Santa Cruz Personal Injury Lawyers

Our team has devoted their practice to protecting the rights of the injured. For more than 100 years collectively, Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP has helped accident victims seek compensation from the negligent parties who have wronged them, and has a long history of litigating a wide variety of personal injury cases involving all types of serious injury matters.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP hold negligent parties accountable for their actions in a court of law. Through a careful examination of the details surrounding your personal injury incident, our skilled injury attorneys will help determine as accurately as possible the exact events that led to your injury. We will decipher whether or not negligent action played a contributing role in your injury, and will appropriately assign that negligent action to either one or multiple parties. For all matters pertaining to personal injury, the attorneys at Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP are more than happy to answer any questions you may have, and even offer a free initial case consultation to begin with. For more information, please don't hesitate to contact us today at (800) 900-0863.

What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do For You?

If you've been injured, a personal injury lawyer will take a look at the circumstances under which you sustained your injury, and help determine whether or not the negligence of another helped contribute towards your accident taking place. Determining whether or not negligence led to your injury is the basis on which all personal injury cases are built. While it may at times appear as though an accident truly is an accident, and that no negligent behavior whatsoever may have contributed towards it, an experienced injury attorney is able to take into account every detail surrounding the accident, and may see instances of negligence that you didn't even take into account.

Why Should You Hire a Personal Injury Attorney?

After an accident, the first thing a person typically does is seek medical attention. We recall the details of the accident that are important in helping diagnose our injuries, and make sure that our physical well being is intact before anything else. However, after doing so, we often don't know what our next step should be. By retaining the services of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can rest assured that the circumstances under which you were injured will be carefully examined, and that negligent parties will be held accountable for their actions that contributed towards your injury occurring.

Negligence and Fault in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

In any personal injury case, it is extremely important to be able to assign fault to at least one party. Furthermore, it must be proven that negligence played a role in causing the accident. That is, if an accident occurs, and both involved parties were acting responsibly, and the accident was simply an unfortunate occurrence devoid of negligence, then fault will more than likely be attributed evenly amongst the involved parties. However, if one of more parties acted recklessly, which in essence led to the accident and consequent personal injury, the reckless party can be held liable for its actions, and may have to pay monetary damages to the accident victim.

Damages and Compensation in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Residents of Santa Cruz who sustain injury due to the actions of another are entitled to seek monetary damages from those responsible for said actions. If a thorough investigation conducted by an experienced personal injury lawyer reveals that negligence played a determining factor in causing an accident, then the party or parties responsible for that negligence can be held liable for it in a court of law. Furthermore, liability will warrant that the negligent individual may be responsible for having to pay compensatory, or even punitive, damages to the accident victim.

Compensatory damages are intended to compensate an accident victim for expenses already spent on recovering from an injury. Hospital bills, physical therapy fees, and other costs associated with recovery are considered compensatory, and negligent parties may be ordered to reimburse accident victims for such costs. Essentially, these costs are typically rather clear cut. Punitive damages, on the other hand, refer to a monetary award that accident victims may receive if it is determined that the party or parties responsible for helping cause the accident acted in a reckless manner, clearly disregarding the safety of others at the time of the accident.

Monetary damages can also be sought for other expenses resulting from an accident injury. For example, costs associated with future medical expenses, lost wages, and costs of living, in the event of permanent disability, can all be attained in a personal injury case. However, the most effective manner in which an individual should go about seeking any sort of compensation involves retaining the services of a skilled personal injury attorney who will fight to ensure that an accident victim's rights are not infringed upon in a court of law.

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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