Types of Personal Injury Cases We Take
Personal injury claims are usually civil actions, but can also arise out of criminal cases. A few common reasons to file a personal injury claim in California include:
- Car accidents. A car accident that causes physical injuries gives the plaintiff a right to file a personal injury claim to recover
- Workplace injuries. If an employer or supervisor was negligent in managing the workplace, an injured worker may seek compensation.
- Interpersonal violence and intentional torts. Victims of a bar fight, mugging, or robbery may pursue civil actions against offenders.
- Defective products. Product manufacturers that fail to prevent injuries to end users to a reasonable degree and to address product defects as soon as they become known may be held liable for damages.
There are many other reasons to file a personal injury lawsuit, but the main factor in determining whether a plaintiff has grounds to seek compensation is negligence. In legal terms, negligence refers to a party’s failure to act with reasonable care in a given situation. An experienced California personal injury attorney will help plaintiffs build a solid case alleging negligence.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
The California legal system is very complex and requires an experienced attorney to effectively handle a personal injury case. An attorney will provide knowledgeable representation and is likely to secure more compensation than a plaintiff could on their own.
The types of compensation a plaintiff could receive in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses. If the other party caused injury or an illness, they are responsible for covering the cost of treatment and other ongoing medical expenses.
- Lost income. If an injury causes the plaintiff to miss work, they may sue for wages lost in that time. If an injury prevents the plaintiff from working in the future, they can seek compensation for lost future earning capacity.
- Property damage. The plaintiff can sue for the cost of repairing or replacing damaged or destroyed property.
- Pain and suffering. The defendant must provide compensation for physical pain, emotional anguish, and psychological distress caused by their negligence.
- Punitive damages. If the defendant was grossly negligent, intentional, or showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others, the plaintiff may receive additional compensation.
If you believe you have a personal injury claim in California, contact Rafii & Associates, P.C. to schedule a free consultation. Our team will help you understand your legal rights and begin building your case.