SAN DIEGO PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

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Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault?

If so, you need the help of an attorney to represent you and protect your legal rights. San Diego Injury Accident lawyer Howard Kitay has been helping accident victims since 1989. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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The attorney you choose to represent you affects the value of your case. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay has a proven track record for obtaining maximum settlement value in personal injury cases.

San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys 

San Diego personal injury Howard Kitay has been serving the San Diego community since 1989. A graduate of University of San Diego School of Law and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Mr. Kitay has over twenty-five years experience representing accident victims. We deliver the very best in individualized service and PROVEN RESULTS. We pride ourselves on providing the best possible representation.

We represent accident victims throughout San Diego County, including El Cajon, La Mesa, Alpine, Casa de Oro, Spring Valley, Mission Valley, Chula Vista, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Bonita, National City, San Ysidro, Poway, La Jolla, Vista and Escondido.  If you, or someone in your family has been hurt or killed – in a motorcycle, truck or car accident; or as a result of a dog bite or injury in a store or restaurant – we can help get the medical bills paid, recover lost wages and obtain full and fair compensation for your pain and suffering.

Frequently Asked Questions In Personal Injury Claims

Do I really need a personal injury attorney?

In a word: Yes. The insurance companies employ experienced claims adjusters to settle your case for as little as possible.  Do not talk to them!  You need an attorney to recover the maximum settlement value for your case. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay will handle all aspects of your claim, so you can concentrate on getting better.

Do I have to pay for an attorney?

No. NO FEE UNTIL YOU COLLECT. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay advances all costs, and there is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries, at the end of the case. You pay nothing up front, and you pay nothing until you collect. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.

What do I do first?

The first thing you should do is seek medical evaluation no matter how fine you feel after the accident. In addition to that, DO NOT speak with anyone from any insurance company — even your own! Call our San Diego personal injury lawyers today for a Free Consultation.

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

Yes. Personal injury is a highly specialized area of law. To obtain the maximum settlement value for your case, it is important to hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury law. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay practices only personal injury law, and has been obtaining Proven Results for over twenty-five years.

Do I have a personal injury case?

If you have been injured in an accident that is not your fault, you have the right to make a claim for your injuries. Call The Law Offices of Howard Kitay today to make an appointment for a free consultation. Our San Diego personal injury attorneys will explain all your rights and what you are entitled to recover.

How long will it take to settle my case?

Every case is different. It is important to wait until you complete treatment and know the full extent of your injuries before attempting settlement. Your attorney will discuss how long settlement is likely to take in your particular case.

How much is my case worth?

It depends.  It is not possible determine the value of your case until the full extent of all your injuries is known. When you have completed treatment, your attorney will recommend a settlement value.  The final decision on how much you accept for settlement is yours.  The attorney you choose to represent you affects the value of your case.  The Law Offices of Howard Kitay has a proven track record for obtaining maximum settlement value in personal injury cases.

Will I have to go to trial?

Probably not. Most cases settle prior to trial. However, preparation for trial is essential to obtain the maximum settlement value.

What can I claim?

Under California law, most persons who have been injured in an accident that was not their fault are entitled to the following:

  • RENTAL CAR: In most cases, the Law Offices of Howard Kitay can arrange a Rental Car , often the same day.
  • CAR REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT: In most cases, the Law Offices of Howard Kitay will arrange Immediate Auto Repair or Replacement.
  • LOST WAGES: In most cases, the Law Offices of Howard Kitay will obtain Compensation for All Lost Wages.
  • IMMEDIATE MEDICAL TREATMENT: In most cases, the Law Offices of Howard Kitay will arrange Immediate Medical Treatment, with no payment due until settlement or judgment.
  • MAXIMUM COMPENSATION: In most cases, the Law Offices of Howard Kitay will obtain Maximum Compensation for All Pain, Suffering and Emotional Distress.

My neck only hurts a little bit, should I still make a claim?

Yes. Whiplash is the most common injury sustained in a low impact car accident. Whiplash pain often increases over time. Early diagnosis is important to help us prove your case. Remember: The insurance companies employ experienced claims adjusters to settle your case for as little as possible. Do not talk to them! It is important to speak with an attorney immediately after an accident, even if you feel you sustained “only a minor injury.”

My car didn’t have much damage. Do I still have a case?

ANSWER:  Yes. While your car may be designed to handle the low impact collision, the human body is not. Whiplash is the most common type of injury in a low speed, rear impact collision. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay consistently obtains Maximum Settlement Value for all injuries, including whiplash.

What If My Personal Injury Claim Is Denied?

