Your legal rights in a personal injury case

Your legal rights in a personal injury case

Personal injury law, also known as “tort” law, is intended to protect you in the event that you and/or your property are injured or harmed as a result of someone’s action or their failure to act. If you are involuntarily placed in a situation that results in injuries and/or death, you or your family have the right to bring a personal injury action against the party or parties who owed a “duty” to you to keep the environment safe.

Most personal injury damages are classified as being “compensatory” which means that they are meant to compensate the injured party ( the plaintiff) for what was lost as a result of his or her injuries. Damages from a personal injury lawsuit can involve both physical as well as medical injuries such as :

  • pain and suffering
  • mental suffering and anguish
  • loss of time or earning/impairment of earning capacity
  • the reasonable cost of medical treatment and all related expenses
  • loss of enjoyment
  • loss of consortium

Some types of compensatory damages are easy to put a dollar amount on such as medical expenses and damage to property. Others are harder to quantify with a dollar figure – pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and loss of consortium, for example.

Should you sue?

If your case involves serious or catastrophic injuries or is particularly complicated, you will need the services of a personal injury attorney if you decide to go ahead with the process of filing a lawsuit. You need to look for an attorney who has experience representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, and that attorney has to be someone you can trust.

If you require the services of a personal injury attorney in the greater Los Angeles area, you need to call the offices of Los Angeles personal and catastrophic injury lawyer, Gregory Yates. Gregory Yates is well-known for rigorously litigating complex cases on the behalf of injured victims and their families. Mr. Yates and his associates are skilled in dealing with a wide variety of personal injury cases including wrongful death, attorney malpractice, catastrophic injury and product liability as well as serious vehicular accidents. His firm handles individual as well as class action cases and can associate with additional attorneys in cases involving a large number of plaintiffs or more complex cases.

Filing a claim

Each state has its own statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit. If your case is not filed before the appropriate deadline, there is a very good chance that you will lose your legal right to file a lawsuit over the incident(s). In California, the statute of limitations is 2 years.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of negligence or wrongful conduct on the part of an individual or corporation, you need a law firm that can offer personalized and compassionate advice and counsel and one that will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome. In Southern California, that is the law firm of Gregory Yates.