Many people automatically think of car accident cases when they think of California personal injury lawyers. Of course California personal injury lawyers do handle car accident cases, but there are a number of other types of cases that California personal injury lawyers handle as well. Personal injury law falls under the purview of tort law and as a result California personal injury lawyers handle any case that qualifies as a tort case as a rule. So what is a tort case?
Tort law is the area of the law that deals with victims and those responsible for the injuries suffered by the victims. Tort law is further divided into three basic types of torts – strict liability, intentional and negligent torts. Strict liability torts are cases where the defendant is held responsible under the law for injuries suffered by a victim regardless of whether he took all possible precautions. For instance, some jurisdictions have made dog bites by a pit bull to be a strict liability tort. The law has decided that the very nature of the breed makes them dangerous regardless of any precautions taken by the owner. Intentional torts, as the name implies, are acts taken by a defendant that intentionally harm the victim. An example of an intentional tort is assault. While assault may be charged criminally, it can also be the basis for a civil intentional tort lawsuit. The vast majority of tort cases handled by California personal injury lawyers, however, are negligent tort cases. Basically, a negligent tort requires that the defendant had a duty of care to the victim that was breached and that the breach of duty caused injuries to the victim. A common example of a negligent tort case is a car accident.
California personal injury lawyers are trained and experienced in all types of personal injury cases. Although car accident cases do make up the bulk of the personal injury cases handled by California personal injury lawyers, they are not the only ones. Other examples of personal injury cases include work injuries, dog bites, airplane crashes, train accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, burn injuries and product defects. California personal injury lawyers are skilled at evaluating the unique facts of a case and determining whether or not someone was negligent and whether or not that negligence was the cause of his injuries. If it appears as though the defendant’s negligence was, indeed, the cause of the injuries then you may be entitled to financial compensation for those injuries.
As the victim of a personal injury case you may be entitled to both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are things such as medical bills and lost wages from work while non-economic damages are intended to compensate you for those non-quantifiable injuries you have suffered as a result of things such as pain, suffering or emotional distress. California personal injury lawyers work to secure the most compensation possible for each victim of a personal injury accident.
If you believe that you have been the victim of a California personal injury accident and would like a free and detailed evaluation by the California personal injury accident lawyers at Ledger & Associates, please call 1-800-300-0001 or visit them online at www.ledgerlaw.com.