Orange County Personal Injury Lawyer
Representing the Injured in Orange County, CA
When you are injured in an accident, you may be left with a number of questions. How will you pay for your medical bills? How will you support your family if you are unable to work? How will you get your life back on track?
At Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP, we understand the challenges you are facing, and we are here to help. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys have been representing the injured for more than 35 years, and we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. We know what it takes to win, and we are prepared to fight for you.
How to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Orange County
Personal injury law involves legal disputes that arise when one person suffers harm or injury due to the negligence or intentional actions of another individual, business, government entity, or other organization. The goal of personal injury law is to provide compensation to the injured party for the losses they have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.
Here are some common types of personal injury cases:
- Car Accidents: These cases involve injuries sustained in automobile collisions, often due to the negligence of one of the drivers.
- Bus Accidents: Accidents involving buses, whether public or private, can lead to personal injury claims.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Injuries resulting from motorcycle collisions, typically involving another vehicle.
- Trucking Accidents: Accidents involving large trucks or commercial vehicles, which often result in severe injuries due to the size and weight of the vehicles.
- Bicycle Accidents: Injuries sustained by cyclists, often due to collisions with motor vehicles.
- Boating Accidents: Accidents that occur on water, involving boats or other watercraft.
- Claims Against Public Entities: Injuries caused by the negligence of government entities, such as slip and falls on government property.
- Common Carrier Claims: Injuries sustained while using public transportation or other common carriers.
- Explosions & Fire Injuries: Injuries resulting from explosions or fires, often in the context of workplace accidents.
- Mass Transit Accidents: Injuries occurring in the context of public transportation systems, such as buses or trains.
- Off-Road and Recreational Vehicle Accidents: Injuries resulting from accidents involving off-road vehicles like ATVs or dirt bikes.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Injuries sustained by pedestrians, often due to collisions with motor vehicles.
- Premises Liability: Injuries caused by unsafe conditions on someone else's property, such as slip and fall accidents.
- Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective products, including design defects or manufacturing defects.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Cases involving severe injuries to the spinal cord, often resulting in long-term disability.
- Swimming Pool & Drowning Accidents: Injuries or fatalities that occur in or around swimming pools, lakes, or other bodies of water.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Cases involving severe head injuries that result in cognitive impairment or other long-term consequences.
- Wrongful Death: Cases where a person's death is caused by the negligence or intentional actions of another party, leading to a legal claim on behalf of the deceased person's family or estate.
California Personal Injury Laws
In California, as in many other states, negligence is a key concept in personal injury law. To succeed in a personal injury lawsuit based on negligence in California, the plaintiff (the injured party) generally needs to establish certain elements. These elements are part of the legal framework used to determine whether someone is liable for the injuries sustained by another person.
Here are the basic elements of negligence in California:
- Duty of Care: The first element is establishing that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty of care. Duty of care refers to the legal obligation to act reasonably to prevent harm to others. For example, a driver has a duty to operate their vehicle safely, and a property owner has a duty to maintain safe premises.
- Breach of Duty: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant breached their duty of care. This means showing that the defendant failed to act as a reasonably prudent person would under similar circumstances. This breach can be a result of actions or, in some cases, failure to act.
- Causation (Cause in Fact): The plaintiff must prove that the defendant's breach of duty was a direct cause of the injuries. This is often referred to as "cause in fact." In other words, the plaintiff must establish that, but for the defendant's actions or negligence, the injury would not have occurred.
- Proximate Cause: Proximate cause, also known as legal cause, involves demonstrating that the defendant's actions were a foreseeable cause of the injuries. Even if the defendant's conduct directly caused the harm, the plaintiff must show that the consequences were reasonably foreseeable.
- Damages: The plaintiff must suffer actual damages as a result of the defendant's breach of duty. Damages can include medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses.
To succeed in a personal injury lawsuit, all these elements must be proven by a preponderance of the evidence, meaning that it is more likely than not that the defendant's negligence caused the plaintiff's injuries. If any of these elements is not established, the plaintiff may not succeed in their claim.
California also follows the doctrine of comparative negligence, which means that even if the injured party is partially at fault for the accident, they can still recover damages. However, the amount of compensation may be reduced in proportion to the degree of fault assigned to the injured party.
Why Choose Us?
Hiring our Orange County personal injury lawyers from Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora can be crucial when seeking legal recourse for injuries sustained due to someone else's negligence.
Here are several reasons why you should consider hiring us:
- Case Investigation and Evidence Gathering: We have the resources and capabilities to conduct thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding your injury. This includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and collaborating with experts to build a compelling case on your behalf.
- Negotiation Skills: Our attorneys possess strong negotiation skills, allowing us to engage with insurance companies, opposing counsel, and other parties involved in seeking a fair settlement. We strive to secure the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
- Trial Experience: While many personal injury cases are resolved through negotiation, having trial experience is essential. Our firm is prepared to take cases to court if necessary, ensuring that our clients are well-represented in litigation.
- Personalized Legal Strategy: We understand that each personal injury case is unique. Our approach is tailored to the specific circumstances of your situation, ensuring that we address your individual needs and pursue the most favorable outcome.
- Maximizing Compensation: Our goal is to help you obtain full and fair compensation for your injuries. This includes not only current medical expenses and lost wages but also factors in potential future costs and damages such as pain and suffering.
- Client Advocacy and Support: We prioritize open communication and provide consistent support to our clients throughout the legal process. We advocate for your rights and work diligently to ensure that you receive the attention and compensation you deserve.