Victims of accidents should be aware that they have ample routes for compensation. You can take legal action against the responsible party in the form of a personal injury lawsuit
. This claim will allow you to recover various forms of restitution and to have coverage of numerous debts and expenses. Our team of attorneys at the Downtown LA Law Group
has handled personal injury lawsuits
since our creation. We have years of experience with such claims and know the best and most successful tactics for success. If you need personal injury attorneys in Santa Maria
, do not hesitate to call
our law firm.
Common Personal Injury Lawsuits
Personal injury law is a varied branch and it has many intricate laws that apply to specific scenarios. For example, normal personal injury lawsuits require you to prove that you were owed a duty of care. However, medical malpractice cases require there to be a doctor/patient relationship. This is a very important distinction; it saves doctors from needless lawsuits. There are specific points you must prove or unique pieces of evidence required for every case.
A few of the most common incidents that result in personal injury claims include:
- Assault and battery cases where you were attacked and harmed by someone else
- Medical malpractice lawsuits where you were harmed by a doctor or nurse
- Automobile accidents with trucks, buses, cars, motorcycles, pedestrians, and more
- Alternative vehicle accidents with bicycles, scooters, and more
- Dog bite cases, which are very stringent for dog owners due to California holding the owners strictly liable for the actions of their pets
- Product liability cases where items malfunction or are produced with defects that lead to injuries
- Premises liability cases that may include slip and falls, falling tree branches, defective home parts, bed bug infestations, and more
As a result of these incidents, you could suffer various injuries, such as broken bones, fractures, infections, concussions, brain injuries, internal organ damage, severed limbs, dislocations, missed diagnoses, wrongfully prescribed medication, paralysis, coma, death, and much more.
Let our expert personal injury attorneys in Santa Maria handle your case for you and win you the maximum settlement under the law. We will ensure that you are appropriately covered and that you do not have to pay for any expenses relating to the case.
How To Gather Evidence For A Lawsuit
If you were in any kind of accident or incident that resulted
in your injuries, you should try to gather as much evidence as possible at the scene and from your records. This will allow you to have a solid claim and will yield a better chance of success.
You should immediately get medical treatment for any injuries
you suffered. If you do not get treated, it will be easier for the insurance agent to dismiss your claim. You will also not run the risk of missing any injuries.
You will need photos of your injuries
, the damage to any belongings, the environment, the scene of the accident, the room you were staying in, and more. Videos can also be used to achieve the same success.
Get eyewitness statements and reports from nearby individuals. Their testimonies can boost the reliability of your claim.
File an incident report with the business or company if you sustained the injuries inside private property.
The police may have come to the scene of the accident; if so, you could request a copy of the report when it is submitted to the station.
If there was any surveillance footage or security footage at the scene, you could request copies of the film.
Hold on to any important receipts, documents, proof of purchases credit card statements, and other papers that could benefit your claim.
Write down the contact information of the responsible party, as well as his insurance details.
You can contact one of our Santa Maria personal injury lawyers to assemble your evidence together and submit a demand letter to the insurance agency. We will walk you through the legal process and ensure that all of your evidence is preserved.
Learn more about your options for compensation by calling (888) 649-7166.
Personal Injury Claim Restitution
Our law firm can help you receive every penny you need to cover the various debts and expenses that racked up after an incident. We know that there could be many costs that continue to pop up because of the injuries you received and the inconveniences you were left with. We promise to strive to bring you the following:
- Medical expenses (surgery, hospitalization, anesthesiologist fees, ambulatory transportation, physical therapy, medication, structural changes in your home or apartment, making vehicle handicap accessible, and future medical procedures)
- Lost wages and reimbursement of future wages that will be missed out on
- Property damage and additional expenses to cover extermination, replacement of items, hotel fees, and more
- Pain and suffering damages if you were emotionally, psychologically, or mentally stressed and wounded in the incident
In tragic cases, a family member or loved one could have passed away from injuries sustained in the accident. If so, you could sue for expenses to cover the wrongful death of the individual. Spouses and parents of minor children can sue, and some courts will determine if any other relations or those in situations of financial dependence on the deceased can sue. Types of wrongful death compensation include payment for the funeral and burial, grave plot, cremation costs, pre-death medical bills and pain and suffering, loss of relations, loss of consortium, loss of expected savings and inheritance, and more.
Moreover, if the defendant deliberately tried to hurt you or was extremely negligent in his actions, he could pay punitive damages, which are amounts of compensation meant to punish the individual and prevent him from doing the same actions over again. These damages are usually seen as excessive or unnecessary by judges and juries, though, so only a skilled attorney for personal injury lawsuits in Santa Maria will be able to win them for your case.
Statute of Limitations on Personal Injury Claims
The statute of limitations exists so that victims have ample time to sue and so that defendants won’t be targeted unreasonably long after the incident. If you do not file a lawsuit within this deadline, you won’t be able to pursue compensation. It is important that you file a claim quickly; your evidence will be preserved much better and any memories from witnesses will be clearer.
For most personal injury claims, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date of the injury. This is not the case in medical malpractice claims, though. For victims of medical malpractice, there is a 1-year statute of limitations if you have discovered the injury, or 3 years from the injury itself, whichever happens first. There is also the possibility that you had surgery and a surgeon left a foreign object in your body, such as a sponge or a medical utensil. If this happened, then you would have an unlimited amount of time to sue for those damages.
If you intend to sue a government agency for damages, such as an assault by an employee or tripping on floors in government buildings, you only have 6 months from the date to take action.
Further, there are some exceptions that can be made to the statute limitations. These generally occur when victims are under the age of 18 at the time of the incident; they cannot sue by themselves and must wait for an adult, but their statute would be suspended until they turn legal age. Those who have been involved in accidents and were left comatose, with decreased brain function, or with a mental breakdown can also have their statute prolonged until they return to health.
Additionally, the defendant must be present in the state in order to sue. If he has temporarily vacated the state, the statute would be suspended until he returns.
To determine how much time you have left on your statute of limitations or to figure out if you have any possible exceptions available, call our Santa Maria personal injury lawyers for more help. We’ll ensure that you are not in danger of missing any important dates.
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Free Second Opinion
Many times, clients call us with questions about the value of their claim or what they can do to increase its worth. They are usually already represented by an attorney but may not feel as though they are being adequately represented. Unfortunately, this is not uncommon. Many attorneys just take on numerous cases at once and try to settle them quickly without paying much attention to the clients. This allows the attorneys to collect their shares without much negotiation, while the clients get left out.
We believe this is a prime example of attorneys acting in bad faith. We will tell you if we believe your current firm is treating you properly or if your lawyer is not doing everything in his power to bring you what you deserve. If you wish to switch firms, we will make the process quick and easy. Speak with our personal injury attorneys in Santa Maria for assistance.
DTLA Law Group: The Best Firm in Town
The Downtown LA Law Group
is one of the most highly rated law groups around. We have decades of combined experience and our attorneys do not stop pursuing your rightful compensation until we are satisfied with the results. If we need to go to court, we will present your case in front of a jury. Our attorneys are aggressive and will fight to the end for your rightful compensation. When you come to our firm, we treat you like family.
For a free legal consultation, call our offices at (888) 649-7166
today. You can confidentially ask us whatever you wish, and we will give you the answers you need. If you have specific questions about your case or the legal process, we will gladly clear up anything you want
By hiring us to represent you, you will ensure that your finances do not get touched. You won’t pay any out of pocket expenses throughout the case – we will only get paid if we win and the insurance company will cover the legal fees. If we lose, we don’t get paid at all, and you can leave debt-free to our firm.
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