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Personal Injury Accidents: Do I Need a Lawyer?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

You were in an accident and you hurt yourself. Suddenly you wonder if that accident gives you the right to legal representation. Technically, you always have the right to legal representation, but you don't always need it. If your accident merits a band-aid or an ice pack, you probably don't have a good personal injury case. However, if your injury from the accident merited any sort of medical attention, you may have a case to have the persons responsible cover your medical bills.

What do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

A personal injury lawyer will represent your rights throughout your case proceedings to make sure you are fairly compensated for any damages you experienced in the accident. Essentially, they eliminate the stress of a personal injury case, and seek compensation for:

  • Medical Treatment

  • Income Loss

  • Property Loss - This could be clothing, vehicles, or any substantial property that was destroyed due to the accident.

  • Pain & Suffering

  • Emotional Distress

  • Loss of Enjoyment - If the injury prevented you from pursuing daily hobbies.

  • Loss of Consortium - If the injury impeded your relationship with your spouse.

Depending on the severity of the injury, compensation for any or all of the above can be sought with the help of your personal injury lawyer. If you have suffered an accident in the Los Angeles area that resulted in the injury of yourself or a loved one, you may have legal representation available to you. Contact Freeman & Freeman law offices today to see if we may be able to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Why Bus Accidents are So Common?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, bus accidents are responsible for up to 15,000 injuries per year, with an average of 300 fatalities out of that number. Considering how many communities rely on buses as a primary mode of transportation, not to mention school children, the number of bus accidents is far higher than it should be.

So with so many people relying on buses, why are bus accidents and bus injuries so common. Bus accidents are just that, accidents. Sometimes they are caused by other drivers or common bus driver fatigue, but the injuries that happen can be prevented. However, for anyone who has ever taken the bus, they will know why injuries are common. It is because buses don't require any kind of safety equipment.

There are no seat belts, no roll protection, and buses are some of the most top heavy vehicles on the road. Recently there have been a number of reports of "party" bus crashes that could have had many preventable fatalities if the bus had been inspected properly to find fatal safety flaws responsible for a number of deaths.

Many commuters feel safer on a bus than in a car, but the truth is that riding a bus is actually much more likely to be fatal in a bad crash. If you have been in a bus accident in the Los Angeles area, you may have some legal action available to you. Contact Freeman & Freeman today to see if you have a case against the bus company or bus driver responsible for you accident.

What You Need to Prove for a Slip and Fall Injury Claim

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Accidents happen every day. but most are harmless. We pick ourselves up and keep going. However, when an accident happens that is a little more severe, you may be able to get help with your medical bills. Unfortunately, when you get hurt in common accidents like slip and falls, they can be hard to prove. In order to hold another party responsible, there are a few simple things that you need to prove.

Proving Negligence

When proving negligence, or that the owner of the property knew about the danger and knowingly ignored it, the term "reasonable" is thrown around a lot. You need to be able to prove that they knew about the danger and just let it exist. This means that:

  • It existed for a reasonable amount of time before the accident that the owner had to know.

  • The property was routinely checked for dangers.

  • There was reasonable justification for the creation of a potential hazard.

  • There was no visible warning signage.

Proving You Didn't Cause the Accident

Often the best defense against a slip and fall case is that the property owner infers that you caused the accident yourself. Comparative fault states that you, in some way, had equal fault in causing the accident.

  • Were you engaging in an activity that prevented you from noticing the hazard (texting, reading while walking, ect)?

  • Were you supposed to be in that area?

  • Did you ignore adequate warning signs?

If you can prove all of the above, then you already have a strong case for a slip and fall claim. If your accident happened in the Los Angeles area, Freeman & Freeman may be able to help you. Contact us today to learn more.


Building Your Personal Injury Claim for Whiplash After an Auto Accident

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Sometimes it is hard to recognize at first, but whiplash isn't just for milking money out of a simple accident. If you experience any kind of neck pain after an auto accident, you may have a serious medical problem on your hands. While no one really likes to file a personal injury claim, when a driver's negligence puts you are risk for lofty medical bills, you need to file or suffer the bill yourself.

Seek Medical Attention Immediately

If you auto accident isn't severe enough to warrant paramedics, you still need to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the crash. Whiplash can set in later and the biggest mistake that victims make is to delay medical attention.

The longer you wait after an auto accident to get medical attention, the more difficult it will be to build your case. So just go in for a quick check up.

Keep Track of Medical Documentation

If you want to file a successful claim, you want to establish a paper trail through reputable doctors. The more injuries that can be backed up by medical documentation, the more can be paid out. However, do not try to pad your medical bills, it is never worth the potential trouble.

Be sure to have emergency room (or urgent care) admission forms and medical charts, x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, blood tests, doctors' notes, and documentation of any follow up treatment so that you can get proper payment.

Have you been in an auto accident in the Los Angeles areas where you suffered whiplash or other injuries? You may have some legal action available to you in order to cover your medical bills. Contact us today to see if Freeman & Freeman can help you.


Bus Driver Fatigue Poses the Biggest Threat to Your Safety

Friday, September 30, 2016

If you take the bus every day, it can be pretty taxing for those few minutes you need to ride it, but imagine yourself as a bus driver. You drive the same routes for hours on end for increasingly longer hours on a meager paycheck. It sounds pretty tiring, right? Well that fatigue that is wearing on your bus driver is actually one of the biggest threats to your personal safety. When a fatigued bus driver is behind the wheel of a fully loaded bus, it is almost as dangerous as trying to jaywalk across a busy street in Los Angeles.

How can fatigue effect performance?

Studies have shown that the longer you are awake, the more your mind begins to deteriorate and perform worse when focusing on driving-related tasks. After being awake for 13 hours, fatigue is manageable, but after 17 hours, you perform driving-related tasks at the equivalent of a 0.05% blood-alcohol level. After 23 hours of being awake, you perform akin to being legally drunk.

But why don't bus drivers just go to sleep?

Many bus drivers do get adequate time off, but many companies want to hire less bus drivers and force the employees they do have to work longer hours. As most need the money, they comply. In a recent case against a bus driver in New York that suffered a serious crash that killed four and injured 50, he stated that he had complained of fatigue to his superiors at work prior to the crash, but they had forced him to continue to work or risk losing his job.

Unfortunately, bus driver fatigue is as dangerous as it is difficult to prevent. If you have suffered a bus accident in the Los Angeles area that you believe was due to bus driver fatigue, contact us today to see if you are entitled to legal recourse.


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