Accidents are never expected and can result in significant inconvenience. When personal injuries result from an accident, it is especially troubling. When an accident could have been avoided with the exercise of due care under the circumstances, persons injured in the accident may be entitled to recover financial compensation. Money damages may be recovered to compensate accident victims for their injuries and other detriments experienced from the accident. If you have been injured in an accident, El Monte personal injury lawyers from El Dabe Law Firm are available to help you pursue money damages.
To receive money damages from an accident, there must be evidence of negligence. Negligence is a complex legal theory that includes several different elements. Those who are unfamiliar with the law often find the complexities of negligence to be overwhelming. Fortunately, experienced personal injury attorneys are available to help you understand the law. In order to successfully recover money damages, you must be able to show evidence of the following:
- The person responsible for the accident owed you a duty of care
- The person violated that duty of care by failing to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances then present
- Their failure to exercise reasonable care caused you injuries or other damages
- The injuries you suffered are legitimate and can be identified
To prove these legal elements, you can present evidence. In a personal injury case, any relevant evidence may be used to prove your case. Evidence is relevant if it has any tendency to prove an aspect of the case. Some examples of relevant evidence that may be useful for your case may include:
- Photographs and video recordings (including surveillance video)
- Medical records
- Police reports
- Accident and incident reports
- Eye witness statements
- Verbal and written admissions
- Laboratory reports
- Medical personnel testimony
- Expert witnesses
El Monte personal injury lawyers will be able to review your case and determine what evidence may be relevant. They can also help you gather the evidence and organize it in a manner to make your case more effective. Based on the evidence gathered, a personal injury attorney will be able to give you an idea about what to expect if a personal injury case is pursued.
Personal injury cases typically follow a certain procedure, which can take some time. Many victims of accidents become frustrated with the process because they do not understand what is happening. If you work with a personal injury attorney, your attorney will be able keep you informed about what is happening with your case. They can explain why any delays are occurring to help you remain patient. An attorney can also take action to move the case forward, if delays become unreasonable.
If you hire a personal injury attorney, they will advocate on your behalf for a fair and adequate resolution. A personal injury attorney will keep insurance providers honest by questioning their actions and requiring explanations. If an insurance provider offers a settlement amount that is unreasonable or otherwise insufficient, a personal injury attorney can advocate for a more reasonable result or pursue your case through the courts.
The amount you may recover in a personal injury case depends on a variety of different circumstances. Experienced personal injury attorneys will be able to give you an idea about what to expect. In general, you are entitled to recover a sum sufficient to place you in the same position you were prior to the accident. In some cases, this may require more that just reimbursement for out of pocket expenses. In especially egregious accidents, the party responsible for the accident may be required to pay punitive damages as a form of punishment.
A personal injury attorney will often work on a contingent basis, meaning the lawyer does not get paid unless you are paid. This gives the lawyer an incentive to seek out the best possible outcome.
El Monte personal injury lawyers from El Dabe Law Firm are experienced with personal injury law. If you have questions, contact El Dabe Law Firm to learn more information.