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Chula Vista Personal Injury Attorneys

Personal injury lawsuits are among the most common civil actions taken in the United States. Whenever a person or party causes injury to another, the injured victim has the right to sue for damages to cover his or her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any other losses resulting from the incident. While some personal injury incidents may appear straightforward at first, lawsuits can quickly turn into complicated affairs.

Why Do I Need an Personal Injury Law Firm?

It’s rare that an injured plaintiff can represent his or her own case at trial. While attempting to go this route may save plaintiffs in legal fees, it is always preferable for plaintiffs in Chula Vista to retain the services of a reliable, experienced personal injury attorney. Attorneys have the legal training and experience to show clients all possible avenues of compensation. While the average person may be able to successfully represent his or her side of a lawsuit before a judge, he or she will likely overlook some potential types of compensation, miss crucial deadlines for filing documents with the court, or be unaware of legal concepts that may impact the case.

If legal fees concern you, The Law Offices of Howard Kitay represent every client on a contingency fee basis. This means that plaintiffs only owe our firm a fee if they win their cases. Legal battles can be complex, time-consuming, and incredibly stressful without the right representation. Citizens of Chula Vista who have suffered injuries and damages due to other people’s actions need aggressive, experienced legal representation to secure the compensation they deserve.

Building a Personal Injury Claim

Personal injury law hinges on negligence. If another person or party caused you injury or damage, you’ll only be able to secure compensation if you can prove the damages resulted from reckless actions, carelessness, or general negligence. Proving negligence to the court requires establishing three basic facts:

  • The defendant (the party being sued) owed the plaintiff (the party suing) a duty to act with reasonable care. For example, this could mean placing “wet floor” signs on a freshly mopped, slippery surface.
  • The defendant breached this duty by some action, or in some cases, inaction. Following the previous example, this could mean failing to place warning signs about the wet floor.
  • The plaintiff suffered actual injury or losses, and those damages resulted directly from the defendant’s actions. In some cases, a judge may consider a plaintiff as partially at fault for an accident. In these situations, the state’s comparative negligence laws come into play.

California follows a comparative negligence law, meaning injured plaintiffs only receive compensation in proportion to their percentage of fault. For example, if a judge deems a plaintiff 25% at fault for an incident, his or her compensation drops by 25%. For a $100,000 lawsuit, the plaintiff would receive $75,000 due to his or her share of the fault for the incident.

Winning Your Injury Case

Depending on the type of injuries and damages you suffered from your incident, the compensation you receive may include:

  • Medical expenses, including emergency transportation, surgical fees, and long-term rehabilitation costs.
  • Pain and suffering. A judge will hear expert witness testimony to determine the severity of a plaintiff’s injuries and award an appropriate figure.
  • Lost wages. You can sue for the income you would have earned if an injury prevented you from working for an extended time.
  • Property damage. You can also sue for the cost of repair or replacement of any personal property damaged in an incident, such as your vehicle or personal effects.
  • Punitive damages. In some cases, judges award punitive damages to discourage similar behaviors in the future.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Howard Kitay want our Chula Vista clients to receive the compensation they deserve after a damaging incident. When other people or companies are reckless or put others at risk through negligent acts, it’s vital to hold them accountable. When you work with the Law Offices of Howard Kitay, we’ll take the time to fully explore the facts of your case so we can help you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact our team today for a free consultation about your personal injury case.

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