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California residents are injured every day in accidents. Sometimes these injuries are nobody’s fault. But in many cases, the negligence of another person or company is to blame. When that happens, the injured victims have the legal right to demand compensation through a personal injury claim.
A qualified Barstow personal injury lawyer can assist you in such matters. Personal injury cases often involve complicated factual and legal questions that require extensive settlement negotiations, and failing that, litigation. The personal injury team at the Heidari Law Group can advise and represent you throughout this process. We specialize in handling complex personal injury claims, and we will fight for your right to compensation.
How Personal Injury Claims Work in California
There are many different types of personal injury cases. All of them have certain common elements. You must show that the defendant–the person or legal entity that you have brought your claim against–was negligent by violating some duty of care owed to you under the law. For example, if a driver breaks the traffic laws and causes an accident, they were negligent in violating their legal duty to obey the rules of the road.
Negligence by itself does not prove a personal injury claim. The plaintiff must then show they suffered some injury or loss–known as damages–and that this was the direct result of the defendant’s negligence. Again, this can be as simple as showing your medical bills for treatment following an auto accident.
Damages in a personal injury case may cover a variety of economic and non-economic losses. Some of the more common types of damages that we recover on behalf of our clients include:
- past and future medical expenses, including the costs of rehabilitation or long-term care;
- lost wages due to time missed from work due to an injury;
- compensation for diminished earning capacity if an injury permanently restricts a victim’s ability to continue working their occupation;
- compensation for losses that are difficult to quantify but still exist, notably the victim’s ongoing pain and suffering;
- damage to the victim’s car and other property; and
- any other out-of-pocket expenses arising from an accident or injury caused by third-party negligence.
Personal injury claims can also cover more than situations involving accidents caused by negligence. We handle claims involving dangerous and defective products, intentional criminal acts (such as battery or sexual assault), and even cases arising from injuries to a person’s reputation.
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Who You Need to Work with a Qualified Barstow Personal Injury Lawyer
We understand that many accident victims are reluctant to engage a personal injury attorney. Some people are under the impression that hiring a lawyer means you are determined to sue. In reality, most personal injury claims are settled out-of-court, even when lawyers are involved. Indeed, you have a greater chance of obtaining a favorable settlement by having a lawyer at your side.
There are a few reasons for this. The first is that an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to thoroughly investigate a potential claim at the outset. This is especially important when multiple potential defendants are involved or when outside experts are needed to reconstruct an accident. Another reason is that insurance companies often count on an accident victim’s ignorance of the law to strong-arm them into accepting a low settlement offer. Having your own attorney represent you in such negotiations levels the playing field in this regard.
It is also important to understand that there are strict time limits to bring a personal injury claim–normally two years in California. So it is essential that you engage a skilled Barstow personal injury attorney as early as possible. Contact the Heidari Law Group, P.C., today to schedule a consultation in English or Spanish with a member of our team.