Regardless of how careful a person can be accidents can still happen. A person may slip and fall on a wet floor, a loose dog may become aggressive and bite a passerby. If a person is seriously injured, one may wish to consider a personal injury lawsuit against the party deemed responsible for the accident. There are certain guidelines in California that govern these types of legal proceedings.
There are types of damages that a lawsuit can seek compensation for. They are noneconomic, economic and, in cases of egregious fault, punitive damages. Economic damages include compensation for actual accrued losses such as medical bills, lost wages and property damage. Noneconomic damages include pain and suffering resulting from injuries, among others. Punitive damages may apply if the accident was the result of gross negligence.
Other guidelines one may wish to be aware of are those governing the statute of limitations on personal injury claims and also the shared fault component. A person in this state has two years to file a personal injury claim, though there are exceptions that may extend that time in certain situations. California recognizes shared fault; for example, if a person is seen as being 10 percent responsible for his or her own injury, any relief granted against the other party would be reduced by 10 percent.
Suffering a personal injury can be a costly experience. It can lead to lost wages, long term medical issues and other issues. A person in such a situation may benefit from seeking the counsel of an experienced personal injury attorney. A lawyer can review the facts of the case and inform the client as to what legal options are available.