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Can You Sue for Discrimination?

Many office environments provide a friendly, collaborative workplace for employees. Unfortunately, not all workplaces are equal, and employees may face discrimination from their coworkers or employers. So can you sue for discrimination in California? Discrimination against employees is illegal under both state and federal laws. If you’ve witnessed or experienced discrimination at work, you may be able to file a discrimination lawsuit. The experienced Los Angeles, California discrimination attorneys at the Farzam Law Firm can advise you of your options after learning more about the details of your case. Please send us a message or call (310) 226-6890 today to learn how we can help. Suing for Discrimination in California Employees anywhere in the United States can sue for discrimination. Both state and federal laws prohibit employers from discriminating against an employee based on the employee’s “protected status.” Accordingly, you can file a discrimination lawsuit against your employer only if you suffer discrimination based on your protected status. Although not always a discrimination claim, employees who receive poor treatment may still claim a hostile work environment. Protected Status in California Both state and federal anti-discrimination laws define several characteristics that count as a “protected status.” Specifically, California’s anti-discrimination laws protect employees from discrimination based on the following: Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Gender identity or expression, Sexual orientation, Marital status, Genetic characteristics, Military status, Ancestry or national origin, or Disability. In California, “sex” includes discrimination based on someone’s biological sex as well as certain related conditions, such as pregnancy. As a result, if an employer fires a woman because of her pregnancy, she may file a discrimination lawsuit against the employer.   Types of Employment Discrimination Employment discrimination comes in many forms. While discrimination ultimately depends on many different factors, which differ from case to case, some common forms of employment discrimination include: Discrimination based on physical, mental, or cognitive disability; Discrimination based on age, race, or any other protected status; Denial of earned pay (including overtime); Language discrimination (“Speak English Only” policies); and Reduction in benefits. Even with an understanding of California’s protected classes, employment discrimination is not always obvious. Accordingly, it is important to consult with discrimination attorneys even if you aren’t sure. They will be familiar with patterns of discrimination and can advise you about your situation. How to Sue for Discrimination in California Before you can sue your employer directly, you must first exhaust the other remedies available to you. As a result, the first step in a discrimination lawsuit is obtaining a “right-to-sue” notice from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). In most cases, you will receive this notice after DFEH investigates on your behalf; however, you may also request a right-to-sue notice directly without an investigation. Keep in mind that because the DFEH investigation may help your case, skipping that process may not be the best choice. Alternatively, you may be able to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal employment anti-discrimination laws, like the Civil Rights Act. If you’re unsure which agency to file a complaint with, or even if you’re unsure whether you’ve experienced discrimination at all, speaking with our EEOC attorneys is a good idea. What Can I Get If I Sue for Discrimination? Like with other types of lawsuits, you may be able to claim damages in a discrimination lawsuit. The exact value for compensatory damages varies depending on the facts of your case. In general, however, you may be compensated for the following: Back pay that is equal to your lost earnings caused by discrimination; Front pay equal to future wage loss caused by the discrimination (usually the difference between your wages at your new job and your old one if you were fired); Lost wages while searching for a new job; Lost benefits; Attorney fees; and Damages for emotional distress. You may be able to recover punitive damages as well. Punitive damages are designed to punish wrongful conduct and may be appropriate if the discrimination you faced was particularly severe. Speak with Our California Discrimination Attorneys For more than 20 years, the Farzam Law Firm has served members of the Los Angeles community, representing clients in various employment law cases. From discrimination to harassment to worker’s compensation, our experienced trial attorneys have the skills necessary to get the compensation you deserve. To see how we can help you, contact us today online or by phone at (310) 226-6890 to schedule a free consultation.

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Do I need an Attorney for a Car Accident in Los Angeles?

