Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Fresno & Visalia
We Represent You
Accidents and injuries are an everyday occurrence, but sometimes the personal and financial consequences are too great to handle on your own and necessitate legal action. A personal injury case is defined by the physical, emotional and mental injuries caused by another person or entity. At the Law Offices of Christopher Martens, we are dedicated to defending and protecting our clients by investigating their cases and exploring their compensation and recovery options.
If you sustained a personal injury, contact the Law Offices of Christopher Martens at (559) 377-7319 to explore your legal options.
Filing a Lawsuit
A personal injury case is instigated by the injured party, a plaintiff, who files a lawsuit against an irresponsible or negligent person, agency or business whom they consider responsible for their accident. Personal injury claims can be split into three classes: intentional torts, negligent torts, and strict liability. Likewise, damages incurred are categorized as: special/economic, general/noneconomic, and punitive.
Personal injury cases include:
- Auto accidents
- Dog bites
- Product liability
- Slips and falls
- Premises liability
- Wrongful death
An experienced attorney is necessary in helping you navigate the labyrinth of California personal injury law, and can even help you reach a settlement prior to a lawsuit. You also need a personal injury lawyer if the defendant claims you are equally responsible for the accident. If you are deemed equally liable by the court, your personal injury compensation will be reduced in equivalence to your liability. The Law Offices of Christopher Martens has experience in handling personal injury cases and can help you seek maximum compensation.
Statute of Limitations
Statutes of limitations vary by state law and the type of injury, but the clock starts ticking when the plaintiff is injured or becomes aware of the injury. In California, the statute of limitation states that a plaintiff has two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. After two years, the court will not grant you a hearing and your right to compensation will be denied.
Injured in an Accident? How to Get What You're Owed
There's an unfortunate reality all of us in this country have to face: At some point in our lives, whether it be as a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian, there's a good chance that we'll be involved in an automobile accident.
Now, hopefully most of these won't be serious—and odds are, many won't be. You'll be able to employ your auto insurance (make sure you have the best insurance possible, by the way—get an insurance quote now, if you haven't), collect what you need and resume your life with the minimum of disruption.
Sadly, though, there are some accidents that you can't just shrug off and get over in a day or two. That's where we come in.
The Effects of an Accident
In many occasions, the accident that you may be involved in can be devastating, with a wide, wide range of repercussions. There are the financial consequences; not only may your car—in many cases, your primary mode of transportation—be ruined beyond repair, but your injuries may necessitate a long period of recuperation, which may affect your financial bottom line. That same recuperation and the injury period before it may also prove to be strikingly detrimental to your financial account.
Of course, there are also the mental and physical effects of the accident. Not only could your body be severely injured, but your spirit and mind could be, too. An accident is a traumatic thing for your entire psyche. The repercussions to your mental health and the relationships that you've fostered—at work or in life—could be affected for the rest of your life. That's a serious problem.
Getting What You're Owed
If you've been the victim of an accident, a personal injury case may be what's needed to get the restitution you're owed. In these types of cases, you'll be filing a lawsuit against the person responsible for your injury to get the type of damages you're owed for the accident that has befallen you.
Another thing to be alerted of at the beginning of the process: the clock is ticking. The statute of limitations states that there is a two-year period from the date of the injury where the injured person may file the lawsuit—so time is of the essence.
How We Can Help
Here's why you need an experienced attorney to help guide you through these matters: California has some of the most complicated—you can even call them "Byzantine"—personal injury laws in the United States. It is an absolute necessity to employ a skilled law firm, capable and experienced in navigating these tricky and ever-changing laws, in order to secure the best possible result for your case.
The Law Offices of Christopher Martens offer unparalleled experience and skill in California personal injury law, and are dedicated to protect the best interests of our clients and securing the maximum possible compensation. If you've been injured in an accident and think you may require the services of a personal injury attorney, contact our office at (559) 377-7319 to discuss how we can help. We offer personal injury representation to clients in the Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties.
When your quality of life is on the line due to a personal injury, contact The Law Offices of Christopher Martens at (559) 377-7319 to schedule a free consultation.