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Personal Injury Law & Claims

If you are injured as a result of the intentional reckless or careless (negligent) conduct of another person, company or government entity, you may have a claim against that party for damages. If you retain attorney Donald N. Hubbard to recover money for your damages, his fees are paid from a percentage of your general damages (33%-40%). If you do not recover damages, you will owe Donald N. Hubbard nothing for his services.

 

Damages

Special Damages are claimed for medical expenses, damage to property, lost wages and other incidental out-of-pocket expenses caused by the offending party.

General damages are claimed for pain, suffering, inconvenience, emotional distress and mental or physical disabilities caused by the offending party.

 

Types of Personal Injury Claims

Claims for personal injuries can arise from slip & fall accidents, motor vehicle collisions, defective products, dog bites, professional negligence and a variety of other causes.

Most personal injury claims are paid by insurance companies insuring the offending party. In California, every licensed driver of a motor vehicle must have liability insurance. The law also requires liability insurance for the motorist who is attempting to collect general damages from another motorist. It is important to maintain good automobile liability insurance coverage for the extent of your personal assets.

Medical payments coverage should be maintained on your automobile insurance policy. It has proven to be the best bargain in medical insurance to cover medical bills arising from an auto accident. Medical payments coverage and comprehensive coverage (collision damage/theft) is paid in California for claims regardless of who is at fault.

 

Statute of Limitations

In California, the Statute of Limitations limits the amount of time an injured party has to settle their claim or file a lawsuit against the offending party. These periods of limitation vary according to the type of injury claim. Once the limitation time has expired for settling the claim or filing a lawsuit, you will be forever barred from recovering any money damages for your injuries. You should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer such as Donald N. Hubbard regarding the statute of limitations for your particular claim.

 
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This information is intended to answer questions of general interest for people in California only. It should not be construed as legal advice. For specific advice, please consult your attorney.