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Have you found yourself injured at no fault of your own? Were you hit by a drunk driver, attacked by a neighbor’s unleashed dog, or diagnosed with a respiratory disease caused by your working conditions? At Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation, our Riverside injury attorneys have handled personal injury claims like the above and more for over four decades. Our legal team is aggressive, efficient, and accessible. We never leave clients in the dark about their cases and are always available to provide legal guidance and representation until you receive the compensation you deserve.

Ryneal & Ryneal handles virtually every type of serious personal injury and wrongful death case, including automobile and motorcycle accidents, defective product cases, construction accidents, landowner liability cases like slip and falls, premises liability claims, dog bite incidents, and all other serious injury cases.

If you seek experienced and dedicated legal counsel for your personal injury claim, we are here for you. Reach out to us any time for a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney.

We can help. Call (951) 382-5454 now to schedule your free consultation with an attorney.

General Personal Injury Terms

If you are involved in any kind of an accident in which you are injured, and it appears to be the fault of another party, there are certain important things you should know about your legal rights.

First, California law imposes certain deadlines to bring your claim following an accident which are called statutes of limitations. Under these laws, you must have either settled your injury claim with the other responsible party or his insurance company or have filed a lawsuit in court against the other party within these time periods. Your failure to strictly comply with these statutes of limitations will in most cases result in your claim being legally barred, and you will forever lose any rights you may have had to any monetary compensation.

Second, it is important that you contact an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases as soon as possible after your accident so that you can learn what your rights are, and thus be more fully informed as to how good your case may be given the facts of your particular accident, and what kinds of monetary damages you may be entitled to.

These damages would normally include compensation for your injuries, such as:

  • Compensation for past and future medical bills
  • Loss of earnings from your job if you had to take time off work
  • Pain and suffering you endured as a result of the accident and injuries
  • Any property damage, provided these damages were caused by the accident

In many cases, the liability of the other party may be disputed by them and their insurance company, and their insurance company may therefore outright deny your claim.

In cases where the other insurance company has either denied your claim completely or is claiming that you were partially at fault for the accident, it is especially critical for you to contact an attorney specializing in personal injury cases as soon as possible. Our investigators can then interview any independent witnesses, photograph the accident scene, and investigate and preserve any other important evidence that may support your claim that the other party is at fault for the accident.

Finally, almost all attorneys who specialize in personal injury handle cases on a contingency fee basis. This simply means that you do not pay any attorney fees at all unless and until your attorney obtains a monetary recovery for you either by way of settlement or trial. If your attorney is unsuccessful, then you owe them absolutely nothing for the time they spent on your case.

As you can see, it’s extremely important to have an experienced personal injury attorney properly evaluate the liability aspects of your case, including your potential damages, as soon as possible after the accident in order to properly advise you of your rights under the law. Even if you only want an initial consultation for advice about your rights, and don’t want to hire a lawyer right now, there is absolutely no charge or obligation to you for that initial consultation—it’s completely free.

Call (951) 382-5454 or write to us online.

What Kind of Time Limitations Apply to My Case?

In any accident involving personal injury or wrongful death, California law places certain time deadlines to bring your claim called statutes of limitations. Under these laws, you must have either settled your injury claim with the other responsible party or their insurance company or have filed a lawsuit in the appropriate court against the other party within these time periods.

In cases where an adult is injured, you normally have two years from the date of the accident to either settle your claim or to file a lawsuit in court. In the case where a minor child under the age of 18 is injured, the law normally suspends this two-year deadline until the child reaches their eighteenth birthday, and then they have another two years thereafter (until their twentieth birthday) to settle their claim or file suit.

In a situation where an injury or death was caused by the negligence or fault of a governmental entity, like a city, county, state, or any of their employees, then the normal statutes of limitation described above do not apply.

In these types of cases, the law prescribes a different period of time, and also requires that you first file a written claim with the responsible government department or agency within six months after your accident in order to properly bring your claim, and before you can file any lawsuit for your injuries and other damages.

Your failure to strictly comply with these time deadlines will in most cases result in your cases being legally barred, and you’ll forever lose any rights you may have had to monetary compensation due to the accident.

As you can see, it’s extremely important to have an experienced personal injury attorney properly evaluate these kinds of questions, as well as the liability and damage aspects of your case, as soon as possible after the accident in order to properly advise you of your rights under the law.

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    “I received fast and courteous service to my initial calls. Mr. Ryneal is very thorough and takes the time to explain the law and the best possible plan of action. If it doesn't make sense, he will let you know.”

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What Is My Case Worth?

In determining how much a personal injury or wrongful death case is worth, there are numerous factors that must be taken into consideration.

First and foremost among these is whether your accident was due to the negligence or fault of another party, and, if so, whether it was entirely the fault of the other party, or was partially your fault as well.

If the other party was completely at fault, then the defendant and their insurance company would be responsible for compensating you for 100% of the damages. On the other hand, if you were partially at fault too, then the other party would only have to pay for the percentage of your total damages that they specifically caused.

For example, if your total damages were $100,000, and the other party was found to be 75% at fault for causing the accident and you were found to be 25% at fault, then under California law, the defendant would have to pay 75% or $75,000 of your total damages. They would not be liable for the remaining 25% of your damages attributable to your percentage of fault. This is called the law of comparative fault or comparative negligence in California.

Many other factors also affect how much your case is worth. Ordinarily, you can recover not only for your injuries, including physical and emotional pain and suffering, but also for your past and future medical bills and loss of earnings.

If you have suffered injuries that have left you with permanent residual problems or disability, then that can obviously increase significantly the ultimate value of your case, as opposed to the situation where someone is injured for several months but then makes a full recovery.

If you had a preexisting condition or injury that was aggravated by your current accident, then that can also have a bearing on what your case could be worth.

An experienced personal injury attorney will carefully consider and evaluate these issues and all other aspects of your life that have been affected by your injuries, including the financial impact on your employment, your social and recreational activities, and the disruption to your family and lifestyle in general.

  • Severe Burn Injuries $11,200,000

    Verdict against a construction contractor for client who suffered severe burn injuries due to fire accident

  • Severe Burn Injuries $10,300,000

    Settlement against several utility companies for client who sustained severe burn injuries from a gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $4,200,000

    Settlement for client who suffered permanent injuries due to car vs. big rig accident.

  • Severe Injuries $3,200,000

    Verdict against U. S. government for minor child who suffered severe injuries due to car accident.

  • Serious Injuries $2,600,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries due to freeway car accident.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,800,000

    Verdict for client who suffered permanent injuries sustained in auto accident.

  • Wrongful Death $1,700,000

    Verdict for family for wrongful death of a sewer maintenance worker killed in gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,400,000

    Verdict for minor child who sustained permanent injuries due to medical malpractice.

  • Severe Head & Spinal Injuries $1,300,000

    Product liability verdict for woman who suffered severe head and spinal injuries caused by defective commercial lighting fixture falling on her.

  • Slip & Fall $1,000,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries in slip and fall accident.

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