THE BARIC BLOG

Navigating the Legal Process in Southern California: What Happens After You File a Personal Injury Claim?

In the Golden State’s picturesque southern region, dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury claim may be a daunting task. Renowned attorney, Steve Baric, brings over a quarter-century of expertise to this comprehensive guide designed to help you maneuver the often complex legal process in Southern California after filing a personal injury claim.

Overview of Personal Injury Claims

In the realm of personal injury law, a claim is typically lodged when an individual sustains harm due to an accident or injury for which another party may bear legal responsibility. The party deemed responsible or their insurer is then obligated to compensate the victim for medical expenses, emotional distress, and other resultant costs.

  1. Filing the Claim:

Submitting a personal injury claim marks the beginning of the legal journey. This claim is an official declaration that details the incident and highlights the negligence of the other party. Once the claim is filed, the legal process is formally initiated.

  1. Investigation Phase:

After filing the claim, your attorney will launch a detailed investigation to amass all relevant facts and proof. This step may involve interviewing witnesses, procuring medical records, and consulting with industry experts.

  1. Engaging with Insurance Companies:

The insurance companies of the involved parties play a significant role in personal injury claims. Your lawyer steps in to navigate these often complex negotiations, aiming to reach a settlement that sufficiently covers your injuries and related damages.

  1. The Discovery Process:

If a settlement isn’t concluded, the case enters the discovery phase. This allows both parties to share evidence and understand each other’s arguments, enhancing their preparation for potential court proceedings.

  1. Mediation and Settlement Talks:

Even when a lawsuit is underway, the possibility of reaching a settlement remains. These discussions can be informal or facilitated by a neutral third party through a process known as mediation.

  1. Going to Trial:

Should mediation fail to resolve the case, it advances to trial. Here, your attorney presents your case to the jury, aiming to persuade them of the defendant’s culpability.

  1. The Judgment:

After hearing both sides, the jury renders a decision. If the verdict favors you, you’ll receive compensation as determined by the jury.

Conclusion

The legal journey post-filing a personal injury claim in Southern California can be challenging, but with Steve Baric and his dedicated team at your side, you are not alone. Let us handle the intricacies of the legal process while you focus on recovery.

About Steve Baric

A former prosecutor, Steve Baric is a leading attorney in Southern California with a commendable track record. For over 25 years, he has been fighting for justice, securing over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients. As one of America’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Steve brings unmatched expertise to every case he handles.

For a free case review, contact Steve Baric at (833) 467-2022
Email sbaric@bariclaw.com
Text SMS (949) 570-9165.

Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the legal process can be tricky, particularly when it comes to specific regulations in Southern California. Here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions:

Every case is unique, but generally, personal injury lawsuits in Southern California could last from several months to a few years.

You can potentially claim for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and sometimes, punitive damages.

At Baric Law, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if we win your case.

A lawyer can help navigate Southern California’s complex legal landscape, advocate for your rights, and represent your interests in court if necessary.

Seek medical attention immediately, report the incident, collect evidence if possible, and consult with a lawyer promptly.

Even if you were partly at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. However, your compensation may be proportionately reduced.

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is typically two years from the date of the injury.

References

  1. “What Is Personal Injury Law?”, Nolo. Link
  2. “How to File a Personal Injury Claim”, FindLaw. Link
  3. “Steps in a Personal Injury Case”, AllLaw. Link
  4. “Working with Insurance Companies”, American Bar Association. Link
  5. “Understanding the Discovery Process”, Justia. Link
  6. “Mediation in Personal Injury Cases”, Nolo. Link
  7. “Going to Trial in a Personal Injury Case”, FindLaw. Link
  8. “Understanding Judgments in Personal Injury Cases”, Lawyers.com. Link
  9. “Steve Baric Profile”, Baric Law. Link

NEED HELP?

Our team is here to assist you. Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your case in a no-obligation consultation.

