Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their property is reasonably safe condition and to provide adequate warning of any hazard or unsafe condition that cannot be quickly corrected. When a visitor to the property is injured due to an unsafe condition, inadequate security, inadequate maintenance or construction defects, the person who is injured may be entitled to seek compensation from the property owner.
States that recognize contributory fault laws will not award a settlement to a plaintiff if there is any degree, even the slightest, of partial blame on the part of the injured party. States that enforce comparative negligent laws will award compensations in cases where there is partial negligence, but they will reduce the settlement in proportion to the percentage of liability. Determining partial liability on the part of the injured person is determined by the engagement, access and warnings provided to the plaintiff. If the injured person was distracted by talking or texting on the phone they may be deemed to personal liability. If the injury took place in a restricted area in which the plaintiff was not granted access to, or they disregarded warning signs posted in the area, those issues may also present a case of partial liability.
In California, according to California Code of Civil Procedure Section 335, the statute of limitations in California is 2 years from the date of loss. A date of loss refers to the date in which the accident has happened. Minors in California who are filing a claim against an entity or person has until 2 years after their 18th birthday to satisfy the statute of limitations. For governmental claims, both minors and adults have 6 months to file a claim with its corresponding jurisdiction according to Government Code section 911.2. After filing a claim to satisfy Government Code Section 911.2, you have an additional 6 months to file a lawsuit against a government entity.
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With over 40,000 Americans dying in car crashes each year, it is no surprise that automobile accidents are a prolific source of personal injury cases. To be fair, there are many common causes of car accidents: rubbernecking, cell phone use, driver fatigue, distracting passengers, and changing the radio station all rate near the top. If you have been injured in an accident or injured someone else in a collision, you should realize the importance of proving fault in auto accidents. Choosing the right lawyer for your auto accident case can help tremendously, especially if "fault" in your situation is unclear or in debate.
The victim merges his vehicle into traffic, after having been motioned by the seemingly helpful criminal. As the innocent driver begins to merge, the criminal speeds up and causes a collision. When questioned, the criminal denies motioning the victim to merge. Another variation on this scheme involves motioning an innocent motorist to complete a left turn into a strip mall or other parking structure. The criminal quickly drives up and causes a collision, but the innocent motorist will be held at fault because the driver making a left turn must yield to oncoming traffic.
You may find this process frustrating, and even exasperating. However, the more information and documentation you provide to the insurance company, the more likely you are to receive fair compensation from the insurance company for all of your damages. Remember, the insurance company is not required to reach a settlement agreement with you. The insurance company may say at some point, “This is the best offer we’re going to make – if you want more money, then file a lawsuit.” (More: When Injury Settlement Talks Fail.)
Every state has what is called a "Statute of Limitations" which puts a time limit on how long after an accident a person has to file a claim. In Georgia, the time frame allotted for filing a slip and fall accident injury claim is two years. If a victim does not file a claim within this time frame, the courts will not hear their case and they are not eligible for compensation.
Slip & Fall Accidents/Premises Liability Slip & fall lawsuits are a bigger deal than some think. After all, you didn’t just fall for seemingly no reason. This isn’t just a matter of you being a clutz. Those who slip and fall on someone’s property may find themselves with an injury that could have been avoided had the property owner not neglected to repair their broken facilities. Sometimes a grocery store or restaurant fails to clean up spilled food, drink, or cleaning solution. A railing could be loose. Steps could be loose and in poor condition. The list goes on.
A personal injury claim seeks to make a plaintiff “whole” again after an injury caused by negligence. Once a plaintiff accepts a settlement or receives a case award, he or she is basically stating that the award makes him or her whole again. This means the defendant should not be liable for another claim for the same damages, and a “release of liability” generally puts this into writing.
As occurs in most civil cases, personal injury cases begin by filing with a court a document called a "complaint." Typically, a complaint in a personal injury case identifies the parties to the lawsuit, specifies what the defendant did wrong, alleges that the wrongdoing caused the plaintiff's injury, and specifies what kind of compensation the plaintiff is seeking. The complaint generally sets out the facts that the plaintiff will attempt to prove, and the defendant may attempt to disprove, throughout the litigation.
Personal injury is the general category under which all personal injury cases fall. Personal injury and health laws cover automobile accidents, product liability, dog bites, animal attacks, medical malpractice, construction accidents, and premises liability. You can learn more about the validity of your claim by reading our law library article, "How much is your claim worth?"
If you have been injured in this way, first consider that it is a normal part of living for things to fall on or to drip onto a floor or the ground, and for smooth surfaces to become uneven. Also, some things put in the ground -- drainage grates, for example -- serve a useful purpose there. So a property owner (or occupier) cannot always be held responsible for immediately picking up or cleaning every slippery substance on a floor. Nor is a property owner always responsible for someone slipping or tripping on something that an ordinary person should expect to find there or should see and avoid. We all have an obligation to watch where we're going.
Most cases settle before trial. At any point in the process described above, the parties can settle and end the case. In fact, the plaintiff can send the first settlement offer before the complaint is ever filed. What is more typical, particularly if the initial evidence establishing liability and/or damages is inconclusive, is that a settlement is reached after the discovery process has gone on for a while.
Punitive Damages: Making an Example of the Defendant Plaintiffs in certain states could be eligible for punitive damages, a type of award that punishes defendants whose injurious actions were particularly egregious. This differentiates this type of compensation from other damages, which are primarily designed to make the injured plaintiff whole again.
A personal injury lawsuit is simply a legal action, brought in court, by someone who has been injured (either physically or emotionally) by another person, usually by way of an accident, fall, or product malfunction. There are many phases to a personal injury lawsuit, and it’s often difficult to predict how long it will take to resolve a case. This article will take you through each phase of a typical personal injury lawsuit.
A personal injury lawyer files legal complaints, offers legal advice, prepares legal documents and represents his client in court. A personal injury lawyer’s primary purpose is to see justice and compensation served to the injured party. Frequently, a personal injury lawyer will settle out of court on behalf of his client. However, if an agreement cannot be reached between the plaintiff and the defendant, the case must be settled in court.