If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Whether you got hurt at work, in an accident, or in any other way, a Chula Vista personal injury attorney can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
We are a personal injury law firm that provides the full spectrum of legal representation for victims of accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and defective products. Our Chula Vista personal injury lawyers have years of experience handling a wide range of cases, including automobile accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, defective products, premises liability, and medical malpractice.
We represent clients in Chula Vista, CA, and throughout Southern California. Located in the southernmost part of San Diego County, Chula Vista is a thriving city with a population of 275,487 as of the 2020 census,1https://data.census.gov/cedsci/profile?g=1600000US0613392 which is up from the 2010 census. We have experience helping clients recover compensation for injuries they suffered in accidents such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, slip and falls, and wrongful death.
What should I do if I am injured by the negligent act of another?
If you think another party has caused your injury, you may be able to seek compensation in a court of law. In addition to filing a lawsuit, you may also have a claim for compensation through a personal injury settlement.
Contact an attorney right away if you believe that someone else is responsible for your personal injury. There are time limits to file injury claims. A personal injury lawyer may be able to help you understand your rights and options under state and federal law.
If you’re considering a personal injury lawsuit, you should understand your rights and obligations and know what your attorney needs from you to ensure an effective outcome.
Do I have any legal rights to compensation?
Generally, you have a right to compensation from a negligent. If you were injured due to another person’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to obtain money from that person through a civil lawsuit.
But that doesn’t mean your claim is valid. If the defendant can prove your claims were not legitimate, you won’t be able to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, or other losses. Consult an attorney if you don’t understand what evidence your injury lawyer needs to establish your case.
What does a personal injury lawyer do?
A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer who practices law in the field of personal injury law. In other words, lawyers who specialize in this area focus on representing injured parties. You can’t file a personal injury lawsuit without an attorney.
A personal injury attorney works on behalf of clients who have suffered physical, emotional, or financial injury caused by the carelessness or negligence. A personal injury lawyer focuses on helping injured individuals with their personal injury claims.
Most personal injury lawyers focus their practice in one or more of the following areas of law:
- Car accidents
- Product liability
- Trucking accident
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Personal injury lawyers assist their clients by reviewing the facts of a case and then taking appropriate legal action. They help their clients understand the process of obtaining compensation and can explain what steps are needed to move forward with a case. If you’re injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer immediately for advice. A lawyer can determine if you have a viable claim and what kind of damages you’re entitled to.
Types of personal injury cases we handle
We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases. These include:
- slip and fall
- car accident
- truck accident
- motorcycle accident
- pedestrian accident
- construction site accidents
- and dog bite injuries.
You are likely to be eligible for benefits if your injury occurred because of someone else’s carelessness or recklessness.
If you were injured by a vehicle, truck, tractor-trailer, or other heavy equipment, you may be eligible for worker’s compensation benefits. If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you may be able to recover damages through a personal injury lawsuit. In addition to these types of cases, we represent individuals who are involved in other types of personal injury cases.
How long do I have to file a Chula Vista personal injury claim?
Personal injury claims in California usually must be filed within two years of the incident or occurrence.
This is called the statute of limitations and is sometimes referred to as the period of limitations or statute of repose. It’s the maximum amount of time that you have to file your personal injury lawsuit after the injury occurs. However, this period may vary depending on the type of personal injury you suffered. It also depends on who is injured and whether the negligent party is a government agency.
The statute of limitations for a personal injury case begins running at the time the injury is caused. This sometimes means when you learned or should have learned of your injury. If you did not discover your injury until later, then the statute of limitations could be tolled, and you may have more time to file your personal injury claim.
Even with such a simple rule, the application of the rule can become quite complex.
Damages available in a personal injury case
The following are common types of damages you might recover in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Past medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Loss wages
- Future lost income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Permanent disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Elements of Negligence in California
Negligence occurs when one person fails to exercise the level of care that a reasonable person would exercise in similar circumstances. This negligence may consist of an act or omission by a defendant that causes injury to a plaintiff. The law states that the plaintiff must prove the following elements:
- The defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care
- The defendant breached that duty
- The breach caused injury to the plaintiff
When proving negligence, you need to show the defendant failed to exercise ordinary care. Ordinary care means reasonable care under the circumstances. The standard of ordinary care is also called reasonable care under the circumstances. The burden of proof is on you, the plaintiff, to prove the defendant was negligent.
Failure to use reasonable care is called negligence. A negligent person may be held liable for the harm caused by the negligence.
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