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When you’ve been seriously injured in an accident or at work, it can be devastating for you and your family. Facing an injury means that you need a responsive, knowledgeable, and result-driven attorney. At the Law Offices of Delitala, our personal injury attorney is available to help you face your injuries and file a claim for compensation. Attorney D. Sunny Delitala is not afraid to take on tough cases.
The Law Offices of Delitala can help you with any of the following:
- Bicycle accidents
- Car accidents
- Dog bites
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Premises liability
- Truck accidents
- Worker's compensation
What to Do When You Are Involved in an Accident?
Suffering an injury in an accident can be a traumatic and emotionally overwhelming experience. However, there are certain steps you must take to protect your health and the right to recover financial compensation for your injury.
Here are steps you should immediately take after an accident:
- Seek immediate medical attention – If you suffered a serious injury, you or someone else must get medical help as soon as possible. Even if you suffered a minor injury, you must see a doctor to determine the severity of the injury, receive the proper treatment, and obtain documentation to prove you suffered the injuries from the accident.
- Do not admit fault – Although saying “sorry” could be viewed as polite and considerate when you accidentally bump into someone while walking, doing so after an accident can be construed as an admission of fault.
- Call the police – Report the accident to the local police department or the California Highway Patrol (CHP). A law enforcement official will arrive at the scene of the incident, conduct an investigation, and provide an accident report on your behalf. The report can be used as evidence to prove your claim.
- Gather evidence – Using your smartphone, take photos or record videos of the accident scene and your injuries. Write down everything that happened. Any details and evidence can be useful to your claim.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim in California
In order to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court, the injured party (the plaintiff) must establish certain elements to prove that the at-fault party (the defendant) is negligent and liable for damages suffered by the victim.
The following are the four elements you must prove to file a personal injury claim in California:
- The defendant had a duty of care
- The defendant breached their duty by acting in a negligent or reckless manner
- The defendant’s negligent actions caused the accident and the plaintiff’s injury
- The plaintiff suffered damages or losses as a result of the accident
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
The next step is to choose a personal injury lawyer to handle your claim. Your attorney can thoroughly examine your case, explore all your available legal options, and help you hold the at-fault party responsible for your injuries and recover your entitled compensation.
Since you will be in constant communication and sharing private information with your lawyer throughout the legal process, ensure you hire a professional you are comfortable with and trust. They will be your strongest advocate and ally inside and outside the courtroom.
Determine Which Court to File Your Lawsuit
If you are injured in an accident and suffered more than $10,000 in damages, your injury claim is handled in California civil court (Superior Court). Otherwise, damages worth less than that amount will be handled in small claims court.
File Your Claim in Time
According to the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in California, you have two years from the date of the injury to file your lawsuit in court. Failure to file your claim within the two-year period could lead to you losing your right to financial compensation.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?
As we mentioned earlier, one of the most important steps to filing a personal injury claim in California is to hire an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer for your case. While you focus on making the best possible recovery from injury, your lawyer can investigate the accident, file all the necessary paperwork, meet all the deadlines, and handle every aspect of your case.
The benefits of hiring a personal injury lawyer include:
- They understand the legal process to help you avoid making costly mistakes
- They can increase your chances of obtaining a favorable outcome in your case
- They will protect your rights and best interests from start to finish
- They can negotiate or reach a favorable settlement agreement
- They can take your case to trial and represent you in court
- They know how much your claim is worth
How Long Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Take to Settle?
The answer is: it depends. You could reach a settlement within a few weeks or a couple of years, based on the complexities surrounding your personal injury claim. In general, cases involving serious or catastrophic injuries take longer than relatively minor injuries.
Common factors related to timing depend on the following:
- The complexity of the case
- The severity of the injuries
- The amount of damages
- The case load in your jurisdiction
- The defendant’s willingness to settle or fight in court
- Your patience
Thank you for everything that you and your team did for me
“Mrs. Delitala was great in representing me with my case. Thank you for everything that you and your team did for me. I highly recommend her as she will fight to get you what you deserve.”
Words can't describe how grateful I am to Sunny and her team
“Sunny and her team were absolutely wonderful! Do NOT hesitate to reach her law office! I was really worried and stressed out before I spoke with Sunny about my worker's comp, let me tell you, those worries immediately dissipated. I never felt let down, I felt heard, and I had improved care through her and her team effort. Words can't describe how grateful I am to her and her team. They changed my life, for the better. Thank you again so much Sunny!”
Thank you Sunny for what you have done for me and my family
“So, this lawyer right here is amazing as other reviewers stated she is a SHARK! She is fearless, smart, always knows what to say, responsive, honest, loyal, and on your side! She will guide you through everything! As long as you meet her halfway through this and LISTEN, you will win! I’m very happy with my outcome she was with me every step of the way, and answered all my questions even if I repeated myself she would even answer in a different way with the same answer. Even her staff was amazing and all nice respectful and explained things. I’m actually sad we are parting ways because my case has come to a close, but I will always think of this amazingly awesome team. I’m telling you as just a client of this law firm, do not hesitate to have her represent you for your WC claim, she’s fast and efficient and has excellent communication, and experience and will get the job done and leave with a big smile, she has changed me and my two children’s lives and not just someone to rush or neglect you like some other lawyers that will leave you confused and just worried …. I was well taken care of and treated like family like I was very comfortable … thank you Sunny for what you have done for me and my family getting me justice and not letting me get taken advantage of. She is amazing and if I ever had another accident I would definitely use her again! I wish she could be my personal lawyer and this is from the heart and my honest opinion, and thoughts. P.S. ( She is a workers comp personal injury lawyer ) and like she states she doesn’t beat around the bush she is firm and direct (: & please know and have your information ready she is a busy woman again Thank you! Thank You Sunny & your Team!”
Sunny is very professional and kind
“Sunny is very professional and kind. She heard my case and gave me honest feedback. Don't be afraid to call and see if your case has promise. If she cannot represent you, she will refer you to a trustworthy attorney who can. Thanks, Sunny!”
Very professional and kept me informed throughout the case
“The Law Offices of Delitala fought for me for 3 years. Very professional and kept me informed throughout the case. I would definitely recommend.”
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