We only work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that if you do not win, we do not get paid. Our contingency fee is in line with other top-quality lawyers who handle serious personal injury matters. There are no up-front costs or fees with us.
The statute of limitations in California for most personal injury claims is two years.
Medical malpractice claims in California must be filed no more than one year from the date that the patient was injured, or from the date the patient first discovered his/her injuries which were caused by medical malpractice.
Under California’s comparative negligence law, someone who is partially at fault for an injury or an accident may still be entitled to be compensated. An injured person is entitled to recover a determined percentage of damages where the defendant was at least partially at fault. This applies even if the injured person was more than 50% at fault. Juries are responsible for determining the percentage of fault in the case, or this could be negotiated via an out-of-court settlement.
In the event a catastrophic injury leads to death, the deceased’s surviving family or estate representative can pursue a wrongful death claim in lieu of a personal injury claim.
The person or party responsible for a catastrophic injury can be held accountable for the victim’s losses. For example, careless drivers can face liability for the injuries they cause while distracted, impaired, or speeding. Property owners can be held accountable for the catastrophic injuries that happen on their premises. Product manufacturers can be held financially responsible for the injuries their defective products cause. Medical professionals and institutions, such as hospitals, can be held responsible for injuries and damages caused by medical malpractice.
Because of the serious nature of catastrophic injuries, they often lead to more complicated legal battles and larger settlements or verdicts. Compensation for a catastrophic injury cases should include past and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Expert medical, care planning, and forensic economic testimony is often used to support the claim and help the injured person plan for the future. Because of the large monetary care needs, the amount offered in settlement should be much greater when the injuries suffered are catastrophic.
The law defines a “catastrophic injury” as any injury that results in permanent disability or a permanent change in the quality of life. Some examples of catastrophic injuries include: