Navigating the legal landscape after a serious injury or death in the family can seem overwhelming. Gathering evidence, calculating damages, arranging expert witness testimony, and other essential tasks require time and a detailed knowledge of California law. One misstep could be all it takes to compromise your case. This is where the Gardena personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help. Our legal team provides zealous advocacy to personal injury and wrongful death victims throughout California. We have assisted thousands of clients and recovered more than $300 million in settlements and verdicts. Our lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t have to pay us a cent to take advantage of our legal services. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to arrange a free initial consultation.
What Types of Cases Do Our Gardena Personal Injury Lawyers Handle?
We accept a variety of cases including complex, high-stakes claims that involve catastrophic injuries. Our accident lawyers have a reputation for aggressive settlement negotiations and tough litigation, which gives us an advantage when going up against large insurance companies and corporations. Our attorneys handle the following types of cases:
- Car Accidents
- Rideshare Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Boat Accidents
- Slip and Falls
- Plane Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Turo Accidents
- Bird Scooter Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Burn Injuries
- Dog Bites & Animal Attacks
- Tractor-Trailer Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Bicycle Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Other Personal Injuries
- Wrongful Death
What Damages Are Available in California Personal Injury Claims?
Most personal injury claimants have little knowledge of the relevant laws and proceedings and are therefore unsure which losses they can include in their claims. A Gardena personal injury attorney from Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you identify the types of damages you can claim and calculate their value. This will require an in-depth review of your case and possibly the input of medical, vocational, and financial experts. California law allows personal injury claimants to pursue compensatory damages and, in certain cases, punitive (“exemplary”) damages. Compensatory damages include objectively calculable losses such as:
- Medical bills;
- Lost income;
- Loss of future earning capacity;
- Home and vehicle modifications; and
- Property repairs.
Compensatory damages also include “non-economic damages” such as:
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of enjoyment of life;
- Physical impairment; and
- Depending on the facts of your case, pain and suffering might account for a significant part of your potential monetary award
Depending on the circumstances that led to your injury, you might also be awarded punitive damages. These are intended to punish the wrongdoer and to deter similar misconduct in the future. Punitive damages are only awarded in cases when the defendant’s behavior constituted malice, oppression, or fraud. If the defendant acted with extreme recklessness or with intent to harm you, it might be possible to recover punitive damages. For instance, if you were hurt in a drunk driving accident or in a collision with a motorist who was fleeing from police, punitive damages might be recoverable. Although it is always a good idea to hire a seasoned attorney if you intend to file a personal injury claim, seeking legal counsel is especially important if you pursue non-economic or punitive damages. Due to their subjective nature, non-economic damages can be challenging to calculate and prove without the assistance of a lawyer. Proving punitive damages can be especially challenging since each element of the claim must be proven using “clear and convincing evidence” rather than just a preponderance of evidence, which means you must be able to demonstrate that there is a high degree of probability that the defendant acted with malice, oppression, or fraud.
How Can Our Gardena Personal Injury Lawyers Help?
Our personal injury lawyers have over a decade of experience fighting for the rights of accident victims. We have developed relationships with Gardena chiropractors, Gardena doctors, and Gardena medical professionals and specialists. If you are struggling to find the right doctor to diagnose and treat your injury, we can help facilitate treatment on your behalf.
Contact a Gardena Personal Injury Lawyer: 1-800-GO-HARRIS
If you need help navigating the legal system after a serious injury or death in the family, contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers. Our track record of success speaks for itself, with more than $300 million recovered and more than 5,000 clients helped. We understand how chaotic the aftermath of a serious accident can be—especially if you or someone you love suffered a debilitating injury. A Gardena personal injury lawyer from our firm will handle the logistics of your case so you can focus on healing.