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In California, violent crimes encompass a range of offenses, including assaults and robberies, each with its particular legal ramifications. These incidents can lead to physical injuries, medical expenses, and emotional distress for victims, and there are various potential personal injury claims that may arise from such crimes.

What Are Violent Crimes?

Violent crimes constitute a category of criminal activities in California characterized by the use of force or threat of force against individuals or property. These crimes encompass a wide spectrum of offenses, including assault, battery, robbery, and even homicide. Assault involves the intentional threat of harm or the creation of fear of harm, while battery typically involves the actual physical contact causing harm. Robbery involves taking property or assets from another person through force or intimidation. Homicide represents the most serious form, involving the unlawful taking of another person’s life.

Personal Injury Claims in Violent Crime Cases

Personal injury claims arising from violent crime cases rest on the legal basis that victims have the right to seek compensation for the physical and emotional harm inflicted upon them. In California, the law recognizes that victims of violent crimes deserve justice and support. Compensation may encompass medical expenses, including immediate and long-term care, lost wages due to injury-related incapacitation, and even compensation for the emotional distress experienced. Pain and suffering, as well as any property damage resulting from the crime, can also be factored into the compensation package. Understanding these legal foundations and the potential avenues for compensation is vital when pursuing justice in violent crime-related personal injury claims.

Steps to Take After a Violent Crime

  • Seek immediate medical attention: Prioritize your health and well-being by getting medical help promptly, even for seemingly minor injuries.
  • Preserve evidence: Preserve any physical evidence at the crime scene, such as photographs, clothing, or objects, as it may be important for investigations and personal injury claims.
  • Report the incident to law enforcement: Contact the police to initiate an official investigation, which can aid in identifying and apprehending the perpetrator.
  • Collect witness information: Obtain contact details of any witnesses who may have seen the crime occur or have relevant information.
  • Consult a personal injury attorney: Seek legal counsel to understand your rights and explore potential compensation options available to you.
  • Keep records: Maintain detailed records of your injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and any related expenses, which can serve as evidence in your personal injury claim.
  • Follow up on medical treatment: Continue to receive necessary medical care and document your progress, as this can impact your compensation claim.
  • Be cautious on social media: Refrain from discussing the incident or your injuries on social media, as it could be used against you during legal proceedings.

Statute of Limitations

In California, it’s important to be aware of the statute of limitations when dealing with personal injury claims resulting from violent crimes. The statute of limitations sets a time limit for filing such claims, typically starting from the date of the incident. Failing to initiate legal action within this timeframe can result in the loss of your right to seek compensation. In California, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury. To protect your rights, it’s essential to consult with an attorney promptly and ensure that you file your personal injury claim within the prescribed time limit.

How We Can Help

At Ardalan & Associates, we can guide victims through the complex process of personal injury claims stemming from violent crimes in California. Our experienced team is dedicated to advocating for your rights and securing the compensation you deserve. Don’t hesitate to reach out today and let us help you on the path to justice and recovery.

About the Author
P. Christopher Ardalan has been a champion for the people since becoming an attorney in 2000 and establishing Ardalan & Associates, PLC. His practice, rooted in Southern California, emphasizes personal injury law where he, alongside a formidable team, tirelessly advocates for his clients. A Cum Laude graduate of California State University, Northridge, and Loyola Law School where he also graduated Cum Laude and Order of the Coif, Ardalan's early legal acumen earned him the moniker “The kid with the golden tongue.” His accolades include numerous mock trial victories, prestigious memberships, and high-profile awards such as being a Litigator Award® recipient and an inductee into ABOTA and the Million and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Recognized by both his peers and prestigious legal associations, Ardalan’s relentless pursuit of justice is fueled by a lifelong dedication to learning and a heartfelt commitment to his clients. With a reputation as a seasoned trial lawyer and a compassionate advocate, he finds the greatest fulfillment in making a positive change in his clients’ lives, honoring his role as their voice for justice.