Frequently Asked Questions about the Field of Personal Injury Law and the Skolnick Law Group

Embarking upon the complex quest of pursing a personal injury action and selecting a trusted attorney to navigate you through the process, can be daunting and requires much courage.  At Skolnick Law Group, we pride ourselves on always taking the time necessary to ensure our clients fully understand their case, the legal process, and their options.  We are always available to answer your questions.  In furtherance of this goal, we have created the following list of frequently asked questions concerning personal injury law and our firm:

When should I call a California personal injury lawyer?

If you have been injured, it is best to contact a licensed personal injury lawyer in your area as soon as possible after the incident.  A California personal injury attorney can review the facts of the case and fully evaluate your rights.  If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, you may be able to obtain compensation for your injuries, but you will have a limited time to do so and immediate evidence must be gathered.  Accordingly, the sooner you consult with a personal injury attorney, the better chance you have of protecting your rights.

Attempting to navigate the intricate and sometimes confounding legal maze of personal injury law on your own is rarely in your best interest.  A lay person without a full understanding of the law is unlikely to obtain the recovery to which they are entitled.  A personal injury lawyer can provide immense value to your case and help ensure a successful outcome.

What is negligence?

Personal injury actions often revolve around the complex term of negligence.  Negligence is something people often hear about, but frequently lack a full understanding of.  To succeed in a personal injury or premises liability action, you must prove the person or property owner was negligent.  To establish negligence, the following factors must be present:

  1. Duty—the other person had a duty to act in a particular manner.  For instance, the driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a reasonably safe manner.
  2. Breach—a breach occurs when the person fails to act in accordance with his or her duty.  For instance, continuing the example above, the driver of a motor vehicle fails to yield to a stop sign, hence not operating the vehicle safely and breaching his duty.
  3. Damages—the victim must suffer some form of damages, either to their person or property.  Damages can include anything from cuts and lacerations, to severe spinal cord damage or traumatic brain injury.
  4. Causation—finally, you must establish the other person’s breach caused your damages.  Taking again the example of the car accident, you would need to demonstrate that the driver’s failure to operate his motor vehicle safely caused the injury to your person or vehicle.  At times, the testimony of a doctor will be necessary to establish the cause of your injuries.

Depending upon the facts of your case, it is not often easy to prove each of these four elements.  A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can guide you through the legal process.

How do I find the right attorney for me?

Retaining the right personal injury attorney to represent you in a personal injury or wrongful death action is of critical importance.  There is no one right way to find that attorney.  Searching online, listening to the radio, checking newspapers, and asking others can all lead to finding the perfect attorney.

While it is not important how you find the attorney—it is imperative that you make sure the attorney is qualified to handle your case.  Experience is a must when it comes to personal injury lawyers, and you should look for someone who has handled claims similar to yours in the past.  It is also important that you select an attorney who will listen to you and answer all your questions.  As the injured party in the case, you have the right to make crucial decisions concerning your representation and should always be fully apprised of the course of the case.

Make a list of the qualities you desire in your personal injury law firm and schedule a consultation with a qualified attorney in the area to determine if they are a right fit for you.

What types of personal injury cases does your firm handle?

At Skolnick Law Group, we handle all types of personal injury claims throughout the state of California.  Some of the more common cases we handle include: motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle collisions, slip-and-falls, dog bites, and school yard injury cases.  No case is too complex for the Skolnick Law Group.

What will it cost to retain your services?

At Skolnick Law Group, we do not get paid unless we obtain a recovery for you.  Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, with no upfront costs to accident victims.  We offer a free initial consultation which can be held at our office or your home.

Contact the Skolnick Law Group Now for Superior Personal Injury Representation!

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident in California, it is crucial that you hire an attorney experienced in handling these types of cases.  At the Skolnick Law Group, we will fight tirelessly for the compensation you deserve.  We will also take the time necessary to answer all of your questions, guide you through the legal process, and assist you in making informed decisions about your case.  We serve clients in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and throughout North County San Diego. To learn more about the firm’s comprehensive legal services, contact us at (760) 405-4397, or, feel free to visit us online to schedule your free and completely confidential initial consultation. We have evening and weekend appointments available, and will also visit you at home in the event you can’t come to us.  For the personal attention and aggressive representation you need, contact us today.