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Auto Accidents

Successful Results Achieved in
Over 15,000 Auto Accident Cases

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Motorcycle Accidents

Largest Motorcycle Accident Injury Verdicts
in San Luis Obispo County

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Truck Accidents

Even Professional Drivers Can Cause an Accident

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Serious Injury

Over $200 Million Recovered in
Settlements and Verdicts for Victims

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Dog Bites

Resolving Cases Quickly, Efficiently, so that You
Can Focus on Your Recovery

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Death Cases

Offering Support, Assistance and Representation
After the Tragic Loss of a Loved One

A San Luis Obispo Trial Lawyer Working for You

Taking a Personal Injury Claim to Trial?

You Need an Experienced San Luis Obispo Trial Lawyer on Your Side

After an accident or injury, you usually file a personal injury claim with an insurance company. While it can be difficult to get a fair settlement from an insurer, an attorney can usually help you negotiate. However, if the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, then you may file a civil lawsuit and take your case to court. In a civil trial, a judge or jury will examine evidence to decide whether the other person or party is legally responsible for your damages. A trial gives you an opportunity to argue your case. The defendant will have a chance to contest your case, and also the ability offer additional evidence. Therefore, you should always have an experienced trial attorney representing your interests if you take your case to court.

Civil litigation can be complicated, lengthy, and expensive. Thus, it is critical that you have an attorney who is comfortable in the courtroom when you are filing a personal injury claim. San Luis Obispo trial lawyer James McKiernan works aggressively to protect clients’ rights by formulating a legal strategy that properly addresses all legal issues involved in a case. Together with his team, he has represented over 2,000 civil claims and has ample experience in the courtroom. Handling everything from civil litigation to estate planning, our San Luis Obispo attorneys can advise you on your best options and then work closely with you until your case is resolved.

Why Do I Need a Trial Lawyer for a Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury trial attorney is a lawyer who has in-depth knowledge of the rules of civil procedure and the California Evidence Code backed by practical experienced in the courtroom. An experienced litigator’s primary goal is to avoid a trial by settling a case for a fair and just amount. However, this is not always possible. There are many reasons that may force a case to trial; in many cases, the insurance company may dispute the facts of your case to avoid paying a fair settlement.

Insurance companies are in business to make money. Their profits are at stake whenever anyone makes a personal injury claim. These companies may be willing to go to trial to avoid a large payout; this is especially true if the cost of a trial is less than they stand to lose by paying you. Insurance companies definitely have the funds necessary to hire a decent legal team. This means that you need legal representation that is backed by significant trial experience to level the playing field.

However, hiring a San Luis Obispo trial attorney can be beneficial long before your case goes to court. If your attorney has a favorable track record of winning at trial, then the defendant may be more likely to settle to avoid a loss. Going in with as much leverage as possible can show the defense that a trial would only be a waste. Even though most cases settle out of court, you want an experienced trial lawyer representing your interests in case a trial becomes unavoidable.

How Much Will a Trial Attorney Cost?

Like all personal injury attorneys, trial lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means you will only pay attorney fees if you get a favorable verdict or settlement. Put simply, hiring a trial lawyer will not cost you any more than hiring an attorney with zero courtroom experience. However, you get the advantage of having legal counsel that can protect your rights whether your case settles or not.

At James McKiernan Lawyers, we will discuss fee arrangements with you in advance so there will be no surprises on what you will actually pay after a successful verdict or settlement. We understand that an injury can cause significant economic strain, especially if you are unable to return to work. Therefore, we work on a contingency fee basis so that you will owe us nothing until the conclusion of your case. Our trial attorneys can give you peace of mind you need so you can focus your energy on recovery.

Pending Litigation? Contact a San Luis Obispo Trial Lawyer Now

Quality legal representation is the key to a successful outcome for your personal injury lawsuit. Before speaking to your insurance company or making statements to anyone, contact James McKiernan Lawyers online or call (805) 242-5325 for a free consultation with an experienced San Luis Obispo trial attorney. We work with you to settle your case or, if necessary, aggressively pursue your case through trial. We have more than 30 years of experience helping people receive the compensation they deserve.

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