Our legal system is designed to compensate injured individuals by holding those who were responsible for their injuries liable. The Law Offices of Tony T. Liu helps these individuals get the compensation and justice they deserve.
Slip and Fall and Other Premises Liability
Property owners have a duty to use reasonable care to keep visitor safe from certain dangerous conditions. The extent of their duty depends on the kind of property they own. Commercial property owners have the highest duty to make reasonable inspections of their property and find foreseeably dangerous conditions and repair them. Failure to comply with this duty to inspect and repair can result in liability when customers are injured in the place of business. Incidents that can lead to liability include slips and falls, faulty displays, inadequate security, dim lighting, broken glass, and many others. Additionally, all property owners in California to some extent have a duty to prevent individuals from being harmed on the property. Even trespassers must be warned of hidden dangers on property in some circumstances. Although the extent to which a property owner must warn visitors also depends on whether the visitor is invited.
When a visitor to the property such as a customer is also negligent as to a hazard their negligence can reduce their recovery in premises liability lawsuits. This also means that a person can not intentionally encounter a hazard when a clear warning exists.
Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death
Severe burns, amputations, brain and spinal injuries are all forms of catastrophic injury that may be the result of a preventable harm. Additionally, if an individual loses their life in an accident their surviving relatives may bring a case to recover compensation on behalf of the deceased. Regardless of whether the injury was received in the course of an accident on the road, at work, or at home it takes a skilled attorney to identify who can be held responsible to cover the extreme loss.
It is generally up to an experienced personal injury attorney to uncover all possible recovery sources when pursuing a case that involves severe injury or wrongful death to ensure that the victims receive complete compensation for the loss involved.
Types of Compensation Available for Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury law is a part of tort law. Tort remedies are often broader than contract and other remedies and include compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Compensatory damages are the type of damages designed to cover actual expenses due to an injury. Punitive damages on the other hand are designed to punish the wrongdoer for their actions.
Examples of compensatory damages include:
|Medical expenses||Mental anguish|
|Pain and suffering||Loss of consortium|
|Lost wages||Loss of companionship|
|Impairment of earning capacity||Property damage|
|Future medical expenses|
Punitive damages can be as much as ten times or more the price of compensatory damages. However, punitive damages are not available in every tort case. There is not fixed formula for determining whether punitive damages may be recovered. However, generally if the conduct that caused harm was reprehensible, meaning that it was willful or malicious, punitive damages may be recoverable. In calculating punitive damages the jury generally determines the amount necessary to punish the wrongdoer; this depends on the amount of money the defendant has.
Contact an Experienced Orange County Personal Injury Attorney
The Law Offices of Tony T. Liu provides experienced representation to personal injury plaintiffs. Call (714)415-2007 to schedule a consultation.