Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Mission Viejo and Orange County
A personal injury can occur at any time. From Mission Viejo vehicle accidents to pedestrian accidents, we never know when we might be subjected to pain due to the negligence or intentional acts of others. After the injury occurs, victims are often met with complex insurance claims, financial loss, and the anxiety of trying to heal.
One of the most difficult aspects of suffering a personal injury is trying to balance all of the resulting damages, from property damage to serious injuries and missed time at work, all while dealing with the pain and suffering the other negligent party caused. It’s not uncommon for Orange County personal injury victims to experience mounting debt due to the inability to work after an injury. This, unfortunately, compels many victims to settle for much less compensation they may have secured if they had taken the time to meet with an experienced personal injury attorney.
At Jolly Berry Law, we understand the emotional roller coaster that often comes with a personal injury. That’s why we bring our years of experience, our determination, and our compassion to your case. Litigation can be a long road. We’re there at every turn. We’ll get you through it.
Your Dedicated Mission Viejo Personal Injury Attorneys
The attorneys at Jolly Berry Law provide a dedicated, experienced resource for anyone facing uncertainty after a personal injury in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County. Whenever our team accepts a new case, we take time to get to know our new client, learn all the ways their accident has impacted their life, and develop a reliable strategy for navigating the forthcoming legal proceedings. We believe that client-focused, personalized, and comprehensive personal injury representation yields the best outcomes for our clients.
Our team also understands that many personal injury claims, particularly those resulting from car or motorcycle accidents, require victims dealing with insurance companies. While an auto insurance claim against an at-fault driver’s policy may yield some compensation for a victim’s damages, the scope of available coverage may not be enough to fully account for significant medical bills, the costs of necessary ongoing treatments, total coverage for the victim’s destroyed vehicle, and lost wages from the time the victim must miss from work to recover.
Whether you need a personal injury lawyer to negotiate with a difficult insurance claim adjuster on your behalf or draft your initial insurance claim, our team can deal with insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery. As your personal injury attorneys, the team at Jolly Berry Law will ensure that any insurance companies involved with your personal injury matter handle and investigate your claim in good faith. If your case requires further legal remedies beyond what insurance can provide, we can help you start the settlement negotiation process with the party responsible for your damages. In the event settlement negotiations are fruitless, we are fully prepared to litigate your case on your behalf in court.
We have the determination and experience required for both simple and complex cases. As a team, we take on cases involving:
If you suffer a serious injury, you might be concerned about your finances due to lack of compensation. With years of experience working alongside insurance companies, we know how to move your case. We know how they think, how they act and what it takes to come to a quick resolution. You heal, we’ll do the rest.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
Personal injury cases arise when an individual suffers harm from an injury or accident that another individual might be legally responsible for. Sometimes, injury can be caused due to negligence, or due to an intentional act.
For example, drivers who cause a car accident due to distracted driving might be held liable for injuries sustained by others involved in the accident. Or, an individual who slips and falls on a company’s property might be able to file a claim based on the company’s negligence.
If you have been subjected to injury from someone else’s actions, you could be eligible for compensation. It’s best to seek the counsel of experienced attorneys to help you determine the best course of action to recover for your injuries.
Proving Negligence in Your Personal Injury Claim
Negligence is the central legal concept in any personal injury lawsuit. If a plaintiff hopes to succeed with any type of personal injury claim from a car accident lawsuit to a premises liability claim, their legal counsel must be able to identify the liable party or parties and prove that the plaintiff’s damages resulted solely from their negligence.
The first step in proving negligence in personal injury law is for the plaintiff’s legal team to identify the defendants in the claim and establish the duty of care owed to the plaintiff. Next, the plaintiff’s attorney must use the physical evidence and witness testimony available in the case to prove that the defendant breached their duty of care and directly caused the plaintiff’s claimed damages.
It’s also necessary for a plaintiff to not only prove the full extent of their damages with verified records, invoices, statements, receipts, and other documentation, but also that those damages were solely caused by the defendant’s claimed negligence, and not some other cause. This is yet another reason why it is so important to hire a personal injury attorney for help with your claim. Our firm can coordinate with financial experts to help you fully investigate the full extent of your claimable damages for your lawsuit and gather the evidence and documentation to prove the causation of those damages.
