If you are reading this, it is likely because you or loved one has been injured in a serious accident. No matter whether this is because you were injured in a car accident, were victimized by medical malpractice or even if your child sustained a birth injury during a difficult childbirth, you need competent legal advice – and you need it fast. This is where we come in. At Pacific Attorney Group, Mark Shayani and accident attorneys are proud to offer over 70 years of collective legal experience to our clients. Through our decades of practice, we have seen it all and we are ready to put our considerable legal knowledge to work for you.
Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
Sadly, motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls and other harmful events result in more than mere inconveniences or annoyances. Many suffer debilitating and disabling injuries that can last years or even the rest of their lives. Acts of carelessness and even brief inattentiveness can kill, leaving the survivors to grieve and deal with personal and financial loss.
At Pacific Attorney Group, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will help you with the physical, emotional and financial trauma created by negligent actors. Below, we summarize the types of cases and injuries we handle, the damages we can recover on your behalf, and our services.
1. Types of Cases We Handle
- 1.) Automobile Crashes
- 2.) Motorcycle Crashes
- 3.) Truck Accidents
- 4.) Pedestrians
- 5.) Premises Liability
- 6.) Nursing Homes
- 7.) Medical Malpractice
- 8.) Products Liability
- 9.) Workplace Injuries
- 10.) Animal Bites
2. Types of Injuries
- 1.) Fractures
- 2.) Traumatic Brain Injuries
- 3.) Soft Tissue Injuries
- 4.) Spinal Cord Injuries
- 5.) Burns
- 6.) Loss of Limbs
- 7.) Mental and Psychological
3. Types of Damages You Can Recover
- 1.) Medical Expenses
- 2.) Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
- 3.) Pain and Suffering
- 4.) Loss of Consortium
1. Types of Cases We Handle
Motor vehicle crashes often arise from careless driving. These acts of negligence include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Driving too fast for the conditions, such as wet roads, fog or traffic congestion
- Failing to adequately look out for traffic
- Unsafe lane changes or turns
A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer sees distracted driving as a significant culprit in motor vehicle accidents. Drivers who text, view and send messages, call and surf the Internet are inattentive. Their recklessness can cause serious injuries and deaths. Nationally, 3,142 people died in 2019 at the hands of distracted driving.
Motorists who are impaired by alcohol or drugs pose serious risks to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. With impaired driving comes a loss of judgment and ability to stop suddenly or in time to avoid a crash. In 2018, alcohol played a role in 2,810 deaths and injuries in Los Angeles.
Distractions, impairment and inattention carry potentially serious consequences for motorcycle operators and passengers. The only protection in a collision for motorcyclists comes from a helmet. If you’re in a motorcycle crash, you will likely face serious injuries or even the risk of death. A personal injury attorney Los Angeles pursues drivers who failed to observe a motorcycle before turning in front of or trying to pass the motorcycle.
At Pacific Attorney Group, we also understand the unique aspects of commercial truck and bus accident cases. These vehicles take longer to stop than their passenger vehicle counterparts. That means drivers of the vehicles must drive slower and stay farther behind to avoid a rear-end collision. Careless truck or bus drivers may fail to check for blindspots before changing lanes.
The owners and operators of tractor trailers, commercial trucks and buses must follow regulations from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You need a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles who can understand and find violations such as:
- Inadequate or improper securing of loads or equipment
- Non-placement or incorrect placement of warning flags, signs and lights
- Not inspecting the vehicle before driving
- Defective tires, brakes or other safety devices
- Driving excessive hours, resulting in driver fatigue
The companies hiring the drivers may be liable to you for negligent hiring, negligent training or negligent supervision. To that end, we examine driving histories and criminal records for convictions such as impaired driving, speeding and reckless driving.
In 2019, more than half of the 236 people killed in Los Angeles car incidents were pedestrians. A reported 3,563 pedestrians in Los Angeles either died or suffered injuries from a motorist in 2018.
Accidents involving pedestrians often occur at intersections because the at-fault driver does not obey a traffic light or sign or fails to look for pedestrians. Negligent drivers may fail to observe those walking along the shoulder of a street or highway. As with many car and truck accidents, distractions by radios, smartphones and other passengers draw drivers’ attention away from the road and pedestrians.
