If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you have the right to demand financial compensation for the losses you've endured. However, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit is no simple task. Offenders and their insurance companies 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 settle 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. Either way, we defend 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 person, company, 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 suggests failure to exercise a proper level of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failing to behave as a reasonably prudent individual would. Negligence can be demonstrated through someone's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an exclusion (such as failing to eliminate a known hazard from one's business property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim must prove that the offender was negligent. There are four specific elements that are required under California law:
Possible Damages In a Personal Injury Claim
The objective of a personal injury lawsuit 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 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 establishes a deadline for plaintiffs to file 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 takes place.
However, it's ideal not to delay taking action on your claim. Witnesses' memories can diminish over time, proof will be harder to obtain, and you might fail to remember critical details if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been hurt, reach out to a dedicated Reseda personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers of Drake Law Firm Assist Me?
Suing a defendant usually means suing an insurance company, like an automobile insurer. Regardless, you can count on the offender's legal representatives pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You need an attorney who not only knows California personal injury legislation, but knows how to establish a reasonable value for your claim.
Contact Drake Law Firm so I can answer any questions you may have and let you know what I can do to help. If you’re unable to visit our firm, we can come to your home or hospital room.