Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Handling Cases From Car and Motorcycle Accidents to Serious Slip and Fall Injuries
Car accidents and falls can cause serious personal injury, leading to significant medical expenses now and into the future; lost income for the time you miss form work and if you became disabled from working in the future at the same capacity; as well as damages such as pain and suffering, or loss of enjoyment in life, which may continue into the future depending on the nature of your injury.
When you have been injured because of another’s negligence or reckless driving, you should be entitled to compensation from the negligent driver to cover your medical expenses and other legal damages. However, the burden is on you to bring a claim against the other driver and his or her insurance company, and to pursue the matter in court if a fair settlement can’t be reached. It’s up to you to prove that the other driver was responsible for you injuries, and you also have to be able to prove the full extent of your injuries and justify all the money you are asking for. The other driver, meanwhile, most likely represented by his or her insurance company and their team of lawyers, will use every trick in the book to keep from having to pay your claim, or to pay as little as possible. For instance, they may:
- Declare that your claim is barred by the statute of limitations – If you take too long to notify an insurance company of an accident or file a case in court, you may be out of luck in getting a recovery.
- Claim that you were partly to blame in causing the accident – Every percentage of fault they can lay at your feet equals a proportional reduction in the amount you can recover.
- Allege that you were not really injured in the accident – Insurance companies may employ medical experts or force you to undergo medical examinations, and claim you are not seriously injured, or that your injury was caused by some pre-existing condition that they are not responsible for.
Los Angeles personal injury attorney Jeffrey Fleitman doesn’t fall for insurance company tricks and tactics. We can represent you with any California personal injury claim, including slip and fall (premises liability), dog bites/animal attacks, or motor vehicle accidents. Below is more information on car, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, and slip and fall/premises liability cases.
California law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance that will pay up to $15,000 if they injure someone while driving, or $30,000 if multiple people are injured, along with $5,000 in property damage. Unfortunately, these low amounts may not cover all your damages in a serious accident. What’s worse, more than 15% of southern California drivers do not carry any insurance at all, even though it’s required by law. If you are hit by an uninsured driver, you can file a claim with your own insurance company under your uninsured motorist coverage, but just because you are working with “your” insurance company, make no mistake that their interests are still to keep the payout as low as they can. We can help you reach a settlement with the insurance company – yours or the other driver’s – and take them to court if they won’t pay the full, fair amount.
Although most cases settle without going to trial, insurance companies only take you seriously if you are represented by an experienced auto accident attorney who has a record of success and is willing and able to go to court. Settlement offers made to people who don’t have a lawyer are nowhere near the amount that the case is actually worth.
Because they are unprotected and exposed to other vehicles and the roadway, motorcyclists and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to serious injury or death when involved in a collision with a motor vehicle. Motorcycles and bikes are also considerably smaller and less frequent on the road, making them harder to spot and less expected by motorists.
Motorcyclists are well-advised to wear helmets and protective clothing and to ride safely, including lane splitting only when it is safe to do so at a reasonable speed. Bicyclists, for their part, are charged with knowing and obeying all the traffic laws and rules of the road, and should be especially vigilant to the traffic around them. Regardless, all the care and caution in the world will not protect a rider from negligent drivers who are looking at their phones instead of the road, or who purposely drive recklessly and aggressively around motorcycles and bikes. Los Angeles accident attorney Jeffrey Fleitman represents motorcyclists and bicyclists who have been injured by the negligence or misconduct of others in personal injury claims and lawsuits, and represents families in wrongful death actions when another’s unsafe driving has tragically taken the life of a loved one.
Slip and Fall
Slip and fall cases are different than other types of personal injury cases. Firstly, the owner of the property or area where the slip and fall took place MUST have had either actual or constructive notice that a dangerous condition existed. Additionally, the business owner or person failed to act as a reasonable person would have by either cleaning up the area, fixing the dangerous condition, or least putting up a warning sign about a slippery surface, tripping hazard or other danger.
If you are involved in a slip and fall accident, the first thing you should do is look for witnesses who do not work for the store or property owner. Second, you should look at what you fell in and see if there are any signs that this dangerous condition existed for a long time. An example would be in a grocery store, if you fell in a liquid, were there other people’s footprints? Did the liquid have dirt in it? Was the liquid spread out over a large area? Should this liquid have been seen by the people who work there because it was in an obvious place? Where did the liquid come from? If a camera is available, take a picture of the scene of the incident immediately, before it is cleaned up. The third and most important thing is to get to a doctor and get the treatment necessary to heal your injury. Finally, the last thing to do is call our office for legal representation. Slip and fall cases are complicated and require the knowledge and expertise of experienced personal injury attorneys.
A victim involved in an accident could have a potential personal injury lawsuit if they were not at fault and someone else was at fault. A personal injury can occur more often than most people realize. For example, a personal injury might happen while two drivers are on the road because one is not paying attention to what is going on and the driver slams right into the other vehicle, causing a collision and multiple injuries.
Other Common Personal Injuries in California
While car accidents are a common cause of serious injuries and personal injury lawsuits, other accidents can lead to lawsuits in which victims are seeking compensation to cover various expenses. Injuries can lead to numerous medical bills from hospitals and doctor’s offices. It becomes a difficult situation when victims cannot work because of their injuries. The bills continue piling up while the victims of these accidents continue to struggle.
When an accident does happen, victims should focus on seeking advice from a personal injury attorney. While consulting with the personal injury attorney for free, they can talk about how their accident happened and where they were when everything occurred. It gives the California personal injury attorney an opportunity to advise the victim on what he or she can do next, which may include filing a lawsuit against whoever was negligent, such as the other driver, a business owner, commercial property owner, or residential property owner. Multiple people may be listed in a personal injury lawsuit depending on how and why the accident happened.
Contacting a California Personal Injury Attorney After an Accident
What victims of these accidents need to know is that they should waste no time contacting a personal injury firm to discuss the details of their case. Because there is a statute of limitations that prevents victims from filing a lawsuit against a negligent party after a specific amount of time has passed, it is in their best interest to speak with the personal injury attorney immediately and then start the process of filing the lawsuit before the statute of limitations does run out and prevents them from receiving any form of compensation for their injuries.
At Fleitman Law, our California personal injury attorneys have the expertise and know-how to address these types of lawsuits for our clients. Instead of wasting time, act quickly and give us a call to talk to us about what happened to you and what types of injuries you are now suffering from because of your accident. We want to work with you to help you recover damages that you might not have realized you are entitled to receive.
Experienced Legal Representation for Los Angeles Car Accidents
If you have been injured in an automobile, motorcycle or bicycle accident in Los Angeles or surrounding areas, call on the Law Offices of Jeffrey Fleitman to help you get the compensation you need and deserve to address your healthcare and living expenses and move forward with your life. Call 310-399-2889 for a free consultation with an experienced and dedicated southern California personal injury attorney.