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Having questions is normal after surviving a serious personal injury. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our San Diego staff of caring attorneys can provide the detailed answers you are looking for. On this page, you can take a look at some of the most common questions that we hear from the people who contact us.

What should I do after a serious accident?

There are a few steps you can follow to increase your chance of recovering maximum compensation after an accident or injury. These include:

  1. Seek medical care as soon as you can.
  2. Get the contact information of anyone else involved in the accident.
  3. Get the contact information of any witnesses.
  4. Take photos of the accident scene.

Most importantly, talk to a personal injury lawyer. Do not speak with any insurance claims adjusters until you have legal counsel to protect your rights.

What should I know about car insurance in California?

The state of California requires all drivers to have two types of coverage:

  1. Bodily injury liability
  2. Property damage liability

Unfortunately, far too many drivers do not bother purchasing these types of coverage. If you have an accident caused by an uninsured or underinsured (UM/UIM) motorist, you will have a much more difficult time recovering compensation. If you have a UM/UIM policy from your own insurance provider, you can get coverage for your damages through your own insurance.

What types of damages can I recover?

The damages available to you depend on your needs. Every client’s situation is unique. Some of the most common damages in personal injury claims include:

  • Emergency room services
  • Doctor visits
  • Physical rehabilitation
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium

When you speak with us, we can give you a better idea of what to expect from your case, including your damages and their total value.

What is a contingency fee? What does “contingency fee basis” mean?

A contingency fee means that you do not have to pay any attorney’s fees unless your attorney recovers compensation for you. A lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis does not charge any money upfront and does not collect any money if they lose your claim. In a contingency fee arrangement, you pay the attorney a percentage of the money you recover in your settlement or award.

Get In Touch With Us And Get More Answers

These are only the beginning. You can get the additional information you need when you set up a free initial consultation with Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP. To speak with one of our staff members, please call 619-369-3323 or send us an email.