Whenever someone’s negligence or illegal misconduct harms another party, this can form the basis of a personal injury claim. California law allows the victim of another’s negligence or misconduct to seek recompense for their damages, but any personal injury case has the potential to escalate into a very complex legal battle the average person will not be able to navigate successfully on their own.
If you or someone in your family recently suffered harm because of another party’s actions in the Walnut area, the right attorney can be a tremendous asset in your recovery. While it is technically possible to pursue a personal injury claim without hiring an attorney, you would face several significant risks in attempting this. In fact, you could encounter obstacles that you aren’t able to navigate on your own.
Amendt Law is an experienced team of personal injury attorneys ready to provide the legal representation you need for your impending civil suit in Walnut. We have successfully represented many clients in a range of personal injury cases; we can leverage this experience on your behalf in your case.
A personal injury can occur in many ways, and before the victim can secure compensation for their damages, they must prove how those damages occurred and identify the party responsible for causing it. Amendt Law can provide comprehensive legal counsel for all sorts of personal injury claims, including:
No matter how your personal injury occurred, success in the civil suit against the person who caused the injury requires clear proof that they caused the damages you are claiming. You must be prepared to not only show proof of the extent of your losses but also prove that they resulted directly from the defendant’s actions and not some other cause.
Proving liability is just the first step in your personal injury case. Once you have established fault for your claimed damages, you can proceed with claiming compensation. Under the state’s personal injury statutes, the victim of another party’s actions can seek compensation for:
Other variables could also influence the final outcome of a personal injury case. For example, if you are found to bear partial liability for your damages, it could diminish your case award. Alternatively, if the defendant caused your injury through an illegal act, you could receive punitive damages or restitution alongside your other claimed compensation.
The majority of personal injury cases filed in Walnut and throughout the state each year do not go to trial. It benefits all parties involved in a case to seek a swift settlement, and as long as all parties involved in a case can compromise, settlement offers a much easier path to resolving the case. When you hire Amendt Law as your legal representative, we will try to settle your case as quickly as we can if possible, but we are confident and prepared to represent you in court if necessary for any reason.
A: Every personal injury claim is unique, and each individual plaintiff will require different evidence and witness testimony to firmly establish fault for their damages. Success with your claim will not only require proving liability for your losses but also proving the exact scope of the losses the defendant caused. Your Walnut personal injury attorney will help determine what evidence will be needed to prove liability for your damages in your unique case.
A: California upholds a pure comparative fault rule, so it is possible for a plaintiff to bear partial liability for their claimed damages and still receive compensation. The courts assign a fault percentage to reflect the level of liability, and this percentage is then taken from your final case award. For example, 25% fault means losing 25% of the compensation recovered from the defendant.
A: There is a two-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, meaning you need to start your claim before two years from the day your injury occurred has passed. Two years might sound like plenty of time, but you will need time to gather evidence to prove fault and to establish the extent of the damages you can claim from the defendant. It is always preferable to start the process of filing the claim as quickly as possible after an injury occurs to ensure you meet the statute of limitations.
A: The defendant who caused your injury will face liability for the damages they caused, but they will only face criminal penalties if they broke the law when they caused your injury. For example, if they were driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs and hit your vehicle, injuring you, they would face criminal prosecution for DUI alongside their liability for your civil damages. Your Walnut personal injury attorney can advise you as to how the defendant’s illegal misconduct could influence your recovery and final case award.
A: The majority of attorneys accepting personal injury clients take these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means the client is not forced to pay any legal fees for their representation. Instead, the client pays a percentage of their final case award to the attorney as their fee at the end of their case. If the attorney is unable to secure compensation for the client for any reason, the client pays nothing at all.
Amendt Law has the professional resources, skills, and experience necessary to guide our clients through the most challenging personal injury cases in Walnut and surrounding communities. We know that the aftermath of any personal injury can be distressing and confusing; our goal in every case we accept is to provide the help our client needs to maximize their recovery in the shortest possible time. If you are ready to learn how an experienced Walnut personal injury attorney can empower your recovery, get in touch with Amendt Law today to set up a free consult with our team.