Clients often call us with questions about their personal injury lawsuits
and whether or not they have sufficient evidence to sue. We always help all of our clients and make sure they are fairly represented. The nuances surrounding personal injury claims can be hard to navigate, and we do all we can to ensure that you are given the fairest help available. Our firm, the Downtown LA Law Group
, has a team of personal injury attorneys in Orange
who can make sure that you are treated fairly and that you are in a good position to receive total compensation for your accident.
Types of Accidents
There are many ways that accidents can happen, and if you were hurt in an incident because of the negligent action of another party, you could file a claim to get compensation for the damages
. Our firm has handled many different incidents over the years, and we consider ourselves experts on many areas of law. A few of the areas we have practiced in personal injury include:
As such, you can receive many injuries from accidents, some of which can last permanently and others of which can heal up quickly. No matter what kind of damage you sustain, though, you should pursue ample compensation for the expenses stemming from them. A few of the injuries include:
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- Broken bones
- Concussions and head injuries
- Knee and hip damage
- Nerve damage
- Torn muscles
- Spinal cord issues
- Internal organ damage
- Allergic reactions
- Mistaken diagnoses
- Severed limbs
Reach out to our lawyers if you were hurt in any kind of accident.
Steps To Take After An Incident
If you have been involved in an accident, it is crucial that you do everything you can to gather evidence at the scene. The more proof you have that you were hurt because of a negligent party, te more likely it is that you will succeed when you file a claim. You should take the following steps after an accident
Get medical treatment from any paramedics immediately
, or go to the hospital for treatment. If you were not seriously injured, you should still get checked some damages may manifest later or may not be apparent at first because they are being masked by adrenaline. If you don’t go to the doctor until weeks later, it is possible that the insurance agent handling your case will claim that you were not as badly hurt as you stated or that you hurt yourself in another incident and you were trying to use the previous accident as a way to get compensation.
You should take as many photographs and videos as you can
of the various bits of evidence you can find. You should have pictures of your injuries, the scene of the incident, and more. If you have screenshots, they can be printed out and used as evidence as well.
There may have been various eyewitnesses
who can provide you with their testimonies as to what happened. You should take down as many statements as possible to bolster your claim.
If the incident occurred at a business, you should file an incident report with the company
, hold on to any product, or make sure you take pictures before employees or managers change the scene or usher you away.
There may be some incidents in which the police show up; if they do, they will likely conduct an investigation and file a police report. This report can be added to your evidence package by requesting a copy from the station.
You should ask the negligent party for any contact information
and insurance information to stay in touch and file a claim against the proper agency. In some cases, such as hit and run accidents, this may not be possible.
No matter what kind of incident you are involved in, it is wise that you reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney in Orange to help you with your case. You may be injured and unable to proceed with legal action, or you may not have ample legal knowledge or negotiating experience to successfully defend yourself and secure a settlement. Our firm will be able to do just that, and we promise to work around the clock to bring you everything you deserve.
How To Prove Negligence Of Another Party
To file a personal injury lawsuit
, you must show that you were the victim of negligence. This can be done by proving that you were owed a duty of care that was breached, and the breach of duty caused an accident that resulted in physical injuries. If you were not physically harmed, you won’t be able to file a claim
and will instead only be able to collect damages for broken property or lost income.
If you do only have the ability to collect these damages, you will likely not need an attorney to help you with the claim. The amount is generally much lower and the proof you have will be hard for the insurance agent to reject, as it will be pay stubs and estimates from a mechanic.
However, with the presence of physical injuries, there will likely be much more negotiation and claims that you did not need such treatment, or that the procedures were wrong, or that you were actually the one who caused the accident.
For the best chance of success with your lawsuit, call our personal injury attorneys in Orange.
Statute Of Limitations For Personal Injury Claims
In the State of California, you only have 2 years
from the date of the injury to take legal action against the party responsible for your damages. If you do not file a claim within this time limit, you will be barred from pursuing any additional compensation in the future. The statute of limitations is present so that all parties will have fair opportunities in a case – plaintiffs will have enough time to gather evidence and ensure it’s not corrupted, while defendants do not have to worry about being targeted years later.
The statute of limitations can, however, be extended in some scenarios. For example, if you were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident, you were a minor and could not legally file a claim. When you turned 18, the statute would kick in, and you would have to adhere to the 2 year deadline, even if you were injured more than two years previous.
You can also have the statute extended if you were hurt and could not physically or mentally file a claim (such as from being in a coma or being bedridden) or if the defendant vacated the state (the statute would resume when he returned).
Some more unique statutes of limitations pertain to medical malpractice cases and lawsuits against the government. Medical malpractice claims can be filed either one year, three years, or any number of years after the injury, depending on the circumstances of the case. Lawsuits against the government, though, have greatly reduced statutes.
No matter what kind of case you have, talk with one of our expert Orange personal injury attorneys for more help. We’ll be able to tell you how much time you have left on your claim, and if we file your lawsuit for you, we guarantee that you won’t be in danger of missing any crucial deadlines.
Compensation For Your Injuries
Our Orange personal injury lawyers
can make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Often, victims of accidents will not pursue any legal compensation because they do not believe they have enough evidence or because they do not know where to turn. We will proudly bring you the following:
- Medical expenses to cover surgery costs, hospitalization fees, ambulatory transportation fees, medication costs, physical therapy sessions, and any future medical treatments needed
- Lost income from time missed at work, as well as future missed wages if you needed additional days off to receive medical treatments or to recover
- Property damage for any items you owned that were broken or needed to be repaired after the incident
- Pain and suffering damages to cover PTSD, fear, anxiety, psychological stress, mental scarring, and more
You can have certain fees like extermination costs, reimbursement of a trip, structural modifications in your home, and more taken care of. You may also be able to secure wrongful death damages if a family member or loved one passed away from the incident, which can result in funeral and burial fees, loss of consortium and relations, loss of expected inheritance and savings, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, and more.
In some events, the defendant acted with gross negligence or with the intention of harming you. In such cases, you could pursue punitive damages, which are monetary amounts meant to punish the defendant that are usually handed out to replace jail time. They are often viewed as excessive or unnecessary, though, and only a skilled lawyer will have the ability to win them for your case.
For more information on what you could potentially earn in a claim, contact our Orange personal injury lawyers today.
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Our Law Group and You
If you were involved in an incident, you should contact the Downtown LA Law Group
for more assistance. We have spent years involved in personal injury claims and know the best and most secure strategies to winning your case. Our expert Orange personal injury attorneys
have long been some of the most highly rated attorneys in the city, and we will proudly work to win your claim for you.
Call us at (888) 649-7166
to set up a free legal consultation with one of our attorneys. We will strive around the clock to represent you in the best way possible. W will also give you our zero fee guarantee, which will prevent you from spending any out of pocket expenses during the case. We will only get paid if we win, and if we lose, we get nothing at all. No matter what, your personal finances are safe.
For more details, get in touch
with the Orange personal injury lawyers available at the Downtown LA Law Group