For people who suffer a personal injury in Santa Ana or elsewhere in California, there are many things to keep in mind regarding personal injury laws in the state. This page offers a brief overview of these critical regulations, as well as an introduction to the beautiful community that is Santa Ana. Our Santa Ana personal injury lawyers at Neale & Fhima are proud to serve the personal injury needs of this special community.

Time Limits for Personal Injury Lawsuits

All states have time limits that you must observe when filing a personal injury lawsuit after an injury. This is known as the statute of limitations. In California, the deadline for personal injury cases is only two years from the date of the injury. The details on the state’s statute of limitations are found in the California Code of Civil Procedure s. 335.1.

Claims Against Government Employees or Agencies

It is important to note that the statute of limitations if your case includes claims against government employees or agencies is just six months.

Shared Fault Laws in California

The defendant in some personal injury lawsuits may claim that you are partially to blame for the accident that led to your injuries. If you do have some liability, it may affect the total compensation you can receive.

In a shared fault case in California, there is a pure comparative negligence standard. This means your level of compensation will be reduced by the percentage of your fault for the crash.

For example, if you are in a car accident where the other driver ran a stop sign and hit you, but you were going 10 miles per hour above the speed limit, your ability to receive compensation might be reduced by 10%.

Limits on Personal Injury Damages

A limit on personal injury damages in California may apply if you are an uninsured driver. This pertains to non-economic pain and suffering damages only. Even if the other person was totally at fault, if you have no insurance, you may not claim these damages. They include pain and suffering, disfigurement, and physical impairment.

Why Do People Choose Neale & Fhima?

We Offer Free Consultations: A serious injury can easily leave someone feeling overwhelmed. They might wonder whether a case is worth pursuing and what an attorney might think about the possibility of a successful claim. We understand that before moving forward with a claim you’d like to explore your options, which is why we offer free consultations. Let us hear the details of your case and give you our thoughts; then you can decide whether you want to proceed. Contact our Santa Ana personal injury lawyers to start a discussion, today.

Our Santa Ana Personal Injury Lawyers Are Waiting to Help You!

We Help You Receive the Maximum Recovery: If we accept your case, you can be sure we won’t settle for less than you deserve. We factor in all your injury’s costs – both economic and non-economic, past and future expenses – and fight for full payment.

About Santa Ana

Santa Ana is one of the largest communities in Southern California. The city is located in the middle of Orange County, along the Santa Ana River, halfway between the mountains and the beach. If you have ever driven through California on Interstate 5, then you have been here – the freeway runs right through town.

Merely passing through would be a huge mistake, however. Santa Ana is home to some of the area’s most popular attractions. Best of all, because there is so much happening in this city, it is easy to have fun no matter where your interests lie.

Here are a few of the places and activities we recommend:

For History Buffs

  • Old Orange County Courthouse. Dedicated in 1901, this 30,000-square-foot landmark has been completely restored in recent years. Visitors can now see how county business was conducted in Santa Ana more than 100 years ago. Walk into Courtroom No. 1 – with its beautiful wood benches, tall ceilings, and authentic chandeliers – and you will feel as though you stepped back into an earlier era. It is no wonder that so many Hollywood courtroom dramas have been filmed here (Norma RaeCatch Me If You Can, and Legally Blonde, to name a few).
  • Lyon Air Museum. Nearly everyone who visits the Lyon Air Museum comes away pleased with the experience. And for those interested in World War II aircraft, the museum is absolutely a must-see. Display planes include:
    • B-17 Flying Fortress
    • O-1E Birddog
    • A-26 Invader
    • C-47 Dakota
    • B-25 Mitchell Bomber
    • T-6 Texan
    • DC-3 Airliner.

For Kids

  • Santa Ana Zoo. Encourage your kids to appreciate the natural world by spending a day at the zoo. The Santa Ana Zoo has more than 120 species of animals, including camels, two-toed sloths, hedgehogs, boa constrictors, and ocelots. You can also learn about the conservation efforts underway at this zoo and other AZA-accredited institutions around the country.
  • The Discovery Cube. At the Discovery Cube in Santa Ana, learning about science is a hands-on activity. Kids can explore dozens of interactive science exhibits designed to appeal to their natural curiosity about “how things work.” From a two-story-high dinosaur, to a planetary research station, the Discovery Cube offers a full day’s worth of educational entertainment.

For Shopaholics

  • South Coast Plaza. Southern Californians know that when it comes to shopping, there are malls, and then there are malls. South Coast Plaza is a luxury shopping center located just south of Santa Ana city limits and north of the 405 freeway. In addition to high-end retailers like Prada and Louis Vuitton, the Plaza offers three valet parking stations, personal shopping/style assistants, and currency exchange for foreign travelers.

For Foodies

  • 4th Street Market. The 4th Street Market is a marketplace and eatery known for its phenomenal food and quirky, hip ambiance. It offers 15 food vendors, a 300-person seating capacity, and a central location near shopping and other activities. But make no mistake, this is not some glorified food court. It is foodie paradise. Take a virtual tour to get a taste of what 4th Street Market is all about.

For Art Lovers

  • Grand Central Art Center. This giant, multi-use art complex is the result of a partnership between the City of Santa Ana and Cal State Fullerton. It covers an entire city block and incorporates:
    • A main art gallery
    • An 85-seat round theater
    • Live/work spaces for resident artists
    • Teaching facilities
    • Flamenco dance.
  • Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. Attending an art show at the OCCCA is a wonderful way to spend a night out in the city. This non-profit gallery is located in Santa Ana’s Artist Village. Its mission is to explore contemporary art in an atmosphere conducive to experimentation and risk-taking, “without the specter of censorship.”

At Neale & Fhima, we encourage you to get out and experience the wonderful city of Santa Ana. Please stay safe as you do. And if you happen to become involved in an accident, our personal injury lawyers in Santa Ana are available to assist.

Attorney Aaron Fhima

Aaron Fhima, California attorneyAaron Fhima is a trial attorney who has secured numerous settlements and verdicts against large corporations and some of the largest auto manufacturers in the world. Representing consumers and injury victims throughout the state of California, Aaron’s practice areas include personal injury, and lemon law litigation. Aaron has a long record of success taking on large defense firms; and he doesn’t hesitate to take cases to trial when necessary to enforce his clients’ rights. [ Attorney Bio ]


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