Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer

If someone’s recklessness or carelessness caused you harm, you might be able to hold them accountable. Personal injury law is a section of civil law that holds individuals and entities liable for the harm they cause others. Victims can pursue monetary compensation for physical, emotional, and financial losses through an insurance claim or court verdict.

Accidents usually happen without warning, leading to a victim becoming temporarily or permanently disabled. Unfortunately, serious injuries can also lead to tremendous medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs for victims. If someone’s negligence has harmed you or a loved one, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. A Sacramento personal injury lawyer has the knowledge and experience to help investigate your claim thoroughly and work to secure the compensation you owed to you.

What Is Negligence in a Personal Injury Case?

Negligence and liability are two legal terms crucial to the personal injury process. Most personal injury cases prove liability on the grounds of negligence. Liability refers to the responsibility that the negligent party has to pay for the victim’s damages. Negligence refers to the actions or inactions of the negligent party which led to the accident and the harm the victim sustained.  Proving negligence requires that four elements be proven.

Duty of Care

Duty of care is a legal concept encompassing individuals’ and entities’ responsibility to exercise reasonable care to avoid causing someone harm. A successful personal injury case establishes a relationship between the victim and the negligent party. This relationship is used to prove that the negligent party owed the victim a duty of reasonable care.

Breach of Duty

When someone fails to exercise the legal standard of care appropriate for the circumstances of the incident, they breach their duty of care. That breach is often the negligent act that caused the accident and harmed to the victim. 

Causation

Causation refers to the cause and effect of someone’s injuries. A person may be injured in an accident, but they must prove that the negligent party caused those injuries. While it may seem to be a reasonably straightforward task, proving that a negligent party’s actions were the direct or proximate cause of your injuries can sometimes be quite challenging. 

Damages

Damages are the monetary award injured people may receive as compensation caused by a negligent party. Damages can also refer to the injuries the person sustained because of the accident.

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Most Common Personal Injury Cases

A person can file a personal injury claim when the harm they suffered occurred in an accident caused by another person or entity’s actions or inactions. These kinds of accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time, and often have severe physical, emotional, and financial consequences for the victim. The most common personal injury cases are: 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents are the most common type of personal injury cases. These kinds of cases arise when negligent drivers cause accidents that injure other drivers, pedestrians, bikers, or others on the road. Typical negligent behavior that causes car accidents include:

  • Speeding
  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Fatigued driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Road rage
  • Running intersections
  • Running red lights
  • Not stopping at stop signs
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Wrong-way driving
  • Improper turns

Drivers who fail to meet their legal standard of care and act negligently should be held accountable for the harm they cause. If you have been in a car accident, contact a Sacramento car accident attorney to pursue your legal right to compensation.

Premises Liability 

Premises liability cases arise when someone is harmed due to the unsafe conditions of someone’s property. While slip-and-fall accidents are the most common type of premises liability cases, there are many other types, including:

  • Dog bites and other animal attacks
  • Amusement park accidents
  • Escalator or elevator injuries
  • Building or construction accidents
  • Inadequate or negligent security
  • Criminal attacks
  • Injuries from a fire, such as burns or smoke inhalation
  • Inadequate or non-existent fire alarms in rental properties
  • Accidents leading to wrongful death
  • Parking lot trip and falls
  • Swimming pool drowning or fall accidents
  • Exposure to hazardous materials

Property owners are responsible for maintaining their property in a reasonably safe condition. When their property is a danger to potential visitors and they fail to do anything to fix the issue or warn visitors, they could be held liable for damages.

Product Liability 

Product liability cases arise when an individual or company distributes, produces, or sells a dangerous or defective product. A person could file a product liability claim if they are harmed by:

  • Defective toys
  • Defective car parts
  • Defective truck parts
  • Unsafe drugs
  • Defective medical devices
  • Products with toxic materials or chemicals
  • Defective disability aid devices 

Companies or individuals who sell, produce, or distribute products are legally responsible for ensuring their products are reasonably safe for consumers. 

Wrongful Death

Families might be able to file a wrongful death claim if their loved one died because of someone’s negligence. 

How a Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

Having a Sacramento personal injury lawyer on your side can be beneficial in numerous ways. A skilled and trusted personal injury lawyer can:

  • Explain your legal rights and options for recovering money for your injury claim
  • Protect you from bad faith insurance tactics
  • Help you avoid mistakes that could hurt your claim
  • Investigate your accident case
  • Gather evidence to prove fault and liability
  • Identify all liable parties for your injuries
  • File insurance claims
  • Handle all communication with the insurance provider
  • Work with experts to assist with the case
  • Help you document your damages
  • Calculate the maximum value for your personal injury claim
  • Negotiate a fair settlement for your injury claim
  • Negotiate with medical providers and health insurance providers to lower medical liens and subrogation claims 
  • File a personal injury lawsuit, if necessary

If someone’s negligence has harmed you, you deserve to receive fair compensation. A Sacramento personal injury lawyer will know what to do to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve and hold the liable party responsible. 

Consult with Our Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer at Karns & Karns

Karns & Karns has years of experience helping Sacramento residents recover the compensation they deserve. Our personal injury lawyers understand the complex nature of personal injury accidents and know how to build a strong claim to help ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. We will work tirelessly to recover the maximum value of your claim and are ready to go to trial if necessary. 

You call (888) 381-8044 or fill out our contact form to speak with one of our attorneys today and find out the best approach for your claim. 

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