Personal Injury FAQ

How do I know if I have a case?

IF YOU WERE INJURED AND DON'T BELIEVE YOU WERE AT FAULT, YOU LIKELY HAVE CERTAIN VALUABLE RIGHTS. PLEASE CALL US AT TESTA & ASSOCIATES, AND ONE OF OUR ATTORNEYS WILL SPEND TIME WITH YOU TO DETERMINE FOR CERTAIN IF YOU HAVE A CASE.

Do I have a case if I do not feel hurt?

EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT HURT RIGHT AWAY YOU MAY HAVE HIDDEN INJURIES AND YOU MIGHT STILL HAVE A CASE THAN NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED.

How long do I have to file a personal injury case?

ALTHOUGH THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS, GENERALLY YOU HAVE TWO YEARS FROM THE DATE OF INJURY TO FILE A CASE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.

What damages are available in a personal injury case?

GENERALLY OUT OF POCKET DAMAGES, LOSS OF WAGES, MEDICAL BILLS, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND OF COURSE PAIN AND SUFFERING ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF DAMAGES AVAILABLE IN CALIFORNIA FOR PERSONAL INURY CASES.

How much is my personal injury case worth?

EVERY CASE HAS A DIFFERENT VALUE. THERE ARE MANY FACTORS SUCH AS TYPE OF INJURY, AMOUNT OF DAMAGES, TYPES OF TREATMENT THAT GO INTO THIS COMPLEX QUESTION. ULTIMATELY THE ATTORNEYS AT TESTA & ASSOCIATES WILL HELP ASSESS THE VALUE OF YOUR CASE.

What if I had a pre-existing condition?

EVEN IF YOU HAD A PRE EXISTING CONDITION THAT DOES NOT PRECLUDE YOU FROM HAVING A CASE. IF A PRE EXISTING CONDITION IS MADE WORSE FROM AN ACCIDENT YOU HAVE RIGHTS.

How long will it take to settle my claim?

THIS VARIES GREATLY DEPENDING ON THE ACCIDENT. IT CAN TAKE A FEW WEEKS TO SEVERAL MONTHS DEPENDING ON THE CASE.

What is a release in a settlement?

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT DOCUMENT THAT REQUIRES YOU TO GIVE UP VALUABLE RIGHTS. YOU SHOULD NOT SIGN A RELEASE UNTIL YOU HAVE DISCUSSED THAT WITH AN ATTORNEY.

How long will it take to get my check?

IT DEPENDS ON HOW BIG THE CASE IS BUT ONCE IT IS RESOLVED CHECKS SHOULD BE PROCESSED FAIRLY QUICKLY.

How do I pay my medical bills until I get my settlement?

HEALTH INSURANCE IF AVAILABLE CAN BE USED. ALSO THERE ARE HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS THAT WILL TREAT YOU ON A LIEN BASIS, SO THAT NO PAYMENTS ARE REQUIRED OUT OF POCKET. WE AT TESTA & ASSOCIATES CAN HELP YOU SELECT AS APPROPRIATE THESE TYPES OF PROVIDERS.

How do I make up for my lost wages until I get my settlement?

SOMETIMES THE STATE HAS ASSISTANCE AND THERE ARE OTHER ALTERNATIVES.

What if the accident happened on the job?

EVEN IF THIS IS THE CASE YOU SHOULD DISCUSS YOUR OPTIONS WITH THE ATTORNEYS AT TESTA & ASSOCIATES.