Should I Hire an Attorney After an Injury?
It’s important to speak to an attorney after an injury. Not only can they walk you step by step through the often complicated legal system but they are true advocates on your side. As much as they may say they are, insurance companies are not your advocates. They are looking out for what is best for their company first, which often means paying their claimants as little as possible.
Additionally, many people find that the injuries they suffered in an accident turn out to be more severe days or weeks after they sustained them. While this is a normal occurrence, if you an accept an offer from an insurance company before you know the depths of your injuries you may find your settlement no longer covers your medical expenses. An experienced attorney from our firm can fight to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve so you can cover all your medical costs.
California Statute of Limitation in Personal Injury Cases
There are a few specific California laws that accident victims need to understand. The primary rule is that any personal injury case must be filed within 2 years from the date of the accident. In addition, if you are filing suit against a government agency, there is a shorter 6-month statute of limitations. For this reason, it is crucial to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after any accident that has left you injured. Facts of the accident may be more difficult to uncover after time has passed, and your case could be more difficult to prove. Where insurance companies are involved, they will attempt to deny your claim or suggest that you were the one at fault, so the evidence available could affect the outcome.
Recovering Damages in Personal Injury Lawsuits
When you pursue a personal injury case in California, you must show that some type of damage resulted from the accident.
These damages form the basis for the claim for compensation and can include economic losses such as:
- Medical care, surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and home care
- Lost wages from time away from work or your business
- Damage to vehicles or personal property
In some cases, non-economic damages may be available for pain and suffering that have affected the victim’s life. This type of compensation will depend on the type of accident and extent of the injuries. All claims for damages must reflect actual losses caused by negligent actions. If the victim somehow contributed to the accident, the amount of compensation may be affected by their shared fault. These intricacies of personal injury law require careful evaluation by your attorney, who can advise you on how to best present your compensation claim.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Automobile and Motorcycle AccidentsA personal injury case arises when someone fails to exercise ordinary care and causes harm to another person. These types of claims frequently involve automobile and motorcycle accidents, where multiple parties may be at fault. They are often complex cases, which may include insurance companies who generally deny payment to victims. For this reason, it is essential to have a dedicated Woodland Hills personal injury attorney from Frish Law Group, APLC pursue the claim on your behalf and represent your interests. Motorcycles are especially vulnerable on the roadway, and a single careless driver can cause serious injuries to the rider. Drivers and motorcyclists have a right to expect others to drive carefully and failure to exercise care can form the basis for a personal injury lawsuit. Traffic accidents can cause severe injuries that require extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and time away from work. In tragic accidents, victims can lose their lives; and family members may have a right to file a lawsuit for a wrongful death claim.
Slip and Fall InjuriesOther common causes of injury are slip and fall accidents, where a property owner fails to protect visitors from unsafe surfaces and floors. A slip and fall injury can occur in shopping centers, restaurants, movie theaters, private homes, and even on government property. In these cases, the defendant may be the owner/operator, tenant, insurer, or government agency that has control over the property.
If there was a failure to maintain a safe environment or to warn visitors of the danger, then anyone injured may have a claim for compensation. In most cases, a personal injury claim will depend on the type of property and whether the owner knew of the hazard beforehand. Your personal injury attorney at Frish Law Group, APLC can help you evaluate the accident and investigate the circumstances that caused your injury in order to ensure the maximum compensation possible.
The attorneys at Frish Law Group, APLC will use our experience in investigation, negotiation, and litigation to pursue your claim and recover compensation for your losses. Please contact us today for a free personal injury consultation.