Personal injury law allows you to be compensated when you have been injured due to someone else’s intentional or negligent actions.  There are several different types of personal injury cases.  If you are considering moving forward with a personal injury case, it is a good idea to speak with an attorney who regularly practices personal injury law.  There is a time limit, called the statute of limitations, during which you must file your personal injury case, so it is important to contact an attorney right away.  If your case is not filed in time, you can lose any right to compensation.  There are also differences in the law when it comes to minors, so take care to move forward with your case as soon as possible.

California personal injury attorney Johann Hall has years of experience successfully handling many different types of personal injury cases.  Our office offers free consultations for injury cases.  Contact California attorney Johann Hall today to get started on your personal injury case.

Car Accidents

Car accidents tend to be the most common type of personal injury cases.  Accidents happen on the road every day due to negligent drivers.  If you have gotten hurt in a car accident and the other driver was at fault, you can bring a personal injury case against the negligent driver to recover compensation for your medical bills and lost time at work, as well as compensation for pain and suffering.  Car accident cases range from intersection collisions to rear-end accidents.  Car collisions involving a pedestrian also fall within this category.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Another common type of personal injury case is a slip and fall accident.  Slip and fall cases are exactly what they sound like—a person suffers an injury after slipping and falling on the premises of a business or a home owned by someone else.  Most slip and fall cases will be pursued against businesses or corporations, and whether you have a successful outcome or not will heavily depend on the facts of the case. 

California is a comparative negligence state, which means that your compensation may be reduced by the portion you were found to be at fault for the incident.  You may be considered to share in the fault of your injury if you fall in an area with a dangerous condition that you should have been aware of, or if there were reasonable steps taken by the property owner to warn you of the condition which caused your injury (such as a wet floor sign). 

Even if your case does not go to trial, if the facts indicate that you may have partially been at fault for your injury, it may still affect a settlement in your case.  This is another reason why it is important to have an attorney knowledgeable in personal injury cases on your side.

Dog Bites

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California personal injury law also includes dog bite cases.  Generally, the owner of a dog is financially liable for bites and some other injuries that their dog causes to other people.  In California, there is strict liability for the dog owner.  Strict liability means that as long as you (as the injured plaintiff) were bitten by the dog, and that you were either in a public location or lawfully in a private place when you were bitten, then the dog owner will be financially responsible.

Bicycle Accidents

Another type of personal injury case involves bicycle accidents.  Car accidents involving bicyclists can lead to extremely serious injuries, even death. In 2017 alone, 62 people were hit and killed by vehicles while riding bicycles. Bicyclists have the same rights on the road as drivers of vehicles do; however, a collision between the two almost certainly will cause severe injuries to the bicyclist due to the lack of protection they have when riding a bike as compared to the driver of the vehicle.

Determining who is at-fault for a bicycle accident can be more complex than it may seem. This is because even if the driver contributed to causing the accident, there may be other liable entities under the law. For example, you may have a claim against the city or government agency that was responsible for maintaining the roadway on which you were injured. This is why it is very important, like in most personal injury cases, to hire an experienced attorney to handle your case. Because personal injury cases can be complicated, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney about your injuries if you are considering filing a case for any type of personal injuries.  Contact attorney Johann Hall today at (707) 360-8717 to schedule your free consultation and get start.