Auto accidents have come to be such an everyday occurrence that it’s easy to take their impact for granted — that is, until one causes your own life to change. Whether you were personally injured in a crash, hit as a pedestrian or bicyclist, or lost someone you love in an auto accident, you know how quickly one mistake can cause everything to change. Let’s work together to hold the mistake-maker legally and financially responsible.
With over 60 years of experience between us, we at the Law Office of Steven Zwick have handled every type of auto accident claim you can imagine, including those that involve semi-trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, and — of course — two cars. Even if your case feels complex and overwhelming, we’re up for the challenge.
Our firm gets results. Throughout the years of our operation in Orange County, our record includes more than 250 Million won in California. Our professional success has earned Zwick Law a place among the top 1% of CA attorneys. We’re also committed to client recovery, and we know that not every client has the flexibility to afford expensive hourly legal fees. That’s why when you select our team to represent you in a car accident case, there are no fees until we win.
It is technically possible to pursue recovery from your recent car accident by yourself without hiring an attorney, but you must understand the risks you would face in doing so. You might be able to recognize some of your immediately claimable damages without an attorney, such as the cost of repairing your vehicle and your hospital bills. However, you have the right to claim both immediate and long-term damages, and determining the full extent of the latter can be very challenging without legal counsel you can trust.
When you select Zwick Law to represent you after a car accident, you will have a dedicated legal advocate ready to provide support during every phase of your case. Our firm takes time to get to know every client we represent, assisting them in addressing the unique effects their accidents have had on their lives. As a result, you can rest and recover from your injuries with peace of mind while our firm handles your recovery efforts on your behalf. Our goal in every car accident case we accept in Orange County is securing the fullest recovery possible for our client.
No matter how kind and caring their mission statement may sound, the very company you count on to cover your accident damages is just that — a company. All insurance providers have a bottom line, and that is holding onto as much of their clients’ money as they can. For that reason, they’ll do everything they can to offer you as little compensation as possible after an accident.
Personal injury attorneys are the insurance company’s natural enemy. You see, not only is it our job to fight for every penny you’re rightfully owed, but what’s more — we genuinely care about your well-being. Our compassion, combined with decades of legal knowledge, makes us your greatest ally during a personal injury claim.
You may be sitting there thinking that an attorney sounds great in theory, but there’s no way you can afford one. We’re here to tell you that you absolutely can afford our legal representation for two reasons: 1) We offer free consultations. During that first meeting, you get to ask all your questions and learn about your options without having to pay a dime. 2) We work on contingency, which means we’ll only collect a small percentage of your winnings after we’ve won your case.
Many of our clients in Orange County are initially unaware of the full scope of damages they are legally entitled to claim from a defendant. When another party has injured you in an accident, your insurance claim may only cover a portion of these losses. Our team will not only streamline the insurance claim process on your behalf, but we will also help you uncover every channel of recovery available in a subsequent personal injury case. We will assist you in seeking appropriate compensation for your:
One of the biggest and most stressful questions car accident victims have is simply this: “How am I going to cover my hospital bills?” Let us worry about recovering the money you need. You focus on getting better.
Pain and suffering aren’t quite as easy to measure as, say, medical bills and property damage. However, they’re extremely important factors to take into consideration in a personal injury case. You deserve to be compensated for the mental and emotional trauma you’ve been through.
Since auto accidents often lead to serious injuries, it’s not at all uncommon for our clients to miss out on weeks or even months of work. Fortunately, it’s possible to get compensated for these lost wages.
While we sincerely hope your injuries aren’t serious enough to require ongoing medical care, we’re more than prepared to fight for a bigger payout for you if that’s the case. If it appears you (or a loved one) will require physical therapy, caretaker fees, or similar expenses, we’ll push for more.
Although issues like a dented car or a razed mailbox pale in comparison to physical injuries, vehicle and property damage are among the costs that can be covered from a successful auto accident claim.
