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 an 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) 233-5020.
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 the cause of 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
- Work place accidents
- Birth injuries
- 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 of 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.
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. Of course this can vary depending on a wide variety of factors, but it is highly recommended you speak with a personal injury attorney before attempting to decide this on your own. Not only does the statute of limitations eventually run out after a couple of years, but evidence, witnesses and even those responsible can be all but gone in a very short amount of time. In order to build an air tight case and successfully obtain damages for your injuries, you’ll need to act quickly.
A Personal Matter
When you’ve been injured at 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 the 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 today, 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 us 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.