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Don't Let Irresponsible Dog Owner off the Hook for Dog Bites

Thursday, July 13, 2017

There are no bad dog breeds, merely bad dog owners - That is what you should keep in mind after a dog bite incident. After you are attacked by a dog, you can be left with a considerable injury as well as psychological trauma. This means you not only have to deal with the physical burden of medical bills but the pain and suffering that can come after a traumatic incident with a dog.

However, while the attack may seem like the dog's fault, in the state of California, dog owners are automatically liable for any injuries caused by the dog, even if they weren't around when it happened. Even if their dog has never exhibited any signs of aggressiveness, they are still responsible for their pet's actions. What this means is that dog owners have a responsibility to prevent any attacks, and they should be held accountable for that.

If you were injured by a dog attack, you may not be willing to press charges, perhaps for the safety of the dog in question, but just because you are a dog lover doesn't mean you should be stuck with those medical bills. Don't suffer in silence, you are entitled to compensation from the owner.

In the event of a dog attack, you are entitled to seek coverage for not only the medical damages but treatment of psychological damages as well. If you have been attacked by a dog in the Los Angeles area, contact us today. The Law Offices of Freeman & Freeman love dogs, but only when owners have undertaken every precaution to make sure they are happy and friendly. If you have been bit, don't get stuck with the bill.

Keeping Kids Safe Around the Water

Friday, July 07, 2017

When living in Los Angeles, chances are you will come in contact with a large body of water at some point during the summer. If you have kids, their safety is a priority--but what are the best methods of keeping your children safe? Don't depend on lifeguards. 

If you're in a public pool, chances are there's up to a hundred other people also in the pool. While the lifeguards are very well-trained, it's possible that they could miss a single child being in distress due to the other factors they have to focus on, from other parents asking questions to make sure that kids aren't running and diving. The best thing to do is to act as your child's personal lifeguard and accompany them. 

Make sure flotation devices are Coast Guard approved. 

While a pool noodle, kick board, or inner tube may seem like a suitable flotation device, they are not ideal. Life jackets and other devices that get buckled or tied around your child are better ways of making sure that in an emergency, they cannot escape the grip of the person in the water. This ensures that even if you step away from the pool for a minute, your child can't escape their water wings and risk drowning. 

Talk with your child about the rules of the pool. 

The best method of responding to poolside accidents is preventing them from ever occurring. Explaining the rules (don't go in the water alone, don't run on the pool deck, no diving, etc) and why they're rules is an excellent method of prevention. Explanations make it so your child understands the concept, instead of just feeling like you as the parent are laying down rules to strip away the fun from the activity. 

 If you or your child do experience a pool accident or drowning injury, contact us to set up a cost-free consultation to determine the legalities connected to the incident and what we can do for you. 

What Not to Say After an Auto Accident

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Everyone knows that when it comes to legal dealings, what you say can be important. All it takes is one wrong slip of the tongue or an off-handed phrase and it gives the defense all the ammunition they need to make sure their client wins. While some may believe what you say is only important with criminal cases, it can be just as important after an auto accident too.

Apologies

Even immediately after an auto accident when you are checking on the safety of another driver, avoid apologies. Saying you are sorry is like saying “this was my fault.” Even if it was your fault, you should avoid apologies since they will make things potentially worse for you.

Promises

Spoken promises are cheap, and often most people won’t keep them. It gives the other party certain expectations, and if they are not met, it can make them extremely upset. If you intend to keep your promise of paying for the damage, then, by all means, give them your word. However, if not, then it is best to avoid the words “I promise.”

Admitting Fault

Like apologies, admitting it was your fault should be avoided. Both parties need to wait for the fault to be determined by an investigation following the accident. Claiming the fault could mean there might not be such an investigation, and you could be shouldered with a burden that isn’t actually yours to carry.

Saying You Are Okay

If the accident wasn’t too serious, you may feel okay after the crash. However, that doesn’t mean you are. After a crash, adrenaline is high and pain response is low. You could have internal bleeding or whiplash, the symptoms of which won’t manifest until the following day. Always visit a doctor before saying that you are uninjured from a crash.

If you have been in an auto accident and even if you believe your words might have hurt your potential case, contact us today.

How Do Bus Accident Lawsuits Differ from Normal Auto Accidents

Thursday, June 22, 2017

A bus may seem like a normal automobile, albeit it slightly bigger. However, if you were injured in a bus accident and choose to pursue a lawsuit, you will have a vastly different experience than if you were in an auto accident.

One of the primary differences is that you will likely not be the only victim in a bus accident. There could have been a dozen passengers on board and all of them may have been injured. However, you are not always wielding a lawsuit against just one person either. In bus accidents, blame can be placed not only on the bus driver, but on the bus company, their insurance carrier, bus part manufacturers, and even government entities depending on the unique circumstances of the accident. This means that you will need to decide where the blame for the accident lies and go after the person or people who were most responsible for your injuries. However, many of above have different restrictions and time limits in which you can file suit against them. This means that if you aren’t pursuing the right entity, you may have missed your time frame to do so altogether.

In most cases, the injured parties will often go after the bus driver, since they were the person driving. However, depending on the company and the circumstances, the driver may be protected by the company’s insurance. Regardless, those who do pursue a personal injury suit for a bus crash should be ready for a hard fight, since the insurance company or bus company may be handling multiple cases for crash victims. Naturally, they will want to pay out as little as possible, but this does leave room open for decent settlements.

If you have been in a bus crash in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can do for you.

Can the Pedestrian be at Fault in an Accident?

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Typically when we think of pedestrian accidents, we somehow think that the car or other vehicle that was involved was strictly at fault and the pedestrian is the victim. This belief is typically because the pedestrian is often hurt much worse than the other party, but could they be to blame for their own accident?

Short answer? Yes, the pedestrian can be partly or wholly at fault for a pedestrian accident.

When determining the fault of a pedestrian accident, much of the proof will need to come from witnesses. Some circumstances, like where the pedestrian was clearly jaywalking, are pretty clear cut. However, if they were struck at a crosswalk, there will need to be someone who can attest that the pedestrian did or did not have the sign to cross. Pedestrians can even be at fault if they were intoxicated during the accident since that impairs their overall judgment.

However, in many cases, both parties share the blame. The driver may have been intoxicated and the pedestrian may have tried to chance it and cross the street on the do not cross sign. In most states, these cases are handled by comparative negligence, in which the injured person’s damages are reduced by a percentage equal to the share of their fault.

If you have been in a pedestrian accident, whether you are driver or pedestrian, and believe that the other party is at least partly to blame and you aren’t getting your justice, contact us today. The Law Office of Freeman & Freeman is ready to fight for your rights.


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