San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer
Regardless of the kind of injury you’ve suffered, you deserve to be compensated for the hardships it has caused you if the accident was the result of someone else’s negligent actions. For help getting the compensation you’re entitled to, get in touch with a San Diego personal injury attorney.
When you’ve been injured in any kind of accident, your primary focus should be on your recovery. Unfortunately, getting better often requires hospital stays, doctor visits, time away from work, and other expenses.
If the accident that left you injured was someone else’s fault, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden of your recovery. And you deserve compensation for all the suffering your injuries have caused you.
The good news is that you can pursue the compensation you need to recover by filing a personal injury claim. You will have to prove that another party’s negligence caused your injuries, but, with strong legal representation, that shouldn’t be a problem.
A San Diego personal injury lawyer at The Kindley Firm, APC, can help you identify the responsible parties, place a value on your claim, and pursue the compensation you’re owed.
Describe Your Personal Injury Case
As you begin building your San Diego personal injury claim, it’s helpful to know which broad category your case falls into. The various types of personal injury cases present different potentially liable parties.
Regardless of the type of case you have, your San Diego injury lawyer can help you identify the responsible parties and hold them accountable.
Common types of personal injury cases include the following:
- Vehicle Accidents – Whether you’re riding a motorcycle or your car is hit by a truck, you may find yourself seriously injured when you’ve been involved in a collision. The easiest culprit to identify may be the driver who hit you, but other parties can also come into play. For example, passengers, third-party drivers, and even government entities that may have promoted poor road conditions could be found liable.
- Premises Liability – If a property owner fails to maintain safe conditions on his or her grounds and that negligence causes your injuries, you may have a legal claim against that property owner. Premises liability cases often involve slip-and fall-accidents, animal bites, and other types of location-specific hazards.
- Defective Products – Even careful companies can produce faulty products, and more careless firms will even try to hide product defects to avoid having to issue a recall. Examples of defective products that can cause injuries include malfunctioning car parts and explosive batteries. If you were using a product as intended and it injured you, you could name the manufacturer of that product in your personal injury claim.
- Construction Accidents – While all employers in California must offer workers compensation, you might be able to obtain more compensation by filing a construction accident injury claim. Your accident will have to meet certain criteria to qualify for a personal injury claim instead of a workers comp claim, however, so it’s important to consult with a San Diego personal injury attorney.
Common Personal Injuries
Any injury that results from another party’s negligent, careless, or reckless actions can be considered a personal injury. That means injuries you could list in your claim can range from relatively minor cuts and scrapes to major brain trauma and spine damage, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
The following are some of the more common injuries accident victims suffer:
- Wrongful death
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe burns
- Broken and fractured bones
- Organ damage and internal bleeding
- Injury to the spine, including partial or full paralysis
What’s Your Claim Worth?
You may not be able to accurately predict all the expenses and hardships you’ll encounter as a result of your injuries in the future. For example, guessing how expensive your physical therapy will be can be difficult because the required recovery time can range from weeks to years.
Financial damages you may want to recover include losses related to the following:
- Property damage
- Inability to work
- Present and ongoing medical costs
- Lifestyle accommodations made necessary by your injuries
If you don’t pursue the correct amount of compensation, you may find yourself paying out of pocket for unforeseen expenses. Don’t let yourself get into that situation. Your San Diego injury lawyer will have the experience to help you place an accurate value on your claim.
In California, multiple parties can share the blame for the accident that left you injured—including you. That’s because the state follows the comparative fault system.
The potential downside of this method is that your compensation can be reduced if you’re found partially at fault for your injuries.
For instance, if you filed a claim against the manufacturer of a defective car part that led to your crash, but you were speeding at the time of the accident, you could be found 30 percent responsible for your resulting injuries. The manufacturer of the defective part would only be responsible for giving you the remaining 70 percent of the compensation you’re awarded.
Another fact you should know is that California has a statute of limitations of two years for personal injury claims. Put simply, you can only sue for the injuries you’ve suffered within two years of the accident.
If you didn’t discover the injury until a later date, you’ll have one year from the date you became aware of your injury to file a claim.
San Diego Personal Injury FAQ
Personal injury is a vast and complicated area of the law. You’re going to have some questions, and that’s OK. We’re happy to answer them.
Below, we’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions San Diego accident victims have about personal injury claims.
Can I be compensated for non-monetary damages?
Yes. Injuries leave victims with more than just hospital bills and lost time at work. Emotional trauma, reduced quality of life, and pain and suffering are some of the more common non-economic damages listed in personal injury claims.
Your San Diego accident injury attorney will help you place a value on the non-economic damages you’ve suffered as a result of your injury.
What if the insurance company is refusing to pay?
Insurance companies are often looking for ways to avoid paying victims the compensation they’re owed after vehicle accidents and other situations. The more they give you, the more their profits suffer.
Your lawyer will know how to deal with the insurance company and can negotiate for a settlement on your behalf. It’s often wise to direct the insurance company to speak with your lawyer so you don’t accidentally say anything that could be used to reduce your compensation offer later on.
Will I have to go to court?
Unless you’re being sued, you won’t likely have to appear in court. However, if the other party refuses to offer an adequate out-of-court settlement, you may need to appear in court to fight for the compensation you’re owed.
The upside of taking your personal injury claim to the courtroom is that courts often award more compensation than a settlement would have.
Speak with a San Diego Injury Lawyer
When it comes to personal injury claims, having strong legal representation can be the difference between getting the compensation you need to recover and being stuck with endless medical bills and other expenses.
That’s why so many victims choose The Kindley Firm, APC, to represent them as they pursue personal injury compensation. To speak with a San Diego personal injury lawyer, give us a call at 619-550-1313 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.