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Are Punitive Damages Available for Burn Injuries?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If you have been the victim of a burn injury, then you are entitled to a number of damages depending on who was at fault. If the responsible party intentionally burned you or was grossly negligent in the accident, then you may not only receive compensation to cover treatment of the injury available to you, but punitive damages as well.

Punitive damages are essentially just extra cash tacked onto the compensation. They are meant to punish the defendant who acted in a reprehensible manner that caused the accident. If the accident was the fault of a wealthy party, then punitive damages will be higher in order to make them fully feel the responsibility.

However, while punitive damages are easily sought in a case where one party intentionally burned another, they are not always easy to get in cases of gross negligence. Typically grossly negligent burn cases are against manufacturers who, for example, put a product on the market without proper testing. However, in these cases you will find that the defendant is much more likely to settle if a court case could cost them thousands or millions of dollars in punitive damages.

In the hands of a skilled personal injury lawyer, your burn case can not only cover your recovery and any reconstructive surgery you may need, but the punitive damages you receive could help you live a more comfortable life. If you are a victim of a burn injury due to negligence in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman can do to help you.

Three Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Did you know that motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death than other vehicle accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the accident rate is almost thirty-five times higher for motorcycles than other types of passenger vehicles.

If you enjoy riding your motorcycle on a sunny California day, it is important to know the most common types of accidents that riders face so that you can stay safer on the roads. They include:

Left-hand Turn Accidents

It's said that the single most common type of accident between a four-wheeled passenger vehicle and a motorcycle happens when the automobile's driver turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. Known as “left hook” collisions, they occur mainly in intersections and the entrances of retail centers and private driveways.

Road Defects

Road defects cause approximately two percent of motorcycle accidents every year. Such problems include uneven heights on the pavement and potholes.

Rear-end Accidents

At times drivers of commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles fail to see motorcycles directly in front of them. When a car or truck strikes the back of a motorcycle, it can propel the motorcycle forward into the vehicle in front of the motorcycle or into other traffic. These circumstances can cause tragic or fatal injuries to the rider.

If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, please contact us. Our personal injury attorneys will work hard on your behalf if you have a valid claim to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve. 

Auto Accidents: Reasons to Consider Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Thursday, April 06, 2017

After being injured in a car accident, you may quickly find that there is more to deal with than simply healing. From filing paperwork and dealing with insurance companies, to seeing your doctor for treatments, you may soon find yourself in over your head and unsure what to do. Auto accidents can be stressful enough without you trying to deal with the aftermath on your own. If you have recently been injured in a car accident, here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to help you through the coming ordeal.

Will be Able to Assess Your Claim

An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to assess your unique situation, and will be able to help you to determine whether or not you have a case worthy of further legal action. Having experience with these cases, a personal injury lawyer will be able to give a more accurate idea of whether or not you have a case, which can prevent you from wasting time and money preparing for an unwinnable legal battle. Additionally, if your attorney determines that you have a viable case, a personal injury lawyer will be able to help you to determine what your claim is worth.

Has Experience Working with Insurance Companies

Working with, and receiving compensation from, insurance companies can be a difficult process. On your own, you may find your case being bounced from one person to the next with no results. An experienced lawyer can be extremely beneficial here, as they will have experience with these sorts of tactics, and will not become confused by them or feel pressured to settle on a deal prematurely. A personal injury attorney will be able to push past these barriers and get you the compensation you deserve.

Hiring a personal injury attorney after being involved in a car accident is a wise decision, as an attorney will not only be able to support you through this difficult time, but also, they will be able to help you to determine what your claim is worth, and they will work hard to make sure that your case is not ignored. These are just a few of the reasons to consider hiring a personal injury attorney; contact us to learn more about why it can be beneficial to hire an attorney after being injured in an auto accident.

What Happens If You Are Injured By An Uninsured Driver?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

An auto accident is already a disastrous event, but there is one thing that could make it worse –when the other driver doesn’t have insurance. However, the fact that they don’t have insurance doesn’t mean that you can’t get damages from them.

The usual situation when you encounter an uninsured driver is that they don’t have insurance because they can’t afford it. This means that if you take them to court for medical bills and property damage even if you win you may not get much compensation. The court realizes that they cannot make an individual pay what they do not have, but they can make them pay a set weekly amount that they can afford to cover your damages. If the uninsured driver fails to pay, the court can freeze their assets and generally force their hand.

Typically this is a poor situation for all those involved. The victims of the accident feels bad for suing someone without means to pay for the damage, and the negligent party becomes even more financially imperiled by the fact that they have to slowly pay back the damages. It really is a no-win situation, which is why it is so important to have insurance. An accident may make your premiums go up, but it is there to pay for damages when you really need it.

If you have been in an accident with an uninsured driver and need legal representation for your court case, contact us. We can make sure that your damages are paid without making the process more drawn out and painful than it needs to be.

What to Do When Another Family Member Challenges a Wrongful Death Claim?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

If a loved one is killed in a work-related accident, that fatality classifies as wrongful death. While many don’t want to think of the financial aspect of it all, a common reality is that they depended on the deceased for a large portion of their income. In most states, a number of family members can file a wrongful death suit and get compensation to help make the financial transition of their loss a little easier. However, that family member must have been financially dependent on them.

However, what happens when there is more than one person in the family that was financially dependent on the deceased? Typically the settlement is awarded to the primary family member like the spouse or the surviving children. However, what happens if there was a secondary, like a parent, that was dependant on a portion of the income?

There is normally not more than one settlement. In most cases, the family members will split it to help with expenses, but the decision to do so is by choice rather than any responsibility to do so by the courts. However, if non-primary family members are part of the family that can be entitled to wrongful death settlements in your state, such as parents opposed to extended family like aunts or uncles, and can prove that they were financially dependent on the deceased, they do have some options.

If those two qualifications are met, they do have the right to challenge a settlement and the courts can force the primary family member to split it.

If you have suffered a wrongful death in the family and found a family member challenging your settlement or are looking to challenge the settlement of another, contact us. Wrongful death cases are hard enough as it is, we can help make getting your compensation a little easier.


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