When it comes to cars, California is king. The state registers more vehicles per year than any other state and records nearly 900,000 auto sales in the same time frame. If you’ve driven on any road in Los Angeles or a California highway, these numbers probably don’t surprise you. And even though accidents happen every day, they are far from routine. Whether you are involved in a minor fender bender or a more serious accident, dealing with the insurance companies while you try to recover can be stressful and confusing. So when should you get an attorney for a car accident, and how can they help you? California Auto Insurance Laws Like every state, California requires all drivers to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. When two or more vehicles get into an accident, liability for accident damages falls on the at-fault driver or drivers. California follows the majority of states in applying an “at-fault” system for liability purposes. In an at-fault state, each insurance company pays for damages according to the degree of fault of its policyholder. Therefore, the driver who caused the accident is responsible for the damages of injured parties. But determining fault and damage amounts is where auto accident claims get tricky. How Can a Lawyer Help with an Auto Accident Claim? Although many auto accidents don’t need legal intervention,  getting a lawyer for your car accident can be a wise step if you run into issues with a claim. There are several ways that a personal injury attorney can help you navigate the claims process and provide legal support if needed. Proving Fault Determining who was at fault for the collision is a point of great contention after an auto accident. How this blame is attributed can affect any settlement amount or jury award, leaving you at risk of losing entitled compensation. An attorney knows what evidence can help prove your claim and how to obtain that evidence; This may include police reports and witness statements and also more sophisticated evidence like expert opinions from doctors and accident reconstruction specialists. Dealing with the Insurance Companies Auto insurance in California operates under an at-fault system, where each driver is responsible for the damages they cause in an accident. But insurance companies are for-profit enterprises with access to resources that the average person does not have, which they use to their advantage. If you get the runaround from a claims adjuster, become bogged down in unnecessary paperwork, or have your claim denied, a lawyer can step in on your behalf. Taking It to Trial Sometimes an injured driver will file a claim with the other driver’s insurance company only to run into a policy cap or other limitation. That doesn’t mean that a plaintiff will lose the balance of compensation. Drivers in California can retain their right to sue the at-fault for additional damages, even when their insurance claim is accepted and paid; This usually happens when the plaintiff suffered significant physical injuries and property damage. An attorney can advise you on when a trial may be necessary and represent you throughout the process.  Car Accident Victim? Call the Farzam Law Firm for Help Today! Whether in a minor accident or a severe one, all auto accidents can be confusing affairs. You may be watching the medical bills pile up while you try to get car repairs done and still face the stress of making ends meet at home. If you are struggling, it may be time to get an attorney for your car accident claim. The personal injury team at the Farzam Law Firm has over 20 years of experience in California, and we are here to help make your life a little easier. We will be aggressive advocates for your rights, whether it is through settlement negotiation or in a trial setting. From our base in Los Angeles, we are ready to put our law knowledge to work for you. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 310-226-6890 or contact us here.

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Tips for Dealing with a Dog Bite Injury in Los Angeles

Dog bites are unfortunate occurrences and can bring about much confusion. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, you may be wondering what to do next. The Farzam Law Firm is available to help get you on the right path. California Dog Bite Law California Civil Code 3342 governs dog bites in California. This statute holds pet owners strictly liable for their pet’s actions. Strict liability means the dog owner is responsible for compensating the victim without the victim having to prove the owner was negligent or the dog had a vicious history. The statute will hold an owner strictly liable for their dog’s actions, unless: The victim was trespassing; The dog was law enforcement; The victim was partly at fault; or The victim assumed the risk. Unless your case falls under the exceptions to the statute, you may be entitled to compensation after a dog bite injury. California Statute of Limitations for Dog Bite Claims While you may be entitled to compensation after a dog bite, failing to file your claim on time will result in the forfeiture of your rights. A statute of limitations is a law imposed to limit a victim’s time to file a lawsuit. The statute of limitations for dog bites in California is two years. Therefore, if you do not file your claim within the strict two-year time limit, you will be unable to recover from your dog attack injuries.  What to Do After a Dog Bite Injury in Los Angeles The steps you take immediately following a dog attack can impact your health and future case. Seek Medical Attention After suffering a dog bite wound, seek medical attention. If the resulting injuries are severe, call 911. Otherwise, be sure to visit an emergency room or primary care physician as soon as possible. Some dog bites can have repercussions on your health, so getting your injuries checked out as quickly as possible can help minimize any further complications.  Gather Information If possible, collect evidence and information. Evidence and information should include: Photos and videos, Witness information, Details about the dog, and The owner or caretaker’s information. Your attorney will use any relevant information you gather to strengthen your case. Report the Dog Bite In California, you are required to report dog bites. To report a dog bite in Los Angeles, you can visit the public health website and follow the instructions provided.  Contact a Dog Bite Attorney Having the help of a lawyer can prove to be very beneficial in the long run. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog attack injury, do not hesitate to contact an attorney as soon as possible.  How an Attorney Can Help A dog bite attorney can be a valuable ally after suffering a dog bite. They will handle your case, doing everything timely and correctly to maximize your chances of recovery. Your dog bite lawyer can: Investigate your case, Interview witnesses, Gather evidence, Calculate damages, and Engage in settlement negotiations. You have a higher chance of getting what you deserve after a dog bite with the help of an attorney. Your attorney will fiercely defend your rights and work to get you a fair outcome. Contact a California Dog Bite Attorney Today The Farzam Law Firm has over two decades of experience providing legal representation to clients in need. We have expertise in litigation and will take on even the most challenging cases. We put clients and their needs first, showing compassion and understanding during a trying time. Our firm offers free case evaluations. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.

