The term “personal injury” is relatively broad and can apply to a wide range of cases in Riverside, CA. If one party causes a physical injury, illness, or economic loss to another party due to negligence, recklessness, or intentional desire to harm, they are liable for the victim’s damages under California’s personal injury laws. Riverside, CA is a densely populated area of the Inland Empire of California, and every day many people experience various types of personal injuries. If you believe another party is liable for your recent injury or economic loss, you have the right to hold them accountable for your damages through a personal injury claim.
Chris and Frank provide legal counsel to injured Riverside, CA residents who are struggling due to the effects of their personal injuries. If you are wondering what are the most common types of personal injuries in Riverside, remember that Chris and Frank have experience handling all types of these claims. Our firm handles a wide range of personal injury cases, and it’s vital to know what to expect for your current personal injury case and how your attorney can help.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
One of the leading causes of accidental deaths and injuries throughout the United States is car accidents. These incidents occur every day in Riverside and throughout California, and it can be difficult to determine who is to blame for some accidents. A few of the most commonly cited causes of motor vehicle accidents in Riverside include:
- Moving violations, such as speeding or failing to stop at red lights and stop signs.
- Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone behind the wheel. Even a momentary distraction can prevent the driver from slowing or stopping in time to avoid a collision.
- Impaired driving. A driver who causes an accident due to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can face criminal prosecution in addition to civil liability for the other driver’s personal injury.
If another driver recently injured you and you believe the incident occurred due to their failure to exercise reasonable care in the situation, you have the right to hold them accountable through a personal injury claim. Chris and Frank can not only guide you through the auto insurance claims process but also provide ongoing support through every phase of a subsequent personal injury claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Property owners can face liability for personal injury if a lawful visitor suffers an injury on their property due to a foreseeable safety hazard. If a property owner notices any element of their property that could potentially injure a lawful visitor, they have a duty to address the issue immediately or at least warn visitors of the risk. “Lawful visitors” include individuals the property owner invites to the property or individuals who have the property owner’s implied or express permission to enter the property for their own purposes, such as utility company employees and mail carriers.
Dog Bite Injuries
California enforces a strict liability rule for injuries caused by dogs, meaning that if a dog attacks someone, the dog’s owner is strictly liable for the victim’s damages. Dog attack injuries can be traumatizing and incredibly painful, and these personal injury claims tend to yield substantial compensation for victims. It’s important to note that a dog bite victim only has grounds for a personal injury claim if they were lawfully present at the location where the attack occurred. For example, if someone breaks into another person’s home and the homeowner’s dog attacks them, they will not have legal grounds for a personal injury claim.
Product manufacturers must ensure the products they sell perform as advertised and do not present any unreasonable risks to purchasers through normal, intended use. If an individual sustains injuries and economic losses because of a defective or unreasonably dangerous consumer product, the victim can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer under California’s product liability laws. When companies become aware of defective products, they must notify purchasers and then either recall affected products or offer to repair or replace those products.
California state law requires all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Whenever an employee sustains an injury at work, even if they cause the injury themselves, they have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits to cover their immediate medical expenses and provide weekly income replacement while they recover. Industries like construction, commercial logging, utility work, and commercial fishing tend to report some of the highest workplace injury rates in the U.S. If you or a family member suffered a workplace injury that someone else caused, Chris and Frank can assist you with your workers’ compensation claim process and help you determine whether you have grounds for further legal recourse against the party responsible for your injury.
Americans trust doctors, nurses, surgeons, and many other medical professionals to provide safe and effective care. Unfortunately, medical negligence is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths and injuries throughout the United States. While a medical malpractice claim is technically a form of personal injury claim, there are special rules that apply in these cases, such as the preliminary medical board review process and caps on compensation for noneconomic damages like pain and suffering. Some of the most commonly cited causes of medical malpractice claims in California include:
- Anesthesia errors
- Surgical errors
- Dangerous drug prescriptions and drug interactions
- Ineffective treatment
- Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis
- Gross negligence and incompetence
- Medical device failures, which may also fall under the purview of product liability
Facing a medical malpractice claim can be an incredibly daunting situation. You need an attorney who has experience handling these complex personal injury cases to guide you through the stages of your medical malpractice case.
The Value of Dependable Legal Counsel
Ultimately, there are many different ways Riverside residents could potentially sustain personal injuries. When a personal injury occurs, the victim must determine whether any other party bears fault for the incident. If you or a loved one recently suffered any type of personal injury you are likely struggling with expensive medical bills, lost income due to your recovery, and the trauma of your pain and suffering. Chris and Frank can provide the compassionate and meticulous legal counsel you need to navigate your personal injury case with confidence. Contact us today to schedule your case review with an experienced Riverside personal injury attorney and find out how we can help with your recovery.