Personal Injury Law – Frequently Asked Questions

Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer is not a decision to take lightly. It’s important to know your rights and find an attorney you can trust. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive:

1. How do I know that I need a lawyer?

a. If you’re not sure about needing a lawyer, then you just might. Call Jacoby & Meyers and we’ll help you evaluate your case.


2. What are the most important things to consider when I choose an attorney?

a. There are three things that you want in your lawyer: Experience, a record of successfully resolved cases and an aggressive posture toward getting you the results you deserve. The men and women of Jacoby & Meyers have all three characteristics in abundance and stand ready to serve you.


3. Do you charge just to evaluate the merits of my case?

a. No. Our initial consultation and evaluation of your case is free.


4. Do you have an office close to me?

a. Yes. We have offices and representation throughout California in all major cities.


5. How long will it take before I am paid for my damages?

a. That depends on the case. Our attorneys have a reputation for aggressively pursuing a rapid resolution to each of our cases. Rest assured your case will be resolved absolutely as soon as possible.


6. When should I retain a lawyer?

a. Always engage your lawyer as close to the date of the incident as possible. For example, if you have an auto accident, waiting as little as two weeks to file a complaint can greatly diminish the value of your case. In cases of workers compensation, if you are terminated before reporting the case, then your claim could well be declined, leaving you with little recourse.


7. After the first consultation, then what?

a. Jacoby & Meyers opens your case and plans its course to resolution. But we won’t stop there. As your case proceeds, we will provide you with frequent updates on how the case is progressing. You will be involved in all decisions related to your case and you will know what the opposition is doing as soon as we do.


8. What is a settlement?

a. When Jacoby & Meyers settles a case, we reach an agreement with the opposition. These agreements usually specify monetary damages and the timing for payment to you. Settlements generally occur much faster than if the case was brought to trial.


9. What if my case goes to trial?

a. Make no mistake, we are prepared to take your case to trial. However, the majority of our cases reach a fair and equitable settlement without the time and expense involved in a jury trial.


10. What are punitive and treble damages and when are they awarded?

a. Treble damages are awarded only by winning a jury trial. Treble damages represent compensation over and above what was initially claimed in the suit. For example treble damages could be awarded in the event of a willful act deliberately made against our client. Jacoby & Meyers is known for having obtained treble damages on behalf of its clients.

Punitive damages represent a payment made to punish the defendant for their actions. Punitive damages are awarded in cases where our client was egregiously damaged as the result of misconduct or negligence. Such awards are infrequent, but they do occur and we aggressively pursue them when the case calls for it.


11. I’m unhappy with my present personal injury attorney. How do I replace him or her?

a. Requests for substitution of attorney usually arise from lack of customer service. If your attorney doesn’t keep you informed or will not return your calls, it may be time for a change. This is easier than you think. Call Jacoby & Meyers. We will evaluate your case. If it is in your best interests, we will recommend a change and provide a completed form requesting substitution of attorney for you signature. At that point Jacoby & Meyers immediately becomes your attorney and the only point of contact for your case. Your former attorney cannot and will not contact you again—he or she will deal only with us.


12. Do you have any personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles?

a.We have several offices in Los Angeles in addition to the numerous offices throughout California handling personal injury cases.