What Is A Personal Injury Claim?
If you have ever been injured or emotionally hurt due to someone else’s negligence, you may have the grounds to file a personal injury claim. Personal injury is far from a “black and white” practice area of law. It encompasses many different types of actions and the consequences that subsequently occur.
For example, if your employer fails to keep your workspace safe and up to state code, it creates a hazardous environment for all workers. If you suffer an accident at work due to the negligence of your employer, this will likely constitute a personal injury claim. Similarly, when someone is texting while driving and therefore negligently operating their vehicle, an accident will likely occur. If your car is hit by this driver and you break your leg in the impact, this can also constitute a personal injury claim.
Personal injury does not include damage that’s done to property or personal objects. It only covers injuries, illnesses, and hardships inflicted upon an individual due to the negligence of someone else. An injured party who brings a personal injury claim against a property owner or occupier is required to prove that the owner’s or occupier’s negligence and/or failure to use reasonable duty of care in the maintenance of the property is what caused the injuries. Your lawyer will help you demonstrate this person’s negligence in order to award you compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
The law regarding filing personal injury claims will differ from state to state. Every state has a different way of treating these cases, so it’s important to contact a lawyer in your area in order to best handle your potential personal injury case.
The legal term “statute of limitations” is defined as any law that bars claims after a certain period of time passes after an injury. The period of time varies depending on the jurisdiction and the type of claim. Statutes of limitations exist for both civil and criminal causes of action, and begin to run from the date of the injury, or the date it was discovered, or the date on which it would have been discovered with reasonable efforts. Many statutes of limitations are actual legislative statutes, while others may come from judicial common law.
In the state of California, the statute of limitations specifically for personal injury cases gives the injured victim a maximum of two years from the date of the injury to file a claim. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this two year time frame, the government of the state of California likely will not hear your case in court.
For this reason, and many others, it’s important to contact a lawyer as soon as you have been injured by someone else’s negligence. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit, and, if you do so in a timely manner, you may be able to uncover compensation that helps pay the bills after a bad accident.
Why Is It Important To Speak To A Lawyer As Soon As Possible After An Accident?
The sooner you contact a lawyer, the sooner you can get started building your personal injury case. It’s important that you do so as soon as you can, especially within the state of California’s statute of limitations.
Why is it so important to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible after an accident? After you’ve been injured or have become ill, you will need to seek medical help in order to address the state of your health. Unfortunately, extremely high medical bills can easily put an innocent victim in a lifetime of debt that they are unprepared or ill-equipped to pay for. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better your chances or filing a strong lawsuit.
If you fail to file a personal injury lawsuit within the statute of limitations, it is highly likely that you will miss out on the opportunity to receive the compensation that you deserve.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Earn From a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you are unsure what kind of compensation you can receive from a personal injury lawsuit, the safest option is to talk to a lawyer as soon as you can. Every accident case is different from the next, and the specifics regarding your case should be given the individual time and attention they deserve.
If you needed medical assistance after your accident, first and foremost your lawyer will seek to uncover compensation for your medical bills. This can include hospitalization feeds, the cost of prescription medication, physical or occupational therapy, and even can include the cost of long-term rehabilitative care.
Those who need extended time to nurse injuries after a car accident will likely need to stay home from work in order to heal. Missing out on work means lost wages – and no one can afford to miss a paycheck. Your lawyer will factor lost wage compensation into your personal injury lawsuit, and will fight to earn you compensation for this gap in pay.
In some cases, the mental and emotional trauma from an accident can almost be too much to bear. When someone else’s negligence causes you harm, it often can change the course of your life forever. Some personal injury lawsuits can afford you compensation for pain and suffering. Depression, anxiety and stress are just as important as physical ailments.
If You Have Been Hurt Due To Someone Else’s Negligence, Contact The Accident Network Law Group
In the state of California, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is up to two years. If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, we recommend that you act much faster than that. The sooner you speak with a lawyer to create a personal injury case, the stronger that case will be.
At the Accident Network Law Group, we take the time to listen to each person’s individual struggles and work to defend what you’ve suffered before a judge. We approach each case with individual care, as no two accidents are the same and no two victims are the same.
We offer a free, no-obligation consultation where we discuss the details of your case in depth. The sooner you contact us to get started on the filing of your personal injury case, the sooner we can fight together for your justice.