Personal Injury

The RTM in the name stands for “Really Tough Matters” – we love representing underdogs in personal injury cases. As a former counsel for insurance companies, we know all the tricks they’ll try to pull.

Getting the treatment and compensation you deserve will be the only outcome of your personal injury case when working with RTM Law. If you or someone you know has suffered emotional and physical injury, you need an attorney by your side who has the experience and compassion to fight for you against big insurance companies. We have years of experience representing Personal Injury cases and have successfully reached settlements beyond our client expectations.

After years of trial experience, we know how the other side operates and what it takes to get the justice you and your family deserve.

If you or someone you know has been injured and needs an advocate in their corner, reach out for a free consultation.

Emphasis Areas

Personal Injury

  • ✔ Motorcycle Accident
  • ✔ Auto Accident
  • ✔ Pedestrian
  • ✔ Assault and Battery Cases
  • ✔ Dog Bites
  • ✔ Wrongful Death
  • ✔ Bicycle Accident
  • ✔ Uber / Lyft
  • ✔ Rideshare Injuries
  • ✔ Car Accidents
  • ✔ Truck Accidents
  • ✔ Products Liability
  • ✔ Trip and Fall Cases
  • ✔ Motor Vehicle Accidents

Recent Verdicts

car accident

Car and Truck Accidents

Truck v. Truck collision (Global Resolution for three plaintiffs)

Auto v. Truck (Global Settlement)

Rear end collision leading to minor brain injury (underinsured motorist coverage)

Auto v. Auto – T-Bone collision leading to neck injury

Auto v. Auto (collision rear end causing back injury (excess of policy limits)

UBER driver rear ended while working

T-Bone collision, wrist fracture

Rear End (Underinsured Motorist Policy)

motor accident

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle Collision

Motorcycle Collision

Motorcycle Lane Splitting

Representative Cases

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a personal injury lawsuit?

A personal injury lawsuit is a type of civil tort that seeks to obtain damages for an individual who has suffered loss or harm as a result of another person’s negligence, recklessness, or intentional act. In a personal injury lawsuit, the injured person (the plaintiff) alleges that the defendant acted carelessly and caused them harm; either through physical injury, financial loss, or emotional distress.

The goal of a personal injury lawsuit is to hold the responsible party accountable and receive compensation for any losses they have endured due to the defendant’s actions. This compensation can include medical bills, lost income from being unable to work, pain and suffering, or other costs associated with their injuries. In some cases, punitive damages may be awarded as well. Punitive damages are meant to punish the guilty party for acting in an irresponsible way and are usually awarded in addition to compensatory damages.

When filing a personal injury lawsuit, plaintiffs must prove that the defendant’s actions were negligent or intentional in order to receive compensation. Negligence occurs when someone fails to meet their duty of care by acting recklessly or failing to act responsibly in certain situations. Intent is more extreme; it means that someone acted deliberately with malicious intent, such as purposely causing harm or damage.

When filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important for plaintiffs to understand all applicable laws in their jurisdiction so that they can properly present their case and seek appropriate damages. An experienced lawyer can help navigate this process and ensure that the plaintiff’s rights are protected throughout the duration of their case.

What's the deadline for filing a personal injury claim in California?

In California, the general deadline for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the injury. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule that it’s important for individuals to be aware of when considering filing a claim.

First, if an individual does not discover their injury until more than two years after the accident occurred, then they may still have up to one year from the date of discovery to file a lawsuit. This applies in cases where the effects of an accident or incident were delayed or slowly became apparent over time.

Second, minors may have a longer period of time in which they can file a personal injury claim in California. Minors who are injured have until two years after their eighteenth birthday to take legal action if they wish to do so (also known as their “majority date”).

It’s also important for California residents who intend to file a personal injury claim against governmental entities such as schools, county governments and state departments to pay attention to deadlines because many of these institutions have shorter statutes of limitations than what is established by state law. In most cases, claimants must file their notice within six months from an event’s occurrence in order to preserve their right to bring a claim against governmental entities.

Individuals who plan on filing a personal injury claim should always consult with an attorney prior and be sure that they are taking all necessary steps before any deadlines expire. Failing to meet the applicable statute of limitations can result in having your case dismissed and being unable to recover damages for your injuries no matter how severe they may be.

Shouldn't my insurance company cover my expenses after an accident?

It is a good question to ask whether or not your insurance company should cover your expenses after an accident. Generally speaking, the answer to this would depend on the type of insurance you have and the specific coverage it provides. For example, if you have liability insurance, it is likely that any claims related to injuries or property damage caused by you in an accident would be covered by your insurance provider. Comprehensive coverage, which often includes collision coverage, may also provide some protection if you are found at fault in an accident. In some cases, even if you are not found at fault, the other driver’s insurance may offer some form of coverage for your losses as well.

In addition to asking about your own policies and coverage options, it is also important to understand how fault is determined in accidents and what potential legal liabilities may exist depending on who is found at fault. If the other party involved in an accident is deemed to be responsible for causing it, then their liability insurance will typically cover any damages incurred from the incident. However, if you are found to be partially or fully at fault for the accident, then depending on the state laws in which you live and other factors such as any applicable deductibles or limits on coverage due to negligence or reckless behavior associated with the incident; it’s possible that your insurer could deny claims for damages related to medical expenses or vehicle repairs as a result of being at-fault for an accident.

Overall when considering whether or not your insurance company should cover expenses related to an accident, there are many variables involved including type of policy and state law that need careful consideration. It’s always best practice to discuss these matters with a qualified insurance specialist prior to getting into an accident so that you know what kind of coverage options might exist in case something were to happen down the line.

