FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Questions: 

Q: I was just involved in a traffic accident. What do I do?

Q: Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?

Q: Is my case “big enough” for an attorney to handle?

Q: What type of cases does Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation  

handle?

Q: Under what circumstances can I recover damages from a California accident?

Q: What is negligence?

Q: What is “strict liability”?

Q: What is comparative fault?

Q: What if I have an accident claim, but do not want to go to trial?

Q: Do I have to pay for my initial consultation with Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation?

Q: How long will it take to resolve my case?

Q: How much is my personal injury claim worth?


Q: I was just involved in a traffic accident. What do I do?

A: First, call 911 if anyone is suspected to have suffered an injury. Then, record 

details from the scene of the accident by taking pictures and writing down the 

names and contact information of any witnesses. Document the dates of any medical 

treatment, including the name of who provided you treatment, and any time you 

were forced to take off work. Further, document any ailments including instances of 

pain, anxiety, or sleep loss. If you contact your insurance company, keep phone 

messages and any make sure to correspond only in writing. 


Q: Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?

A: Many accident victims think they can resolve their injury claim directly with 

an insurance company rather than hire a San Luis Obispo accident attorney. Most 

people who attempt to negotiate with insurance companies end up regretting doing 

so. The reality is that insurance companies often take advantage of parties without 

an attorney by offering a settlement that is grossly insufficient. It may help you to 

hand the matter over to a caring, trustworthy attorney who will zealously protect 

your interests. 


Q: Is my case “big enough” for an attorney to handle?

A: Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation handles cases ranging 

from soft tissue injury to wrongful death and all matters in between. We provide a 

no risk case analysis free of charge and are able to handle your personal injury 

lawsuit resulting from another’s negligent or intentional conduct.


Q: What type of cases does Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation  

handle?

A: Our San Luis Obispo personal injury attorney handles cases involving car 

accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, dog attacks, 

and premises liability. Please see the Practice Areas link for more information. 


Q: Under what circumstances can I recover damages from a California accident?

A: To recover damages from an accident in California, you must have suffered 

an injury either because another person was negligent or because another person 

was strictly liable for your injuries. 


Q: What is negligence?

A: A person is negligent if they do something that a reasonably careful person 

would not do in the same situation OR fails to do something that a reasonable 

careful person would do in the same situation. Our San Luis Obispo wrongful death 

attorney represents those who have been injured by the negligence of others in slip

and fall accidents, car accidents, dog attacks, and accidents that occur on someone

else’s property


Q: What is “strict liability”?

A: Under strict liability, a person injured by a dangerous animal may recover 

compensation from the animal’s owner without showing that the owner was 

actually negligent. The theory of imposing strict liability on owners of dangerous 

animals is that they pose an undue risk of harm to members of the community. Our 

lawyer can help you recover compensation for injuries caused by dangerous 

animals.


Q: What is comparative fault?

A: In California accidents, an injured party may sometimes also be partially 

liable for an accident. At a trial, the jury will be asked to place a percentage on the 

comparative fault of each party and any damages will be reduced by the plaintiff’s 

percentage of fault.


Q: What if I have an accident claim, but do not want to go to trial?

A: Most personal injury lawsuits do not require a trial in order to resolve. 

However, our personal injury attorney is prepared to go to trial, if necessary, to 

protect your rights. Our lawyer has trial experience and can guide you through the 

legal process step-by-step. However, we listen to our clients and would always 

honor their decision to not go to trial after hearing our attorney’s advice. 


Q: Do I have to pay for my initial consultation with Earl E. Conaway, III, A Professional Law Corporation?

A: No. Our Santa Maria accident lawyer never charges for client consultations. 

All client consultations to discuss potential claims are always free. 


Q: How much will I have to pay an attorney at the conclusion of my case?

A: Our accident lawyer works only on a contingency basis, meaning you only 

pay us if we win the case. Our contingency rates are extremely competitive and 

there are no up front costs or fees. 


Q: What damages am I entitled to recover?

A: Your potential recovery will depend on the type of case and damages 

suffered. When appropriate, our California personal injury lawyer seeks damages 

for his clients for their past and future medical treatment, past and future lost 

wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional distress, and punitive 

damages.


Q: What should I bring with me when I meet with a San Luis Obispo car accident 

lawyer?

A: If possible, you should bring a copy of the police or incident report, 

photographs of your automobile, photographs of your injuries, copies of medical 

records for treatment related to the car accident, a copy of your automobile 

insurance declaration page, correspondence from the insurance companies, 

estimate and repair records and receipts for your automobile, and any wage loss 

information.


Q: How long will it take to resolve my case?

A: Every personal injury case is unique, and the time it takes to resolve a claim 

depends on many factors such as:

- The nature and extent of the injury 

- The length of treatment 

- The number of doctors involved

- Whether the case is settled or goes to trial

- The extent and availability of insurance coverage


Q: How much is my personal injury claim worth?

A: There is no quick answer for how much a personal injury lawsuit is worth, 

but it is often possible to set a reasonable settlement range for a claim after the 

injured party’s medical condition has stabilized. Other factors to consider are:

- The severity of the injury

- The amount of medical bills and the cost of future necessary medical treatment

- The chances the other party will be found liable

- The availability of assets or insurance from the negligent party

- Wage or income losses from absences at work


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