I agree with my colleagues. It is impossible to know the settlement value of your claim without much more information. However, without a skilled personal injury lawyer you will almost certainly not recover the full value of your claim.
You should contact a personal injury lawyer without delay. Good luck.
The information in the police report is not likely admissible evidence as both you and the police officer are not medical doctors and cannot diagnose injuries. It is very common for people in motor vehicle collisions to tell the investigating office that s/he is not injured, only to later discover that s/he is, in fact, injured are requires medical treatment.
Nevertheless, you would be well served to contact a CA personal injury attorney without delay.
I am sorry to hear of your daughter's injury. If the city is negligent for failing to maintain the sidewalk, which it seems to be, then your daughter is entitled to more than merely her medical bills.
Because your claim/suit is most likely against the city or county the window for bringing your claim is very short. You should contact a personal injury lawyer that practices in Ventura Co. without delay. Best of Luck.
What you describe is very common. I advise my clients that have symptoms of post traumatic stress syndrome to see counseling if it persists and they feel comfortable doing so. Don't feel embarrassed or ashamed, you've been through something traumatic, this is entirely normal for you to feel scared about getting back on the road after an accident.
Your emotional distress claim can be incidental to a physical injury or a stand alone claim. Documenting the emotional injuries via counseling...
An orthopedic evaluation and cortisone shot will almost certainly increase the value of your case. How much it will increase the value will depend on a variety of factors.
If you would like a free, no-risk consultation please feel free to call my office. We handle these types of cases throughout California.
I agree, thus far you have done everything right. Additionally, you (or preferably your attorney) need to send an evidence preservation letter to the department store, requesting that they preserve any surveillance video that might exist as well as the piece of glass that injured you. This needs to be done right away.
My law firm handles these types of personal injury cases; feel free to call me for a free, no-risk consultation at (805)594-1101. Good luck.
I agree with the other attorneys, small claims is probably not the proper venue for this claim. Small claims recovery is limited to $7500.
In terms of a medical claim, an injured person is entitled to past and future medical treatment, pain and suffering (called general damages), lost wages, and in the case of a drunk driver, punitive damages (punishment to reckless party). One is also be intitled to a property damage claim (the value of the car) and loss of use (rental value of the car x...
First thing is to get treatment on your knee and shoulder; you will probably need a referral to an Orthopedic to look at that knee and shoulder. Secondly, retain a lawyer licensed in CA. Otherwise the insurance company will never fully compesate you. Lastly, do NOT disclose any information to the other person’s insurance company before you have a proper diagnosis.
If you have any questions feel free to contact my law firm.
In California a lawyer cannot give a medical provider a referral fee or visa versa. If money has changed hands between the lawyer and the chiropractor for the referral then this is unethical and impermissible. But for a Chiropractor to suggest a lawyer with whom he or she has worked with in the past is not 'shady', is very common and is entirely permissible under California's rules of ethics.
A lien can be a good option if you do not have the means to pay for the treatment. Under a lien...