Contact a Cypress Personal Injury Lawyer

Accidents are often the result of negligent or reckless conduct by individuals, companies, and even government agencies. Victims of such conduct have the legal right to seek compensation via a personal injury claim. Yet many victims are unsure of how to file such a claim or even initiate the process.

At the Heidari Law Group, P.C., our experienced Cypress personal injury lawyers can help. We represent clients who have been harmed by the actions of others. We can review the circumstances surrounding your accident or injury and advise you of the best course of action moving forward.

What Does a Personal Injury Claim Cover in California?

A personal injury claim allows the victim of negligent or wrongful conduct to seek monetary compensation known as damages. In California, there are basically three types of damages available in a personal injury lawsuit:

  • Economic Damages. Economic damages represent your quantifiable, out-of-pocket losses arising from a defendant’s wrongful conduct. This commonly includes your past, present, and estimated future medical expenses, as well as any loss of income or earning capacity. In some cases economic damages may also cover property-related losses, such as the cost of fixing or replacing your car if it was involved in an accident. There is no limit to the amount of economic damages you may receive under California law.
  • Non-Economic Damages. Some damages clearly exist yet cannot be precisely quantified. For example, accident victims often incur a significant amount of pain and suffering that can last for years. Non-economic damages are designed to compensate victims for such emotional trauma. In most cases, California law does not limit non-economic damages, although there are certain exceptions, such as cases involving medical malpractice.
  • Punitive Damages. Unlike economic and non-economic damages, punitive damages are meant to punish egregious misconduct by a person or company. Most California personal injury claims do not involve punitive damages, as it requires more than proof of simple negligence. Punitive damages are only permitted when the defendant’s conduct amounted to “malice, oppression, or fraud.” Still, when punitive damages are available they can often be quite substantial.

In addition to these damages, if a victim dies as the result of negligent conduct, their estate and next-of-kin may file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. A wrongful death claim allows family members to recover damages for the loss of the victim’s income, household services, and companionship. The victim’s estate may also cover certain expenses.

Nearby Heidari Law Locations

Personal Injury

Heidari Law Group (Buena Park Office)

17901 Von Karman Ave Suite 600
Irvine, CA 92614

tel: (949) 239-1020

fax: (949) 239-1021

Why Do You Need a Cypress Personal Injury Lawyer?

A successful personal injury claim does not require proof of intentional misconduct. That is, you do not have to prove the defendant was trying to hurt you. Indeed, most personal injury cases arise from simple carelessness or negligence. For example, a car accident is often the result of a driver who is temporarily distracted and not keeping their eyes on the road.

Other personal injury claims arise from negligent conduct by product manufacturers and property owners. A manufacturer can be held responsible if they design, produce, or distribute a product with a defect that injures a consumer. Along similar lines, a property owner may be liable for injuries sustained by someone who is lawfully on their premises if there is a known safety hazard.

But defendants in personal injury cases often do not admit responsibility upfront. Oftentimes the defendants–and their insurance companies–will fight accident victims tooth and nail over compensation. That is why it is essential to work with an experienced Cypress personal injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with these sorts of cases.

At the Heidari Law Group, P.C., we offer professional representation to a wide range of accident and negligence victims. Let us sit down and review your case. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation in English or Spanish.