Do I Really Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Protecting your rights to fair and full compensation



Los Angeles residents have rights if they are injured. It is important to choose a skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer in order to protect your rights. It can be difficult and even hostile to file a claim for compensation. The person or entity responsible for your injuries or their insurance company will look out for their interests more than yours. They will use your ignorance and experience to stop you from getting the justice you deserve. You may not realize that you need an attorney.


The Law Firm of John W. Stenson has many years of combined experience in handling personal injury cases in Los Angeles and Southern California. We are familiar with the details of personal injury law. Every day, we take on corporate defendants and insurance companies. We are passionate advocates for our clients in order to get the maximum compensation for their losses and injuries. We are skilled negotiators, and when a fair settlement is not reached, we represent our clients in court.

We handle everything while you recover from your injuries


You don’t want to deal with all the paperwork after an accident or injury. Instead of dealing with insurance companies, dealing with them (and worrying about whether they are being fair to you), investigating your claim, gathering evidence, figuring out what your rights may be, and proving your losses, this is the time you need to heal from your injuries and make arrangements for your personal life. Not only do they handle all of these tasks but they also know how to efficiently accomplish them. While you are regaining control of your life, we work in the background. We are available to answer all your questions and concerns. We understand that this can be a stressful time and we want to help you get through the difficult aspects of a personal injury case.


You can be sure that your case will be handled in the fairest and most just manner by having our Los Angeles personal injury team behind you. Your personal injury lawyer will:


  • Notify your insurance company about the accident and the insurance company responsible for the responsible party.
  • Decide whether you want an insurance company to review your recorded statement
  • Help facilitate repairs to your car and the provision of a rental car in a case involving a collision.
  • Explain the coverage of the insurance policy
  • Answer questions about medical care options
  • Investigate the causes of the accident
  • Keep evidence such as witness statements, footage from scene surveillance, and other physical evidence.
  • Document any claim for lost earnings due to your injuries
  • Get your billing statements and medical records
  • Send a claim to the insurance company of the responsible party
  • Negotiate for you
  • If necessary, file a lawsuit and go to trial

We will not allow insurance companies to take advantage of you


When an accident is reported to insurance companies, their representatives will jump at the opportunity to contact you. This happens before you have retained legal counsel. They will attempt to get your recorded statement and offer inadequate compensation. To persuade, they will appear friendly to you. Remember that these insurance companies make their profits by paying claimants money. They are in the business of withholding money. Our personal injury lawyers have the experience to fight their tactics and protect your rights to fair and full compensation.


In a free consultation, let us explain the entire process to you


We take great pride in the fact that we promise to pay personal attention to every client and their case. John W. Stenson will give you a free consultation and answer all your questions. We’ll also explain the process and exactly what we do. Contact us at the Los Angeles office at (310) 846-1709. We accept cases on a contingency basis. This means that we only get paid if we collect money.

FAQs on Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles

How much does a personal injury lawyer cost in California?
In California, a common “contingency fee” percentage charged by an attorney would be 33.33% or one-third of the amount of the settlement obtained or verdict awarded to you by the court. However, a legal professional’s rate can range from 25% to 75%, depending upon a number of factors.

What does a personal injury lawyer do?
Personal Injury Lawyers are types of Litigators who provide legal advice and representation to clients who have sustained a physical or psychological injury, as well as financial loss, after falling victim to the carelessness or negligence of an individual or organization.

What is the standard contingency fee in California?
A typical contingency fee percentage is anywhere from 30 to 40% of your recovery.

What comes under personal injury?
Common types of personal injury claims include road traffic accidents, work accidents, tripping accidents, assault claims, and product defect accidents (product liability). The term personal injury also incorporates injuries arising from medical and dental care, which may lead to medical negligence claims).

What is a personal injury claim?
‘Personal injury claim’ refers to the legal action taken by a person after they have been involved in an accident or injured because of the actions/inactions or negligence of a third party.

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Can I Sue My Employer for Being Injured at Work?

Employers are generally unable to sue employees for work-related injuries. There are exceptions to this rule. California’s workers’ compensation law requires employers to cover employee injuries, regardless of fault. Employers are protected from personal injury lawsuits by workers in most cases. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In some cases, injured workers may sue their employers for lost wages and or damages.