At the foundation of any personal injury attorney Los Angeles practice is identifying parties responsible for your losses. Pacific Attorney Group does not pursue only careless drivers.
Those who own or control properties with hazards and dangers can also face liability. Premises liability cases can arise from conditions such as:
- Broken handrails
- Lose or rotten steps or floors
- Liquid or loose objects on the floor
- Unstable columns or roofs that collapse
- Insufficient fire hydrants
- Malfunctioning fire or smoke alarms.
We also pursue claims for negligent security. The law holds property owners responsible for the foreseeable criminal acts of third parties. The evidence that a criminal act was reasonably anticipated includes records of similar criminal activity in the vicinity. Contact us at Pacific Attorney Group if you have been injured by an attacker because the establishment, such as a hotel, motel or store lacked adequate lighting, locks on doors at night, security cameras or security guards.
Nursing home abuse cases often arise when a nursing home fails to adequately supervise or train its staff or hires those with criminal records. Claims against nursing homes are often based upon mistreatment or abuse committed by their employees. You may also need a personal injury attorney Los Angeles if your loved one faces malnutrition or a lack of proper medical attention and care.
Speaking of negligent medical treatment, our legal team also handles medical malpractice cases. The essence of malpractice is that a doctor, nurse, dentist, pharmacist or other healthcare provider failed to follow an accepted standard of practice in the Los Angeles community.
Medical malpractice cases can prove very complex. In most cases, you must have an expert that is qualified to state that the medical attention you or your loved one received did not follow the standard of care for medical providers in the community. Other issues such as you or your loved ones-existing health condition can become grounds for defense lawyers to avoid responsibility for negligence.
Defectively designed or made products can result in burns, dismemberment, fractures and other serious injuries. California law imposes strict liability on manufacturers, distributors or retail sellers when one of their products causes injury due to a defect. Despite the strict liability label, you must show that safer design or manufacturing alternatives were available and that the product was otherwise not reasonably safe.
Products liability cases also include failures of the supplier or manufacturer to warn consumers about the risks. As with other product liability cases, a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will attempt to show that the product was not reasonably safe because of the want of adequate warnings.
The Pacific Attorney Group has the experience and knowledge in workers’ compensation cases. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may recover benefits in the form of medical expenses and lost wages to a point. To get workers’ compensation, you need not show your employer was at fault in causing the injury. As a trade-off, you normally cannot recover pain and suffering or other non-economic damages. Your lost wages or earning ability is capped as well.
As a result, we look to third-parties who may be liable in a personal injury case. Workers face injuries from defective equipment such as vehicles, scaffolds and machines. If you have been at a job site performing repairs or cleaning, the property owner may be responsible for defective property conditions or security.
In animal bite cases, we focus on the owner’s failure to confine or control the animal. Evidence of a dog or other animal’s dangerous tendencies may give rise to negligence claims.
2. Types of Injuries
Fractured legs, knees, arms and feet restrict your mobility and can impose tremendous pain upon you period. In some cases, immediate surgeries on broken bones become essential to prevent more chronic or long-lasting problems. Physical therapy also comes with treatment of fractures.
Traumatic Brain Injuries
When your head strikes a steering wheel, dashboard or another type of object, you likely will suffer a traumatic brain injury. The sudden and often violent impact of these and other objects with your head can lead to concussions and perhaps even internal injuries. Leaving these harms unattended can result in more serious health problems. You may also suffer memory or behavioral impairment as the result of a traumatic brain injury.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Strains, sprains and bruises do not sound as dramatic or traumatic as concussions or fractures. However, left untreated, soft tissue injuries create long-term pain and restriction of your movements. Within soft tissue injuries lie damages to ligaments, the skin, muscles in tendons. These kinds of injuries can be the result of falls, car crashes and other acts of negligence.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Among injuries, damage to your spinal cord can prove among the most devastating. Victims may become paralyzed. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer will often point to the loss of body functioning and the associated need for long-term assistance and care. If you or a loved one suffers a spinal cord injury, you will likely face years of extensive rehabilitation.