Denial of Claims occurs most frequently when a person attempts to get money from an insurance company following an accident. Some insurance companies are notorious for denial of claims. Insurance company does not want to pay claimants large compensation awards. Their job and that of their adjusters is to reduce or deny payments completely. Adjusters are protecting their policyholder and the insurance company even when the policyholder is proven to be at fault.

A common insurance company tactic is to ask questions at the scene of the accident, in an attempt to show that the victim was not really injured. It is important to not talk with insurance adjusters; call your San Diego personal injury attorney Howard Kitay immediately to preserve your rights to compensation for injuries and to avoid a denial of claims. The adjuster might also try to offer you a quick one time payout; never agree to anything without first consulting your attorney.

At the time of an accident or damage situation, you may be confused and unable to process clearly what an insurance company is offering you. This is why you need to call an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Denial of Claims

Insurance companies deny valid claims. It’s as simple as that. And, without an attorney to fight for you, they can get away with it. If you have a claim against your own insurance company, for medical payments coverage or uninsured or underinsured motorist, your own insurance company will do all that it can to destroy the value of your claim. Policyholders often believe their “own” insurance company will treat them fairly. It is always a rude awakening. Your “own” insurance company is, first and foremost, an insurance company. Insurance companies look after themselves, not you. The way to get a good settlement on any insurance claim is to retain an experienced personal injury lawyer.

FREE CONSULTATION

There is no charge for a case evaluation. PROVEN RESULT FOR ACCIDENT VICTIMS is not just our motto, it is our goal in every case. We work for YOU, NOT the insurance companies. There is never a fee until we win your case, and then you pay us a percentage of the amount we recover for you. We serve clients in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Alpine, Casa de Oro, Spring Valley, Chula Vista, San Diego, Imperial Beach, Bonita, National City, San Ysidro, Poway, La Jolla, Vista, Escondido, and throughout California. To schedule your Free Consultation, please call 619-442-0542.

Denial of Claims Lawsuits

Potential defendants in a denial of claims lawsuit are often well-advertised national companies like Allstate, State Farm, AIG and Farmers. Even their own policyholder may be denied claims for property damage as well, but the policyholder may think that because it is their insurance company, they will get a fair and reasonable settlement. Not true. The best way to get a good settlement from any insurance claim is to retain a skilled denial of claims attorney.

Free Consult From a San Diego Personal Injury Attorney

There is no charge for your initial denial of claims lawsuit consultation. Do not hesitate to set up an appointment with Howard Kitay Law Firm. Achieving winning results for our clients is our goal; we work for you, not the insurance companies. There are no fees until we win your case. We serve clients in the cities of Imperial Beach, Bonita, National City and San Ysidro and throughout California. For your appointment with a San Diego personal injury attorney, call 619-442-0542.

Uninsured Motorists

While California requires all motorists to carry vehicle insurance, you may still be injured by an uninsured motorist. You may even experience a hit-an-run accident; if the other driver is not identified, you may file an uninsured motorist claim

Underinsured Motorists

It is estimated that 20% of California drivers carry the absolute minimum for auto insurance coverage. In cases of serious injury, motorists who have minimal insurance coverage may not be able to fully compensate victims of automobile accidents. If you have underinsured motorist coverage, you have a claim for you own insurance company to pay the damages not covered by the other driver.

California Statute of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims

In every auto accidentpersonal injury and wrongful death claim, time is of the essence. The clock starts ticking at the time of the car accident, dog bite, or other injury causing event. We recognize the importance of promptly investigating the accident, preserving evidence, and making certain that personal injury claims are evaluated and documented. If you have been injured, don’t delay, contact a personal injury attorney now. Our San Diego experienced personal injury attorneys are ready to serve you.

California auto accident and personal injury law requires that if you believe you have been harmed by the wrongful conduct of another, you must bring a lawsuit within a limited period. This law is called a statute of limitations. Failure to bring a lawsuit, or take the required legal action, such as filing a claim where required with an administrative government agency, may eliminate your right to recover benefits, damages and financial compensation. Don’t delay – call us TODAY!

The Importance of a Thorough Case Analysis

Failure to identify which statute of limitations applies to your claim can prevent you from pursuing your claim!  Your attorney will conduct a thorough review of your case to determine the filing deadline(s) that applies to your case.  The information below, as with all information on this website, does not constitute legal advice. These statutes of limitations change as new laws are passed and the references below are current as of the time of the initial publication of this page. You should consult with an experienced personal injury attorney immediately to analyze your case, determine the current and future value as well as identify any and all liable parties.

