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Personal Injury California

If you’ve been injured in an accident, or on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation. But US personal injury law is not consistent across all states. In fact, there’s nothing whatsoever in federal law about personal injury. Personal injury cases are decided on the basis of tort law, which varies by state.

So, what if you’ve been injured in the state of California? Or what if you’re being sued for personal injury? Here’s a quick guide to what you should expect.

California Tort Law is Based on Comparative Fault

In most states, tort law falls into two different categories: fault, and no fault. In a fault state, the person who is directly responsible for the accident is responsible for paying all related bills. For example, if someone is injured on your property in a fault state, you have to pay all their medical bills. Conversely, in a no-fault estate, a person’s insurance company is responsible for paying the bills.

California is a bit of an oddball. It’s a comparative fault state, which means that a judge or jury must decide what percentage of fault each person is responsible for. So, for example, if you’re in an accident, and the judge finds you 25 percent at fault, you will pay 25 percent of your medical bills, and the balance will be paid by the other driver’s insurance company.

California Insurance Companies Have Generous Deadlines

When you’re injured in an accident, you need to notify the other person’s insurance company. In the most common case, an auto accident, this would be an auto insurance company. The company will then have 15 days to acknowledge your claim. Within this period, expect to get a call from an actuary who will ask you questions about your claim. They will ask to record your answers, but California is a two-party consent state. You don’t have to let them record if you don’t want to.

The company will then have 40 days to either accept your claim or deny it. Most likely, they will offer you a settlement for less than your actual damages. To get a more fair payment, you should contact an attorney. The attorney can negotiate on your half to get a better deal. Either way, once a settlement has been reached, the company will have 30 days to pay you. In the event that you can’t reach an acceptable settlement, you’ll need to proceed with a lawsuit.

The California Statute of Limitations is Three Years

Not all injuries are immediately apparent. For example, a back injury such as a slipped disk can take months or even years to fully manifest. In California, you have up to three years to file a personal injury claim. A court can waive this requirement under certain circumstances, but you’ll need a qualified attorney to get that done.

Your Odds are Better With an Attorney

Regardless of whether you’re filing a claim or being sued, it’s a good idea to hire an attorney. The fact is that insurance companies have staffs of high-powered corporate lawyers who know insurance law like the back of their hands.

Odds are, you don’t have the legal expertise to take on this challenge by yourself. You need a professional attorney, someone who knows tort law just as well as the insurance company’s team. By hiring the right law firm, like the KJT Law Group, you’ll be well-equipped to handle any challenge the big corporate teams can throw at you.

If you’re in need of assistance, contact us online for a free consultation. Alternatively, you can email us at info@KJTLawGroup.com, or call us at (818)-507-8525. Our team is ready and willing to help you can get the justice you deserve.

Personal Injury in California

Being injured, even relatively mild injuries can cause serious disruption to your life and overall wellbeing. Personal injury laws exist to help people make a claim against the costs and disruption caused by an injury when that injury was caused by someone else’s carelessness, negligence, or recklessness.

In some cases, omitting critical information that causes someone to be injured, or even come kinds of intentional acts that cause someone to be injured, can both fall under personal injury law.

Personal Injury cases aren’t criminal cases in California. Instead, Personal Injury laws provide a way for victims to press civil liability to recoup financial, physical, and emotional losses.

While a personal injury suit can’t help you heal faster or undo the damage, successfully pressing a personal injury case can help you get the resources you need for medical bills, and may also cover lost income and assign a monetary compensation for pain and suffering.

What Falls Under Personal Injury Law in California?

One of the most important things you need to know about personal injury law is what kinds of situations qualify for personal injury cases. There are many situations that might justify a personal injury case, and it’s likely that many people don’t receive adequate compensation because they don’t know that they have a good case.

Of course, every case depends on the details, which can be best evaluated by a lawyer. But if you find yourself in one of these situations, or a similar situation, it’s a good idea to contact us for a consultation to see if you have a good case.

Common Personal Injury Claims:

  • Auto Accidents
  • Bike Accidents
  • Dog bite cases
  • Medical Malpractice (may also fall under other legal categories, depending on the case)
    • Medical malpractice suits also have strict reporting requirements. If you suspect you might have been a victim of medical malpractice, you must contact a lawyer as quickly as possible.
  • Manufacturing defects that caused injury to the consumer
  • Negligence directly resulting in injury
  • Slip and Fall accidents (in public and private spaces)
  • Construction accidents
  • Etc…

These kinds of claims aren’t cut and dry. While you might have a situation that looks like a personal injury case, there might be mitigating circumstances that change the situation.

For instance, dog bite cases might be harder to pursue if the victim was actively antagonizing the dog immediately before being bitten. If you’re bitten by a dog on a property with guard dog signs or other warnings of a potentially aggressive or anti-intruder trained animal, that may also affect your case.

