WHAT DOES PERSONAL INJURY MEAN?
Under California law, an individual who has been the victim of an accident or injury can take action against those responsible. As a personal injury victim – or plaintiff in the case – there are options for the types of claims and lawsuits that can be brought against the wrongdoers responsible for causing the harm. Given the complexity of personal injury law – including differences in statutes of limitations, injuries, and losses – skilled personal injury attorneys are necessary to navigate the process.
As a personal injury victim it is important to remember that financial losses resulting from the injury can be extreme. The bills pile up. Personal injury lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis. This means victims do not need to pay for legal expenses out of pocket. Lawyers are paid as a percentage of the personal injury settlement after it is paid out to the victim. In this way, as a victim of an accident or injury you can focus on your health while your lawyer advocates on your behalf. Effective legal representation does not need to be an additional burden.
What Types Of Injuries Are Personal Injuries And What Losses Can We Recover?
If you or a loved one has suffered an accident or injury due to someone else’s negligence, recklessness, or an intentional wrongful act; California law allows you to recover money for both physical and emotional injuries. Physical injuries can range from bicycle and car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace injuries, to fitness center and gym accidents, equipment malfunctions, and pedestrian injuries. Emotional injuries include pain and suffering, trauma, and distress including injury to self-esteem and reputation.
The losses that you are able to recover in a personal injury case in the form of money – or compensatory damages – that the wrongdoer pays fall mostly into two categories: economic damages such as medical bills, property damage, lost wages; and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, impairment, disfigurement, and inconvenience or loss of quality of life and enjoyment. These general damages can be difficult to quantify and your personal injury lawyer will advise on the best record-keeping method to ensure all of your losses are recovered.
What Do I Do Now?
Remember that no legal fees will be paid until we settle or win your case and you are paid. If you or a relative or friend has been a victim of an accident or personal injury, there are remedies available to you. It is critical you consult with an experienced and qualified Personal Injury Lawyer. Our California team has years of experience fighting for you. Remember, you cannot let wrongdoers get a pass. You must be prepared, organized, and with your personal injury team you have the best opportunity to recover all of your losses. Contact us now for a Free Consultation.