If you have been injured in a Cotati car accident or any other personal injury accident, The Ledger Law Firm can provide the legal representation needed to navigate this trying season in your life.
Our team has built both a California and national reputation for helping injured victims receive the compensation they are legally owed. In California, specifically, there is generally no limit placed on the damages you can recover. As such, we can pursue the maximum amount for all applicable damages based on what our legal knowledge tells us your case is worth.
Here are a few facts about California law and personal injury compensation that reveal why your Cotati personal injury claim may be worth even more than you realize.
Accidents Often Involve Legal Wrongdoing and Require Compensation for Victims
While it likely comes as no great surprise that personal injury accidents are often caused by parties with legal responsibility, you may be surprised just how often human mistakes cause accidents. For car accidents alone, Stanford Law School research found that perhaps more than 90% of accidents are at least partially caused by the errors of people.
Nationally, we know from federal data that nearly $600 billion in accident costs each year can be attributed to the loss of life, decrease in life quality and pain of accident victims. In California, $4.48 billion in costs were estimated for a single year of traffic-related crash deaths. These staggering findings show that significant amounts of compensation are often needed to truly and fairly compensate accident victims for the injuries and losses that have been suffered.
For this reason, it is in your best interests to talk to an injury lawyer in Cotati before you sign a low settlement offer that does not protect your claim or legal interests.
If You Are Partially to Blame for the Accident, You Can Still Receive Compensation
Legal compensation for personal injuries in California is based in part on California’s comparative negligence standard. Comparative negligence is a legal term that simply means you will be responsible for your portion or percentage of legal fault for the accident.
So, even if you are partly at fault, you can still recover compensation for your injuries if another party or parties also was in the legal wrong and contributed to the accident also.
This fact alone shows why it is wise to never assume your legal wrongdoing prevents you from receiving compensation. However, it could also be the case that you are mistaken, as a full investigation may reveal that you are actually not to blame for the accident whatsoever.
Most importantly, however, is that you should not delay when considering legal action for your personal injuries. California has a statute of limitations that gives accident victims just two years to file a legal claim. If that timeline passes without a claim being filed, your right to compensation may be lost.
Contact us online to speak with a Ledger Law personal injury attorney in Cotati to pursue the compensation that is justly deserved and needed to rebuild your life.