Oxnard Personal Injury Lawyer

Suffering harm because of someone else’s carelessness, recklessness, or malicious conduct can be traumatizing. An accident caused by someone’s actions or inactions can have life-changing consequences for the victims, and they should be held responsible. California personal injury law allows victims to hold the responsible party accountable for the harm they caused and subsequent damages the victim suffered.

Personal injury is a legal concept that defines civil cases where another person or entity harms someone. Whether you pursue an insurance claim or court verdict, a personal injury case allows you to fight to obtain monetary compensation for physical, emotional, and financial losses.

Most Common Type of Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury is a broad legal field that encompasses all types of injuries and accidents. However, some personal injury cases are more common than others. 

Motor Vehicle Accident

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common types of personal injury cases. A person can file a personal injury claim against another driver who was behaving negligently at the time during the accident. Negligent behavior may include: 

  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Speeding 
  • Fatigued driving 

Drivers who fail to account for their safety and the safety of others on the road should be held responsible for any harm they cause. If you suffered injuries in an accident because of another driver’s negligence, contact an Oxnard car accident attorney, motorcycle accident lawyer or truck accident attorney to help you with your claim. 

Premises Liability 

Premises liability refers to the legal concept that arises in personal injury cases where the harm someone suffered was caused by unsafe or defective conditions on someone’s property. The most common premises liability case is a slip-and-fall accident. While these types of accidents may not seem severe on the surface, they can have dire consequences. Slip and fall incidents can leave someone with severe head and spinal trauma that can even lead to paralysis. Unsafe or unkempt property can cause serious harm to anyone who steps onto the property. 

Product Liability

Dangerous, defective, or malfunctioning products can cause severe injury while you’re at home, work, or in public. Examples of harmful products include:

  • Dangerous drugs
  • Defective toys
  • Defective car parts
  • Defective medical devices
  • Products with toxic materials or chemicals 

Responsible parties can be individuals, businesses, or government entities marketing, selling, or manufacturing unsafe products.  

Wrongful Death 

Wrongful death cases occur when the death of a person is due to the negligence of someone else. For instance, if a person dies due to a car accident caused by a negligent driver. The surviving family can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for expenses unique to wrongful death claims, such as financial support of the lost family member, lost gifts or benefits, funeral and burial expenses, reasonable value of household services and loss of love and companionship. 

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Understanding the Basics of an Oxnard Personal Injury Claim

Most personal injury cases are based on negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that refers to the idea that an individual or entity that caused you harm owed you a standard of care but failed to meet that standard. A successful personal injury case must prove the following four elements:

1. Duty of Care

Establishing a duty of care involves researching and investigating. Before you can recover financial compensation, your attorney must prove that the defendant (the party who harmed you) owed you a duty of care. The standard of care in California, is reasonable care. Individuals or entities that are legally responsible for a reasonable standard of care include:

  • Property owners
  • Drivers
  • Companies producing, selling, or manufacturing products

The duty to act with reasonable care to avoid harming others is a duty that generally applies to everyone and in most situations. However, to prove the defendant owed you a duty of care, your attorney must establish a relationship between you and the defendant, for instance, in a slip and fall accident. Your attorney can establish a duty of care by showcasing the relationship between a property owner and visitor.  

2. Breach of Duty

Proving a breach of duty of care goes hand-in-hand with proving the legal standard of care. The defendant’s breach is their negligent behavior, and they are legally responsible for any harm their negligence caused because they owed a duty to act with reasonable care. 

3. Causation

Once the duty of care and breach of duty is established, it must be proven that the breach is the actual and proximate cause for the harm you sustained. Proving that the harm you suffered was the direct result of the defendant’s negligence can require extensive investigation and documentation. Working with an experienced Oxnard personal injury lawyer is the best way to ensure you have everything you need to hold the negligent party accountable.

4. Damages

Damages are the monetary awards an injured person may receive as compensation for harm caused by a negligent party. To receive damages for the harm you suffered, your attorney must prove the existence of the harm and provide supporting evidence to back up the amount you are asking for in compensation. 

How an Oxnard Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, you might want to consider calling an experienced Oxnard personal injury lawyer. While you are entitled to fair compensation for the harm you’ve suffered, insurance companies, corporations, and other parties who are liable for the damages you seek to recover aim to protect their best interests, not yours. Working with a skilled attorney protects your right to fair compensation. An Oxnard personal injury lawyer helps with:

Providing Resources

An attorney can help ensure you are receiving the best possible medical care. They can also work with medical providers to put your bills on hold until your claim is finalized. Additionally, they can connect you with experts to help with your case. These experts may include medical and financial experts that can provide vital support for your claim. 

Calculating Damages

When pursuing compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit, you need to know how much your claim is worth. However, it can be challenging to understand the worth of your claim without a thorough investigation into current losses and future losses. An attorney can closely document your financial situation, the extent of your injury, and the extent of the damage you’ve suffered and will suffer in the future because of the accident. 

Negotiating on Your Behalf

Most personal injury claims are resolved through insurance negotiations and settlements. However, it’s rarely in your best interest to accept the first settlement offer. Usually, an insurance adjuster will offer a lower settlement and hope you accept. Insurers want to minimize their costs and protect themselves. A skilled and trusted Oxnard attorney will ensure you are not accepting any settlement offers that are not the maximum value of your claim.

Preparing for Trial 

If you and the insurance company are unable to agree upon a settlement, then the claim moves to civil court. Going to trial requires litigation experience. Working with an Oxnard personal injury lawyer will ensure you have someone in your corner who can prepare your claim for trial and fight for your legal right compensation.

Call Karns & Karns Personal Injury Lawyer in Oxnard Today

If you’ve been injured in an accident caused by someone’s negligence, our award-winning attorneys at Karns & Karns can help. Our personal injury attorneys have successfully represented thousands of clients and helped them achieve settlements and verdicts for millions of dollars. We are here to guide you through the legal process and help ensure you achieve the best possible outcome. Our goal is to help you get your life back on track and help you get the maximum compensation possible. 

Contact us at (888) 381-8044 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

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