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Personal Injury – An Overview

Personal injury lawsuits are filed by people (or their representatives) injured due to the negligence of someone else. The injury may be either physical or emotional, and it can arise from a variety of sources or types of conduct. Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include automobile accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death. In general, the goal of a personal injury action is to determine who was responsible and to compel the responsible party to compensate the injured person for the losses sustained. If you or someone you know has been injured by the careless actions of another, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm to find out how we can help you preserve your rights.

Automobile Accidents

When you are seriously injured in a car accident, it is difficult just getting to your doctors and trying to heal. You do not need the problem of talking to insurance companies that want to know if you are really hurt or if your injury was caused by something other than the accident. You can be confident turning that concern over to your Los Angeles auto accident lawyer at our law firm.

Many victims do not realize the value of their case and are taken advantage of by claims adjusters and insurance company representatives. Insurance companies will seek to deny claims, avoid liability, and inaccurately assess the value of your case. Without the advocacy of an aggressive and effective personal injury attorney, you may risk losing the full value of your case and even forfeit valid claims. Suffering a car accident and facing litigation may be the most traumatic experience you have endured. When you are dealing with this difficult time, it is critical that you are represented by an attorney you can trust to get results. Contact our firm to protect your rights.

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Wrongful Death

A person who loses their life due to the fault or gross negligence of another is the innocent victim of a "wrongful death." For the surviving spouse, children and parents, no loss is more painful or tragic. If you lose a loved one due to a wrongful death, you and other family members may be eligible for damages for losses such as loss of future wages, medical expenses prior to death, and loss of companionship. Our law firm is a highly successful law firm with a proven track record in obtaining financial compensation for the family members of wrongful death victims. Family members of the deceased may be able to collect money damages; including pain and suffering, lost income, mental anguish, medical bills, burial expenses and other costs with the help of an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death attorney.

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Truck Accidents

Due to their sheer weight and size, accidents involving trucks, buses or other large motor vehicles can easily have catastrophic consequences. Accidents involving commercial trucks are generally much more complex than those involving only cars. The resulting injuries and damage can been very serious resulting in long-term recovery and extensive medical treatment. The Los Angeles truck accident attorneys of our firm can help establish the future cost of medical treatment or future care to ensure that you do not settle too low and end up having to pay out of pocket for future medical care.

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Motorcycle Accidents

According to recent statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles California is ranked number one with 626,529 registered motorcycles in the nation. However, despite the rider taking the necessary precautions motorcycle accidents can happen due to the negligence of other parties. Unlike cars and other vehicles, motorcycles offer drivers and passengers no protection. There is nothing between the rider and the open road other than the clothes the rider is wearing and possibly a helmet.  Motorcycle accidents often happen due to the negligent party's failure to recognize the motorcyclist, failing to yield the right of way to the motorcyclist, or simply not obeying the rules of the road while operating their vehicle. Due to a motorcyclist's physical exposure while riding their motorcycle, accidents can have catastrophic consequences.

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Catastrophic Injuries

Our Los Angeles law firm has been representing clients with catastrophic injuries as well as the families of victims of wrongful death since 1981. A catastrophic injury or illness usually occurs suddenly and without warning. Injuries that are considered catastrophic, due to the enormous impact they have on the lives of the individuals who experience them, include the following: brain injury, spinal cord injury, accidental amputation, severe burns, multiple fractures, or other, neurological disorders. Catastrophic injuries often cause severe disruption to the central nervous system, which in turn affects many other systems of the body. Our firm has built a reputation throughout the legal community for effectively managing Los Angeles’ most complex personal injury cases, while preserving the personal dignity of catastrophic injury victims. We spend the time to explain catastrophic injuries, your right under the law to obtain compensation for your injuries, and outline your options.

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Nursing Home Negligence

Approximately 1.5 million people live in nursing homes, according to federal statistics. Unfortunately, nursing home companies often focus on corporate profits over the needs of residents. They do this by hiring insufficient numbers of employees with inadequate qualifications, experience, and training. The elder abuse lawyers at our firm have found that many of our client's loved ones often suffer as a result of the nursing home industry's practice of spending less money needed to provide good care to its residents.

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Dog Bites

Each year throughout the country, 4.7 million people suffer dog bites. Our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys aggressively represent victims who have been injured in a dog bite or dog attack. Some of the more serious injuries require hospitalization or some form of medical attention, including deep infections, nerve or tendon damage, and tissue loss. Medical expenses associated with dog or other animal attacks can be quite high, depending upon the nature of the injury

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Premises Liability

Owners of businesses, retail locations, restaurants, entertainment venues and other sites open to the public are responsible for maintaining their premises in a reasonably safe condition. The parties who own or manage these premises are responsible for maintaining a reasonably safe environment, free from safety hazards. For instance, grocery stores are responsible for removing spills from floors and providing adequate lighting in the store's parking lot.  In addition to removing physical hazards, owners of premises are also expected to ensure reasonable security at their venues, such as properly working door locks at hotels and adequate security personnel at night clubs.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Based on 2006 statistics put together by the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 4,800 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle accidents, while over 70,000 sustained injuries. Even though pedestrians may take the necessary precautions to avoid becoming involved in an automobile accident, personal injury accidents involving runners and walkers do happen. Our Los Angeles, California pedestrian accident attorneys will investigate every aspect of your pedestrian injury case and provide you with excellent legal advice and representation.

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Train Accidents

A train accident is a rare but extremely serious event. When a train runs off its tracks, or strikes a vehicle stalled at a railroad crossing, the chances are high that the accident will involve catastrophic injury or multiple fatalities. A train may hit another train, automobile, truck, or pedestrian, or may derail due to operator error or equipment malfunction. A train accident can occur due to improper maintenance, equipment failure, signal malfunctions, among other factors. Whether a train wreck occurs due to negligence or recklessness on part of the engineer or conductor, or another driver, person or entity, a victim or family member of a victim may have the legal right to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim. When a train accident has occurred, an experienced train accident attorney can investigate and determine if the carrier is liable for the injuries sustained. Common carriers have a higher responsibility to safely transport the public by taking all necessary safety precautions to avoid any train accident.

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