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Chico Personal Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages.

A Chico personal injury attorney at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel can help you determine if you have a legal case and fight for the damages to which you are entitled.

The lawyers at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel have decades of experience in personal injury cases in Northern California, winning over $600 million for our clients. We can help you understand your rights and fight for the compensation that you deserve. We know exactly how to deal with insurance companies and we can handle all aspects of your case.

If you’ve been seriously injured, contact Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel at (530) 241-0290 for your free case evaluation and consultation. Do you have questions? We are here to answer them. We won’t charge you for speaking with us, and what you tell us is confidential.

You worry about getting better while we will handle the legal side.

Call (855) 248-5659 for a free case evaluation

We Can Handle the Legal Process from Start to End

Being injured is stressful and exhausting enough, and dealing with the legal process can become overwhelming if you don’t have an experienced attorney who is familiar with personal injury claims in California. Our law firm offers comprehensive representation for each one of our clients.

Our lawyers will take care of your case from start to finish so that you can focus on getting better and spending time with your loved ones. We deal with insurance companies and will handle all of the legal process, so that you don’t have to.

Call (855) 248-5659 for a free case evaluation

Filing an Insurance Claim

Filing an insurance claim allows you to pursue compensation without necessarily having to take your case to court. We can negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company to reach a settlement agreement that addresses your needs.

Our lawyers can also:

  • Review the relevant insurance policies to see if there is enough coverage for your damages
  • Review settlement offers that the insurance company gives to see if they’re fair
  • Respond to messages from the insurance company and give statements about your accident
  • Fill out the required paperwork
  • Send a notice about your intention to sue

Getting you back to your life, healthy and secure, is our goal. Negotiating a settlement can be faster than going through litigation, provided that the insurance company cooperates, but you still have options.

Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit

We’re trial lawyers. We prepare cases to go to court and let you know if we think a trial is in your best interests. Many plaintiffs settle their cases outside of court, either before the hearing date or during litigation.

Preparing your case for trial may involve:

  • Scheduling court hearing dates
  • Updating you about court notices you receive about your case
  • Submitting your lawsuit within California’s statute of limitations
  • Submitting evidence for a trial
  • Contacting witnesses to use their testimony as supporting evidence for your case
  • Consulting expert witnesses (e.g., medical professionals, accident reconstruction analysts, or mechanics) to provide analysis for your case when appropriate

We’re prepared to handle your case for you with the counsel and support needed throughout the process.

Types of Personal Injury Cases our Attorneys Handle in Chico, California

Personal injury cases come in a wide variety of types, but they all have one thing in common: They involve an injury to someone that was caused by someone else’s actions. Our law firm is equipped to handle all types of injury cases. We can help with:

Our Case Results Speak for Themselves

Our trial attorneys have won over $600 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients.

Some of our previous settlements and verdicts include:

  • Automobile accident cases: We’ve won $6.5 million for a client who was injured in a tanker truck explosion. Our firm has assisted all kinds of car and truck accident victims, including injured motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
  • Premises liability cases: We reached a verdict that awarded $37 million to victims who were exposed to dangerous conditions on public property.
  • Product liability cases: We helped a man win $10 million after defective machinery caused his injuries.
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) cases: We advocate for TBI survivors, as this type of injury can cause permanent mental and physical damage to an individual. One of our highest case earnings was $19.7 million for a child with a TBI.
  • Sexual abuse: Our firm has also helped victims of sexual abuse and assault. For one client, we won $3.5 million in their sexual abuse case.
  • Nursing home abuse: Some of our most vulnerable citizens can fall victim to someone’s neglect or intentional wrongdoing. Our highest nursing home abuse case resulted in a $1.7 million award.

You can read more about our case results on our website.

Accidents in Chico, California are not Uncommon

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) found that over 1,500 students between 18 and 24 died in drunk driving accidents.

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) also recorded 303 traffic accidents that led to fatalities in Chico, California, 42 of which involved alcohol use.

Younger adults who use alcohol may also be more prone to other types of accidents.

