Frequently Asked Questions
What is a personal injury?
Personal injury is defined under the law as bodily harm that is the result of an accident that was caused by another’s negligence. Essentially, if you are injured due to no fault of your own, like in a car accident or due to unsafe pedestrian conditions, you have legally suffered a personal injury, and may be entitled to compensation. Types of accidents that commonly result in personal injury include but are not limited to automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, rideshare accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death incidents, dog bites, and slip and fall/trip and fall.
How do I know if I have a good personal injury case?
In order to leverage a personal injury case. First, determine if your injury was the fault of another. If it was the fault of another who has insurance, you are likely entitled to a settlement. If the party responsible does not have insurance but you do have insurance, you may still have a viable personal injury case. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please call our offices to discuss it.
Can an undocumented immigrant file a personal injury lawsuit?
Yes. Immigration status is not considered in determining personal injury liability in the state of California. In fact, the California Assembly Bill 2159 states that immigration information may not be sought or used in a personal injury case. Therefore, it is not permissible to threaten deportation in a personal injury case. If you or a loved one are undocumented and have suffered a personal injury following an accident you were not responsible for, you can come forward with your case without fear of immigration persecution. We will not ask for your immigration status, and we are happy to take your case regardless of your citizenship status.
How long will it take to recover damages?
The time it takes to recover your damages is entirely dependent on the details of your case. It can take a few months or a few years. If you pursue a personal injury case with us, we will take care of you and communicate with you at every step, in order to set expectations regarding how long it will take to recover damages. We are motivated to get you your financial compensation as quickly as we possibly can, but sometimes these types of cases take a long time to resolve. Whatever happens with your case, we will be with you every step of the way.
What kind of compensation am I entitled to?
Depending on your injury and the parties at fault, you may receive financial compensation for past medical expenses, future medical expenses, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost wages, property damage, or for any other related expenses. In the event of wrongful death, you may be entitled to compensation for your loved one’s lost earnings along with compensation for the loss of companionship. Basically, any type of consequence or suffering following your injury can be accounted for and compensated for.
Why do insurance companies want to settle with me?
Insurance companies are businesses, and just like any business, they are motivated to hold on to their money. They will technically fulfill their responsibility to you following an injury by offering you compensation, but this initial offer is likely worth a lot less than what you actually deserve. If you hire a Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan personal injury attorney to represent you in your case, we will refuse small settlements and demand the associated insurance companies stop pinching pennies and actually offer to pay you what you deserve.
How is liability determined?
At its core, liability means responsibility. Liability must be determined in a personal injury lawsuit, and another party or entity must be at fault. For example, if you are riding a motorcycle on the freeway and a larger vehicle merges into your lane without looking, resulting in a collision that throws you from your bike, the driver of that large vehicle is liable for your damages. Liability can be difficult to determine, and it will be helpful for you to have an attorney on your side helping to prove your case.
Will I have to appear in court?
It is unlikely that you will have to go to court. Most personal injury lawsuits can be settled out of court. Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan attorneys will work with you and the insurance companies involved to make sure that your settlement is larger and more significant than whatever their first offer was. In rare cases, the situation can escalate and your lawsuit may result in a trial. In those instances, Law Offices of Andrew Zeytuntsyan attorneys can represent you at trial and can help to make the challenging and stressful situation as comfortable and understandable as possible.
How can I be sure if I need an attorney?
Insurance companies and corporations are businesses, and may not make decisions that are in your best interest. Similarly, if you are injured on private property, the owner will be immediately motivated to protect themselves and their interests. If you have been injured due to an accident caused by a person or entity, navigating insurance, medical care, and the damages you are entitled to can be stressful and difficult to understand. Having an attorney on your side can help you understand the process and secure the largest settlement possible.
How can I get in touch with you?
We provide a free consultation on your case. If you are interested in discussing the details of your personal injury case, you can fill out the form on our website with some basic information. Someone from our office will reach out to you shortly to discuss your experience. You can also phone us during business hours at 323-882-6500. We are located in Burbank, CA and thus operate on Pacific Time.