In the event that your loved one was killed in an auto accident, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. We understand how difficult this time is for you and your family, and we want to not only help you cover your immediate financial obligations but also honor your loved one’s memory.
Zwick Law aims for maximum client recovery in every car accident case we accept. As a result, many of our Orange County clients are surprised to learn they can claim far more in compensation than they initially expected. We know the legal challenges you are likely to face in your impending car accident claim and want to help you recover as fully as possible. The first step in securing the recovery you deserve is proving exactly how your car accident happened. Our team can help you gather physical evidence, digital evidence, witness testimony, and even expert witness insights to help you prove exactly how your accident happened.
Car accidents happen in various ways, and even the most experienced and careful drivers cannot always anticipate how other drivers nearby will behave in certain situations. A few of the most commonly reported causes of car accidents throughout Orange County include:
The immediate aftermath of any car accident can be traumatic and difficult to navigate, but when you know another driver is responsible for your accident, the first steps you take toward recovery have a tremendous impact on the overall quality of your final recovery. When you pick Zwick Law as your legal representation, we will immediately get to work reviewing the police report of your accident, the physical and digital evidence available that may help you establish fault, and interviewing eyewitnesses who saw the accident happen in real time. Whatever your case requires, you can rest assured that our team will be ready to assist you in ensuring full accountability for the driver responsible for causing the accident.
If you are in a car accident and suffer severe injuries, remain where you are and wait for paramedics to arrive. Do not move around and risk making your injuries worse. However, if you believe you only suffered minor injuries and feel well enough to move around, do so carefully and try to gather as much evidence as you can from the scene of the accident.
Call 911 to report the accident if no one else has already done so, and wait for the police to arrive. While you wait, take photos of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, and the positions of the vehicles involved in the crash in the road. These photos could later prove invaluable when it comes to filing your auto insurance claim against the at-fault driver and building a personal injury case.
When the police arrive, answer their questions honestly and concisely, but choose your words carefully and do not admit fault for the accident in any way. Even saying something as seemingly innocent as “I’m sorry” could be used against you later, so it is never worth the risk of saying anything the police might misconstrue as an admission of guilt. After the police interview the people involved in the accident and the witnesses who saw the accident happen, they will allow you to leave, order a cleanup of the accident site, and create a police report of the accident.
At this point, you should seek medical care immediately, even if you think your injuries are mild. The adrenaline in your system from the accident will start to dissipate over the next several hours, and your injuries are likely to be far more painful the next day than they were immediately following the crash. Seeking medical care immediately not only helps to ensure any injuries you suffer will not worsen but also creates a formal medical record showing that you sought care as soon as possible.
Every driver in the state must have auto insurance that includes bodily injury liability coverage and property damage liability coverage. At a minimum, a policy must provide at least $15,000 in bodily injury liability coverage for each person injured in a single accident, and the policy must extend to at least $30,000 in total accident liability coverage for multiple persons injured in a single accident. Additionally, the policy must provide at least $5,000 in liability coverage for property damage, which can cover a victim’s vehicle repair costs and other lost personal property.
While California law does not strictly require drivers to purchase uninsured/underinsured driver coverage, this coverage option can be incredibly helpful if an uninsured driver causes an accident and injures you. The state has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country, so there is no guarantee that the driver responsible for your accident will have insurance at all. Uninsured/underinsured driver coverage allows you to file a claim against your own insurance policy after an accident you did not cause. This can be a valuable source of initial compensation, and since you did not cause the accident, your premium should not increase.
You have a very limited time in which to file an auto insurance claim, typically only a few days. It is never wise to discuss a settlement with an insurance company representative without an attorney, but you must report your intention to file a claim within the applicable time limit. It’s a good idea to contact the other driver’s insurance company and notify them of your intent to file a claim but politely refuse to discuss any type of settlement terms and notify them that you must consult your legal counsel. Once you have an Orange County car accident attorney representing you, they can assist you with filing your auto insurance claim against the other driver.
