Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

At The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti, we strive to answer all of your questions about personal injury representation. For over 30 years, we have represented people in Irvine and throughout Orange County with their most challenging accidents and injuries. Here are some of the personal injury FAQs we hear — to learn more, reach out to us online or call 949-864-6276.

Who is eligible to file a personal injury claim?

If you have been injured in an accident caused by another individual, such as a drunk driver accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall or other injury, you have the right to bring a personal injury claim against that person or entity responsible for the injury.

What amount of compensation should I get in my personal injury case?

Each case is unique in circumstances and the degree of damage and injury. Some injuries may take a lifetime of medical care, while others require months of chiropractic or physical therapy. As each case is different, it is difficult to determine without a full review and evaluation of your specific case. These are just some of the forms of compensation you may be eligible to receive:

  • Medical bills
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Long-term medical or nursing care
  • Rehabilitation treatment
  • Medical equipment costs
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of wages, current and future
  • Health aids, such as a wheelchair
  • Adaptive equipment for your vehicle and home in the case of permanent or prolonged disability

How can I pay for my medical bills when I don't have health insurance and have been injured?

If your injuries are the result of the actions, whether negligent or reckless, of another person or entity, it can be arranged for clients of The Law Offices of Joseph M. Tosti to have medical care on a "medical lien" basis. This means that the firm can refer you to highly qualified physician or clinic that will provide your needed medical care and defer the payment until the case is settled. This can be very helpful for clients who do not have medical insurance, but have an urgent need of medical care after an injury accident.

How much compensation is expected for pain and suffering?

Depending on the case, settlements can be very large. Cases that involve soft-tissue injuries usually get less in compensation (such as sprains, strains, bruising, etc.) than those cases that have catastrophic injuries such as the loss of a limb, paralysis, disfigurement or another life-changing event. Our firm has settled claims in excess of $25 million in personal injury cases since 1980. With a free consultation, we can discuss what payments you may be eligible to receive.

How can I afford to pay an Irvine accident lawyer for my injury case?

The firm arranges that cases are accepted on a "contingency" basis, which means that you do not outlay cash for our services, but the firm is paid when the settlement, judgment or claim is paid on your behalf. This allows you to have top-quality legal representation without concerning yourself with the cost before the case is resolved. This also means that if we lose, you won't pay a dime in attorney's fees.