A personal injury lawsuit arises when a person has suffered harm due to the negligence or intentional acts of another party. In California, personal injury victims may recover for both economic and non-economic damages they have suffered. Economic damages include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, and any other monetary expenses the person incurred because of the injury. Non-economic damages include recovery for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Common types of personal injury claims include:
Personal injury claims may involve catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBI), spinal cord injuries, and paralysis. Such injuries can lead to permanent disability, chronic pain, hospitalization, and emotional injuries, such as chronic depression and anxiety. Cases involving these types of injuries can be extremely complex and require an attorney with a thorough understanding of the underlying medical and legal issues at play.
In California, a claim for wrongful death may arise when a person dies as a result of negligence or intentional misconduct. Under the California Code of Civil Procedure, the deceased individual’s spouse or children, or issue can file a wrongful death action. If the deceased had no spouse or issue, anyone entitled to property in the deceased’s estate may file a claim. California does not permit the deceased’s family to recover any damages for pain and suffering the deceased suffered before death.
If you or a family member has been injured or been the victim of a wrongful death, you need experienced legal counsel to help you recover the damages to which you may be entitled, including Social Security benefits. Contact the Law Offices of Valdez & Valdez today to find out how our lawyers can help.