The first step in understanding which statute of limitations applies is a determination of where the accident and the resulting injuries occurred. California, like other states, has its own laws governing timeframes for filing personal injury, survival and wrongful death claims. The information on this page refers only to California’s statutes of limitations for personal injury and wrongful death claims. Other statutes may apply depending on the type of wrongful conduct or injury, where it occurred and/or who caused it.

The next step is determining what legal right was violated. Statutes of limitations are different for different types of harms. For example, if you were in a car accident, you need to speak with a car accident injury attorney immediately to understand your rights and what you need to do next.

Determining who was injured in a personal injury lawsuit. Different classes of people i.e. minors versus adults, mentally infirm versus mentally competent people, etc. have different time periods within which to act (in personal injury and medical negligence cases).

Lastly, establishing who caused the harm is the final step. The time period for filing a claim against a governmental agency or employee who caused harm is different than it is for a private party.

Personal Injury Claims Including Auto Accident & Wrongful Death

According to California law, the statute of limitations for most personal injury actions not caused by medical malpractice or medical negligence is two years from the date that you were injured if you are an adult (over 18 years of age). The time period is longer for children who, in claims unrelated to medical negligence, have until two years after they turn 18 to seek legal recourse. In California this is referred to as minor tolling. Parents, or legal guardians of the child, may file a lawsuit on behalf of a child younger than 18. People who are in jail or who are mentally incapacitated by injury or insanity may, in certain circumstances, have an extension to file their lawsuit while they are in jail or mentally incompetent. If you are physically injured due to the fault of a California government employee or government agency, you must file a claim with the proper agency within six months of the injury.

Wrongful Death

Under California statute of limitations the same time frame for survival lawsuits apply to wrongful death cases. This means that you have 2 years from date of death to file a wrongful death claim. The only exception to this relates to asbestos cases. In these cases you have 1 year from date of death or first knowing.

In most cases, we are able to get you a full and adequate settlement for all of your damages without the necessity of a trial. From the day we accept your case, we will be preparing it for trial, and if taking your matter to a jury is the only way to get you what you deserve, we are ready, every time. We are, above all else, trial lawyers, and will never avoid the courtroom if a trial is in our client’s best interest. As a result, most of our client receive maximum settlement value without having to go to trial. We have recovered millions of dollars both in and out of the court for thousands of personal injury clients.

Call An Experienced Personal Injury Attorney Today

At the law offices of Howard Kitay, our personal injury lawyers understand that victims of a personal injury and their families often suffer extreme emotional and financial harm. Medical bills can bring a family to the brink of bankruptcy. If the victim of the personal injury was the primary wage earner, the family may be unable to pay their mortgage, their car insurance, their children’s tuition and other bills.

If you or a loved one has suffered because of the action or inaction of another, contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We provide compassionate and experienced legal representation for victims and their families. We will fight for your right to full compensation under the law.

 

$1.2 Million

On April 17, 2013, in the matter of Bean v. Otis Elevator Company, the jury awarded our client $1.2 million at trial in a rear-end automobile collision case.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay right away?

No. NO FEES UNTIL YOU COLLECT.
The Law Offices of Howard Kitay advances all costs, and there is never a fee until you are compensated for your injuries, at the end of the case. You pay nothing up front, and you pay nothing until you collect. If there is no recovery, you pay nothing.

How much is my case worth?

It depends. It is not possible determine the value of your case until the full extent of all your injuries is known. When you have completed treatment, your attorney will recommend a settlement value. The final decision on how much you accept for settlement is yours. The attorney you choose to represent you affects the value of your case. The Law Offices of Howard Kitay has a proven track record for obtaining maximum settlement value in personal injury cases.

Will I have to go to trial?

Probably not. Most cases settle prior to trial. However, preparation for trial is essential to obtain the maximum settlement value.

How long will it take to settle my case?

Every case is different. It is important to wait until you complete treatment and know the full extent of your injuries before attempting settlement. Your attorney will discuss how long settlement is likely to take in your particular case.


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Office Locations

El Cajon Office Across from East County Courthouse

275 East Douglas Ave, #111
El Cajon, CA 92020

Phone: (619) 442-0542

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Chula Vista Office Across from South Bay Courthouse

303 H Street, 4th Floor
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: (619) 442-0542

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Mission Valley Office Centrally Located

8880 Rio San Diego Dr.,
8th Floor

San Diego, CA 92108

Phone: (877) 442-0542

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We have served the San Diego community since 1989, and we are available 24/7 to provide answers about your case. Please call us today!

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Phone (619) 442-0542
Fax (619) 442-7458

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