the time of the injury producing incident, victim was a minor.  If this is the case, the cause of action does not accrue until the injury victim turns 18. At that point the SOL begins to run and the injury victim will have 2-years from the date of their 18th birthday to settle or file their injury lawsuit.

Example Scenario 2: On January 10, 2016, Becky, 16, was t-boned while driving her car down Main St. in Chula Vista.  Becky was a minor at the time of the crash. She was 16. Her date of birth is January 5, 2000. She turns 18 January 5, 2018. Becky has until January 2, 2020 to settle her injury claim or file her lawsuit before she loses all rights for injury compensation.

Other instances wherein the SOL is tolled include the time during which an injury victim is deemed mentally incompetent, or is incarcerated.

Statute of Limitations | Government Claims

California’s general 2-year statute of limitations does not apply to injury claims made against government or public entities such as the State, county, city, public or transportation agencies, or school districts.  The government injury claim process is distinctly different and requires that an administrative claim be submitted within 6-months of the injury producing incident regardless of any exception that may apply to the general SOL. This means that even a minor must submit their injury claim to and against the public entity within 6-months from the date of their injury. Learn More

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Ordaz Law, APC | Statute of Limitations

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego personal injury lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Sources and Useful Links:

California Courts – The Judicial Branch of CaliforniaStatute of Limitations

California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1

California Code of Civil Procedure section 352

Government Code 911.2

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Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

Absent a specific instance in which you are bringing suit against a government agency or if you where a minor (underage) at the time of the injury producing event, California provides a 2-year personal injury statute of limitations. This means that an injury victim MUST settle their claim or file their lawsuit within this initial 2-year time period or risk losing their rights to sue for injury compensation.

Example Scenario 1:  Bill, 34, gets injured in a car accident that occurred on May 1, 2016.  Bill must settle his injury claim or file his lawsuit no later than May 1, 2018, or risk the likely hood that his suit will be thrown out of court if he filed after the two-year time period imposed by law.

  • Continue to read and learn more about California’s personal injury statute of limitations and its exceptions.

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Personal Injury Statute of Limitations | Accrual

The common-law rule is that an action for damages accrues on the date of injury.

Example Scenario 2:  On May 1, 2016, Bill, 34, was in a serious car accident and sustained life altering injuries that rendered him unconscious and kept him hospitalized for several months. After his release from the hospital, Bill was out of work for 6-months while recuperating and rehabilitating.  Even though he was rendered immediately unconscious and incapacitated for nearly one year, Bill’s two-year time period in which he must settle his injury claim or file an injury lawsuit began on the date of his accident- May 1, 2016.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations | Government Claims

Before you file a lawsuit against a government agency, you first have to file an administrative claim with the government office or agency you allege caused you injuries.  In this instance, you must file your claim using the specific government agency’s form.  For personal injury damages, you must file your administrative claim within 6-months of the date of the injury.

After you file your claim, the alleged wrongdoing and or negligent government agency has 45-days to respond.  If the agency denies your claim during the 45-days, you now have 6-months in which to file a lawsuit.  This 6-month window begins on the date the claim denial was mailed or personally delivered to you.  If you do not get a rejection letter, you have 2-years to file your injury suit from the day the incident occurred.

Example Scenario 3:  On September 1, 2016, Roberto, 23, was in a serious car accident and sustained life altering injuries that rendered him unconscious and kept him hospitalized for several months.  Roberto was struck by a State owned and driven Government agency vehicle that ran a red light.  After his release from the hospital, Roberto was out of work for 2-months while recuperating and rehabilitating.  Even though he was rendered immediately unconscious and incapacitated for nearly 6-months, Roberto’s 6-month time period in which he must file his administrative claim began on the date of his accident- September 1, 2016.

Personal Injury Statute of Limitations | Minors

There are exceptions to the general 2-year personal injury rule when the statute of limitations is tolled (suspended) for a period of time, and then begins to run again. These exceptions include being a minor at the time of the injury producing event, being in/out of prison, or mentally handicapped.  Absent there being an alleged government agency wrongdoer, if at the time of the injury the victim was a minor, the 2-years statute of limitations is tolled until they turn 18 years old.

Example Scenario 4:  Janet, 13, gets injured in a car accident that occurred on January 1, 2016.  She was born on November 1, 2003.  Stacey has until she turns 20 on November 1, 2023 to settle her injury claim or file his lawsuit. For the time she was underage the 2-year period in which to file her lawsuit is suspended and does not begin to run until she turns 18.

Example Scenario 5:  Janet, 13, gets injured in a car accident that occurred on January 1, 2016.  She was born on November 1, 2003. Stacey was struck by a State owned and driven Government agency vehicle that ran a red light.  Even though she was a minor at the time of her accident, Stacey’s 6-month time period in which she must file her administrative claim began on the date of her accident- January 1, 2016.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Personal Injury Statute of Limitations

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego personal injury lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

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California Courts – The Judicial Branch of California – Statute of Limitations

California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1

California Code of Civil Procedure section 352

Government Code 911.2

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Ordaz Law, APC, is the law office of car injury lawyer Juan J. Ordaz Jr.  Known throughout the legal community for his dedication and perseverance, Juan J. Ordaz Jr. prides himself on the devotion he dedicates towards the representation of his clients’ injury cases. He is a personal injury lawyer focused on excellence and client satisfaction.

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Car Injury Lawyer | Advice

In some instance people are hurt very badly in a car accident. The police and paramedics are called right away and they are taken to the nearest hospital. Others, who are involved in what may be termed a “minor” car accidents, are not always taken to the hospital by ambulance and rarely seek immediate medical treatment. This is a mistake.

