Lancaster Personal Injury Attorney
30+ Years of Experience Representing CLients
If your accident was caused by someone else, you may be able to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. You simply should not be forced to shoulder the economic burden of an accident you did not cause. With successful lawyers on your side, you could receive full compensation for your accident-related losses. The lawyers from Accident Attorneys can help you.
Our Lancaster personal injury attorneys have 75+ years’ experience to help you recover damages for:
- Medical Expenses
- Income Losses
- Vehicle Replacement
- Pain and Suffering
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
According to the California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. The statute of limitations is a state law that dictates how long an injured person has to file a personal injury claim before they lose their legal right to do so. This means you have two years to file your claim before you will lose your right to file and recover compensation. There are some exceptions that can change this two-year time limit so it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney about your case as soon as possible. Our firm offers free, no-obligation consultations so you have nothing to lose by contacting Accident Attorneys today.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
After an accident it can be easy to think that an insurance company will come through for you, after all that is what they say they will do, however this is rarely the case. Contrary to what they promise, insurance companies are usually on their own side not yours. Meaning at heart insurance companies are a business first and foremost, often caring care more about their bottom line than ensuring claimants get the proper compensation they deserve after suffering an accident
A skilled Lancaster personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Additionally, an experienced lawyer from our firm can:
- Navigate you through the legal process, ensuring all the correct procedures are followed
- Thoroughly investigate your claim
- Determine who is liable for your accident
- Gather evidence to support your claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
- If necessary, represent you at trial
Unlike insurance companies, Accident Attorneys will fight for you as true advocates on your side. We are committed to working for your best interest every step of the claims process, and we always fight for maximum compensation. Our team knows that after suffering a serious injury, recovering proper compensation is a big step in getting your life back on track. Contact us today to get started on your case!
Liability in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The term liability refers to legal accountability. In a personal injury lawsuit, the liable party is the company or person who is to blame for the victim’s injuries. Most of the time, this boils down to an act of carelessness or a pattern of negligence that leads to an injury. An example may be the manufacturer of a defective toy that causes a child harm. Another example may be a driver who is texting and runs a red light, striking and injuring a pedestrian in a crosswalk. In virtually every accident, you can find a liable party (or parties).
The determination of liability is one of the most important parts of a personal injury case because it allows an injured person the opportunity to recover compensation from the party that caused them harm. Many personal injury lawsuits are paid by the liable party’s insurance company, particularly those involving traffic collisions like car accidents or truck accidents. In other cases, a lawsuit may be filed directly against the liable party, such as the example involving the manufacturer of the defective children’s toy.
An independent investigation and the involvement of experts in fields like accident reconstruction, engineering, manufacturing, and highway safety can help a personal injury attorney determine and prove liability in civil court. This must typically involve proving:
- The defendant (liable party) owed a duty of care to the plaintiff (injured party);
- The defendant breached that duty in some way;
- The plaintiff suffered quantifiable harm; and
- The defendant’s breach caused the plaintiff’s injuries.
The goal is to prove liability so the plaintiff can recover fair compensation for their injuries, allowing them to rebuild and move on with their life. Holding at-fault parties accountable can also bring victims and their families peace of mind in knowing that justice has been served, and it can bring serious safety issues to light, even spurring legislative or regulatory changes that help prevent similar events from occurring in the future.
How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
There is no way to predict with accuracy how much you will finally receive in the form of an insurance settlement or jury verdict, but there are certain guidelines that we can use to estimate the worth of your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
To begin with, you can claim economic damages for the costs of any all medically necessary care that you have received and will require in the future.
You can also receive compensation for your lost income and reduced future earning power. Your claim can additionally include non-economic damages for your pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress, and loss of consortium.
In wrongful death cases, you can pursue compensation for loss of society and companionship. Whatever the type of accident or injury case you have, we can help you determine and pursue the full compensation to which you are entitled.
How Can Our Award-Winning Personal Injury Lawyers Help You?
Our personal injury attorneys in Lancaster know how to secure compensation for clients in cases including and not limited to:
- Birth Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Car Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Dangerous Drugs
- Defective Products
- Medical Malpractice
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Truck Accidents
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Do you have grounds to sue for damages?
