Negligence forms the basis of most personal injury lawsuits. If you or someone you love was injured by another person’s or entity’s negligence, you might be able to hold the at-fault party financially liable for your injuries and for the expenses that stem from your injuries.
Negligence is established when the at-fault party’s actions fail to meet California’s recognized standard of care. Our personal injury team might be able to help you establish:
- The at-fault party’s duty of ordinary care
- Their breach or neglect of their duty
- The cause of your physical injuries
- The financial costs of your injuries
If you were injured by another person’s negligence, a Lancaster personal injury lawyer in your area might be able to help you successfully pursue the at-fault party. When you are ready to prepare your personal injury lawsuit, contact the case assessment team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291 today.
Understand California’s Range of Personal Injury Laws
Because a personal injury lawsuit might arise from a variety of different accidents and resulting injuries, you might have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured:
- In a car accident
- By a dog bite
- By the loss of a loved one
- In a slip and fall accident
- By medical malpractice
While establishing the at-fault party’s negligence might be required in any personal injury lawsuit, there are also a variety of relevant laws that might pertain to your pending lawsuit. Our legal team may acquaint you with these laws and ensure you understand how each might impact your potential right to financial recovery.
California’s Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations determines your filing deadline. Accordingly, the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 generally entitles you to two years from the date of your injury to file your lawsuit.
If your lawsuit is being filed in response to the loss of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, the same statute of limitations applies. In the case of wrongful death, though, the date of your loved one’s demise determines the statute of limitations.
Wrongful Death Eligibility
CCP §377.60 defines which family members qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It limits the potential right to compensation to the deceased person’s:
- Surviving spouse
- Domestic partner
- Legal guardians
Our personal injury team might be able to help you establish your familial relationship to the decedent and establish your right to financial recovery.
Dog Bite Liability
If you were bitten by a dog in Lancaster, the dog’s owner might be financially liable for your injuries in accordance with California Civil Code (CIV) §3342. It holds the owner of a dog financially responsible for your injuries, whether they occurred on public or private property. Even if you were on the dog owner’s property, you might still be entitled to compensation for your injuries and the expenses created by your injuries.
CIV §846 requires all property owners to maintain the safety and integrity of their property. Property owners are required to provide adequate warning of any potentially hazardous conditions of their property, its structures, and any activities that take place on their property.
CIV §1714 obligates all property owners to compensate you for any financial expenses and losses you suffer from injuries endured on their real property. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident—or any accident resulting from a breach of the property owner’s ordinary duty of care—on another person’s property, this law may entitle you to financial recovery.
Comparative Negligence Law
The at-fault party in your personal injury action might attempt to assign partial responsibility for your injuries to you. If they are successful in their effort, this may lead to a reduction in any financial amount you might be awarded. In accordance with this personal injury law, if 25% of the fault for the accident is apportioned to you, your financial award might be reduced by a corresponding 25%.
A Lancaster personal injury lawyer might be able to help you successfully navigate the intricacies of personal injury law. When you are ready to hold the at-fault party liable for his negligent actions, contact the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices by calling (888) 522-6291 today.
Calculate Your Financial Expenses and Losses
If negligence led to your injuries, you might have the right to compel compensation from the responsible party. CIV §1431.2 may entitle you to request the following financial damages from the at-fault party:
- Medical expenses including emergency, follow up, and ongoing medical care
- Financial damages including lost income and property damage or total loss
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering including necessary therapies
- Personal losses including loss of society, guidance, and camaraderie
- Costs associated with a fatality including expenses for final arrangements
In addition to these costs, you might also be entitled to compensation for the public humiliation you endured. Our case review team might be able to help you accurately calculate your financial expenses and losses and assign a monetary value to your potential compensation package.
Get a Personal Injury Lawyer on Your Side
Fighting for financial compensation can be a long and arduous process without legal representation. You do not have to navigate California’s personal injury laws on your own. Let a Lancaster personal injury lawyer help you build an effective case that lets you concentrate on your physical recovery and leads to your financial restoration.
When you are ready to pursue the at-fault party whose negligence, recklessness, or carelessness led to your injuries, put the personal injury team at Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices to work on your potential lawsuit. Call (888) 522-6291 to reach a member of our client support team today.