Most people are fortunate enough to never need a lawyer. Yet when something happens, it can be hard to know where to turn for help.
A personal injury lawyer represents victims of all types of accidents to help them get the compensation that they deserve. They negotiate directly with the insurance company, and when necessary, take a case to trial to get injury victims the compensation that they deserve. If you have been hurt in an accident in Napa County, an experienced personal injury attorney will advocate for your legal rights.
With offices throughout Northern California, the Kuvara Law Firm fights for the rights of accident victims. We handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you pay nothing upfront and only pay a fee if we recover money for you. Our law firm offers free initial consultations to help you better understand your legal rights.
How Do I Know If I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Consider this situation: you’re riding your bike in Napa County when suddenly, a car sideswipes you, causing major injuries. What do you do?
In this case, it may seem obvious that the driver of the car is responsible for your losses. Yet it may not always be so clear-cut – such as if you slip and fall when leaving a friend’s house, or if you are in a multi-vehicle accident and are at least partially at fault.
In California, personal injury cases are usually based on a theory of negligence. This means that a person did not use the level of care that a reasonable person would in a similar situation. If you are injured because of something that someone else did – or failed to do – then you might be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury claim may allow you to get money for all of the losses associated with your accident. For example, if you broke your leg in a motorcycle crash, then you can file an accident claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company for your medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
After an accident, an insurance adjuster may approach you to get a statement or to offer you a settlement. If this happens, then it is a good indication that you have a personal injury claim. While you may be tempted to just take whatever the insurance company is offering, you should never give a statement or sign any paperwork until after you have consulted with a lawyer.
Insurance companies don’t make big money by giving accident victims the money that they deserve for their injuries. Instead, they often deny or underpay claims in order to boost their profits. The only way to ensure that you get every dollar that you are entitled to under the law is to work with a personal injury attorney.
Kuvara Law Firm offers free initial consultations to all prospective clients. This means that it won’t cost you anything to learn about your legal rights. If you choose to hire our personal injury law firm, we will fight for your right to maximum compensation.
Types of Cases We Handle
Our law office is dedicated to helping people throughout Napa County who have been injured in accidents. Our practice is focused on California personal injury law, including cases related to:
- Car accident lawsuits, including truck and motorcycle wrecks
- Premises liability claims, including slip and falls and dog bites
- Defective products, including defective cars, trucks, and SUVs
- Medical negligence lawsuits (medical malpractice)
- Work accident injuries (workers’ compensation and third party personal injury claims)
Each of our cases starts with a consultation, which we offer at no cost and no obligation. One of our personal injury lawyers will meet with you, and listen to your story. Using our knowledge and experience, we will then offer you legal advice about your case, including whether it makes sense to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party.
If you decide to hire our law firm, we will get to work right away. We will investigate the accident details, interview witnesses, request an accident report when available, and consult with experts. Our legal team will also review relevant California personal injury law and similar cases that have settled or gone to trial to determine the best way to proceed.
From there, we will send a demand letter to the insurance company that sets out the facts of your case and makes a demand for compensation. This begins the negotiation process, where the insurance carrier will make a counteroffer and both sides will go back and forth until a settlement is reached.
Most (97%) personal injury claims are resolved before trial. There are times when the insurer refuses to give you a fair settlement. When that happens, your lawyer will take your case to a jury and ask them to find it in your favor.
Having legal representation is often the key to getting a top dollar settlement. According to research from the Insurance Research Council, injury victims recover 3.5 times as much compensation when they have legal representation compared to when they represent themselves. When the insurance company knows that you can and will prove your case in court, they are more likely to offer you a settlement that truly compensates you for your losses.
When It Comes to Personal Injury Claims, Experience Matters
If you are diagnosed with cancer, you probably wouldn’t go to a foot doctor to get treatment. Instead, you would go to someone who specializes in cancer treatment – an oncologist. In the same way, if you are hurt in an accident, you should seek out a personal injury lawyer who has the specific skill, experience, and knowledge that you need to get the best results.
For more than 40 years, the Kuvara Law Firm has helped injury victims in the Napa Valley region get the money that they deserve for their injuries. Our founding attorney, Neal Kuvara, served as an Army medic and worked as an insurance adjuster before dedicating his career to fighting for accident victims. His diverse experience gives him unique insight into personal injury matters, with knowledge spanning medical, insurance, and legal fields.
Our legal team understands that being in an accident can be incredibly traumatic. Whether you had minor or catastrophic injuries, getting hurt can be devastating. That is why we treat each client with compassion and empathy for what they have experienced.
We pride ourselves on being both efficient and effective, using technology to streamline the process. We know that after an accident, our clients’ finances are often tight. Our goal is to resolve each case as quickly as possible and for as much as possible.
Insurance companies know that our attorneys won’t settle a case for less than it is worth – and that we have the experience and resources to go to trial if they don’t offer our clients fair compensation. This often allows us to resolve insurance claims without the need to go to court, as insurers are more likely to settle a claim when they know that litigation isn’t just an empty threat.
We know that when it comes to personal injury law firms in the San Francisco area, you have a lot of choices. That is why we are so proud that thousands of Californians have chosen our accident attorneys to handle their claims – and that so many of our clients have offered glowing reviews of our work.
If you have been hurt in any type of accident, we are here for you. Give our law firm a call today to learn more about how we can help you.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in California?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in California is 2 years. With a few exceptions, this means that you have just 2 years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit. If you don’t file a lawsuit in this time period, then your claim will likely be tossed out of court.
Because of this time limit, it is important to reach out to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you are hurt in an accident. In Napa Valley and the surrounding areas, call the Kuvara Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
If you have been hurt in an accident, then you may be able to recover financial compensation for all of your losses, such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages, scarring, disfigurement, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. The total value of your case depends on things such as how much insurance the at-fault party has, whether you will fully recover, and how bad your injuries were. For example, if you were paralyzed in a pedestrian accident, you will likely recover more money than if you suffered soft tissue injuries in a slip and fall.
During a free consultation, a Napa personal injury lawyer will explain your legal rights and give you an estimate of how much your case is worth. Your attorney will then work to help you get the money that you need to cover your losses and move forward with your life. Contact a highly-qualified personal injury attorney at the Kuvara Law Firm to learn more.
How Can I Afford to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that they only get paid if you do. This type of arrangement allows you to hire an attorney even if you don’t have the cash to pay anything upfront. It also aligns your interests with your lawyer’s, as you both want the case to be resolved for as much money as possible as quickly as possible.
If you have been hurt in an accident, don’t let your fear of huge legal bills hold you back. When you hire the Kuvara Law Firm, you won’t pay us a dime unless we get money for you. Give our law office a call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your legal rights.
Standing Up for Injury Victims in Napa County
After an accident, many people are surprised to learn that the at-fault party’s insurance company won’t offer them enough money to cover their medical bills, property damage, and other losses. A personal injury attorney can help to make it right, working to get you full compensation.
At the Kuvara Law Firm, we are fierce advocates for accident victims. We will take on the insurance company for you – and win. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation with a Napa personal injury attorney, give us a call at 415-479-7070 or fill out our online contact form.