People don’t usually notice the multitude of dangers they encounter on a daily basis. Between dangerous drivers on the road, slick floors in the grocery store, a broken step on the way into work, a neighbor’s unleashed dog, and a faulty product you ordered online, there are many hazards with the potential to cause harm. This may be part of the reason 32 million people were treated for injuries in an emergency room in the US in 2012, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The nuances that go into personal injury cases are difficult to fully grasp and contacting a Folsom personal injury attorney is the best way to maximize your chances of receiving compensation.
It’s important to understand the laws that protect individuals and how to protect yourself after an incident that causes you personal harm. In order to have a strong personal injury claim in California, there must be physical, emotional, and/or financial injury to the victim inflicted by the defendant.
When an incident occurs, especially a car accident, there is often a police report describing the events. It is very important to get a copy of this to support your claim. In cases where there is no police report or the police report does not assign blame for an incident, it is common for one party to accept the fault at the scene and later changes their story. Insurance companies representing individuals who once admitted fault often have a difficult time accepting responsibility for the damages even though the individual now claims to be innocent.
California is a comparative fault state. This means that each individual involved in an incident may be found partially at fault. The degree to which each individual is at fault affects the degree to which they are compensated and the amount they are required to pay. For example, if two cars collide on the highway and one is found guilty of not yielding when merging but the other driver was texting during the collision, each individual may be a certain percent at fault. Determining the actual amount each party pays could get complicated so speak to a Folsom personal injury attorney regarding your case specifically.
There are many different types of accidents such as:
There are also a number of different types of injuries victims can suffer. Depending on the situation, many different injuries can be covered under personal injury claims. The following is a list of some of the more common injuries an individual may have when filing a personal injury claim:
There may also be non-physical injuries that are incurred and for which an individual may be reimbursed:
If you have suffered any of these types of injuries, it’s imperative you speak with a Folsom personal injury attorney immediately before time runs out in what’s known as statute of limitations.
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date the injury was incurred. This means an individual with the intention to sue another person or group for an injury must file a lawsuit and bring the case to court within two years from the time of the incident. If this is not accomplished, it is very likely that the case will be thrown out and no compensation may be retrieved.
When an individual means to bring a case against any form of government, such as a city or county of California state government, the statute of limitations is actually 6 months in these cases. This is not very much time to deal with all the entities involved and to make a strong case without professional help.
There are limitations to compensation under certain circumstances and it’s highly advisable to speak to a Sacramento personal injury attorney for specific limitations regarding your case.
One of the best things you can do to protect yourself from being taken advantage of is to get legal representation. A knowledgeable car accident lawyer in Sacramento at The Choyce Law Firm has years of legal experience handling personal injury claims with insurance companies. We understand the complex laws and procedures will fight on your behalf and can considerably help you get the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at (916) 306-0636 to speak to a car accident lawyer in Sacramento who can handle your case and take the burden off your hands.
The Choyce Law Firm
1438 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815