Car Accident | Injuries

Typically, if a person experiences no immediate pain or noticeable discomfort at the scene of the crash, they will not seek medical treatment. Unfortunately, most people involved in car accidents do not realize they have suffered an injury.  Adrenaline levels spike immediately following an accident which result in the pain being masked.

I strongly urge everyone who has been involved in a car accident to seek medical treatment even if it serves the purpose to reassure you that you will be ok. Contact your family health care provider and schedule a physical.  Let a physician examine you and adhere to any follow-up treatments that may be recommended. Discuss with your provider in detail the nature of the accident and where your car was hit.

Car Accident | Claims

Do not delay in seeking medical treatment following a car accident.  You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Example Scenario 1:  Richard, a 69-year old Vietnam War Vet, was rear-ended by Tom who ran a red light. Richard hit the left side of his body and his head hit against driver’s side window. He felt a little shaken after the event but never sought medical treatment.  Months later, Richard’s left side continued to cause him pain and his neck would continuously cramp up.  Richard sought medical attention 3-months after his car accident and was diagnosed with a chronic neck strain which needed months of therapy and pain management. In this instance Richard would be entitled to file an injury suit against Richard seeking pain and suffering damages.

Yet, if a person delays in seeking medical treatment, it will harm their case. Insurance defense attorneys are skilled and will explore the lack of immediate treatment in front of a jury to bring into question the plaintiff’s credibility.

Car Accident | Medical Care

Make sure you attend all scheduled medical appointments. Doing so will help you recover quickly. In addition, you will be able to use your medical records relating to your visits to document the nature of your injuries. This information is essential if you file a personal injury suit.

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Ordaz Law, APC | Car Injury Lawyer

Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a car injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego car injury lawyer.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Learn More:

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Action?

What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

What Should You Expect from Your Injury Lawsuit?

Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial or Be Settled?

Determining Fault (Liability) After a Car Accident

Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Coverage in a Car Accident

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Personal Injury Settlement or Trial

It is common to arrive at a personal injury settlement after an injury claim is made, but while most personal injury claims settle outside court, cases do go to trial if an agreement cannot be made.

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Personal Injury Settlement

A personal injury settlement arises when the plaintiff and defendant agree upon an offer of payment that justly compensate the plaintiff, and minimize the risks of the defendant.  A settlement can be reached prior to a case being filed (through a demand for settlement) and up through jury deliberation on a verdict.  Once the plaintiff and defendant reach a settlement agreement, the plaintiff will sign a release that limits their rights out of that specific injury producing incident.  In addition, some plaintiffs often have to sign a confidentiality agreement which limits their disclosure of the settlement amount.

Personal Injury Settlement | Why

Most personal injury cases settle because it is expensive to take a case to trial and risky in not knowing how much, if anything, the jury may award the plaintiff in monetary compensation. Insurance companies tend to encourage settling personal injury claims to limit their out of pocket expenses related to legal fees and high jury verdict awards.  Both parties tend to settle a case when it is hard to predict the outcome of a trial.  A settlement allows the plaintiff a guaranteed payout.  This means the plaintiff will be compensated for their injuries.

Personal Injury | Trial

A personal injury case will go to trial if settlement negotiations fail.  If the defendant offers an unreasonable settlement, the case will likely go to trial.  An experienced personal injury attorney will inform the plaintiff whether or not to accept an offer or take the matter to trial.  Do not accept or reject a settlement offer without first consulting with your attorney.

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Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a personal injury lawyer in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of injury producing events.  We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego personal injury lawyer.

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Slip and Fall | Commercial Store Owners and Operators

Commercial property owners and operators have a duty to keep their property free from hazardous and dangerous conditions. They have a duty to warn their customers of any known or knowable dangers existing on their property.

Commercial properties include:

  • Office Buildings;
  • Department and Grocery Stores;
  • Restaurants;
  • Public Transportation Stops (i.e. bus and trolley stops);
  • Public Parking Lots;
  • Government Facilities; and
  • Schools.

Slip and Fall | Liability

The elements of slip and fall liability against a commercial store owner or operator are well established.  For a commercial property owner to be legally responsible for the injuries you suffered from slipping and falling on their property, one of the following must be true:

  • The owner of the premises or an employee must have known of the dangerous (i.e. slippery) surface but done nothing about it;
  • The owner of the premises or an employee should have known of the dangerous surface existing on their property through the use of reasonable inspection;  or
  • The owner of the premises or an employee should have warned of the dangerous surface existing on their property but failed to do so.

The second scenario above is the most common but while property owners have certain duties to those on their premises, it is important to remember that a property owner may not always be at fault.

Slip and Fall | Contested Liability

If, for example, you fell down stairs, an experienced attorney might ask these questions.

Q: How did you fall down the stairs?

Q: Which foot missed the stairs?

Q: What type of shoes were you wearing?

Q: Were you holding onto the handrail?

Q: Were you on your cell phone?

Q: Were you carrying something?

Further analysis will address the possible reasons you fell.  Did you miss a step?  Did you slip on something that was on the stairs?  Did you trip over your coat or dress?  Did you lose your balance? Not all of these reasons for your fall are the property owner’s fault.

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Juan J. Ordaz Jr. provides candid, hardworking and personal legal representation to individuals seeking a slip and fall attorney in San Diego County.  We help victims suffering from a variety of injuries, who have sustained their injuries through different types of premises liability producing events such as the following:

We believe that it is a necessity to represent people who have sustained traumatic and debilitating injuries, and suffered ultimate losses.

Call (619) 550-3617 today so that we may schedule your free and discreet consultation with a premier San Diego slip and fall attorney.

We are for Justice no Matter Who it’s for or Against.

Learn More:

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Personal Injury Action?

What Should You Expect from Your Personal Injury Attorney?

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