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Unfortunately, physical pain is only one of the problems you face while recovering from an injury. On top of the hurt, you’re likely going to face costly medical bills, an inability to work, and possible handicapping. Our attorneys will help you recover compensation for economic and noneconomic damages you’ve endured through your personal injury case. our legal team at Wilfert P.C. remain available to Ventura residents every day of the week to ensure you get the representation you need whenever an accident strikes.
What are Damages for Personal Injury?
Accidents are costly and injuries can exhaust you and your funds. Our personal injury lawyers recognize this and make it our mission to recover compensation for the monetary expenses that arose as a result of your accident, as well as repayment for trauma and stress endured from the situation. We will fight to cover all economic and noneconomic damages associated with your case.
Economic damages are those that are easily quantifiable and have a predetermined cost. Economic damages typically include:
- medical bills,
- lost wages, and
- any general fees incurred from the accident.
Noneconomic damages are decided by the jury based on physical and emotional pain and the inability to participate in activities that the injured party once enjoyed. Noneconomic damages can be harder to prove and carry some restrictions on the reward limit and who can claim it. California personal injury claims may not exceed $250,000 in noneconomic damages. Furthermore, noneconomic damages may not be awarded to uninsured drivers attempting to claim pain and suffering for a car accident unless the accident is caused by another driver in an accident for which they have been charged with a DUI.
What is the Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Cases in California
In California, the statute of limitations for most personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury. This means that you generally have two years from the date of the accident or injury to file a lawsuit in court. If you fail to file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
However, there are some exceptions and nuances to this general rule:
- Discovery rule: In cases where the injury was not immediately apparent or could not reasonably have been discovered at the time it occurred, the statute of limitations may be extended. In such cases, the two-year clock starts ticking from the date the injury was discovered or should have been discovered through reasonable diligence.
- Minors: If the injured party is a minor (under 18 years old) at the time of the injury, the statute of limitations is tolled (paused) until they turn 18. Once they reach 18, they have two years to file a lawsuit, regardless of when the injury occurred.
- Government claims: If your injury involves a claim against a government entity or employee, such as a city, county, or state agency, there are specific rules and shorter time frames for filing a claim. Generally, you must file a claim with the appropriate government entity within six months of the date of the injury.
It's crucial to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury to understand your rights and ensure that you meet any applicable deadlines. Missing the statute of limitations can result in the loss of your ability to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Contact our Ventura personal injury attorneys to get your case moving with a free consultation.
Why Hire a Ventura Personal Injury Lawyer?
Although you may believe insurance companies have your best interest at heart, they will do their best to pay you as little as possible or even deny your claim. The truth is that the first offer is often the lowest, which is why you need to hire a professional that represents your interests. A personal injury lawyer can calculate your losses and determine the true value of your claim.
The following are other benefits of hiring our Ventura personal injury lawyers:
Our legal team has the experience and knowledge to handle your claim and help you obtain the most favorable settlement
We can negotiate your claim with an insurer on your behalf
Our attorneys can handle all the paperwork, meet the deadlines, and help you avoid making any mistakes on your claim
We can help expedite your claim, so you don’t have to wait too long to receive a settlement
How Our Firm Can Help
California statutes allow an individual two years from the date they were injured to file a personal injury claim. When you present us with your case, we will start working immediately to provide you with the relief you need. Some personal injury cases our Ventura personal injury attorneys represent include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Defective products
- Slip and falls
- Medical malpractice
At Wilfert P.C., we will study your case and look for instances that show the other party may be even partially at fault and work tirelessly to recover the money you deserve. Do not hesitate to let us protect your rights and best interests inside and outside the courtroom, while you make the best possible recovery from injury.
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