California Personal Injury
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What Is a Personal Injury?
Damage to your body, mind or property from an accident is a personal injury. Common personal injuries in California result from car accidents, exposure to toxic substances like asbestos and medical malpractice. Also included are injuries from a defective product, medicine/drug or the wrongful death of a family member. Any money lost or paid due to a personal injury may be recovered in court.
What Do I Need to Prove in a Personal Injury Case in California?
To win a personal injury case in California, the person who caused the injury must be legally responsible or "at fault." A person is generally at fault because of a lack of care which is referred to as negligence. A person who should have been reasonably careful but was not is negligent and at fault. Evidence such as witnesses, photos, official accident reports, etc. is needed to prove fault. Evidence is also required to prove money paid or lost because of an injury. Examples of this evidence are hospital bills, pay stubs or receipts.
How Much Time Do I Have to Get an Attorney?
Under the law, you have a certain amount of time to claim your injury. In California, you must file with the court within two years of the date of the accident. This period of time is known as the statute of limitations and all personal injury claims that are too old can not be tried in court. Many other common problems encountered in personal injury law include difficulties with insurance companies, severe injuries or a case involving many people known as a class action.
Should I Seek Legal Help?
Personal injury law is complicated and varies with each State. To maximize your award and protect your rights you should contact an attorney specializing in personal injury. A qualified California lawyer can provided you more information if there is a legal basis for an injury lawsuit.
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Last Modified: 07-23-2015 11:05 PM PDT
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