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Personal Injury Law Firm in San Gabriel, CA

San Gabriel Personal Injury Lawyer

If you've been injured because of another person's negligence, you have the right to demand financial compensation for the losses you've endured. But pursuing a personal injury claim is no easy task. Offenders and their insurance providers are backed by armies of lawyers prepared to defend their clients. Who's looking out for you?

At Tim D. Wright, we fight for personal injury victims. Where possible, we settle cases out of court so our clients can return to their lives. If necessary, however, we assemble a litigation strategy and take the case to trial. Either way, we defend our clients from start to finish so they can focus on getting better.

What Is Personal Injury?

The essence of a personal injury case is negligence. When another person, company, or even a governmental agency acts irresponsibly, others can get hurt. The injury is often physical, but it can also be psychological or emotional as well.

"Negligence" is a legal term that implies failure to exercise an appropriate degree of care under the circumstances. Another way of putting it is failure to behave as a reasonably sensible individual would. Negligence can be displayed through a person's actions (like speeding or driving intoxicated) or through an omission (such as failing to eliminate a known hazard from one's business property).

To win a personal injury case, the victim needs to prove that the offender was negligent. There are four specific components that are required under California law:

  • Duty of care– The defendant must have owed a duty of care to the plaintiff. Occasionally a duty arises out of a personal relationship between the parties, such as doctor and patient. But this isn't always necessary. For example, when you drive on a highway, you owe a duty to other drivers not to be reckless.
  • Breach– Next, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached the duty of care. This is where the offender's negligent acts and/or exclusions are exposed. It also covers circumstances where the at-fault party breaks a law or participates in deliberate wrongdoing. Breach is typically the most disputed part of a personal injury case.
  • Causation– The offender's breach has to really cause injury to the plaintiff. If the offender acted negligently but didn't harm the plaintiff, this aspect fails.
  • Damages– These are the losses for which the plaintiff will pursue financial compensation. Some of the most common damages are medical costs, lost income, lost earning capacity, as well as pain and suffering. The nature and quantity of damages are fiercely contested in the majority of personal injury cases.

Potential Damages In a Personal Injury Lawsuit

The objective of a personal injury claim is to make the plaintiff whole via financial compensation. This compensation is referred to as damages, and some examples are:

  • Medical expenses– This broad category can consist of everything from hospital bills and prescription medications to physical therapy and special adaptive equipment to assist with a victim's day-to-day tasks.
  • Lost wages– While you recuperate or are hospitalized for your injuries, you will lose time from work and, with it, possibly significant amounts of money. You can ask a court to grant you damages to cover this lost income.
  • Lost earning capacity– Your occupational prospects might be cut short or drastically limited after a personal injury. An expert witness can help approximate the future income you will lose out on as a result.
  • Pain and suffering– These damages account for the pain and emotional stress you will likely experience for some time to come. Although hard to quantify, they are vital to catastrophic injury cases.
  • Loss of pleasure of day-to-day life– It may not be possible to enjoy your regular daily activities, hobbies, and other passions after a bad injury. These damages help compensate you for the loss.
  • Loss of consortium– This category refers to the deprivation of the advantages of a family relationship. It includes the loss of support, community, friendship, and sexual relationship between spouses caused by the injury.
  • Punitive (exemplary) damages– In rare cases, an at-fault party can be subject to punitive damages. These are intended to punish the wrongful party and discourage others from participating in similar conduct.

Are There Time Limits to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

Your right to sue a negligent party will not last forever. In California, personal injury claims are subject to what's called a statute of limitations. This establishes a deadline for plaintiffs to submit their lawsuits before they lose the right to do so. For a personal injury, the statute of limitations is two years. In most cases, the clock begins to run when the injury takes place.

However, it's best not to delay taking action on your case. Witnesses' memories can fade over time, evidence will be harder to obtain, and you might forget critical information if you wait too long. If you or a loved one have been hurt, reach out to a committed San Gabriel personal injury attorney.

How Can the Personal Injury Lawyers of Tim D. Wright Help Me?

Suing a defendant usually means suing an insurance company, like an automobile insurer. Regardless, you can count on the defendant's lawyers pushing back on your claims or making settlement offers that come nowhere close to covering your losses. You want an attorney who not only understands California personal injury legislation, but knows how to establish a reasonable value for your case.

At Tim D. Wright, we've assisted numerous personal injury clients obtain the compensation they require to recover. We won't accept unjust offers and will defend you from beginning to end. Give us a call or fill out the contact form today to get started on your claim.

For more information about Personal Injury Lawyers in San Gabriel, California, contact Law Offices of Tim D. Wright at (323) 379-9995 or visit our website at​​ TimWrightLaw.com for a Free Consultation!

I am very satisfied and thankful with Attorney Tim Wright and his whole team for taking care and handling my fathers personal injuries case. Thank you all very much your staff is amazing, very helpful.
Abraham Ortega
The Law Offices of Tim D. Wright were awesome. They were professional, they kept an open communication with me through out the process.  Big shout out to Sergio and Mercedes for being very helpful with my settlement.
Frank Medina

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