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Personal Injury Lawyers in Inland Empire

Representing Clients Injured in an Accident Caused By Negligence

If you suffered an accident or became injured as a result of another person’s negligent actions, you should know that you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injury and resulting damages. Unfortunately, the steps required to receive compensation for a personal injury claim are not always clear, making it hard for victims to know how to proceed in order to hold the at-fault party responsible for their actions. The personal injury attorneys at the Espinoza Law Group explain how personal injury claims work in California and why hiring an attorney may be beneficial for your case. If you have questions about your specific case, contact the Espinoza Law Group at 213-667-0701.

What Is Considered a Personal Injury Claim in California?

Accidents and injuries are a common part of any person’s life, but when the accident and resulting damages could have been avoided if another individual or entity had not acted in a negligent or reckless manner, the accident victim may be entitled to seek compensation. A personal injury claim happens when a victim or plaintiff becomes injured and sustains damages as a result of another’s negligence.

Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include (but are not limited to) car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, premises liability claims, injuries arising out of defective products or dangerous drugs, medical malpractice, swimming pool accidents, and dog bites. Personal injury claims are civil cases that are either addressed through filing an insurance claim against the at-fault party’s insurance carrier or by filing a civil lawsuit in court, depending on the case. Many personal injury victims benefit from working with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can represent them and ensure their interests are protected.

What Do You Have to Prove in a Personal Injury Case?

Personal injury cases are based on negligence, meaning another party’s negligent actions are said to be the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries and damages. Because it is a type of civil action, the plaintiff is expected to produce enough evidence to support their claim. In legal terms, the “burden of proof” falls on the plaintiff.

That means the plaintiff will likely need to prove that all basic negligence elements are applicable to the case. To make this concept a bit clearer, let’s look at a hypothetical example. Suppose you were a customer at a grocery store. You were walking out of the store towards the parking lot when suddenly you tripped over a raised area of the pavement, breaking your arm and suffering a concussion.

In this case, you would need to show that the defendant (the grocery store owner) owed you a duty of care, meaning that it was their job to maintain their premises and keep a safe environment for all guests. Next, you would need to show that the grocery store owner breached their duty of care by failing to properly maintain the pavement in the parking lot. Then, you would need to demonstrate that the defendant’s breach of duty of care was the direct cause of your accident and injuries. Finally, you would have to show that you sustained significant damages as a result of the defendant’s negligence. An attorney can assist you with the steps needed to gather evidence and build your case to prove your injury was a result of another party’s negligence.

What Kind of Damages Can a Personal Injury Victim Recover?

A successful personal injury claim may enable the claimant to recover both economic and non-economic damages for their accident. Economic damages are the financial losses and expenses directly resulting from the accident and injury. Common examples of economic losses include medical bills, lost wages, damaged property, and loss of future earning abilities.

However, in many cases, an accident can impact a person’s life in more ways than just financially. An accident and resulting injury can lead to pain, trauma, and emotional suffering, and the victim may also endure additional pain and psychological distress while recovering from their injuries. Pain, suffering, emotional distress, and any other subjective impacts of an accident are all examples of non-economic damages. In general, most personal injury cases seek compensation for both economic and non-economic damages.

Some personal injury plaintiffs may also be eligible to receive punitive damages in addition to standard damages. Punitive damages are a civil court’s way of punishing a defendant for engaging in grossly negligent or reckless conduct and discouraging similar behavior from happening again in the future. Punitive damages may not be available for every case, so it may be best to ask an experienced personal injury attorney about the types of damages available to your specific case.

Why Should I Hire an Attorney for My Case?

If you are a personal injury victim, getting the help of a skilled personal injury lawyer is essential to maximize your chances of recovering fair compensation. Even if you are not planning to take your case to a courtroom trial, an attorney can assist you with the process of filing an insurance claim and ensuring that you are treated fairly by the insurance company. Your personal injury lawyer can also handle all aspects of your case so you can focus on recovering and getting back on your feet.

The personal injury lawyers at the Espinoza Law Group are here to protect your interests as a personal injury victim. We have assisted countless injured clients in Inland Empire and surrounding areas, and we are ready to represent you and help you fight for maximum compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial losses. Contact us at 213-667-0701 for an initial consultation to discuss your case.