I had a very serious industrial injury and I was referred by a family friend to Brooks Cutter. He fought hard for my case and refused to back down to the large corporations we were up against. Brooks and his team were very responsive, and I appreciate how well things were explained to me when they didn’t make sense. As a result of this case, I have the resources I need to move forward with my life. I would certainly recommend Brooks Cutter and his team to my family and friends… Actually, I think I already have.
Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyers
Personal injury lawyers are lawyers who advocate and fight for people’s legal rights to receive compensation after someone else causes their injury. An experienced Sacramento personal injury lawyer seeks compensation for the physical, emotional, and mental injuries sustained by accident victims. These types of injuries primarily fall under the legal theories of negligence and tort.
Many accidents occur every single day in Sacramento, CA, like many cities in Northern California. However, Sacramento has one of the highest rates for car accidents in the state of California. In May 2021, the following accidents occurred:
- On May 21, 2021, an eighteen-year-old man and nineteen-year-old man died, and five others were injured, in an accident at National Drive and Strike Avenue.
- On May 15, 2021, a hit-and-run collision sadly killed a pedestrian at El Camino Avenue and Clay Street.
- On May 15, 2021, a nineteen-year-old DUI driver sadly killed one person in a crash on Highway 99 in the Sacramento area.
Whether the cases involve auto accidents, catastrophic accidents, slip and falls, or premises liability cases, a personal injury attorney knows exactly what to do when someone else’s negligence causes you injuries.
What types of cases do Sacramento personal injury lawyers handle?
Most personal injury cases are similar in the sense that they are based on the legal theory of negligence. This means that in order to be able to file a personal injury legal claim, someone else’s negligence, regardless of the type of accident or the practice area it falls under, must have been the cause for your injuries or damages.
Cutter Law P.C. is a personal injury firm that has years of experience representing injured clients in many different types of personal injury cases and civil lawsuits, including:
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Bus Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Birth Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Sexual Assault
- Brain Injuries
- Nursing Home Abuse
Though Sacramento’s average EMS response time after an accident is 5.1 minutes, which is faster than the state of California’s average EMS response time of 7.4 minutes, sadly 49 people still died in 2019 from fatal traffic accidents.
No matter what type of injury you sustained, you should contact an experienced Sacramento personal injury law firm to learn about your legal rights and if you can receive compensation from the responsible party.
Cutter Law Results
Sacramento has many personal injury attorneys and law firms throughout the city. However, what makes Cutter Law unique is the law firm’s extensive experience in a wide variety of personal injury lawsuits, fighting for both small claims and multimillion dollar claims against large corporations. Some examples of the cases Cutter Law has worked on include:
- Doe v. Press Manufacturer. Cutter Law obtained a significant settlement the night before trial on behalf of an injured worker who lost his arm due to a press malfunction.
- Doe v. Truck Manufacturer. Cutter Law represented a victim who suffered a pelvic fracture after an industrial accident, obtaining a large settlement for the client.
- Johnson & Johnson. Brooks Cutter acted as co-lead counsel against Johnson & Johnson on behalf of 200 individuals who alleged they suffered from postoperative infections after surgeons used defectively manufactured Vicryl sutures.
- UC Davis Regents. Cutter Law successfully obtained a $7.6 million medical malpractice jury verdict against UC Davis Regents after doctors failed to diagnose a tumor on a young woman’s spine. This was the largest jury verdict in Sacramento County.
- Cyclist. Attorneys at Cutter Law represented a cyclist in Sonoma County, California, who suffered from a mild traumatic brain injury and a broken jaw after riding through a large pothole. The plaintiff ultimately received a jury verdict of $1.33 million after gathering interviews and evidence to prove her pain and suffering.
- Pedestrian Injury. Cutter Law attorney, John Roussas, advocated on behalf of a pedestrian who suffered from knee and pelvis injuries after a vehicle hit the plaintiff. The plaintiff received a $678,000 verdict for the injuries.
- Motorcyclist Injury. A car failed to yield the right of way and seriously injured a motorcyclist in San Francisco. With Cutter Law’s legal representation, a jury awarded the motorcyclist $596,000 of financial compensation.
- Peloton Tread+. Most recently, Cutter Law has been representing individuals who purchased the Peloton Tread+. The company has recalled the product after the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a warning to consumers that the product was dangerous to young children and pets.
