Sylmar Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered from an injury in Sylmar, Los Angeles, then one of the most important steps to take after you have addressed your immediate personal and medical needs is to speak with a personal injury attorney and determine what, if any, steps that you should take in order to give yourself the best options for collecting damages as possible. If your accident was caused by the actions, inactions, malpractice, recklessness, or negligence of another party, then you may have a personal injury case.
Contact the Los Angeles County personal injury team at The King Law Firm as soon as possible to learn about your options during a free consultation. You will be able to use this free consultation as an opportunity to learn about previous cases that we have represented similar to your own, what we believe the appropriate next steps are for you to take, and answer any specific questions that you may have about your situation.
Take a look below at some brief overviews about a few of our personal injury law practice areas, and contact us now to learn how we can help you in your unique situation. If you do not see a mention of anything similar to your accident or injuries listed on this page, this does not mean that we do not cover you. The best way for you to learn about how we can help is through a free initial consultation at our Sylmar personal injury law office or at your location.
Some Of Our Practice Areas
Again, the following is not a comprehensive list of our practice areas, but are to be used as an overview of the type of work we do.
If you are involved in a car accident with another passenger vehicle or a commercial truck, we are ready to help. There are many different reasons that a car accident can occur, no matter if the driver is a professional, CDL driver, or a passenger vehicle operator.
Whether your car accident was a seemingly minor collision or if it resulted in serious injuries, any type of personal injury deserves justice and proper compensation. Before you begin to work with the other driver’s insurance company, get in contact with a personal injury lawyer so that they can advise you through the process, take over for negotiations, and work with you to collect the information necessary to pursue a full lawsuit. We represent clients in Sylmar and throughout Los Angeles County.
Motorcycle accidents can be significantly more catastrophic than car accidents at the same speed, simply because of the differences in size and protection afforded to a motorcycle driver or passenger versus the drivers and passengers of a passenger vehicle. Speeds that would cause a minor fender bender between two cars can send a motorcyclist to the ground and cause traumatic brain injuries, road rash, fractures, and more.
Motorcycles are additionally at a greater risk of accidents because they can disappear into drivers’ blind spots much easier than a larger vehicle, meaning that motorcycle drivers must constantly be on high alert for drivers making left turns across intersections, right turns into oncoming motorcycles, and more.
In personal injury law, truck accidents refer to large commercial trucks that often weigh ten or more times more than a car. For this reason, a truck accident is often much more destructive than a car accident. If you’ve been struck by a commercial vehicle, you need to speak to a personal injury lawyer who is familiar with state and federal trucking laws. In Sylmar or throughout L.A., contact The King Law Firm to discuss your case.
Slip and Fall
A slip and fall is a common type of premise liability that results from icy steps, broken stair treads, faulty handrails, or other situations where there is a hazard that the party in charge of the maintenance of the area has failed to address in order to keep visitors safe. Some other examples of a slip and fall would be a wet floor in a shopping mall that was not properly addressed in an appropriate amount of time, or a hole in a floor that did not have measures to warn foot traffic about.
In personal injury law, in order for a slip and fall to warrant a claim, it must be proven that the party responsible for maintaining the property either knew about, or should have known about the hazard, and failed to do anything about it to keep visitors safe. In most cases, this does not apply to trespassers.
Did you know that Los Angeles County households can own up to four dogs per home? California personal injury law adheres to what is known as a “strict liability law” when it comes to dog bites, meaning that the owner is always responsible for the actions of their animal. Like slip and fall accidents, there is an exception when it comes to trespassers, as well as when people have provoked an attack with cruelty or aggression towards the dog.
If you have been attacked by a dog, it is important that you seek medical attention immediately to avoid any further complications such as infections, and in some cases even rabies. Then contact our Sylmar personal injury law firm to discuss your case.
A defective product is, legally speaking, any product that fails to do the job that it is advertised to do, and/or puts a user at risk while using it that is not clearly stated or during a failure. For instance, if you are injured while using a chainsaw in a way that it is not advertised to be used for, or if you are using it in the standard way and injure yourself due to error, neither of these situations is considered an injury as a result of a defective product. However, if there is an incident where you are operating a chainsaw and there is a failure, due to a malfunction, manufacturing error, or some other issue that you were not properly warned about, then this may qualify as a defective product and entitle you to personal injury damages.
Defective product lawsuits can be complicated simply because of the number of parties involved in the supply chain and determining who is responsible for your injuries. In some cases, the liability may fall on a few different groups at once. Regardless, it is our duty to build a strong case and fight for what you deserve.
A Few Stats On Accidents in California
Fortunately, accident fatalities have been on the decline in the last couple of years in California for both driver and passenger. Pedestrian involved accidents also were on the decline. Some of the decline in fatalities may be due to the fact that drivers and passengers used their seat belts 96% of the time in our state. However, there were still more fatal car accidents in the Golden State than any other state in the country in 2018.
Frequently Asked Questions
Cases can differ a lot depending on circumstances. However, there are a few things potential clients want to know before they discuss their claims with us. For specific information about case, talk to a Sylmar injury lawyer.
Whenever a person’s injuries are the result of another party’s negligence, you have the basis for an accident lawsuit. We offer free consultations. You and one of our experienced injury attorneys can sit down in our office and discuss the merits of your case or we can do so over a phone call.
You should bring all of the evidence that you can muster to your first meeting. We will need to see things such as the accident report, pictures of the damages, and medical bills. Bring a letter from your employer stating the number of hours you have missed.
If you were injured on the job, at a business, or in a car accident, the insurance of the at-fault party should certainly pay for all of your related medical bills and the time you have missed from work. With the right representation, you may also be able to get money for pain and suffering.
The exact amount of money you will get may be hard to determine. However, a lawyer with years of experience will be able to tell you what you deserve and help you build a strategy for getting it.
Most personal injury attorneys will tell you that they rarely go to court. A personal injury law firm should be able to negotiate a fair deal for you. However, there are some situations in which the two parties just can’t agree.
Cases go to trial when the people involved have a disagreement over the facts in the case. In the unlikely event that you have to go to trial, your attorney will help you file paperwork and write a demand letter to the at-fault party. They will then negotiate a second time.
If they still cannot reach an agreement, you will file a lawsuit and have them served with papers. There will be several more attempts to negotiate before actually going to a courtroom. If all negotiations fail, you will go to trial and you will be asked to testify. If your case originated in Sylmar, it would be tried at the Los Angeles County Courthouse, but again your lawyer should be able to negotiate a settlement for you in most instances.
California is a pure comparative fault state. This means that you can collect damages, even if you are partially to blame for an accident. The court reduces the award by your amount of fault. If you were 20 percent to blame for an accident you will be able to file a claim on 80% of the cost of your injuries.
Once you have provided them with all the necessary paperwork, an insurance company will have 15 days to accept or deny the claim. They will then have 45 days to make you a settlement offer. You should never take that offer without calling a law office first.
Contact a Lawyer Today at Our Sylmar-area Office
The King Law Firm has been representing the residents of Sylmar and Los Angeles County with their personal injury claims for years. No matter what type of injury you have suffered, and no matter the accident, if it was the fault of someone else then contact us now to learn about your options for collecting personal injury compensation. Before you work with an insurance company or make any agreements with the responsible party, speak with us in a free initial consultation to learn about how we can help you get the money that you are rightfully entitled to.