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a serious accident, it is important to consult with an Antelope Valley personal injury attorney as soon as possible to find out whether you are entitled to financial compensation. You may have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim, and with success, you could receive compensation for all of your losses associated with the accident.
The key question to answer is who is at fault for causing the accident. If it can be proven that the other party is responsible for causing your injuries or the death of your family member, you most likely have cause to file a claim with the goal of recovering monetary damages.
Proving liability in a personal injury claim can be done in many ways:
- If, for example, you were hurt in a car accident, your attorney will most likely obtain a copy of the police accident report to find evidence that the other driver was at fault.
- Proof of driver distraction may be obtained through witness reports, as well as by subpoenaing the driver's cell phone records to find evidence that he or she was texting on a cell phone at the time of the accident.
- In the event that your case involves a claim of medical malpractice, we may investigate the medical records to discover documentation of errors or omissions on the part of the doctor.
- Premises liability cases such as slip and fall accidents often require the services of engineers and accident reconstruction specialists who can perform an exhaustive study of the incident and provide expert testimony in the courtroom.
Compensation for Accident Victims in Lancaster and Palmdale
As soon as possible after you have been injured or lost a family member, contact us at Accident Attorneys for a free initial consultation to discuss your case and to find out whether you have grounds to sue for damages. We have more than 75 years of combined experience fighting for accident victims and their families, and we know how to prepare a case for the best chances of success. With recognitions such as inclusion in the California Super Lawyers® list and membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, we have proven our ability to get results for our clients. We believe that you should not be forced to pay the price for an accident that you did not cause.
Get Started on Your Case Today
We understand what a difficult experience this may be for you, and we want to help you find your way to a successful resolution, even has we have helped past clients to recover millions of dollars, earning our membership into the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. Please don’t hesitate to see how we can be of service to you.
To find out how much you can expect to receive if you succeed in your claim, contact a Lancaster personal injury attorneyto request a free case evaluationwith a member of our legal team: (661) 261-4929!
$120 Million Auto Accident
Largest jury verdict in the Lancaster court history for a driver who was T-boned at a two-way stop.
$25.6 Million Bus Accident
Combined settlement for tourists involved in a rollover bus accident.
$14.0 Million Brain Injury
An amusement park accident resulting in a severe brain injury.
$7.0 Million Head Injury
A head injury verdict resulting from a light pole striking a pedestrian.
$5.3 Million Construction Injury
Settlement obtained for an individual injured at a construction site.
A personal injury settlement can cover virtually any costs related to your injury/accident. This includes any money that you need for medical expenses, doctor's visits, hospitalization, physical therapy, etc. You can also include missed wages in your settlement.
Generally speaking, parents are not allowed to access any money given to their child for a personal injury settlement. This is because some parents may take the money for their own benefit instead of the child.
Your child's money will probably be placed in a blocked bank account that only he / she can access at the age of 18. The court may allow you to access the money sooner, but only if it is needed for the child's well-being or health.
There is no minimum amount of money allowed for a personal injury settlement; every case is determined by the unique facts surrounding the claim. Additionally, most jurisdictions do not have a cap on the amount of my money that you can receive through a personal injury settlement.
In California, the amount of money that you can receive for noneconomic damages (pain, suffering, etc.) for a medical malpractice case is limited to $250,000; however, other injury settlements are not subject to this restriction.
If you file a claim against an individual, his / her insurance company is probably aware of the judgment. If the insurance is unaware of the settlement, you can notify the insurer. At this point, the insurance provider should issue a check for the settlement.
If the responsible party does not have insurance, you may need to enter the settlement with the court. The court has the authority to enforce the judgment if the responsible party refuses to pay.
Every case is different. A variety of circumstances determine the value of your claim. Property damage, medical expenses, hospitalization fees, pain, and suffering, missed wages, and many other factors can affect the outcome of your case.
You can even collect damages for future unemployment / missed wages and ongoing medical costs. Speak with a member of the legal team at Accident Attorneys to learn more about the potential value of your case.