Ladera Ranch, California Accident Lawyers
How Our Experienced Ladera Ranch Accident Lawyers Can Help After A Personal Injury Accident
Many different types of personal injury accident cases are filed in California, and the overwhelming majority of them involve the law of negligence. Many cases are the result of motor vehicle accidents including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck crashes, construction accidents, premises liability cases involving slip and falls and trip and falls and medical malpractice.
Our Ladera Ranch accident lawyers will work to determine the cause of your accident and the resulting injuries in order to determine if you are entitled to compensation according to current California personal injury laws. Laws pertaining to injury accidents are complex and require the representation of experienced injury accident attorneys in most cases.
Our law firm is dedicated to helping our clients receive the FULL compensation they are entitled. We will not accept a low settlement offer just to settle a case quickly. We will aggressively defend our clients interests and demand that they be made “whole” after an injury accident.
Injury accident cases focus primarily on “negligence law”. We’ve provided a brief overview of negligence law below to give you an idea of what some of the legal standards are.
A person claiming injury as a result of the negligence of somebody else is required to prove certain elements.
- A duty of care was owed to him or her by the defendant
- The defendant breached that duty
- The breach was the proximate cause of the injury claimed
- The claimant suffered legally recognized damages
If the person claiming injury fails to prove any one of these elements, his or her negligence case fails completely.
Comparative Negligence Law
Sometimes the person claiming injuries from an accident was partially at fault for the accident. That’s when the law of comparative negligence can be triggered. It operates as a partial affirmative defense to a case.
Pure comparative Negligence Law
California is what’s known as a pure comparative negligence state. Liability is assessed according to a claimant’s percentage of fault. Any damages that are awarded are reduced by the percentage of fault attributable to the claimant. For example, a claimant might be deemed to be 30 percent at fault for an accident. If a gross award is $100,000, his or her actual award would be $70,000. In a pure comparative negligence state like California, a claimant could be 95 percent at fault for an accident and still recover damages.
The objective of any adjuster for an insurance company is to pay as little as possible or nothing at all on any injury claim. Nearly all Californians don’t know the laws of civil procedure and evidence. Without an experienced personal injury attorney, the claim process and litigation will be overwhelming. After an accident, never give a written or recorded statement to an opposing insurance company. It will only try to use it against you in the future.
Please give our Ladera Ranch accident lawyers a call if you or someone you know has been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or another type of accident. Our Ladera Ranch office is conveniently located for those living in Southern Orange County and we can also come to your location if necessary. We offer FREE accident injury consultations and no legal fees are due until such time as our accident attorneys obtain compensation for you.