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A normal day can be shattered in an instant if you or a loved one is injured or killed in an accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence. If this happens to you, a Dana Point personal injury lawyer should be your next phone call. Do not suffer alone. Do not get saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages. We are here to help.

Why Choose Neale & Fhima

At Neale & Fhima, our legal team is top shelf. Attorney Aaron Fhima is a tough negotiator with a keen legal mind. He has been handling Dana Point personal injury cases for a long time, and he knows the nuances and complexities of state statutes and case law. We use this knowledge to work for you.

How We Can Help

Our Dana Point personal injury attorneys have handled hundreds of accident and wrongful death claims where victims suffered horribly due to someone else’s negligence. Here are ways we can help build your personal injury claim. We will:

  1. Explain your legal rights and your options for a remedy
  2. Gather police reports, photos, medical records, surveillance videos, electronic communications, and other types of evidence to prove your claim.
  3. Conduct an accident scene investigation
  4. Interview witnesses who were at the scene of the accident
  5. Hire expert witnesses, if needed, including medical specialists, engineers, flooring experts, and others
  6. Build a compelling case based on California statutes
  7. Create and file all necessary documents and appear in court proceedings
  8. Negotiate aggressively on your behalf with insurance companies to get the maximum payout
  9. Litigate your claim before a judge and jury, if necessary.

Our Dana Point personal injury lawyers do not back down when fighting for the damages you deserve. To find out more about our legal services, call us now at 888-407-2955.

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Neale & Fhima fight tirelessly for our clients. We leave no stone unturned when gathering evidence to prove your case.

Damages You May Be Entitled To

If you have sustained a personal injury because another person or business was negligent, a Dana Point personal injury lawyer can fight for you so that you may recover both economic and non-economic damages. These include:

Economic

  • Medical and hospital bills
  • Cost of future medical care and rehabilitation
  • Loss of future earnings potential
  • Lost wages
  • Property damage
  • Wrongful death (if the injured person dies).

Non-Economic

  • PTSD and emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium.

Punitive damages can also be awarded in some cases if a defendant’s disregard for the safety of others is particularly serious or grossly negligent. These are designed to punish the defendant or wrongdoer and send a warning to other would-be offenders.

Dana Point Personal Injury FAQs

We have compiled a list of commonly asked questions, with answers, that we hope are helpful to you:

  • Are personal injury claims common in the U.S.?

    According to the National Safety Counsel, there are 55.4 million accidental injuries in the U.S. each year that result in $1,158.4 billion in medical and other costs. A portion of these cases end up as personal injury claims in civil court. California is a consumer-friendly state (compared to some other jurisdictions), so state laws make it a favorable climate for injury victims to file claims.

  • Where are Neale & Fhima’s offices located?

    Our Dana Point personal injury attorneys serve clients throughout California. Our offices are in Dana Point, Irvine, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

  • What if I am “not the suing type”?

    It is important to remember that personal injury laws are on the books for a reason. They are designed to protect consumers from being burdened with medical expenses and lost income that arises through no fault of their own. Keep in mind that it is actually the insurance companies you are suing, and these are the entities that will pay your damages. That is why insurance companies exist.

  • Who can bring a wrongful death claim in California?

    You can file a wrongful death claim to receive damages for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and funeral and burial costs on behalf of a deceased family member. Under California law, individuals who can file a wrongful death claim include:

    • Spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
    • Children of the person who died
    • Another person who is entitled to property by intestate succession.

    The law states that all wrongful death claims must be brought within two years of the person’s death. (CCP 335.1)

If you have additional questions, our Dana Point personal injury lawyers would be happy to provide answers. Call Neale & Fhima at 888-407-2955 for a free consultation.

Why Do I Need a Dana Point Personal Injury Attorney?

If you have been injured in a car crash, suffered a workplace injury, slipped on a wet floor in a restaurant, or been bitten by a dog, you may feel conflicted about whether to take legal action. There are several things to keep in mind when making this decision:

  • You do not want to get stuck with large medical bills that could burden your family for years.
  • When you hire a Dana Point personal injury lawyer, you do not have to deal with phone calls, forms, letters, and other communication from insurance representatives. Your attorney will handle this for you.
  • Studies show that injury victims typically receive larger payouts when they are represented by an attorney as opposed to dealing with insurance companies on their own.
  • Hiring a personal injury lawyer enables you to focus on your medical recovery while your lawyer handles the legal heavy lifting.