What can I recover in a California personal injury case?

In a California personal injury case, an individual is able to recover for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other costs that have been incurred as a result of their injuries. Pain and suffering are considered non-economic damages, meaning they do not have a set monetary value and must be calculated based on the severity of the injury. The court will also take into consideration any physical or emotional distress caused by the injury as well as any permanent disabilities that may have resulted.

When it comes to medical expenses, an individual can receive compensation for past or future medical bills related to the accident or incident. This includes hospital bills, ambulance fees, medications, therapy sessions, medical devices such as wheelchairs or crutches, home health aides if necessary, and more. Lost wages can also be recovered in a California personal injury case. This means that if you were unable to return to work due to your injuries or had to take time off without pay while treating your injuries then you could receive compensatory damages for any income loss suffered.

Lastly, punitive damages can be awarded in addition to general compensatory damages when it is found that the defendant was grossly negligent in their actions leading up to the accident or incident in question. Punitive damages are meant to punish and deter similar conduct from occurring in the future and are generally far greater than what is typically awarded for economic losses or pain and suffering.

Are there damage caps in California personal injury lawsuits?

In California, the damages that an individual may be awarded in a personal injury lawsuit are subject to certain statutory limits. Generally speaking, there is no universal “cap” on the amount of damages that may be awarded in a personal injury case, however the exact amount of damages that can be recovered depends on a number of factors, such as the type of lawsuit and the types of injuries sustained.

For instance, under California Civil Code section 3333.2, medical expenses resulting from a personal injury that occurred within two years prior to filing suit can be recovered without limit; however punitive damages for intentional torts are limited to three times compensatory damages or $250,000 – whichever is greater. Similarly, if an injury was caused by a defective product or wrongful death due to medical malpractice, non-economic damages (e.g., pain and suffering) are capped at $250,000. In addition to these statutory caps on non-economic damages, most insurance policies maintain limits on their coverage amounts and these also effectively create upper limits on what can be recovered through a personal injury lawsuit.

These caps vary depending on state laws and insurance company policies and can have a significant impact on how much an injured party can recover for their injuries in a personal injury case. As such it is important for individuals filing such lawsuits to understand any caps that may apply in their particular situation so they do not become surprised by them after the fact. Furthermore, because each personal injury claim is different and there are many variables involved it is best to consult with an experienced attorney when considering filing suit against another party for causing your injuries.

How do I prove fault in a California personal injury lawsuit?

In California, fault must be proven in a personal injury lawsuit in order to establish liability and obtain damages. Fault is a legal term that refers to the negligence or intent of an individual or entity that caused harm to another party. To prove fault in a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff must show two basic elements: (1) causation – that the defendant’s actions were a direct cause of their injuries, and (2) negligence – that the defendant acted carelessly or recklessly and failed to use reasonable care when they should have.

Causation can be established through various types of evidence, such as eyewitness testimonies from persons who witnessed the accident or event leading to the plaintiff’s injuries, medical expert testimony regarding what caused the injuries and how they developed over time, police reports, photographs taken at the scene of the accident, physical evidence such as skid marks on roads or broken branches in trees near where an accident occurred, and any other relevant evidence.

Negligence is typically established by showing that the defendant did not take reasonable precautions to prevent accidents from occurring or failed to act with reasonable care when they had an opportunity to do so. Examples of this include failing to maintain property which could have prevented an injury-causing situation (such as repaving roads or installing guardrails), providing inadequate warning regarding dangerous conditions on their property (such as insufficient signage warning patrons away from pools), failing to properly train employees (for example if an employee was not trained adequately prior to operating heavy machinery), or failing to secure hazardous materials which resulted in toxic fumes escaping into an area where people are exposed.

These elements must be proven by a preponderance of evidence. This means that more likely than not these events occurred and it is up to the judge or jury appointed by the court deciding whether these elements have been met based on all available facts presented in court. If both causation and negligence are established during trial, then typically damages can be awarded as compensation for lost wages, medical bills, emotional distress and other losses associated with a personal injury suffered due to another party’s negligence.

Is a personal injury trial going to get me more money than a settlement?

When deciding between a personal injury trial and a settlement, there are many factors to consider. The amount of money you can get as a result of a successful trial is typically higher than that of an out-of-court settlement, but the process of going to court often involves more time and legal expenses.

For starters, the outcome of a personal injury trial is not guaranteed; in fact, the jury’s decision can be unpredictable. As such, it is ultimately up to the plaintiff (the injured party) to decide if they want to take their chances with a jury or settle for a smaller amount outside the courtroom.

In addition to being uncertain in outcome, trials also involve higher costs than settling out of court. Trials require both parties to pay for court fees and may require expert witnesses, private investigators, and other professionals who might need to be paid for their services. Furthermore, it takes much longer for a case to go through the courts than it does to negotiate an agreement outside of court. This means that trials may result in longer delays before any money is received by either party.

On the other hand, settling out-of-court saves both parties time and money while allowing them both more certainty in the outcome since they know exactly how much each will receive at the end of negotiations. Settlements also tend to be less emotionally taxing on all involved since they avoid lengthy trials and potentially expensive appeals processes that could arise from trial outcomes.

Ultimately, whether you should pursue a personal injury trial or settlement depends on your individual situation and risk tolerance when it comes to potential outcomes. A qualified personal injury attorney can advise you on which option might be best for you based on your circumstances and goals related to your case.

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