Common Types of Injuries and Damages in Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury is a broad area of law covering many types of cases, but they all revolve around damages to an individual’s person, livelihood, or property. Many personal injury cases involve physical injuries like broken bones, spinal injuries, and traumatic brain injuries, some of which may result in permanent disabilities. Some cases involve psychological trauma and emotional distress, and other personal injury cases arise when people develop illnesses due to the negligent actions of others.
If you choose Jolly Berry Law to be your personal injury lawyers in your claim, our firm can potentially help you recover damages including:
- Medical expenses, for both short and long-term care, that is necessary to help you make as full of a recovery as medically possible. Our goal is to ensure the defendant in your case is liable for the full spectrum of your treatment costs from the moment of your injury to the day you reach maximum medical improvement.
- Lost income. Your personal injury may have left you in long-term recovery or too disabled to return to your previous job duties. Some personal injuries result in disabilities that leave victims unable to work at all in the future or live independently. Our team can help you recover any wages lost due to your personal injury. In the event a defendant’s negligence has left you unable to support yourself in the future, we can help you provide the court with a reasonable estimate of the future earnings you would have earned had your injury not occurred and claim this lost earning potential in your case.
- Property damages, which includes any damage the defendant caused to your physical property, such as your home, vehicle, or expensive personal effects. Your personal injury attorney can potentially help you recover damage to your investments caused by a negligent defendant in some situations.
- Pain and suffering. Our team will build a solid case on your behalf that clearly outlines the physical pain, emotional trauma, and psychological suffering you have endured due to the defendant’s actions.
It’s also possible for the court to decide a defendant’s behavior lies well outside the typical definition of negligence or was intentionally harmful. If the defendant named in your lawsuit engaged in any illegal behavior or caused your personal injury through an intentional tort such as assault and battery, the court could potentially award you punitive damages. California does not place any limit on the amount a plaintiff might receive in punitive damages. The amount received generally hinges on the defendant’s financial situation.
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“We were in a bad situation and things seemed as if there was no hope. If you’ve ever had that feeling of hopelessness you know what I’m taking about. We spoke to Leah about our case while she took copious notes and asked us a lot of questions – uncomfortable ones. All the while she kept her professional composure and gave us the honest to God truth…..truth about our options and how things were going to go down depending on what happens. It was a tough day. As we progressed into the process we were introduced to Kevin who supported Leah’s strategy and provided more insight. Together they showed compassion and empathy for our situation. Right from the get go we knew Leah and Kevin’s professionalism and extensive knowledge in trial was going to benefit us. They knew people, best strategy and possible outlook. Things were looking much better. We decided our best option was to go to trial and it was a good decision. Watching Leah and Kevin in action picking out the jury, lining up the witness stand and re-strategizing after objections was an amazing experience. We won 12-0 in our favor. If you are ever in a situation that you need an attorney you need to call Leah and Kevin – you won’t regret it. “
“We have had the pleasure of working with Leah Berry with the Jolly Berry Law Firm this year. She has a thorough knowledge of the law and a deep understanding of our legal system. Above all, Leah’s exceptional communication skills are what set her apart from other attorneys we have known. She is very proactive and kept us informed every step of the way through our legal proceeding. Best of all, she won our case!
Leah has an amazing talent and personality for bringing calm to the most stressful situations. We highly recommend Leah Berry and her law firm if you are looking for the highest level of professional legal care.“
“Leah Berry and Kevin Jolly are the ultimate advocates. Their experience, their attention to detail, their research, and their preparedness are second to none. They are not afraid to try cases and can connect with a jury to produce favorable results. More importantly, they care about their clients and their cause. They bring a passion to their litigation and advocacy skills that directly translate to favorable settlements and verdicts.“
“We wanted to thank you for representing us in the lawsuit. Our case was settled out of court because of your time, dedication, and effort. We can now sleep and have piece of mind. You and your wife are always in my prayers to continue your good work.”
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