An accident injury can be a devastating and overwhelming experience. The physical pain, emotional trauma, and financial costs can take a toll on your life, but you don't need to face the future alone.
If you were hurt in a personal injury accident in San Diego or Southern California, you need the help of an experienced San Diego personal injury lawyer.
At the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, APC, I understand the challenges you are going through and am here to help protect your rights and recover the compensation you deserve.
Types of Personal Injury Accident Cases in San Diego and Southern California
Personal injury accidents can occur due to many negligent actions, and more than one party may be responsible for your injuries. As a knowledgeable San Diego injury attorney, I assist victims in pursuing the following types of personal injury claims:
- Car accidents. A driver's negligence often causes car crashes. Distracted driving, intoxication, speeding, and aggressive driving are some ways motorists cause these tragic wrecks. Victims can suffer severe injuries and significant property damage.
- Truck accidents. Collisions involving commercial trucks can be catastrophic due to their size and weight. Truck crashes may be caused by driver fatigue, drunk driving, speeding, weaving between lanes, inadequate maintenance, or overloading. In many wrecks, many liable parties face the responsibility of compensating the victim.
- Motorcycle accidents. Motorcyclists are less visible to other drivers and can suffer life-altering injuries in a crash. Motorists cause many motorcycle accidents by failing to yield, following too closely, driving while drunk, or texting or talking on their cellphones while driving.
- Pedestrian accidents. Negligent drivers who speed, fail to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks or intersections, or are distracted can cause devastating pedestrian accidents.
- Bicycle accidents. Motorists have a duty to share the road with bicycle riders. Unfortunately, they cause collisions when they speed, fail to yield, engage in distracted driving, and open vehicle doors without looking.
- Dog bite injuries. Under California's strict liability laws, dog owners can face liability if their dog bites someone. Victims can suffer life-altering injuries in a dog attack.
- Child injuries. Slip and fall, car, pedestrian, truck, and bicycle accidents are a few ways children are injured due to someone's negligence. A skilled San Diego injury lawyer can ensure the special procedures for settling a child injury claim are followed.
- Wrongful death. Surviving family members may recover compensation through a wrongful death claim if a loved one was tragically killed because of an individual's or business's negligence.
Common Injuries Caused in Southern California Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury accidents can cause severe injuries that require expensive medical treatments and may impact an individual's ability to work. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury can cause long-lasting effects on the victim's memory, concentration, mobility, vision, and more, affecting their ability to work, care for their personal needs, and quality of life.
- Spinal and spinal cord injuries. Spinal injuries can cause chronic pain, movement limitations, and paralysis, requiring lifelong medical care and support.
- Back and neck injuries. People with back and neck injuries, such as whiplash, can experience chronic pain and limited mobility, impacting their daily activities and work capabilities.
- Fractures. Victims of a personal injury accident can suffer broken bones and more serious fractures that may require surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
- Burns. Car, truck, and motorcycle accident victims can suffer severe burns if their vehicle catches fire. These burns can cause permanent scarring and emotional trauma, necessitating extensive medical treatment and rehabilitation.
- Amputations. Having a limb amputated due to an accident can significantly impact a person's life, requiring adaptive aids and psychological support.
- Internal organ damage. Internal injuries and bleeding can be life-threatening. However, these injuries are not always immediately apparent, making prompt medical attention crucial.
Types of Compensation You Can Recover After a Personal Injury Accident
California law entitles you to compensation if you have been hurt in a personal injury accident caused by someone else's negligence. A San Diego injury attorney can value your claim and fight with the negligent party's insurance company for the damages you deserve. Types of compensation you may recover include:
- Medical expenses. You are entitled to be reimbursed for past and future medical costs, including hospitalization, surgeries, doctor appointments, physical therapy, prescription medications, and assistive aids.
- Lost wages. You should also receive reimbursement for the income lost while recovering from your injuries. If you are permanently disabled or must take a pay cut due to your injuries, you may also be compensated for lost earning capacity damages.
- Property damages. The negligent party should reimburse you for repairing or replacing your vehicle or other personal property damaged in the personal injury accident.
- Pain and suffering. Non-economic damages can compensate you for the physical pain, emotional trauma, and reduced quality of life caused by the accident.
- Wrongful death damages. In wrongful death cases, surviving family members may obtain compensation for funeral expenses, loss of financial support, and emotional suffering.