Few events that can occur in a person’s life can be as devastating as a physical injury. These events may be the consequence of an accident or come about as the result of an intentional act of violence. In either scenario, people who suffer harm because of the actions of others may deserve compensation to set things right.
Even so, collecting fair compensation after an injury may not be easy. There may be some dispute over the facts of the case. The extent of your losses may be a point of controversy or the other people involved may argue that your own actions contributed to the incident. All of these factors may lead to a reduced compensation package that leaves you with out-of-pocket expenses.
A Hawthorne personal injury lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices can protect your legal rights and pursue your case for its full value. Our legal team can work to explain the law that pertains to your injury, gather evidence that indicates another party’s fault, and demand payment in or out of court. Reach out to us today at (888) 522-6291 for your free consultation with a representative of our firm.
Proving Fault for Injuries that Are the Result of Accidents
Most personal injuries are the products of accidents. However, this does not mean that the party responsible for the incident is not liable to provide compensation. In certain situations, the law places a duty on parties to protect others. If a party fails to provide this protection and an injury occurs, that party must provide compensation for the victim’s resulting damages.
This general concept applies to most accidental injury situations. For example, the drivers of cars have an obligation to follow the rules of the road and to pay attention to their surroundings. A driver who violates a speed limit or uses a cell phone while behind the wheel may be at fault for a collision. Similarly, property owners have a duty to protect certain guests on their land. A failure to clear a spill or fix a broken step may mean that the property owner is liable for a personal injury.
As an accident victim, it is your responsibility to prove that another party’s actions or failure to act led to your injury. It may also be necessary to defend your own choices leading up to the accident. California practices a comparative negligence system where juries must evaluate the actions of all parties involved in an accident and assign blame accordingly. That jury must also reduce a person’s demand for compensation by the percentage of blame that they carry.
A Hawthorne personal injury lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices could help prove that another party carries the blame for an injury that results from an accident. The types of personal injury cases we handle include, but are not limited to:
- Car, motorcycle, and truck accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
- Premises liability accidents
- Dog bites
- Construction accidents
Criminal Actors Who Cause Injuries May Be Liable to Their Victims
Personal injuries can also be the result of intentional acts of violence. However, even if a criminal court convicts an attacker and sentences them to jail, it may still be necessary for accident victims to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court to demand compensation for their losses.
A Hawthorne personal injury attorney could help with this process. Even if a criminal court does not convict an attacker, it may still be possible to recover compensation for intentional acts of violence in civil court. This is because criminal and civil courts use different burdens of proof, with civil courts having a lower standard.
Whether the cause of your injuries was accidental or intentional, the legal team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices is ready to start working for you. Give us a call today at (888) 522-6291 to learn more in a free case review.
Working to Pursue Cases for Their Full Value
Proving fault for an accident or an attack is only one part of a successful case. It is just as important to be able to prove how an incident has impacted your life.
At the center of any case is a physical injury. Injuries may range in severity from scrapes, cuts, and minor concussions, to incidents that require invasive surgeries or a lengthy rehabilitation process. No matter how severe an injury may be, the at-fault parties may be compelled to provide payments to cover the costs of all of your necessary medical care.
In addition, it is likely that an incident has impacted your life in other ways. If an injury makes it impossible for you to earn a living, an at-fault party may need to reimburse you for this lost income. This applies both to situations where you miss shifts to seek medical care and those where you suffer a permanent disability.
A final common source of compensation is lost quality of life. If you are experiencing flashbacks, depression, anxiety, or other forms of emotional trauma connected to an incident, an at-fault party may be required to pay for these losses.
It is vital that you act quickly to measure your losses and demand fair payments. Most people have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1.
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices Would Like to Help You
People who suffer injuries because of the actions of others have rights under the law. This includes the right to seek payments for their losses through insurance claims or lawsuits. An injury can impact not just your physical health but also your emotional wellbeing and finances. By pursuing a personal injury claim or lawsuit, you may be able to obtain the payments you need to set things right.
A Hawthorne personal injury lawyer from Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices may be able to help you with this process. Our personal injury team is ready to listen to your story and fight to protect your legal rights. Reach out to us today at (888) 522-6291 for your free consultation.