Though you may try to be as cautious as possible, personal injury accidents of all types can and do occur all the time in Southern California. If you have been injured in an accident, your recovery can be physically, emotionally, and financially draining. A single trip to the ER can cost upwards of $10,000! You may be wondering if there is any way you can receive compensation for your injuries. A personal injury claim can be the key to helping you get the financial recovery you deserve for damages you suffered in an accident, so it is important to know if you have a claim.
First, Do you Have an Injury?
This may seem simple, but to have a personal injury claim, you must suffer an injury. A personal injury claim is available for all kinds of injuries. This includes injuries sustained in a car, bike, bus, or train accident, as well as injuries sustained in a premise accident (such as a slip and fall), a work accident, or even a dog bite or other animal attack accident. Your injury may be physical as well as emotional or financial—these damages are discussed further below.
Second, Was the Injury Caused by Another?
In order to have a personal injury claim, another person or party must be responsible for your injuries. This is the party you will bring the claim against—in the claim you will need to prove that another person negligently or intentionally caused your injury. If you can show that the injury was caused by another person or party, that party will be liable for your injuries and must compensate you financially.
Even if you may be partially at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, you may still be entitled to some compensation. Under California’s comparative fault law, you can still receive financial damages for the portion of your injuries caused by the other person (For example, if the other party was 70% at fault for causing the accident, and you were 30% at fault, you can recover 70% of the damages). Determining fault can be tricky, so it’s important to speak to an experienced Woodland Hills personal injury attorney who can look at the facts of your situation and determine if you have a personal injury claim.
Third, Did you Suffer Damages?
Many times, a personal injury accident causes suffering or losses beyond physical injury. This suffering or loss is referred to as damages in the legal world. You may think you don’t have a personal injury claim because your physical injury seemed small—however, even small physical injuries can have a lasting impact on your life and may cause other types of damages such as financial, emotional, or psychological damages. If you have been injured, you have a right to all damages available under California Law, which can include costs for medical care, emotional counseling, lost wages, lost earning potential, and even loss of enjoyment of life.
Talk to a Skilled Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have been injured in an accident, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Walch Law right away. You may have a personal injury claim that can help you get the financial compensation you need for your recovery. These claims have specific time restraints, so the sooner you talk to an attorney the better. When you are injured by another person, you should not have to bear the costs of recovery on your own. Contact the office of Walch Law today at 866-465-8792 for a free case consultation to see if you have a claim and what you can do to get compensation!