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Helping Clients Navigate Injury Claims

We’re ready to help with a variety of case-types, here’s just a small example of how we can help:

Large Firm Results & Representation with Small Firm Personalized Attention & Care

Michael is determined to provide each of his clients with personal, one-on-one legal attention. With the Beliz Law Firm, you’re not a number. Each case is important to us, and we promise to treat our clients with respect. We firmly believe in providing you with a voice in your time of need. At the same time, our Long Beach Injury Lawyers focus on maximizing the value of your case - we’re ready to handle tough negotiations with the insurance company. Finally, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial if that’s what’s needed.

I would highly recommend The Beliz Law Firm and should I need legal counsel or a personal injury lawyer in the future, Michael Beliz has become my new go-to guy.

- M.M.
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Long Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Michael Beliz

Small Firm Attention, Big Firm Results

Michael A. Beliz, Esq., established The Beliz Law Firm in the spring of 2011. Michael has been a practicing attorney since 2006 and worked for two of the most prominent plaintiff’s personal injury law firms in Southern California. He has extensive experience with personal injury claims and has worked on and handled hundreds of cases as an attorney in all types of accident and injury cases, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents and dog bites, and successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients.

At the University of San Diego School of Law, Michael was a multiple-year recipient of the Delroy Richardson Endowed Law Scholarship and attained the high pass in Negotiation. In addition, he was a semi-finalist in the ATLA Intramural Mock Trial Competition. Prior to graduating from law school, Michael earned a master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his undergraduate degree from California State University, Long Beach where he was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics. Michael A. Beliz is admitted to the State Bar of California and United States District Court, Central District of California.

Client Testimonials

  • "I was referred to the Beliz Law Firm by a family friend and was not disappointed. I was a passenger in a vehicle that was hit by a drunk driver and when I needed the services of an attorney, Michael Beliz came to my work to discuss my options. He is very friendly and explains everything in effectively and in detail. He recommended a great chiropractor whom I then sought treatment from and who helped me recover from my injuries. Michael created an excellent report used in my case which allowed me to receive the maximum return in my settlement. I have already referred a family friend and recommended another long time friend to seek his services. God forbid I ever get in another serious accident, but if I do I will for sure contact Michael again to seek his help. He’s a great guy who does great work!"

    Y.R.

  • Long beach personal injury lawyer Michael Beliz represented my personal injury case this year and I’m glad I found them. In summation Michael Beliz came across as intelligent, effective, friendly, and genuine. An excellent people person and well versed attorney is a hard combination to find. Michael walked us through everything; spoke to me like a person and not a case number. He just pretty much made the whole ordeal so much easier. Michael was extremely helpful, patient and responsive with my family and me the entire time. Michael regularly checked in on me during my recovery and kept me up to date on the status of the case and conversations with the other parties’ insurance company. My case wasn’t large but he treated me as if I was one of his only cases. I would highly recommend the Beliz firm to family and friends as the highest recommendation I could offer.”

    M.G.

  • "No one wants to involve an attorney in an auto claim, but sometimes you have no choice. Michael made an unpleasant situation so much easier. He really took the time to understand everything that was going on and always gave me prompt and personal attention. He was involved immediately and took over all the interactions with the insurance companies. He became the only one I had to deal with and there were never any games with him, only sound advice. My only mistake was not calling Michael sooner. I now recommend an attorney anytime an injury is involved in an auto accident, if only so they can deal with the insurance companies’ games, and you would be hard pressed to find someone better than Michael Beliz."

    T.V.

Recent Results & Settlements

Michael has a long history of getting his clients the compensation they deserve. Here are a few of his recent results:

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How to Know If I Have an Uber/Lyft Claim

