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Solana Beach Personal Injury Lawyers

Solana Beach Personal Injury Attorneys

Personal injuries alter the lives of Solana Beach residents every year. Because so many circumstances can lead to such injury, our Solana Beach personal injury lawyers are a valuable resource. Personal injury attorneys can assist clients with a wide variety of cases. They may work with car accident victims, those who have suffered medical malpractice, and even individuals who have slipped and fallen on private property.

Most victims experience anxiety and confusion in the time that follows an accident. Sustaining an injury is stressful enough. It’s easy to see why many accident victims shy away from the legal system.

If, however, you partner with our trustworthy Solana Beach personal injury attorney, recovering compensation for a personal injury doesn’t need to be a difficult process. Below, we’ve outlined some of the basics of personal injury, what our personal injury attorneys can do for you, and the steps victims should take to protect themselves and their rights.

How Gomez Trial Attorneys Can Help

At Gomez Trial Attorneys, our team of Solana Beach personal injury lawyers has decades’ worth of collective experience litigating personal injury cases. We regularly partner with clients who have experienced a broad range of injuries. Our team has recovered more than $500 million in compensation for local personal injury clients; and, if you’ll allow us, we would be honored to support you during your case as well.

We offer potential clients the advantage to engage in a FREE initial consultation. This discussion with a legal professional allows us to determine whether our team is the best fit for your case. If we partner with you to assist with your case, we will work diligently to assist you in achieving justice.

For more information and your free case evaluation, contact our Solana Beach personal injury lawyers today. One of our friendly, empathetic, and knowledgeable team members will be happy to field your questions and concerns.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury?

“Personal injury” is a pretty sizable umbrella term. It covers a wide range of occurrences and circumstances. In fact, many victims of personal injury are actually surprised to learn that they have legal standing. They may believe that their injuries are not serious enough to warrant compensation or that the nature of their circumstances somehow disqualifies them from it.

This is usually not the case. If you’ve suffered any injury due to somebody else’s negligence or recklessness, there’s a probability that you may be entitled to open a personal injury case.

Cornell Law School technically defines personal injury as any injury that occurs to the “body, mind, or emotions.” Much of the general public believes that personal injury laws only protect victims injured through physical altercation or some similar form of human contact. This is not the case.

Victims of personal injury may actually experience bodily or mental harm for any number of reasons. A broad range of circumstances qualify as instances of personal injury, including:

  • Car, motorcycle, truck, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
    • These may stem from any number of causes; drowsy, distracted, or intoxicated driving; road rage or other aggressive behavior; inclement weather, poor road conditions, etc.
  • Slip and falls
    • Premises owners have a responsibility to protect their guests from harm; those that fail to do so may be held liable in court
  • Medical malpractice
    • Includes medication and diagnostic errors, surgical errors, etc.
  • Product liability
    • Defective and otherwise dangerous products pose a huge risk
  • Workplace accidents or construction accidents 
  • Pharmaceutical negligence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Nursing home abuse
    • Elders are at risk of abuse from staff in nursing homes and similar settings; these elder individuals require prompt legal assistance
  • Catastrophic injuries

How Can I Be Sure I Have a Case?

You cannot be certain of a case’s validity until you consult with a seasoned legal professional. Nobody else can tell you whether your case could hold up in court. The most important step that any personal injury victim can take is making the initial call to set up a consultation with our personal injury lawyers. Some victims are surprised to learn that their cases could hold serious weight in court.

Establishment of Fault

Personal injury occurs when an individual causes injury to another individual. It technically requires that:

  • The accused have a duty to the victim AND
    • …i.e. to keep the victim safe from harm
  • …the accused violated or failed to fulfill that duty in some way WHICH
  • …caused the victim to be injured in some way

This is one reason why retaining a personal injury lawyer is so beneficial to most cases. It can prove time-consuming and difficult to gather ample evidence to prove these facts. Even though the process may seem simple or obvious to you, proving fault beyond a doubt in court is a tough job. Personal injury attorneys know exactly how to do this and which steps give them the best chance at achieving it.

Types of Personal Injury

Head and Brain Injuries

Head and brain injuries can have serious consequences. Some victims even suffer permanent disability as a result of injuries like these. Our mental, cognitive, and sensory abilities all rely on full brain functionality. When an injury damages or disrupts that functionality, so are our abilities.

Victims of injuries like these (and those around them) need to look out for certain symptoms. Symptoms that appear after a head or brain injury can be especially important; many brain injuries result in death, so catching symptoms in a timely manner is crucial:

  • Concussions
    • Whiplash-type injuries or violent head-shaking or collisions can cause them.
    • Victims may experience brief losses of consciousness or appear dazed.
  • Hematoma in the brain
  • Skull fractures

Broken and Fractured Bones and Lacerations

Think of a car accident. Car accident cases are, by far, some of the most common personal injury cases in America. Some of the initial resulting injuries that may come to mind likely involve broken bones or cuts (also known as lacerations) somewhere on the body.

