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. But seeking a personal injury claim is no simple task. Offenders 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 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 defend our clients from start to finish 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 often physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional too.
"Negligence" is a legal term that indicates failure to exercise a proper degree of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failure to act as a reasonably prudent individual would. Negligence can be demonstrated through someone's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an omission (such as failing to remove a known risk from one's company property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim needs to show that the offender was negligent. There are four specific elements that are required under California law:
Potential Damages In a Personal Injury Claim
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 cases 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 procrastinate taking action on your case. Witnesses' memories can fade with 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 injured, reach out to a committed Topanga 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 a motor vehicle insurer. Regardless, you can count on the defendant's legal representatives pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere near to covering your losses. You want an attorney who not only knows California personal injury law, but knows how to establish a fair value for your case.
At Drake Law Firm, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients get the compensation they need to recover. We won't accept unjust offers and will defend you from beginning to end. Give us a call or complete the contact form today to get started on your case.
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