If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should be able to focus entirely on healing and getting back to your life. Unfortunately, many accidents are caused by someone else’s negligent actions, forcing you to deal with something unexpected that would not have happened otherwise. You may have medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of quality of life among other things you can never get back after an accident injury.
That is why personal injury law is so important for millions of people. When someone else changes your or a loved one’s life because he or she was acting carelessly, you deserve to be able to hold them accountable. Personal injury claims can help you secure compensation to pay for expenses related to the accident.
At Curran & Curran Law, we handle various types of personal injury cases. Vehicle accidents, wrongful death, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other accidents may leave you unable to live your life in the same way as before your accident. Let us help you get started on the path to recovery.
Proving a Personal Injury Case
Personal injury cases hinge on proving negligence. There are three main elements of every personal injury case:
- The defendant was responsible for providing a reasonable duty of care to the victim (e.g. following the rules of the road, cleaning up hazards, etc.)
- The defendant did not provide a reasonable duty of care.
- The breach of duty caused the victim’s injuries.
Evidence plays a crucial role in personal injury cases. After you have experienced an injury at the hands of another, try to document as much of the accident as you remember. If you are able, pictures, statements, and names and numbers of all witnesses can help your attorney build a case later on. In some personal injury cases, you may not know the full extent of your injuries until weeks or months after an accident. Avoid accepting any settlements during this period, as they may not adequately cover your injuries.
In California, most personal injury cases have a two-year statute of limitations. Depending on the circumstances, the start date may be the time of the accident or the time when you found out about the injury. There are three different categories of serious injury a personal injury case may be divided into:
- When someone failed to use reasonable care, which causes an accident.
- When someone purposefully causes harm.
- Strict liability. When an individual is held responsible regardless of whether the action that caused injury was negligent or on purpose.
Any personal injury case can be brought in addition to criminal charges against a defendant. In fact, many cases warrant both a criminal and civil claim.
Finding an Attorney
Every personal injury claim is slightly different. There are statutes that govern automotive accidents, dog bite accidents, and medical malpractice injuries separately, but all share the same elements listed above. When choosing a personal injury attorney, you may see listing after listing of attorney pop up in a search engine. Curran & Curran Law has a history of success in personal injury in the San Diego area and throughout California.
We believe our accessibility, relationships with our clients, and commitment to the cases we take on sets us apart in the legal industry. Our team is known in the legal community for excellence, and we look forward to the opportunity to share that commitment to quality with you.
If you have suffered an injury at the hands of another, contact us today for a free case evaluation. It is your right to pursue legal action against the parties responsible and obtain the compensation you deserve to start rebuilding your life.