Frequently Asked Questions
At The Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi & Associates, PLC, we understand that you may have many questions about your situation. To help, we have compiled this list of some of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury. To get answers to questions specific to your situation, contact our office to schedule your free initial consultation.
Q: What Should I do Immediately After an Accident?
A: After an accident, the first thing you should do is determine if you or anyone else requires medical attention. If so, call 911 and request an ambulance immediately. Next, you should do the following:
- Request a police officer complete an accident report.
- Write down any details about the accident, such as time of day, weather conditions (if applicable), witnesses, and obvious violations of the law.
- For auto accidents, make sure to obtain information from other drivers or passengers, license plate, insurance, and contact information.
- For on-the-job injuries, notify your employer and complete form DWC 1 as soon as possible.
Q: I was Injured at Work, What Benefits am I Entitled To?
A: Workers’ compensation laws in California allow injured employees to file for benefits including:
- Medical Care
- Temporary Disability
- Permanent Disability
- Supplemental Job Displacement
- Death Benefits
Q: How Long do I have After an Accident to File a Personal Injury Claim?
A: In California, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the injury, though for a public entity this may vary.
Q: I was Partially At-Fault in an Accident. Can I Receive Compensation?
A: California is a comparative negligence state, meaning that you may be able to receive compensation for injuries even if you were partially at-fault. The court will use a specific calculation to determine the degree of fault of each party, and will adjust any monetary awards accordingly.
Q: How do I Prove Someone Else was At-Fault for My Injuries?
A: If fault is not immediately apparent after your accident, the burden of proving fault will rest on you and your attorney. To prove fault, you and your attorney will build a case based on recorded information, witness testimony, reviewing medical records, and hiring expert witnesses.