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The benefits of hiring a car accident lawyer

In Palm Springs, if you’re injured in a car accident, it can be an emotionally charged event that can create chaos in your world.  You will be dealing with several things that will be uncomfortable and intimidating as you move through the process.  And that’s exactly why you need to hire a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim and all that comes with it.

An experienced attorney can assist you in many ways.  Although it’s a bit obvious, the first benefit you’ll enjoy is the peace of mind that an attorney will bring to you by virtue of their knowledge of the law.  They will know what statutes to apply, what questions to ask, what legal actions to take and what the best course of action will be based on a vast wealth of acquired knowledge and experience.

That experience will also extend to working with and negotiating with insurance companies and with lawyers on the opposing side.  An attorney will understand what it takes to reach a fair and equitable settlement for your injuries because they will know what it takes based on many other similar cases.

Also, just by having an attorney present, an insurance company is less likely to try and take advantage of you or put you in an unfavorable position that could cost you a large sum of money you might otherwise be entitled to.

In those instances, where you can’t reach a settlement with an insurance company, an attorney will have the tools and the resources necessary to not only bring a case to trial, but to you give a fighting chance at winning your court case.  Their experience will benefit you in getting the full amount you’re entitled to for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

 

Proving negligence is the key to winning a wrongful death case

When a person dies tragically and unexpectedly, the shock and sorrow of that death can overwhelm a family.  Aside from the emotional toll, a family can also be left in a precarious situation financially and legally as well.  Fortunately, many of these concerns can be resolved through compensation from a wrongful death lawsuit.

There is a universal burden of proof that exists for all cases involving wrongful deaths, not only in Palm Springs but throughout the United States.  That burden of proof centers around the concept of proving that negligence was the cause of a person’s death due to the actions of another.

Negligence has four elements that must be proven to win a wrongful death claim:

  1. Duty of care – A wrongful death lawyer representing plaintiffs must show that the party who caused the wrongful death had a duty to protect the deceased, and they acted in such a way that it was foreseeable that death might take place. For example, if a truck driver gets behind the wheel of a big rig after having several drinks, it can be assumed that they breached their duty of care that is reasonably expected of all truck drivers, that they not to drink and drive.
  1. Breach of Duty – From their actions, did the defendant breach the recognized duty of care? If drinking and driving is against the law and the defendant did it anyway, they are considered to have breached their duty to do the right thing when getting behind the wheel.
  1. Cause of the wrongful death – Did the defendant’s actions or failure to act cause the wrongful death? In other words, did getting behind the wheel after several drinks, and then getting into the accident, cause the wrongful death to occur.

 Did damages result from the defendant’s action – Assuming the answer is yes, which it should be in a wrongful death claim, the question then becomes, how much financial damage took place to compensate the person’s surviving relatives? The amount can vary depending on the deceased person’s age, occupation and financial contributions as well as other determining factors.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

DUI frequently asked questions

If you’ve been pulled over and arrested for drunk driving, you’re going to have a lot of questions related to the actual arrest and what comes next.  In Palm Springs, or anywhere throughout California, you’re going to want to hire the top drunk driving lawyer you can afford to assist you.  Here are some questions and answers that might come up as you work through your case.

How do I find the best possible DUI attorney?  The best way is by doing your homework and researching their reputation and experience.  Talk to people in the legal profession you may already know.  You should also check to see if the attorney has a 10.0 rating by AVVO from their fellow lawyers.

What will a lawyer cost?  Many factors determine what fees a lawyer will charge.  Reputation, experience and geographic location factor in, as well as whether the case is a misdemeanor or a felony.  Any prior convictions you might have and whether or not expert witnesses are required for your defense.  Fees can vary from as little as $500 up to $15,000 or more depending on the complexity of the case.

What are some of the defenses that can be used?  Defenses to a DUI charge can be complex and limitless depending on the facts of each case.  However, most defenses fall under the broad range of proving probable cause, the reading of Miranda rights, issues with blood-alcohol concentration tests, the validity of field sobriety tests, and the timing of field sobriety tests.

What are DUI penalty enhancements?  If certain facts exist in a case, a defendant may be exposed to enhanced penalties when being charged with drunk driving:  These can include excessive speed, a child in the car , if there was property damage or if someone was injured or killed, or if the defendant was under age at the time of the arrest.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

5 tips to follow if you are involved in a car accident

A good accident lawyer in Palm Springs can provide you with outstanding legal advice if you’ve been injured in a car accident as a result of someone else’s carelessness.  But even before you retain an attorney to represent you, there are several things you should do immediately after any accident.

  1. If there is any doubt, under no circumstances should you admit you are at fault while you are at the scene of the accident. Any statements you make at the scene can be used as evidence and can come back to haunt you later on.
  1. Seek out an experienced car accident attorney. It takes years for attorneys to accumulate the experience and understanding of state laws that allows them to be of greatest benefit.
  1. File an accident report and report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurance company cannot protect you if they don’t know you’ve been in an accident or if it is not reported promptly.  You should also do whatever you can to cooperate with your insurance company, including working with them to inspect your vehicle and speak with your doctors if you’ve sought medical care.
  1. Document your injuries, medical bills and lost wages resulting from not being able to work. These will form the basis of your claim going forward and the better job you do, the more likely it is that you will get a full recovery sum.
  1. Seek out legal advice early in the process. The sooner you get advice from a lawyer, the less likely you are to make mistakes that could cost you dearly later on.  Accident victims with lawyers generally recover more in compensation than do people who try to settle with insurance companies on their own.

Dale Gribow, Attorney at Law proudly serves Palm Springs and surrounding California communities.

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