A serious accident at a restaurant in Tarzana resulted in at least one person being transported to the hospital for medical treatment. News reports indicate that two or three vehicles were involved in a collision which sent one of the vehicles veering into the Pita Kitchen restaurant.
The car wreck occurred on the corner of North Reseda and Ventura boulevard, according to KTLA5 News. As of the date of this posting, the exact cause of the collision remains unknown. We send our best wishes to the victim who was injured in the accident and hope they have a speedy recovery.
Understanding Your Legal Rights
The victim possesses certain legal rights to pursue financial restitution for their harms and losses. Financial restitution can be pursued through a personal injury claim. In California, you can pursue economic damages, non-economic damages, and potentially punitive damages (depending on the facts of your case).
Economic damages include the calculable harms and losses, including medical expenses related to the accident and income that was lost due to focusing on your recovery in the wake of the accident.
In contrast, non-economic damages are those ephemeral, difficult-to-calculate harms and losses. Non-economic damages include the pain, suffering and emotional trauma associated with the aftermath of the accident.
Other types of damages that could potentially be pursued are punitive damages. It is important to note that punitive damages are not always available in personal injury cases. Generally, punitive damages can only be sought in a limited number of truly horrendous injury cases. According to California Civil Code Section 3294, a plaintiff is only eligible for punitive damages if they have clear and convincing evidence that the defendant’s conduct amounted to “malice, oppression, or fraud.”
It is also important to note that punitive damages are not intended to compensate the injured victim. Instead, punitive damages are intended to punish the defendant in an effort to discourage others from engaging in similar behavior.
Take Action Sooner Rather than Later
If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident, it is important to take legal action sooner rather than later. Why? Because there is a statute of limitations that governs the time limit for filing a personal injury claim. In most instances, the proverbial clock begins to run at the time you suffered the injury. In California, a car crash victim generally has two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim.
Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer in Encino to Learn More About Your Legal Rights
In the wake of a serious car accident, you probably have a myriad of questions and may be feeling overwhelmed at the prospect of taking legal action against the negligent motorist. The Law Offices of Ramtin Sadighim is here to help. Our personal injury law firm can help you pursue the financial restitution you are owed. Contact our office today at 888.999.8744 for to schedule a consultation or visit caliaccidentattorney.com to learn more.