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¿A qué tiene derecho en un accidente automovilístico en California?

Entitlements in California car accidents
If you were injured in an auto accident in California, you may be entitled to economic and non-economic damages that will compensate you for accident-related losses. However, the damages you’re entitled to can depend on many factors, such as the severity of your injuries, how much time you missed at work, value of property damage, and many other variables.

What Are Economic and Non-Economic Damages?

The two types of damages commonly awarded to car accident victims include economic and non-economic damages

Daños económicos

Economic damages are meant to compensate the accident victim for tangible losses, such as:

Past and Future Medical Bills

Estos daños pueden incluir:

  • Hospitalización
  • Surgeries
  • Medicamento
  • Doctor’s appointments
  • Fisioterapia
  • Terapia ocupacional
  • In-home care
  • Imaging tests

Y más.

If you sustained a serious injury, you may be entitled to damages that will cover future medical care expenses.

Lost Wages/Loss of Future Earnings

If you missed time at work due to your injuries, you can recover compensation to cover the financial loss. Additionally, if you are unable to return to work at all due to serious, life-changing injuries, you may be entitled to loss of future earnings.

Daños a la propiedad

Property damage can include the cost of vehicle repairs or replacement and any valuable personal property damaged or destroyed inside the vehicle.

Daños no económicos

It can be difficult to place a dollar value on non-economic damages, unlike economic damages, which can be proven with medical bills, pay stubs, vehicle repair estimates, etc.

Los daños no económicos pueden incluir:

  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Pérdida de consorcio
  • Angustia emocional
  • Pérdida de calidad de vida
  • Cicatrices y desfiguración
  • Pérdida de disfrute de la vida

Y más.

How Does The Severity Of Accident Injuries Impact Damages?

Typically, when an accident victim sustains a severe, life-changing injury, they are awarded a higher settlement compared to a person who sustains minor injuries, such as soft tissue damage. A higher settlement is meant to compensate the accident victim for pain and suffering, past and future medical care costs, lost wages, emotional distress, and more.

California is a Comparative Fault State

California is a comparative fault state. Under this rule, even if an accident victim is 99% at fault for the accident, they can still recover compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other losses. However, the accident victim’s settlement or award will be reduced based on the accident victim’s percentage of fault.

What Are Punitive Damages?

Punitive damages are rarely awarded and are designed to further punish the negligent party whose conduct is considered intentional or grossly negligent. These damages are usually awarded when the compensatory damages are considered insufficient.

Can Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me Recover a Higher Settlement or Award?

Yes. Working with a car accident attorney can increase your chances of recovering a higher settlement or award. Often, an insurance company is quick to offer a settlement, even without knowing the extent of the accident victim’s injuries and other damages. Negotiating with an insurance adjuster without an attorney can be frustrating and overwhelming. When you hire a car accident attorney, they will handle all interactions with the insurance company to prevent them from pressuring you into accepting a lower settlement than what you deserve.

Un experimentado accidente de coche lawyer will have the skills, experience, and resources to investigate a car accident, gather evidence, and negotiate a fair settlement. They will also consult with experts to help establish liability, to accurately value your claim, and to ensure you pursue every penny of compensation you’re entitled to.

An insurance company automatically knows they will be paying more once they are notified you have hired legal representation.

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Si ha sufrido un accidente de coche, Lem García Law puede ayudarle a obtener la indemnización que se merece. Nuestro equipo legal puede ayudarle a navegar por el sistema legal y negociar con las compañías de seguros para asegurarse de que recibe una compensación justa por sus facturas médicas, salarios perdidos, daños al vehículo y otras pérdidas.

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