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Stockton Personal Injury Lawyers

As the largest city in the Central Valley, Stockton has a lot to offer. However, accidents can happen if you take your kids to the Micke Grove Zoo or get outside on the trails at Oak Grove Regional Park.

When a semi-truck hits you on I-5, a drunk driver crashes into you on Golden State Highway, or you slip and fall while picking up groceries at Safeway, the resulting injuries can disrupt your life in costly ways.

When accident victims suffer severe injuries due to another person’s negligence, they may not know where to turn or what to do. In addition to seeking immediate medical treatment after an accident, you should follow up with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer as quickly as possible.

Accident victims have legal rights, and if they suffered injuries in an accident that resulted from negligence, they might recover monetary compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company.

The knowledgeable and compassionate Stockton personal injury attorneys at Silva Injury Law, Inc. can answer all your legal questions and help you begin a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the at-fault party.

Table Of Contents

  • How We Can Help You
  • What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?
  • What Are Some Common Personal Injuries That Accident Victims Suffer?
  • How to Prove Fault in a Personal Injury Claim or Lawsuit

How We Can Help You

First, we can meet with you to discuss your accident circumstances and begin requesting necessary documents on your behalf, including police reports, witness statements, medical treatment records, bills, and lost wage documents from your employer. We can then help you submit a demand letter to the insurance company and file a convincing personal injury claim on your behalf.

Next, we can handle all dealings with the insurance company and help you pursue a fair settlement offer that compensates you for all your accident-related injuries. If the insurance company disputes liability in your accident case or makes you a lowball offer, we can file a lawsuit in the California State Court System. If necessary, litigate your case to ensure you recover the compensation you deserve.

Whatever you decide, we will help you make informed, intelligent decisions throughout your entire personal injury case. Please contact our office today for a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Stockton personal injury attorney.

Why Should You Retain Silva Injury Law?

One of the most important decisions you must make in a Stockton personal injury claim is which lawyer to retain for legal representation. You may have several important questions and wonder why Silva Injury Law, Inc. is the best choice for you and your legal needs.

When dealing with our knowledgeable and compassionate legal team, you can rest assured that we will treat you like family every step of the way and do everything possible to safeguard your legal rights throughout the process. Moreover, we will not require you to pay an hourly fee for ongoing legal representation. Instead, our lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis.

Therefore, we do not take an attorney’s fee as compensation until we recover monetary compensation on your behalf ─ either through a favorable settlement, jury verdict, or binding arbitration award. We do not require any additional upfront costs.

When you retain the skilled Stockton personal injury attorneys at Silva Injury Law, Inc., you can be sure that you will receive the experienced legal representation that you need and that your lawyer will focus all of their attention on favorably resolving your case for the monetary compensation and damages that you deserve—not what the insurance company and their adjusters find fair and reasonable.

Finally, when you meet with our skilled legal team, you are not under any obligation to retain us for representation in your personal injury claim or lawsuit. By coming in for a free case evaluation or legal consultation, you have nothing to lose, but you potentially have everything to gain.

What Types Of Personal Injury Cases Do We Handle?

Instead, we will not hesitate to file a lawsuit in the court system and take your case to a jury trial or binding arbitration proceeding. If your case goes to trial, we will aggressively introduce evidence on your behalf and highlight the strength of your case, increasing your chances of recovering a favorable monetary award from the jury.

Some of the most common types of personal injury cases that we handle regularly include:

If you sustained injuries in an accident not listed here, and your accident resulted from another person’s negligent or wrongful act, you should reach out to our legal team immediately. We can determine if you may be eligible to recover monetary compensation in your case.

What Are Some Common Personal Injuries That Accident Victims Suffer?

The potential injuries that an accident victim can suffer are virtually limitless. These injuries can vary from case to case and often depend on the accident circumstances, the amount of force involved, and the body part or parts affected in the accident.

Some injuries that accident victims commonly sustain include:

  • Cuts and abrasions
  • Bruises
  • Soft tissue contusions
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Rib fractures
  • Broken bones
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Full or partial paralysis
  • Disfigurement
  • Crush injuries

If you or a person you love suffered any of these injuries in an accident resulting from negligence, you should seek prompt medical treatment on the same day as your accident. If you fail to seek immediate medical treatment after your accident, the insurance company may assume you did not sustain serious injuries. In addition, you want to seek prompt medical treatment after your accident to ensure that your injuries do not worsen.

Symptoms of many injuries, including concussions and other traumatic head injuries, do not always appear immediately. Therefore, the only way you will know whether you have suffered a severe injury is to seek prompt medical treatment at a hospital emergency room. While you are there, the treating medical provider can take brain scans or MRIs to determine the severity of your injury.