Though these results do not guarantee that you will receive a similar amount for your specific circumstances, if your injuries were the result of negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation through legal action. Contact Cutter Law now for a free case evaluation by filling out our online contact form.
What kind of injuries and damages warrant a personal injury claim?
As seen in the various examples described above, physical injuries can range from minor injuries, serious injuries, catastrophic injuries, to even death. When filing a personal injury claim, you can seek both economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include:
- Medical bills for medical care
- Expected future medical expenses
- Any rehabilitation costs
- Any physical therapy
- Loss of income
- Loss of future income
- Any costs associated with damaged property
- Any costs associated with making adjustments to your house or car due to injuries (i.e., building a wheelchair ramp)
- Any other financial losses
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Reputational damage
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of enjoyment of activities you used to like
- Loss of companionship (in a wrongful death lawsuit)
Though no one can take away the emotional and physical pain of experiencing an accident or losing a family member, injury victims do not have to go through this difficult time alone. An experienced law firm can help gather all of the evidence you need to make an injury claim and prove the damages to ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve.
How much is my personal injury claim worth?
Each injury case has different circumstances, and the value of your claim will be dependent on a variety of factors, including:
- How extensive your injuries are. If your injuries required multiple surgeries, follow-up doctor’s visits, rehabilitation costs, and changes to your lifestyle, you will likely be entitled to a greater amount of compensation.
- Whether or not you expect future medical expenses. If you sustain an injury that will have long-term effects, then you can potentially receive greater compensation.
- How long you are out of work for. If you were unable to work for an extended period of time, you will be able to receive compensation for the amount of time you were out of work.
- If you can no longer work at the same job. If you are unable to complete the same tasks as before (for example, if you sustained a spinal cord injury and were previously a construction worker), then you could receive compensation for the loss of future income.
- Property damage. If you were in an accident and the accident damaged your property, you can receive compensation to help pay for replacements or to fix your property.
- Loss of financial support. If someone else’s negligence caused you to lose a family member (such as a spouse or a parent), you could receive compensation for the loss of financial support that your loved one used to provide.
- Pain and suffering. This factor is much more difficult to quantify than the economic damages. However, many states use a multiplier to determine the amount of pain and suffering that one may experience. The Sacramento County Public Law Library states that “many insurance companies and attorneys multiply the amount of medical special damages by a factor of 1.5 to 5, depending on the severity of the injuries. In extreme cases, a factor of more than 5 may be used.”
Determining the value of your claim can be a lengthy and tedious process that requires gathering evidence to support your claim and case. Experienced Sacramento personal injury attorneys will be able to break down the factors of your claim, build a compelling case, and help you determine what a fair settlement amount would be.
How can I prove another party is responsible for my injuries?
In order to prove that another party is responsible for your injuries, you will have to prove that the other party was negligent under California law. California’s Civil Code Section 1714(a) states:
“Everyone is responsible, not only for the result of his or her willful acts, but also for an injury occasioned to another by his or her want of ordinary care or skill in the management of his or her property or person, except so far as the latter has, willfully or by want of ordinary care, brought the injury upon himself or herself. The design, distribution, or marketing of firearms and ammunition is not exempt from the duty to use ordinary care and skill that is required by this section.”
This statute means that everyone must act in a manner that a reasonable person would act to avoid injuring another person. If a person fails to do so, then they can be found potentially liable for the other person’s injuries if the injured person can prove:
- The defendant owed the injured party a duty of care.
- The defendant breached that duty of care.
- The defendant’s breach was a direct cause of the injured party’s injuries.
- The injured party actually sustained injuries.
For personal injury matters, these four elements of negligence are crucial to prove in order to show that the other party is responsible for your injuries. A good example of these four steps is:
- Anyone driving on the roads of Sacramento owes the other drivers a duty of care not to drive recklessly or negligently.
- A driver speeds on the roads of Sacramento.
- The driver’s speeding caused a car accident that injured the other driver.
- The other driver was actually injured.
In such a case, so long as the injured driver did not contribute to the accident (e.g., the injured driving was not speeding, drinking and driving, or texting and driving), the injured driver will likely be able to prove that the other driver is responsible for his or her injuries.
What evidence will I need to support my personal injury claim in Sacramento?
As mentioned, in order to be able to prove that another party is responsible for your injuries, you will have to gather evidence to support your claim in the legal process. This evidence often includes:
- Medical records before your injury.
