Santee Personal Injury
Obtain Proper Compensation After an Accident with Santee Personal Injury Attorneys
Santee personal injury lawyers assist clients in addressing a wide array of different types of claims and lawsuits. Statistics maintained over some years consistently reveal that representation by qualified legal counsel in a personal injury case is the primary reason why an injured individual obtains appropriate compensation to cover damages and losses, according to the American Bar Association.
Santee personal injury lawyers, like the experienced, tenacious legal team at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, represent clients in a range of different types of cases, including:
- car accidents
- product liability
- slip and fall
- intentional assaults
A Look at Product Liability Cases
What many people do not realize is that when it comes to negligence cases, only medical malpractice outpaces product liability claims and lawsuits when it comes to the amount of money paid to an injured person. Medical malpractice is something in a class by itself because attorneys that practice in that area tend to focus exclusively on that area of the law.
The average recovery in a product liability case is about $400,000. The dollar amount involved in a product liability case underscores what is at stake in this type of matter.
Santee personal injury lawyers, like the legal team at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, are of vital assistance to victims of product-related accidents. There are several reasons why this is the case.
- First, demonstrating why and how a product is defective can be challenging. The issue of dressers sold by mammoth furniture retailers illustrates the point. Problems with the product were detected as early as 1989. Yet, the dressers were not taken off the market until 2016.
- Second, multiple parties potentially can be at fault when it comes to a product liability case. Identifying possible culprits also can prove to be a challenge best sorted out by skilled Santee personal injury lawyers at El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers. The matter of the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge highlights how this can be the case. This device was prone to overheat and explode. The underlying cause appeared to be the battery. Possible liable parties included the manufacturer of the device itself, the manufacturer of the battery, and retailers. However, there conceivably could be more entities that reasonably could be held responsible for the product defect.
Car Accidents and Comparative Negligence
California is what is known as a comparative negligence state. A reality of a car accident, and other types of incidents for that matter, is that multiple parties can share fault for causing the accident. Even the person claiming compensation may have contributed in some manner to an accident. Through a comparative negligence system, the relative contribution of different parties to the cause of an accident is taken into consideration.
How a claimant contributed to an accident affects the amount he or she is paid in a claim or court judgment. For illustration, assume that a claimant is determined to be 20 percent at fault for causing an accident. If the gross judgment in a car accident lawsuit is $100,000, it will be discounted by 20 percent, resulting in the claimant receiving $80,000 in compensation.
El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers personal injury lawyers provide invaluable assistance in cases in which contributory negligence is at issue. These experienced attorneys understand what tactics to employ to limit the extent of responsibility that ends up attributed to a client.
Slip and Fall Cases and Premises Liability
Responsibility for injuries sustained in a slip and fall case is based on a legal concept known as premises liability. Under the doctrine of premises liability, the occupier of particular premises, like a retail store, is responsible for keeping it in a reasonably safe condition. That includes keeping the floor clear of hazards in a reasonable manner.
Motorcycle & Bicycle Accidents
If you have been in a motorcycle or bicycle accident, the injuries can be severe.
Generally, a bicycle accident can be more complex than an automobile accident. This is in large part due to major questions about the right of way. Therefore, it is important that you discuss your potential case with a Santee motorcycle/bicycle accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Perhaps you do not believe your injuries are serious. The driver who struck you might seem friendly enough that there is no need to involve a law firm. However, because insurance companies refuse to compensate victims who are either partially or fully at fault, you want a lawyer by your side from the beginning.
Details of the accident are still fresh in your memory, so you will be able to give the lawyer pertinent information to bolster your side of the event.
- Additionally, your Santee bicycle accident lawyer will give you instructions and guidance on how to deal with the insurance company.
Get Medical Attention, Even for Minor Injuries
Even if you do not believe your injuries are serious, it is still important to get checked out by a doctor after the crash. Feeling “okay” initially following getting struck by a car is not unusual. Sometimes:
- muscle strains
- small fractures
- other injuries are not visible until hours – or days – after the injury occurs.
It is natural for your adrenaline to skyrocket when you get struck by a car. Any pain your body experiences at that moment is unnoticeable. At a minimum, visit your family doctor so she can check for signs of a minor concussion. Make sure any injuries are documented in writing and with pictures.
Call and wait for the police to arrive at the scene so you can file a police report. If you leave the scene without a police report, you might not be able to identify who was driving the car that hit you.
Another advantage to waiting is the police might ticket the driver for some type of road violation. This could prove extremely useful in settling your case with the insurance company when switching fault to you becomes more difficult when the police report the driver was to blame.
El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers has in-depth experience in addressing premises liability issues in cases involving accidents in stores, restaurants, and other locations. An attorney from the firm can schedule an initial consultation to discuss any type of accident case. There is no fee charged for an initial consultation at the El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers.
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