Injured? Time is running out to file a claim

The biggest mistake we see clients make is waiting. The old adage ‘time is money’ applies to law as much as anything else. When you’ve been Injured, you have a relatively brief window to file a claim against potential responsible parties.

Many times injured people think it is better to wait until they feel better so they can collect all medical bills and everything else related to the injury. They think that they can take a final-cost approach. Meaning, they take all their bills and receipts to court to file a claim and they tell the court this is how much they want from the responsible parties.

Unfortunately the law doesn’t work this way. What’s even more unfortunate is that when the window of opportunity closes the injured person gets nothing. For an individual who doesn’t have the resources to cover the cost of the injury, waiting can have a serious negative impact.

These types of cases can be complex; especially if an insurance company is involved or if there are multiple parties responsible for your injury. If you win, a judge or jury awards you money, known as damages, for your injuries.

In California personal injury claims fall into two basic categories: economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages include documentable costs such as:

  • Medical expenses, including long-term costs like nursing care, rehabilitation, or therapy;
  • Property damage;
  • Loss of earnings, both present and future.

    Non-economic damages are intangible losses including:

  • Pain and suffering;
  • Mental anguish;
  • Loss of companionship – spouse or family member.
  • Punitive damages are considered exemplary and are intended to make an example out of the defendant in order to deter others from acting in the same manner. They are rarely awarded in California personal injury lawsuits.

    It is best to approach your claim for compensation in the most comprehensive way possible. By seeking legal guidance now, you can determine what approach works best for you. Schedule a consultation today.