Ask the Personal Injury Law Expert

Michael Ghozland, Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles

Have you been injured? Was your injury sustained by a negligent person or because someone allowed an unsafe condition to exist? You deserve representation! At Ghozland Law Firm, we understand that this time in your life is difficult, but we aim to make sure that you receive the best possible compensation for your injuries. Many people who have been injured are faced with the dilemma of where to turn and what to do next. If you find yourself considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, feel free to review the information in this section.

What is negligence?

The word negligence literally means “to neglect” and is a direct result or failure to exercise proper care to avoid accident, injury or potential harm. Carelessness, recklessness and wrongdoing are all words that are interchangeably used to describe a negligent situation. An example of negligence in a personal injury law suit, would be not placing a “Caution Wet Floor” sign on a freshly mopped tile floor, thus resulting in a slip and fall accident.

What is Personal Injury

Personal injury is any injury sustained by a person that occurs out of negligence. This can include injuries to the body or emotional damage caused by the injury or situation itself. A personal injury lawsuit is a tort lawsuit that brings the wrongful party to justice for allowing an unsafe condition to exist that resulted in your injuries.

What can I recover financial compensation for?

In personal injury cases, you can recover financial compensation for injuries caused by the negligent, reckless or wrong behavior of another person. Gross negligence, car accidents and even wrongful death and dog bites can all be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been injured through the negligent, reckless or illegal behavior of another person, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries. Under California injured parties are typically entitled to compensation reflecting the following: medical expenses, lost wages, future medical care, emotional trauma and pain and suffering. The amount of damages will vary depending on the type of injury as well as a number of other factors. The attorneys at Ghozland Law Firm can evaluate your case to determine the appropriate value of your case.

Why do I need a lawyer?

California tort laws can be difficult to understand and the time restraints are important to abide by. Although representing yourself may be possible, it is definitely not recommended. When you retain the legal guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can rest assured that your rights and compensation are being fought for. Insurance companies will often try to low ball victims or pry statements out of you that they can be used against you; but when you have an attorney that they need to answer to, you have a better chance at being able to receive the highest amount of compensation available for your injuries.

Should I give a statement following an accident?

No! As innocent as this may seem, insurance companies will always encourage you that a statement is the “right thing” to do. Insurance companies will distort any statement you give them for their own benefit. The insurance company or their lawyers will always try to use your initial statements against you. All statements should be made to your lawyer and your lawyer should direct any questions and communications. You should also never sign any statements, papers or legal documents without first confronting an attorney.

Is it expensive to hire an attorney?

It can be, but when you work with Ghozland Law Firm, you will be able to work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency fee contract with an attorney means that there is no fee unless we reach a favorable settlement and/or judgment for you and your case.

How long will my claim take?

Because each and every situation is different (the injury, the person that was hurt, the circumstances that they were injured under) each case will be slightly different. Some cases can over as quickly as we are able to receive a settlement, usually shortly after the release from your doctor’s care; however, the time that you spend receiving medical treatment may vary.

Will I be charged for a consultation?

Not at our firm! Some firms believe in an initial fee to speak with an attorney, but at Ghozland Law Firm, we provide free case evaluations to all potential clients, which allows you an opportunity to speak with an experienced lawyer before deciding to move forward with your case.

How can I determine how much my claim is worth?

Every case is completely different and unique, making it impossible to give a proper estimate without talking with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer. There are few basic factors that will be considered as the worth of your case is determined, including the following:

  • Amount of pain, suffering and loss
  • Cost of medical expenses for the injuries that were incurred
  • Any future medical costs, including surgery, therapy, medications, etc.
  • Lost wages during time off for recovery
  • Loss of any future wages and income as a result of the injuries

By looking at the logistics of your case such as how serious your injuries are, what the cause of the accident was and if there was any criminal intent from the other party involved could all greatly affect how much your case is worth. Talk with our legal team as soon as possible to adequately define how much compensation you deserve.

Can I wait to pursue a claim or do you I have to purse it immediately?

In the U.S. there is a system set in place to help protect individuals and businesses from people filing lawsuits years and years down the road from an injury or other incident. These are called statutes of limitation and for the state of California; the time limit to pursue a personal injury case is within 2 years from the date of the incident. There are exceptions to this for those that did not discover their injury until a later date. They then have one year after the date of discovery to seek out financial restitution from the party that acted negligently.

After the allotted amount of time is up under the statutes of limitation, a case can no longer be pursued and it is considered invalid. So you can wait only a short amount of time before you decide to seek out legal recourse for your injuries. Time is of the essence, so do not hesitate to get in touch with our office immediately. Fill out our free case evaluation today to get started towards financial recovery! We make ourselves available 24/7 because we understand the time sensitive nature of your case.

Should I talk to each of the insurance companies on my own?

While it is a possibility for you to communicate and negotiate with your insurance provider and the provider belonging to the other party involved in the accident, it can be somewhat risky. It is the goal of an insurance company to save as much money as possible, meaning that they do not want to have to pay out money for your claim. They want to take your money, but are very hesitant to give out money for anything. Oftentimes insurance company employees will try to trick or deceive their clients into accepting lower claim amounts than they deserve. They may pretend to want to work with you and sympathize with you, trying to resolve your claim in a quick fashion; however, it is highly likely that they just want you to settle quickly before you realize that the amount of compensation they are offering is way too low. They may even deny your claim altogether or delay the amount of time is takes for you to receive your payment.

If you obtain a qualified and discerning Los Angeles personal injury lawyer from our firm, you can rely on us to take over the negotiating for you. We understand their schemes and know how to get you the restitution you truly need and deserve. Do not allow them to operate on bad faith insurance policies, but allow us to communicate with them on your behalf.


Are you ready to move forward with your case? At Ghozland Law Firm, we provide our clients with the type of legal representation typically provided by large firms to large corporations. We have aggressive litigators who will fight for your case and help you receive the compensation that you deserve. Our firm strongly believes in putting the “personal” in personal injury.

We take a personalized approach to handling all the cases, so you will be able to receive one-on-one contact with your lawyer. We take a holistic approach to seeking compensation and aim to swiftly settle your case. If you have questions regarding your particular situation, do not hesitate in contacting Ghozland Law Firm today, whether you are from Los Angeles or the surrounding cities of Los Angeles such as Norwalk, La Mirada, and Diamond Bar! Our legal team is available to answer any and all of your questions when you call (213) 817-9957 , or fill out our free case evaluation form here.

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