Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from an Experienced Palm Springs Injury Attorney

At Christopher C. Vader PC, we have the answers you need. While accidents and personal injuries occur every day, bear in mind that no two cases are alike and the following questions and answers are general and not specific to any one case.

To learn more about your options and discuss your specific case with a personal injury lawyer in Palm Springs, contact usor call (760) 537-4457 today.

  • What does the process of filing a lawsuit entail?

    If a case cannot be closed informally or through settlement, your attorney will issue a legal document called a complaint. The defendant is given the opportunity to file a response document that is referred to as an answer. Once both the complaint and answer documents have been submitted, clients and their attorneys on both sides can begin to investigate each other’s claims. This is called the discovery period.
  • How long do personal injury cases last?

    The time it takes for a personal injury claim to be settled depends on the unique circumstances of each matter. Insurance companies and the court system have no set time period and negligent parties may even try to delay a final settlement. If your case goes to trial, it may take a year or more. In any case, it is important you do not take an initial offer without talking to your Palm Springs personal injury attorney. These quick settlements are usually much less than what you need to recover.
  • Should I seek medical help after an accident?

    Your health is the most important factor after any accident, so you should always seek prompt medical attention. Rely on a qualified doctor to thoroughly document your injuries, including any worsening symptoms. Not only does this ensure you get the help you need so your injuries do not become worse, but a doctor’s report can also help strengthen your claim for compensation.
  • Who do you file a lawsuit against in a car accident?

    When filing a personal injury claim after a car accident, you may wish to file a claim against one or multiple parties whose negligence contributed to your injuries. This may include the other driver, a commercial driver (or their employer), a car or truck manufacturer, a government agency responsible for maintaining roadway safety, or a number of other parties. If you are unsure who is responsible for your damages, meet with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to discuss potential defendants in your case.
  • What steps do you take to prepare for a difficult case?

    First and foremost, bring in a personal injury attorney to help you investigate the facts. At Christopher C. Vader PC, we rely on expert consultants in the medical and engineering fields, investigators, and others who may add to our investigation of your claim. We also prepare by assuming the defensive role and trying to anticipate arguments that may be thrown at you in order to create a strategy. Finally, we create a litigation plan that may involve assembling a team of associate lawyers if it is beneficial to our client. (Your fees never increase if we choose to work with other attorneys.).
  • Can a child file a lawsuit?

    Yes, but someone over the age of 18 (usually a parent) would need to be selected to prosecute the case. The child who wishes to file the lawsuit can also make a claim when he or she is 18.
  • How do I know if I have a case?

    Every case consists of two parts - liability and damages. If you are a victim of an accident and have the ability to prove that the responsible party was negligent, then you may be able to establish liability. If you are also able to prove that damages resulted from the wrongful person’s negligence, then you may have a case.
  • What advice do you most often give your clients & why?

    The best personal injury case is no personal injury case, and a small case is always better than a big one. No amount of money will ever replace your good health. We also often tell our clients that the process can be made miserable by insurance companies, but we will be there every step of the way to contend for our clients’ best interests.

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