Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer
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Suffered a personal injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault? You deserve compensation—period. Hire an Orange County injury lawyer who will fight for what you’re owed.
No matter the cause of your personal injury, being injured is a difficult situation. But when you’ve been injured in Orange County because of another person’s carelessness, the situation can be much more frustrating.
Knowing that your injury could have been prevented if the responsible party had been more careful could leave you with feelings of anger and hopelessness. You don’t have to feel that way forever, though.
When you file a personal injury claim, you can be compensated for your injuries, and you can also get a sense of justice from knowing that the responsible party is being held financially accountable for hurting you. It’s not easy to file a personal injury claim on your own, however.
Your best chance to receive fair compensation is to work with an attorney who knows the ins and outs of California personal injury law. We know all that and more. Contact an personal injury lawyer in Orange County with Dickson, Kohan & Bablove, LLP to discuss your case today.
Common Types of Personal Injury Cases in Orange County
Not every kind of accident is considered a personal injury that will qualify for compensation. Let’s say you break your arm playing baseball with some friends, and you simply landed on your arm while diving for a grounder. That’s not likely a viable personal injury case.
Now, let’s compare that to a barbeque your friend might have at his Orange County home. There, you break your arm after you trip over a pile of rusty car parts your buddy left in the backyard. You couldn’t see the junk under a patch of overgrown weeds, and now you have to pay medical bills because your insurance won’t cover all of the expenses.
The above is an example of a personal injury case type called premises liability. The following is a list of common personal injury case types we handle in Orange County:
- Car collisions
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Premises liability
- Workplace accidents
- Construction accidents
What Is Comparative Negligence in Personal Injury Claims?
In the state of California, various laws deal with negligence and personal injury. California uses a system called comparative negligence to determine who was at fault for an accident that caused a personal injury.
In many cases, both or multiple parties can be at fault, and the Orange County court will compare the responsibility of each party to determine how much compensation you’re owed.
If you are the injured party seeking compensation, the court will determine how much responsibility you had for your own injury. If you are found responsible, even slightly, your compensation can be reduced in relation to your percentage of responsibility.
An experienced injury lawyer in Orange County can help you prove why you had little or nothing to do with causing your injury—and why you deserve full compensation from the truly responsible parties.
How Is Negligence Determined in Orange County?
Sometimes, accidents are just accidents. Maybe you were at your neighbor’s house and slipped on the gravel driveway, breaking your arm. The homeowner had no way of knowing that you would be injured, and the gravel driveway isn’t likely to be considered particularly hazardous. Therefore, your friend likely won’t be considered negligent.
For someone to be held liable for negligence, certain factors must be present in your Orange County personal injury case:
- The defendant had a duty to not cause you harm.
- The defendant breached that duty.
- Because of the defendant’s breach (actions or inaction) in duty, you were injured.
- The defendant’s actions (and not some other random factor) caused your injuries.
- You suffered actual damages (like receiving medical care and missing work).
The Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in California
Many people aren’t aware that there is a time limit for filing personal injury claims in Orange County, California. State law only allows you to file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of the date of your injury. In cases where you didn’t immediately discover your injury, you have one year from the date you discovered the injury.
That is why it is important to contact an Orange County injury attorney right away to begin working on your case. We will help you gather important documents, file your claim paperwork, and take your case to trial, if that’s what it takes to help you receive fair compensation for your suffering.
The Role of Insurance Companies in Orange County Personal Injury Claims
When you’ve been injured in an accident in Orange County, you are likely going to be pursuing personal injury compensation from the defendant’s insurance company. For example, if you were involved in a vehicle collision with a reckless driver, it’s likely to be the insurance company that will be paying for your losses.
Likewise, if you are injured at someone else’s home, a business, or your workplace, you will likely be seeking compensation from the insurance company that insures the negligent party. Insurance companies are there to protect people in the event that they cause you injury, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they play fair.
Although the insurance company’s job is to pay out on claims of injury or property damage, they don’t want to pay more than they absolutely have to. That’s why it’s so imperative for you to work with a personal injury attorney in Orange County.
Your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries skyrocket when you have a knowledgeable injury attorney on your side. Additionally, our personal injury law firm has past experience defending insurance companies from lawsuits, so we have inside information on all the tactics they will use to get out of paying for your injuries.
Compensation for Successful Personal Injury Claims
When you’ve been injured in Orange County and your injuries are the direct result of someone else’s negligent actions, you deserve to be compensated. You shouldn’t have to pay for the expenses associated with your injuries, such as medical bills. The court considers all of your losses when deciding how much compensation you are owed.
Your personal injury attorney can ensure that you receive compensation for your monetary and non-monetary losses.
Monetary losses are the damages you suffered that have a financial cost associated with them, such as missed wages during your recovery. Non-monetary losses are the losses you suffered because of your accident that didn’t cost you any money but were still emotionally or psychologically taxing.
The following is a list of damages your personal injury attorney can add to your claim for compensation:
- Medical bills, including future costs
- Physical therapy costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional trauma, such as post-traumatic stress disorder
- Mental health services
- Missed wages
- Reduced income-earning power
- Damaged property
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Diminished quality of life
Orange County Personal Injury FAQ
How do I know if I’m being offered a fair settlement for my accident?
Your Orange County personal injury attorney can determine whether you’re being offered a fair settlement by assessing all the damages you’ve suffered and calculating your claim value. You can then keep this number in your head as you move forward with your lawsuit. Fighting for what you deserve becomes easier when you know what you’re worth.
Should I discuss a settlement offer with my insurance company?
You can discuss your Orange County accident with your insurance company. In fact, they may require you to record a statement; however, if your insurance company offers you a settlement, determining the value of your claim before accepting an offer can be beneficial. Your insurance may not offer you the full amount you deserve for your injuries because they have their own financial interests in mind.
Is there a maximum amount I can receive for my injuries in Orange County?
California doesn’t put a cap on the amount of damages you can recover in Orange County personal injury cases; however, there’s one exception to this rule. While there’s no cap for compensatory damages, such as medical expenses, property damages, and lost wages, there is a cap of $250,000 for non-economic damages if you’re trying to recover these damages in a medical malpractice case.
Will I have to go to Orange County court for my lawsuit?
Your personal injury lawyer in Orange County will try to settle your case through negotiation before going to court. If the defendant in your case refuses to settle for the amount you deserve, then court may be the only option. You shouldn’t be afraid to go to court, because having an experienced legal team to negotiate on your behalf can increase your chances of winning the maximum compensation.
Speak with an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney
When someone else’s negligence has caused you to suffer an injury, you shouldn’t have to pay for the expenses related to your accident. Medical bills, missed wages, and mental health services can add up quickly, and your financial stability could be at stake.
You’re already suffering physically and emotionally; don’t let this accident negatively affect your financial future.
Team up with an Orange County personal injury lawyer at Dickson Kohan & Bablove, LLP. We are experienced injury attorneys, and we can help you file a personal injury claim to give you an excellent chance of recovering all of your losses. Call us today at 1-844-404-2400 or fill out the form below to schedule a free consultation with us.