California’s workers’ compensation laws prevent employees from suing employers for work-related injuries. Workers’ compensation laws provide “employer immunity”, which means that employers are required to pay workers’ compensation benefits regardless if employees are at fault.


Employer immunity is not absolute. However, there are exceptions. These are just a few examples of situations where you might be able to sue your employer.


  • Your employer willful assault of another employee caused you to be injured.
  • Your employer’s fraudulent or wrongful concealment of your injury, and the connection to your employment, caused your injury to become worse or more severe.
  • Your employer had a defective product, and you were hurt by it.
  • Your employer didn’t have Workers’ Compensation Insurance as required by law.
  • The machine guard or safety feature was removed. This applies when a worker is injured or dies because the employer knew to remove or fail to install a point-of-operation guard on a power press. This may create the possibility of serious injury or death for workers, therefore the employer must have specifically authorized the removal or failure of the installation.



You may be able to file a lawsuit against the employer if you are injured while on the job. These are the steps you should take to determine if you can sue your employer.

  • Workers’ compensation eligibility. If you have been hurt on the job, the first thing you should ask is whether you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. You may not be allowed to sue your employer if you are eligible. In such cases, it is crucial that you file a claim for benefits.
  • Medical evaluation: This will require you to provide evidence of the extent and cause of any injuries sustained on the job. It is crucial that you seek a complete medical evaluation as soon as possible. To maintain your workers’ compensation eligibility, you may need to visit a doctor that your employer has approved.
  • Details about an accident: Keep as much detail as you can about the incident. It is easy to forget important details. Rich detail gives you a greater advantage.
  • Contact a Lawyer for your work injury: An experienced lawyer with a track record in representing injured workers is crucial.



If you are not working at the time of your injury, is it possible to sue your employer? In most cases, the answer is no. There are exceptions. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if your commute to work is not considered “on-the-job”.

You may also be eligible for a settlement for work-related injuries even if the accident occurred away from your employer’s premises. You might be eligible for compensation if an accident happened on a company trip.


You may be eligible for workers’ comp benefits or can sue your employer under one of the above exceptions. However, if your injuries were caused by someone other than your employer, you might also be able to pursue a third-party personal injury claim. Subcontractors, contractors, property owners, negligent drivers, manufacturers, and distributors of defective goods are all common defendants in third-party cases, as California’s workers’ comp law does not apply in these cases. However, any person or entity responsible for your injuries can be sued.



The statute of limitations is the time limit within which a lawsuit can be filed. California’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is usually two years after the injury occurred. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims can vary depending on the lawsuit type. It is therefore important to consult an experienced Los Angeles work injuries lawyer as soon as you can.



It is crucial to schedule a consultation with an experienced lawyer if you or someone you love has been injured at work in California. We have a long and proven track record of helping workers injured in accidents to protect their rights and obtain maximum compensation. We can help you evaluate your case, whether you were hurt at work, on the job, or by another person.


Can I sue my employer for an injury on the job in California?
Employees typically cannot sue their employers for work-related injuries. However, it is important to remember that there are exceptions. Workers’ compensation laws in California require employers to pay for employee injuries regardless of who was at fault.

How long do I have to sue for work-related injuries in California?
The statute of limitations — the period of time to file a claim for California’s workers’ compensation claims is one year from the date of injury. For cumulative trauma, the statute of limitations begins when an employee discovers an injury and either knows or should have known that it was caused by work.

What happens if you get hurt at work in California?
Get emergency treatment if needed. If it’s an emergency, call 911 or go to an emergency room right away. Tell the medical staff that your injury or illness is job-related. If you can safely do so, contact your employer for further instructions.

What is the maximum workers’ compensation in California?
For 2020, the maximum is $1,299.43 per week, while the minimum is $194.91. However, these amounts will be different for people who were injured before 2020; for two years after the injury, you’re locked into the maximum TD payment that applied to your injury date.

Can I sue my employer for negligence?
How to Sue Your Employer for Negligence. You must gather as much evidence and proof as possible in order for a negligence claim to be successful. With this said, there are specific steps that must be taken prior to filing your claim which include trying to resolve the problem directly with your employer.

Can you apply for unemployment after workers comp settlement in California?
It is possible to collect unemployment after a workers’ compensation settlement, but oftentimes a resignation letter will become part of the settlement deal. If you signed off on the resignation letter then you will no longer be able to collect unemployment.


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