Kathleen Monroe
Kathleen Monroe
2023-10-26
All attorneys are not created equal. Steve Baric is in a class by himself. I would give him 10 STARS but it only went up to 5. I had hired the wrong attorney who did ZERO and Steve jumped in and became my HERO! Losing your quality of life & pain & suffering are real. Insurance companies try to minimize your injuries and damages in spite of their insured's negligence. When Steve earnestly told me he would FIGHT FOR ME...I knew I had finally found the right attorney. He is super smart, strategic, compassionate to his client's pain and suffering & most of all he is laser focused on results. He thinks outside the box. I have so much gratitude for Steve Baric. If you are looking for a PI Attorney...forget the rest...Steve Baric is the BEST!
Kevin Muldoon
Kevin Muldoon
2023-08-10
Great law firm with an experienced trial attorney not afraid to go to trial.
Ford Prepon
Ford Prepon
2023-08-09
Mr. Baric is a very professional attorney. He has led me step by step in what to do, and what to expect in my case. He communicates often, and his team is wonderful, answers all my questions any time I call. I feel very lucky to have found such a caring team to represent me. Mr. Baric is a very professional attorney. He has led me step by step in what to do, and what to expect in my case. He communicates often, and his team is wonderful, answers all my questions any time I call. I feel very lucky to have found such a caring team to represent me.
Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts
2023-08-09
I only reached out through email and text, but there was a few times that I was rudely talked to by staff. But they did get my medical bills reduced tremendously.
Ak Subramanian
Ak Subramanian
2023-08-08
Baric Law firm is a good firm and would recommend to anybody who is looking for a good representation. I never had a hard time getting in contact with my lawyer Steve Baric. Team was always professional and respectful and kept me updated with my case they also made wellness calls to see how I was doing.
Miriam Lopez
Miriam Lopez
2023-08-03
Me and my son were involved in a car accident, and I was referred to Baric Law firm by a friend. Since my son was a minor at the time. I handled everything for him. I was very impressed with Steve Baric from the beginning to the end. Very caring and always their to answer my calls whenever I had a question. Thankfully the accident was not as bad and my son and I suffered minor injuries. They constantly followed up with my son and I, to make sure we were improving, they also helped me with my car repair. They negotiated on our behalf and got us a great settlement amount. Everyone in the office is kind and knowledgeable. My son and I were very happy with the compensation we received. Thank you.
Alex O.
Alex O.
2023-08-02
Steve Baric and his team are outstanding and meticulous in their work. From the moment you seek their legal counsel, to the very end, you know this team puts in a very good fight. The Baric’s staff are very attentive to your needs and professional about how they handle your case. I highly recommend them and stop thanking them for their help.
Nichole Calandrella
Nichole Calandrella
2023-08-01
Steve Baric and Baric Law are the best of the best. Highly knowledgeable about a range of legal issues, and the impressive ability to communicate and act on that knowledge. Steve is able to tackle your case quickly, and with his experience, you feel comfortable and in capable hands. I highly recommend Baric Law.
Patricia Welch-Foster
Patricia Welch-Foster
2023-07-29
Knowledgeable and hard working firm to ensure the best outcome for their clients

THE BARIC BLOG

Navigating the Legal Process in Southern California: What Happens After You File a Personal Injury Claim?

In the Golden State’s picturesque southern region, dealing with the aftermath of a personal injury claim may be a daunting task. Renowned attorney, Steve Baric, brings over a quarter-century of expertise to this comprehensive guide designed to help you maneuver the often complex legal process in Southern California after filing a personal injury claim.

Overview of Personal Injury Claims

In the realm of personal injury law, a claim is typically lodged when an individual sustains harm due to an accident or injury for which another party may bear legal responsibility. The party deemed responsible or their insurer is then obligated to compensate the victim for medical expenses, emotional distress, and other resultant costs.

  1. Filing the Claim:

Submitting a personal injury claim marks the beginning of the legal journey. This claim is an official declaration that details the incident and highlights the negligence of the other party. Once the claim is filed, the legal process is formally initiated.

  1. Investigation Phase:

After filing the claim, your attorney will launch a detailed investigation to amass all relevant facts and proof. This step may involve interviewing witnesses, procuring medical records, and consulting with industry experts.

  1. Engaging with Insurance Companies:

The insurance companies of the involved parties play a significant role in personal injury claims. Your lawyer steps in to navigate these often complex negotiations, aiming to reach a settlement that sufficiently covers your injuries and related damages.

  1. The Discovery Process:

If a settlement isn’t concluded, the case enters the discovery phase. This allows both parties to share evidence and understand each other’s arguments, enhancing their preparation for potential court proceedings.

  1. Mediation and Settlement Talks:

Even when a lawsuit is underway, the possibility of reaching a settlement remains. These discussions can be informal or facilitated by a neutral third party through a process known as mediation.

  1. Going to Trial:

Should mediation fail to resolve the case, it advances to trial. Here, your attorney presents your case to the jury, aiming to persuade them of the defendant’s culpability.

  1. The Judgment:

After hearing both sides, the jury renders a decision. If the verdict favors you, you’ll receive compensation as determined by the jury.

Conclusion

The legal journey post-filing a personal injury claim in Southern California can be challenging, but with Steve Baric and his dedicated team at your side, you are not alone. Let us handle the intricacies of the legal process while you focus on recovery.

About Steve Baric

A former prosecutor, Steve Baric is a leading attorney in Southern California with a commendable track record. For over 25 years, he has been fighting for justice, securing over $100 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients. As one of America’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Steve brings unmatched expertise to every case he handles.

For a free case review, contact Steve Baric at (833) 467-2022
Email sbaric@bariclaw.com
Text SMS (949) 570-9165.

Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating the legal process can be tricky, particularly when it comes to specific regulations in Southern California. Here are answers to seven of the most frequently asked questions:

Every case is unique, but generally, personal injury lawsuits in Southern California could last from several months to a few years.

You can potentially claim for medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and sometimes, punitive damages.

At Baric Law, we operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay if we win your case.

A lawyer can help navigate Southern California’s complex legal landscape, advocate for your rights, and represent your interests in court if necessary.

Seek medical attention immediately, report the incident, collect evidence if possible, and consult with a lawyer promptly.

Even if you were partly at fault, you may still be entitled to compensation. However, your compensation may be proportionately reduced.

In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is typically two years from the date of the injury.

References

  1. “What Is Personal Injury Law?”, Nolo. Link
  2. “How to File a Personal Injury Claim”, FindLaw. Link
  3. “Steps in a Personal Injury Case”, AllLaw. Link
  4. “Working with Insurance Companies”, American Bar Association. Link
  5. “Understanding the Discovery Process”, Justia. Link
  6. “Mediation in Personal Injury Cases”, Nolo. Link
  7. “Going to Trial in a Personal Injury Case”, FindLaw. Link
  8. “Understanding Judgments in Personal Injury Cases”, Lawyers.com. Link
  9. “Steve Baric Profile”, Baric Law. Link

NEED HELP?

Our team is here to assist you. Give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your case in a no-obligation consultation.

Kathleen Monroe
Kathleen Monroe
2023-10-26
All attorneys are not created equal. Steve Baric is in a class by himself. I would give him 10 STARS but it only went up to 5. I had hired the wrong attorney who did ZERO and Steve jumped in and became my HERO! Losing your quality of life & pain & suffering are real. Insurance companies try to minimize your injuries and damages in spite of their insured's negligence. When Steve earnestly told me he would FIGHT FOR ME...I knew I had finally found the right attorney. He is super smart, strategic, compassionate to his client's pain and suffering & most of all he is laser focused on results. He thinks outside the box. I have so much gratitude for Steve Baric. If you are looking for a PI Attorney...forget the rest...Steve Baric is the BEST!
Kevin Muldoon
Kevin Muldoon
2023-08-10
Great law firm with an experienced trial attorney not afraid to go to trial.
Ford Prepon
Ford Prepon
2023-08-09
Mr. Baric is a very professional attorney. He has led me step by step in what to do, and what to expect in my case. He communicates often, and his team is wonderful, answers all my questions any time I call. I feel very lucky to have found such a caring team to represent me. Mr. Baric is a very professional attorney. He has led me step by step in what to do, and what to expect in my case. He communicates often, and his team is wonderful, answers all my questions any time I call. I feel very lucky to have found such a caring team to represent me.
Amanda Roberts
Amanda Roberts
2023-08-09
I only reached out through email and text, but there was a few times that I was rudely talked to by staff. But they did get my medical bills reduced tremendously.
Ak Subramanian
Ak Subramanian
2023-08-08
Baric Law firm is a good firm and would recommend to anybody who is looking for a good representation. I never had a hard time getting in contact with my lawyer Steve Baric. Team was always professional and respectful and kept me updated with my case they also made wellness calls to see how I was doing.
Miriam Lopez
Miriam Lopez
2023-08-03
Me and my son were involved in a car accident, and I was referred to Baric Law firm by a friend. Since my son was a minor at the time. I handled everything for him. I was very impressed with Steve Baric from the beginning to the end. Very caring and always their to answer my calls whenever I had a question. Thankfully the accident was not as bad and my son and I suffered minor injuries. They constantly followed up with my son and I, to make sure we were improving, they also helped me with my car repair. They negotiated on our behalf and got us a great settlement amount. Everyone in the office is kind and knowledgeable. My son and I were very happy with the compensation we received. Thank you.
Alex O.
Alex O.
2023-08-02
Steve Baric and his team are outstanding and meticulous in their work. From the moment you seek their legal counsel, to the very end, you know this team puts in a very good fight. The Baric’s staff are very attentive to your needs and professional about how they handle your case. I highly recommend them and stop thanking them for their help.
Nichole Calandrella
Nichole Calandrella
2023-08-01
Steve Baric and Baric Law are the best of the best. Highly knowledgeable about a range of legal issues, and the impressive ability to communicate and act on that knowledge. Steve is able to tackle your case quickly, and with his experience, you feel comfortable and in capable hands. I highly recommend Baric Law.
Patricia Welch-Foster
Patricia Welch-Foster
2023-07-29
Knowledgeable and hard working firm to ensure the best outcome for their clients

“AS DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF ORANGE COUNTY, I COUNTED ON STEVE TO TRY THE TOUGHEST CASES WITH THE HIGHEST STAKES. HE NEVER MET A CASE HE COULDN'T HANDLE.”

~ Tony Rackauckas
Orange County District Attorney (Retired)

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