Personal Injury Lawyer in San Diego | The Larabee Law Firm
Sustaining an injury due to the careless or malicious act of another person is frightening and life changing. The combination of physical pain, emotional distress, lost income, and the cost of medical treatment would be overwhelming for anyone.
After an incident, one of the most important things you can do for yourself is to enlist the help of a personal injury lawyer who has your physical, emotional, and financial best interests in mind.
At the Larabee Law Firm, we can help you recover damages for your treatment expenses, lost income, and pain and suffering. Although we can’t change what happened, we can help take some of the weight off your shoulders.
Personal Injury Law in California
Personal injury is a legal term that refers to the emotional or physical damage suffered by an individual due to the intentional or negligent actions of another person or entity. Regardless of the reason for an injury, the victim may pursue a personal injury claim against the responsible party for compensation. Our lawyers have successfully handled all types of personal injury cases in the San Diego area, including:
Nursing Home Abuse
Defamation and Slander
Slip and Falls
It’s important to be aware that California follows a comparative negligence rule, which means if you are partly to blame for an incident, the compensation you’re entitled to will be reduced. If you’re involved in a shared fault injury case, a personal injury lawyer can negotiate the impact of this rule on your claim. Another important note: uninsured California drivers are prohibited from recovering damages for pain and suffering after a car accident, even if the other driver was at fault.
All states set limits on how long a person has to go to court and file a lawsuit following an injury. In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the incident. If you wait longer than two years, your right to compensation will be lost.
What types of damages can I recover from a personal injury case?
In personal injury cases, the victim can receive money damages from the person or company who is found legally responsible for the incident. Compensatory damages are meant to make the injured person “whole” again from a financial standpoint. Common compensatory damages include medical treatment, lost income, property damage, pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages, on the other hand, may be awarded to the victim if the defendant’s actions are deemed outrageously careless or malicious. These damages are also monetary, and exist to punish the responsible party for the egregious conduct.
What should I do if I’ve been hurt?
The first thing you should do following an incident is to seek medical treatment. Not only will this ensure you get the immediate care you need, but it will also show the responsible party’s insurance adjuster that your injury is serious. Be sure to keep records of all receipts and insurance co-pays for evidence.
Then, it’s time to select a personal injury attorney. The lawyers at the Larabee Law Firm have experience protecting and enforcing individuals’ rights in all types of personal injury cases. We’ve handled a wide range of cases, and we’re well equipped to guide you through the process and inform you of your options along the way. Together, we’ll determine the right course of action to seek justice for your injuries.