How to File a Personal Injury Claim in Los AngelesUpdated on Saturday 25th February 2017
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Although many insurance companies can cover some of the expenses for an accident sustained in Los Angeles, most of these settlements do not cover the real costs of the accident during the recovery period and afterwards. Filing a personal injury claim with the help of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney is the best way to make sure that you receive all the rightful compensations for an accident that harmed you due to someone else’s negligence.
Grounds for a personal injury lawsuit, presented by Los Angeles personal injury attorneys
Individuals who are involved in vehicle accidents or any type of accidents on the road and even pedestrians who are injured have the right to claim compensation. The first step, if you have been the victim of an accident in Los Angeles, is to determine if your case can be considered a personal injury one and if you are entitled to make a claim. A personal injury attorney in L.A. is the right person to contact in case of any injuries sustained due to another party.
A lawyer will help you determine if you have legal grounds to file a lawsuit. Our expert lawyers in California can help build your case by gathering all the relevant information about your injury. Useful information usually consists of police reports, in the case of accidents like motorcycle accidents, for example, photographs or recordings of the accident, if they exist, eyewitness reports and medical documents.
During a personal injury case, the victim must prove that the accident and injuries occurred because of another’s negligence and that he or she cannot be held liable whatsoever for the accident. One case in which the liability belongs most certainly to the other party is in dog bite cases, where the owner is responsible for the animal’s actions.
In personal injury cases, the plaintiff has the right to initiate court proceedings against another individual, a business, corporation or the Government. Special conditions apply to the latter and the plaintiff has a reduced period of time during which he can file a claim or a lawsuit against a government agency or an employee of the government (even shorter than the usual statute of limitations). It is important to determine exactly whom to file a claim against and the counselling of a personal injury lawyer is very helpful at this stage.
A very important element apart from having enough evidence and standing to file the claim is to have legal capacity. Mentally incompetent individuals cannot engage in these types of actions and minors under the age of 18 can only do so if they file the claim or lawsuit through a legal representative.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys can help you settle a case within the statute of limitations for an injury case in California.
Settlements and lawsuits
In most cases, the accused party will be willing to negotiate a settlement instead of having to go to court. Our personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles will do all they can to help you win a convenient settlement without necessarily having to file a lawsuit. If, however, the pre-lawsuit negotiations do not agree upon a monetary settlement, our lawyers will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
For detailed information about your rights, as an accident victim in Los Angeles or the state of California, please contact our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys. We will be happy to answer any questions and help you settle your case.
We invite you to watch a video about how you can file a personal injury claim in Los Angeles: