Personal Injury

Riverside County Attorney Helping People Harmed by the Negligence of Others

Unexpected injuries often cause not only physical and emotional harm but also substantial economic losses. Usually, the accidents that cause sudden bodily harm are preventable and only occur due to reckless behavior, and those that carelessly hurt others should be held accountable. If you were injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you might be owed compensation, and you should meet with a lawyer to evaluate your potential claims. Joseph Richards of Law Office of Joseph Richards P.C. is a seasoned Riverside personal injury attorney. Personal injury lawyers may be able to craft compelling arguments on your behalf to provide you with a strong chance of obtaining a favorable result. We have offices in Santa Ana and Corona, and we frequently represent parties in personal injury matters in Riverside and San Bernardino County and throughout California.

Causes of Personal Injury in California

Numerous circumstances can lead to bodily harm, but some harmful incidents occur more frequently than others. For example, car, truck, and motorcycle accidents account for a large number of the injuries that occur in California each year. Incidents that happen in retail and dining establishments, like trip and fall accidents caused by uneven or damaged walking surfaces and slip and fall accidents caused by debris or liquid on the floor, frequently cause harm as well. Defective or dangerous products also hurt people, causing burns, lacerations, brain injuries, and other critical wounds. Personal injuries may also arise out of intentional acts, like assault, medical malpractice, and animal attacks. If you sustained harm, you should contact a personal injury attorney serving Riverside to determine whether you may have a potential claim.

Proving Liability in a Personal Injury Case

People who suffer harm often wish to pursue damages from the party responsible for their losses in a personal injury lawsuit. While the precise claims asserted will depend on the facts of the case, in most instances, the plaintiff will allege the defendant acted negligently. Under California law, to establish the defendant’s negligence, the plaintiff must first prove that the defendant owed them a duty, which may be to act with the care that a reasonable person would exercise under the circumstances, or an obligation imposed by law. Second, the plaintiff has to show that the defendant breached the duty owed in some manner. Finally, the plaintiff needs to prove that the defendant’s breach proximately caused the plaintiff to suffer actual harm. In other words, that the defendant’s behavior directly led to their injuries.

In many cases, the defendant will attempt to argue that the plaintiff’s carelessness caused or contributed to their alleged harm, and therefore, their claims should fail. In California, though, any negligence attributed to the plaintiff will merely offset the defendant’s liability but will not preclude them from recovering damages. For example, if a jury awards a plaintiff $100,000 but finds the plaintiff to be 25% at fault, compensation will be reduced to $75,000.

Compensation Awarded in Personal Injury Matters

A plaintiff that successfully demonstrates a defendant’s liability may be awarded a variety of damages. For example, they may be granted compensation for the economic losses they suffered due to the defendant’s negligence, like the cost of any medical care needed to treat their injuries or that they will need in the future, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses. They may also be awarded damages for the intangible losses they suffered because of their injuries, like pain and suffering, mental trauma, anxiety, and depression. If they were married when the accident occurred, their spouse might be able to recover damages for loss of consortium as well.

Confer With a Riverside Attorney Experienced in Handling Personal Injury Matters

People who suffer harm due to the careless acts of others have a right to pursue damages and should confer with an attorney as soon as possible. Joseph Richards of Law Office of Joseph Richards, P.C. is a skillful Riverside personal injury attorney who takes pride in advocating for those who suffer injuries because of the negligence of others, and if you engage his services, he will gather any evidence that will help you seek a favorable result. Our offices are located in Santa Ana and Corona, and we frequently help personal injury victims in lawsuits in Riverside and San Bernardino County and throughout California. You can reach us through our online form or at (844) 562-2667 to schedule a free and confidential conference.

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