If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own or if someone you love has died due to another person's negligence, you may have grounds for a claim against the liable party. The Carmel personal injury lawyers at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can provide you with the insight you need to make informed decisions and pursue the maximum compensation. Serious injuries can cause emotional suffering and mental anguish in addition to physical pain and financial uncertainty. Our attorneys will ensure your claim accounts for all the ways your injury has affected your life. We will handle the legal logistics of your case while you focus on more important matters such as your health and your family. You won't pay anything unless you win. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS for a free initial consultation.
Accident Cases Our Injury Attorneys Handle in Carmel, California
- Car Crashes
- Motorbike Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Big Rig Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Boat Accidents
- Aircraft Accidents
- Turo Accidents
- Accidents Involving Rideshare Vehicles
- Dog Attacks
- Bike Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Premises Liability
- Train Accidents
- Burn Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCIs)
- Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
What Evidence Will My Carmel Personal Injury Attorney Need to Support My Claim?
Each personal injury case is unique, but all successful claims are supported by strong evidence of liability and damages. The types of evidence that will be pertinent to your case depends on many factors including how your injuries happened, the types of damages you’ve suffered, who caused your injuries, and whether the tort-feasor was performing work-related duties at the time of the incident. The type of tort your claim involves will have a huge impact on the evidence your Carmel personal injury attorney will need to gather. In the state of California, most tort claims are filed on the basis of negligence; however, you can also pursue damages if someone intentionally harmed you or if you were injured in a tort to which strict liability applies, such as certain product liability and dog bite cases. When strict liability applies, proving negligence or intent is not a precondition to making a financial recovery. Even if two cases involve the same kind of tort, the types of evidence used to prove liability and damages may still be very different. For example, if you were injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, the evidence need to prove liability would be different than the evidence used to prove fault after a crash caused by a defective auto part. But generally speaking, the following evidence is often used to prove liability in tort claims:
- Photographs and video footage of the accident scene, injuries, and property damage;
- The police report;
- The incident report;
- Statements from people who witnessed the incident;
- Statements from accident reconstruction experts;
- Records of similar accidents that happened in the past which prove the tort-feasor was aware of the dangerous condition that caused the injuries but failed to take reasonable steps to remedy it; and
- Any documentation related to the proximate cause of the accident.
Of course, even if sufficient evidence exists to prove liability, your Carmel personal injury attorney will also have to prove damages. In the state of California, victims of personal injury can seek compensatory and, in some cases, punitive damages. The former encompasses economic and non-economic damages while the latter can only be recovered in cases involving fraud, oppression, or malice. One of the primary reasons to hire a skilled attorney is to ensure your claim accounts for all potentially recoverable damages. If your claim doesn’t include future medical bills, lost earning capacity, or non-economic damages—or if you underestimate the value of such damages—your financial recovery may be greatly reduced. Depending on the circumstances, failing to recover a fair settlement could lead to severe debt and eventual bankruptcy. That’s a huge price to pay for an accident that someone else caused, but it’s a very real possibility if you fail to take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights and financial future. At Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, we have many decades of experience in legal practice, and we’ve helped clients recover substantial settlements and verdicts in cases of varying complexity. Upon reviewing the facts of your case, our attorneys will know the evidence that will be needed to prove the value of your damages. This may include medical bills, pay-stubs, income tax returns, records from your healthcare providers, expert witness testimony, estimates for property repairs and replacement, statistics regarding the typical income of someone in your profession, and other forms of documentation.
Speak With Our Carmel Personal Injury Lawyers Today
There’s no charge for the initial consultation, and we accept cases on a contingency fee basis. Our lawyers will help you navigate every step of the claims process, and we won’t charge any attorney’s fees unless we win. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS or fill out our contact form for a free case review.