Long Beach Pedestrian Accident Attorneys
Crossing the road or walking alongside a busy street might not seem like a risky endeavor, but all it takes is one distracted or careless driver to cause a devastating accident. Unlike the occupants of motor vehicles, pedestrians have no protection whatsoever from the force of impact, so the injuries resulting from these collisions tend to be catastrophic. Our pedestrian accident attorneys in Long Beach are proud to help people who have been hit by negligent motorists fight for the compensation they need to pay for healthcare costs, lost wages, and other damages.
Our lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of the case law, statutes, and proceedings that pertain to pedestrian injury cases. We have the experience and resources to go up against even the largest insurance companies. To discuss your situation in a free case assessment, call our 24-hour phoneline at 1-800-GO-HARRIS.
How Do Pedestrian Accident Attorneys Calculate Compensatory Damages?
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a pedestrian accident, then you already know that the consequences of such an event extend far beyond the immediate financial costs. In addition to facing steep medical bills and lost income, you might also be dealing with physical pain that diminishes your quality of life and prevents you from participating in social events and favorite hobbies. You may even have to take potentially addictive pain relievers. Some accident victims are diagnosed with crippling psychological disorders after experiencing such an emotionally distressing event.
The direct financial costs of a personal injury are called “economic damages.” The intangible effects of a serious injury are called “non-economic damages.” Together, these two categories of damages compose “compensatory damages.” In the state of California, personal injury claimants may have the right to pursue the following compensatory damages:
- Healthcare costs;
- Medical bills the claimant is reasonably certain to incur in the future;
- Lost income and loss of future earnings;
- Property repairs;
- Any other reasonable and necessary economic damages like child care and home care;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Pain and suffering.
The spouse of the injured party may also have grounds for a loss of consortium claim. Such a claim may be warranted if the injury has caused a loss of care, love, assistance, society, moral support, protection, affection, and/or intimacy.
As you might suspect, the opposing party will not cover your damages unless they absolutely have to. If you don’t have sufficient evidence to prove the kinds of damages you have incurred and their value, you will almost certainly face a dispute. Below are a few types of evidence your Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer may use to prove damages:
- Bills for Medical Care: Your attorney will need your medical bills and invoices in order to include such damages in the settlement calculations.
- Other Medical Documentation: Your diagnostic imaging, lab test results, and other healthcare records may be used to demonstrate the severity of your injuries. Such documentation will be needed if you intend to seek compensation for future healthcare costs. Also, these records may be used by your Long Beach pedestrian accident lawyer to pursue non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. They can also show that you have taken reasonable steps to mitigate your damages—for example, by seeking medical care promptly after the injury, attending doctor’s visits, and adhering to the other components of your treatment program.
- Financial Documents: Your bank statements, paystubs, tax returns, and other financial records can be used by your attorney to prove the value of any wages lost due to your injuries, as well as lost future earnings.
- Expert Witness Deposition: There are many kinds of experts who might be deposed during the discovery phase to strengthen your lawsuit. For instance, medical experts might provide testimony regarding the kinds of injuries you’ve suffered, the expected course of your medical recovery, and the value of your healthcare costs. An economist might provide deposition regarding the value of lost earning capacity.
- Percipient Witness Deposition: Percipient witnesses are individuals who have knowledge pertaining to your case that was acquired through the senses (sight, hearing, smell, touch, etc.). Eyewitnesses might provide deposition to prove that the accident was the proximate cause of your injuries. Your treating physician (an “expert percipient witness,” or non-retained medical expert witness) might provide deposition about your diagnosis, prognosis, and the treatments you have undergone. Your loved ones may provide deposition about how the injuries are affecting your life.
Discuss Your Case in a Free Consultation with a Pedestrian Accident Lawyer in Long Beach
Our attorneys won’t just try to win your case; they will strive to help you collect the highest compensation possible. We know what it takes to win substantial settlements and verdicts for pedestrian accident victims and their families. To discuss your situation in a free case assessment, dial 1-800-GO-HARRIS or message us online.
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