If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you have the right to ask for financial compensation for the losses you've endured. However, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is no easy task. Defendants and their insurers are backed by armies of attorneys prepared to defend 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 needed, however, we assemble a litigation strategy and take the case to court. Either way, we stand by our clients from beginning to end so they can concentrate on recovering.
What Is Personal Injury?
The essence of a personal injury claim is negligence. When another individual, business, or even a governmental agency acts irresponsibly, others can get injured. The injury is typically physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional too.
"Negligence" is a legal term that means failure to exercise a proper level of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failure to act as a reasonably prudent person would. Negligence can be demonstrated through someone's actions (like speeding or driving drunk) or through an exclusion (such as failing to remove a known hazard from one's business property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim has to prove that the offender was negligent. There are four particular elements 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 known 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 claims are subject to what's called a statute of limitations. This sets a deadline for plaintiffs to submit their lawsuits 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 best not to delay taking action on your claim. Witnesses' memories can diminish over time, proof will be harder to obtain, and you could forget crucial details if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been hurt, reach out to a dedicated Woodland Hills personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers of Drake Law Firm Assist Me?
Suing a defendant almost always means suing an insurance company, like an automobile insurer. Regardless, you can count on the defendant's lawyers pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere near to covering your losses. You need a lawyer who not only understands California personal injury law, but knows how to establish a fair value for your claim.
At Drake Law Firm, we've helped countless personal injury clients obtain the compensation they need to recover. We will not accept unfair offers and will defend you from beginning to end. Give us a call or complete the contact form today to get started on your claim.
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