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For many, the convenience of Uber and Lyft ridesharing services is unbeatable. As many people’s primary mode of transportation, ridesharing may feel safe. However, ridesharing drivers are just as likely to get into accidents as other drivers on the road. Unfortunately, after an accident, Uber and Lyft may try to deny personal injury claims. So how do you know if you have a claim against Uber or a claim against Lyft? Read on to learn more about accidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers and what steps you should take to protect yourself.   How Is Liability Determined in an Uber/Lyft Accident?  If you suffered injuries in an accident, your attorney might pursue compensation from the driver, the ridesharing company, or a third party or parties. Uber and Lyft both provide insurance coverage that is available when the driver has the app on and is either waiting for a ride or completing a ride.  App Turned On  People injured in rideshare accidents often ask, “Do I have a case against Uber?” or “Do I have a case against Lyft?” The ridesharing company’s insurance coverage will apply if the driver had the app turned on at the time of the accident. Uber and Lyft are responsible in the following scenarios:  Uber and Lyft both provide the following insurance coverage levels:  Without an attorney, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by these details and miss out on well-deserved compensatory relief.  App Turned Off If the ridesharing driver had the app turned off at the time of the accident and is deemed at fault, they must use their personal auto insurance to cover your damages.  Third-Party Liability  A third party may be liable when a ridesharing driver is transporting a passenger with the app on or driving with the app off. Third parties may include anyone else who was involved in the accident, such as other drivers or pedestrians.  How Can a Lawyer Help Me?  One of the most important steps you can take after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft driver is to contact an attorney. Experienced personal injury attorneys understand all the tactics insurance companies, opposing attorneys, and at-fault parties use to protect their interests, and they can help you more effectively fight for the compensation you deserve.  Negotiate  When asking, “Do I have an Uber claim?” or “Do I have a Lyft Claim?” it’s important to remember that insurance companies are not on your side. Some insurers may refuse to approve your claim without an investigation. Other insurance companies may make a quick initial offer without knowing the actual value of your claim. While the offer may be enticing, once you accept it, you lose your ability to file a claim at a later date. These offers usually don’t accurately reflect all of your damages.  Determine Liability Your attorney works to establish liability to strengthen your claim against Lyft or Uber for damages. An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to investigate the circumstances of your case to determine why it happened and who is at fault. Being able to clearly establish fault and liability will help strengthen your claim.  Calculate Your Case Value  In your claim against Uber or Lyft, your attorney will know how to accurately calculate your damages so that you can be sure you’re pursuing all of the compensation you’re eligible to receive. Injured victims in California are entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages. These damages encompass a wide variety of losses, including the following:  While some damages may be easy to calculate by looking at receipts and invoices, other more subjective losses, such as pain and suffering, require the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney to be accurately calculated.  Contact Us  Serious injuries add stress and anxiety to your life that you shouldn’t have to deal with. At the Beliz Law Firm, we are passionate about pursuing justice on your behalf and providing you with a voice in your time of need. Our legal team will help you maximize your compensation by aggressively negotiating with insurance companies. We never hesitate to bring your case to trial if that’s what’s required. Contact us today for a free case review.

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Can I Receive Compensation If I’m Partially At-Fault for an Accident?

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If you suffered injuries in a car accident, you might be wondering who will pay for your damages. Pursuing a claim for compensation can be challenging. You can expect the other driver’s insurance to say you’re at fault for the collision. But what happens if you are both partially responsible? Can you get any money if you’re partially at fault for the accident? Your ability to collect money for your injuries depends on which state the accident occurred in.  If you have questions about compensation when you’re partially at fault for a car accident, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Beliz Law Firm as soon as possible. Can You Still File a Car Accident Claim If You Were Found Partially At Fault? In California, yes, you can still file a car accident claim when you’re partially at fault. California is a pure comparative negligence state. That means you can file a claim even if you are primarily at fault for the accident. In some states, you cannot pursue compensation for your injuries if you are even one percent at fault. Other states won’t allow you to recover any money if you’re more than 50% at fault. In California, you can be up to 99% liable and still collect compensation. However, your recovery is limited by your own percentage of fault. For example, if you are 60% responsible, you would only receive 40% of your damages. It’s important to note the other driver can also collect compensation from your insurance company. For example, when you’re 60% at fault, the other driver can pursue 60% of their damages from you. That’s why working with an experienced lawyer to build a strong case is crucial. You need a legal advocate on your side. Otherwise, the defendant’s insurance company will allege you were primarily or solely at fault and prevent you from getting all of the compensation you are eligible to receive.    If I am Partially At Fault, Can I Sue for an Injury? Yes, you can file a personal injury lawsuit if you’re partially at fault for an accident. There are several scenarios where filing a lawsuit might be a good option in California: The defendant’s insurance won’t engage in meaningful settlement negotiations; You cannot reach an agreement on liability; or The statute of limitations is approaching. While most lawsuits settle before trial, taking your case to a jury may be necessary to decide fault percentages. Your attorney will explain whether filing a lawsuit is best for you based on the facts of your case. How to Strengthen Your Case To be eligible for compensation, you must have adequate proof demonstrating the other driver’s fault. One of the best ways to do this is by hiring a California car accident lawyer early on. When you retain Beliz Law Firm, we will conduct a thorough independent investigation and collect all available evidence to help strengthen your claim.   Having photos from the accident scene is very helpful. If you can do so safely and without further injuring yourself, get pictures of vehicle damage, skid marks, and the surrounding scene right after an accident occurs.  An attorney may also hire various types of experts to support your claim, including an accident reconstructionist. An accident reconstructionist is a recognized expert on recreating accidents and discussing who was most likely at fault based on multiple scientific parameters. Their report and testimony could become a crucial part of your case. Recoverable Compensation in a Car Accident Claim The compensation you’re eligible to receive will vary based on the facts and circumstances of your case. In general, recoverable compensation includes: Medical expenses to date, Future medical expenses, Lost wages, Future loss of earning capacity, Property damage, Pain and suffering, Mental anguish, and Loss of consortium and enjoyment of life.  Your percentage of legal liability has a significant impact on how much compensation you ultimately receive. If your damages are $100,000 and you’re 60% at fault, the maximum you can receive is $40,000. Don’t risk receiving less money than you deserve because you pursued a claim without a skilled attorney representing you. Contact Our California Car Accident Lawyers Today If you are searching online for answers to “what happens if I am partially at fault for a collision,” contact Beliz Law Firm. We have nearly two decades of experience assisting injured car accident victims in California. Our legal team has helped countless clients fight for the compensation they deserve. We know the strategies and tactics insurance companies use to lowball you. They will make you believe they are offering you the maximum compensation you deserve when it’s significantly less than your case is worth. No matter what the defendant’s insurance company tries to make you believe, they are not on your side. The insurance adjuster is looking out for the company’s bottom line, not your best interest.Schedule a free initial consultation with a lawyer at Beliz Law Firm today to learn more about compensation when you’re partially at fault in an accident.

