If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you have the right to demand financial compensation for the losses you've suffered. But pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is no simple task. Defendants and their insurance companies are backed by armies of attorneys ready to protect their clients. Who's looking out for you?
At Drake Law Firm, we defend personal injury victims. Where possible, we settle cases out of court so our clients can return to their lives. If needed, however, we assemble a litigation strategy and take the case to court. In either case, we stand by our clients from beginning to end so they can concentrate on getting better.
What Is Personal Injury?
The essence of a personal injury claim is negligence. When another individual, company, or even a governmental agency acts irresponsibly, others can get hurt. The injury is often physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional as well.
"Negligence" is a legal term that indicates failure to exercise an appropriate level of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failing to behave as a reasonably prudent person would. Negligence can be demonstrated through someone's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an exclusion (such as failing to remove a known risk from one's company property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim must show that the defendant was negligent. There are four particular components that are required under California law:
Potential Damages In a Personal Injury Case
The goal of a personal injury claim is to make the plaintiff whole via financial compensation. This compensation is referred to as damages, and some examples are:
Are There Time Limits to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Your right to take legal action against a negligent party will not last forever. In California, personal injury cases are subject to what's called a statute of limitations. This establishes a deadline for plaintiffs to submit 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 starts to run when the injury takes place.
However, it's ideal not to procrastinate taking action on your claim. Witnesses' memories can diminish over time, evidence will be harder 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 dedicated Reseda personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Attorneys of Drake Law Firm Help Me?
Suing a defendant almost always means suing an insurance company, like an automobile insurer. Regardless, you can count on the offender's lawyers pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You need an attorney who not only understands California personal injury law, but knows how to establish a reasonable value for your case.
At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients obtain the compensation they need to recuperate. We will not accept unfair deals and will stand by you from start to finish. Give us a call or complete the contact form today to get started on your case.
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