Injuries like these—which can occur for a variety of reasons—can seriously impact a victim’s life. The average laceration may not change somebody’s way of living, but one large enough to require stitches and specialized medication might. Fractures may fail to heal properly in the future or may be severe enough that treatment takes extended effort.

Electrocution, Burns, and Drowning

Some people are injured under unique circumstances. Oftentimes, these have to do with a victim’s job. Electricians are at high risk of being electrocuted, for example—especially compared to somebody who’s never dealt with wiring or electricity in their life.

The most notable personal injuries that involve special circumstances are electrocution, burns injuries, and drowning. Each of these required a unique set of circumstances to occur, and each has the potential to cause life-threatening injuries.

When Should I See a Doctor?

As soon as possible.

No matter what sort of injury somebody sustains, an injured individual should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. You should even contact and visit your doctor if you received emergency or specialized medical treatment already. If, for example, you got in a car accident and got sent to the hospital, it’s still wise to set up an appointment with your primary care provider afterward.

This serves several purposes. Firstly, some injuries take time to present themselves. You (and your doctors) may not recognize that something is wrong until some time after an accident. A visit with your doctor allows him or her to determine your condition and monitor for delayed symptoms. It also helps keep your physician up-to-date regarding your wellbeing.

It’s critical to follow your doctor’s orders and keep records of important information. You may want to keep running notes for aftercare tips or suggestions, and you should always collect and file documentation as soon as possible. This streamlines the legal process later.

Symptoms: What to Look out For

If you experience any sort of symptom after an injury, it’s always best to seek a medical opinion as soon as possible. Some symptoms, however, are known for being more indicative of danger than others. Victims of personal injury should seek urgent medical care if they experience:

  • Headaches or dizziness | In some cases, symptoms like these may be indicative of a brain injury; the more severe the symptoms, the more severe the injury is likely to be
  • Radiating pain or numbness | Pain and numbness are never ideal symptoms, but radiating sensations can spell extra trouble. They could point to herniated discs and other similar conditions. Timely treatment generally work in victims’ favor; delayed treatment could lead to paralysis
  • Stomach pain | Intense abdominal pain may signal internal bleeding

How Long Will My Case Take?

Unfortunately, nobody can tell you with certainty.

The length a case takes to finish or settle depends on a myriad of factors. Each one is so unique that it’s impossible to guess how long it could take. Factors that influence a case’s length include injury severity, identification and resources of liable parties, time to recover, and how long it took you to seek legal assistance.

The fastest way to resolve your case favorably is to promptly hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you. Our experienced Solana Beach personal injury attorneys know how to efficiently gather and present evidence in a compelling manner and convince the negligent parties that they have nothing to gain by dragging out the process.

Mistakes to Avoid

Because each personal injury case is so unique, it can be difficult to offer generalized advice regarding the topic. There are, however, a handful of things that most personal injury victims should try to avoid. A personal injury lawyer can help shed more light on why or why not to take steps like these:

  • Talking to insurance adjusters
    • Try not to discuss your case with the responsible party’s insurance company. Insurance adjusters are interested in their employers’ bottom lines. They do not want to help you. Many personal injury victims do end up speaking to insurance professionals; while this is not ideal, you’re unlikely to jeopardize your case unless you agree to a settlement
  • Failing to seek comprehensive diagnosis
    • An accurate, comprehensive diagnosis of injuries is paramount to adequate compensation. If your injuries are improperly diagnosed or treated, you may not receive compensation to account for the total severity of the situation. This could also lead to increased personal danger (and even a risk of death) for victims due to inadequate treatment
  • Returning to demanding physical activity too soon
    • Not only will this hinder the healing process, but it could be used against you by the defendant in court. Take it easy if you’re injured. It’s good for your body and it’s good for your case

How Our Solana Beach Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help

While victims focus on self-healing, their lawyers can focus on pursuing justice in court. You should be free to worry about your mental and physical well being; a personal injury attorney takes over the responsibility of managing a case and eases victims’ workloads.

This is just one reason why you need to seek our seasoned Solana Beach lawyers to assist with your case. Many Solana Beach personal injury victims attempt to navigate the complexities of our legal system on their own. Not only is the experience often frustrating and demoralizing, but it seldom leads to adequate compensation for victims. Most lose more in time spent supporting themselves than they’d lose paying an attorney—and most personal injury lawyers don’t actually charge their clients anything. Instead, they receive only a percentage of any compensation they help a client to recover.

Your personal injury attorney will help you communicate with insurance companies, gather and present evidence, and battle for your rights in court. There’s no reason to enter the legal system on your own. You deserve a trustworthy partner throughout the process.

Attorney John Gomez

Personal Injury Lawyer, John Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys: Your Solana Beach Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a loved one have suffered personal injuries due to someone else’s negligence or recklessness, contact our offices today or call us at (619) 237-3490. The Gomez Trial Attorneys team works diligently to ensure that our clients are knowledgeable and emboldened throughout the legal process. We understand how life-altering personal injuries can be. Don’t allow those experiences to rob you of your future.

Gomez Trial Attorneys
603 N. Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Phone: (868)-252-1500

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