Unexpected accidents are common, but not always your fault. Personal injury cases involve a variety of incidents that can end up costing you and your family extensive medical bills, lost wages, and personal trauma. Determining if you have a claim against a third-party and seeking compensation on your own can be tricky. Consulting with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will ensure that you will receive fair compensation for your case.
What is a Personal Injury Claim?
A personal injury claim is brought against another party alleging that they caused injury to you. Personal injury claims have two components: liability and damages, or in other words, responsibility and cost. In order to obtain compensation for damages, you must first prove the other party is liable. Common types of personal injury include those sustained by:
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injury
- Car Accident
- Dog Attack
- Medical Malpractice
- Slip and Fall
How do Personal Injury Cases Work?
Every personal injury case is different, from the parties involved to the facts of the case and the outcome. Generally, the following steps occur:
- Consulting with an attorney
- Investigating your case
- Negotiation of settlement (if not, a lawsuit will be filed)
- Filing a lawsuit
Not all of the above steps will be applicable to your case, as many personal injury cases are settled or mediated out of court.
Do I Have a Personal Injury Case?
You will need to show that:
- You are suffering from a personal injury
- Your injury was caused by another person or party
- There are damages as a result of your injury, such as lost wages, medical expenses, etc.
If your claim involves these three items above, you may have a case; however, that does not guarantee you will recover compensation, which will depend on the specific facts surrounding your case and the lawyer you choose to represent you. Having your case reviewed by a trusted personal injury attorney can give you a clearer picture of your ability to recover damages for the injuries you have suffered.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in California?
While you have up to two years to file your claim under California law, it is not advisable to wait until the deadline. You should file a claim as soon as possible following your injury.
How Much is a Personal Injury Case Worth in California?
As is the case with many things in law, it depends. If you have a viable personal injury claim, you can recover damages for:
- Physical and mental pain/suffering
- Loss of income
- Current and future medical bills
All of these damages require a skilled attorney to show that you have been injured to such a degree that the other party should be liable for these damages. Insurance companies frequently undervalue personal injury claims and will not pay out an adequate settlement. That is why you need an experienced attorney to guide you through the complex process.
Contact the Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP
There are many aspects of resolving a personal injury claim that you may not have considered. The trusted team of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP has helped countless clients in your situation. We have the skill required to give you the best opportunity to recover compensation from those who have caused you harm. Don’t let the allure of a settlement with quick money in your pocket change your view on what you can and should recover for your injuries. Contact us today to discuss your claim and get compensation for the amount you need to fully recover from your personal injury.