Every day, our firm fields calls from individuals who have been involved in accidents and incidents and who are looking for fair representation for their lawsuits. They have usually been injured in some way and want to take legal action. If you have been similarly injured due to the irresponsibility or negligent action of someone else, you could file a claim against the insurance company and collect compensation for your damages. Our law firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, can provide you with a team of qualified Bellflower personal injury lawyers
to handle your case. Your personal injury lawsuit will be taken care of by some of the most highly rated attorneys in the area, and you can rest while we work to win your claim.
Reasons to File a Civil Lawsuit
If you have been involved in an accident or an incident of any kind in which you were injured thanks to the negligent action of another party, you can file a claim to collect your rightful damages. These claims go through the insurance company representing the defendant, and the rewards are monetary. Criminal charges may result in fines and jail time for the defendant, which means they require a much higher burden of proof. Civil claims will only result in payment to the plaintiff or other parties, so the degree of proof is reduced.
Some of the most commonly seen accidents that result in lawsuits include:
Each accident is unique and has a distinct set of steps to follow in case you are involved in one. For example, if you are involved in an assault and battery incident, it is wise to bring the perpetrator up on criminal charges due to how severely he broke the law. However, if you were to slip and fall
on the sidewalk
because it wasn’t properly cleaned off after a storm, you likely wouldn’t have any way to bring criminal charges against the property owner because he was simply negligent in his duty.
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Many individuals suffer negligible injuries in accidents, but there are times when more severe damages occur. If you have been hurt, it is recommended that you take legal action so you can be compensated for the medical expenses that will rack up from the treatments. We have seen individuals suffer some of the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries and closed head injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Muscle damage
- Nerve damage
- Neck and spinal cord injuries
- Knee and hip damage
- Herniated discs and slipped discs
- Facial damages and scarring
- Puncture wounds and crushing injuries
- Severed limbs
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
If you have been injured, contact our Bellflower personal injury lawyers
to get started on your lawsuit against the insurance company. You should not be expected to cover these expenses if another individual caused the accident and harmed you.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you wish to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party, you must be able to show four points of negligence. All of these points must be true; if even one is false, your claim will likely fall apart. The points are as follows:
- You were owed a duty of care by the responsible party
- The duty of care was breached in some way
- The breach of duty resulted in an accident
- The accident caused physical injuries
If you were not physically harmed, you won’t be able to file a personal injury claim. You would only be able to collect certain other damages, such as lost wages and property damage. Further, there are degrees of negligence; if you were found to be partially negligent for the accident, you can still sue, but you very well may suffer a reduced settlement.
Proving these four points can be difficult, especially if you do not have adequate legal experience. You can talk to our Bellflower personal injury lawyers
for more help. We’ll gladly take on your case and do our best to prove that you are not liable for the expenses stemming from the accident.
Gathering Evidence for Your Claim
You will need a certain amount of evidence to win an accident claim, no matter what type of lawsuit it is. You should make sure to have the following pieces:
- Eyewitness or bystander statements and testimonies to give credence to your claim
- Medical notes, hospital bills, doctor’s treatment logs, and more to show the extent of your damage and what was done to mitigate it
- Important contact information and insurance details of the responsible party
- Photographs and videos of your injuries
- Pictures of the scene of the accident or where the incident occurred
After any accident, it is important that you go to the doctor as soon as possible to get treated. You can have the paramedics treat you at the scene, as well. The reasons are simple: for one, if you wait too long to be seen, your injuries could worsen. Sometimes, damages are not readily apparent, and you may only feel fine because of the rush of adrenaline that is numbing some of the pain. A medical professional can determine if there are any issues. Further, if you do not go to the doctor soon after the accident, it could be a red flag to the insurance agent. He can claim that you were injured elsewhere and that you are simply using the accident in question to pay for damages that didn’t even come from it.
Find out more about how we can help you. Call (888) 649-7166 with a representative now.
A personal injury attorney in Bellflower
can gather all of your evidence for you and ensure that your claim is sufficient. You may have trouble organizing everything and you might not have access to additional evidence, such as expert witnesses. Our firm promises to do all we can to win your claim.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 2 years from the date of the injury. If you do not file a claim within this time frame, you won’t be able to collect compensation for your damages. We’ll make sure that your documents are filed on time and that you do not miss out on any important deadlines.
There are some situations in which the statute of limitations can be temporarily put on hold. For example, if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, you would not be required to adhere to the statute until you turned legal age, as minors cannot file claims on their own. Further, if you were mentally or physically incapacitated and unable to take legal action, you would not be held to the statute until you returned to functioning health.
There is also the chance that the defendant will leave the state for a period of time. This will cause the statute to be frozen until he returns, at which point it would begin counting down again. These exceptions are generally realized retroactively.
One of our Bellflower personal injury lawyers can help you make sure that you are not outside of the time limit for your case. We will not place your case in danger of being thrown out.
Potential Compensation from a Lawsuit
Victims of accidents are able to collect numerous types of compensation for their damages. This restitution is available to cover the expenses that racked up as a result of the crash. We will work around the clock to bring you the maximum coverage for the following:
- Medical bills from the past and future, including surgery costs, ambulatory transportation, hospitalization fees, medication, physical therapy, and more
- Missed income from absent days t work, as well as any future missed wages due to recovery time or medical treatment
- Property damage to your personal belongings, which can be replaced, repaired, fixed, or recouped
- Pain and suffering damages to cover any emotional trauma, psychological pain, anxiety, fear, PTSD, and more that can arise from the incident
If the responsible party were particularly or grossly negligent or if he attempted to harm you on purpose, you could aim for punitive damages. These additional damages are purely monetary and are meant t punish the defendant for his actions. They are difficult to win, however, as many juries view them as excessive. A skilled lawyer will be able to secure them for you.
Additionally, if a family member or loved one passed away due to his injuries from the incident, you could file a wrongful death claim that could result in coverage for funeral expenses, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of expected earnings and inheritance, and more.
Our team of Bellflower personal injury lawyers
will strive to secure you the maximum compensation available under the law. Some cases can be worth in excess of $1,000,000.
Your Preferred Firm
The Downtown LA Law Group
has an expert team of Bellflower personal injury lawyers who can assist you with your case. We have decades of combined legal experience and we have recovered millions of dollars for our clients. There is no better choice than one of the most highly rated law firms in the area. We are aggressive and do not give up until we are satisfied with the result of your claim, and if we need to go to court to win, we are willing to do so.
Contact us at (888) 649-7166
for a free legal consultation today. We’ll gladly talk with you about your case and tell you what we believe it’s worth. We will also tell you more about our zero fee guarantee, which is a promise that you won’t spend a dime during the legal process – we cover all the costs, and if we lose, we get no money at all. If we win, the money is taken from the settlement we bring you. You have no monetary risk at all when pursuing legal action through us.
For more details, call a Bellflower personal injury lawyer at the Downtown LA Law Group