Evaluating and hiring an injury attorney usually involves a initial consultation, which most attorneys provide free of charge. Many attorneys also provide free transportation to and from their offices, to make the process as convenient as possible for the client.
During the initial consultation, your attorney will want to collect as much information as possible relating to the incident surrounding your accident or injury. This includes information regarding your medical treatment, who was involved in the accident, any witnesses, your insurance coverage, as well as thorough information about circumstances that resulted in your accident or injury. The attorney will also usually discuss the costs of the case and the legal fees that you can expect.
After you choose an attorney and have signed a retainer contract, they will begin investigating your case in a process called "discovery." There are 3 forms of discovery - written, document production and depositions.
Written discovery involves Interrogatories, which are just questions about the facts of your case. Document discovery is the gathering of any documents related to your case, electronic or printed. Any party has the right to see documents that are related to a case. Depositions are sworn statements, and you can likely expect to be deposed to get the facts.
Settlement is when the person who is filing the lawsuit agrees not to pursue legal action in return for an agreed upon amount of money. Most lawsuits end in settlement. In deciding whether or not to settle, there are many factors to consider:
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We’ve all heard the expression that everyone deserves a fair day in court. We don’t believe that a person’s wealth or intelligence should have anything to do with their right to justice.
If you have been harmed, you deserve compensation. And if insurance companies are using your inexperience to keep your hard-earned money, then you deserve someone with experience and tenacity to get it back.
Our firm exists because we want to help you fight the bad guys, but we know you can’t do it alone. You need people who know the system, the jargon, the rules, so we can beat corporations at their game and give you the outcome you deserve.
Raymond J. Zolekhian is partner at Oakwood Legal Group. Raymond received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to attending Harvard, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Businesss-Economics, magna cum laude, from UCLA. He has been awarded countless honors including being named as the Top 100 Trial Lawyers and The Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. He was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2014 alone, he obtained a $4.1 Million verdict for a client who suffered a trip and fall, a $2 Million settlement for a client who was in a truck accident and a $1.1 Million settlement for a client who was in a car accident. These verdicts earned him a place in both The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Raymond started his legal career at the international law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP, which is consistently recognized as one of the top law firms in the world. Raymond uses his superior training and experience in representing clients involved in car, motorcycle, truck and slip and fall accidents. He takes pride in seeing things in cases that other attorneys don’t see all in an effort to get his clients the best possible outcome.
Raymond has been quoted in several publications including The Los Angeles Times and The Beverly Hills Weekly. A native of Los Angeles, he is very active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Community Foundation.
Michael D. Terani is partner at Oakwood Legal Group, LLP. Michael received his law degree from Loyola Law School. Prior to attending Loyola, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from UCLA. He has been named “Top Lawyers in California” by the Legal Network and has successfully served thousands of clients since 2006. Early in his career, Michael gained invaluable experience working for the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office. There he helped handle injury matters including slip and falls, bus accidents, police misconduct, road design matters and other personal injury cases. In 2007, Michael established his own practice which slowly grew to become a multi-jurisdictional law firm that worked with over 100 attorneys across the country. It was his passion to help those who have been injured that led him to form Oakwood Legal Group and devote 100% of his practice to California personal injury matters.
Michael is extremely passionate about serving his community. For more than two decades, Michael has consistently volunteered his time to serve as a coach and mentor to the youth in the community.