Santa Ana
Personal Injury Attorneys

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Nearly 50 years of Combined Experience. Hess & Nghiem is proud to have among its partners, a former deputy district attorney and partner of a national defense firm that represented large corporations and insurance companies and battled the top Plaintiff lawyers in the nation.


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Fighting For Your Rights!

Get individual attention from an experienced law firm

We stand behind our clients and go the extra mile to ensure they get the results, the personal attention, and the legal representation they need and deserve. Unlike so many other large volume personal injury firms, we limit our practice to only a handful of cases. Our success allows us to be very selective in the accident and injury cases we accept. Every case we take we commit to winning.  We give our clients a level of personal attention and first-class service that most other law firms simply cannot match.

Our law firm is built on strong individual relationships with each of our clients. When you work with our firm, we become your legal partner. If you’ve been injured, you deserve to know your legal rights.  At Hess & Nghiem our seasoned Santa Ana accident attorneys in California offer all potential clients a free, no-obligation case review.

SETTLEMENT ALERT! Our client was injured in an auto accident on New Year’s Eve and represented herself for nearly 2 years. She received only “nuisance” offers from the insurance company before retaining HESS & NGHIEM. Within six months of hiring us, her case settled for well in excess of $200,000 over 20 times the original offer!


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“Our law firm is built on strong individual relationships with each of our clients. When you work with one of our team, the attorney becomes your legal partner in the situation that you bring to the table. Our attorneys will work with you hand in hand with a dedication to your case that will not be matched by any other firm.”
Phillip B. Nghiem


How Our Injury Firm Can Help

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Fighting for justice and protecting your rights after you have been injured in an accident is serious. Because of our deep and diverse legal background, we can take on a broad range of personal injury cases, including:

Serious Injuries. Serious Results

You only pay if we win!

Not all Santa Ana personal injury law firms are the same.  The law firm you choose to represent you for a serious injury or wrongful death claim makes a huge difference in the amount of money you recover for your claim.  We understand how much your future depends on the outcome of your case.  We will fight for you and help you recover the maximum compensation available.

If we accept your case, our fee is contingent on a successful monetary recovery. We do not charge our clients any fees or costs unless we win their case, and we advance all costs necessary to pursue your claim. There are no hidden costs or upfront retainers.  If we represent you in your claim, you will not pay unless we win your case.

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Client Testimonials



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    I was referred to Phil and Ed by a good friend after my two prior lawyers dropped the ball on my case. I was viciously assaulted at a bar. Phil and Ed took my case on and it was night and day. They stood up for me and kept in regular contact. I never had to guess what was going on with my case. They conducted a thorough investigation and collected crucial evidence that helped prove my case. Initially, the bar refused to take responsibility but eventually the bar relented after the job Phil and Ed did. Ultimately, the case resolved favorably for much more than I expected. Thanks so much again Phil an Ed!

    Rudy G.
    Bar Assault
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    Not backing down, Phil and Ed pressed forward and never once compromised our position. After the insurance company kept increasing their offer and wanting us to negotiate, Phil and Ed refused to relent and accept anything less than what we initially asked. Basically, their response each time to the insurance company was pay our original demand or we are going to trial. It worked! Eventually, after bidding against themselves, the insurance company finally offered to pay the original amount we wanted. I couldn’t be more impressed with the way Phil and Ed handled my case. They really stood up for me and took on a case that was by no means a simple one. Thanks again fellas!

    Mark W.
    Personal Injury
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    I can’t say enough great things about Phil Nghiem. He was on my case from the minute I called him. He got things handled from day one immediately and made me feel supported and taken care of. His office staff was the same way, replied to every email immediately and addressed all of my concerns. I got into a car accident and called him, and I am SO GLAD I did. He got me the compensation I was entitled to and fought for me and my well being the whole way through. He took are of everything so that I just had to worry about getting my health back. He and his staff really care about YOU and do not treat you like another name in the book. They help you step by step and always keep you in the loop. I can’t thank him enough for helping me through this excruciating ordeal.

    Kahiwalani M.
    Personal Injury
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    I’d like to start off by saying that Phil is incredibly passionate about what he does, he’s very kind-hearted, and he genuinely cares for his clients. I was struck by a hit-and-run driver, who was fleeing from the police in a stolen vehicle with no insurance. Given the circumstances of my car accident, Phil was able to negotiate an incredible sum to be paid out by my insurance. It made my day when he was able to share the news. Most attorneys would have settled earlier in the case for significantly less. Overall, I had a pleasant experience and the end of my investigation was a success. Thank you again Phil, I am eternally grateful for everything that you’ve done for me.

