Frequently Asked Questions

What Personal Injury Law Is and What It Isn’t

What Personal Injury Law Is and What It Isn’t

Often a personal injury suit is a real life performance of the David and Goliath story. On one side is a massive corporation, or an insurance company, or a reticent defendant digging in their heels – and they don’t want to pay for the cost of their mistakes. It costs more money to do the right thing, and cutting corners rather than doing the right thing is probably why the damage happened in the first place.
On the other side is a single person, who may be hospitalized, but [...]

If I Hire Estey & Bomberger, Which Attorney Will Represent Me?

If your case goes to trial, you will always have Mike or Steve representing you. The great thing about hiring Estey & Bomberger is that you are hiring a team of professionals who work together to get you the best results. Each of our attorneys specialize in specific types of cases, which means that when you hire us, you will be represented by an attorney who has extensive experience working on cases like yours. We have had many clients come to us after a poor experience with another law firm. Often, that poor experience was due to the fact that […]

How Long Does It Take to Settle a Personal Injury Case?

If you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit, you may be wondering how long it will take to see results. At Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we have years of experience bringing personal injury lawsuits to trial. But we also work hard to achieve settlements that fairly compensate our clients for their injuries. This post will discuss how long personal injury cases take, from filing to settlement or trial. Settling a Personal Injury Case If you have been involved in an accident and decide to file a personal injury lawsuit, it can take months or even years to reach a […]

How Much Do We Charge for Our Legal Services?

Personal Injury Attorney Legal Fees Here at Estey & Bomberger, LLP, we charge our clients based on a contingency fee. In its most basic form, a contingency fee simply means that an attorney’s fee is based on the condition that your case wins at trial. If you win a sum of money in a personal injury action, for example, your lawyer will get a certain percentage of the profit. If you lose the case, the attorney will not make a profit. In addition, a lawsuit also entails filing fees and court-related expenses. All of this comes with a price that […]

How Do I Know Whether I Need an Attorney After My Accident?

The experience of being in an accident is a terrifying one. The aftermath as well can be a new, overwhelming, stressful ordeal as you stumble through the slew of insurance adjusters, doctors, and lawyers. A silver lining in this otherwise bleak picture however, is that not every accident scenario requires the assistance of an attorney. How can you discern these types of scenarios and save yourself the often hefty costs of retaining legal counsel?

Why am I not being compensated when I have full insurance coverage?

Although a driver may think he or she has complete coverage, there are a number of instances in which a policy may not cover the full amount of damages in a car accident. There are many different types of policies, and not having any particular one may decrease the amount you are awarded in compensation. The following FAQ explores some of the finer points of insurance coverage so you can more fully understand what different policies cover.

What is underinsured motorist coverage?
Under California law, any motor vehicle operating in the state must have certain minimum amounts of car insurance. The [...]

Can I Still Be Compensated for Injuries if I was Partially at Fault?

Establishing who is responsible for a personal injury is often not as easy as you might think. Many times, more than one person acted in a negligent way that caused your injury. Sometimes, even you may have contributed to your own injury through negligent behavior. Importantly, being partially at fault for your injuries does not prevent you from being compensated for your injuries.

What is Negligence?
Most personal injury accidents result from someone’s negligent behavior. For instance, if you are driving through an intersection and hit by someone who failed to stop at a stop light, the person who hit [...]

Is My Lawsuit Frivolous?

Although colloquially used to describe lawsuits that seem absurd, in legal terms, the word “frivolous” is applied to claims and defenses that are illogical, groundless, or both. Frivolous lawsuits unnecessarily waste the court’s valuable time as well as the time and resources of the parties involved. There is a public misconception of concerning frivolous lawsuits, but before applying that term to any absurd lawsuit, it is important to understand what makes a lawsuit frivolous or legitimate.

Frivolous Lawsuit Example: Woman vs. McDonald’s Coffee

The classic and most famous example of a “frivolous lawsuit,” involves a lady and a McDonald’s coffee. Most [...]

How Do I Know That the Lawyers I Hire are not “Ambulance Chasers”

“Did you hear about the lawyer hurt in the accident? An ambulance stopped suddenly!” There are no shortage of lawyer jokes, and rightly so. There are many attorneys across the country that try to capitalize on other people’s misfortunes. “Ambulance chasing,” a term used to describe attorneys that target you for representation the moment that you are injured, is one of the ways in which they do this. Although it is not unheard of to actually be chased by a lawyer while you are in an ambulance, the term also encompasses other approaches, like meeting an attorney in a doctor’s […]

What is Negligence?

Negligence is a very important part of tort law in the United States. The concept plays a role in most of the civil lawsuits you see and hear about. For example, if a car runs a stop sign and causes an accident, it was probably because the driver was acting negligently. Similarly, a medical malpractice claim would include negligence if a doctor operates on the wrong patient or wrong body part. In order to more fully understand negligence and the role it plays in our justice system, some of the most important concepts in negligence are described below.