When it comes to taking legal action to pursue compensation in a personal injury claim, victims have to observe strict time limits, known as the Statute of Limitations. While filing claims after the time limits expire can prevent claimants from seeking damages, the seemingly well-defined rules are not as simple as they appear. It is important to talk to a Los Angeles personal injury attorney as soon as possible after an accident to gain an accurate assessment of the time limits for any given claim.
When it comes to dog bites, many states follow the one-bite rule, which essentially holds dog owners liable only when their dogs have a prior history of attacks — even if that history involves only one bite. California, however, follows strict liability rules that do not require even a single prior incident to pursue compensation.
Anyone injured or killed in an accident caused by negligence has the right to pursue compensation from liable parties. However, each Los Angeles injury attorney at our firm can attest to the fact that the process takes on extensive complications when a liable party is a municipality. It is important to pursue compensation from everyone whose negligent acts contribute to injuries or fatalities, but it is also vital to identify when filing a municipal personal injury claim makes sense.
Premises liability statutes across the U.S. hold property owners liable when visitors suffer injuries on their premises due to faulty maintenance or other negligent acts. In most states, however, that liability does not pertain to injuries sustained by trespassers or other visitors who are on the premises for suspicious purposes, such as burglary. California law makes no such distinction, but any Los Angeles accident attorney might agree that legislators have found other ways to help ensure that the law is fair to all parties.
No one is perfect — not even large manufacturers that employ countless engineers to design products that are effective and safe. Unfortunately, each Los Angeles accident lawyer at our firm has seen too many clients who experienced serious injuries that might have been prevented. When manufacturers act immediately on the first suspicion of dangerous product flaws, they can prevent serious injuries and fatalities.