9 Jan 2019,

California’s Comparative Negligence Law and Your Spinal Cord Injury

My spinal cord was injured in a car crash that was partly my fault. Am I still entitled to compensation?

spinal cord injury can change your life forever. Most victims who suffer a spinal cord injury require long-term medical and personal care that results in substantial medical costs. Because the value of the personal injury claim in a car crash involving this type of injury can be extremely high, insurance companies often allege that the car crash victim is partially at-fault for the car crash to reduce the amount of damages paid to the victim under California’s comparative negligence law. For this reason, it is extremely important that you have an experienced spinal cord injury attorney representing you to protect your rights.

What makes the Levinson Law Group different from other personal-injury law firms? Gordon R. Levinson used to represent the largest insurers in North America. He understands how these companies use California’s comparative negligence laws to deny claims. Now he uses that knowledge and experience fighting for injured and aggrieved people against the big insurance companies. We accept cases on a contingent fee. That means that if there is no recovery in your case you pay no fee. And in most cases, we even advance the costs. For your free consultation, call (760) 642-5475 today.

How Does Comparative Negligence Effect Your Personal Injury Claim?

Determining that the other driver was at fault in a California car crash is essential for the victim to receive full compensation for his or her damages. Under California’s comparative negligence law, if the insurance company can prove that you were partially at fault for the car crash, the amount the insurance company must pay to you will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.

For example, if your damages are $100,000 but you are assigned 50% of the fault for the crash, you are only entitled to receive $50,000 under California’s comparative negligence law. Therefore, the insurance company for the other driver may allege that you were speeding, driving while distracted, ran a yellow light, or violated another traffic law and your action contributed to the car crash.

It is my job to use my skill and experience as a trial attorney to convince the jurors that the other driver was 100% at fault for the car crash. I identify and gather evidence from the scene of the crash, eyewitnesses, and the vehicles involved to establish fault. In some cases, I may use an expert witness such as an accident reconstructionist to demonstrate to the jury how the crash occurred to prove beyond any doubt that the other driver is to blame. Even if the evidence indicates you were partially at fault, we work diligently to reduce the percentage of fault assigned to you under California’s comparative negligence law to maximize your recovery.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

As part of our commitment to our clients and the community, we actively support local charities; we help make our community safe from reckless drivers; and, we are determined to obtain justice for you as you continue to heal from life-altering injuries.

The Levinson Law Group represents clients throughout California who have been injured in car crashes or other personal injury accidents. Contact our office at (760) 642-5475 or use our convenient online contact form to ask a question or to schedule a free consultation.