There is a lot to gain and little to lose when hiring a Dana Point personal injury attorney to represent you. Talk to your family before making a decision and choose a path that protects your well-being and your future.

With a 99% success rate and over $50 million recovered for our clients, it is clear we are passionate about what we do. We know how to win, and we will fight for your rights.

Leading Causes of Accidental Deaths Across the Nation

According to the National Safety Counsel, the leading causes of accidental deaths nationwide include:

  1. POISONING
    This includes ingestion of poisonous substances and exposure to toxic chemicals.
  2. MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES
    This includes car crashes, truck collisions, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrians hit by vehicles.
  3. FALLS
    This includes falls from ladders and scaffolding and slip-and-fall accidents at retail establishments and businesses.
  4. CHOKING
    This includes drowning and smoke inhalation from fires.

Our Dana Point personal injury lawyers represent clients injured in all kinds of situations from vehicle collisions, drownings, workplace accidents, fires, and boating accidents.

Neale & Fhima Represents All Kinds of Cases

Our attorneys regularly represent clients in Dana Point, CA who have suffered brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries, including:

Whatever the cause of your injury, our Dana Point personal injury attorneys can fight to get the maximum payout possible for your claim.

California’s Pure Comparative Negligence Rule

The state of California follows a “pure comparative negligence” process. An injury victim can sue for compensation even if they are partially at fault for the accident. Personal injury clients can recover damages even if they were more than 51% at fault for the accident. Here is an example of how pure comparative negligence works. If you are awarded $100,000 in a slip and fall accident, but you are found to be 40% responsible for the accident, then you will only receive $60,000 in total damages ($100,000 reduced by 40%). If you want to know more about California negligence laws, call a Dana Point personal injury attorney.

Six Tips for Dana Point Personal Injury Victims

There are several steps you should take – and mistakes you should avoid – to preserve your legal claim. Here are six tips for protecting your right to financial compensation:

  1. Seek medical attention right away after your accident. This not only ensures your safety, but also provides x-rays, MRIs, lab tests, and other medical records to prove your case.
  2. Take pictures with your phone of your injuries and the accident scene. These are powerful and compelling forms of evidence of the harm done to you.
  3. Stay off social media. You do not want to post photos or talk about your accident injuries online. By posting these photos, videos, or comments online, opposing counsel could use them to defeat your claim.
  4. Avoid talking to insurance companies. While it is fine to report the accident, do not say anything else that could later be used against you in court.
  5. Do not delay in hiring a Dana Point personal injury lawyer. The sooner you have legal representation, the more protected you will be.
  6. Direct all communication through your attorney – this includes inquiries from lawyers, insurance companies, and the media.

Statute of Limitations

The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years in the state of California. The clock starts on the day the accident occurred. For a wrongful death claim, the statute of limitations is two years from the date of the person’s death. In some cases, this could be months after the injury occurred. If you miss the deadline, a judge can dismiss your case, barring you from recovering financial damages.

There is no time to waste! Hire a Dana Point personal injury attorney today to get justice and recover financial damages.

Six Reasons to Choose Neale & Fhima

1. WE OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS.

We offer free initial consultations by phone and in person. We want you to make an informed decision about your legal representation.

WE FIGHT FOR MAXIMUM RECOVERY.

Simply put, we do what it takes to win. We do not want you to settle for anything less than the maximum compensation.

3. WE HAVE A HISTORY OF PROVEN RESULTS.

During more than 40 years of practicing law, attorneys Matt Neale and Aaron Fhima have maintained a successful record of accomplishment of winning and have secured over $50 million in compensation for their clients.

4. YOU WORK DIRECTLY WITH YOUR LAWYER.

At Neale & Fhima, you work directly with your lawyer. We will not assign your case to a paralegal or legal assistant who handles the bulk of claims at some other law firms.

5. YOU RECEIVE PERSONALIZED ATTENTION.

We believe that a personalized approach is the best way to provide quality legal representation for our clients. We want to get to know you and your family so we can fight for what matters most.

6. WE OFFER CONTINGENCY REPRESENTATION.

In personal injury cases, we are paid on contingency, which means your opponent’s insurance company pays our attorney’s fees and case expenses in successful legal claims.

Contact Our Dana Point Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Whether you’ve been in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, or suffered a dog bite, a skilled Dana Point Personal injury lawyer at Neale & Fhima will fight for the compensation you deserve. If you have sustained a spine injury, burns, TBI, or any other harm after an accident, Neale & Fhima can help you seek financial damages. To find out more about how we can help, call us for a free consultation at 888-407-2955.

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Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]

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