San Diego Personal Injury FAQs
What are statutes of limitations?
When a person suffers an injury due to the recklessness or negligence of someone else, they may be entitled to pursue compensation for their pain and suffering. However, there is a limited window of time in which a personal injury claim can be filed. This is known as the statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations has passed, an injury victim is no longer legally entitled to seek compensation from the person responsible for their injury.
If you were injured in an accident caused by another party and you want to know more about pursuing the compensation you need for your accident-related losses, contact a San Diego personal injury attorney at Ritter & Associates today at (619) 296-0123.
What are punitive damages?
If a person suffers an injury caused by another person’s reckless or negligent actions, they may be able to seek financial compensation from the responsible party through a personal injury lawsuit. In these cases, there are two types of “damages”, or compensation, the court may award: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are intended to compensate an injured individual for medical bills, lost income, suffering, and any other losses resulting from their accident. Punitive damages, on the other hand, are imposed in order to punish the defendant for excessively dangerous behavior and in order to discourage similar behavior in the future.
What is negligence?
In the United States, all citizens have a duty to exercise reasonable caution towards each other in order to prevent causing harm to others. When this important civic responsibility isn’t upheld, it is legally known as negligence. Negligence can occur on the part of individuals or organizations. For instance, both a store manager who failed to adequately warn customers of slick floors and a pharmaceutical company that failed to appropriately test its products may be held liable for negligence.
If you would like to learn more about negligence and the law, contact the San Diego personal injury lawyers of Ritter & Associates at (619) 296-0123 today.
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If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury due to negligence, please contact the attorneys of Ritter & Associates today today for help. Call us at (619) 296-0123 to discover more about your legal options.
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