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Motor Vehicle Accidents - An Introduction

Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common personal injury cases, and because they fall under the umbrella of personal injury, they are subject to many of the same legal assumptions and rules.
For a general introduction to personal injury law in California, we encourage you to take a look at our article on the basics of personal injury here.

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Medical Expenses in California Personal Injury Claims

In a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff’s medical expenses are accounted for as part of the compensatory damages award, and more specifically, the economic damages subcategory, which covers the financial losses suffered by the plaintiff as a result of their injuries.

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Introduction to Personal Injury in California

If you have been injured, and your injury is due to another’s fault, then you may have an actionable personal injury claim against the person (or business, or government apparatus) who is at fault.
Each state has its own set of personal injury laws, and California is no exception. It is therefore crucial that we examine the law of personal injury from multiple perspectives (general and specific).

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Enforcement of Liability Waivers in California

In many personal injury cases, the fact pattern begins with an injury that the plaintiff suffered through his or her participation at an event or some other recreational activity – renting a canoe from a riverside shop, attending a team sports event, or purchasing tickets to a night out at the local dancehall, for example – wherein the plaintiff was made to sign a waiver of liability, otherwise known as a release form.

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Employer Vicarious Liability in Personal Injury

In many personal injury cases involving an employee of a company, the lawsuit need not target only the employee. Though an employee may have caused your injuries, the company itself may be liable under theories of vicarious liability and negligent supervision. In this way, a personal injury lawsuit that initially

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Disclosure of Mental Health Information in Personal Injury Cases – What to Expect

The prospect of having one’s mental health issues disclosed can scare off many potential plaintiffs, even those with a legitimate legal claim. Compelled disclosure of mental health information during trial may expose extremely private information to the general public. Further, the compelled disclosure of certain mental health information may hurt the plaintiff’s case.

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Defenses in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

In personal injury, there are numerous defenses available to the defendant, with varying impact – some are capable of having the lawsuit dismissed in its entirety, while others will simply reduce the available compensation that the plaintiff is entitled to. Whether you’re a personal injury plaintiff concerned about the strength of your

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Damages in California Personal Injury Actions

In personal injury actions – and in most civil suits, generally – the plaintiff suing is entitled to monetary damages. Monetary damages are intended to compensate the plaintiff for their injuries, and, to the degree possible, return the plaintiff to the economic position they enjoyed prior to the occurrence of the injury.

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Assault and Battery Claims in California

Though assault and battery are commonly associated with criminal punishment (public fines and possibly even imprisonment), the victim of assault and battery is also entitled to personally sue their attacker(s) under civil law to recover damages.

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Causation in Personal Injury

In California, for a personal injury claim to succeed, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant(s) directly and proximately caused the injuries-at-issue. A defendant who is to some degree involved in the accident, but whose behaviors do not in fact directly and proximately cause the sequence of events leading to injury, cannot be held liable for said injury.

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