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Steps You Should Take After a Truck Accident in California

Semi-truck accidents are markedly different from collisions involving two passenger vehicles. You are likely feeling overwhelmed and confused in the moments following the crash. Knowing what to do after an accident with a semi-truck is essential. With a large truck collision, it’s not uncommon to have multiple liable parties, such as the truck driver and the trucking company. Injuries in a semi-truck accident are typically more severe. Immediately following an accident, the steps you take can impact the claims process, and ultimately, your settlement.  Contact the Police Following a car accident with a semi-truck, the first thing you should do is contact the police. When they respond to the scene, they will prepare an official report and log everyone’s contact information. Even if it’s a seemingly minor accident, it’s crucial to contact the police. Sometimes, soft tissue injuries aren’t immediately apparent. You may not feel the effects of the collision for 24 or 48 hours. If you have injuries and need to seek treatment, having that police report can be a crucial piece of evidence.     Take Scene Photos If you are not severely injured—and can do so safely—take photos of the damage and surrounding accident scene. You should try to get pictures of your vehicle and the truck, skid marks, and the position of your car and the semi-truck after the accident. If there are any important details such as weather, road hazards, construction zones, etc., document those. It’s best to get as many photos as possible from the scene, as these can be important during the liability investigation. Do you have visible injuries? If so, try to photograph your injuries as well. You may need someone else to do it if you are in the hospital or back home.  Retain a California Truck Accident Lawyer We highly recommend hiring an experienced California truck accident lawyer after the accident. Some accident victims are worried that hiring an attorney right away looks terrible, but it’s better for you. When you retain Farzam Law Firm right away, we can protect your rights from the very start of the claims process. Rather than contacting the truck driver’s insurance or employer and inadvertently saying something that harms your case, your attorney will be the one in contact with them. The truck driver’s insurance or employer cannot speak to you without your attorney present. It’s not uncommon for the other driver’s insurance adjuster to ask you for a recorded statement. Their hope is you will say something that they can use against you to reduce your overall payout. California is a pure comparative negligence state. That means even if you are 99% at fault, you can collect 1% of your damages. Because of pure comparative negligence, the truck driver’s insurance will be trying to assign you the highest percentage of liability possible. This reduces their exposure and potential payout, which is their top priority. Despite what they want you to believe, the insurance adjuster is not on your side at all. Report the Claim to Insurance Companies Start by contacting your own insurance company to report the claim. The reporting process will vary, depending on your company. If you have an insurance agent that you deal with for everything, start by contacting them. If there is a dedicated claims number, contact the claims division to report the loss.  If you have already retained an attorney, you won’t need to contact the truck driver’s insurance. Your attorney will handle reporting the liability claim and may need to directly contact both the insurance company and the trucking company.  You may need to open multiple claims if there are multiple liable parties. Gather Evidence You need to gather all the evidence to present a demand to the at-fault party’s insurance. In addition to the police report and scene photos, you need copies of all your medical records and bills. Did you miss any time from work due to your injuries or having to travel to all your medical appointments? Lost wages can be included in your demand as well. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may require future medical treatment. If you need future medical treatment, surgery, or have a permanent disability from the accident, you will also need to show evidence of that. Keep copies of receipts and documents that relate to the accident. You should also consider keeping a pain journal to document your injuries and how they affect your daily life. Are there things you can’t do now that you could before the accident? Have you given up hobbies, sports, or other recreational activities because you now have physical limitations? Your injuries aren’t just limited to physical ailments either. If you are terrified to get in a vehicle now and have to find another way to get around or commute to work, include this in your demand.  Do Not Sign Any Documents Without Speaking to an Attorney You can expect the tracking or insurance company to ask you to sign a statement or release all claims if they make you a settlement offer. Do not sign anything without contacting an attorney if you haven’t retained one already. If you sign a release, it means you cannot pursue any additional compensation. For example, the insurance company offers you $50,000 early on in the claims process while still receiving treatment for your injuries. If you settle and your doctor tells you that you need surgery two weeks later, you cannot go back for a second bite at the apple. Once you sign the settlement agreement, you cannot go back to the insurance company and ask for additional money to pay for subsequent surgeries or medical procedures.  You also have to be cautious if you settle your property damage and bodily injury claims separately. Some insurance companies include sneaky language in the memo section of the check that says cashing this check will extinguish all further claims. Contact a California Semi Truck Accident Lawyer California truck accidents are complicated legal matters. It would be best if...

