Roseville Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you care about has been hurt due to someone else’s negligence, carelessness or recklessness, you could be entitled to financial compensation under California state law. We know that it can be very difficult to obtain the compensation you deserve when you feel like you’re fighting your battles alone. Fortunately, Crowell law offices can help you get the justice you deserve.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Attorney?
Many people who need to file personal injury claims find that it’s best to work with an attorney who understands California law. Because filing these claims can be a complicated process, you may find it helpful to work with a talented, knowledgeable lawyer who is willing to fight for your rights.
Why Would You File a Personal Injury Claim?
Medical bills can pile up quickly. You may be forced to miss work as a result of your injuries, or worse, you may never be able to work again. This puts you in a difficult position; how will you pay for living expenses? What will you do to come up with the money for past and future medical treatments? Facing all of these difficult decisions while you are trying to recover from your injuries seems almost impossible. We can take some of the weight off of your shoulders by handling all of the legal aspects of your case. That way, you’re free to focus on what’s really important: your recovery.
We represent clients who have been the victims of several types of accidents in and around Roseville, California. Whether you have suffered a brain injury, spine injury, severe burn, or broken bone, we can help you.
Auto and Vehicle Accidents
Every driver using California roadways has responsibilities to other motorists. One of those responsibilities is exercising reasonable care behind the wheel. We represent car, truck, motorcycle, taxi, bus, and boat accident victims and their families after a car crash has upended their lives. If you were involved in an auto accident because someone else wasn’t paying attention, was driving recklessly, or was acting irresponsibly while driving, you could be entitled to financial damages that help pay your medical bills, cover your lost wages and help you with other expenses.
Dog attacks are more common than you may think – every year, dogs attack nearly 5 million people in the United States. California dog bite laws protect the general public from vicious dogs by holding owners accountable for their dogs’ actions. Not all dog attacks result in bites, though. A powerful dog can knock you to the ground, causing broken bones, head injuries and numerous other injuries. Children and the elderly are more susceptible to injuries from these types of attacks, but kids and adult males are the most-frequently attacked in California and the rest of the U.S.
When you walk down the street, the last thing you expect is to be hit by a passing car. Unfortunately, though, cars hit pedestrians too frequently on Roseville roadways. The injuries a pedestrian sustains after being struck by a vehicle can be extremely severe. You could be suffering from broken bones, traumatic brain injury or other injuries. The most tragic cases end in death.
When we use everyday products, we expect that they are safe for us and for our families. The sad truth is that many manufacturers care more about profit than they do about safety, though. Sometimes products are designed with defects; sometimes products are not built safely, contain toxic materials, or break under normal use and cause injury. When you purchase or use something, it is reasonable to expect that the product will not harm you or the people you care about. The law allows consumers to hold manufacturers liable for defective or malfunctioning products.
Business owners and government entities are responsible for keeping public places safe and free from hazards. Those responsibilities also include ensuring that floors are clean, safe and dry, as well as making sure that there are no trip or fall hazards on the property. When you enter a public place, it is reasonable to expect that there is nothing there that will hurt you or put you in danger. When the property owner doesn’t take the appropriate precautions to keep you and your loved ones safe, you may be entitled to financial damages through a premises liability suit.
The most tragic cases we deal with involve wrongful death. People who have lost a loved one because of someone else’s careless acts, failure to act or outright negligence may be able to sue the at-fault party. Your life is forever altered after the loss of your loved one. In addition to emotional trauma, you will likely incur medical bills, funeral costs and burial expenses, which adds even more stress to what you’re currently experiencing. In many cases, the families of wrongful death victims can take the at-fault party to court. The person or entity that was responsible for your loved one’s death may have to compensate you for the expenses that you would not have incurred if not for your loved one’s passing.
Filing a Claim for Damages
The process for filing a claim for damages can be complex, especially if your accident occurred at work, such as on a construction site. Typically, the person making the claim will have to prove that another party was negligent, careless or otherwise at fault for their injuries. Most people choose to work with a Roseville personal injury lawyer so that they don’t have to worry about the legal technicalities, paperwork and other things that can distract them from the recovery process.
Establishing Fault in a Personal Injury Case
Your lawyer will examine the facts of your case. He or she will look at all the evidence available to establish fault in your personal injury case. Your attorney must prove four legal elements of negligence in order to hold another party liable for personal injury damages. These elements are:
- The defendant (the person you are suing) must have owed a certain duty to the plaintiff (you). For example, every driver on the road owes a duty of care to other motorists using the road.
- Your lawyer must prove that the defendant breached his or her legal duty. For example, a driver who was texting on the expressway has breached his or her duty to you, as another motorist.
- Your lawyer must prove that the defendant was the cause of your injuries or any harm that you sustained.
- Your lawyer will also need to prove that you incurred actual damages, and those damages must have stemmed from the incident. Damages can include things such as lost income, property damage and medical bills.
Going to Court for a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you need to go to court, which happens when the insurance company or other party is not willing to provide the compensation you deserve, your Roseville personal injury lawyer will be with you every step of the way. You may find it helpful to know that most personal injury cases settle out of court.
Is It Better to Settle Out of Court?
Many people feel that it’s better for case to settle out of court. This occurs when an insurance company, you and your attorney reach an agreement that you are comfortable with; your lawyer will be able to provide you with guidance on the offers that the insurance company makes.
Talk to a Roseville Personal Injury Lawyer Today
The state of California has a statute of limitations on personal injury cases. You only have two years from the date of your injury to file a claim. If your injuries were not readily apparent or you did not find out about them for some time after the accident, you have only one year from the time you discovered your injuries. That means you need to speak with the Roseville personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Call us at 916-303-2800 right now for a free case evaluation. We will be happy to examine your case and provide you with case-specific legal guidance that points you in the right direction.