Personal Injury

Cerritos Personal Injury Attorney

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Every claim, whether based on intentional misconduct, negligence, or strict liability, has two basic issues—liability and damages. Was the defendant liable for the damages you sustained? If so, what is the nature and extent of your damages? If you can prove liability and damages, our California justice system will award you compensation for your loss. This is where a personal injury lawyer can help.

At Anyama Law Firm, we have over a decade of professional legal experience advocating for clients throughout California. We can help you build a strong personal injury claim and fight for the damages you deserve. As a small firm, we are also more able to provide one-on-one, personalized legal assistance at every stage of your case. As a result, you can trust our firm to put up a tough fight on your behalf.

Let’s get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with Anyama Law Firm to discuss your case in detail.

Common Examples of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Personal injury lawsuits involve civil liability for injuries caused by the careless, reckless, or intentional acts of others. Some examples of accidents leading to personal injury claims include:

  • Dog bites. In California, a dog owner is strictly liable for dog bites, even the first bite. If the bite occurs in a public place or lawfully in a private place, the owner can be held liable.
  • Medical malpractice. A healthcare provider who breaches the standard of care when rendering services to a patient and causing an injury is liable for medical malpractice. 
  • Product defects. Consumers injured by defective products may pursue a personal injury lawsuit if it is proven that the defendant manufactured or distributed a defective product that caused injury to the plaintiff, who used the product in a reasonable manner.
  • Motor vehicle accidents. This can include pedestrian accidents, negligent driving violations, and motorcycle accidents.
  • Premise liability. Property owners may be liable for injuries and damages that arise out of dangerous premises under their control. These claims include slip and fall accidents and construction accidents.
  • Negligence. This is a general theory that can apply to many instances to justify a personal injury claim. Negligence involves the defendant breaching their duty of care and consequently harming a plaintiff.

Note that California recognizes a strict liability rule that allows a plaintiff to hold a defendant strictly liable for their injuries, even if the plaintiff cannot show that the defendant acted in any type of negligent manner.

Pure Comparative Negligence in California

California follows a comparative negligence rule, which establishes that an injured person’s amount of compensation will be reduced by an amount equal to their percentage of fault for the accident. For example, if your accident totals $100,000 in damages but you were found to be 20% at fault, you can only recover up to $80,000 of your damages. If you were more than 50% at fault for the accident, though, you are not entitled to any damages.

There are generally two types of damages you may recover in a personal injury case – economic and non-economic. Economic damages are those that have a clear monetary value, such as medical expenses or lost wages suffered after a car accident. Non-economic damages refer to more abstract harm, such as pain and suffering and disfigurement.

Economic and non-economic damages do have a cap or limit in some cases, however. For instance, medical malpractice cases have a cap of $250,000 in non-economic damages. An experienced lawyer can take a look at your situation and better help you determine what damages you are entitled to.

Statute of Limitations

If you seek to make a personal injury claim, you must do so within 2 years of the date of the accident. California imposes a 2-year statute of limitations on all personal injury cases, after which the court will be unlikely to hear the claim. If the injury had not yet been known on the date of the accident, you have 1 year to file from the date of discovering the injury. Note that personal injury claims involving a government entity have a much briefer statute of limitations of 6 months.

Do not hesitate to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you have experienced an unfair injury due to another party. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim for compensation, and it is best to get started quickly. This ensures you will have the necessary evidence and recollection of the incident to build a strong claim. Our personal injury lawyer at Anyama Law Firm has over a decade of professional experience and can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

Contact Anyama Law Firm online to schedule your free initial consultation. Let us help you recover your damages while you focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally.

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