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Do I Have a Personal Injury Case? 


Have you been injured in an accident? Filing a personal injury lawsuit can be scary as the injury itself. The legal process is intimidating to most people. You must deal with endless paperwork and hard to answer questions from insurance companies, all while dealing with injuries and medical appointments to treat your injuries. If you are deciding whether to get a lawyer, or if you have a case, and if it is something worth pursuing, here is some guidance for you to begin the process.

What is a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit can be filed when you have been hurt by a person or an entity due to negligence or intentional wrongful act. A personal injury can be anything from physical harm such as a car accident to emotional distress as a result of someone committing libel or slander against you.  Example of personal injuries: vehicular accident, slip and falls, property damage, medical malpractice, dog bites, product liability, wrongful death, assault or battery.

Is There a Deadline for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in California?

You must file a lawsuit within a specific period, or you lose your right to make a claim. In California, the statute of limitation depends on the type of personal injury lawsuit. For most personal injuries, the statute of limitations is 2 years from the date the injury happened, but there are some exceptions.

What Do I Do After an Accident?

First thing to do after any type of accident is to seek medical attention for injuries.  If there are no immediate injuries, a medical exam is still recommended.  Some accidents could result in internal injuries that may not be immediately felt. If it is possible, a person should take these additional steps after an accident. Take photos of the accident scene, get contact information from everyone else involved in the accident, and collect information from any witnesses. All these information is important and necessary for you to be able to hold the person at fault accountable.

Do I Need an Attorney?

A lawyer will have the knowledge necessary to answer your questions and to fight on your behalf against the other party, insurance adjusters, and defense lawyers. Throughout your entire case, your attorney will serve as your confidant providing advice and guidance to protect your best interests. By having an attorney on your side throughout your case, you will be able to turn to him or her to ensure you are making well informed decisions. Personal injury law can be quite complex, and it is important to have someone who can handle your case. It will save you time and money so you will be able to focus on healing.

What Kind of Damages Can I Collect?

A personal injury lawsuit allows individuals to seek financial compensation from accountable liable parties for the full range of economic and non-economic damages that result from the accident. The types of damages that can be collected will depend on the losses that the injured victim suffered.

Economic damages include:

  • Medical treatment
  • Repair or replacement of property
  • Lost wages and future earnings
  • Loss of earning capacity

Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Inconvenience
  • Emotional distress

How Much Money Is My Case Worth?

A personal injury case worth depends on the extent of the injuries, the degree of the victim’s pain and suffering, and the number of financial losses incurred or likely to be incurred in the future. To get an accurate estimate of how much a personal injury case is worth, you should consult with a qualified attorney. 

If you are injured in an accident, please call the Offices of Payam Y. Poursalimi at 877-PAYAMLA for a free consultation.

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