WHO WE ARE
“Committed to the Pursuit of Justice”
Our multi-jurisdictional law firm has over 30 years of trial experience and Peter Goldstein “A Personal Injury Lawyer” has a dual license to practice law in California and Nevada. We invite you to call our office for a free consultation so we can evaluate your case.
– Experienced and Reputable
My name is DeAndra Thomas and I have had the privelage of working with Peter Goldstein who represented my family in a tragic loss of our 19 year old son. We shopped around for different attorneys that we felt were most qualified to handle our case and most importantly believe in the injustice that …
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– Experienced and Bright
I found Peter somewhat by chance while searching for an attorney online. After meeting with him, it was clear that he was experienced and bright. I signed with him and spent the several months working with him on my case. I could not be happier with his service. He always made himself available, …
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HOW WE CAN HELP YOU:
- What Types Of Compensation Can Be Awarded In A Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Compensation for past medical bills, future medical bills, past lost wages, future lost wages. In addition to these amounts you can also recover damages for pain and suffering, inconvenience, stress, loss of consortium, and in some cases punitive damages.
Pain and suffering are considered general damages which also include recovery for the mental anguish, physical pain and emotional distress. A personal injury lawyer can help you with the litigation process.
- How Long Does A Personal Injury Case Will Take?
It depends on the severity of the injuries and the complexity of the case. Some cases can settle within a few months others can take several years. Generally speaking the bigger the case the longer it takes to resolve but this depends upon whether fault is disputed, whether the injuries are disputed or where everything is clear cut and undisputed.
Some large cases can settle quickly if there is no reasonable dispute as to who is at fault and what injuries are suffered by the plaintiff.
- What Will Happen During My Personal Injury Case?
Depending on the case and depending on the injuries, if the case can be resolved without litigation it is a matter of gathering all the physical evidence, the medical records and bills, lost wage documents and sitting down with you, the client to discuss valuation and authority to make a demand for settlement.
If the case does not resolve during the prelitigation process I then file a complaint for damages. Next, I have a summons issued and have the process server serve the defendant with a summons and complaint. Once the case has been served and the defendant has answered, I gather all more information about the case to prepare for trial.
The information gathering phase of the case is called discovery, and it involves sending written demands for information to the defendant, take the depositions of witnesses and subpoena records. Once discovery is completed, and the expert witnesses have been retained and deposed the court usually tries to encourage the parties to settle because at this point we know the strengths and weaknesses of each side’s case.
If the case does not settle a personal injury lawyer can take the case to trial. Most litigated cases last between 1 and 2 years.
- How Much Do You Charge?
I charge a contingency fee which means you do not pay any money unless I win your case by trial or settlement. I advance the costs of litigation including filing the complaint and hiring of expert witnesses. My fees and costs are paid out of your settlement or verdict.
If I don’t win your case, you don’t pay me anything. As far as the percentage that I charge it also depends on the case, generally most personal injury lawyers charge one third before trial.
Again, I am always open to discussing the percentage of the contingency fee with my client and want to make sure that you are comfortable with my fee and that it is a fair fee for the work performed.
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