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FIGHTING FOR INJURY VICTIMS IN ORANGE COUNTY, CA

PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

If you or someone you love was involved in a serious accident, you need a law firm willing to aggressively protect your rights. At Neale & Fhima, we will not stop until you receive just compensation. It explains why we have a 99 percent success rate representing personal injury clients in Southern California.

Accident victims may be able to bring a negligence or other tort claim against the responsible party. Depending on the nature of the case, compensation may be available to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Unfortunately, responsible parties and their insurance companies will do their best to minimize the amount of compensation, or they may try to deny liability altogether. That is where we step in.

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The Secret to Our 99% Success Rate

At Neale & Fhima, we are always prepared to battle in order to protect our client’s interests – at the negotiating table, or inside the courtroom. We also understand the importance of assembling a winning litigation team. Our office maintains a network of professionals to consult or testify about how an accident happened, the extent of an injury, or the amount of an economic loss. Above all, though, we find success by building close client relationships.

Many law firms simply process cases for settlement with little to no regard for how much compensation their clients ultimately receive.

From the moment they retain a prospective client, they assign junior associates or paralegals to handle the bulk of the workload, their client’s case never receives the attention it needs in order for the client to receive maximum compensation – in other words, too many cases are settled for less than what they are worth.

We do things differently. Our attorneys get to know clients personally.

This approach offers important benefits:

  • Our clients take comfort in the fact that their claim is being handled by someone they know and trust.
  • Frequent communication with clients allows our office to stay abreast of the status of their medical treatment. Properly documented medical treatment is crucial to developing a strong claim.
  • Clients are more open to sharing personal or sensitive information, which helps us identify strengths or weaknesses in their case which might otherwise go unnoticed.
  • Settlement decisions are easier for clients because we have kept them informed about their claim from day one.
  • If a case does proceed to trial, our attorneys are familiar with the impact of the accident on the client’s life, allowing them to make powerful arguments to the jury.

Personal injury consultations are free, and you are under no obligation to retain our firm afterward. We invite you to get in touch. Our hands-on approach can relieve your anxiety about legal issues so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

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Types of Injury Cases We Handle

Car Accidents

From Buena Park to San Clemente, we represent clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in car accidents throughout Orange County. We have decades of experience helping victims secure compensation in accidents caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, and other types of careless driving behavior.

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Truck Accidents

Commercial trucks are big, heavy, and hard to stop. They require careful loading and maintenance, and an experienced, attentive driver behind the wheel. When a driver or trucking company makes a mistake, the lives of innocent motorists are put at risk.

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Motorcycle Accidents

We provide aggressive legal representation for motorcycle riders and their families. We can help you overcome the biases against motorcycle riders and prove that someone else was to blame for your injuries or loss.

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Slip and Fall

Slip and fall accidents can result in serious, debilitating injuries. We represent clients who have been injured in falls on private premises and on property that is open to the public.

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Dog Bites

California’s dog bite law makes owners strictly liable for victims’ bite-related injuries. This means dog owners are financially responsible even if they did nothing “wrong.” Dog bites often lead to physical and emotional scarring, and we help victims win compensation for both of these kinds of trauma.

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Train Accidents

With the sheer size and mass of trains and the complexity of rail systems, countless factors can lead to a devastating accident. We represent train passengers, vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bystanders, and others in claims for compensation following all types of train accidents in Southern California.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents regularly result in broken bones, severe lacerations and bruising, spinal cord damage, and other types of serious internal injuries. Sadly, the effects of these injuries (or losing a loved one) can last for years to come.

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Boating Accidents

Like collisions on the road, boating accidents frequently result from reckless mistakes. Inexperience, inattentiveness, and intoxication at the helm are just a few of the common issues that entitle boat accident victims to claim financial compensation for their losses.

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Theories of Liability

Negligence is the most common basis for a personal injury lawsuit. For a claim to succeed, the responsible party must have acted unreasonably, causing the victim to suffer harm. The related doctrine of vicarious liability permits recovery against a third party (like an employer) for the negligence of that party’s subordinates. Strict liability is another theory available to injury victims. It does not require the victim to prove anyone was at fault – just that the event in dispute occurred. Finally, intentional tort theory covers cases in which the responsible party caused harm to the victim on purpose.

At Neale & Fhima, we believe in asserting our client’s rights under every available theory of liability. The best way to determine if you have one or more bases for seeking compensation is to contact our office to discuss the matter.

Common Questions Asked by Injury Victims

  • HOW MUCH MONEY IS MY CASE WORTH?

    There is no formula to reliably estimate the value of an injury claim at the outset of a case. That said, insurance adjusters are always mindful of what percentage of the total settlement demand is based on medical damages. Generally, the higher the medical bills, the higher the value of the claim. The reason is simple – serious injuries require more treatment.

  • WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY SETTLEMENT CHECK?

    The funds will be available shortly after the injured party signs a release and any liens are paid. Delay can be frustrating, especially to a victim who has been unable to work due to injury. However, it is important to complete medical treatment prior to settlement since the agreement cuts off the other party’s liability going forward.

  • SHOULD I SPEAK TO THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER?

    No. Other than providing basic identifying information, there is no reason to speak with the other party’s insurance adjuster following an accident. You should refuse requests to give a recorded statement. Instead, contact our office to speak with an attorney free of charge. Once you retain our firm you will never need to deal with the adjuster – we will do it for you.

Handling All Serious and Fatal Injuries

Neck and Back Injury

Sudden movements of the head – as occur in car collisions – can damage the neck and upper back. Sprains are a common example. They occur when there is a stretch or tear of the ligaments that hold neck and back joints together. Like other “soft tissue” injuries, neck and back injuries can require extended recovery periods, even with proper treatment.

Spinal Cord Injury

Compression or inflammation of the spinal cord has the potential to change an accident victim’s life forever. The spinal runs through, and is protected by, the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. A spinal cord injury can result in loss of sensation or voluntary movement in the affected parts of the body.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) refers to damage to the tissue of the brain caused by an external force. It can result from a closed-head injury (like a violent blow sustained in a motorcycle accident) or an open-head injury (like a gunshot wound). Concussions are a common TBI suffered by accident victims.

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Burns

Exposure to heat, chemicals, or electricity can burn the skin, causing skin cells to die. In the case of third-degree burns, damage may extend through all layers of the skin to the muscle tissue beneath. Catastrophic accidents may even result in fourth-degree burns, which penetrate further into the body and damage bones and connective tissue.

Simple and Compound Fractures

There are several types fractures. Displaced fractures occur when a bone breaks and the two ends move such that they no longer line up with each other. Non-displaced fractures remain in alignment. Fractures can also be simple or compound. A compound fracture pierces the skin; a simple fracture does not. Bones become brittle with age, putting elderly accident victims at greater risk.

Psychological Injury

Psychological injuries often accompany physical trauma. For example, during a dog bite incident, the victim may experience an emotional shock that continues to produce symptoms long after. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder are examples of conditions that can result from a psychological injury.

Fatalities

As the term is used for purposes of personal injury liability, a fatality refers to the wrongful taking of another person’s life. The conduct of the responsible party may be negligent, reckless, or intentional. Death need not occur simultaneously with the wrongful conduct – a fatality may occur even though the victim survives for a period of time, as long as the element of causation is established.

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Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in our Orange County Office

Our law office in Dana Point serves accident victims from Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, and across Orange County. We handle all cases on contingency, meaning you do not pay for our services unless you win. Call us at (888) 407-2955 or send us a message about your case.

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