Here’s another example. Your friend is renovating their house and knows that one area of the floor is weak and can’t be walked across yet. You come over to visit, walk across the damaged section of floor, and it gives way. You fall and are injured in the process. Your friend might be liable if they didn’t tell you the floor was weak.

But if your friend told you, and you walked across the floor anyway, they probably aren’t liable for the injury.

That’s because your friend might be considered negligent if they didn’t tell you, but if they did, it’s likely that they would be considered to have taken reasonable precautions to prevent the injury from happening.

Understanding Negligence:

California uses a pure comparative system of negligence. That’s because there are different levels of fault in different personal injury cases. Sometimes the defendant may be deemed 100% liable for the injury.

But if multiple parties were negligent, liability is spread between them according to how responsible each individual was for the injury.

The person who is injured in a personal injury suit can also be considered partially liable if they didn’t listen to warnings or posted signage or ignored obvious indicators of risk.

The Statute of Limitations:

California has a 2-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims. Some, like medical malpractice claims, have much shorter periods, and you’ll need to move faster in those cases.

Also, if the defendant is a government entity, under California state law you only have six months to file an injury claim and may have to follow additional procedures to press your claim.

California also protects you if you don’t immediately realize that you’re injured. If you discover an injury later, and that delay makes it difficult to file your injury claim within the statute of limitations, you may qualify for an extended statute of limitations. In that situation, you have up to 1 year after discovering the injury to file your claim.

Getting a Trusted Opinion:

Personal injury cases are many and varied, and if you don’t have the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer it can be almost impossible to know if you have a good claim. KTJ Law Group offers free case evaluations specifically to help you decide if you want to move forward with a case.

Having an experienced and professional team will help ensure you get the compensation you deserve and help clear the roadblocks along the way. Call us at (818) 507-8525, or email info@KJTLawGroup.com to get started with a case evaluation.

The sooner you reach out, the sooner we can help.

Wrongful Death

The wrongful death of a family member can feel debilitating, scary, and stressful. The comfort of your loved one is gone and so is their financial and emotional support.

However, in your case fits the criteria for wrongful death under California law, you may be entitled to compensation.

The California wrongful death law, (under Civil Code of Procedure 377.60,) allows particular family members of the deceased to collect damages in the case that the deceased passed due to someone else’s wrongful actions.

This law is similar to that of action taken due to “loss of consortium,” which is an action taken when a spouse or legal domestic partner is left without the intimacy, companionship, and livelihood of a partner who is still living, but unable to provide those features due to someone else’s wrongful act.

In case of a wrongful death action, the surviving family can request to have damages recovered. These damages can include funeral expenses, income the deceased would have provided the surviving, and compensation for loss of companionship to the surviving.

Who Can Sue For Wrongful Death Under California Law?

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Wage Theft

In a proper employer/employee relationship, your employer should be expected to pay you your earned wages and overtime payments on time. Moreover, your employer should be expected to provide you with proper rest periods during your shift and allow you to report expenditures made out of your pocket on the business’ behalf.

 

But unfortunately, not every employer is willing to play by these rules. When an employer in California fails to abide by these worker protection standards, they commit what is known as “wage theft.” Through both small and large actions, wage theft can severely impact an employee’s ability to earn their rightful pay as well as work in an environment that respects their work-based contributions.

 

Wage theft is more common than you might think in California. In fact, you may have already been a victim of wage theft without ever noticing it. That kind of injustice need not stand. Under California law, you are protected from wage theft through special legislation. In addition, victims of wage theft in California have the right to bring legal action against their employer with the support of skilled workers’ rights litigators.

 

Whatever path you choose, it is important that you fully understand wage theft and the California laws associated with it. Read on to learn more about this pernicious practice and the effects it can have on a worker like you:

 

What is Wage Theft?

 

In essence, “wage theft” can be described as the willful denial of wages (or any form of earned payment) or employee benefits that are owed to an employee overtime. Wage theft can take on many forms, including the failure the pay overtime wages and the misclassification of employees. Forcing an employee to work “off the clock” also constitutes wage theft in one of its most pervasive forms.

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Slip and Fall Accident

Just because you’ve fallen while visiting a local business does not automatically qualify you for compensation in a civil claims court. Since the process of hiring an attorney and establishing a case can be costly and time-consuming, you need to know how slip and fall injury claims work to build a successful case.

Use this guide to the types of slip and fall injuries to understand how the cause of your fall can change who is responsible for the damages. By being able to decide negligence in your slip and fall injury case, you and your attorney can take the best possible course of action to get you the compensation you deserve.

Maintenance issue

If your injury was caused by a lack of maintenance in a key area of the store or property you were visiting, the manager or property owner could be liable.

If a loose carpet, floorboard, tile, platform, or step caused you to slip and fall, your attorney can easily make the case that a lack of maintenance reveals negligence on the part of the property owner and should prove your case. This also applies to ruts and potholes on a property, provided the area was intended for customer use.

On that note, this idea of intention is important in all aspects of a slip and fall injury case since going somewhere that was not intended for customer use will void your claim. You cannot be compensated for slipping and falling in an employees-only area if it was clearly marked.

