If you have been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, like a car crash, a slip and fall in a parking lot or medical malpractice you may be entitled to claim compensation from the person or organization which caused your accident. A personal injury compensation claim helps to ensure you aren’t financially disadvantaged due to your accident. The payment normally comes from the insurer of the person or agency that caused your accident. However, the process isn’t always straightforward and help from a personal injury attorney may mean you get the compensation you are entitled to.
Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney in Glendale
If you have been injured in Glendale, you are lucky to have more than 300 personal injury lawyers to choose from. However, you must select one who is fully licensed to handle personal injury cases. It’s always advisable to an attorney who has evidence to show they have won successful personal injury claims for clients.
Typical Injuries in Glendale
Injuries in Glendale are caused by a variety of different reasons including:
- • car accidents;
- • dog bites;
- • construction worker accidents;
- • medical malpractice;
- • nursing home abuse;
- • motorcycle accidents.
Many are avoidable and are caused by negligence by someone else and it’s therefore possible to claim compensation for these types of injuries. Note that construction accidents and car accidents may be workers’ compensation claim cases, not personal injury cases unless an employer has failed to provide workers’ comp. cover.
For example, someone walking past a construction site who experiences a direct impact from a falling piece of masonry may be entitled to sue the construction company for negligence. A worker at the site who is hit by a similar piece of masonry may be entitled to claim workers’ compensation, but not personal injury.
The Personal Injury Claim Process in Glendale
If you are filing a personal injury claim in California you have to follow the time limits for submitting the claim. An injured person is given 2 years from the injury date to file the lawsuit against the person deemed responsible for the injury. You will probably lose your right to compensation if you fail to follow this statute of limitations.
You would benefit from a personal injury lawyer as California has a shared fault law. There is a chance that the defendant may argue that you are partly to blame for your injury. If the defendant wins it could affect your compensation overall.
Additionally, in some cases of personal injury there is a cap on the amount allowed for non-economic damages, such as those apportioned to pain and suffering. A personal injury lawyer will try to settle a personal injury lawsuit out of court by negotiating with the insurer of the person who caused the accident. If this can’t be done, the lawsuit may have to go through the courts in order to reach a desirable settlement. Glendale has a small claims court available, which generally handles small claims under $10,000. Otherwise, Glendale Civil Court, situated at 600 E Broadway, Glendale, will handle the case. Its opening times are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4.30pm.
Use a Free Claim Evaluation to Find a Suitable Attorney
It’s important not to waste time when filing a personal injury claim as you only have 2 years to lodge the claim. Once that time has expired you will lose your chance to get the personal injury compensation claim you may be entitled to receive. You shouldn’t delay but get a free claim evaluation form as soon as possible. The form is available for completion below.