Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyers
How to File a Personal Injury Claim
After an accident or injury, you are likely to face a number of physical, emotional, and financial challenges. From finding a doctor and obtaining proper medical care to paying your bills while you are out of work—and everything in between—navigating the aftermath of the incident can be incredibly difficult.
If you were recently involved in an accident or otherwise injured due to the negligent or wrongful conduct of another, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your economic and non-economic damages. At Custodio & Dubey LLP, our Pasadena personal injury lawyers help injured victims fight to hold negligent parties accountable. We are aggressive when it comes to litigating complex cases, an approach that has helped us recover over $90 million in compensation for our clients.
Determining Eligibility for Filing a Personal Injury Claim
The first step in filing a personal injury claim in Pasadena or anywhere in L.A. County or the state of California is determining if you have grounds for a case.
In most cases, to be eligible to file a personal injury claim, you will need to prove the following:
- You were injured and, as a result of your injuries, suffered measurable economic and/or non-economic damages, or losses
- The defendant had a legal responsibility to act with care and/or take precautions to avoid causing foreseeable injury (“duty of care”)
- The defendant failed to uphold this duty of care, typically by acting negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully (illegally)
- The defendant’s negligent or wrongful conduct was the direct or proximate cause of your injuries and resulting damages
In some cases, such as claims involving dog bites or defective products, you may not need to prove the defendant’s negligence. Instead, you could be entitled to file a personal injury claim based on “strict liability,” which holds that the defendant is always liable for injuries in certain circumstances.
At Custodio & Dubey LLP, we can help you determine whether you have grounds for a personal injury case. Our attorneys are well-versed in the state’s personal injury statutes and can provide you with personalized legal counsel at every stage of the legal process.
Meeting the Applicable Statutes of Limitations
Another thing to be aware of when filing a personal injury lawsuit in California is the state’s statutes of limitations on these types of cases. A “statute of limitations” is a designated amount of time in which an individual may bring a legal action; once the statute of limitations has expired, the individual will almost certainly lose their legal right to sue the liable party.
In California, most personal injury lawsuits are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means you typically have just two years to file your lawsuit, or you will lose your right to seek compensation for your damages.
Although there are some exceptions, they are rare. We encourage you to reach out to our Pasadena personal injury lawyers right away if you were involved in an accident or injured due to the careless, reckless, or wrongful conduct of another person or party. The sooner we can begin gathering evidence and building your case, the better.
Contact an Experienced Attorney for Powerful Legal Representation
One of the most important steps you can take when filing a personal injury claim is contacting an experienced and proven attorney, like those at Custodio & Dubey LLP. Our team offers an innovative and aggressive approach to litigation. We work with accident reconstructionists, expert witnesses, and other professionals to build powerful and persuasive cases on behalf of our clients.
We prioritize taking care of our clients. Our team has successfully handled numerous complex personal injury cases, including claims involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, dog bites, defective products, premises liability, medical malpractice, and more. We have what it takes to help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed, and we are prepared to advocate tirelessly for you.