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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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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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Product Liability Basics

In California, product liability law has developed over time to protect consumers from defective products that enter the distribution pipeline at the manufacturer, distributor, or retailer level.

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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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Punitive Damages in California Personal Injury Lawsuits

In the state of California, personal injury plaintiffs may be compensated for a variety of damages suffered, including but not limited to pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, the increased cost of living associated with a disability, funeral expenses, loss of consortium, property loss, and wage loss.

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Pure Comparative Negligence in California – When the Victim is Blameworthy, Too

Not every personal injury lawsuit involves a faultless plaintiff-victim. Plaintiffs often contribute to their own injury-causing events, to varying degrees.

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Steps to Take After an Injury

After you’ve been injured – whether in an automobile accident, slip-and-fall, or any other incident – there are several steps that you can take to help ensure that your legal claim is preserved to its fullest extent.

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The Plaintiff's Duty to Mitigate Damages

In California, defendants can assert a partial defense – that, if successful, will reduce their damages liability but not necessarily absolve them of it in its entirety – known as the failure to mitigate damages.

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Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists

In California, the law requires that all driver’s purchase a minimum of $15,000 in liability insurance. There are millions of drivers in the state who choose to purchase only the bare minimum policy.

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Wrongful Death Actions in California

In California, as in most other states, surviving family members of the deceased may bring a wrongful death claim against those persons or entities that were responsible for the death.

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