What is Personal Injury?
Personal Injury cases, also referred to as tort claims, involve someone suffering harm from an accident or injury to the body, mind, or emotions while another party may be legally liable for that harm. The legal system allows the person injured to take his or her case to court and resolve the losses that occurred due to the accident. Tort claims have two fundamental issues—liability and damages. Liability refers to the person who is responsible for your injury, while damages refer to the amount of money you will be compensated for due to the loss and/or injury. Pride Legal’s network of LGBT-friendly personal injury lawyers will cater to your specific case. There are many types of personal injury cases, some of which may include the following:
- Automobile Accidents
- Bar/Night Club Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Brain Injury,
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Dog Bite Injuries
- Elder Abuse
- Electric Scooter Accidents
- HIV Drug Lawsuit
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Regardless of the specific type of case you are aiming to fight, our network of LGBT personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles from Pride Legal will help you do so thoroughly and successfully as they effectively tailor their knowledge to your specific situation.
Steps to Take After a Personal Injury
It is imperative to take clear photos of your injuries, the scene of the incident, and any other clues that may strengthen your case.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you may not feel immediate pain after your injury, you should consult a doctor immediately. If left untreated, your injuries can severely worsen your injuries and harm you further. Follow your doctor’s treatment plan to ensure you have a steady recovery.
Eyewitness testimonies are often the most crucial evidence in personal injury settlements. With a third-party testimony, your case may be strengthened. Gather contact information from all eyewitnesses of the incident. If available, gather surveillance footage as well.
Keep a Journal
Write down all the information you can remember from the incident. In the time following the incident, keep a record of your pain, discomfort, and overall health. This can be used as evidence to strengthen your case.
Consult an Attorney
Due to the complexity of California’s personal injury laws, hiring an experienced, LGBT-friendly Pride Legal Personal Injury Lawyer is crucial. Your personal injury lawyer will reach the maximum compensation for your injuries and get you on the road to recovery.
Basis of a Claim
In order to win your personal injury case, you must prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries. To have a viable personal injury claim, you must prove the following:
- The opposing party owed you a duty of care. For example, all drivers must stop at stop signs.
- The opposing party breached the duty of care. For example, Joseph sped through a stop sign.
- The breach of duty caused an accident. For example, Joseph hit Casey, a pedestrian crossing the street.
- The accident caused you physical harm. Casey broke her leg as a result of the accident.
Without documented injuries, it is difficult to win a personal injury case. If you suffered injuries (no matter how severe or minor) because of another party’s negligence, you have a viable personal injury claim. In this case, Casey has a viable personal injury claim.
The Value of Your Personal Injury Case
The value of a personal injury case depends on many factors. You may receive compensation based on the following factors:
- The severity of your injuries
- The injuries’ effect on your everyday life
- Medical expenses
- Future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost Wages
- Future loss of income
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages (Although compensation for punitive damages is rare, they are feasible in personal injury cases. Punitive damages serve as punishment to the liable party for malicious or intentional torts.)
The value of your personal injury case is dependent upon the severity of your injuries. For example, an individual who suffered from fourth-degree burns will be more likely to receive greater financial compensation than an individual who suffered first-degree burns. Consult a Pride Legal Personal Injury Attorney to assess your personal injury case.
Statute of Limitations
A statute of limitations stares the amount of time you have to file a case from the date of incidence. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is 2 years. This statute of limitations is specifically placed on “An action for assault, battery, or injury to, or for the death of, an individual caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another.”
There are few exceptions that will extend a claim’s statutory deadline past 2 years. A California court may extend the statutory deadline under the following circumstances:
- The victim is physically or mentally incapacitated as a result of the injury
- The victim is under the age of 18. (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline will commence once the victim reaches the age of 18.)
- The potentially liable party is a government agency (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline is 180 days since the date of incidence.)
- The injuries manifested themselves after the incident took place (Under this circumstance, the statutory deadline will commence once the injuries are realized by the victim.)
How much does a Pride Legal Personal Injury Attorney cost?
At Pride Legal, we understand the difficulty one faces after a personal injury. That’s why we won’t charge you a cent unless we win your case.
How long will my personal injury case last?
The length of your personal injury case depends upon many factors. Depending on the given circumstances, your case could last anywhere from weeks to months. Cases in which liability is evident tend to reach settlement sooner than complicated cases.
Do I need an attorney?
Research from the Insurance Research Council shows that individuals who consult a personal injury attorney receive about three times more compensation than individuals who never speak to an attorney. Pride Legal’s experienced, Personal Injury Lawyers understand the California legal system and will successfully navigate through its complexity.
How will hiring a lawyer help me?
With Pride Legal, your experienced attorney will strengthen your personal injury case by:
- Gathering all evidence and documents relevant to your personal injury
- Going to court, if necessary, to fight for your compensation
- Giving you peace of mind
- Reaching the maximum compensation for your case
Is it too late to file my personal injury claim?
California’s statute of limitations gives injured individuals two years from the date of incidence to file their personal injury case. To view exceptions of California’s statute of limitations regarding personal injury, view the in-depth explanation above.
Do I have to take my personal injury case to court?
In most instances, personal injury claims are settled outside of court. Pride Legal’s California LGBT Personal Injury Attorneys reach fair settlements with the opposing party outside of the courtroom. Although Pride Legal’s Personal Injury Attorneys are experienced in reaching a fair settlement outside of court, your attorney will go to court, if necessary, to reach your maximum compensation.
Do You Need an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has been recently injured in some kind of an accident and you are looking for a personal injury lawyer to assist you in recovering costs for your medical bills, lost wages and property damage, our network can help you find an experienced attorney who will fight for your legal rights.
Injuries resulting from negligence or careless actions caused by other people are common. If you have been injured in any type of personal injury accident, our skilled Los Angeles gay and lesbian personal injury lawyers are ready to work for you throughout the duration of your case. Personal injury attorneys can also defend your rights if you have suffered from mental distress or suffering due to defamation of character, libel or slander. From the initial consultation through to trial, if necessary, the exceptional Los Angeles lawyers in our network can skillfully handle every aspect of your accident or injury case.
With the effective network of personal injury attorneys affiliated with Pride Legal, you will be able to find the right lawyer for your specific situation. You will be able to find legal advice from someone that will protect your legal rights and those of your family. The network of gay and lesbian personal injury attorneys from Pride Legal can skillfully evaluate and review your personal injury case.
Pride Legal Has the Right Personal Injury Attorney for You
At Pride Legal, we provide a professional network of independent attorneys who are experienced and dedicated to obtaining the best results for their clients. Our member attorneys provide legal representation to the gay community in Los Angeles as well as the community at large throughout Southern California. For any legal issue, Pride Legal is the place you can find the right lawyer to serve your needs.
Have you or a loved one recently been injured in an accident? Contact a California Gay and Lesbian Personal Injury Attorney.
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