After a serious accident, you may face mounting medical bills and need to take time off from work. You may feel uncertain about how you will pay for treatment and how you will support your family during this time. If you were injured through the fault of another person or entity, you may be able to recover compensation by bringing a lawsuit. You should consult the experienced Los Angeles and Ventura County personal injury lawyers at the Knoll Law Group about your situation. We represent people across Southern California and statewide. Our firm has recovered settlements and verdicts worth millions of dollars.Personal Injury Cases
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases involve motor vehicle accidents. All drivers in California are expected to use reasonable care and operate their vehicles safely. If a driver does not use reasonable care in the circumstances, and this causes an accident, a victim can establish liability. For example, if a driver fails to stop at a stop sign and T-bones you while you had the right of way, you should be able to hold that driver responsible for the damages that he caused.
Slip and falls are another common type of personal injury case. Property owners and occupiers in California are required to protect people who enter their property from sustaining injuries as a result of a dangerous condition of which they know or should know. You can hold a property owner or occupier accountable for harm caused by a slip and fall if you can show that the property owner or occupier knew or should have known about the dangerous condition, the property owner or occupier failed to repair or provide adequate warnings of the danger, and you were injured as a result of the dangerous condition.
In some cases, a personal injury attorney in Ventura County or Los Angeles can help a victim hold a defendant’s employer indirectly or directly liable for harm caused by the employee. Vicarious, or indirect, liability can be imposed on an employer if an employee was in the course and scope of employment at the time that they caused an accident. An employer can also be held directly liable for its own negligence in hiring, training, or supervising an employee who causes injuries. For example, in a truck accident case, a trucking company could be held responsible under a theory of negligent hiring for hiring an unfit truck driver who caused an accident.Comparative Negligence
Often, defendants in personal injury lawsuits raise the affirmative defense of comparative negligence. This requires them to prove that the plaintiff was partly responsible for the accident. As a plaintiff, your damages will be reduced by an amount equal to your percentage of fault, if any. California follows the principle of pure comparative negligence, which means that you will not be barred from recovering damages if you were partly at fault. A knowledgeable Los Angeles or Ventura County personal injury attorney will know how to counter these allegations and maximize a victim’s damages.Damages
If you establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit, you likely can recover compensatory damages. Your damages could include both economic and non-economic losses stemming from your injuries. Economic losses are concrete and tangible; often, they are substantiated with documentation. They can include medical bills, lost income, property damage, replacement services, and out-of-pocket costs. Non-economic losses are intangible harms, and they can vary dramatically depending on your testimony and the skill of the attorney presenting your case. They may include loss of enjoyment of life, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium.Consult a Skilled Personal Injury Attorney
Accidents may result in catastrophic injuries that require expensive care and permanent changes to a victim’s lifestyle. Often, accident victims do not have enough money saved in case of serious injuries. Their best option may involve bringing a personal injury lawsuit. If you were injured in a serious accident anywhere in California, you should consult the Knoll Law Group. Call us at (800) 954-5459 or complete our online form for a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Ventura County and Los Angeles, as well as other communities statewide.