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Farar & Lewis LLP is a top rated law firm, with over 40 years of combined experience. Our attorneys have won over $100 million, in combined verdicts and settlements for our clients. You deserve compensation for your pain and suffering, and it's our job to get it for you.

A Practice Dedicated Exclusively To Helping Injury Victims

If you have been injured in an auto accident or another type of accident that you did not cause, it is important that you seek the advice of a qualified California personal injury attorney who knows the law and has the ability to secure the compensation you deserve. At the law firm of Farar & Lewis LLP, we represent Southern California clients through some of the most difficult times of their lives.

We know how overwhelming it can be for injury victims to deal with overzealous insurance adjusters who want to settle their claims for as little as possible. We take the burden of the legal issues off your shoulders and work directly with the insurance company to negotiate a settlement that provides the medical care and financial support necessary to facilitate your recovery. If a fair settlement cannot be negotiated, we will take your case to court.

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We are committed to you and your right to no-nonsense legal representation, timely communication and full compensation. We pride ourselves on providing punctual and honest case assessments.

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RECENT CASE RESULTS

Motorcyclist Suffers From Automobile Accident
600,000.00
SETTLEMENT
Premises Liability/Trip and Fall
300,000
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Premises Liability/Trip and Fall
1,300,000.00
SETTLEMENT
Auto vs. Auto
500,000
SETTLEMENT
Pedestrian suffers from automobile accident
240,000.00
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Can I still get my medical bills paid if I was partially at fault for the accident?

The law is very clear in that the person responsible for an accident should have to pay for any injuries or damage that result from it. Of course, things aren’t always 100-percent clear cut, and there are often situations where more than one party is determined to be at least partly at fault. Should this be the case and the police or court determines that you were partially at fault for the accident, it is important to know how this will affect your right to seek compensation.

Determining Fault
Fault is a very powerful term in a personal injury lawsuit. In this type of case, fault is taken to mean responsibility for an accident and any resulting injuries due to carelessness or negligence. When the courts determine that an individual was at fault for an accident, they are then liable to pay compensation for any injuries, medical bills and other losses or expenses. Still, there may be cases where the court determines that the accident was at least partially your fault, in which case you are only entitled to a certain percentage of the total compensation settlement.

New York’s Comparative Fault Laws
New York operates under comparative fault laws, which means that the court assesses exactly how much fault lies with each party in order to determine the total compensation or settlement award. For instance, the court could determine that the accident was 25 percent your fault and 75 percent the fault of the other party. In this case, New York’s comparative fault laws mean that you would only be entitled to receive compensation for 75 percent of the cost of your medical bills. The fact that the accident was 25 percent your fault means that the court will expect you to pay a quarter of any medical bills and other costs arising from the accident.

Unfortunately, these comparative fault laws can work in the defense’s favor. If you decide to file a personal injury claim, there is a high chance that the other person’s lawyers will try to convince the court that you were at least partially at fault for the accident. Should the lawyers be successful, you will end up missing out on a potentially substantial percentage of the total compensation. For this reason, it is essential that you seek the assistance of a skilled personal injury attorney to help argue your case and hopefully prove that the other person was indeed at fault for the accident.

No-Fault Auto Accidents
New York technically operates under a no-fault rule for auto accidents, which means that you must file a claim with your own insurance company even if another driver was at fault for the accident. However, the state’s personal injury threshold supersedes this rule and allows you to file a claim against the other driver in cases where the accident resulted in serious injury. Nonetheless, the comparative fault rule is still applied in these cases, which means that you might still only be entitled to a percentage of the total settlement.

For instance, if you were in a serious accident caused by another driver making an illegal left turn in front of you, the court will obviously determine that the primary fault lies with the other driver. However, if you were speeding at the time of the accident, you will also be held partially at fault, in which case you will only be entitled to have a percentage of your medical expenses covered.

New York’s comparative fault laws can be quite confusing, and unfortunately, they can also put you at a disadvantage when filing a personal injury claim. For this reason, it is vital that you speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer to get the advice and assistance you need. Even if the accident was partially your fault, you are still entitled to compensation. Although there is no guarantee that you won’t be held partially at fault for the accident, a skilled lawyer gives you a much better chance of presenting your case and the evidence in a way that should give you a better chance of your claim being successful.

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