Personal Injury Lawyers in Los Angeles
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If you have been injured in an auto accident, a slip-and-fall accident or due to a workplace injury in Los Angeles, you may be faced with making several important and challenging decisions. A number of questions may be racing through your mind.
Should I hire an injury lawyer? Should I talk to the insurance company? Should I take a quick settlement and get on with my life? Who will pay my medical bills? How much income will I lose as a result of missing work? When will I be able to return to work? These are just some of the questions you may be faced with in the aftermath of an injury or accident.
If your injury was caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages and losses you have sustained as a result. However, it is not a good idea to travel down this path without the guidance, counsel and support of a knowledgeable Los Angeles personal injury lawyer. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate through what can be a complex legal process. He or she can advise you about your legal options and caution you against the pitfalls to avoid during your claims process.
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Negligence or Wrongdoing
In a personal injury case, which is a civil action, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. As a plaintiff seeking compensation, you must prove that the defendant is liable for your personal injuries. Intentional wrongdoing is when someone knowingly acts in a way that results in injury or harm to another. Assault with a deadly weapon or drunk driving is an example of intentional wrongdoing.
An act of negligence refers to a reckless or careless act that causes the injury or harm. In other words, negligent individuals or entities, do not intend to cause injury or harm. The test of whether an individual has been negligent involves asking how a reasonable person would have acted in the same situation.
In a car accident case, if a motorist ran a red light while texting, that is an example of negligence. In medical malpractice cases, for example, a medical professional's standard of conduct is compared to how a reasonable person with similar qualifications and experience. In order to prove negligence, plaintiffs must prove that:
- The defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff.
- The defendant breached or violated that duty of care.
- That breach of duty of care caused the plaintiff's injuries.
Steps to Take if You Have Been Injured
If you have been injured, it is important that you take several important steps to protect your legal rights.
- Get prompt medical attention. This not only creates a record of your injuries and the treatment you received, but it also gives you the best shot at a speedy and complete recovery.
- Document and preserve evidence. Take photographs of the incident scene and all injuries. Maintain a record of all medical appointments, treatments, medications, time lost at work, all expenses incurred as a result of the injury and your limitations during the recovery process. Obtain information from other parties involved as well as from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and can corroborate your account. Preserve all evidence. For example, if you have been involved in a car accident, preserve the vehicle, which can become a crucial piece of evidence.
- Contact an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer who will ensure that your legal rights and best interests are protected. A knowledgeable injury lawyer will also take the necessary steps to preserve critical evidence and stay on top of the official investigation.
- Do not talk to an insurance company, a defense lawyer or anyone else who is trying to get information from you. Do not sign papers that seek access to your medical records or personal information. Do not rush into a quick settlement with an insurance company just so you can make the claim go away. If you accept the settlement, your case will be closed and you will not be able to get compensation for any future expenses you may incur relating to the injury.
- Suspend social networking activities. What you say or post on Facebook can and will be held against you. It is better to suspend your account until your injury claim is resolved.
Contacting a Reputed Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
The outcome of your personal injury case can have long-term consequences on your health, finances and personal relationships. This is especially true if you have suffered catastrophic or permanent injuries, which have rendered you incapable of returning to the work force or earning a livelihood. Choosing the right Los Angeles personal injury lawyer can be crucial.
Bisnar Chase specialize in serious injury cases. We have more than 35 years of experience with a 96 percent success rate. Our lawyers are highly rated not only by clients, but also by their peers. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not pay any fees unless you receive a settlement or win your case. If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else's negligence or wrongdoing, please contact us. Call 323-238-4683 for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.
Los Angeles, California 90045