What Are Some Common Causes For Personal Injury Lawsuits?Personal injury lawsuits can be filed if a party that owed you a duty of care caused you harm. You may be able to sue for various forms of compensation. Essentially, if your safety were somehow in the hands of another person and that safety was violated, you could take legal action. We have handled many types of personal injury lawsuits over the years; a few can be found below:
- Automobile accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Assault and battery incidents
- Slip and fall and trip and fall cases
- Dangerous drugs and similar incidents
- Dog bites
- Bed bug infestations
- Medical malpractice incidents
- Product liability
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (213) 389-3765.
What Should I Do After An Incident?It can be troubling and confusing to be involved in an accident, and you may not know what to do. You very well may not have been in any kind of accident before or ever taken any legal action, and our lawyers can help. You should follow these steps to ensure the highest chance of success with your claim and to stay safe and healthy after an accident: Go to the doctor or see paramedics as quickly as you can. It is important that you get medical help; if you wait too long, the insurance agent can state that you were obviously hurt in another accident and you were wrongfully suing. Some injuries may not appear immediately, whether because of the adrenaline or because the damages are slow-moving. Take pictures of the injuries you suffered, the scene of the accident, the damage to your belongings, and more. If you can record any videos or obtain surveillance footage showing what happened, your evidence will be stronger. Any subsidiary evidence should also be collected, such as proof of purchase, credit card statements, medical notes, defective items, and more. If there were any eyewitnesses or bystanders who saw the event happen, you can interview them for their statements and testimonies. In some cases, the police may have shown up to conduct an investigation; you can request a copy of the police report from the station. You can file an incident report if the occurrence happened at a place of business or a company. You should make sure to keep a copy of this report, as some businesses will claim that they never received it. If you are in need of an adequate personal injury attorney in Pomona, contact our firm. We will walk you through the legal process and help you understand what evidence you should gather after an incident. You do not have to go through your lawsuit alone.
What Can I Receive As Compensation From A Personal Injury Lawsuit?A personal injury lawsuit can result in various forms of compensation for you. Victims may be able to secure different types of damages dependent on the circumstances of their cases and how they were injured. You should always pursue the maximum settlement available – the responsible party should pay off any expenses and debts caused by the incident. Our lawyers will see to it that you are given the following:
- Medical expenses from the past and future to cover surgery, hospitalization, physical therapy, medication, and more
- Property damage if any personal items or belongings were broken or lost, such as your phone, vehicle, laptop, textbooks, and more
- Lost wages from the past and future if you could not go to work because of your injuries or because you needed additional time to recover
- Pain and suffering damages to cover emotional anguish fear, PTSD, anxiety psychological trauma, and more
Call (213) 389-3765 to set up a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.In unfortunate circumstances, a loved one or family member may pass away due to injuries in the incident. You can receive funeral and burial expenses, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of relations, loss of expected inheritance, and more. You may also be able to receive punitive damages, which are additional forms of compensation handed out to punish the defendant, since civil cases cannot result in jail time. They are distributed when the defendant acts with gross negligence or intentional attempts to harm the plaintiff. However, the damages are often viewed as excessive and unnecessary, and can only be won by a skilled lawyer. Our Pomona personal injury attorneys will work around the clock to secure you every penny you deserve in your lawsuit. Too often, a victim will not pursue legal action because he is unsure if he can win, or because he does not know the path forward. We are here to help.
How Long Do I Have To File A Lawsuit?In California, you only have 2 years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. If you do not take legal action within that time frame, you will be unable to pursue compensation in the future. It is generally recommended that you act quickly so that your evidence is properly preserved; you will have the best memory of events and any hard evidence will still be intact and available. However, there are some instances in which the 2-year limit is not adhered to. There are some exceptions to the rule; for example, minors under the age of 18 cannot sue for damages and can thus wait until they are legal age before the statute kicks in. There are also some individuals who are left mentally or physically incapacitated after the accident and are not in a fit state to sue, so their statute would be temporarily suspended. The defendant must also be present in the state if you intend to sue. If he is on vacation or has temporarily moved, you will not have to stick to the deadline; it will be temporarily suspended until he returns. Further, if you were a victim of medical malpractice, you only have 1 year from the discovery of the injury to sue, or 3 years from the injury itself. However, if a foreign object were left behind in your body, you do not have any statute of limitations. This can all be very tricky to follow, and many people are not aware of the different deadlines or what they are eligible for. Our Pomona personal injury lawyers will make sure that your claim is filed on time and that you do not miss any important dates.
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