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Personal Injury FAQ

Answers from Our San Joaquin Valley Personal Injury Lawyers

In practice for more than six decades, Klein DeNatale Goldner has more than 35 attorneys in the San Joaquin Valley and San Diego aggressively advocating for individuals harmed by the careless actions of others. Our personal injury attorneys have provided counsel and clarity for thousands of clients. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we have encountered.

If you have a question that is not answered below, feel free to contact us online or at (661) 485-2100 and we will be happy to assist you.

What is a personal injury claim?

Personal injury claims provide a legal option for individuals seeking compensation for injuries incurred from another's negligence. These injuries may be the result of an accident, careless or reckless actions, long-term exposure to a harmful environment, or a product defect. Examples include personal bodily injury, disability, or wrongful death.

What are types of personal injury cases?

Personal injury cases are extremely varied. Personal injury cases can be caused by any product, environment, or accident that harms an individual. Some examples of personal injury cases include defective products, auto accidents, medical malpractice, workplace injuries, and wrongful death.

How is fault proven in a personal injury case?

Determining who or what entity is precisely at fault is complex but crucial in any personal injury claim. It may be an individual or larger corporation. It is often multiple responsible parties. Deciphering liability is an intricate process that takes skilled investigative work. At Klein DeNatale Goldner, we employ a full-time, in-house investigator and a team of experts to research and examine the details of each of our cases.

Do I have to accept an inadequate settlement from an insurance company?

In one word, no. Regardless of who is the policyholder, either you or the responsible party, you have the right to legally challenge any insurance company if they offer a poor settlement or refuse to pay. Insurers are corporations, primarily concerned with their financial bottom line. In order to keep up their profit margins, they will often employ unscrupulous tactics to delay or underpay claims. This practice is referred to as bad faith insurance.

What can I do if my car insurance claim is refused?

You can appeal the insurance company's decision but understanding why your auto insurance claim was refused is critical. There are many reasons a claim may be denied – for example, it is possible that the policy doesn't cover the accident, you missed a filing deadline, damages exceed the policy limit, or you were at fault. You can either file an appeal on your own by writing a letter to the insurance company explaining why the evidence concludes that your claim should be covered or contact an experienced attorney to help you dispute.

Have further questions about a personal injury claim? Call Klein DeNatale Goldner at (661) 485-2100 today.

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