San Jose Personal Injury Attorney
Helping Injured Victims in San Jose, CA
When you are injured in an accident, you may be left with a number of questions and concerns. 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 San Jose personal injury attorneys have been serving the needs of injured victims and their families throughout the state of California for more than three decades. We have the experience, resources, and skill to handle even the most complex cases, and we are prepared to fight for you.
What is Personal Injury?
Personal injury is a legal term that refers to any injury to the body, mind, or emotions, as opposed to an injury to property. In the context of personal injury law, an “injury” is any harm that is suffered by one person as a result of another person’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful conduct.
Some of the most common types of personal injury cases we handle in San Jose include:
- Car Accidents: Cases where individuals are injured in collisions involving automobiles, often due to factors like negligence, speeding, or impaired driving.
- Bus Accidents: Injuries resulting from accidents involving buses, which may be public transportation or private buses.
- Motorcycle Accidents: Injuries sustained in accidents involving motorcycles, typically due to collisions with other vehicles.
- Trucking Accidents: Cases involving injuries resulting from accidents with large trucks or commercial vehicles.
- Bicycle Accidents: Injuries sustained by individuals riding bicycles, often involving collisions with motor vehicles.
- Boating Accidents: Cases where individuals are injured in accidents on watercraft, such as boats or ships.
- Claims Against Public Entities: Legal actions against government entities for injuries caused by their negligence, such as accidents on public property.
- Common Carrier Claims: Injuries suffered while using public transportation or other common carriers, like taxis or ride-sharing services.
- Explosions & Fire Injuries: Cases involving injuries caused by explosions or fires, often in industrial settings or due to defective products.
- Mass Transit Accidents: Injuries occurring on public transportation systems, including buses and trains.
- Off-Road and Recreational Vehicle Accidents: Injuries resulting from accidents involving off-road vehicles, ATVs, or recreational activities.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Cases where pedestrians are injured, often in collisions with motor vehicles.
- Premises Liability: Injuries occurring on another person's property due to unsafe conditions, such as slip and fall incidents.
- Product Liability: Injuries caused by defective or dangerous products.
- Spinal Cord Injury: Cases involving damage to the spinal cord, leading to severe and often long-term consequences.
- Swimming Pool & Drowning Accidents: Injuries or fatalities that occur in or around swimming pools.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries: Cases involving severe head injuries that result in long-term cognitive or physical impairment.
- Wrongful Death: Legal action filed by the family or heirs of a person who has died due to the negligence or wrongful act of another.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in California?
In California, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years from the date of the injury. This means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party. If you fail to file a lawsuit within this two-year time frame, you will almost certainly lose your right to recover compensation for your damages.
There are a few exceptions to the two-year rule. For example, if you did not discover your injury right away, you may have one year from the date you discovered the injury to file a lawsuit. Additionally, if the at-fault party is a government entity, you will need to file a claim with the appropriate government agency within six months of the date of the injury. If the agency denies your claim, you will then have six months from the date of the denial to file a lawsuit.
Because the statute of limitations is so strict, it is important that you get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The sooner you contact our firm, the sooner we can get to work on your case and ensure that your right to recover compensation is protected.
What is the Average Personal Injury Settlement in California?
There is no such thing as an “average” personal injury settlement. The amount of compensation you may be entitled to will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the cost of your medical treatment, the amount of time you missed from work, and the impact your injuries have had on your overall quality of life.
Some of the damages you may be able to recover in a personal injury lawsuit include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Our San Jose personal injury lawyers can review the details of your case and help you understand what types of compensation you may be entitled to. We can also help you understand what your case may be worth and what you can expect moving forward.
How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer in San Jose Help Me?
Our team at Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP is committed to providing you with the personalized, one-on-one attention you deserve. We will take the time to listen to your story, answer your questions, and address your concerns. We will keep you informed about the progress of your case and provide you with the compassionate, aggressive representation you need and deserve.
Our San Jose personal injury attorneys can help you by:
- Investigating your accident and gathering evidence
- Identifying the liable party/parties
- Calculating the full extent of your damages
- Filing all necessary paperwork and handling all legal aspects of your case
- Negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement
- Preparing your case for trial, if necessary