Who or what can be held responsible in personal injury cases?

In personal injury cases, responsibility, or liability, can be held by various individuals or entities. When you first meet with your lawyer, they will determine to whom you are held responsible and go after to get the compensation you deserve.

Here is a list of possible responses for your injury:

  • Individuals: This can include drivers, property owners, manufacturers, or anyone else who may have caused an injury through negligence or misconduct.
  • Businesses: Companies, corporations, and other commercial entities can be held responsible for injuries caused by their products, services, or employees.
  • Government entities: In some cases, local, state or federal government entities can be held responsible for injuries that occur on public property or as a result of the actions of government employees.
  • Medical professionals: Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers can be held responsible for medical malpractice if they fail to provide proper care and cause injury to their patients.
  • Manufacturers: Companies that design, manufacture, or distribute products can be held responsible.

Liability in personal injury cases often depends on the case’s specific circumstances. These cases also depend on the laws of the state where the injury occurred. In general, the party that had a duty to act with reasonable care and failed to do so, causing damage to another person, can be held responsible for those injuries. It’s important to note that California has a two-year statute of limitations for most personal injury claims, which means that a lawsuit must be filed within two years of the date of the injury. In addition, California follows a pure comparative negligence rule, which means that an injured party can recover damages even if they were partially at fault for their injuries, but their recovery may be reduced by their degree of fault.

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