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California Personal Injury

In California, personal injury law encompasses injuries to an individual's body and/or mind that are due to the recklessness, negligence, or intentional harm of another person or a legal entity such as a company or corporation. The state of California has personal injury liability guidelines that are used to determine whether a party is solely or partly responsible for an injury or wrongful death, and to determine an appropriate legal remedy for an individual’s injury or death.

Compensation for a Personal Injury

When a person or company is found by a California court to be liable for someone's personal injury, the court may order that the person/company pay compensation to the injured person for his or her losses (or to the family of the individual who died due to the other party's negligence, recklessness, or intentional harm). These losses often include:

  • Medical care costs, including the hospital, doctors, emergency care, and ongoing care
  • The costs associated with rehabilitation and long-term disability
  • Lost wages
  • Decrease in earning capacity
  • Training for a new job if needed
  • Funeral costs, burial in wrongful death cases
  • For survivors, loss of companionship and financial support
  • Pain and suffering

Punitive damages may also be awarded in some personal injury cases; such an award is meant to punish defendants for their conduct.

Shared Liability Is Possible

The compensation awarded in California personal injury cases depends on both the severity of the personal injury and the circumstances in which the injury occurred. For instance, it is often the case that more than one party involved bears some responsibility for the injury. This is especially common in motor vehicle accidents. If the plaintiff/injured person has some liability for his or her injury, a settlement or verdict awarding compensation would be reduced in proportion to the shared responsibility.

Contact an Attorney with California Personal Injury Experience

If a personal injury or wrongful death has befallen you or a member of your family, it's advisable to seek legal help. A lawyer who has experience in California personal injury law can protect your interests and help you determine your best course of action. Contact a San Diego personal injury lawyer today to discuss your case and get the answers you need.

 

 

Many Causes of Personal Injury

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Workplace accidents
  • Product liability
  • Homicide and assault/battery
  • Building failures
  • Airplane crashes
  • Violence in the workplace or school setting

 

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