If you've been injured because of someone else's negligence, you have the right to ask for financial compensation for the losses you've suffered. But seeking a personal injury lawsuit is no easy task. Offenders and their insurance companies are backed by armies of lawyers prepared to defend their clients. Who's looking out for you?
At Mendez & Sanchez, we defend personal injury victims. Where possible, we settle cases out of court so our clients can get back to their lives. If necessary, however, we put together a litigation strategy and take the case to trial. Either way, we defend our clients from start to finish so they can focus on getting better.
What Is Personal Injury?
The essence of a personal injury case is negligence. When another person, company, or even a governmental agency acts irresponsibly, others can get injured. The injury is usually physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional as well.
"Negligence" is a legal term that indicates failure to exercise a proper level of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failure to behave as a reasonably prudent individual would. Negligence can be displayed through someone's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an exclusion (such as failing to eliminate a known risk from one's company property).
To win a personal injury case, the victim must prove that the defendant was negligent. There are four specific elements that are required under California law:
Possible Damages In a Personal Injury Case
The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to make the plaintiff whole through financial compensation. This compensation is referred to as damages, and some examples are:
Are There Time Limits to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Your right to sue a negligent party will not last forever. In California, personal injury cases are subject to what's called a statute of limitations. This establishes a deadline for plaintiffs to file their lawsuits before they lose the right to do so. For a personal injury, the statute of limitations is two years. In most cases, the clock starts to run when the injury occurs.
However, it's best not to delay taking action on your case. Witnesses' memories can diminish over time, evidence will be harder to obtain, and you might forget critical details if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been injured, reach out to a dedicated Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers of Mendez & Sanchez Help Me?
Suing a defendant almost always means suing an insurance company, like an automobile insurer. Regardless, you can count on the defendant's lawyers pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You need a lawyer who not only understands California personal injury legislation, but understands how to establish a fair value for your case.
At Mendez & Sanchez, we've helped numerous personal injury clients get the compensation they require to recover. We won't accept unreasonable offers and will stand by you from start to finish. Give us a call or fill out the contact form today to get started on your case.
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While other firms just handle your bodily injury claim, we offer a complimentary full-service package where we will also handle your property damage for no fee!
Our East Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand the adversity you are facing, and we are ready to help you fight for it!
Our goal will be to get you fairly compensated as soon as possible, and we’re not afraid to go to trial. One of our seasoned car accident East Los Angeles attorneys can investigate your case to identify all potential sources of compensation. Even if the at-fault party was uninsured, it may still be possible to recover damages.
In the majority of commercial truck crashes, the injured victim was in a car or other vehicle—not in the truck. If you’ve been injured in a truck crash, your injuries are likely severe and you’re probably concerned about your growing medical debt. That’s not to mention your property damage and emotional trauma.
Although dogs and other pets are often considered part of the family, thousands of people each year are injured in animal attacks. Under California law, dog owners are generally strictly liable for injuries caused by their dogs.
California has some of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities in the country. The injuries sustained in pedestrian accidents can be catastrophic, and the cost of medical care and lost income can be exorbitant.
Medical bills lost income, and vehicle repairs can add up quickly after a motorcycle wreck. These are called “economic damages,” which are objectively verifiable losses. Economic damages also include loss of earning capacity, home modifications, and other calculable losses you incurred due to your injuries.
A serious bicycle accident can result in disabling injuries that affect every aspect of the victim’s life. The California bicycle accident attorneys at our East Los Angeles chambers will evaluate your case for free to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
Each bus accident case is unique. There are countless factors that contribute to these collisions, and victims can suffer a variety of severe injuries including brain trauma, broken bones, soft tissue injuries, internal organ damage, and many others.
Construction accidents have the potential to lead to devastating, life-altering injuries. Victims need to be able to access the maximum available compensation so that they pay their medical bills and provide financial support for their families.
Workers’ compensation benefits (sometimes referred to as “workman’s comp”) exist to help those injured in work-related injuries heal, recover, and elevate their quality of life. That said, the process can be complex and lengthy.
Parties who control, possess, or own a property in California have a duty to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition. If they fail to fix a dangerous condition or to warn people about it, this may constitute a breach of the duty of care, also called “negligence.”
Our California brain injury attorneys will help you identify all potentially liable parties, gather evidence, and fight for the compensation you need to pay for medical care, lost income, emotional distress, and other damages. We have recovered more than hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients.
Train wrecks often occur at high speeds and result in devastating injuries. Healthcare expenses and lost income can add up quickly, threatening the financial security of victims and their families.
If you or a loved one was catastrophically injured by another person’s bad decisions or bad behavior, you have a legal right to hold that person responsible for the results.
The damages you may be able to recover will depend on the severity of your injuries, the amount of income you lost during recovery, whether you will be able to return to work, the effects of your injuries on your relationships, and many other factors
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