Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys
We Handle Serious Personal Injury Cases in Los Angeles
Personal injuries can occur anywhere and to anyone. You may slip on a wet floor while shopping or get hit by a car while crossing the road. In California, personal injury laws cover numerous accidents. At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, our attorneys assist clients with the following personal injury cases:
We believe in a higher level of service and results, which comes from our belief in providing the best service. If you are the victim of an injury, contact us today. One of our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers will be able to meet with you and your loved ones to discuss your case, your options, and help answer any questions you may have.
Personal Injury Statistics in Los Angeles
The Greater Los Angeles area has a population of 19 million people inhabiting its 34,000 square miles. With so many people spread all over this economic hub, it is no wonder that accidents happen regularly. Many of these accidents result in personal injury, which may vary in severity. In 2015, approximately 39,708 people suffered personal injuries from traffic accidents. These accidents claimed more than 260 lives in 2016 in Los Angeles. Additionally, the number of accidents in LA is higher than that of other cities in California. In 2013, Los Angeles recorded a total of 67,534 accidents, according to the California Department of Public Health. This number was over two and a half times that of San Diego. As the numbers indicate, residents of Los Angeles stand a high risk of falling victim to personal injuries.
Common Personal Injuries in Los Angeles
Accidents can leave you with injuries. Depending on the nature of the accident, they may be mild pains that resolve in a few days or severe injuries that require extensive treatment and rehabilitation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, slip and fall accidents cause about 40.5 percent of total traumatic brain injuries in the country, while 14.3 percent result from traffic accidents.
After an accident, you may incur personal injuries such as:
Personal injuries require immediate medical attention. Following an accident, call 911 or go to the hospital even if you don’t feel any pain or have no symptoms.
California’s Comparative Negligence
Under the negligence laws in California, individuals and institutions are liable for the injuries they cause others, even if the damage was not intentional. This provides victims with the right to file a compensation claim for a personal injury caused by the negligence of a specific party. When it comes to how much one may recover, this varies due to California’s comparative negligence laws. Suppose an accident occurs between a pedestrian and a motorcycle driver in downtown Los Angeles. If the pedestrian was jaywalking and was considered to be 30% at fault for the accident, they will only be able to recover up to 70% of the total damages involved.
While every case is different, it’s crucial to understand your rights and do all you can to maximize your compensation.
What Should I Do Following an Accident in Los Angeles?
Filing your personal injury claim is just the first step in a lengthy legal process. The success of your lawsuit is highly dependent on everything you say or do after your accident. Although our team of experts will do most of the heavy lifting, there are several things you can do to help us ensure that you get the best results.
- Get Immediate Medical Assistance: Regardless of whether your injury is mild or severe, the probability of you making a recovery hinges on you getting an early evaluation. Some injuries may not surface until a few days after the accident, some may be immediate. When receiving medical attention, keep detailed medical documentation to prove that you were injured and examined by a doctor. This includes official prescriptions and diagnosis papers written by your doctor. You will need them to prove the severity of your personal injury and its connection to your accident.
- Collect and Preserve Evidence: Along with your medical documents, you need to collect and preserve other vital pieces of proof. Take pictures, videos, and witness statements of the accident if at all possible. Don’t repair any defective car parts or dispose of anything material to the accident.
- Contact the Police and Your Insurance Company: You should report the accident and have the authorities evaluate the scene. While you should report the accident, you should be aware of what you say to the police. Keep from saying anything that may be incriminating, can be used to show you were responsible for the accident, or any other incriminating information. During this time, you should also contact your insurance company to let them know what happened.
- Call Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyers: Contacting our experienced firm as quickly as possible will allow more time to work with the other parties involved. We will be able to fully evaluate your claim, conduct an investigation if needed, handle all negotiations, and build a strong defense strategy to help you recover.
- Minimize Your Social Media Activity: What you post on your social media about your accident could be used to undermine your case. Try to stay off social media platforms throughout your case proceedings.
- Follow Your Doctor’s Recommendations: If your doctor recommends you go back for a checkup, or get specific medications, do it. Failing to abide by your healthcare provider’s orders could be misconstrued as an unwillingness to get well. Insurance providers may even argue that your injuries were not severe if you refuse to be treated or follow up.
What Damages Can I Recover?
Personal injuries have significant repercussions on a victim’s life and that of their family. Your compensation claim should cover every injury, damage, loss, or expense you suffer as a result of your accident. Our personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles can help you recover compensation for physical damages, non-physical injuries, and punitive damages. Damages are typically categorized into two groups: economic and non-economic damages.
Typical compensation for losses includes compensation for:
- Accident-related medical bills, both present, and future
- Loss of earning ability or income
- Personal property damage
- The cost of retrofitting your vehicle or home to accommodate a permanent disability
- Cost of rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Price of property repair or replacement
- Accident-related transportation costs
Economic damages or “compensatory damages” in personal injury cases do not have a cap and the jury or judge can award any amount they deem necessary and reasonable. You may also be entitled to damages that cannot be measured in terms of money, such as mental anguish, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. These damages or losses are referred to as “non-economic losses or damages” and according to Civil Code – CIV Section 333.2, (b) “In no action shall the amount of damages for noneconomic losses exceed two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).”
Loss of Consortium
This is a less common form of compensation. Plaintiffs have to prove that their accident or injury resulted in a negative impact on their relationship with their spouse/partner. If you are unable to maintain a normal sexual relationship or are unable to maintain a healthy emotional relationship, these could be grounds for loss of consortium damages. The damages for loss of consortium go directly to the affected spouse or family member, rather than the plaintiff.
Representing Injured Children and Their Families in Los Angeles
By their very nature, young children are incredibly curious. If you take your eye off of a child for even a split second, they may end up climbing on furniture or on an appliance. According to a study conducted by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), children tend to suffer injuries due to appliance defects, televisions, and more. A 2022 CPSC report shared the following statistics:
- 71% of child fatalities involved a television
- 62% of fatalities of all age groups involved a television
- 55% of fatalities involved people being crushed
- Head-related injuries accounted for 66% of fatalities
You may wonder who can be held liable for your children’s injuries. Generally, appliance injury-related claims are brought against product manufacturers or appliance installers. Though, other negligent parties can sometimes be held legally liable as well. Notably, stove tipping, television, dresser, and other accidents can be prevented. A very inexpensive safety product called an ‘anti-tip bracket’ can keep appliances from tipping over and severely injuring children and adults. In addition, a properly designed appliance should not be able to be tipped by small children. If your child was injured, our experienced child injury attorneys in Los Angeles will help you determine who bears liability for the accident. Your family deserves justice
Contact Our Firm Today
We know how difficult the time is following a serious accident. Life is stressful. You may be out of work. You are more than likely facing mounds of medical bills and trying to discuss the incident with your insurance company. Let our experienced personal injury lawyers in Los Angeles help you. Call our firm now for a free, initial consultation at (213) 985-1120 or you can fill out our free case evaluation form and we’ll be in touch with you.
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