If you or a loved one was involved in an accident that someone else caused, you may be suffering from painful injuries and devastating losses. A Bellflower personal injury lawyer may be able to help you pursue compensation from the negligent party.
To get started on your case, reach out to Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291. A team member can inform you about what to expect in the legal process should your case qualify.
Different Types of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury covers a wide range of accidents caused by a negligent entity. Below is a list of different examples as to how these accidents can occur. Note that this is not a comprehensive list. Consider talking to a lawyer to see if your individual case qualifies as a personal injury case.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about three million people are injured in car accidents every year. Types of car accidents include:
- Front-end collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Rollover collisions
The causes may vary. Some of them may be drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, improper lane changes, and failure to yield, among many others. These accidents are not just limited to cars, as trucks, motorcycles, and pedestrians can be involved, as well.
The property owner or manager has a duty to keep all lawfully-invited guests safe from any harm on their property. Examples include warning you about potential hazards and having adequate security. Failure to carry out this duty may result in your suffering injuries in a slip and fall accident or assault.
In that case, California Civil Code (CIV) §1714 mandates the property owner’s responsibility for paying for your related damages.
Dog bites can cause serious, disfiguring injuries. CIV §3342 holds dog owners responsible for the victim’s damages after their dog attacks them, whether it be on public or private property. However, if the victim was unlawfully on the owner’s property or provoked the dog in any way, they may not be able to collect compensation.
Nursing Home Abuse
When we leave our elderly loved ones in a nursing home’s care, we trust that the staff will prioritize their wellbeing. Unfortunately, that does not always happen. With overworked, exhausted employees comes impatience and irrationality. Some workers may then subject the residents to physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect.
If you noticed any signs of mistreatment in your loved one, you may want to consider holding the facility accountable.
Ways a Bellflower Personal Injury Lawyer Can Assist You
With everything that comes after a devastating accident, it may be difficult to focus on filing an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party. A lawyer can take over the following tasks while you focus on getting better:
Your testimony of the accident is very valuable. However, an insurance company may not believe your side of the story and twist your words. You will need other forms of evidence to back up your claim, such as:
- The accident report
- Medical bills
- Pay stubs
- Eyewitness testimony
- Video surveillance
- Photos of the accident scene and your injuries
Assessing Your Damages
Using the evidence listed above, especially medical bills and pay stubs, your lawyer can figure out what damages you suffered and to what they amount. Classified into economic damages, or losses that have a definite monetary value, may be:
- Medical expenses
- Transportation fees
- Lost income
- Rental car costs
- Replacement or repair costs for damaged property
The other classification of losses is non-economic damages. These do not hold any dollar value and are more geared towards your physical and emotional hardship, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Scarring and disfigurement
Similar to the types of personal injury accidents, this is not an exhaustive list. To learn more about which damages you can recover, contact Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices today at (888) 522-6291. The first call is free.
It may be daunting to talk to the other party’s legal team and insurance company. A lawyer can be the messenger for you and help you decide which course of legal action to take, especially with the insurance company. For example, they may initially offer you a low settlement. It is easy to accept it right away, but it is possible that it will not cover all the costs related to your accident. Your lawyer can negotiate for you and help you determine what a decent settlement would be for your case.
Meeting California’s Statute of Limitations
Given sufficient notice, a lawyer can help you meet the state’s deadline for you to file your personal injury lawsuit. California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 gives victims two years to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party.
Make sure you call our law firm right away to start working on your case. A couple of years may seem like a long time, but it can go quickly. If you do not file your case in time, the court may reject it, leaving you to pay for your damages and letting the at-fault party get away with their negligence.
Seek Justice for Your Injuries and Losses Today
You may be hesitant to hire a Bellflower personal injury lawyer due to the costs. However, our law firm works on a contingency-fee-basis, meaning we will not charge you a dime unless and until you obtain compensation for your damages. Reach out today to speak with a team member at (888) 522-6291 in a free consultation.