Encino, Los Angeles Personal Injury
Accidents and injuries are an everyday occurrence in Encino, Los Angeles. In most instances, someone is legally responsible for causing those injuries. California personal injury law is intended to compensate individuals who are injured by the negligent, or intentional, acts of another person. Personal injury actions can take many forms. Examples include motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, dangerous conditions on someone’s property, defective products, work-related accidents, animal bites, assault and battery, wrongful death, and many others. If you or a loved one has been injured in Encino, Los Angeles you have the right to hold accountable those parties that are responsible. At the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman, our experienced personal injury attorney will help you recover the compensation that you deserve. Call us today for a free case evaluation.
What Should You Do After An Injury?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Encino, Los Angeles it is very important to follow this checklist in order to protect your rights to any possible legal action against those responsible:
- Get immediate medical help for your injuries. Prompt medical attention is of course, essential. Give the attending physician as many details as you can remember about the accident and how it occurred. This will document important information about the occurrence and the extent of your injuries.
- Call the police and if immediate medical attention is not needed, wait for their arrival. Even if you believe that you have not been injured, wait for the police to arrive. You may not realize that you have been injured until later and once you have left the scene it may be impossible to track down other people involved.
- In an automobile accident, never negotiate with the other motorist. Don’t negotiate with the other driver even if he or she accepts blame for the accident. You may not be aware of the full extent of your injuries and damages. In addition, the other driver may deny all responsibility later.
- Preserve evidence. Write down as much information about the accident as possible, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses. Take photographs of the scene and anything related to the accident (automobiles, slippery floor, hole in the sidewalk, defective product, etc.). If a defective product is involved, keep it unaltered in a safe location.
- Document your injuries and medical treatment. Keep a record of all medical appointments, treatment, medication, pain and suffering, time off from work, changes in lifestyle and all expenses. Take pictures of your injuries.
- Don’t negotiation with insurance companies. Agents may call and attempt to settle before you have all the information ready to support your claim. Avoid speaking to an insurance company representative without an attorney.
- Call an attorney. It is essential that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, hire experts to investigate the accident, and represent you in a lawsuit if necessary.
Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims are based in three general areas. The type of claim also helps determine who is responsible for your injury. These claims include:
- Negligence claims are the most common and are based on someone else’s negligent action. A person who acts negligently does not intend to cause injury, however they are still liable because they have acted carelessly compared to how a reasonable person would have acted in the same situation. Those with specialized training, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, pilots, etc. have a different standard of care. They are compared to how a reasonable person in those fields or professions would act. These claims are based in malpractice.
- Strict liability claims are claims where liability is assumed and negligence does not have to be shown. Strict liability claims usually apply to 1) owners or handlers of animals that injury someone, 2) people that participate in abnormally dangerous activities, such as storing explosives or toxic wastes, and 3) manufacturers or sellers of defective products.
- Intentional wrongs require intent by someone to cause injury, such as an assault and battery. In many instances of intentional wrongs, the victim may file a civil action as well as pursuing criminal charges.
Encino, Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in Encino, Los Angeles by the actions of another, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, our experienced personal injury attorney will aggressively pursue your claim and help you recover the compensation you deserve. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may be eligible to recover for past and future medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning capacity, loss of consortium, and other possible damages.