If you or someone you loved have been seriously injured through the negligence or misconduct of others, you are entitled to full compensation for all losses inflicted on you as a result. We at Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney are dedicated to using our vast legal knowledge and experience in California personal injury law to work for you. We fight with both wisdom and tenacity to secure for every client the reimbursement that by right and by law is theirs.
Personal Injury Practice Areas
Over the years, we have handled a large and diverse array of personal injury cases for our clients in the L.A. area. Each case has its unique circumstances, and a list of every specific case-type would be long indeed. However, 6 of the most common types of personal injury cases we see are as follows:
- Slip and fall injuries: If unreasonably dangerous conditions existed on a property you rented or visited before having an accident there, it is possible the property owner could be liable for the damages.
- Workplace injuries: Employers have a responsibility to keep the workplace as safe as possible for their employees. They also need to provide safety gear and safety education to their workers. Accidents at factories, construction sites, and dangerous work areas often lead to tort action.
- Auto accident injuries: Life-altering injuries, financial devastation, intense pain and suffering, and emotional trauma are often the results of L.A. area auto accidents. We fight the big insurance companies and at-fault drivers who are reluctant to pay, in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
- Pedestrian injuries: Unfortunately, collisions between pedestrians and automobiles are far from uncommon in Los Angeles. The injuries that result reflect the dire "mismatch" between the colliding objects. We cannot reverse the impacts of the accident, but we fight hard to maximize your compensation and lighten your financial load.
- Medical malpractice: Wrong diagnoses, prescribing the wrong medications, leaving objects inside of surgical patients, and other negligent acts of physicians can injure their patients for life. No one who suffers harm at the hands of those he came to for help should suffer uncompensated.
- Defective products: Manufacturers can be sued when their products are defective and cause injury in those who use them (but not mis-use them). If the product's very design was overly dangerous to begin with, this can also be a valid grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
California Personal Injury Law
Our team of personal injury attorneys are fully familiar with the complexities of California's personal injury laws. While it is not necessary for our clients to become experts, it is still helpful for them to learn some of the basic facts about California tort law, which are mentioned below.
- In California, there is generally a 2-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases. After the 2 years expires, so does your right to file a claim.
- Claims against a government entity have only a 6 month statute of limitations, and the procedural rules that must be followed are very strict.
- If an injured party is unaware of his/her injury, then the clock on the statute of limitations starts running from the "date of discovery" rather than the "date of injury."
- Economic damages that the at-fault party is liable for can include medical expenses, lost wages, and home renovations needed to accommodate injury-caused handicaps. There is no pre-set limit to economic damages, for they are determined by the costs caused by the injury.
- There is a cap on non-economic elements of your compensation, such as pain and suffering, and psychological distress. California limits this amount to a "single-digit multiplier (9 or less) of the economic damages. Thus, $10,000 in economic damages limits you to $90,000 in non-economic damages.
- The California Shared Fault Law follows a rule of "pure comparative negligence." This means that your compensation is reduced by the percentage of fault (if any) that is determined to be your own. So, if you were 25% at fault, you would see your claim shrink from $10,000 to $7,500. Outside of court, in negotiations with insurers, there is often sharp disagreement over degree of fault, underscoring how critical it is to have a good lawyer.
Other Personal Injury Laws
More nuanced and targeted personal injury laws that may become important in individual cases. Some examples are given below:
- Uninsured motorists who are injured in an auto accident forfeit their right to collect non-economic damages, even if the other driver is 100% at fault. However, if the other driver was using alcohol/drugs, this rule does not apply.
- In medical malpractice cases, there is a $250,000 limit on non-economic damages. This is based on the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act and is meant to curb frivolous lawsuits, but it can also impact legitimate lawsuits.
- In dog bite incidents, California is a "strict liability" state. This means that the dog's owner is almost always fully responsible for the dog's actions even without any negligence being proven by the plaintiff. This is in contrast with some other states, which do not make dog owners liable for an attack if they had no reason to believe the dog was dangerous (the "one bite rule.")
Contact Us Today for Assistance
At Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, we have a well trained team of professional personal injury lawyers who have many years of experience across a wide range of case-types. Feel free to contact us anytime (24/7) at 424-231-2013 for a free legal consultation. We will answer all of your pertinent questions and waste no time in getting started on your case.