New law increases need for attorney in personal injury case New law increases need for attorney in personal injury case
AB 2159 is now law in California and the requirements of the law means an attorney is even more necessary to handle a personal injury claim.
The new law tries to add some balance to personal injury cases in California. It says a person who was injured needs to compute damages based on actual circumstances in the Golden State.
"Figuring out physical damages is pretty straightforward. How much it costs to repair damages and medical bills," said Santa Monica personal injury attorney Natalie Bausch of Bausch Law Group. "Where people need help is figuring out any long term expenses, long term loss of wages, and how the injury affects the person and the family long-term."
Some of the relevant points that an injured person can expect to be brought before a judge are:
• The person's health just prior to the accident.
• The person's responsibilities in the home and to other family members.
• The person's current education and what it will cost to cross-train for a new career, if necessary.
• The long-term loss of income because of the injury, a lesser paying job and so on.
"AB 2159 means we have to figure damages based on where you live in California and where you go to be treated for the injuries you received. This is very important and should not be taken lightly," Ms. Bausch said. "I've seen too many insurance companies try to get out of their responsibility without even paying the full medical bills. That's not right. You deserve better."
Ms. Bausch noted this is a new law and as such likely will be tested in the courts.
"But that's yet to happen. What we have right now is the new law. We have to work with it. If the courts see fit to interpret it a certain way, then we will work with that ruling too," she said.
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