San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys
Let Jurewitz Law Group Help You After a Serious Injury
Are you and your family struggling to make ends meet because you’ve been injured in an accident? Do you suspect that another party was at fault? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, you only have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury claim before you forfeit your right to do so. Don’t delay - get in touch with a reliable San Diego personal injury attorney now.
For the past decade, the Jurewitz Law Group has been successfully litigating personal injury suits for the people of San Diego and the surrounding area. We will stand by your side and fight for your right to receive compensation for your losses, injuries, and damages. For a free case evaluation, call us today at (888) 421-6626.
What Constitutes Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a legal term for an injury to the body, mind, or emotions; as opposed to damage to (or loss of) property. In order to have a viable personal injury claim, you will need to show that another party’s negligent, careless, or intentional behavior caused or contributed to your injury.
Common Causes of Personal Injury Claims
Common causes of injuries that result in personal injury claims are as follows:
- Automobile accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Dog bites
- Slips and falls
- Construction accidents
- Workplace accidents
- Wrongful death
- Birth injuries
- Aviation accidents
- Boating accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Faulty products
- Elder neglect or abuse
The above are just some general types of personal injury causes. In reality, any time you can show that another party’s actions were fully or partially responsible for your injuries, you have grounds for a personal injury claim.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Get In a Personal Injury Claim?
The amount of compensation you can be awarded in a personal injury claim depends on the severity of your injuries and the degree of fault of the other party. To illustrate how a personal injury claim works, let’s take a hypothetical situation:
You are crossing the street, in a crosswalk. A driver who is texting runs a red light and hits you, causing severe injuries, including broken facial bones, road rash, and more. A successful personal injury lawsuit could get you compensation for:
- Your medical bills resulting from the accident.
- Future medical bills caused by your accident. In this case, you are going to need future skin grafts and other procedures due to multiple broken bones.
- Pain and suffering the injuries caused.
- Mental anguish and emotional duress: In many cases, physical trauma can cause non-physical injuries, such as PTSD or panic attacks that will require therapy.
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation.
- Permanent injury or handicap: The accident left you with a permanent limp that makes walking difficult and painful.
- Household and vehicle modifications: Suppose the damage to your leg required you to be in a wheelchair for several months. You could be compensated for the cost of wheelchair ramps at your residence, and lifts to get your wheelchair into a vehicle.
- Scarring and disfigurement: The accident caused permanent scars in the facial area.
- Lost wages: Since you work as a contractor, you were unable to work until you were able to walk again.
- Loss of career or earning capacity: Suppose the damage to your leg was so severe that you can no longer climb ladders and stand for long periods of time, making it impossible to continue working at your former occupation.
- Reduced earning capacity: Suppose your injuries allow you to keep working in your former profession, but in a limited capacity, such as only four hours per day.
- Occupational therapy and retraining: You could be compensated for cost of training for an occupation you could work at while sitting down.
- Hedonic damages: Suppose that, in your spare time, you enjoy running marathons. The injuries to your leg will prevent you from ever running again. In such a case, you can seek compensation for loss of joy of life.
- Wrongful death: Your family could sue for your future wages and benefits, funeral and burial expenses, your pain and suffering before you died, and more.
Can I Get Compensation for Pain and Suffering If I’m Uninsured?
No. Under California law, drivers of motor vehicles (regardless whether they are driving a car, truck, or motorcycle) are required to comply with California's Financial Responsibility Laws.
To meet this standard, drivers must be able to provide a minimum of coverage of $15,000 for the death or injury of any one person in any one accident; $30,000 for the death or injury of all persons in any one accident; and $5,000 for property damage caused in any one accident. That coverage can be accomplished in one of four different ways:
- Purchasing insurance coverage via an automobile liability insurance policy;
- A cash deposit with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for $35,000;
- A certificate of self-insurance issued by the DMV to car fleet owners of 25 or more vehicles; or
- A bond for $35,000 from an insurance company licensed to do business in California.
One of the consequences of driving a car in California without insurance is that if you are involved in an accident, your license may be suspended. However, that may not be the most costly consequence. If you are involved in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver and you are uninsured, then you cannot collect general damages (commonly known as "pain and suffering"). That mistake may cost the injured driver $10,000 or more and leave him inadequately compensated for his injuries.
California Insurance Laws
For those of us who do drive with insurance in California, knowing that there are hundreds of thousands of uninsured drivers in the state and that the state minimum requirements for financial responsibility are very low, we should make sure that we are protected before we get on the road. One way is to purchase the maximum amount of uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage you can in the event you are hit by someone carrying little to no insurance. Be sure to consult with your auto insurance agent and ask how you can increase your coverage and protection.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in San Diego?
In most states, California included, you generally have a maximum of two years to submit your claim to the court. In order to build an airtight case and successfully obtain damages for your injuries, you’ll need to act quickly. It is highly recommended that you speak with a personal injury attorney if you are considering a lawsuit. They know what steps to take first.
A Personal Matter
When you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, the effects can be more than physically limiting. Emotionally and mentally, the scars can be just as immobilizing - that is why it is called personal injury. It can be incredibly isolating as well. At Jurewitz Law Group, we take our clients step-by-step through the filing process, leaving no question unanswered and no stone unturned. As you and your family begin the healing process, we’ll be working diligently to secure the compensation you’ll need in the future. For additional information about our firm and our ability to help you, give our Carlsbad attorneys a call at (888) 233-5020 or use the online contact form to submit your questions.
Call the Jurewitz Law Group at (619) 233-5020 and begin your path to recovery with a no-cost consultation today.