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Unfortunately, accidents happen every day in the United States. They can cause injuries ranging from a minor sprained ankle to more severe brain injury or even wrongful death. Personal injuries can be caused by unavoidable or unforeseeable circumstances. However, when a personal injury is caused by the negligent or careless actions of another person, that person can be held responsible for the injuries and losses suffered by their actions.

If you have suffered a personal injury because of the careless or negligent actions of another person or entity, you should speak with a personal injury attorney who can advise you on your rights and entitlements. For more information about how a personal injury attorney can help you, call Hanson & Mouri at 951-419-3199.

  • We are experienced litigators and trial lawyers who can take on the most aggressive opponents and win.
  • Hanson & Mouri our diligent case preparation has led to bigger settlements and consistent wins for our clients.
  • We have recovered millions of dollars for our personal injury victims.
  • As former insurance defense attorneys, we know how insurance companies evaluate claims and use this to our clients’ advantage.

If you have been injured as a result of the negligent actions of another person or entity, call the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Hanson & Mouri at (951) 419-3199 today, for a free consultation.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury in San Bernardino?

Personal injury is a legal term that refers to any personal injury to a person for which they can make a legal claim for compensation as opposed to injury or damage to property. Personal injury claims can be based on different grounds, most commonly negligence, strict liability, and other wrongful actions. Any personal injury suffered by the victim may qualify as a personal injury since it is not limited to the victim’s physical injuries. A person who sustains physical injuries as a result of an accident, such as a San Bernardino truck accident, or any other cause of physical injury, may also suffer economic and emotional injury caused by the trauma of their physical injuries. Personal injury laws account for physical, economic, and emotional injuries of the victim. Any physical, economic, or emotional injury may qualify as a personal injury as long as the victim can prove the required elements for the grounds on which they make their claim.

Personal injuries are commonly caused by San Bernardino car accidents, but there are other situations such as medical malpractice, spinal cord injuries, defectively manufactured products, work-related injuries, and crime, that can result in personal injury.

Whether the victim’s injuries qualify for a personal injury will depend on the particular facts of their case. When a person suffers a personal injury, it is best to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible to determine their legal position.

What Does a Personal Injury Claim Cover?

Personal injury claims typically cover the losses suffered by the victim. Losses can either be economic or non-economic losses.

Economic losses are those losses that can be accounted for with receipts, invoices, and quotations. They cover out-of-pocket expenses, medical expenses, and loss of support and income. If the victim dies, economic losses would also include funeral expenses.

Non-economic losses are intangible losses like pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of activities. Non-economic damages are subjectively determined. A personal injury attorney will have access to economic experts who can assess the victim’s life and determine the value of their non-economic losses.

Does Personal Injury Include Property Damage?

Personal injury refers to the injuries suffered by the victim. In some cases, such as vehicle accidents, there may also be property damage involving damages to the vehicle caused by the accident. In such cases, the personal injury claim will include a claim for property damage. Just as the victim is entitled to compensation to make their personal whole again, they are also entitled to compensation for any lost or damaged property.

How Long Do I Have to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

There are laws that determine how long a victim has to file a claim. These deadlines for filing a claim are known as statutes of limitation.

In California, a personal injury claim must be made within two years from the date of the injury. If the injury was not immediately discovered, the victim must make a claim within one year from the date that the injury was discovered.

For injuries caused by medical malpractice, the victim has one year from the date they knew or should have known about the injury, or three years from the date of the injury, whichever is earlier.

Generally, if the victim’s injury was caused by the actions of a government agency, then an administrative claim must be filed with the agency within six months of the injury. The facts of your injury will determine if any exceptions apply to your case. After you file your administrative claim with the government agency, they have 45 days to respond to your claim. You can only proceed to court if the agency denies your claim. Your claim must be filed in court within six months of the date the denial was mailed or personally delivered to you by the government agency.

Preparing a successful claim requires diligence, which can take time. This is why it is important to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after you have suffered injuries caused by another person’s wrongful actions. Undue delay could jeopardize your ability to get the compensation you deserve.

How Much Compensation Can I Get?

The value of the compensation you are entitled to will depend on the facts of your case, the severity of your injuries, and in some states, the conduct of the defendant. The defendant will often try to reduce their liability by blaming the victim for their injury. Comparative negligence rules compare the fault of the victim and the defendant and allocates responsibility to each party. The victim’s compensation is reduced by the percentage of responsibility allocated to them. In some states, if the victim is found to be more than fifty percent responsible for their injury, they will not receive any compensation at all.

California follows the pure comparative negligence rule, which is the most generous of all comparative negligence rules. It allows the victim to recover damages even if they are more than fifty percent responsible for their injury. For instance, if the victim’s total damages amount to $100,000 and they are found to be ninety percent responsible for their injury, the victim will recover $10,000.

How Much Will it Cost to Make a Personal Injury Claim?

Personal injury victims are often reluctant to pursue a claim because of the fear of legal costs, denying themselves of their full and fair compensation for their losses. Like many personal injury attorneys, Hanson & Mouri represents clients on a contingency fee basis. We want to ensure that justice is available to everyone. You do not pay any legal fees unless we secure compensation on your behalf. If you need the services of a skilled and experienced San Bernardino personal injury, call Hanson & Mouri at (951) 419-3199 to schedule your free consultation.

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