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Personal Injury Accident in Northridge, California

An accident can turn someone’s life upside down in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately, when it’s a truly innocent accident there is no one to blame and no recourse for the victim. However, when another’s negligent or otherwise wrongful behavior caused the accident and resulted in injuries, they should be responsible for their victim’s damages. The experienced Northridge personal injury lawyers at Walch Law believe you deserve justice and will fight for you to get maximum possible compensation from the responsible party for your injuries. Robert and Gary believe everyone deserves a chance to recover for their damages, so they take all their cases on a contingency fee basis. Call us today; we’re here to answer your questions, discuss the process of personal injury lawsuits, and show you how we can help.

Personal Injuries Defined

Personal injuries are defined broadly in California; any harm caused to a victim by someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct satisfies the definition. The victim’s harm does not need to be physical; any emotional or financial injuries create a valid legal cause of action.

These injuries can occur in almost any way that you can imagine. Though the potential for harm is everywhere, some situations are more likely to cause negligently inflicted injuries and result in lawsuits. Personal injury claims often stem from:

Risk of Personal Injuries in Northridge

Northridge is a bustling city in the San Fernando Valley sandwiched between the congested, dangerous 101, 118, and 405 freeways. The large commuter population, prevalence of distracted drivers, and prominence of large trucks traveling through the area at high speed all contribute to numerous injury-causing motor vehicle accidents each year such as the big rig accident near Roscoe and Reseda Boulevards that killed one person and seriously injured another.

Even off the city’s busy streets and freeways, Northridge has large retail centers such as the Northridge Fashion Center and Devonshire-Reseda Shopping Center, a busy downtown district with numerous restaurants and bars, and countless supermarkets and big-box stores to serve the needs of its residents. However, these areas, as well as office buildings, apartments, and even the ever-present construction sites, put innocent people at risk every day. Even a momentary lapse by another party can result in accident, injury, and a personal injury claim.

How to Win a Personal Injury Case

Just because you claim you’re owed compensation because someone injured you doesn’t automatically entitle you to damages. To recover for the harm you suffered, you must establish another party’s liability for your injuries. Most victims file personal injury lawsuits that argue their damages were caused by the defendant’s negligence. To prove negligence and establish liability, you must show:

  • You were owed a duty of care from the defendant
  • They breached their duty by acting or failing to act when necessary
  • Your injuries were caused by the breach
Can I Recover Damages Even if I’m Partially At-Fault?

California adopted the theory of comparative negligence, which means even if a victim is partially responsible for the accident that injured them, they may still be able to recover some compensation. The court will examine the case’s facts and assign each party involved a percentage of fault based on their behavior. A victim’s damage award will be reduced by the amount of fault they contributed to the accident.

Damages Available for Personal Injury

After you establish someone else’s liability for your injuries, you may be awarded damages to compensate you for what you’ve suffered due to their breach of duty. Personal injuries can range from minor to catastrophic injuries or even result in death. Courts can award victims compensatory damages for physical, emotional, and financial injuries that may include:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost wages
  • Disability or disfigurement
  • Funeral costs
  • Property damage such as car repairs
  • Pain and suffering

Depending on the circumstances of your case, additional damages may be available. However, it’s best to consult an experienced personal injury attorney to determine what you may be entitled to receive.

Get in Touch with a Lawyer Today

Any sort of accident can serious physical and emotional trauma even before factoring in the very real worries about mounting hospital bills, costly property damage repairs, and the possibility of being unable to work to pay for these expenses. Northridge personal injury attorneys Robert and Gary Walch understand the stress you’re under, so we’ll fight for you to receive the most money possible quickly as soon as you hire us. We recognize the relief our clients feel that comes with receiving a check and a sense of closure, so we work to resolve your case without any avoidable delays. Contact us today to learn how 45 years of experience delivering successful outcomes for our clients at a rate of over 95+% can help with your case and your recovery.

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