If you’ve been injured because of another person in South Gate, the attorneys at Citywide Law Group can help you recover the money you need and deserve. Call our South Gate personal injury attorneys today to request a free consultation and learn about the benefits of filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Our skilled team of attorneys understands that an unexpected injury can be devastating and will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated. During your free consultation, we will thoroughly review your case and answer any questions that you may have.
South Gate Accidents
Despite being relatively smaller than many other cities in the area, South Gate has one of the highest rates of serious traffic accidents in Los Angeles County. In 2015, there were 748 reported injury-causing and fatal accidents in South Gate. At least 60 of these accidents involved pedestrians, including 18 with children under the age of 15. No other city in Los Angeles County had a higher rate of pedestrian accidents that year. Bicyclists are also at an increased risk of being injured in an accident in South Gate. At least 34 accidents of the reported accidents in 2015 involved a bicyclist.
Factors that most frequently contribute to South Gate accidents include speeding (142 accidents), driving at night (75 accidents), and alcohol (57).
Why Should I Hire an Attorney?
You Don’t Have the Time
If you’ve been injured unexpectedly you’re probably dealing with a lot of pain and stress. You may find that all of your time, energy, and resources are committed to your physical and emotional recovery. This may not leave a great deal of time to handle the legal side of things. A personal injury case can be time-consuming and complex. A successful lawsuit will also require a nuanced understanding of relevant laws and procedures. Hiring an attorney to handle your case will give you time to focus on yourself and put your legal issues in skilled hands.
Insurance Companies Are Tough Competition
Insurance companies would prefer if you did not hire an attorney and, instead, simply agreed to accept whatever offer they presented. This is because the playing field is incredibly uneven when you aren’t represented by an attorney, which gives insurance companies a huge advantage. These companies know how to manipulate a difficult situation and get a result that is in their best interest – not yours. When you hire an attorney you take this advantage away. You will then be more likely to recover the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Valuing Your Claim Can Be Difficult
How do you know how much your personal injury claim is worth? Do you rely on what the insurance companies tell you? Is it the value of your medical bills? What about pain and suffering, though? Can’t you recover money for that? Hiring an attorney to thoroughly investigate your case and determine the value of your damages will help to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries.
South Gate Practice Areas
We have over 17 years of experience handling a wide range of complex personal injury claims. During this time, we have successfully recovered millions in compensation for our injured clients through personal injury lawsuits for:
- Bicycle Accidents
- Birth Injury
- Burn Injury
- Car Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Negligent Security
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Premises Liability
- Sexual Assault
- Uber and Lyft Accidents
- Workplace Accidents
- Wrongful Death, and more.
For more information, as well as a complete list of our practice areas, contact our South Gate personal injury attorneys today.
What Damages Can I Recover From a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
In California, accident victims can generally recover both economic and non-economic damages. The specific damages (and their value) will depend on the details of each specific case.
Economic Damages: Economic damages are a way to put you back in the financial position you would have been if you’d never been injured. In other words, these damages pay you back for present and future out-of-pocket costs that are related to your injury. Economic damages can be awarded to compensate for:
- Corrective surgery
- Lost wages, and
- Reduced earning capacity.
Non-Economic Damages: Some injuries may not have a direct financial cost. Non-economic damages are a way to help victims cope with the very personal and hard-to-value injuries they may endure. Non-economic damages can be awarded to compensate for:
- Emotional distress
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Disfigurement and scarring, and
When Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In California, accident victims have the right to file a personal injury claim for damages. However, the state limits the amount of time a victim has the initiate the legal process. In most cases, personal injury claims have to be filed within two years from the date of your accident. There are certain times when the statute of limitations will be different. The following factors can cause the statute of limitations to be accelerated or extended:
Medical Malpractice: Claims based on medical malpractice must be filed within (a) one year of discovering the injury or (b) three years from the date of the accident, whichever is earlier.
Birth Injury: A birth injury claim must be filed before that injured child’s 8th birthday.
Government Liability: In order to recover damages from the government you must file a special administrative claim within six months of your accident.
Workplace Injury: A claim for workers’ compensation benefits must be filed within 30 days of learning of your work-related injury, disease, or disability.
Contact the South Gate personal injury attorneys at Citywide Law Group immediately after your accident to make sure that your claim is filed on time. If you do not get your claim filed on time you will not be able to recover the money you deserve.
South Gate Personal Injury Lawyers
Have you been injured in a South Gate accident? Contact Citywide Law Group to find out how we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. Our South Gate personal injury attorneys know that an unexpected injury can be incredibly stressful and will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated. The damages you recover from a personal injury lawsuit can be essential to your recovery. We will do our best to maximize the award you receive.
We offer our services on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t have to pay unless we win. Call today to request a free consultation and learn more.