California laws help protect people from being injured due to someone else’s carelessness or intentional wrongdoing. There are a wide variety of regulations designed to keep people safe. They range from laws on what products can be sold to rules on how people must drive on the roads. There are also laws governing special relationships, like the relationship between a product manufacturer and the consumer and between a doctor and his or her patient. Depending upon the relationship between people – or between people and companies – there is a standard of reasonable care a person or company must adhere to in order to keep people safe. In personal injury law it is called a “duty of care.”
Whenever a duty of care or safety regulation is violated, victims who get hurt may have a claim for monetary compensation. Victims can file a civil case against all those responsible for harming them. The personal injury attorney representing an accident victim will determine who is liable, and will go through the appropriate legal process to make a damage claim. The lawyer will state the legal grounds for the claim and provide sufficient evidence to meet the burden of proving the case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means he will prove that the victim’s version of events is more likely than not to be true.
The legal process can be confusing and accident victims sometimes have difficulty understanding their rights and determining how to proceed. That is why getting help from a personal injury attorney is beneficial. Knowing what types of cases personal injury attorneys handle is important in finding the right legal advocate.
Cases Handled By a Long Beach Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys have different areas of specialization. Victims who want to hire a lawyer should ensure they have an experienced attorney who has helped victims with similar types of injuries. Cases a personal injury handles include:
- Automobile accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Dog bite incidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents resulting in wrongful death
- Boating accidents
- DUI accidents
- Construction accidents
- Accidents resulting in burn injuries
- Electrical accidents
- Accidents resulting in injuries to the brain
- Sexual assault cases
- Accidents resulting in damage to the spinal cord
- Injuries on public or private property, including residential and commercial property (premises liability claims)
- Defective product cases
A personal injury attorney will fight for full and fair compensation for his client. The attorney will begin by trying to negotiate with the at-fault person’s insurance company. Frequently, the insurer is willing to settle outside of court by paying money in exchange for a release of liability. The attorney will try to get the best possible settlement and will advise his client on whether to accept a settlement offer. If no settlement agreement can be reached, the attorney will guide the client through the civil court system to get the money he or she deserves.
Plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit usually have to prove negligence, as defined by California Jury Instruction 400 to recover damages. The attorney will either show the defendant was careless or that he violated safety regulations thereby creating a presumption of negligence.
When an attorney represents a plaintiff in an injury case, the attorney will conduct an investigation, consult with experts, and interview witnesses to ensure there is strong enough evidence to convince a jury to award his client full compensation for all damages.
Getting Help from a Long Beach Personal Injury Attorney
Your Injuries are Personal to Me
A Long Beach personal injury lawyer will be there for you after you get hurt because of a careless defendant, or because a defendant breached his duty to you. I will prove the defendant is responsible for your injuries and I will show the full extent of your damages.
Call the Law Office of Michael D. Waks at 888-394-1174 or use the convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation with a Long Beach personal injury attorney. Learn how I can help if you’ve suffered damages due to an injury. You will be under no obligation and you will never pay any money unless you recover compensation for your losses.
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