Personal Injury Law, Simplified
Personal injury law holds people or organizations accountable for the harm they cause others. Victims of injury due to the fault of another are entitled to recover compensation for their injuries, past and future medical expenses, past and future wage loss, and pain and suffering.
Helping You Resolve Your Personal Injury Case
The vast majority of personal injury claims are resolved through settlement or mediation. Those involved in the dispute, their insurance companies, and their lawyers typically work out a reasonable resolution, called a settlement, and reduce it to a written document. Both sides to the dispute agree not to take any further action, instead resolving their respective claims for an agreed-upon sum of money.
Generally speaking, if a resident of Contra Costa County is involved in an accident in the county, he or she ordinarily will, file a lawsuit in the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa.
Preparation for filing is a two-step process:
- First the case needs to be thoroughly investigated to secure all pertinent facts.
- Second, the applicable law must be researched and documented so as to prepare your claim for legal processing.
Once these two steps are completed, your legal claim can be filed in court and prosecuted until either a settlement is reached between the parties or a verdict is rendered by a jury or judge. Generally speaking, civil personal injury cases take between 12 to 24 months to resolve at the trial court level. Appeals can take much longer.
Type of Personal Injury Cases We Handle Include: