Personal injuries happen every day in California. Pedestrians slip and fall on poorly maintained sidewalks, cyclists get hit by cars, workers get injured by machinery — the list goes on. When these things happen, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to protect your physical, psychological, and financial well-being. Your first step — talking to your doctor. After that, you must determine whether your injury requires legal action.
Whose Fault Is It?
Whether or not you have grounds to file a personal injury claim depends on who caused your injury. For instance, if you slipped and fell on a wet floor in a supermarket, one of the first things you’d be asked is whether a “Wet Floor” sign was in view. Next, you might be asked whether you were paying attention to where you were going, whether you were rushing, and whether anyone else witnessed your fall. These questions help to determine who is at fault for your accident — you or the supermarket.
In California, fault is rarely black and white. Often, both people involved in an accident will claim that the other person (or business or government agency) is at least partially to blame. So if, for instance, you were texting while walking through the supermarket, you could be found partially responsible for your slip and fall. As a result, you would not be able to claim as much compensation for your injuries as you could have if the accident were entirely the supermarket’s fault.