In addition to seeking the medical care you need, you should talk with a knowledgeable Stockton personal injury attorney at Silva Injury Law, Inc. as soon as possible after your accident. Our legal team can evaluate your claim and help you file the claim or lawsuit necessary to recover the monetary damages you need.

How To Prove Fault In A Personal Injury Claim Or Lawsuit

In every personal injury claim or lawsuit that an accident victim files in Stockton, the accident victim has the sole legal burden of proof in the case. This means that to recover monetary compensation for their injuries, they must satisfy each legal element of their claim or lawsuit. Otherwise, it will be challenging, if not impossible, to get an insurance company, judge, or jury to take your side.

First, the accident victim must demonstrate that the at-fault party who caused the accident owes a duty of care. For example, motor vehicle drivers owe a duty of care to all other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians to operate a vehicle carefully and safely and abide by all traffic laws and regulations while on the road. In addition, property owners must always maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition and warn about or correct known dangerous defects on their premises.

In addition to establishing a duty of care, the accident victim must show that the at-fault party violated their duty of care somehow. For example, in the context of a car accident, the at-fault driver might have operated their vehicle while distracted or intoxicated. In a premises accident, the property owner might have failed to clean up a spill reasonably soon, causing a slip and fall accident.

Next, the accident victim must establish the causation element of their personal injury claim. Therefore, they must show that the accident was the actual unforeseeable cause of the at-fault party’s injury. Finally, the accident victim must show that they suffered at least one physical injury in their accident and that their injuries were a direct and foreseeable result of the accident.

If the accident victim can satisfy their legal burden of proof that establishes all four legal elements, they may recover monetary compensation. At Silva Injury Law, Inc., our experienced lawyers can assist you throughout the settlement and litigation processes to recover the financial compensation you deserve.

What Types Of Monetary Compensation Can You Recover In A Personal Injury Claim?

As part of a personal injury claim or lawsuit, accident victims can recover various monetary damages. Since every personal injury case is different, the monetary awards an accident victim receives in their case, either through settlement or litigation, will likely vary.

The size and type of a monetary damage award will depend upon the injuries which the accident victim suffered, the severity of their injuries, the circumstances surrounding the accident, the medical treatment that they underwent for their injuries, the cost of their medical treatment, whether they suffered a permanent injury or disability, and whether they missed time from work after their accident.

Potential monetary compensation in a personal injury claim may consist of damages for an accident victim’s past and future medical treatment expenses, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, inconvenience, mental distress, pain, suffering, lost quality of life, loss of spousal companionship, and loss of the ability to use a body part.

At Silva Injury Law, Inc., our legal team can help you set realistic expectations for your case and anticipate the monetary damages you can recover.

In some instances, insurance companies will blame the accident victim. By doing so, they can often reduce your settlement. However, our attorneys know how to counter such allegations with evidence of who really bears liability for your losses.

What Is The Personal Injury Statute Of Limitations?

In California, accident items have a short time to seek monetary recovery for their injuries. That period begins on the accident date and ends precisely two years later. If an accident victim does not file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of their accident, the court will prevent them from recovering any monetary compensation for their injuries. Therefore, you should seek an experienced Stockton personal injury attorney to represent you right after your accident.

Some categories of personal injury cases also have different filing deadlines. A medical malpractice statute of limitations is either one year from the date the patient first discovered the injury—or within three years of the actual injury date.

A case that involves property damage has only a three-year statute of limitations deadline. Despite some minimal exceptions to these statutory deadlines, for the most part, they are hard-and-fast rules. Finally, if your personal injury case involves a claim you are making against a governmental agency, a notice provision may apply.

At Silva Injury Law, Inc., our legal team knows California’s short statute of limitations. Our legal team can help you file a lawsuit as quickly as possible and resolve your case efficiently in the court system.

Speak With An Experienced Stockton Personal Injury Lawyer Today

If an accident caused by someone else’s negligence injured you, seek legal help immediately. At Silva Injury Law, Inc., our lawyers will fight for your right to recover the monetary damages you deserve.c

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a skilled Stockton personal injury attorney, please call us at (209) 308-8924 or contact us online today.

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“I cannot say enough good things about Silva Injury Law. Everyone starting with the front desk were very professional, honest and hardworking. Michael and his team worked diligently to make sure everything went as quickly and as smooth as possible. Silva Injury Law genuinely care about their clients and I would highly recommend them.”

We believe that our duty goes beyond achieving large monetary awards for our clients. We strive first to be decent human beings who seek not to stir up fights, but to solve problems.
– Abraham Lincoln