From January 1, 2017 the New California Personal Injury Law will come into effect. This has been pursued by the Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 2159 into the law.
The following norms will govern the new law:-
- Technically, this law is being witnessed as adding language to the California Evidence Code, and most specific of all section 351.2.
- The law guarantees that the plaintiffs in California personal injury lawsuits will be in the position to avail equal treatments.
- Hence, the lawsuits will no longer be guided by the immigration status of any person.
- So, any immigration status will be considered irrelevant when attempts are being made to quantify damages which have been incurred.
- The hope behind the new law is that it will put an end to the fear that many people have been living with, after being injured due to the negligent actions of others.
- This bill was sponsored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego.
- The co-sponsors of the bill have included the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and Consumer Attorneys of California.
What led to the new law?
1. Rodriguez vs. Kline took place back in 1986.
2. Owing to injury plaintiff filed a California personal injury lawsuit against the defendant.
3. The part of the damage which the plaintiff was aspiring to recover inculcated the loss of future wages.
4. However, the court held it.
5. The acumen given was that future wages would be considered for an individual by the United States and not any other country of origin.
6. This decision marred many more cases.