Santa Barbara Personal Injury Lawyer
To determine if you have a personal injury case, it is first important to understand what defines a personal injury case. Personal injury lawsuits are filed by injured people or their representatives, due to the negligence of someone else.
Negligence may be described as a failure to act with proper or reasonable caution or care. An example may be a motorist on the road. A person driving a car has an obligation to obey traffic laws and to act with reasonable caution for the safety of others. If a driver is texting while driving, drives while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or takes his or her eyes off the road for any reason, and an accident occurs as a result, this may provide sufficient grounds to hold that driver accountable for any resulting injuries.
Negligence can take on many forms, so it is important to talk to your Santa Barbara personal injury attorney about the circumstances surrounding your accident and injuries to see how negligence may have been involved and what party (or parties) can be held legally responsible for your injuries.
Compensation in a Personal Injury Claim
Your injury may be either a physical injury or emotional harm and it may arise from many sources or types of conduct. Common types of personal injury cases include slip and fall accidents, vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, and product liability. Generally speaking, the goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to require the at-fault party to compensate the injured person for their losses.
Compensation awarded in a personal injury claim may include money for:
- Medical expenses
- Future medical treatment
- Physical therapy
- Assistive or prosthetic devices
- In-home care, if needed
- Loss of earnings
- Loss of future earnings
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Other emotional trauma