Imperial Personal Injury Attorneys | Accident Lawyers
The aftermath of a serious accident can be a confusing time. Whether you lost a family member or suffered a personal injury, it might not be clear what steps you should take to protect your legal rights and financial future. The Imperial personal injury attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can evaluate your case for free and help you make informed decisions that serve your long-term interests.
We will explain the laws related to your case and answer any questions you have about the claims process. If you decide to hire one of our lawyers, you will be well-represented through every stage of the proceedings, and if we don’t win, you won’t have to pay any fees.
A member of our team can come to you if you cannot come to us. Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS to schedule a no-obligation consultation.
Types of Personal Injury Claims We Handle in Imperial, California
- Bus Accidents
- Car Accidents
- Motorbike Collisions
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- Aircraft Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Train Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Slip and Fall Injuries
- Dog Bites & Other Animal Attacks
- Boating Injuries
- Rideshare Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Serious Burn Trauma
- Spinal Injuries
- Turo Accidents
- Scooter Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Other Personal Injuries
Do I Have Grounds for a Personal Injury Claim?
Although every case is unique, there are a few elements that usually must exist for any personal injury claim to be successful.
If you intend to file a negligence claim, you must be able to prove the following:
- Duty of Care: A duty of care is a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others. For example, business owners have a duty to make sure their premises are reasonably safe for customers. Drivers have a duty to obey traffic laws and adjuster their speed to the weather and road conditions.
- Breach of the Duty of Care: After demonstrating that the defendant owed you a duty of care, your Imperial personal injury attorney must be able to show how that duty of care was breached. For instance, if you fell down a staircase at a shopping mall because a handrail was broken, this may indicate the business owner breached the duty of care owed to you, the customer, by failing to perform reasonable maintenance.
- Causation: How did the breach of duty lead to your damages? Your lawyer must establish causation in order for your claim to be successful.
- Damages: Finally, your attorney must prove the types of damages you suffered and their value. Common evidence used to prove damages includes medical bills, paystubs and tax returns, photos of injuries, and expert witness testimony.
If your injuries were caused by a tort that falls under strict liability, you won’t need to prove the defendant was negligent to recover compensation. In the state of California, strict liability applies to some product liability and dog bite cases.
You may also have grounds for a personal injury claim if someone intentionally harmed you. This is called an “intentional tort.” If you plan to file such a claim, it’s important that you consult an Imperial personal injury attorney as soon as possible—even if the criminal case against the assailant has not yet concluded. Your lawyer will want to investigate your claim right away so any time-sensitive evidence can be gathered.
We Won’t Let the Insurance Company Take Advantage of You
When you file a personal injury claim, you will most likely take on the insurance company of the party who harmed you. An insurance adjuster will be assigned to your case and will decide whether to approve your claim and, if so, how much to offer in a settlement.
That might sound fairly straightforward, but there are all sorts of tactics the adjuster might use to reduce the value of your claim or deny it outright. For instance, if your claim is clearly valid and your injuries are serious, you might be offered a settlement before you know the full extent of your injuries or have had a chance to consult a personal injury lawyer. If you accept the settlement and your medical bills turn out to be more expensive than anticipated, you might have to cover the difference out of pocket.
The claims adjuster might also try to argue that your own negligence contributed to your injury or that your injury was pre-existing. You may need extensive evidence to overcome such a dispute. Medical records, diagnostic imaging, the police report, surveillance footage, and other evidence could play a critical role in the outcome of your case. The attorneys at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers can help you gather this evidence and, if necessary, can bring in expert witnesses to provide testimony.
Speak With Our Imperial Personal Injury Legal Team Today About Your Claim: Call 1-800-GO-HARRIS
You can reach our office anytime, day or night, at 1-800-GO-HARRIS. The initial consultation is free, and you won’t have to pay any attorneys’ fees unless we win. Click here to send us a message on our contact page.