Aggressive behavior, uncoordinated movements, and poor judgment can lead to harmful events like:

  • Slip and fall accidents on private properties hosting house parties
  • Sexual assault and related offenses
  • Fights that result in someone getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being hit in the head

Other Risk Factors in Chico That Might Lead to Injuries

Many of our clients from Chico, California, don’t involve college students or alcohol use. For example, certain intersections in Chico experience more traffic accidents than others, such as Lincoln Street and Oro Dam Boulevard.

If the city of Chico failed to provide a safe environment for residents, we may be able to hold it accountable.

We may send a notice to the city if your case involves:

  • Poorly maintained or designed roads or road signs
  • Public city property that features hazards to residents, such as toxic water, chemical spills, or decrepit conditions not suitable for guests
  • Local or state employees whose negligence or intentional wrongdoing caused you harm

Our lawyers can listen to your story to see what led to your injuries. Once we identify the liable party or parties, we can help retrieve evidence that supports your argument against the defendant(s).

Our Chico Personal Injury Lawyer Can Investigate How Your Accident Happened

One of our services is to learn more about your accident and collect evidence to support your claim.

We may seek out:

  • A copy of the official police report about your accident if available
  • The defendant’s contact information, which might be a copy of their driver’s license
  • Photos of your injuries or the accident scene that you took with your cellphone
  • Dashcam footage if your case involves an automobile accident

We Can Collect Evidence on Your Behalf While You Recover

We aim to make our clients’ legal journey as convenient as possible. If you do not have a copy of the police report, that’s fine. We can retrieve it for you, as well as other evidence like:

  • Surveillance footage that captured your accident
  • Witness testimony
  • Expert witness testimony
  • Tests results if applicable, such as from a breathalyzer test
  • Medical records and invoices

We understand that during an emergency, people might not be able to collect photos, videos, and other information to use as evidence in a case. That’s not your job. Your job is to make sure you and your family are safe and healthy.

Our job is to retrieve the information necessary for your claim so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

We Can Determine How Much Compensation to Pursue

Part of learning about your case is creating a list of your damages, and you deserve to receive compensation for your accident.

We can assign a financial value to all your damages. You may be able to receive compensation for:

  • Medical care expenses, including costs for the long-term medical care you might need
  • Loss of income, including future income loss if your injuries are long-term or permanent
  • Property damage, which might apply toward costs to repair or replace damaged property
  • Pain and suffering, which includes both physical and emotional pain
  • Emotional distress, such as depression or psychological trauma
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Physical disfigurements, such as amputation or scarring
  • Permanent disability, including vision or hearing loss

We respect that each client’s cases is unique. Our firm can go over your damages and explore any possible awards you might deserve.

Your Personal Injury Case Has a Legal Filing Deadline in California

Under California law, all plaintiffs must submit their personal injury cases within a two-year window period. This filing period starts on the date of the accident, though some exceptions may apply.

For example, the following factors may alter the date of your statutory deadline:

  • You discovered your injury past its date of origin (e.g., you discovered TBI symptoms long after your initial head trauma occurred).
  • The victim is or was a minor at the time of the accident.
  • The liable party left the state, which can happen if you named an interstate commerce truck driver as a liable party.
  • The liable party is a municipality.
  • The victim passed away from their injuries, in which case the two-year statutory filing period starts on the date of their death.

Our lawyer can identify your case’s deadline and any exceptions that may influence it. We can also monitor this deadline as we negotiate an insurance settlement on your behalf.

Failure to submit your case on time can result in its dismissal, which would bar you from pursuing compensation through litigation. Rather than wait, consult our firm as soon as possible.

Get a Free Consultation When You Call Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel

A Chico personal injury lawyer from Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel can offer legal counsel during this difficult time. We can start going over your case in a free consultation when you call (530) 891-1909 or email us using our contact form.

You do not have to worry about payment either. Our attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis, so we won’t have you pay our attorney’s fees unless we win your case. We take our fees out of your settlement or verdict, so you never have to pay for our services yourself.

I was in a terrible auto accident, but the attorneys at Reiner, Slaughter & Frankel were very caring and listened to what I had to say. They kept me updated on what I needed to do and what was happening. I always felt they were working their very best for me. They were very successful in my case.

~ Sandra P.

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