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If you have sustained loss, whether physical, economic or psychological, you may be able to file a lawsuit to gain compensation. Whether the other party’s actions were intentional or not, the Bakersfield personal injury attorneys of Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP can determine whether your situation calls for a lawsuit.
When our lawyers take on your case, your cause becomes our own. Our attorneys are respected across the country and provide consultation to other lawyers. We have recently won a historic $4.9 billion case against General Motors that set new American records. With a proven history of providing record-breaking settlements, our personal injury lawyers get results.
Why Choose Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP for Help?
- At Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP, we focus on providing a client-centered approach to every case that we take, meaning that we take the time to listen to the goals and needs of every client that walks through our door.
- We limit the number of cases that we take so that our attorneys and staff focus their efforts on each individual case and achieve the best possible result.
- We have been repeatedly recognized for excellence by legal organizations, trial attorneys, and nationwide publications.
- We have the resources necessary to handle complex personal injury claims in Bakersfield and the surrounding areas.
How Will an Attorney Help a Personal Injury Claim in Bakersfield?
Personal injury claims in and around Bakersfield can become very complicated, particularly when it comes to dealing with aggressive insurance carriers and legal teams. However, when you have a personal injury lawyer by your side, you will have an advocate who will help ensure that you are treated fairly throughout this process.
An attorney can use their resources to:
- Recover any evidence needed to prove liability, including photo or video surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more.
- Work with accident reconstructionists as well as medical and economic experts to fully evaluate the claim and help properly calculate total expected losses.
- Handle all communication with other parties involved in an effort to negotiate a fair settlement on behalf of the injury victim.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
At Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP, our attorneys have extensive experience handling complex injury claims throughout the state of California. We handle a wide variety of types of cases, including:
- Car accidents
- Commercial truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Aviation accidents
- Boating accidents
- Defective product claims
- Premises liability incidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Workplace accidents
This is not an all-inclusive list of the types of cases that we handle. If you or a loved one has been injured due to the actions of another individual or entity, please reach out to our attorneys so we can help you determine the best steps moving forward for your case.
Common Injuries We Help Clients Secure Compensation For
We know that clients can sustain a wide range of injuries as a result of the actions of others. We have extensive experience helping individuals who have sustained the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds and facial wounds
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Catastrophic burn injuries
- Significant infections
- Amputations or crush injuries
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
We also know that injury victims regularly suffer from a wide range of psychological and emotional injuries as a result of these incidents. We have helped clients who have suffered from feelings of stress, depression, fear, anxiety, and more. Our goal is to help clients recover compensation for all of their visible injuries as well as their hidden emotional and psychological injuries.
What Types of Compensation Can You Receive?
We work diligently to recover maximum compensation on behalf of our clients. We know that this means recovering economic and non-economic types of compensation for victims. Some of the compensation that we recover for clients includes the following:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the injury
- The cost of physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Prescription medications or medical devices
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- General household out-of-pocket losses caused by the injury
- Property damage expenses
- Loss of quality of life damages
- Pain and suffering damages
Panish Shea & Boyle Landmark Personal Injury Cases
At Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP, our Bakersfield personal injury lawyers are nationally recognized and have received numerous awards. Attorney Brian Panish helped win one of California’s largest personal injury verdicts in Griggs v. Caterpillar, et al. $58 million was awarded to a man who was severely burned after a defective part created a fire in the tractor he was driving.
In another notable personal injury lawsuit, Gandy v. Williams Bros., a 47-year-old ripsaw foreman and two other laborers were injured in an explosion. They sustained severe burns and several manufacturers were sued for compensation. The total claim was $4.6 million.
In Juan Cruz v. Hertz Corporation, a multi-vehicle pileup left Cruz paralyzed from the neck down. The traffic accident was caused by a Hertz rental car that had stalled on the freeway. The stalled vehicle was rear-ended, causing a chain reaction involving other motorists. Hertz Corp. agreed to pay $2.5 million in an out-of-court settlement.
How Long Do You Have to File a Bakersfield Personal Injury Claim?
Personal injury victims in Bakersfield have a limited amount of time to file a claim in these cases. The California personal injury statute of limitations is two years from the date an injury occurs. Failing to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party within this two-year timeframe will result in the victim being unable to recover compensation for their losses.
What if You Were Partially At-Fault?
Injury victims in Bakersfield will still likely be able to recover compensation even if they were partially responsible for the incident that caused their injuries. California operates under a “pure comparative negligence” system. This means that injury victims can recover compensation even if they are up to 99% at fault for the incident.
However, it is important to point out that injury victims will receive a reduced compensation amount based on their percentage of fault for the incident. For example, if a slip and fall accident victim is awarded $10,000 in compensation for an incident that occurred at a grocery store, but it is determined that they were 25% responsible for the incident because they were looking at their phone when they fell, then they would receive $7,500 in compensation instead of the full $10,000.
Affording a Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyer
The attorneys at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP take Bakersfield personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that our clients will not have to worry about paying any upfront costs related to their case. We handle all of the expenses while the case is ongoing, and clients will not have to pay any legal fees until after we recover the compensation they need. If we do not win the case, our clients will not pay us a dime.
Contact a Bakersfield Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to the careless or negligent actions of another individual or entity in the Bakersfield area, reach out to the team at Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP for help as soon as possible. We have extensive experience handling complex injury claims throughout California, and we have the resources necessary to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to for your losses. When you need a Bakersfield personal injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here to fill out our contact form or calling us at (310) 477-1700.