California Personal Injury Guide

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.

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Accident worksheets

Your First Meeting with an Attorney
A worksheet to prepare for your first meeting with a personal injury attorney – what to bring, what they'll ask
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Documents & Evidence Checklist
Checklist of 30 items to help you prepare for making a personal injury or accident claim
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Personal Injury Attorney Interview Sheet
Worksheet with questions to ask a personal injury attorney to help determine if he or she will be a good fit for your case
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Damages/Expenses Worksheet
Damages worksheet to track expenses for your injury claim (medical treatment, property damage, lost wages, prescriptions)
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Post-Accident Journal Form
Sample accident journal/diary to help you document the effect on your daily life
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Accident Report Form
Sample post-accident report form to keep in your glove box - fill out at the scene or as soon as you can after a car accident
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Truck accident lawsuits: everything you need to know

Crashes involving trucks with passenger cars often involve serious injuries. But from a legal perspective, they’re not as straightforward as car accidents involving two regular passenger cars. Learn how the process is different and what you need to do if you’re involved in a truck accident. Read more

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.

California statutes

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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.

Car accident lawsuit time limits by state

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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.

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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.

Personal injury law basics

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