- Medical records after your injury, showing that you did not have the injuries before the accident.
- Medical expenses and medical treatment incurred as a result of the accident.
- Expert witness and doctor testimony.
- Witness statements.
- Documentation regarding the accident.
- Police reports.
- Photographs of the scene of the accident.
- Photographs of your injuries.
- Any other evidence that may support your claim.
What questions should I ask a lawyer during a free consultation?
When deciding which personal injury law firm to work with, it is a good idea to ask pertinent questions during your free consultation to ensure you will receive the best legal services. Some examples of good questions to ask a Sacramento injury attorney include:
- How much experience do you have in similar personal injury cases?
- What are the firm’s areas of expertise?
- Do you think a court trial will be necessary for my case?
- What are all of the possible outcomes for my case?
- How much is my injury case worth potentially?
- Will partners at the firm handle my case or will lower-level associates?
- Will you be able to provide personal attention to my case?
- How much involvement will I have throughout the claims process?
- What is your strategy for cases similar to my case?
- What are your lawyer fees or pricing structure?
You should not feel pressured to sign a deal if you feel uncomfortable with the lawyers you speak to. Ensure that you ask all of the necessary questions to get a full picture of what it would be like to work with that lawyer.
Choosing a lawyer should be a comfortable decision, as the person you choose will be the person advocating on your behalf. You want a lawyer who has experience with claims similar to yours and who will competently, aggressively, and compassionately advocate for your legal rights.
Should I accept my insurance company’s settlement offer?
No. You should never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without first consulting with an attorney with legal experience. Insurance companies are for-profit organizations that expect policyholders to accept the lowest settlement offer possible. Cutter Law has extensive experience with personal injury litigation against insurance companies engaging in these practices, as seen in the State Farm judgment and the recent Allstate lawsuit Cutter Law is currently litigating.
An experienced attorney who has dealt with insurance companies before will be able to evaluate whether or not an offer is fair and will be able to negotiate a fair settlement offer for you.
When do I have to file my personal injury claim by in Sacramento?
For Sacramento cases, you must abide by the California statute of limitations that governs personal injury claims, which is usually two years from the date of the injury. Therefore, if someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, you should file a claim immediately to seek compensation within the two year time limit from the date of the accident. Also, as time passes, it may be harder to gather all the necessary evidence.
However, the Sacramento County Public Law Library also stresses that there are other types of common civil actions that California statute of limitations apply to, including that you have two years to file a claim for a wrongful death claim and three years to file a claim for a damage to personal property claim.
A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to determine when you need to file your claim by and ensure that all documents are created properly and filed on time.
Should I hire a Sacramento personal injury law firm?
Yes. A Sacramento personal injury law firm will help ensure that you receive the most compensation possible by guiding you throughout the claims process every step of the way. A lawyer will help you by:
- Answering any questions you may have throughout the process.
- Explaining all of your legal rights in the process.
- Investigating any information about the accident.
- Gathering all of the relevant evidence you will need to support a claim.
- Speaking to witnesses and experts to further support your claim.
- Drafting all documents required to pursue a claim.
- Filing all documents before their deadlines.
- Handing all communications with the insurance companies and other parties.
- Negotiating with the insurance companies and other parties.
- If negotiations fail, guiding you throughout the entire litigation process.
While the personal injury claims process can seem overwhelming, an experienced, compassionate lawyer will be able to break it down for you in a digestible way and ensure you understand the process as you go through it.
How do I choose a Sacramento personal injury attorney?
The first step when choosing a Sacramento personal injury attorney is to ask the questions we listed out above. A confident, experienced and knowledgeable attorney will be able to answer your questions, making you feel comfortable and supported.
You should also look for core qualities in a competent attorney, which include:
- Passion for advocating for injured victims’ rights.
- Compassion for their clients.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Willingness to listen and great listening skills.
- In-depth knowledge of the law.
- Great writing skills.
- Strong negotiation skills.
- Good judgment.
How much will a Sacramento personal injury lawyer cost?
The cost of a personal injury lawyer will vary based on the firm’s legal fees. However, many firms offer a contingency fee arrangement where you only pay if you accept a settlement offer or win your case. Some firms also do a mixed fee arrangement, where you may pay an amount up front and then an additional amount if you win your case later on.
There are many different arrangements that a firm can set up. This is why it is important to ask upfront what the fees would be and ensure that the fee arrangement works with your personal injury needs.