Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
Helping You Pursue Your Rightful Compensation
At Chung & Ignacio, LLP, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys do what it takes to advocate for our clients’ best interests. Were you recently injured as the result of another party’s negligence? Has this caused your quality of life to suffer or be changed forever? We can fight for you in the pursuit of compensation for damages, including pain and suffering that resulted from the injury.
What Is Considered a Personal Injury?
To successfully sue for personal injury, you must prove that another party caused substantial harm to your mind, body, and/or emotions. A personal injury lawsuit should be filed against the entity that caused harm through negligence, reckless conduct, or intentional misconduct.
Common reasons people seek legal action for personal injury include:
- Defective Products
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Vehicle Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Work-Related Injuries
- Dog Bites
- Accidents on Another Person’s Property
- Construction Site Accidents
- Wrongful Death
Statute of Limitations
Every state sets a time limit for filing personal injury lawsuit. In California, you have 2 years from the date of the injury to take a claim to court. If you attempt to pursue legal action after this time has elapsed, the court will most likely refuse your case and you will lose any chance at obtaining compensation you.
A California court system may grant you an extension to file your claim, but the circumstances to do so are specific. The court is likely to modify the statute if:
- you were not aware of the facts that would have caused a rational person to believe they had suffered harm caused by the entity’s conduct;
- you were under the age of 18 or lacked a legal capacity to make decisions at the time of the accident; and/or
- the entity who caused you harm left the state of California during the 2 years you were permitted to file a claim against them.
If you have any specific questions regarding the statute of limitations, one of our attorneys can discuss them with you during your initial consultation.
In California, if you win your claim, you may be entitled to compensatory damages. There are two types of compensatory damages a court could award:
An economic damage is anything with a monetary value. It is an award is meant to cover any out-of-pocket expenses you paid as a result of the injury.
Economic losses include:
- medical bills;
- property damage;
- lost wages; and/or
- lost earning capacity.
Non-economic damages are those measured by subjective means and can include:
- pain and suffering;
- emotional distress;
- physical impairment (loss of a limb or organ);
- inconvenience; and/or
- loss of enjoyment of life.
There is no cap on compensatory damages in personal injury cases. The court can award any amount they deem to be fair and reasonable. However, there is one exception to this rule, and it has to do with medical malpractice cases. California places a cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages.
If you are hesitant to file a legal action due to the expense of hiring an attorney, rest assured we will not charge you a dime at the start of your case. During your initial consultation we will discuss a contingency fee with you that will be based on a fixed percentage of the total amount of recovery you receive.
Whether your case ends in a verdict or a settlement, we will only collect legal fees from the amount recovered after the final sentencing. In the event you don’t receive damages, you will not owe us any fees.