Top Rated San Bernardino Personal Injury Attorneys
Welebir, Tierney & Weck is an award-winning law firm that serves the people of San Bernardino, Riverside, Inland Empire and all of California. The attorneys at Welebir, Tierney & Weck have extensive experience inside the courtroom—not just in settlements. We have the skill and knowledge to take your case all the way through court, and we have the track record to prove it.
Our experienced and dedicated lawyers are focused on results
Welebir, Tierney & Weck have achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients, and they have been recognized time and time again by their peers. Douglas Welebir has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Litigation lawyers by the American Society of Legal Advocates, the 2013 Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year for the Riverside area by Best Lawyers, and he received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Welebir, Tierney & Weck’s clients and peers alike recognize us as the top of our field. Our decades’ worth of experience have prepared us to handle your unique case and take it all the way through court if necessary.
What Can You Expect From Welebir, Tierney & Weck?
The law isn’t about lawyers—it’s about seeking justice for people like you.
For more than 40 years, each injury attorney of Welebir, Tierney & Weck has listened to victims tell their stories. After all, how can a law firm be an effective, aggressive advocate for you in court if your lawyer isn’t willing to listen to you in your living room?
That’s why at Welebir, Tierney & Weck, “First we listen and care. Then we prepare your case to win.”
Our experienced and dedicated lawyers are focused on results. But we’re also focused on helping you and your family get through this difficult time.
We want to hear how your injury has affected your life. If you have been injured in an accident or lost a loved one because of someone’s conduct, contact us for a free consultation. There are no attorney fees until we win your case.
What Cases Do We Handle?
We handle serious litigation claims, such as:
What Is a Personal Injury Case?
“Personal injury” is the branch of law that deals with harm or damage done to another person’s body or property. In order for a personal injury claim to be actionable—that is, for a claim to be grounds for a lawsuit—the actions must have been negligent or unreasonably unsafe, and the actions must have caused injury to another person.
Personal injury cases have a wide variety of starting points: car accidents, defective products, mistakes during medical treatments, slip and fall accidents in a grocery store and much more.
Another person can be found liable for your injuries if he or she was negligent or careless outside the bounds of a reasonable person. Regardless of whether or not the acts were intentional, if someone acts—or fails to do so—when a reasonable person would have done differently, he or she could be liable for your injuries.
The state of California follows the “pure comparative negligence” system. That is, whoever brings the case (the plaintiff) can be partially at fault and still recover damages. However, the damages will be reduced by the percentage of total fault that belongs to the plaintiff. For example, say the plaintiff files a $100,000 personal injury suit after a car accident that resulted in serious injuries. If the defendant is found to be 80 percent at fault for the accident, then the maximum damages the plaintiff can win will be $80,000.
What Could You Win in a Personal Injury Case?
If you file a personal injury lawsuit and win, you could be eligible for different kinds of damages:
Compensatory damages, which include economic damages (medical expenses, property damage, loss of earnings, loss of future earning capacity) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium)
Punitive damages, which are awarded in cases of particularly egregious conduct and are designed to punish the defendant for gross misconduct.
There are limits on the amount a plaintiff can win in certain cases. The California Supreme Court held that punitive damages should be limited to between 3 and 10 times the amount of compensatory damages.
In medical malpractice cases in California, noneconomic damages are capped at $250,000.
When Should You Hire a Lawyer?
Filing a lawsuit is an extremely complex process, and the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer is invaluable. After suffering an injury, it is important to contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get the process started. Collecting documents, expert testimony and all the other elements of a case will take time, and the sooner you get started the better.
The state of California has a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. That means if you intend to make a personal injury claim, you must do so within two years of the injury in question. If you fail to do so, your legal claim is no longer valid and you could lose out on the compensation you deserve.
There are a few exceptions or adjustments to the statute of limitations in certain cases. If your injury was not apparent right away, you have one year from the date the injury was discovered. Also, if you plan to make a claim against a city, county or California state government agency, you must file a claim within six months of the injury.
Contact Welebir, Tierney & Weck San Bernardino & Riverside Top Personal Injury Law Firm
The law offices of Welebir, Tierney & Weck are prepared to handle any personal injury case in the state of California. Since 1967, we have represented injured clients and helped them get the compensation they deserve. Call (909) 335-0444 or fill out our online form for a free case evaluation today.
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