Few people ever think they will need to talk to a Laguna Niguel personal injury attorney when they leave home for the day. People might think more about the possibility if they were to consider the various hazards that proliferate in Southern California:
- Unsafe and distracted drivers
- Unleashed dogs
- Broken steps
- Faulty products.
The many hazardous obstacles and dangerous behaviors that people see every day is why more than 30 million people were treated for various injuries in the U.S. last year, per the Center for Health Statistics.
Not all of these personal injuries are due to reckless, negligent or intentional conduct of someone else, but many very serious injuries do happen because of the negligent conduct of people, businesses and government organizations. California personal injury law, which applies to the residents of Laguna Niguel, has set up a legal framework to impose civil liability on people whose careless, inattentive or intentional acts lead to serious injuries or death for others.
Financial Responsibility Under California Law
In a personal injury claim, financial responsibility may be imposed upon the defendant if there is a legal basis to hold him or her liable for the economic and noneconomic losses that you suffered as a victim. Liability is usually based upon the concept of negligence. This refers to the person’s failing to take ‘reasonable care’ to prevent harm that was foreseeable. Most personal injury claims are due to accidents and intentional injuries, such as ones that were due to a physical attack or a sexual assault. Another basis for holding the defendant responsible financially for your injuries involves the legal concept of strict liability. This refers to a situation where California law allows for liability to be imposed with no fault.
A valid personal injury claim in this state also requires that the conduct that caused the accident must have led to some sort of injury – physical, emotional and/or financial. Whether you have suffered injuries by a drunk driver, fell on a slippery floor in a store, or were hurt by a defective product, you could be entitled to damages:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished ability to earn a living
- Loss of support and companionship of a loved one
- Negative impact on your lifestyle
- Punitive damages, in cases of extreme defendant recklessness.
The damages that you can receive in a California personal injury claim depend upon the unique circumstances of the case. But an experienced attorney at Neale & Fhima can evaluate your claim quickly and determine whether or not there is a good chance for compensation.
About Laguna Niguel
One of the unique aspects of the community of Laguna Niguel is that one-third of the town must, by statute, remain open space. The large amount of open space is one of the key characteristics of this city. It features two community parks, 23 parks in various neighborhoods, several mini parks, a dog park, two county parks, as well as a skate and soccer park.
The term ‘Laguna Niguel’ came from the Spanish word “Laguna,’ which is ‘lagoon’ in English, and ‘Nigueli,’ which was the name of a small Indian village that was situated near the Aliso creek.
Laguna Niguel is tucked in Orange County, California, and now has 63,000 residents. The town is found in the San Joaquin Hills in the southeastern area of Orange County and is almost on the Pacific Ocean.
Like so much off coastal southern California, this town has pleasant weather all year. August is the hottest month, with average high temperatures in the 80s and an average high temperature in December of 67 degrees.
Laguna Niguel is the home to many wealthy neighborhoods, such as El Niguel Heights, Laguna Crest, Laguna Sur, South Peak, Crest de Ville, Niguel Coast, and Monarch Point.
If you have a personal injury case in Laguna Niguel, the personal injury attorneys of Neale & Fhima are ready to serve you.