Have you been in a car accident, or maybe had a slip and fall in Ventura? If you believe that your accident was the result of negligence on someone else’s behalf, then you may be able to seek damages in a personal injury lawsuit. We’ve outlined some of the most important things for you to know about personal injuries below, but the most important thing to do is speak with an experienced attorney.
We understand that our clients are in stressful periods of their lives when they need to work through a personal injury lawsuit, so we make sure to take care of them in every way we can. Not only do we want a financial success for our clients -— we want them to have as pleasant an experience as possible through the entire case.
Take a look at this information below, and contact us today to discuss the specifics of your injury. We look forward to working with you, and to helping you get the compensation you deserve.
Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In order to file a personal injury lawsuit, your situation must meet a few basic criteria. Keep in mind that even if your situation does meet these criteria, it does not immediately mean that you will win money – it simply means that we can begin the process of seeking damages. You have suffered a personal injury if:
- You were in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence
- You were injured in the accident
- Your injuries caused damages that you can seek repayment for
If your situation meets these basic points, then it can be considered a personal injury, and we may determine that it is worth filing a lawsuit for. If you are dealing with an insurance company, we will first attempt to negotiate directly with their lawyers to reach an out of court settlement, which will save time and money for both parties. If we are unable to reach an agreement, the next step will be to file a lawsuit in the California court system.
Should I Take The Offer From The Insurance Company?
If you have been injured and you are offered payment from an insurance company, do not accept the offer. An insurance company’s first priority is to minimize payments made to victims, and will do whatever they can to limit the amount you receive. If you accept an offer, it will likely come with an agreement that you can not seek any further damages from their client regarding your accident.
Instead of dealing with the company on your own, it makes sense to work with our personal injury attorneys in Ventura to hopefully reach an agreement. We have a lot of experience dealing with insurance company lawyers, and will be happy to put this experience to work for you.
What Are Some Examples of Common Personal Injury Lawsuits?
There are many different personal injuries that someone can sustain, which means that even if you do not see anything that resembles your situation in this list, you should still reach out to us to explore your options. However, there are some common personal injury cases that we handle.
Automobile accidents cover a wide range of situations, and each are handled differently. An accident between two passenger vehicles has a different process than if a passenger vehicle were to collide with an 18-wheeler because of the different types of insurance that commercial vehicles must carry, and oftentimes because of the amount of damage that can occur between two vehicles of such different sizes.
Motorcycle accidents can be complicated in their own right, simply because a motorcycle rider is at greater risk of injury at low speeds than someone in a fully-enclosed vehicle. Insurance companies sometimes try to pay less than they should for a motorcycle accident since the injuries are worse because of the lack of protection, but we will fight for what you deserve.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall is another common personal injury in Ventura. When we are seeking damages for a slip and fall (a “premise liability”), we must prove that the party responsible for the property (owner, landlord, lessee, tenant) either knew or had reasonable expectation to know about the hazard that caused your accident, that they failed to remedy the hazard, and that you sustained injuries from the hazard.
Some examples of slip and fall injuries are broken bones slipping on wet floors in public areas, or falling over broken stair treads.
Medical malpractice is a serious issue that can have serious consequences. A medical malpractice case states that the medical professional failed to adhere to standard practices, and this failure resulted in an injury to their patient. Common medical malpractice cases center around things like improper diagnosis, misprescribing of medication, surgical errors, or improper aftercare. We will seek damages up to California’s cap if appropriate for your situation.
The city of Ventura welcomes and encourages cycling, which promotes a healthy population and reduces emissions. However, with increased bicycle traffic comes increased bicycle accidents. If you have been involved in a bicycle accident and you believe it was not your fault, contact us now to determine your options for recovering damages.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
There is no simple way to determine how much your injuries will amount to in a personal injury lawsuit, but there are some basic indicators that we will use to create the foundation of your case.
- Economic damages seek compensation for things that have real values attached to them, like medical bills, disability, and lost wages.
- Non-economic damages seek compensation for more-abstract, but very important, things like your pain and suffering.
We will total your economic damages, and then work to create a multiplier for your non-economic damages. We will use this multiplier to calculate what we believe you are owed for your non-economic damages based on your multiplier x economic damages.
Contact Us Today
If you are suffering from an injury, do not delay in contacting us. California has a 2-year statute of limitations, meaning that you will not be allowed to seek damages after that time has passed (or 1 year after the injury first becomes apparent). Even if you believe that the injuries or expenses will continue to mount, we will work to factor each complication into your case to ensure that you are fairly compensated for the injuries you have suffered.FAQ About Personal Injury in California