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Los Angeles CA Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations

The California wrongful death statute allows a claim for compensation to arise when one person wrongfully causes a death. A statute of limitations sets the deadline by which you must take the defendant to court. The general wrongful death statute of limitations in California is two years from the date of the victim’s death.  Remember, it is the date of death that matters, not the date of the accident. Many exceptions exist, however. The statute of limitations for wrongful death in California works similar to a stopwatch. It begins running on the date of the victim’s death, and it runs (in most cases) for two years thereafter. An exception, however, can “toll” the statute of limitations clock. Tolling the statute of limitations is like turning off the stopwatch temporarily and then turning it back on again when a particular event occurs. The effect of tolling is to extend the statute of limitations deadline. Our southern California wrongful death lawyers will explain. For immediate assistance, please call (310) 226-6890 or send us a message. We offer free consultations. Why Do Statutes of Limitations Exist? The main reason that statutes of limitations exist is that evidence tends to deteriorate over time. Imagine being sued for damages ten years after a car accident, for example. By that time, the only witness who could have exonerated you may have passed away or moved out of state. Long delays in filing a lawsuit also raise doubts about the sincerity of the claim. California Wrongful Death Statute of Limitations: The Exceptions Several exceptions exist to the general two-year wrongful death statute of limitations in California. Medical Malpractice In most cases, if medical negligence caused the death of the victim, the statute of limitations deadline is the earlier of: Three years from the date that the malpractice occurred; or One year after, you could have then reasonably gained time to learn of the malpractice. Remember that in medical malpractice wrongful death claims, the date of the victim’s death does not determine the statute of limitations deadline.  The Discovery Rule The statute of limitations is tolled as long as the surviving family members do not know of, and cannot be expected to know of, the victim’s death. It begins running again when family members discover, or should discover, the death of the victim. The Defendant Is a Government Entity In many cases, the defendant is a government entity. Medical malpractice at a public university medical center, for example, or a dangerous condition on public property may have killed the victim. In this case, the statute of limitations deadline can expire as soon as six months after the victim’s death.  A Minor Sues for the Death of a Parent The statute of limitations clock does not start ticking if the plaintiff is a minor (under 18) suing for the death of a parent. In this case, the statute of limitations clock begins ticking on the plaintiff´s 18th birthday, and it expires on the plaintiff´s 20th birthday. What Happens If You Miss the Statute of Limitations Deadline If you miss the statute of limitations deadline, your claim is essentially dismissed unless an exception applies. It is dead not only in court but at the settlement table as well. After all, your only leverage in settlement negotiations is your right to sue the defendant for damages. Once you lose this right, the defendant has no incentive to settle with you. Don’t Risk Your Wrongful Death Claim on a Legal Technicality Pursuing a wrongful death claim is like walking through a minefield. Don’t try it alone. At Farzam Law Firm, our lawyers have decades of experience helping people just like you. Call us at (310) 226-6890 or contact us online for a free consultation. 

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Duty of Care: Civil Code 1714 in California

