Personal Injury

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.

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Other Valid Personal Injury Claims

Of course, slip and falls are just one type of personal injury claim. At its core, personal injury law refers to any injury you sustain as a direct result of someone else’s mistake, carelessness, recklessness, or intention to cause harm. For instance, these are among the most common types of personal injury claims in California:

  • Car, truck, and motorcycle accidents
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
  • Falling object injuries
  • Slip and falls
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect
  • Medical malpractice or negligence
  • Wrongful death

Get a Lawyer on Your Side

Even if you don’t see your exact accident type listed above, I encourage you to reach out for legal guidance. After all, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can make the difference between settling your case successfully or having your claim denied. Likewise, working with me gives you an additional layer of legal protection because I am prepared to fight for you in trial if the other side is not offering you a fair deal.

Making a Personal Injury Claim in San Jose

Nobody wants to be involved in an accident claim or lawsuit — especially when they’re already reeling from an injury that could have been prevented. Let me make this process as easy on you and your family as possible. Call me today to get the answers, advice, and support you need.