Personal Injury FAQ

Do I have grounds to file a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in an accident that was caused by another person's careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent actions, you most likely have grounds to sue for monetary damages. You should not be forced to pay the price for injuries that you have suffered through no fault of your own, and you have a right to sue for an accident that you did not cause.

How do you prove negligence?

The standard used to establish negligence is whether the accident could - and reasonably should - have been prevented through the exercise of precaution on the part of the defendant. Common examples of negligence in personal injury cases include causing a car accident while speeding, driving drunk or using a cell phone to send and receive text messages, requiring employees to work in areas where they will suffer toxic exposure, or causing a birth injury by failing to order necessary procedures during labor and delivery or by using excessive force while delivering the baby.

What can I receive if I win?

The courts in Modesto and throughout California recognize the right of personal injury plaintiff to demand full financial compensation for every aspect of an injury, with the goal of recovering sufficient financial compensation to get as nearly as possible back to the pre-accident condition. Your claim for damages can include the full costs of any and all medical expenses you have incurred to date and expect to have to pay in the future, as well as for your loss of earnings and loss of future earning capacity. In addition to these economic damages, you can also claim noneconomic damages to compensate you for your pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress and loss of consortium, or for your loss of society and companionship in the event that you are suing for wrongful death.

Can I sue for accidents other than motor vehicle crashes?

You can hire a Modesto personal injury attorney for any type of accident claim, not only for car crashes, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Any time that you have been hurt or lost a loved one as a result of another party's wrongful actions, you have a right to sue to recover financial compensation for your losses. For example, you can file a premises liability claim for a slip and fall or swimming pool accident which could have been prevented by reasonable safety precautions on the part of the property owner. Similarly, you can sue for the nursing home abuse of an elderly family member, or even file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product that has hurt you.

How long do I have to file a lawsuit in California?

In California, all civil lawsuits are subject to a statute of limitations. This means that you will only have a certain amount of time to file a claim for compensation. Depending on the types of damages that you have suffered, the statute of limitations could be a short as one year or as long as four. For general personal injury claims, however, you will typically have two years from the date of your injury to bring legal action against the responsible party. If you fail to do so before the statute of limitations expires, you would be barred from seeking compensation. For this reason, timely action is crucial.

Will I have to take my case to trial?

Worried about going to trial? Only about 10% of all personal injury cases are litigated in court. The other 90% are settled long before the case goes to trial. For this reason, the chance that you will actually see the inside of a courtroom is slim; however, that does not mean that our firm would shy away from the possibility if the circumstances so require. Our only job is to recover the level of compensation that you deserve, so you can trust that we will do whatever it takes to make that happen—even if that means going to trial. In fact, Lead Attorney Steven Fabbro has already recovered more than $300 million in damages on behalf of his clients.

How much will it cost to hire an attorney from your firm?

At the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro, we understand that most of our clients cannot afford to hire an attorney after paying off their medical bills and missing work for an extended period of time. For this reason, we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won't be expected to pay for our services unless we win your case. You will never be asked to pay for our legal fees up-front or out-of-pocket; rather our fees would come out of the resulting award or settlement.

What sets the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro apart?

Apart from the fact that the Law Offices of Steven A. Fabbro possesses more than three decades of legal experience, our Modesto personal injury attorney, Steven A. Fabbro, is backed by a track record of success and professional recognition. Not only has he received an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, but he has even been included in a list of San Francisco's Top Rated Lawyers®. Not to mention, he has already recovered more than $300 million in compensation on behalf of his clients. For this reason, you can trust that you will be in good hands when you come to our firm for help.

30+ Years of Experience.

More than $300M Recovered.