You were hurt in a devastating accident with a concussion and perhaps other injuries. This terrible accident was not your fault, and these serious injuries are going to take time to heal. While the accident seemed to come out of nowhere, someone should be expected to compensate you for your injuries and associated pain and suffering. How else will you and your family begin to survive the economic effects of the injury? You will lose time from work and start receiving unpaid medical bills, especially because private health insurance and/or motor vehicle insurance policies don’t cover everything. We understand that these medical bills adding up is scary, and we want to help you seek justice under the California court system.
Understanding the State of California Laws
When you are an accident victim or hurt by the intentional act of one or more defendants, you have rights under the law. You may be entitled to pursue a claim for damages, especially for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. However, there are laws that govern how long you have to make a claim in the civil courts. According to the California Court system, this type of case has a statute of limitations that’s only 2 years (or 24 months from the date of the accident or injury). At first, this may seem like a lot of time to make a claim, but you must file a lawsuit within the time provided under the law. Some plaintiffs may have longer to file because there are extenuating circumstances, such as a defendant who was under age, who fled the state, or who was insane. There are other circumstances in which the case may be affected by the fact that the injuries were not discovered until a later date after the acccident. In these kinds of cases, there is only one year to file a lawsuit after the injury is discovered. You need a lawyer to advise you on your statute of limitations. You don’t want to let the case go too long before seeking a claim under the laws of the state of California.
Hire Qualified Personal Injury Experts Today
Consulting San Diego concussion lawyers on the statute of limitations that applies to your particular concussion case is crucial to your financial future. This is the only way to determine if you have ample time to file a claim and seek damages under the law. We always advise our prospective and current clients that there is no guarantee that lawyers working on your behalf will obtain a recovery of damages for medical bills, lost wages, or pain and suffering. This is required under our ethical guidelines as personal injury attorneys, but it also makes sense to common citizens after they understand how civil litigation works.
Why Are There No Guarantees for Personal Injury Cases?
Insurance companies are only going to stay in business if they pay out as little for personal injury claims as possible. They have to bear the costs of defending any of their policyholders who may be defendants in this type of accident case, and they won’t have sympathy for your injuries. They are not here to protect your rights, which is why you shouldn’t speak to them or give out statements without an attorney present. Insurance companies will view any settlement for damages that you may seek as drains on their annual profits.
Know Your Rights
Remember, two years is not a long time to file a lawsuit. If you don’t consult an attorney soon after the accident occurs, then you could wait too long and perhaps lose your right to make a claim. Your personal injury attorney who is licensed by the California Bar Association should advise on the time period. Ultimately, a California civil judge will decide if the claim is still viable and decide to hear your case in court. We also explain that PI lawyers can only make a recovery if there are applicable insurance policies or assets belonging to the defendants. A recovery must be made from somewhere.
What is a Concussion Lawsuit?
In the civil courts of California, it is up to the plaintiff (that’s you) and your attorney to demonstrate why the defendants were at fault in the case. This is your responsibility before you are entitled to any damages. While there is the possibility that the insurance company may offer you a settlement (with or without an attorney), many settlements are so low that they will not begin to cover your medical expenses. Potential settlement offers may also not address lost wages or future medical expenses. They are often an insult to accident victims with serious injuries, which makes you more anxious to find justice through the legal system.
Protect Yourself and Your Family
As an accident victim with a concussion, take steps to preserve the evidence in your case and seek relief under the law. Many factors can make it hard to prove that your concussion was caused by the accident. We work on a contingency fee basis to collect the evidence in these kinds of cases. We will also cover all fees and costs for preparing your case for trial. After a lawsuit is filed, there will be a long period of time when we try to negotiate with the insurance company. There’s a possibility that your case will never go to trial. It’s in everyone’s best interest to settle out of court. If we win money on your behalf, we take a percentage of the settlement or jury award and recover our expenses for handling the case. Please contact us for free information today about how we would pursue your case.