San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer

A serious personal injury accident is likely to cause both physical and economic harm to an innocent victim. Not only are there the costly medical bills, but it’s likely that he or she won’t be able to work for some time too. A victim might even have to change jobs in the future at a reduced pay rate. Those are perfectly valid reasons for pursuing legal action against the person or entity that caused an accident and injuries. For nearly 10 years now, Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC has been highly successful in the representation of personal injury victims in and around San Diego and going head-to-head against insurance companies and corporations with billions of dollars of assets and highly paid defense attorneys.

What is Personal Injury?

Personal injury is a legal term that primarily pivots on an injury to a person’s body that was caused by somebody else. In Latin, it was a tort, or a wrong at by one person on another person. In a minority of cases, it might also be an emotional injury or even an injury to somebody’s reputation. When a victim has a valid personal injury claim, he or she ordinarily pursues damages from the insurer of the party who was at fault for the accident.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

There are hundreds of ways that a personal injury case might occur. They’re broken down into different categories. Here are some common causes of personal injury accidents:

  • Auto accidents.
  • Accidents involving medium sized and large trucks like semi-trailers.
  • Crashes involving motorcyclists as victims.
  • Bicycle and pedestrian accidents.
  • Injuries caused by governmental entities.
  • Public bus and school bus accidents.
  • Premises liability accidents like slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls or merchandise falling from above on customers.
  • Dog attacks.
  • Accidents that cause a wrongful death.

Damages and Determining the Value of a Personal Injury Case

There’s no secret formula used by personal injury lawyers and insurance companies in determining the value of a personal injury case. The nature of an injury, how it affected the victim and the damages suffered weigh heavily on a case’s value. The more severe that the injury is, the higher the damages are likely to be. Those damages can be economic or non-economic. Examples of economic damages would be medical bills, lost earnings and out-of-pocket expenses. Examples of non-economic damages would be pain and suffering, permanent disfigurement, permanent disability or loss of consortium. Non-economic damages are more difficult to place a value on.

The Comparative Negligence Issue

Accidents occur every day when claimants are partially responsible for their accidents and injuries. Intersection accidents are common locations where negligence might be shared. If the at fault driver alleges that the claimant was partially at fault for the accident and the claimant’s injuries, a determination must be made as to whether that claimant shared some of the fault. If so, liability would be apportioned and any percentage of fault attributable to the claimant must be considered. If the parties can’t agree on a settlement, any percentage of fault attributable to the claimant must be determined by a jury. If a jury decides that the claimant was 20% at fault for the accident, a $100,000 verdict in favor of the claimant would be reduced to $80,000.

Contact a San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Today

After being injured in an accident that was the fault of somebody else in or around San Diego, seek immediate medical attention at an urgent care center or emergency room. If you fail to do that, the opposing party will argue that you weren’t injured to the extent claimed. Then, contact the San Diego personal injury lawyers at Quirk Accident & Injury Attorneys, APC for a consultation and case review at no charge to you. Your questions will be answered, and then, we’ll advise you on what we believe would be the best legal choice in addressing your injuries and damages.

San Diego, CA Personal Injury Practice Areas