Riverside Personal Injury Attorney
Most people who become responsible for injuring others don’t set out to do harm. In other words, they didn’t intend to hurt anyone but they weren’t careful and because of their careless actions, someone got injured. Personal injury law is designed to allow those who have been hurt by others to recover financially for their losses. The source of payment is most often the insurance company of the responsible party.
Unintended injuries result from car accidents, motorcycle accidents, or slips & falls. People can get hurt when products made by companies don’t work the way they are supposed to. And sometimes, medical treatment can cause harm instead of promoting wellness. Though the damage is usually not intended, the law holds the responsible party accountable because a better job should have been done to manage the circumstances causing the injuries.
The average incidence of unintentional injury resulting in death is higher for Riverside County than the state average but lower than the national average.
- Riverside County – 39.4
- California – 33
- US – 48.3
While the law gives you the right to seek compensation from the person who injured you, how you go about making your claim can make a huge difference in the amount you may be able to recover. It’s important to work with an attorney who is confident and can get you results. At Ellis Law, our Riverside personal injury attorneys have gotten over $350 million for our clients.
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Why You Want Ellis Law to Handle Your Case
When you hire us you have a team of compassionate professionals dedicated to getting you results.
We focus on you – We want to know everything about you and what you are going through.
We guarantee our best efforts – We play to win.
We have a 99% success rate over 25 years – You can feel confident when you put your trust in us.
The Difference a Good Personal Injury Attorney Can Make
Lots of attorneys may handle personal injury cases but that doesn’t mean that any personal injury attorney will do a good job for you. It’s important that you select an attorney who is experienced in handling your type of accident or injury. It’s also important that you meet with your attorney and are comfortable that this individual is going to represent your interests in a way that benefits you. You should come away with a sense that your attorney truly wants to help you and not that you are just another means to pay the bills. Read firm reviews and listen to client testimonials. Satisfied clients are a great indication of the kind of experience you can expect.
What to Expect When You Make a Personal Injury Claim
Your attorney should prepare you for a fight – and then do everything possible to make the process easy for you. You are hiring someone to take over one of the biggest things going on in your life right now because you need help while trying to deal with the rest of your life. Your attorney should handle most communications, file necessary documents, investigate and collect relevant evidence, and provide a compelling account of your circumstances that convinces an insurance company or jury to compensate you fully.
Proving the Other Person Is Responsible for Your Injuries
Liability in a personal injury case will rest with the person or persons who the law says had a responsibility to act in a certain way and failed to act appropriately, which resulted in your injuries. Sometimes it’s obvious what the failure was – as when a motorist blows through a stoplight and smashes you in an intersection. Other times, it may be necessary to show why there was a responsibility to you and how another person failed to do what should have been done.
Proving the Extent of Your Injuries
Before you can even begin to think about settling your claim you have to know the full extent of your injuries and the likely prognosis for those injuries into the future. Sometimes injuries or the consequences of injuries develop over time and are not immediately known or understood. Medical records, the opinions of experts, and your own explanation of how the injuries have and will affect you all help to provide a complete picture of what you have lost and how you have suffered.
What You Can Recover
In California, as long as you are not 100% responsible for what caused your injuries, you may recover compensation. When more than one person is responsible for causing an accident, the law will apportion fault based on an assigned percentage. If you are 30% responsible for the situation causing your injuries, you can still collect the other 70% of your losses.
Your losses can include both amounts that can be calculated (economic) and amounts that attempt to compensate for the loss to your quality of life (non-economic).
- Medical expenses – current and future
- Lost wages or income – current and future
- Property damage
- Pain & suffering – compensates for physical pain and discomfort from your injuries
- Emotional distress – compensates for the mental anguish you suffered because of the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life – compensates for what you can no longer do because of your injuries
- Loss of consortium or companionship – compensates for the inability to contribute to a significant relationship in your life
- Punitive damages are not awarded to compensate you but rather to punish the person who injured you. The circumstances must indicate that the person responsible acted particularly badly in some way that makes the conduct deserving of greater consequences.
There are no maximum limits or caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded in a California personal injury case, with one exception. In cases where medical malpractice is the cause of the injuries, the non-economic damage award is currently limited to $250,000.
Contact Ellis Law Today
If you’ve been injured and have a claim for personal injury, don’t trust just any attorney to handle your case. At Ellis Law, we have earned the respect of our clients for the relationships we develop and the results we get. We are grateful to have the recognition from our peers in the industry for the way we conduct our business. Our Riverside personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you get the maximum compensation for your injuries. We will review your claim for free and let you know our recommendations. Click here to contact us or call anytime at (310) 641-3335.