Auto accidents can range from a nuisance to a complete disaster for families. Our law firm has represented clients in thousands of car accidents. We know what you should and should not do in these cases. If you have been injured in a car accident, call us for a free consultation. Let us handle the insurance company, so you can focus on your health and your family.
Motorcycles and bicycles injuries
Although similar to automobile accidents, injuries sustained when a car hits a bicycle or motorcycle are usually much more severe than in an auto vs. auto accident. Determining who is at fault is more difficult in these cases because of the experience shared by many juries and insurance adjusters who feel that the drivers of bicycles and motorcycles are often reckless. Great care is needed to ensure that the collision is found to be the fault of car driver rather than the fault of the motorcyclist or cyclist.
The loss of a family member or a loved one is a tragedy that can not be adequately compensated through a financial recovery. But our legal system only allows monetary damages for such loss. There is no other way to punish the negligent party or to try to ensure the correction of the faults that caused the loss. Money can be recovered for items such as loss of income, support, love and affection, medical expenses, pain and suffering before the time of death, among others.
After the loss of a loved one, the last thing the family wants to do is think about taking legal action. But in many cases, prompt action is necessary to investigate the circumstances and to preserve evidence. Putting off obtaining legal advice can be damaging to any future claims.
We have handled many lawsuits clients who were hit by a vehicle while crossing or walking near a road. These claims often involve very serious injuries, and can be difficult to successfully prosecute because juries tend to rule in favor of motorists. We are available to discuss these issues with you.
As collisions between a car and a motorcycle often involve serious injuries, collisions between a truck and a car often result in serious injury or even death. Sometimes in truck collisions the insurance company will deny a claim for no other reason than to protect the driving record of the truck driver. Truck drivers must follow the specific State and Federal regulations. It is important to retain a law firm that understands these rules. An immediate and thorough investigation of the driving record of the driver of the truck, his “logs” and the condition of the truck trailer are essential.
This category of claims includes issues such as lack of security, but by far the most common complaint is the “slip and fall” type of injury. The law in this area is largely on the side of the property owner. The burden is on the injured person to prove that the property owner either caused the dangerous condition or knew before the fall and did nothing to warn the injured person. This can be a difficult burden to meet. Immediately a general investigation is important, and is very useful to obtain the names of witnesses. Photographs of the fall are often key to a successful claim.
Construction work is inherently dangerous. Many workers are injured or killed each year in California, often through no fault of their own. Construction sites can be dangerous for pedestrians too. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured due to the negligence of a construction company or building material defects, we would like to help.
Jet Ski, boat or boats injuries
Boating accidents must be investigated differently than car accidents. The obvious problem is that the first photograph of the scene of the collision are of little use, unlike the photographs of a street intersection. Different “traffic” laws apply to our oceans, lakes and rivers, and the injuries sustained in accidents or personal navigation vessels is sometimes quite different from injuries sustained in a car accident.
Dog Bite Injuries
Each year, millions of Americans, especially young children, are bitten by dogs. Fortunately, most of these bites are minor. However, some large dog attacks occur causing disfiguring or life threatening injuries. If you or a family member has been injured by a dog attack, please call us to discuss your legal rights. In general, if the dog’s owner had reason to believe that the dog was dangerous, and they do not take the necessary measures to protect the innocent victims, the owner is responsible for damages by the dog.
Work injuries can be stressful for a number of reasons. They are not only physically painful, but can have serious financial complications and can put one in fear of losing their jobs as a result of lost work. In today’s economy, employers have become much more difficult when it comes to how they treat workers, especially in regard to time lost from work. Regardless, however, it is important to realize that you have the protection of the state through workers’ compensation laws that protects you from employer retaliation in any form. When faced with the complexity of a workers’ compensation claim, retaining an Orange County workers compensation attorney can go far to ease your worries and help you get your claim through the system.
One of the most important things to do after any kind of work related accident or occupational disease diagnosis is to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You must inform your employer soon after the accident or diagnosis. Without filing out the appropriate paperwork you claim for workers compensation benefits may be denied. Even if you have filed the appropriate paperwork, in many cases the insurance company will still deny your claim for benefits. In these cases, I recommend involving a lawyer immediately.
Having to fight for the benefits you deserve under the workers’ compensation laws is not simple – it can often be complex trying to protect the rights of injured workers. We, however, understand the importance of what is at stake and will fight tooth and nail to ensure you receive the maximum benefits that you are entitled to receive. We work to ensure you get paid disability benefits, proper medical treatment, and to get your employer to honor your work restrictions.
We can represent you many different types of workplace accidents (such as construction accidents, truck or car accidents, equipment and equipment malfunction). Whatever type of accident you have suffered or the type of injury suffered, you will be able to rely on our ability to protect your rights. We have experience in dealing with victims of various types of injuries.
WE have successfully represented hundreds of clients through the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Let my knowledge and compassion for the rights of injured workers help you get the benefits they deserve when they are injured in an accident at work.
Chapter 7 (straight bankruptcy)
In a bankruptcy case under chapter 7, you file a petition asking the court to discharge your debts. The basic idea in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is to eliminate (discharge) your debts in exchange for giving up property, except for exempt” property”, the law allows you to keep. In most cases, all of your property will be found exempt. But the non-exempt property is sold, with the money distributed to creditors. If you want to keep the property such as a home or a car and are behind on mortgage payments or car loan, a chapter 7 case probably will not be the right choice for you. This is because chapter 7 bankruptcy does not eliminate the right of mortgage holders or car loan creditors to take your property to cover your debt. If your income is above the median family income in the state, you may have to file a Chapter 13 case. Median household income is different in each state. In California, the median income for a family of four is approximately $79,000. Higher income consumers must fill out forms ”means test” requiring detailed information about income and expenses. If the forms show, based on the rules of law, they have a certain amount left over that could be paid to unsecured creditors, the bankruptcy court may decide that you can not file a chapter 7 case, unless there special extenuating circumstances. We know this sounds complicated. Please call our office for a free consultation and we can determine which bankruptcy is best for you.
Chapter 13 (reorganization)
In a chapter 13 case you present a ”plan” showing how you will pay some of your debts over a period of three to five years. The most important thing about a Chapter 13 case is allowing you to keep valuable property, especially your home and car that would otherwise be lost, if you can make the payments which the bankruptcy law requires to be made to creditors. In most cases, these payments will be at least as much as your regular monthly payments on your mortgage or car loan, with an extra payment to catch up with the amount you have fallen behind. You should consider filing a Chapter 13 plan if:
- Own your home and are in danger of losing it because of money problems;
- Are behind on payments, but can catch up if given some time;
- Have valuable property which is not exempt, but you can afford to pay creditors from your income in time. You will have to have enough income during Chapter 13 case of to pay your bills and and pay back some of your debts.