Bei einem Verkehrsunfall ist man schnell auch im Bereich des Strafrechts, weshalb professioneller Beistand unabdingbar ist!
Angenommen bei einem harmlos erscheinenden Auffahrunfall behauptet der Unfallgegner, dass Sie bspw. mit Ihrem Handy beschäftigt waren und deshalb Hauptverantwortlicher des Unfalls sind, obwohl man Ihrem Fahrzeug aufgefahren ist.
For cases where the personal injury suit is due to the breach of a contract, the Statute of Limitations is 4 years for written contracts, and 2 years for oral contracts. For claims against a government agency, the suit must be filed within 6 months (1 year for certain cases) of the incident. For a more in-depth list various offenses and their specific Statute of Limitations, check out the California Court System’s guide.
Types of Damages
The types of damages that can be claimed in a personal injury suit vary widely depending on the individual case. Here is a run down of some common types of damages:
- Compensation for medical bills accrued due to the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages as a result of the injury
- Emotional distress
- Wrongful death
Shared Fault Laws
Shared fault, or comparative fault, is the most common defense to personal injury suits. Shared fault raises the claim that the injured party is in part to blame for the harm occurred, typically through negligence. In the state of California, if shared fault can be identified, the amount of compensation the injured party is entitled to receive may be reduced by the amount that equal to the percentage of fault for the accident.
Dog Attacks – “Strict Liability”
While most states carry a “one-bite rule”, in which the dog’s owner is not held liable for a bite so long as the dog has never bitten or shown aggressive tendencies before, the state of California classifies dog bites under “Strict Liability”. This means that regardless of the dog’s previous behavior, the owner is liable for any injury it might cause.