Personal Injury Attorney in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
Personal injury law in California is intended to compensate persons who are injured by the actions of another, whether those actions are negligent or intentional. Accidents and injuries are an everyday occurrence in Sherman Oaks and in most instances, someone is legally responsible. If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident that could have been prevented, it is essential to obtain the guidance of a skilled Sherman Oaks personal injury attorney to help you through the process of filing a legal claim. A personal injury action can be a complex and frustrating experience, and it is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman, we are very familiar with the difficulties that the injured and their families face when trying to resolve a personal injury claim. Our seasoned personal injury attorney will aggressively fight to protect your rights and hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries.
Types Of Personal Injury Claims We Handle
A broad range of claims are included in personal injury actions. At Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman we represent clients in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California that have been injured in the following areas:
- car accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- truck accidents
- boating accidents
- bus accidents
- pedestrian accidents
- wrongful death
- slip and fall
- dog and other animal bites
- premises liability
- brain injuries
- spinal cord injuries
- burn injuries
- catastrophic injuries
- defective products
- assault and battery
- elder abuse or neglect and nursing home abuse
- medical malpractice
Who Is Liable For Your Injuries?
In order to determine who is responsible for your injuries, the basis for the claim must first be established. There are three basic types of personal injury claims:
Negligence claims: claims based on negligence are the most common. Someone is liable for your injuries if his or her negligent action caused your injury. A person who acts negligently does not intend to cause injury. Their liability is a result of careless or thoughtless action (or a failure to act) as compared to how a reasonable person would act in the same situation. In the case of individuals with specialized training or knowledge, such as doctors, lawyers, engineers, pilots, etc., their standard of conduct is compared to how a reasonable person in those fields or professions would act. This type of negligence is covered by a special area of law called malpractice.
Strict liability claims: have nothing to do with fault and negligence does not have to be shown. Also called “liability without fault,” strict liability is usually applied to 1) injuries from animals where the owner or handler of the animal can be liable; 2) abnormally dangerous activities (such as storage of explosives) where the property owner can be liable, or 3) products liability (injury due to defective products). When a defective product causes injury there are several potential responsible parties, including: the product manufacturer (or the manufacturer of a component part of the product), the wholesaler, the retail store that sold the product to the customer, and anyone who assembled or installed the product.
Intentional wrongs: requires an intent by someone to act in a way which results in harm to someone else, such as assault and battery. In many instances of intentional wrongs, the victim may pursue a civil personal injury lawsuit in addition to filing criminal charges. For example victims of domestic or sexual abuse may file both civil and criminal lawsuits.
There are many other potential liable parties depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. A local or state government entity may be liable if the accident occurred on public property. An employer may be liable for the actions of an employee that caused injury. A property owner could be liable for being careless in maintaining the property, even if the owner did not create the dangerous condition.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles
If you or a loved one has been injured in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California by a defective product or by the negligent or intentional actions of another person, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman, we will diligently pursue your claim and secure the compensation that you deserve. You may be entitled to receive damages for such things as past and future medical costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, loss of consortium (a spouse's claim of lost companionship), and other related damages. Call a personal injury attorney today for a free case evaluation.