Drivers and passengers involved in forceful vehicle accidents, motorcycle crashes and large commercial vehicle accidents stand at particular risk of spinal cord injuries. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer sees these injuries in cases where the victim falls from high places or is involved in a serious vehicle accident.
Incidents such as car crashes or explosions cause fires that can burn your skin. The painful, disfiguring and debilitating effects of burns come via more than just fires. You may suffer burns from exposure to toxic chemicals, hot oil or excessively hot coffee spilled upon you by a careless worker. A waiter or waitress that negligently pours for you a cleaning solution thinking it might have been tea or water can cause severe internal burns to your throat and organs.
Loss of Limbs
A sudden accident can immediately destroy a limb, eye or ear or leave members of your body beyond repair. In some cases, amputation becomes necessary to even save your life. The loss of limbs can leave you permanently and in some cases totally disabled. You will likely also suffer considerable mental anguish and pain.
Mental and Psychological
A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer also recognizes the emotional, mental in psychological toll a serious car accident or other personal injury event takes upon victims. You are having to deal with the pain, stress regarding your finances, and the inability to have the life you once led. Work, recreation and travel become limited if not eliminated.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
At Pacific Attorney Group, we understand that medical attention and treatments can leave you financially burdened. To reduce some of that load, we seek to recover for you the expenses of emergency room visits, ambulance trips, surgeries, doctor visits and rehabilitation. Your injuries may also result in seemingly never ending cost for prescriptions. Your medical expense damages may include the cost of hearing aids, prosthetics and other medical and dental devices.
Lost Wages and Earning Capacity
Injuries that put you in the hospital and force you to stay at home keep you away from your job. You can recover not only these lost wages, but you may have lost earning capacity. Car accidents and other acts of negligence can leave you significantly disabled. Lost hearing, eyesight and ability to use your limbs can prevent you from holding many kinds of jobs. Depending upon your education, prior work experience and skills, a personal injury lawyer Los Angeles can pursue significant compensation for your lost earning capacity.
Pain and Suffering
Motor vehicle accidents, falls, burns and other incidents can generate constant pain, discomfort, depression and anguish. Your pain and suffering may manifest itself also in insomnia, anxiety, stress, humiliation, shock and other emotional trauma.
Loss of Consortium
Negligent actors not only diminish your well-being but can disrupt your relationships with your spouse and family. California law allows you or your spouse to recover loss of consortium damages for the removal of affection and companionship occasioned by a crash or other event.
4. How We Help
The accident report will tell us the insurance companies for the at-fault drivers. If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, we may be able to go beyond the minimum limits of the tortfeasor’s liability coverage. Often, what the at-fault driver has is not enough for your injuries.
With crash or incident reports, photographs, medical bills and medical records in hand, we will negotiate with insurance companies to get you the best possible settlement. Whether in negotiation or at trial, visual evidence of the crash, your injuries and the things you once did before you were injured can prove powerful.
Call us today if you or a loved one has been injured. We do not get attorneys fees unless you get compensation through a settlement or judgment.
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Protecting the Rights of the Injured
If you or someone you care about has recently been injured as the result of another’s negligence or wrongful conduct, you may have a right to financial compensation. At Pacific Attorney Group, our los angeles personal injury lawyers represent victims and families who have suffered harm through no fault of their own. We support our clients through difficult times, and we always fight for the compensation they rightfully deserve.
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Our legal team is passionate about protecting the rights and futures of our clients. No matter what the case may be, we make it a point to work personally with clients and to use our extensive experience and resources to maximize their compensation. Each injured victim and family has unique needs and goals, which is why we always deliver personalized service and constant availability.
We Represent Injured Victims Across California
At Pacific Attorney Group, we focus exclusively on representing injured victims and families – personal injury law is all we do! Because we concentrate on this practice area, we are able to devote the necessary time and energy to each and every case. We also have the insight and experience to handle a wide range of personal injury claims.
Don’t Rely on Your Insurance
Getting hurt in a car crash or, even worse, having a loved one die in an auto accident through no fault of his or her own, is not only stressful but can be absolutely devastating. In such traumatic times, all too many victims rely on their insurance companies to handle these situation. However, insurance companies are businesses out to make a profit, and they do not always have your best interests in mind.