WHAT IS A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?
Posted on Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 12:32 am
A personal injury claim is a demand for monetary compensation for injuries caused by another person or another party’s actions or inactions. Personal injury claims arise from a variety of different situations. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of personal injury claim.
Collisions and crashes involving automobiles, commercial trucks, and motorcycles occur every minute somewhere in the United States. According to the NHTSA, 32,675 people were killed during 2014 in motor vehicle crashes and another 2.3 million people were injured. In California, 3,074 people died in 2014 due to motor vehicle accidents making California the second deadliest state for motor vehicle fatalities (Texas was first).
However, many situations can give rise to a personal injury claim. Examples of other types of personal injury claims:
- Premises liability – being injured on someone else’s property (i.e. slip and fall claims)
- Product liability cases – injuries from defective products or malfunctioning products
- Workplace injuries
- Medical malpractice
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle crashes
- Boating accidents
Personal injury claims can occur for other reasons than these examples. If you have been injured, you should discuss the specifics of the injury with a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can evaluate the case to determine if you have a valid personal injury claim. Our law firm offers free legal consultations for personal injury cases; therefore, it does not cost you anything to find out of you have a personal injury claim.
Damages Available for a Personal Injury Claim
The damages you may be entitled to receive will depend on the specific elements of your personal injury claim. Most people file a personal injury claim because they incur substantial expense because of the accident. A personal injury settlement can help pay these bills and reimburse you for your out-of-pocket expenses. Examples of expenses you can receive reimbursement for include:
- Lost wages
- Chiropractor visits
- Medical treatments and diagnostic tests
- Medical equipment
- Travel expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Property damage
- Personal care
- Other out-of-pocket expenses and bills
In addition to your actual financial losses, you may also be entitled to receive compensation for other damages including but not limited to:
- Physical pain
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life and/or activities
- Future medical expenses for ongoing treatment
- Future lost wages or loss of earning capacity
- Scarring and/or disfigurement
- Permanent disability
Being injured in an accident creates a physical, mental, and financial burden for you and for your family. Filing a personal injury lawsuit can alleviate some of these burdens.
You Must Act Quickly
You only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. California’s Statute of Limitations requires that you file your claim before the time expires or you will be unable to collect compensation for your damages and losses.
Contact Tiemann Law Firm today to schedule a free legal consultation. You can contact us online, call our toll free number at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website. You do not need to bear the financial burden of another person’s negligent acts. You have a legal remedy under California’s personal injury laws.