Personal Injury

Personal injury is a legal term referring to situations where one party's wrongful acts damages another party. Personal injury typically involves physicalor psychological harm, though it also includes all damages caused by, and related to, the wrongdoing including financial losses. There are several torts, or civil wrongs, that fall under the broad umbrella of personal injury law. Wrongful death, premises liability, medical malpractice, auto accidents, defective products, nursing home abuse, and toxic torts are just some of the various types of personal injury matters.

The law gives you with the right to recover damages from the party responsible for your injuries. Damages you may be able to recover include, but may not be limited to: medical expenses, property damage, past and future loss of wages, past and future diminished earning capacity, other out-of-pocket expenses and other economic losses. You may also be entitled to recover money for the pain and suffering arising from your injuries. If your spouse or parent was injured or killed in an accident, you may also be entitled to recover money for emotional distress or the loss of support, comfort, consortium (companionship) or services of your spouse and more.

California, like every state, has a set of time limits, known as "statutes of limitations" surrounding personal injury claims. These statutes limit the time between the time of the injury and the day the claim is filed. The statute of limitations varies depending on various factors, so you should speak with a lawyer to determine the statute of limitations applicable to your situation. In general, most California personal injury lawsuits must be filed within one or two years from the date of the injury. However, the statute of limitations governing actions against governmental entitles is usually much less and proper notice must be provided in advance of filing suit.These limitations are important to pay attention to. Once the time limit passes, no lawsuit may be filed. Generally speaking, wrongful death claims must be filed by, or in the name of, a surviving spouse, children, or some other dependent or beneficiary. As wrongful death laws are complex and often changing, it is important to contact a qualified California wrongful death attorney as soon as possible to protect and maximize your legal interests.

The Law Office of L. Marcel Stewart can help you get the money you need by investigating the party responsible for your injury and uncovering the resources the wrongdoer has that can compensate you for your injury.

Disclaimer: The information contained below is for general guidance on matters of interest only and NOT legal advice. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. Given the changing nature of laws, rules and regulations, there may be omissions or inaccuracies in information. Accordingly, this information is provided with the understanding that it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a competent attorney.