What Are Some Personal Injury Lawsuits?You can file a personal injury lawsuit if you were involved in an incident with someone that owed you a duty of care that was breached, which led to an incident that caused physical injuries. Some of the forms of personal injury lawsuits we handle include:
- Slip and fall cases, usually in restaurants with slippery floors, in grocery stores with wet sections, on sidewalks with defects, and more
- Automobile accidents with cars, trucks, buses, and motorcycles
- Pedestrian accidents, bicycle crashes, and scooter accidents
- Dog bites
- Bed bug infestations in hotels and apartment buildings
- Product liability cases with defective or malfunctioning items
- Medical malpractice incidents in hospitals and healthcare stations carried out by negligent doctors and nurses
- Premises liability if you were hurt on someone’s property
- Assault and battery cases where you were deliberately injured by another party
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What Kind Of Injuries Can I Suffer In Accidents?The type of accident you are involved in will greatly determine the type of injuries you suffer. For example, it is extremely unlikely that you will get bed bug bites if you were in a truck accident, and it is equally unlikely that you’ll suffer whiplash if you were in a hotel that was infested with vermin. We have seen many different injuries, though, and the severity will play a large part in your lawsuit. Our clients have been afflicted by the following:
- Broken bones
- Wrongful surgery
- Internal organ damage
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severed limbs
- Neck and spinal cord damage
- Knee and hip injuries
- Nerve damage
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia
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What Steps Can I Take After An Accident?There are many different kinds of incidents that can befall you, but you should always make sure to do everything you can to stay free from further harm and to gather as much evidence as possible. Sometimes, it will be difficult to gather proof; for example, if you were severely injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be rushed to the hospital and not have the ability to prove that there was a defect on the stairs. The company could easily repair the stairs and act like there was no such malfunction. Here are the steps you should take after an incident:
- Get medical treatment at once
- Take pictures of everything you can, including your injuries, property damage, defects, and more
- Print out receipts, bank statements, purchase records, and more
- File an incident report
- Request surveillance footage from the company or business where the accident happened
- Interview eyewitnesses for their statements on what happened in the incident
- Request a copy of the police report if there were an investigation
How Do I Determine The Worth Of My Lawsuit?Every accident is different, even though many feature the same or similar damages. For example, there are many instances of rear-end collision automobile accidents that result in whiplash, but not every case will feature the same amount of compensation. There are many different factors that go into determining the value of a claim; the insurance agent will consider them and then make an offer. He will first and foremost look at the injuries you suffered and see how severe they were and how much of an impact they had on your life and career. If you suffered great alterations, such as becoming handicapped and entering assisted living, your case worth would likely be much more than if you only suffered a broken ankle and could return to full mobility in a few weeks. The insurance agent will also consider your level of liability for the accident, or how much of it can be attributed to you. If you were negligent in some way, you may see a reduction in the amount you are offered. Once the agent has made an offer, our Rancho Cucamonga personal injury attorneys will work to negotiate a fair deal. Insurance agents tend to do all they can to not pay out claims and make small offers that they will not lose a lot of money on.
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What Kind Of Expenses Can A Personal Injury Lawsuit Cover?A personal injury lawsuit can result in financial compensation for the numerous expenses that racked up after an accident or incident. You can have your debts paid off by the responsible party’s insurance company if you take appropriate legal action. It is unfair to expect victims of accidents to be riddled with debt. Some of the forms of compensation you can receive include:
- Medical bills (surgery, hospitalization, ambulatory transportation, medication and prescription drugs, physical therapy and rehabilitation, and future medical treatments)
- Property damage (lost items, broken electronics, damaged vehicle, and more)
- Missed income from your job from the past and future
- Pain and suffering (PTSD, fear, anxiety, mental trauma, psychological stress)
- Wrongful death expenses (funeral and burial costs, pre-death medical bills, pre-death pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of relations, loss of expected savings, loss of inheritance)
- Punitive damages (handed out when the defendant tried to harm you or acted with excessive negligence)
What Is The Statute Of Limitations For My Claim?The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 2 years from the date of the injury. This is true of most claims; however, you may be able to have the statute temporarily extended. The most common reasons for an extension include the following:
- Age: Minors under the age of 18 cannot file a lawsuit by themselves. They can wait until they turn legal age – and in doing so, the statute of limitations would start on their birthdays.
- Mental or physical state: An accident could very well leave a victim incapacitated with no ability to sue. He may be in a coma or in a state of mental breakdown. Once he returns to health, the statute would begin.
- Defendant’s location: The defendant of your claim must be present in the state; if he is not, the statute would be suspended until he returns.
- Medical malpractice: Victims of medical malpractice must file a claim 1 year after the discovery of the injury or 3 years after the injury itself, whichever comes first. The statute is erased if the victim suffered a foreign object left behind in the body during a surgical procedure.
- Government claims: If you wish to sue a government entity, the statute of limitations will be greatly reduced. You may only have 90 days in some situations to sue.