If you've been injured due to another person's negligence, you have the right to ask for financial compensation for the losses you've suffered. But pursuing a personal injury claim is no simple task. Defendants and their insurance providers 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 resolve cases out of court so our clients can get back to their lives. If needed, however, we put together a litigation strategy and take the case to court. Either way, we stand by our clients from start to finish so they can focus 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 means failure to exercise an appropriate degree 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 someone's actions (like speeding or driving drunk) or through an omission (such as failing to eliminate a known hazard from one's business property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim has to show that the defendant was negligent. There are four specific elements that are required under California law:
Potential Damages In a Personal Injury Case
The objective of a personal injury claim 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 sue 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 starts to run when the injury takes place.
However, it's ideal not to delay taking action on your claim. Witnesses' memories can fade with time, proof will be harder to obtain, and you could forget critical information if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been injured, reach out to a dedicated Studio City personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers 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 defendant's lawyers pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You need a lawyer who not only knows California personal injury law, but understands how to establish a reasonable value for your claim.
At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted countless personal injury clients obtain the compensation they need to recover. We won't accept unreasonable offers and will defend you from start to finish. Give us a call or complete the contact form today to get started on your claim.
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