Jun 9, 2022
When you’re injured in a Los Angeles, California, accident – whether a car crash, slip and fall, dog bite, etc. – your road to recovery can require financial compensation for various damages, such as hospital or medical care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. After an accident due to negligence that leads to an injury, you may be wondering where to turn (and if you have a valid claim for a civil lawsuit).
Below we will review everything you need to know about what a California personal injury lawsuit entails, look at how the litigation process works, outline what types of financial damages may be recovered, and provide information on how to arrange for a free and no obligation consultation with an experienced and trusted lawyer from Dordulian Law Group.
A personal injury lawsuit is a claim often filed after accidents due to negligence or carelessness – such as car crashes, dog bites, premises liability incidents (slip/trip and falls), wrongful deaths, and sexual assaults. When you file a personal injury civil lawsuit, you’re notifying the defendant (at-fault party) of your intention to recover financial compensation for your injuries and any losses. Initially, with the help of an experienced attorney, this step often takes the form of a demand letter rather than a formal claim.
If the defendant fails to respond to the demand letter or rejects the notice, your lawyer will proceed with a formal claim for damages. A formal claim or personal injury lawsuit officially notifies the court of your intent, as an injured victim, to recover financial compensation for damages.
In a formal personal injury claim, your attorney will present the facts of your case through a compelling argument that outlines what happened, how negligence was involved, and why you deserve to be compensated for your injuries.
When a formal personal injury civil claim is filed with the assistance of an experienced Los Angeles-area attorney, the at-fault party (or defendant) is legally required to respond. Failing to respond to such a formal complaint will cause the court to automatically issue a judgment in your favor. Defendants typically contest personal injury claims, but in some cases an immediate cash settlement can be reached.
The main aspect that determines whether or not you have a valid personal injury claim is negligence. If another driver injured you in a car accident due to his or her negligence, you may have a valid claim for financial compensation. Moreover, if a pet owner failed to keep his dog from attacking you, you may have a valid personal injury claim.
When negligence or carelessness on the part of either an individual or entity causes an accident leading to injury, the victim deserves to be appropriately compensated (or made “whole”).
There are typically four elements that need to be met in a valid personal injury civil lawsuit:
At Dordulian Law Group (DLG), our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers is led by Sam Dordulian, a former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County with more than 25 years of experience fighting to recover maximum financial compensation for victims like you.
Dordulian has more than 100 jury trial victories and, together with the DLG team, has helped injured victims secure more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts.
When you’re injured in an accident, our Personal Injury Division of attorneys recommends that you take the following steps:
Hiring a DLG personal injury lawyer to handle your accident claim can be in your overall best interest for a number of reasons. Our attorneys have vast jury trial experience, which means that if a maximum financial damages award can’t be obtained through a settlement, we’re always ready to take your case to trial and win on your behalf before a jury. And hiring the best personal injury lawyer can help ensure you secure the compensation you need to make a complete recovery – physically, emotionally, and financially.
Personal injury victims who hire private attorneys often secure greater financial compensation for their claims. For example, the Insurance Research Council (IRC) recently conducted a study which confirmed the following personal injury claim statistics:
Reaching out to a member of the DLG personal injury team for a free consultation will ensure you have a full understanding of the legal process. During your free California personal injury consultation, a DLG lawyer will:
With DLG, your accident injury consultation is always confidential and without any obligation. We’ll review the facts of your case and provide you with all available legal options to ensure your rights are protected and the maximum financial damages award you deserve is pursued. We serve accident injury clients throughout California as well as the United States.
Most California personal injury claims are bound to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that you typically have two years from the date of an accident to file a claim seeking to recover financial compensation.
However, it’s important to note that some claims – such as those filed against government or public entities – may have a much shorter deadline (sometimes only six months).
Accordingly, DLG’s personal injury lawyers recommend that victims file their claims as soon as possible to ensure evidence it preserved and the chance of recovering maximum financial compensation is greater.
The most common examples of personal injury accident damages in civil lawsuits are broken down below according to type.
Common California Personal Injury Accident Economic Damages:
Common California Personal Injury Accident Non-Economic Damages:
To learn more about how important it can be to have an experienced DLG California personal injury lawyer handling your case, please visit our recent blog on how pain and suffering damages are calculated in personal injury civil claims.
Don’t miss the deadline for filing your personal injury lawsuit – whether a car crash, truck accident, slip and fall, motorcycle wreck, or dog bite. Personal injury victims who fail to file claims within the standard two-year statute of limitations typically waive their right to seek much-needed financial compensation for damages.
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