Remember that an insurance company has no incentive to help you. In fact, most insurance companies train their employees to look for any reasons they can find to reduce settlement offers to claimants or to justify immediate denials of claims. When you have an experienced legal representative assisting you, you are far less likely to encounter this type of mistreatment from the insurer. Once their representative sees that you have legal counsel advising you, they will be more inclined to process your claim swiftly and in good faith.
Unfortunately, even if you manage to secure the most compensation possible through your insurance claim, this may not be enough to fully compensate for the damages you suffered from your accident. In this situation, you must file a personal injury claim against the driver responsible for your accident to recover the rest of your damages.
It’s possible for negligence or intentional misconduct to generate a personal injury. For example, when the at-fault driver responsible for causing your accident was negligent behind the wheel or lacked reasonable care in any manner resulting in the accident, you must be ready to prove that they owed you a duty of care they failed to uphold and then prove that this failure directly resulted in your claimed damages. Under state law, you have the right to claim compensation for any and all damages directly resulting from the defendant’s negligence, but you must be ready to prove that your damages are entirely due to the defendant’s actions and not something else.
In the event that your car accident resulted from intentional and/or illegal behavior, the at-fault driver will face criminal charges from the state along with your civil claim. Your Orange County car accident attorney can explain how a criminal case from the state filed against the defendant could impact your recovery. For example, a judge handling your civil case may award you punitive damages to reflect the defendant’s bad behavior, or the judge handling their criminal sentencing could include restitution to the victim as part of their punishment.
Ultimately, many factors can influence the final outcome of any personal injury case in Orange County, and when you pick Zwick Law to handle your case, we will help you understand every facet of the impending proceedings ahead of you. Our team can assist you in gathering witness statements from those who saw your accident happen, physical evidence from the scene of the crash, and digital evidence like cell phone records and vehicle computer data.
When you have Zwick Law representing you in any kind of personal injury case, our goal is to help you recover as much compensation as possible under California law. You have the right to claim compensation for economic and non-economic damages resulting from the accident, and this includes anticipated future damages alongside those you can calculate immediately following the accident.
Some damages, like vehicle repair costs and hospital bills, are straightforward, and you must simply provide the appropriate documentation to prove the full extent of these damages. Your Orange County car accident attorney can help you secure the documentation necessary for proving all immediately assessable losses, and they will be invaluable when it comes to accurately calculating long-term damages resulting from your accident.
For example, if you suffered any catastrophic injury from the accident, you are not only likely to face substantial immediate economic damages but also a severe long-term impact in the form of ongoing medical expenses and inability to work and earn income. Your legal team can consult your medical care team, securing a report of your injuries and your doctor’s prognosis for potential long-term medical effects from the accident. If you are going to require extensive rehabilitative care, multiple surgeries, and face ongoing medical costs in the form of medical devices and prescription medications, the defendant is liable for all these immediate and future medical expenses.
Calculating lost future earning capacity can be more difficult. Under state law, you have the right to claim compensation for the future income you are no longer able to earn because of the defendant’s actions. Your Orange County car accident attorney will help you calculate how much you would have reasonably expected to earn in the future had your accident not occurred, accounting for the time you would have been able to work until retirement as well as the cost of living increases in the future.
After your legal team has helped you assess the full scope of immediate and future economic damages resulting from your car accident, they can help you determine fair pain and suffering compensation to enhance your recovery further. Under California law, there is no limit on pain and suffering damages in a car accident case. Therefore, your attorney may use one of two possible methods to calculate appropriate pain and suffering compensation to seek from the defendant:
Many personal injury plaintiffs in Orange County are surprised to learn the true values of their claims once they secure experienced legal representation. Zwick Law aims to help each client secure as much as possible through a swift insurance claim process. When we must file personal injury claims on behalf of our clients, we always seek maximum compensation.
