Why should we care about personal injury law? Unlike maritime law, which applies only to shipping vessels, personal injury law tends to affect all of us.
Personal injury law helps us all decide when a person or business is responsible to pay money to someone else who suffered injuries and harm.
The root of personal injury law is that we are all responsible to act in a manner that does not create an unreasonable risk of injury to another. We are also sometimes responsible for the wrongful actions of others. If we, or those we are responsible for, injure others by acting unreasonably, then we are required to make them whole by paying money to them. Money is the only means to compensate people for their injuries and damages. The law provides no other means of compensation.
Personal injury law can concern the following areas, to name a few:
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Premises Liability Accidents
- Construction Accidents
These areas of personal injury law are covered in more depth on this website by clicking on these highlighted terms.
Personal injury law can be complicated. The attorneys at Curtis Legal Group are well-trained and experienced in personal injury law. Most of our attorneys focus exclusively on personal injury cases. They have seen all kinds of accidents and all kinds of injuries.
There are many laws and regulations that govern the actions of people and businesses. The attorneys of Curtis Legal Group spend the necessary time to research those laws in order to analyze whether someone acted unlawfully. For example, there are many statutes in the California Vehicle Code that dictate how we should drive a motor vehicle. If we violate those statutes, then we can be liable under the California criminal law system but we also can be liable under California’s civil law system for the injuries and harm that we caused.
Many clients ask the attorneys of our law firm how our lawyers determine the value of their case. After all, most people want to be fairly compensated if they were injured. It is a difficult task to value a case. The analysis requires a thorough understanding of personal injury law, the court system, jurors and the insurance industry. The insurance industry wants to pay the least amount of money possible. Curtis Legal Group wants to get you much more.
Attorneys have to first ask whether all liability rests with the person or business that caused the injury. California adheres to a comparative fault system. A comparative fault system means that juries and judges are asked to assign a certain percentage of fault to those that caused the injury or damage but also the injured victim, if appropriate. The injured victim has a duty to himself or herself to act reasonably and not create injury to himself or herself.
The lawyer then has to evaluate the client’s injuries and damages. Injured victims are entitled to compensation or reimbursement for the costs of medical treatment and loss of earnings, even loss of vacation time or sick time. An injured victim may require future medical treatment, such as a surgery, and as a result, will suffer loss of earnings in the future.
In addition to the above damages, an injured person usually has suffered pain and suffering damages or what the law refers to as general damages. Pain and suffering damages means compensation for pain, inconvenience, grief, embarrassment, humiliation, anxiety and emotional distress among other factors. An injury victim can recover for pain and suffering damages already experienced plus pain and suffering to be experienced in the future.
The personal injury attorneys of Curtis Legal Group advocate for their clients.
We pride ourselves on getting you maximum compensation – more than the insurance industry wants to pay.
Please call us at 1-800-LAW-3080 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.