Many accidents can be avoided if people exercise proper care. If a person behaves negligently and causes injuries to another person, they can be held accountable for their negligence and be compelled to compensate the injured party. While most people do not intend to cause harm, a person’s intention is not a viable defense.
If you or someone you love was injured because of someone else’s conduct, you might be entitled to sue them for compensation for damages you incurred as a result of your injury. Alternatively, if you developed an illness as a result of a defective product or medical malpractice, you may also be eligible to pursue compensation.
In cases where a victim suffers multiple injuries at the fault of another party, the victim can file a personal injury claim or lawsuit. If you are in the Pico Rivera area in California, contact Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices. A Pico Rivera personal injury lawyer can lead your case and help you pursue compensation. Call (888) 522-6291 for a free consultation today.
There Is More Than One Option to Pursue Compensation
With personal injury cases, victims can take two main routes to pursue compensation: filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Within these categories, you may have other options, depending on how many parties are involved in your case and insurance guidelines.
Many people opt to file an insurance claim to avoid going to court. Your lawyer can help you fill out the appropriate paperwork to report your injury to the negligent party’s insurance provider, then serve as your representative as you enter the negotiation stage.
Insurance adjusters may attempt to contact you to get a direct statement about the accident from you, but you may want to avoid giving them one as your words may be taken out of context in efforts to assign fault to you. You can choose to have your lawyer speak with the insurance company on your behalf instead and only provide curated statements that you work out with your legal team.
Alternatively, some people choose to file a lawsuit instead, such as in cases where a victim suffered extensive damages that would not be covered by the negligent party’s insurance coverage. You and your legal team may discuss which legal options to pursue.
Other Services Your Legal Team Can Provide
At Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, our legal team also offers to:
- File paperwork on your behalf and alert you when you need to provide signatures
- Keep you updated on your case’s progress
- Investigate the cause of your injury and determine who might be liable for your damages
- Retrieve evidence to support your claims about the accident, your injuries, and your damages
- Represent you when speaking with insurance representatives
- Represent you if your case goes to court
Want more information about our legal services? You can contact Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices at (888) 522-6291. Learn more about how a Pico Rivera personal injury lawyer from our law firm can handle your case.
Victims May Receive Compensation for Multiple Damages
Two people can have the same kind of accident but have completely different personal injury cases. Every case is unique because of individual factors like the victim’s specific injuries, financial status, and social obligations. Even if a lawyer handled multiple cases that feature similar scenarios, such as car accidents, the lawyer would still have to measure how the accidents personally affected the victims.
You and your legal team can work together to determine what kind of damages you may be entitled to claim, which might include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Income loss
- Reduced earning potential
- Diminished quality of life
However, depending on the kind of case you are bringing, you might ask for other types of damages. For example, in motor vehicle accident cases, it is standard that plaintiffs request compensation for property damage to their vehicle, whether that means paying for repairs or a replacement.
In cases where the victim’s injuries are so severe that they are expected to be long-term or permanent, the plaintiff may ask for compensation for:
- Future medical expenses, including costs for physical rehabilitation
- Permanent disability or loss of bodily function
- Permanent changes in their appearance, such as scars, amputations, and burns
- Costs for caretaking or lifestyle services, such as home care, childcare, and cooking services
Your lawyer may be able to help you determine how much compensation to request in your demand letter and collect evidence to prove your damages.
Your Personal Injury Lawsuit Has a Deadline
When you file an insurance claim, you may enter a negotiation stage to discuss how much compensation you may be entitled to collect and what the insurance company is willing to pay. However, if both parties refuse to compromise and agree on a settlement figure, this stage can drag out or come to a complete halt.
Whether you decided to file a personal injury lawsuit to continue your pursuit of compensation or chose this route immediately, you must review the date you sustained or discovered your injury to determine the deadline for your case.
The statute of limitations is listed in the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) §335.1 and dictates that claimants have about two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. If a claimant does not file their lawsuit on time, they may be ineligible to pursue compensation through this route.
Call Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices About Your Personal Injury
If you or someone you love sustained an injury or illness because of another party’s negligence, Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices wants to fight for your case. Call our law firm at (888) 522-6291 for a free consultation, where you can speak with one of our representatives about how your injury occurred and what damages you experienced afterward.
A Pico Rivera personal injury lawyer can act as your legal advocate and guide you throughout the claims or litigation process. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency-fee-basis, so you are not expected to pay any attorney’s fees unless we win your case. There is no risk in getting a free initial consultation, so call our law firm today to get more information about how you may be able to pursue compensation.