    PS. Phil’s office is quite the drive for me, but he’s very accommodating and we managed to make things work with EASE. So don’t hesitate to contact him regardless of where you’re from because he’ll take care of you.

    Shawn N.
    Car Accident
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    I was involved in a rear end accident and was referred to Phil from my chiropractor. Honestly I was nervous to take on an attorney because I was already overwhelmed by everything involving the accident but Phil really put me at ease. He took the time to explain things to me in a way I could understand and wasn’t pushy at all for me to hire him. I’m really glad I chose Phil because I literally didn’t have to worry about anything after that meeting. He set me up with one of his associates named Bri and she was always so quick to respond whenever I had questions. On top of that they worked hard to reduce my other fees and got me a nice settlement too! I’m thankful for all the help they provided and will definitely use them again if I ever need it.

    Yen P.
    Car Accident
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    I’m so glad I hired Phil to help me after my car crash. My car was totaled after a driver ran a red light and struck me. For days, I didn’t have a car to get to work and school. Finally, I decided to hire an attorney and eventually found Phil. He immediately got to work. My accident happened at an intersection where there was a restaurant. Phil personally went out to the restaurant and obtained video footage that captured the crash showing that I was not at-fault. I couldn’t believe that he actually did this. He then helped me get into a rental and get medical treatment. I am completely satisfied with Phil. He truly went above and beyond to get me through this difficult time in my life.

    Richard B.
    Car Crash
Santa Ana, California Personal Injury Lawyers

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The alliance of our partners, Mr. Ed Hess and Mr. Phillip Nghiem, along with their tenured staff can be described as nothing less than a powerful team and force to have on your side. Countless references and reviews can attest to their dedication and attentiveness to each and every client.

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Questions You Should Ask

Answers to Your Pressing Questions

If you have been injured in a Santa Ana accident, the most important priority is getting medical attention. Assuming that you are not taken to the emergency room immediately, you should take photos or videos of the accident scene and get the contact information of any witnesses. You should not admit fault or apologize to anyone else who was involved, even if it seems like a polite thing to do. Anything that you say in the aftermath of an accident can be used against you if you pursue a claim or lawsuit later. If you suspect that someone else may have been at fault, you should set up a consultation with an attorney to discuss your options. Contact us today for a free consultation with our Santa Ana, California Personal Injury Lawyers.

You do not need to make this decision on your own. Contact us today and set up a free consultation to go over your situation in detail, Santa Ana Personal Injury Lawyers. Our attorneys will be able to tell you whom you can sue and what you can expect to recover, based on the facts of the accident. Essentially, in most situations, you will have a case if someone acted carelessly under the circumstances and caused your injuries. Applying this standard is more complicated than it sounds, however, which is why it is important to consult an attorney.

We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that if our lawyers recover money for you, they receive a certain percentage as their fee. If they don’t recover compensation for you, they don’t get paid. You don’t owe us anything upfront. To learn more, schedule a consultation at a time that works for you.

In Santa Ana injury cases, there are two types of damages: Economic and noneconomic. Economic damages include all expenses related to the accident or injury such as:

  • Medical bills
  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Medical equipment
  • Home and vehicle modifications due to the injury
  • Lost wages
  • Car repairs

You can seek compensation for both past and future expenses.

Noneconomic damages cover the intangible losses that result from an accident such as pain, suffering and disfigurement. In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages meant to punish the offender and set an example for potential future offenders.

Wrongful death cases involve slightly different economic and noneconomic damages. Family members can pursue compensation for expenses related to their loss as well as certain noneconomic damages such as loss of consortium/companionship.

A statute of limitations is simply a deadline for filing a claim. These deadlines vary depending on the type of claim you have. They typically range from one to three years. If you miss a statute of limitations, you can no longer seek compensation, which is why it’s so important to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident or injury.

If your previous lawyer missed a statute of limitations, you may have grounds for a legal malpractice claim.


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    The best law firm. They got me the
    maximum amount possible for my
    settlement and reduced my medical bills. I couldn't be happier.

    Ray Zhang Santa Ana, California