If you've been injured due to another person's negligence, you have the right to demand financial compensation for the losses you've suffered. But seeking a personal injury claim is no easy task. Offenders and their insurance providers are backed by armies of lawyers prepared to protect their clients. Who's looking out for you?
At Drake Law Firm, we fight for personal injury victims. Where possible, we resolve cases out of court so our clients can return to their lives. If necessary, however, we put together a litigation strategy and take the case to court. In either case, we defend our clients from beginning to end so they can concentrate on recovering.
What Is Personal Injury?
The essence of a personal injury case is negligence. When another individual, company, or even a governmental agency acts irresponsibly, others can get hurt. The injury is usually physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional as well.
"Negligence" is a legal term that implies failure to exercise an appropriate level of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failure to act as a reasonably sensible individual would. Negligence can be displayed through a person's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an omission (such as failing to remove a known hazard from one's business property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim must prove that the defendant was negligent. There are four specific components that are required under California legislation:
Possible Damages In a Personal Injury Case
The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to make the plaintiff whole through financial compensation. This compensation is known as damages, and some examples are:
Are There Time Limits to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Your right to file a claim against a negligent party will not last forever. In California, personal injury claims are subject to what's called a statute of limitations. This sets a deadline for plaintiffs to file their claims before they lose the right to do so. For a personal injury, the statute of limitations is two years. In most cases, the clock begins to run when the injury occurs.
However, it's ideal not to delay taking action on your claim. Witnesses' memories can fade with time, proof will be more difficult to obtain, and you might forget critical information if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been injured, reach out to a committed Burbank personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers at Drake Law Firm Assist Me?
Suing a defendant almost always means suing an insurance company, like a motor vehicle insurer. Regardless, you can count on the defendant's attorneys pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You want an attorney that not only knows California personal injury legislation, but understands how to determine a fair value for your case.
At Drake Law Firm, we've helped numerous personal injury clients obtain the compensation they require to recover. We won't accept unfair deals and will stand by you from beginning to end. Give us a call or fill out the contact form today to get started on your case.
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