The majority of car accident claims and other personal injury claims filed end with privately negotiated settlements. As long as all parties involved in the case agree to compromise, the settlement process enables all parties to save time and money they would otherwise spend in litigation. If the defendant’s fault is clear beyond any doubt, it benefits them to seek a swift settlement, avoiding incurring further losses in the form of legal fees when they would be sure to lose in court.
If settlement is not possible for any reason, the claim will need to be resolved in litigation. During litigation, both parties must exchange their evidence during the discovery process, and both parties will have the right to file preliminary motions before trial proceedings begin. If you settle your car accident claim, you and the defendant will negotiate terms for a mutually acceptable solution to the claim. If you take your case to court, the judge handling the case will have the final say when it comes to liability for your damages and your total case award.
Zwick Law aims to settle our clients’ cases as efficiently as possible. We’ll help you prepare a compelling initial complaint that leaves little room for the defendant to argue that they are not responsible for the damages you suffered. However, If we must take your case to litigation, we are fully prepared to represent you through every stage of the trial and ensure the judge delivers a fair and reasonable decision with regard to your compensation.
While many factors specific to your case may enhance your total recovery, there are also variables that can diminish it. One of which is the state’s pure comparative negligence statute. This law applies in any civil claim for damages in which the plaintiff shares fault with the defendant. Under the pure comparative negligence statute, the plaintiff will have a fault percentage assigned by the judge handling their case. This percentage is then deducted from their final compensation.
Your Orange County car accident attorney can help you minimize any comparative fault you may bear for your claimed damages. It’s relatively common for defendants in personal injury claims to assert comparative fault, claiming the plaintiffs they injured are actually responsible for their damages. When you have Zwick Law representing you, we will help you assess any shared fault you hold for causing your damages and assist you in maximizing your total compensation however possible.
A: The state upholds a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims. This means the plaintiff has two years from the date their injury occurred to file a personal injury case against the defendant. This might sound like plenty of time for your recovery efforts, but remember that you have a much shorter window in which to file your auto insurance claim, and it’s wise to begin personal injury case proceedings as soon as possible.
A: It’s natural to wonder how much compensation you could conceivably recover for a serious accident. Many variables influence the total potential value of your car accident claim, and there is no one formula to calculate the value of any given accident claim. For an accurate estimate of your case’s total potential value, consult an experienced Orange County car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident.
A: Unfortunately, car accidents are a leading cause of accidental deaths throughout the United States. If your loved one has died in an accident caused by someone else, you have the right to file a wrongful death suit against them. This type of civil claim is similar to a personal injury case, with a few notable differences. If you must file a wrongful death claim in Orange County, it is crucial to find experienced legal counsel you can trust to guide you through this emotionally challenging series of proceedings.
A: If the defendant in your case caused the accident through an act of simple negligence, it is unlikely that they will face criminal charges for the incident. However, if they caused the accident because of DUI, reckless driving, or willful disregard for the safety of others, the state may press criminal charges against them. Your Orange County car accident attorney can advise you as to how any such factors may influence your recovery efforts.
A: You have every right to attempt your recovery efforts by yourself without hiring legal representation. However, you could unintentionally settle for less than you rightfully deserve, or you could make procedural mistakes that disrupt your recovery process or even negate your ability to seek compensation from the defendant. It is always preferable to have legal counsel you can trust for the most optimal outcome for your car accident case.
With offices located in Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, and Aliso Viejo, we’re proud to work with families throughout Orange County and beyond. If a car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident is plaguing your everyday life, please give us a call and let us help you through the personal injury claims process.
Time is a critical concern for anyone recovering from damages someone else caused in Orange County. The sooner you hire legal counsel you can trust, the quicker you can start working toward the compensation you legally deserve. Zwick Law has the experience and professional resources you want on your side for your impending case. If you’re ready to learn how our team can assist you, contact us today and schedule a consultation with an Orange County car accident attorney.
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