When you sue someone for personal injury, you must establish the four legal elements of your claim: i) duty of care, ii) breach of duty, iii) causation, and iv) damages. You might, for example, prove that a truck driver breached their duty to drive carefully, thereby causing an accident that caused you damages. In most states, the specifics of the duty of care are determined by referencing previous court cases. California, however, uses California Civil Code Section 1714. California Civil Code 1714 California Civil Code 1714 asserts that everyone is responsible for the financial consequences of their intentional acts and their negligent acts or omissions that reflect a lack of ordinary care or skill.  If you suffer injury as a result of another person failing to use standard care, you have the right to seek compensation for damages such as: Medical bills, Lost earnings, Pain and suffering, Property damage, Loss of enjoyment of life, and Disfigurement. Nevertheless, if you contributed to your injury, it may reduce the liability of other at-fault parties. This concept is known as comparative negligence. You may still seek compensation, but the extent of damages is calculated based on your degree of fault. Examples of Breaches of the Duty of Care in California  Following are some examples of acts or omissions that could cause you to bear civil liability under California law: Driving while intoxicated; Failing to follow traffic laws; Failing to repair a loose stairway railing in your home (if you invite guests); Failing to diagnose a patient’s serious illness, if you are a healthcare provider—this applies only if a “reasonably competent” healthcare provider would have successfully diagnosed the condition; Hiring a driver whose driver’s license was suspended for dangerous driving, without bothering to check the applicant’s driving record;  Failing to remove ice and snow from your business’s parking lot; and Failing to supervise young children if you own a daycare center. The foregoing examples illustrate some virtually unlimited circumstances that could generate liability under California’s 1714 Code Civil. The Doctrine of Negligence Per Se Under the doctrine of negligence per se, a defendant who violated a safety law would presumably bear liability on account of the violation. Although the driver could argue that they were not negligent under the circumstances, they would bear the burden of proof. Accordingly, proving that the defendant violated a law puts you in an excellent position to win your claim.  The Causation Problem If you prove that the defendant breached their duty of care, you have proven negligence. Nevertheless, proving negligence doesn’t mean that you automatically win your claim. You must also prove that the defendant’s negligence caused you damages. You must also provide evidence of the extent of your damages. We Stand Ready to Assist You When it comes to a personal injury claim, nothing matters unless you can prove it. Proving personal injury claims, however, is what we do best. Call the Farzam Law Firm at 866-692-0074 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Car Accident With Uninsured Driver in California: Follow These Steps

Car accidents are always stressful and scary, even more so when the other driver has no insurance. You may wonder whether you will ever be able to recover from your injuries and property damage. Fortunately, you may still have a chance to recover. Let the Farzam Law Firm help you. CAR ACCIDENT REQUIREMENT DETAILS IN CALIFORNIA California Car Insurance Requirements Under California law, drivers must have car insurance coverage. There are minimum amounts of coverage every driver should have, including: $15,000 bodily injury coverage per person; $30,000 bodily injury liability per accident; and $5,000 property damage liability per accident. These numbers reflect only the minimum amount of coverage, and more coverage is always available. The more protection you have, the better. If a California driver does not have at least the minimum insurance coverage, they are breaking the law. Uninsured Motorist Coverage in California When purchasing auto insurance, you will have the option of adding uninsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage gives you extra protection should you find yourself in an accident with an uninsured driver. If the other driver in an accident is an uninsured motorist, your uninsured motorist coverage will cover your injuries. The limits will be the same as the limits on your insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage is required in California unless you waive it in writing. This insurance provides an extra layer of protection, giving drivers more peace of mind. [STEPS] CALIFORNIA UNINSURED MOTORISTS FAQ What to Do After an Accident with an Uninsured Motorist If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you may feel confused and overwhelmed. Follow these simple steps to help get you on the path to recovery. Call the Police Immediately following the accident, call 911 and request police assistance. Officers will play an integral role in gathering important information at the scene and generating an accident report.  Get Medical Help Paramedics may provide medical treatment at the scene of the accident if necessary. Regardless, be sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible to receive follow-up care or properly diagnose your resulting injuries. If you’ve suffered injuries, you may face financial burdens and want to seek reimbursement. Medical records can provide excellent evidence and help your case immensely. Notify Your Insurance Company While there is no required time to notify your insurance company of an accident, insurers prefer to know as soon as possible. Call your insurance company and let them know you were involved in an accident with an uninsured driver.  Consult with a California Car Accident Lawyer Once you’ve done all of the above, be sure to talk to a car accident attorney. Accidents involving uninsured motorists can be tricky, but a lawyer will be able to guide you and give you the best legal advice.  Can You Still Recover If An Uninsured Driver hit you? Car accidents with uninsured motorists are not as straightforward as those involving drivers with insurance. You will likely encounter challenges when seeking recovery. However, there are specific ways you can still recover from your injuries and related expenses, including: Uninsured motorist coverage, Your health insurance, or Medical Pay (Med Pay) coverage. Med Pay is optional insurance covering medical expenses after a collision, no matter who was at fault. An attorney will ask all the right questions to help decide your best course of action to seek recovery and ease the financial burden. Suing an Uninsured Driver After an accident with an uninsured motorist, you may rush to the idea of using that driver. However, this is not always the most favorable decision. While you are fully entitled to file suit against the driver, you may not be successful in recovering all you are owed. If the other driver does not have insurance, they are unlikely to have the financial means to pay you, leaving you in an unfortunate position. Let a California Car Accident Attorney Help You Farzam Law Firm dedicates itself to helping injured clients get the recovery they deserve. We strive to put clients first and make them feel valued and important. We understand the challenges resulting from accidents and injuries, and we’re always ready to help ease the stresses and burdens. Let us fight for you. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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What Is the Average Truck Accident Settlement Amount in California?

