Personal Injury Information Center
“Personal injury” refers to legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. Accident lawyers at The Reeves Law Group have expertise helping personal injury victims understand their legal rights. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, call 1-800-644-8000 now to speak with an experienced accident attorney about your case. We have offices located throughout California including Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside County, San Bernardino, Ventura, Fresno, Kern County, Sacramento, San Fernando Valley, Long Beach, Antelope Valley, Torrance, Glendale, Bakersfield, Santa Ana, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, Ontario, and Victorville.
Personal Injury – Overview
People file personal injury cases in order to recover for the medical bills and other expenses they incur. The term “personal injury” covers a variety of situations. The most common cases that our accident attorneys handle include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, and personal injury at work. Personal injury cases frequently arise from careless acts by an individual or a company. Our accident lawyers also specialize in personal injury cases such as those involving defective drugs or products.
Types of Personal Injury Cases
Our accident attorneys have experience with cases such as:
- Accidents involving an auto, bus, truck, motorcycle, van, or other motor vehicle.
- Personal injuries from brake failure, tire defects, crushed roofs, airbags, defective seat belts, or child car seats.
- Personal injury involving boats, trains and planes, and involving dangerous products, including defective drugs, food poisoning, and recalled products.
- Personal injury at work, including industrial disease such as asbestosis and mesothelioma, chest diseases due to toxins, occupational stress and deafness, and repetitive strain.
- Personal injury involving premises, such as slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, fires and explosions, dog bites and other animal attacks, and other accidents in the home.
- Catastrophic personal injury such as injuries involving the spinal cord or brain, or burns.
- Personal injury from other causes such as assault and battery, or injuries suffered in a nursing home or at a sports event.
- Personal injury from exposure to pollution, mold, chemicals, lead, or other environmental pollutants.
Working With Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering a personal injury is not easy. Personal injuries create physical as well as emotional stresses. On the physical level, stresses include medical bills and uncertainty about ongoing medical needs. Accident victims also suffer financial losses from taking time off of work, and may have difficulty handling mundane tasks as a result of the accident. As a personal injury victim, you may have to hire someone to help you with things you can no longer do because of the accident. All these unwelcome changes can make it difficult to think clearly about how to best work with your accident attorney in building your case.
Because of such additional stressors, people sometimes pick the first accident lawyer that comes to mind, instead of finding the right attorney for the job. An experienced injury lawyer understands the stresses that an accident can cause. An injury attorney with the right expertise knows how to work with a personal injury victim so as to maximize that person’s possible recovery. The accident lawyer’s job is to help you obtain the best possible compensation for the accident losses you have suffered.
When Your Personal Injury Case Involves Negligence
Many personal injury claims occur because someone has been careless. When such carelessness causes a personal injury, accident lawyers call it “negligence.”
The law defines “negligence” as failure to behave with “reasonable care under the circumstances.” Understanding this definition is important, because your accident attorney may have to prove negligence in order to obtain recovery for your personal injury.
What is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?
Your accident lawyer will analyze your personal injury case to determine what you may be able to recover on your personal injury claim. Assessing the value of your personal injury case requires that an accident attorney be familiar with this specialized area of law.
Potential Recovery for Your Personal Injury
Your accident lawyer will review a number of factors to determine the potential maximum recovery you may obtain from your personal injury. These include:
- the kinds of losses you have suffered from your personal injury
- the extent of medical and other health care bills related to your personal injury
- payments you have made for related pain and other prescription medications
- losses relating to property damage
- income you may have lost due to your personal injury
- any life-changing disabilities caused by your personal injury
- the pain and suffering you may have experienced
Proving Your Personal Injury Case
An experienced accident attorney is familiar with all the twists and turns in personal injury law. Unlike some other areas of law, which are codified in statutes, much personal injury law develops through individual cases decided by judges. Accident lawyers draw on past cases for situations that resemble your personal injury case, and argue by analogy.
Accident lawyers have to be very familiar with rules of evidence and court procedures to move your personal injury case through the legal system. In order to obtain fair compensation for your personal injury, your accident lawyer will take your personal injury through a number of stages from start to finish.
Protecting Your Personal Injury Case
Contrary to popular belief, your insurance company is not always your friend in a personal injury case. In fact, your insurance company has its own interest in your personal injury case. Your insurance company is interested in keeping its profits. This means that the insurance company wants to pay as little as possible to you, the personal injury claimant. Everything the insurance company does is motivated by the desire to reduce your personal injury recovery, and not necessarily by the desire to help you recover. It is not always easy to see behind this behavioral smokescreen.
Fortunately, your accident attorney is there to help protect you against actions by the insurance company that may be opposite to your own interest in a healthy recovery for your personal injury.