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Personal Injury Cases in California
Personal injury cases differ from criminal cases in that they are brought in civil court, not criminal court. In civil court cases, guilt or innocence is based upon a “preponderance (majority) of guilt” rather than guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt”. Also, instead of using the phrases “guilty or not guilty”, the judge or jury will decide whether or not the defendant is “liable” for the act he/she has committed. The general rule is that a defendant who is over 50% at fault in the accident will be held responsible. California however, is a comparative fault states which means that each defendant must pay its proportionate share of fault. (if the defendant is found to be 70% at fault in the accident, he or she will need to pay 70% of the compensation.)
Personal injury cases are similar, as far as the layout, to criminal cases. If brought to court, a jury will hear evidence in a personal injury case and will make a decision as to the amount of compensation to be paid to the victim. In some cases, however, the court can alter the jury’s ruling.
If the jury rules in your favor, you may receive monetary compensation for damages you and your family have suffered. A personal injury could result in a great deal of pain and long-term medical expenses, not to mention the impact it may have on your mental and emotional state. Compensation may include money for medical expenses, wage loss, the loss of enjoyment of life, and emotional pain and suffering.
El Dabe Law firm assists with personal injury cases in all courts in Southern California, from Sacramento to San Diego to Indio.