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Personal Injury Information

Personal injury lawsuits are filed by individuals who have been injured due another person's actions. The injury may be physical or emotional and must have resulted from negligence or from an intentional act.

  • Negligence: If your injury was due to another person's negligence or carelessness, even though there was no intentional wrongdoing, you may still be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. To win a "negligence case", it must be proven that a duty of care was owed to the injured person. If this duty is violated, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries. An example of negligence would be an auto accident. The driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to drive safely and keep the vehicle under control at all times. If the driver is distracted and this causes a car accident, any resulting injuries could be due to the driver's negligent actions.
  • Intentional Acts: When a person intends to commit a wrongful act which results in injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. It is a very complex process to obtain compensation from a person who commits an intentional act; however, most injuries result from acts of more than just one party. For example, a daycare center has a duty to provide proper supervision and keep children safe from any foreseeable wrongdoing. If your child is intentionally harmed at a daycare center, you may also have a lawsuit for negligence if the daycare center's lack of care led to your child's injury.
Personal injury lawsuits are filed by people (or their representatives) injured due to the negligence of someone else. The injury may be either physical or emotional, and it can arise from a variety of sources or types of conduct. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include slip and fall, automobile accidents, assaults and battery, and product liability. In general, the goal of a personal injury action is to determine who was responsible and to compel the responsible party to compensate the injured person for the losses sustained. If you or someone you know has been injured by the careless actions of another, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm to find out how we can help you preserve your rights.

"Strict liability" is a legal doctrine that makes parties responsible for damages that their actions, products or services cause, regardless of any "fault". Strict liability often applies to personal injury lawsuits when products are defective as a result of the manufacturing, distribution, or marketing process. There is no responsibility to prove that the manufacturer of the product was negligent, just that the product was defective and this defect contributed to your injury.

The federal government's National Center for Injury Protection and Control keeps statistics for personal injuries:

  • Every year in the United States, over 90,000 people die as a result of unintentional injuries.
  • Accidental injuries result in approximately 31 million emergency room visits each year.
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States for the age group of one to thirty four.
  • Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death for older Americans - over sixty five years old.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages one to fourteen.
  • About 8500 people per year are injured by fireworks.
  • About 600,000 people are treated for bicycle-related injuries serious enough to require a trip to the emergency room.
  • A dog bites someone every forty seconds.
  • Playground accidents occur every 2.5 minutes and result in 200,000 emergency room visits per year.
  • Approximately 2 million people are accidentally poisoned each year.
  • One out of every ten construction workers will be seriously injured each year.
  • On average, 11,200 serious accidental injuries occur every hour.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else's carelessness, negligence or intentional acts, you will want a personal injury attorney who is experienced, with a proven track record of success. The personal injury lawyers at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP have litigated and won millions of dollars in compensation for our injured clients throughout the Northern California area. We are a recognized leader in personal injury lawsuits because we aggressively fight for your rights. We work on a contingency basis, which means that we don't get paid until we win your case!

We take our cases personally and because we focus on this area of the law, you will get the competent legal representation that you deserve. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury, call a skilled personal injury lawyer at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP at (800) 900-0863 for a free case evaluation.

For more information about your injury case, and to schedule a free case consultation, please don't hesitate to contact the injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP. Call us today at (800) 900-0863.

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