Accidents happen. When they happen, one or more of the people involved can suffer injuries that create financial hardships for them. These financial hardships are known as damages. They can be somewhat minor, or they can be life-changing, especially when they leave the victim unable to continue to support themselves. If you’ve been injured, you should contact the Los Angeles Injury Lawyers of Dolan Law Firm.
When a victim suffers damages because of an injury, they can pursue compensation for these damages through a personal injury claim. Personal injury claims are bound to a few California laws, like the two-year statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Please be advised that your potential case is governed by a statute of limitations (a limited time period in which you must begin a lawsuit). Statutes of limitations differ depending on the type of case involved. Some of these time periods may be as short as six months, while others can be as long as two years. We do not have enough information to identify which statute of limitations applies in your case. You should consult with a lawyer, the California Code of Civil Procedure, internet resources, and/or visit your law library to identify the applicable statute of limitations for your matter. If you are injured in an accident, work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to gain an effective understanding of your rights and legal options.
Personal Injury Case Types We Handle
Our team works with clients who have been injured in the following types of accident:
- Car accidents;
- Motorcycle accidents;
- Bicycle accidents;
- Pedestrian accidents;
- Dog bites;
- Boat accidents;
- Public transportation accidents;
- Swimming pool accidents;
- Accidents involving faulty and defective consumer products; and
- Acts of medical malpractice.
Additionally, we work with fatal accident victims’ loved ones to pursue compensation for their wrongful death damages.
There is one common theme in every personal injury and wrongful death claim: somebody was negligent, and that negligence caused somebody else to suffer an injury. When you are a victim of negligence, you have the right to pursue compensation for your related damages.
Ways you Can be Injured in an Accident
There are many ways you can be injured in an accident. Some types of injury typically result from specific types of accident, like infections from the pathogens transferred through a dog’s bite. Others, like soft tissue injuries, can result from any type of accident.
You can sustain one or more of the following injuries in an accident:
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Traumatic brain injury;
- Organ damage, including skin damage; and
- Joint dislocations.
With every type of injury, you can potentially suffer from complications. The potential complications you face depend on the type of injury you sustained. For example, you risk infection, hemorrhaging, and shock from the blood loss you suffer from a cut or bite. With a spinal cord injury, you can potentially be paralyzed or lose nerve sensation in specific areas of your body.
Your chance of making a full recovery is tied to how quickly you receive appropriate medical attention after being injured. Do your duty to mitigate your damages and help yourself recover more quickly and completely by seeking medical care as soon as possible after your accident.
Pursuing Compensation for your Personal Injury Damages
Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
These categories cover a wide range of specific types of damages. You can recover compensation for more than just your immediate hospitalization and medication costs; your settlement can include compensation for your ongoing medical needs like continuing physical therapy and pain management. In addition to the wages you cannot earn while you are out of work to recover, you can pursue compensation for your missed advancement opportunities and reduced work capacity through a personal injury claim. In the pain and suffering category, you can seek compensation for every other related damage you face, such as the cost of psychological counseling to work through your emotional trauma and the cost of hiring in-home domestic help while you are unable to perform household tasks yourself.
In California, you can recover compensation for your damages even if you were partially, or even primarily, at fault for your accident. This is known as the pure comparative negligence doctrine. However, the amount of compensation you can recover is reduced according to the percentage of the fault you hold. This means that if you hold 50 percent of the fault for your accident and you file a claim for $100,000 in compensation, you can only recover up to $50,000.
Your claim can only be successful if you provide sufficient evidence to support it. The evidence you provide illustrates how the other party was negligent, how you were injured, and the damages you suffered as a result. It can include:
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- The official accident report;
- Copies of your medical bills;
- Documentation of your lost wages;
- Testimonies from witnesses to the accident;
- Expert testimony from parties who can discuss the case in detail; and
- Journal entries, testimonies from loved ones, and any other documentation you can provide to show how your quality of life was negatively impacted by the injury.
Working with an Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
When you file a personal injury claim, your lawyer plays an important role from the initial investigation to the final settlement. It is their job to help you recover an appropriate settlement for your damages, and in most cases, that means having to negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance provider on your behalf. It could also mean drawing upon the lawyer’s professional network to get expert testimonies from parties like doctors, accident reconstruction specialists, and mechanics. In some cases, pursuing compensation for your damages means filing a lawsuit and having the court decide on an outcome. No matter which turns your claim takes, your lawyer’s job is to provide appropriate legal advice and representation in pursuit of your compensation package.
Work with an Experienced Los Angeles Injury Lawyer
When you are suffering from an accidental injury, you can face substantial financial damages. You are entitled to pursue monetary compensation for those damages through a personal injury claim. To give your claim the best possible chance of resulting in a fair compensation package for your damages, work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact our team at the Dolan Law Firm today to set up your initial legal consultant in our office.