California Personal Injury
If you suffered personal injuries in an accident in California and it was someone else's fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Types of Personal Injury Cases in California
Personal injury generally refers to mental and physical injuries to a person's body that are caused by someone else's negligence. These injuries may be minor or may be so severe as to cause the person's death. Personal injury does not include damage or destruction to your property (such as your car or house).
Personal injuries can occur in any number of ways, but causes often include:
- California Department of Motor Vehicles
- Automobile accidents in California
- Motorcycle accidents in California
- Boating accidents in or around California
- Trucking accidents in California
- Railroad accidents in or near California
- Dog bites in California
- Medical malpractice in California
- Slip-and-fall accidents in California
How Is Fault Determined in California Personal Injury Cases?
To collect money stemming from a personal injury claim, California law requires you to prove another party was negligent. You must show:
- The party causing your injuries had a responsibility not to injure you and failed to live up to that responsibility
- There is a connection between the other party's responsibility and your injury
- You suffered damages, or a financial loss, as a result of your accident
California law will reduce the total amount you can recover if it's found that your carelessness contributed to your injuries.
Whether you live in San Francisco, Stockton, Chula Vista, Irvine, or elsewhere in California, your California personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal options and collect money from the party at fault in your accident.
Types of California Personal Injury Compensation
If it's determined that another party's negligence was responsible for your injuries, they may be required to pay for:
- All medical bills for treatment related to your injuries
- Permanent disability and disfigurement stemming from the accident
- Emotional distress from the accident
- The repair or replacement of any property damaged or destroyed in your California accident
- Lost wages for time off from work (including time spent going to doctor's appointments and physical therapy) as a result of your personal injury accident
- The cost of hiring someone to do household chores that you're unable to do because of your injury that occurred in California
- Any other costs you've incurred because of the accident
If you were injured because of a crime committed by someone else, that person may be prosecuted under California criminal laws. However, you may still have to file a personal injury lawsuit in California courts to recover money to pay for your injuries.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in California?
California law gives you two years from the date of your personal injury to file a bodily injury claim against the party at fault. (This time limit is known as the statute of limitations.) If you and your California personal injury lawyer are unable to negotiate a settlement with the other party (or their insurance company), you should consider filing a lawsuit before the statute of limitations runs out. If you do not file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations expires, then you give up your right to sue the party responsible for your injuries.
Where Do You File a California Personal Injury Lawsuit?
For California personal injury claims worth more than $7,500, you would file your lawsuit in the appropriate California Superior Court.
If your California personal injury accident claim is for less than $7,500, you would file your personal injury lawsuit in the California Small Claims Court that has jurisdiction.
Your California personal injury lawyer can tell you which specific court is the appropriate venue to resolve your dispute.
Find a local California personal injury attorney today
A California personal injury lawyer can help evaluate your situation and explain your legal options. If a personal injury attorney thinks you have a viable case, your lawyer will gather evidence related to your accident and accident-related expenses. Call now to speak with an attorney at 877-913-7222