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Simply speaking, the statute of limitations (SOL) is the given timeline that you have following an injury; it is a window of opportunity that you have to file a claim. In California, general personal injury and negligence claims have a SOL of two years. This involves the Discovery Rule, however, which means that the SOL does not apply until the injury or illness has been discovered or would have reasonably discovered. Although this does not apply to cases involving asbestos or medical malpractice. For medical malpractice, it is three years.
No two cases are exactly the same, and as such it may be difficult to determine exactly what your injury claim should be worth. However, a lawyer experienced with these matters can work with experts in medicine and economics to establish what your case should be worth – based upon what amount of compensation will best help you rebuild your life as much as possible.
After an accident, you may wonder whether you have grounds for a lawsuit and what person can be held responsible for the injuries you or a loved one have sustained. The general principle of personal injury law in Los Angeles is that the incident must have stemmed from negligence, intentional wrongdoing, or strict liability. In these cases, the defendant (the person responsible for your injuries) must have acted or failed to act and this caused your injuries. The actions may have been intentional, as in the case of an assault, or unintentional, as in most motor vehicle accidents.
Personal injury law covers a broad range of accidents and injuries, all related to or stemming from negligent or intentional conduct or strict liability. All types of auto accidents are covered under personal injury law and are the most common grounds for these types of cases. Additional cases may involve medical malpractice, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, defective products as well as toxic exposure and poisoning.
In California, an injured individual has the option of seeking three forms of compensation: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Compensation for past and future medical expenditures, as well as lost earnings, are examples of economic losses. Compensation for pain and suffering, mental agony, and loss of consortium are examples of non-economic losses. Punitive damages are only meant to penalise the wrongdoer if they behaved with malice, tyranny, or deception.
NO! Our office policy is straightforward and clear: We Don’t Get Paid Unless You Get Money from the Insurance Company! This means that if we don’t get you some monetary recovery, you will not owe us any fees. It’s as simple as that. No money upfront, and no hourly fees. This policy allows us to aggressively fight for the maximum recovery for you and your loved ones. No matter how long the case takes, we will be there fighting for your rights.
It is debatable. It might take weeks or years to get an injury settlement. The length of time it takes is determined by a variety of factors, including the type of personal injury case (e.g., car accident, slip and fall, or wrongful death); the severity of your injuries; the extent of treatment you require following the accident; the defendant’s willingness to settle out of court; and so on. The best method to guarantee that your lawsuit is resolved as soon as possible is to contact an attorney immediately away.
Yes. Because California is a “comparative fault” jurisdiction, you may be eligible to compensation for your injuries even if you were partly to blame for the accident. Any damages reimbursement will, however, be reduced by your amount of culpability. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can explain everything to you and make sure you get the reimbursement you deserve.
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At Pacific Attorney Group, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will help you with the physical, emotional and financial trauma created by negligent actors.