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How to Claim Lost Wages in a Car Accident

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When you sustain injuries in a car accident, it can affect your ability to work. If someone else’s actions caused the accident, you have the right to pursue a personal injury claim for compensation. Understandably, prospective clients want to know how to claim lost wages from a car accident. Don’t hesitate to contact the California car accident lawyers at Beliz Law Firm to learn how we can help you pursue a claim for lost earnings. Most lost wage claims also involve other damages, such as medical expenses, property damage, and pain and suffering. Our skilled legal team can help you determine the total value of your car accident claim.  Can I Claim Lost Wages from a Car Accident? In most situations, you can pursue lost wages in a car accident claim in California. However, you must have sufficient proof of your lost wages before making your claim. Otherwise, the other driver’s insurance company will deny your claim. For example, imagine you suffered whiplash in a car accident. A lost wages claim would require proof of the work you missed due to the whiplash.  You should be aware of two distinct components of personal injury wage claims: lost wages to date and future loss of earning capacity. Evidence Needed for a Lost Wages Claim After a Car Accident You need to provide evidence supporting your claim that you could not work due to your car accident injury. Some of the most common types of evidence include: Medical records that detail your injuries, including how they occurred and if you had a prior injury that was made worse in this accident; Pay stubs showing your earnings before the accident; Tax returns that confirm your prior earnings; Work records that show your missed days since the accident; and If you’re self-employed, you need invoices or other documentation that prove your losses. Include any letters or emails written to your supervisor that explain your absences. Your employer can also prepare a letter that details your missed time. The more documentation you have, the better. If you have future medical appointments requiring you to miss work, include those lost future earnings in your calculations.  When you retain an attorney at Beliz Law Firm, we will help compile all the evidence necessary to present a claim for lost wages. What Is Loss of Earning Capacity? Loss of earning capacity is the difference between what you are making and what you would be earning if not for your injury. For example, perhaps you were able to return to work after the accident, but you can’t do your former job.  Proving a future loss of earning capacity is more challenging than a standard lost wages claim. That’s because there’s a need to speculate about your future earnings.  The most challenging aspect of a loss of earning capacity claim is figuring out what you would have earned in the future if not for the debilitating injury. To calculate your damages, you would deduct what you might earn with your injury or disability from that amount. It’s typically necessary to hire a financial or economic expert who can help figure out these amounts. These experts can determine a range of what your loss of earning capacity claim is worth. Should your loss of earning potential claim go before a jury, the court grants the jury leeway to determine the amount you should be awarded. Jury members can use their common sense, which can be helpful or a hindrance, depending on the trial. How to Claim Lost Wages from a Car Accident Once you have all your evidence and documentation, you will present a demand package to the defendant’s insurance company. When you are represented by an attorney, your attorney will handle this step. All evidence is submitted to the insurance company to review, and you have to wait for a response. The demand package has a letter outlining everything about your case, including how you were injured, why the defendant is responsible, and what damages you sustained. Your attorney also includes a monetary amount you wish to resolve the case for. If the defendant’s insurance company refuses to talk about settlement values or if an adequate settlement offer is not made, your attorney may advise filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires. Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers When you have questions on how to claim lost wages from a car accident, Beliz Law Firm stands ready to help. We know how difficult proving damages can be in a car accident claim. We can help gather evidence and build the strongest case possible. If we need to hire experts for a loss of earning capacity claim, we have a network of reputable professionals we can call. If you pursue a claim independently, you might miss out on the valuable compensation you need. With nearly two decades of experience assisting injured car accident victims in California, we will fight for the maximum compensation in your lost wages claim. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.

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