Mission Viejo Lawyers
If you or a loved one has been injured in a Mission Viejo personal injury accident, you may have a number of questions. The following list of questions and answers is meant to help you understand your legal rights and options. To discuss the specifics of your personal injury case, please call an experienced California personal injury lawyer who can provide you with a free consultation on your legal options.
Most Dangerous Intersection in Mission Viejo**
Last 5 Years:
- 78 Accidents
- 59 Injuries
- 0 Deaths
City of Mission Viejo
- Population: 96346
- Avg Annual Auto Injuries per 1,000: 5
- Mission Viejo Crime Index* 70
Nearby Cities Crime Indices*:
- Laguna Hills: 119.1
- Lake Forest: 97.2
- Rancho Santa Margarita: 44.7
- Laguna Woods: 54.2
More Unsafe Intersections in Mission Viejo**
- Accidents: 65
- Injuries: 43
- Deaths: 0
- Accidents: 85
- Injuries: 40
- Deaths: 0
- Accidents: 83
- Injuries: 35
- Deaths: 0
What is a personal injury claim?
A personal injury claim is a civil lawsuit that an injured victim of an accident can file against the negligent or at-fault party who caused their injuries. If, for example, a speeding driver caused your injuries, you can file a personal injury claim to hold him or her accountable for the losses you have sustained as a result of that incident.
Who else may be held liable for my losses?
Every case is different and there are a large number of potentially liable parties. At-fault drivers can be held liable for their actions. The owners of dangerous properties can be held responsible for the injuries suffered in slip-and-fall accidents on their properties. The manufacturers of defective products can be held accountable for the damages their products cause. Nursing homes that foster an environment of abuse and neglect can also be held liable for their wrongdoing.
What is my personal injury claim worth?
The point of Tort Law is to return the victim to how they were before this accident. This means that all related losses suffered in an accident can be recovered through civil litigation. If you want to know how much your claim may be worth, a knowledgeable Mission Viejo personal injury lawyer may be able to help. Each case is unique.
What damages may be included in a personal injury claim?
Current and future medical bills, hospitalization, the cost of rehabilitation services and prescription medications are just some of the items that may be included in a personal injury lawsuit. Current and future wages lost while healing should be included as well. If the injuries resulted in a disability, additional compensation should be available. In cases involving serious injuries, compensation may be available for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
How do you calculate non-financial losses?
Losses such as physical pain and mental suffering can be included in an injury claim. It is not easy to calculate losses that do not have a set monetary value, but a skilled attorney can review similar recent settlements to estimate how much may be claimed. In general, the largest non-financial settlements involve the most severe injuries.
Can I file a claim even if I was partially responsible for the accident?
The amount of compensation that may be available to you is directly related to the degree to which you were responsible for the accident. This is called comparative negligence or comparative fault. During the claim process, your carelessness may be compared to the carelessness of the defendant. When both parties are equally at fault, half of the losses suffered may be covered through litigation.
How long do I have to file a claim?
A statute of limitations is how much time can pass before a victim can no longer file a claim. In California, injury victims must file a claim within two years of the incident. A wrongful death claim must be filed within two years of death. Medical malpractice claims must be filed within three years of the incident. In general, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced Mission Viejo attorney as soon as possible.
Do you need an attorney?
Many injured victims of Mission Viejo accidents are offered inadequate settlements for their losses. Acceptance of a settlement or rushing into an agreement will negate the claimant’s ability to pursue further compensation. Therefore, it is important to discuss a claim with an attorney before accepting it. It is also useful to speak with an attorney if you fear that your claim is going to be denied. Is the insurance company hard to get a hold of? Are your calls not being returned? Has the at-fault party refused responsibility? An experienced and skilled attorney can do the heavy lifting for you and protect your legal options.
The knowledgeable Mission Viejo personal injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys have a long and successful track record of protecting the rights of injured victims. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, please contact us to obtain more information about pursuing your legal rights.
- City of Mission Viejo Information Center
- Mission Viejo Police Department
- Mission Viejo Fire Authority
- Mission Viejo Department of Education
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