Wet floor injuries

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Worker’s Compensation Claims During COVID-19

The current pandemic has left many employees in ambiguous situations. While some essential workers are still required to report to their physical place of work, others have taken up working at home to still meet their deadlines and bring in income. After all, many Californians have been ordered by recent laws to shelter in place to avoid spreading COVID-19.

At first glance, many businesses might think they will have to handle fewer workers’ compensation claims because fewer individuals are physically reporting to the office. Many employees might also believe they can no longer file claims for the same reason. In fact, the potential for a decrease in claims influenced the decision of Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s Order of April 13, 2020. The Order requires insurers to refund certain business and individual premiums.

But will there be a decrease in claims, and what can you, as an individual do if you experience a work-related injury at home?

Read on to find out.

The Current Legal Standard

Throughout the majority of the state of California, an employee must suffer an injury or disease that causes disability or creates the need for medical treatment while at work or while completing tasks for work. The employee does not need to prove their employer was negligent. Injuries or diseases could be caused by single incidents or from long term exposure or repetitive traumatic injury. Usually, a non-occupational disease is not compensable – such as a cold or flu. It is also important to note injuries at work may not be compensable if the employee is intoxicated, self-inflicted the trauma, engaged in a physical altercation, sustained the injuries during a felony, or were participating in a voluntary off-duty activity like an office football match.

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Workers Compensation in California

Workers Compensation in California

If you’ve been hurt on the job, it’s important to understand your rights. These rights can vary from state to state, so California law is what matters here. In the State of California, the workers compensation system works on a no-fault basis.

This system is designed to benefit both workers and employers. Instead of having to take your employer to court to prove that your injury was their fault, you only need to prove that you were hurt on the job. So, what are you entitled to? Let’s take a closer look.

What You’re Entitled to Under Workers Compensation

California workers are covered for all medical treatments related to workplace-related injuries. In addition to medical treatment, workers are also covered for the cost of any evaluations. Prescription drugs, transportation, and even medical aid devices like wheelchairs are also covered.

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Work Injury

Injured on the job? Don’t worry about being unable to pay your medical bills just yet – you have options! Chances are your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, as it’s a state-mandated program that provides benefits to people just like you. This being said, some workplaces are less than cooperative when it comes to ensuring their employees get the coverage they deserve. Top workers’ compensation attorneys can guarantee that your case wins if and when it goes to court.

What is Workers’ Compensation?

In a nutshell, workers’ compensation is an insurance program that most places of employment are required to have in the event that one of their employees is injured either on the job or as a result of actions taken during their job’s duties. This way, employees don’t have to pay for their medical expenses out of their own pockets. They can rely on insurance coverage to handle these burdens while they recover.

When Does Workers’ Compensation Apply?

In California and beyond, workers’ compensation insurance applies whenever:

  • injuries sustained by an individual are a direct result of duties on the job
  • injuries are sustained away from work but when dealing with work-related issues
  • injuries that appear while not at work but which were obtained as a direct result of work-related stresses or activities

This is a pretty broad umbrella, but it’s great news for you since it means that your work-related health issues likely fall under workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

What Are Some Examples?

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Personal Injury Attorney

What is a Personal Injury Case?

In a nutshell, a personal injury case can be claimed whenever one person is harmed from an accident or injury because of the actions of another person. The accident doesn’t have to be intentional, of course. But someone could still be on the hook for personal injury medical expenses and more under many circumstances.

Personal injuries can be devastating to those who suffer them. These types of claims cover a wide variety of injuries and ills, including:

  • broken bones
  • slip and fall injuries
  • burn injuries
  • automobile accidents and associated injuries
  • traumatic brain injuries
  • and much more

As a result, those who suffer personal injuries may need to press a claim against another individual in order to receive damages to help them recover from the incident.

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Rideshare UBER LYFT ACCIDENT KJT LAW GROUP

When you’re driving yourself and get in an accident, your insurance will typically cover you for any personal injuries. Similarly, if you’re taking a taxi, you’ll be covered by the taxi company’s insurance. But what if you’re taking an Uber, a Lyft, or another rideshare vehicle? These are new, uncharted waters. Thankfully, there are already laws in place to keep you protected. Here’s what you need to know about insurance coverage in a rideshare vehicle.

What California Requires

In the state of California, rideshare companies are required to provide certain protections to their riders. In fact, the rideshare company itself is required to carry a $1 million liability insurance policy. This is in addition to any liability coverage your rideshare driver may be carrying. But even if the driver isn’t following the rules, the rideshare company itself is still going to have you covered.

For rideshare drivers, your insurance coverage is going to vary depending on which company you’re driving for. Uber offers $1 million of coverage, with a $1,000 deductible. So you’ll need to pay $1,000 out of pocket if one of your passengers is injured. Lyft’s coverage comes with a $2,500 deductible, so you’ll have to pay more out of pocket if you’re driving for them.

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