When a person suffers an injury due to another party’s carelessness or misconduct, they may be entitled to pursue compensation for financial losses, pain and suffering, and more. The Palm Springs personal injury lawyers at Greenberg Gross have been helping individuals secure fair outcomes in a wide variety of civil cases.
If you were hurt in an accident, our team is here for you. We can assess your circumstances and determine your most viable legal options. You do not need to navigate the complex legal process on your own.
How Palm Springs Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You Pursue Compensation
You can count on our team to manage your case while you recover. Tasks our personal injury attorney can handle while we seek compensation typically include:
- Conducting a thorough accident investigation, collecting and preserving evidence, interviewing eyewitnesses, and consulting with expert witnesses
- Researching and analyzing the relevant laws that apply to a case to determine the most appropriate strategy to take
- Preparing and filing legal documents, such as complaints, motions, discovery requests, etc.
- Negotiating with insurance companies and opposing legal counsel in pursuit of a fair settlement
- If necessary, preparing for trial by developing trial strategies, presenting evidence, and arguing on the client’s behalf
- Throughout the case, communicating with clients regularly to keep them updated on developments, answer questions, and provide legal advice and recommendations
What Damages Can You Pursue in a Palm Springs Personal Injury Case?
Accidents and injuries can result in significant financial and personal losses. We can help you recover these damages:
- Economic damages: These are actual financial losses that have resulted from the accident or injuries. They commonly include past and future medical bills, lost income, diminished earning capacity, and property damage.
- Non-economic damages: These are intangible losses that can’t be calculated using bills and receipts. They commonly include pain and suffering, emotional distress, scarring and disfigurement, disability, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Our team will listen to the details of your case to determine which damages you can recover.
Can You Pursue Damages for Wrongful Death?
Wrongful death cases can be pursued by certain family members who lost a loved one in a preventable accident, typically involving negligence. These damages are intended to compensate the surviving family members for losses they suffered due to their loved one’s passing. These damages can include the following:
- Economic damages: These commonly include the decedent’s outstanding funeral, cremation, or burial costs, and lost income and benefits.
- Non-economic damages: These are subjective losses and include the loss of love, companionship, care, support, protection, etc. that the decedent had provided to their family members.
What Is the Deadline for Filing a Palm Springs Personal Injury Case?
California places a limit on the length of time an individual has to file a personal injury or wrongful death case. This is known as the statute of limitations. According to CCP § 335.1, you typically have two years from the date of the injury or death to file, depending on which case is being sought.
Certain exceptions may give you more or less time to file. Cases such as these can take considerable time, so it may be best to get started as soon as possible. Missing this deadline can result in losing your right to compensation.
How does a Palm Springs Personal Injury Attorney Prove Liability?
Your lawyer can prove liability by establishing the liable party’s negligence. This involves satisfying the following four elements:
- Duty of care: Your attorney must show the responsible party owed you a duty of care. This means that they were expected to act cautiously and reasonably to avoid inflicting injury on others.
- Breach of duty: It must be shown that the other party breached or violated this duty of care by engaging in actions that a reasonable and cautious person in the same situation would not have. Examples of a breach include traffic violations and failure to repair hazardous conditions.
- Causation: Your lawyer must prove that the other party’s breach of duty was the direct cause of your injuries or that they would not have occurred if not for the breach.
- Damages: It must be shown that you suffered losses, such as medical expenses and lost income, as a result of the other party’s breach of duty.
To prove negligence and liability, personal injury attorneys use various forms of evidence, including eyewitness testimony, accident reports, medical records, and expert opinions from health professionals or accident reconstruction specialists.
What Types of Cases does Our Personal Injury Lawyer Handle?
Personal injury cases are brought by individuals who suffered harm in an accident that was caused by another party. This party could be a person or an entity, such as a business or local government. Most personal injury cases are based on demonstrating the other party was negligent.
Common personal injury cases include the following:
- Car crashes
- Commercial truck and bus accidents
- Rideshare accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle and pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Sexual abuse
What Types of Injuries Occur in Personal Injury Cases?
Injuries caused by accidents can range anywhere from mild to severe, and some can be long-lasting, permanent, or life-threatening. Common injuries that lead to losses pursued in personal injury cases include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur when a sudden jolt to the head causes brain damage, which can be severe and lead to long-lasting cognitive issues.
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can result from a variety of accidents, including car crashes and slip-and-fall accidents, and can cause partial or full paralysis.
- Whiplash commonly occurs in car crashes and other types of accidents that involve a sudden impact.
- Broken bones can occur in almost any type of accident and can range from minor breaks to severe compound fractures.
- Soft tissue injuries, including sprains and strains, are also extremely common in any type of accident.
- Burn injuries can occur from exposure to hazards such as fire, chemicals, or electrical currents.
- Internal organ injuries often occur in serious accidents such as car crashes or sports and can be particularly severe and life-threatening.
It’s vital to seek medical attention immediately if you have been involved in an accident, even if you don’t believe you’ve been seriously hurt. Some injuries may not be noticeable until much later.
Contact a Palm Springs Personal Injury Attorney at Greenberg Gross Today
At Greenberg Gross, our personal injury lawyers conduct thorough investigations to uncover facts and evidence supporting your case. Your best interest is our top priority, and we understand the complex tasks needed to successfully recover compensation for our client’s injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one was injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact us today for a free, no-obligation case review. We can handle the hard work for you while you concentrate on recovering and rebuilding the life you deserve.