What to do when you’re hurt in the Golden State
As most populous U.S. state and the third largest by area, California has its fair share of accidents and personal injuries. Perhaps it was you who recently experienced a life-changing injury — or maybe it was a friend or family member who now needs a support system. Either way, you could use some help and guidance. If you or someone you know is exploring a personal injury lawsuit in the state of California and are looking for more information, Enjuris has answers.
California personal injury law: the basics
Accidents & injuries in California
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- California Workers' Compensation: How & When To Get Benefits
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More legal resources for California residents
California statutes online
This is where you’ll find the civil code of California. There is a lot of other information available on California's website, such as the penal code, fishing and gaming code, and more, so try not to get confused. Stick with the civil code for personal injury law information on how long you have to bring a case, damage caps, and other information.
From our blog:
California's car accident statutes of limitation
In California, you have two years to bring a personal injury claim, but you have three years to bring a property damage claim (e.g., damage to your car or house).
That doesn't mean the whole lawsuit has to be completed in that time frame; that just means the paperwork must have been filed with the court.
Choosing the best California attorney
The initial consultation for a personal injury attorney is usually free of charge. (Keep in mind that other legal fields, such as patent law or traffic law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that their office will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus office expenses.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be taken aback if your lawyer suggests something different.
Want to hire a lawyer and need some help? Check out some of our best articles:
- Choosing a personal injury attorney – interview questions
- Why might a personal injury lawyer deny my case?
- Preparing to meet with a personal injury attorney
- Negotiating lawyers fees - how do accident lawyers charge? Are there any hidden costs?
- When do you NOT need an attorney after an accident?
- Jurisdiction: Accidents that involve multiple states
Law libraries in California
There are many issues you can solve on your own, without the help of an attorney. And if you don't know where to start, a law librarian will be available to help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online sources like LexisNexis or Westlaw.
Basics of personal injury law
Are you or a loved one still reeling after an accident? You need real answers to help you deal with real life challenges facing your recovery. Get started here to learn about the core pillars of personal injury law and the common questions surrounding them.
Read our complete guide to finding the right injury attorney for your case. Read insights from Enjuris attorneys and lawyers across the USA on when and why you need to hire a car accident attorney. Learn more