Understandably, when someone is injured in a collision with a large truck, they want to know the average semi-truck accident settlement amount.  However, no official truck accident settlement calculator provides an average for all truck accident claims. Each case is unique and should be evaluated based on its own merits. When you contact the California semi-truck accident lawyers at Farzam Law Firm, we will let you know your potential case value and what factors impact that value. Please don’t hesitate to send us a message or call (310) 226-6890 today for a free consultation. Determining the Average Semi-Truck Accident Settlement Amount As we stated, there is no official truck accident settlement amount or range. Cases that settle before litigation may also differ from similar cases that go to trial. It’s important to understand critical factors such as type of injury, severity, liability, and damages. All these elements factor into the calculation of settlement value.  Your potential settlement is also related to how much coverage the truck driver and company have available. California drivers must carry liability insurance. For the average driver, the limits are: $15,000 per person bodily injury; $30,000 per incident bodily injury; and $5,000 property damage.    Not surprisingly, these limits wouldn’t cover very much in an accident involving a semi-truck, which is why the law requires large commercial trucks to carry higher liability insurance coverage. However, the coverage limits will vary based on the type of commercial truck and how many passengers it holds. A truck that handles interstate moves will have different requirements than one that transports hazardous substances or petroleum. Truck Accident Settlements and California Comparative Negligence Laws Liability plays a significant role in determining how much your semi-truck accident settlement will be. California is a pure comparative negligence state. That means even if you are a percentage at fault, you can still collect a portion of your damages. The other driver can also collect a portion of their damages from your liability policy. For example, if you are 25% at fault, you could collect 75% of your damages. The other driver could collect 25% of their damages. If you are 90% at fault, you could still collect 10%, while the other driver could receive 90%. Comparative negligence is one reason why determining an average settlement amount is challenging. You could have two cases with nearly identical injuries and value, but they resolve for vastly different amounts because of differences in liability between the parties. Injury Type and Severity Your type of injuries and severity also directly impact the value of your truck accident settlement. Soft tissue injuries have a different value than catastrophic ones, such as a spinal cord injury with paralysis or brain damage. Severe injuries or ones that have life-changing aspects will increase your claim’s value. Suppose you cannot return to work in your former career, are permanently disfigured, or need future treatment. These are all factors that should be taken into account when determining the total value of your case. Your Damages One type of damages refers to your financial losses, such as your medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more. These financial losses are your special or economic damages. Two cases involving similar injuries with different medical treatment regimens will have different values. If you suffered soft tissue neck and back injuries requiring 12 weeks of treatment, your case value would be higher than someone with soft tissue injuries, which only needed three weeks of treatment. Perhaps your injuries are so severe that you missed weeks of work following the accident. You continue to miss work for medical and physical therapy appointments, and your doctor has suggested you have a partial disability. Those elements will impact what your damages are as they relate to lost wages and loss of earning capacity. Damages also refer to your physical and emotional trauma, which are known as general or non-economic damages. These types of damages have no direct financial loss that you can show, so they are more subjective in value. They include your physical pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of consortium, and more. In many cases, your general damages make up the most significant portion of your accident settlement. An insurance company using a truck accident settlement calculator might multiply the amount of your economic damages to come up with a figure for your non-economic damages.  To understand how damages impact your truck accident settlement’s value, consider a case where your economic losses are $20,000. The insurance adjuster might multiply that amount by three, suggesting your non-economic damages are around $60,000. If your injuries are permanent or catastrophic, they might multiply your economic losses by five, meaning your non-economic damages are $100,000. Contact a California Truck Accident Attorney Determining the potential value of your truck accident settlement amount involves many variables and requires a complete understanding of the federal and state laws that apply to commercial trucks. Don’t risk receiving less than you deserve by handling your claim independently. Instead, let the skilled team of California semi-truck accident lawyers at Farzam Law Firm assist you. We have years of experience with commercial truck claims, including successful litigation results. Contact our office online or call (310) 226-6890 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can protect your rights.

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