If you have suffered physical or financial harm because a person, business, corporation, or other entity harmed you through their actions or their failure to act, Bowen Law Firm want to help you receive the compensation you deserve. William Bowen is a personal injury attorney with extensive experience in all types of personal injury cases. We represent clients throughout California who have been injured by the negligence or bad acts of others.
If you or a loved one has suffered because of the action or inaction of another, contact our Roseville office to schedule a consultation. We provide experienced legal representation for victims and their families. Bowen Law Firm will fight for your right to full compensation under the law.
If you have suffered physical or financial harm because a person, business, corporation, or other entity harmed you through their actions or their failure to act, our California personal injury attorneys with Bowen Law Firm want to help you receive full compensation for your injuries. William Bowen's experience with personal injury actions throughout California can help you regardless of which type of injury case you have. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact Bowen Law Firm. If you are uncertain about whether or not you have a personal injury claim, here are a few answers to frequent questions our office receives.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a personal injury?
The term “personal injury” is typically defined as an injury to one’s mind, body, or emotions. In other words, it’s an injury to the person, as opposed to an injury to property. When property is harmed in conjunction with the personal injury, compensating for that harmed property becomes part of the personal injury lawsuit. Personal injury law is an area of law that seeks to compensate the victims of personal injury and punish the offenders through monetary awards, known as compensatory and punitive damages. Bowen Law Firm’s goal is to win compensation for the victims of personal injury.
It is important to choose personal injury attorneys with knowledge of the various rules and courts, as each state has different laws regarding personal injury lawsuits, and each court has different rules for filing claims. Bowen Law Firm has significant litigation experience and is very familiar with the different court rules and systems in California and the federal court system.
There are many types of personal injury lawsuits, including:
– car accidents
– wrongful death
– product liability
– construction accidents
– premises liability (trip and falls or slip and falls)
How can I file a personal injury lawsuit?
We highly recommend that you hire an experienced attorney before deciding to file a lawsuit. If you hire Bowen Law Firm, personal injury attorney William Bowen will review your case to make sure your rights are protected, work with you to build the strongest case possible and will file the lawsuit on behalf of you or your loved one.
Can I file a personal injury lawsuit at any time?
No. The time to which to file the personal injury lawsuit is controlled by what is called the statute of limitations. Bowen Law Firm will help you determine the applicable statute of limitations for your case. However, it is important to discuss your case with us as soon as possible after the personal injury occurs. If your personal injury case is filed after the statute of limitations has expired, it is very likely that the lawsuit will be dismissed, and you will have no recourse or method for monetary compensation, legal or otherwise.
The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in California is two years. The Bowen Law Firm can help you determine if you have a personal injury lawsuit and what your statute of limitations for filing your lawsuit is.
How does personal injury law compensate victims?
In a typical personal injury lawsuit, two types of damages are awarded – compensatory damages and punitive damages. Each state has its own individual laws that dictate how these damages are handled. Personal injury attorney William Bowen can help you understand your compensation rights.
When your personal injury attorney proves your case at trial or settles your case with the opposing party, or their insurance provider, you are usually awarded compensatory damages. Compensatory damages are monetary damages meant to compensate the victim for the injuries he/she suffered in the accident.
To calculate compensatory damages, a monetary value is assigned to the victim’s physical harm and property loss as a result of the underlying accident. This monetary value can be actual or estimated. Actual losses include medical bills, repair bills for any property that was harmed as a direct result of the personal injury, and lost wages or earned sick or vacation time.
Personal injury awards also include general damages for the estimated value of the victim’s pain and suffering.
Indirect victims of the personal injury may also have a legal claim to compensatory damages. Spouses, for example, can often file suit to recoup monies lost due to loss of affection or loss of the spouse’s contribution to the household. Bowen Law Firm will help you determine the correct parties of your lawsuit.
Punitive damages differ from compensatory damages in that punitive damages are awarded to punish the perpetrator of the personal injury, rather than compensating the victim of the personal injury. Punitive damages are designed to protect public policy interests against certain types of behavior by punishing the defendant economically. Punitive damages are not awarded in every personal injury case, and they usually require an element of purposeful action, instead of simple negligence.
Many factors go into determining what amount of compensatory and punitive damages the plaintiff of a personal injury lawsuit should ask for; therefore it is important to have representation from a competent, experienced personal injury attorney. William Bowen of Bowen Law Firm has many years of personal injury experience, as well as highly developed litigation skills.
Do I have a personal injury case?
No two personal injury cases are the same. Whether or not you have a personal injury case depends upon the facts of your situation and usually only an attorney can tell you if you have a viable case. But keep in mind that because of the statute of limitations, time is of the essence.
If you have been injured, please contact our Roseville, California office to discuss your case at (916) 742-2220 or contact us here.