Most Los Angeles car accidents are not completely clear when it comes to liability. Maybe you know you did something wrong or you don't think you did but the specifics of your car crash could go either way. The good news is that in Los Angeles and all of California, there is a comparative negligence standard in place when it comes to personal injury liability. What does that mean? It means that even if you were partially responsible for your Los Angeles personal injury you can still get money for the part you were not responsible for. So, if your case is worth $100,000 but you were 30% responsible, you can still get $70,000. As you may have guessed, what percentage of liability is attributed to each party in any personal injury accident is pretty heavily contested because each side is trying to limit their liability/responsibility which is one of the many reasons why working with a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is important.
What happens if I am partially responsible for my Los Angeles personal injury?
Cases where the other party is not 100% liable aren't really different from a procedural standpoint and the filing and process is identical. What differs is the fight with the opposing party (not always but often) as to how much everyone is responsible for the personal injury. And because personal injury accidents like car crashes and slip and falls happen so quickly, it is had to piece together exactly what happened by who and when. Our goal as Los Angeles personal injury attorneys is to limit that amount of liability attributed to your actions and increase the liability attributed to the other party so that we can maximize your overall settlement. Partial responsibility for your Los Angeles personal injury case can include things like:
You can even still recover if your role in the accident was doing something illegal like a DUI and there is strong evidence to show some level of liability on the other side. That won't, of course, get you off for your decision to illegally get behind the wheel when you have had too much to drink but it does not negate the opportunity to still collect money fr the civil aspect of your accident.
Comparative negligence versus contributory negligence
Be happy that California switched from contributory negligence to comparative negligence in 1975-- an approach to personal injury responsibility and compensation that is simply more fair and more realistic. For those states that follow a contributory negligence personal injury recovery model (Alabama, North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia & Washington DC), if you played any role in the accident then you are barred from recovering anything. That's right...even if you are found to be a mere 10% responsible as compared to the other party's 90% responsibility, the contributory negligence standard in those states makes it so you cannot file a personal injury lawsuit.
Based on that description you can see why comparative negligence in California is better and in your favor but it does require a lot of crafty legal arguments to limit your liability. At Walch Law, limiting your liability and increasing the other party's is one of the many things we are very good and experienced at. Do not assume that you cannot file a Los Angeles personal injury lawsuit just because you played a role in your accident-- get in touch with us immediately and let's chat further. We are available 24/7 and here to help. If you are looking for a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer in the wake of an accident that you helped cause, we are the team you want.
Nine Reasons To Choose Us
When looking for a California wrongful death lawyer, you want a law firm that can get you the money you deserve. At Walch Law, we don't just meet our clients' expectations, we exceed them. We win over 95% of our cases and will work hard to get you the same great results we have gotten for so many of our happy clients. When it comes to handing a California wrongful death case, resolving your case as quickly as possible for as much money as possible is how we approach every case.
Founding partner Gary Walch started this law firm to help people in your very situation. With over forty years of experience, you can feel confident that when you hire Walch Law Firm, you are benefiting from his years of experience. Robert Walch has been with the firm since 2000 and has a track record of success, as does the rest of the highly qualified staff at Walch Law. A family firm with the resources of a big law firm means you get the best of both worlds.
There are lots of law firms that will happily take your business but very few will deliver results and handle your case the way that we do. We understand and respect how difficult this time is for you and our family. When you hire Walch Law Firm you are hiring a family firm that you can trust. We have a stellar reputation within the legal community and among our clients.
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For many individuals and families following a death it is not just an emotional time but a stressful financial time as well—hiring an attorney should help relieve this financial stress which is why you hire us on a contingency fee arrangement. Translation: you don't pay for any fees or costs associated with your case until you get paid. We have the financial resources of a large law firm but the accessible environment of a small firm meaning your case won't get lost in the shuffle.
Whenever you are ready, we are available to talk and this open and available communication model is something that our clients enjoy until their case is closed. We keep you informed and updated on your case every step of the way, always explain what's happening in plain English and ultimately deliver on our promise to get you paid.
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Winning over 95% of our cases means that you can feel very confident when you hire us to help with your case. Some of our recent victories include a $5,000,000+ settlement for a car accident, $1,250,000 settlement for a wrongful death pedestrian case and $2,500,000 for injuries related to a subway accident.
First and foremost, you are suffering a major traumatic loss and we understand that. We can help with counseling, medical professionals and other important resources during this time. Your focus should be on dealing with this loss, let us take care of all the legal details.
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There are small firms that might not be able to front the costs of your case and there are big law firms that will easily take your case but lack any type of personal touch (and you might have trouble hearing back from them when you want to) and then there's Walch Law Firm. We can handle any case and pride ourselves on our accessibility to clients. Father-son duo Gary & Robert Walch treat everyone like family and this personal touch is something that our clients as well as our employees constantly comment on and appreciate!
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