Service Tag: traumatic injuries

18-Wheeler Truck, Bus and Commercial Motor Vehicle Accidents

We represent people who have been severely injured in truck, bus, and other commercial motor vehicle accidents. Whether it is a rear-end, intersectional, side-swipe or hit and run accident, we specialize in jury verdicts against trucking and bus companies. We often find that these transportation companies are poorly run and managed, drivers are not properly trained, drivers often have health problems, are not well-rested, are fatigued and vehicles are poorly maintained. Through discovery, we uncover these negligent practices and put them on display for the jury and under certain circumstances obtain punitive damages against these companies. We will make sure your truck or bus accident case receives the maximum recovery in litigation or trial.

Protect Your Rights Immediately

We are truck accident lawyers that will fight for your cause and retain investigators and experts to immediately go to the scene and inspect the vehicles to hold the company accountable for their actions

Commercial Truck and Bus Cases Are Complicated

Truck accident investigations involve special equipment and investigators to download the engine data and on-board computer satellite systems which tell the speed and location of the truck. Our investigation team will lock down all of that information as well as police documentation, witness statements, photographs, videos and other value evidence which will help you win your case

Commercial Trucks and Buses Cause a Lot of Accidents

We are experienced in litigating the numerous kinds of reasons trucks cause accidents including drowsy driving, distracted driving, inadequate training, unsecured cargo, aggressive driving schedules, inverted driving schedules, night driving, circadian rhythms and poor road conditions. Sometimes commercial transportation companies let drivers drive that have a history of accidents and even criminal conduct

Slip & Fall Accidents & Premises Liability

We see many “slip and fall” and/or “trip and fall” accident cases at indoor and outdoor malls, restaurants, pubs, fast food chains, hotels and motels, clothing retailers, home improvement centers, city government buildings, hospitals, apartment complexes, warehouses, grocery stores, coffee shops, nursing homes, even laundromats and beauty salons, and many other public and private locations where people can fall and get seriously injured. There are special laws that govern whether or not the floor, stairs, lighting or lights, handrails (if any), drains, curbs and chairs were maintained in a safe manner. We have the experience and the experts to successfully prosecute these claims against the resources and wealth of some of these businesses and insurers, particularly retailers. We use time-tested techniques against facility managers to establish that more often than not dangerous conditions and unsafe practices at these locations are generally a function of them choosing profits over safety. And, there are special laws and jury instructions that hold these entities responsible for periodic and written inspections referred to as the Ortega rule, that strictly require companies to inspect their premises and facilities at regular intervals to prevent spills, or simply a broken drain or other defects in the floor or the building. We have the experience required to locate and preserve the surveillance camera tapes which often show the accident and/or the lack of maintenance and inspection.

Dangerous Floors and Aisles

Floors in stores or malls can often have liquid or debris on the floors or aisles from other shoppers or even employees of the location that can cause you to fall and sustain serious injury. Stores and malls have a particular duty to keep the floors clean and clear from debris and hazards. We have experience in holding them accountable under the laws that require them to keep their locations safe and to do routine inspections and safety sweeps

Dangerous Merchandise-Impulse Buying

Retailers, stores and malls will often place products in a place where they can sell more products, even if it is not safe for the customer which can cause injury or death. We have experience handling cases where merchandise is placed up high and can fall, or is in the aisle and has jagged or sharp edges on the shelves or showcases or even putting dangerous carts in the aisles to encourage impulse purchases from customers. This is called putting profit above safety and we hold them accountable to win your case

Poorly Maintained Sidewalks, Stairwells, Parking Lots and Shopping Carts

Retailers are required to keep their parking lots, sidewalks and stairwells in a safe condition with appropriate markings for pedestrians, clear of debris, ice and snow and to make sure handrails are not broken and shopping carts are maintained in a safe condition

Fast Food Restaurants

These fast food stores present a particular danger because they serve food and drinks and are required to have mats near the beverage station and to keep the floors clear of food and debris, which can be very slippery and cause injury. They are also required to serve food that does not make you ill or sick and to make sure their drive-thru lanes are correctly marked and are safe for pedestrians and motorists. We have decades of experience in holding these food chains accountable for the safety of their restaurants, food and drive-thru lanes

Apartment Buildings and Laundry Mats

All buildings and businesses have a duty to keep their property safe and clear from debris, including proper handrails and lighting, and misleveling of elevators and escalators. We have decades of experience in holding these businesses and their insurers accountable for the safety of their locations and services

Internal Organ Injuries-Internal Bleeding

We have decades of experience suing insurance companies that refuse to pay insurance claims in good faith or refuse to provide coverage to their insureds under certain claim conditions. We handle everything from homeowner’s claims from a leaky roof to coverage litigation over catastrophic accident ligation in the context of truck and vehicle accidents and, warehouse accidents, among others. We understand the philosophy of the insurance companies and beat them at their own game in representing our clients in these cases.

 

Automobile Policies

Often times insurers will deny coverage in an automobile accident for the wrong reason or simply refuse to acknowledge the claim. We have extensive experience holding insurers responsible for their obligations under the Insurance Code and Bad Faith Principles

Uninsured-Underinsured Motorists Claims

When you are involved in an accident but the other driver does not have insurance or has only limited insurance, we have decades of experience at collecting UM/UIM insurance from your own insurance carrier to make sure your damages are covered, including property damages, medical bills and lost wages

Commercial Policies

In commercial truck, vehicle or premises accidents often the responsible parties have “towers’ of insurance that need to be exposed and attached to make sure that all insurance carriers involved are aware of the accident and involved in the litigation, claim and settlement process. We have decades of experience litigating commercial and excess insurers for coverages and liability for commercial vehicle and premises accidents including bad faith litigation in commercial and excess policies

Bad Faith Cases

Insurance companies sometimes refuse to acknowledge and perform their obligations in cases involving residential accidents involving falls, burns, dog bites, drowning and swimming pool accidents and other accidents and damages that can happen in a home or around the house. We are fully experienced in how to handle these cases and require the insurer to assume coverage under the policies and pay the claim or face bad faith consequences under the Insurance Code

Product Liability Litigation

Over the years, we have handled and tried to verdict almost every kind of product defect case imaginable. With respect to automobile defects, we have litigated and tried cases involving enhanced catastrophic injuries (commonly referred to as crashworthiness cases) from defects related to automobile seat backs, seat belts, SRS (Supplemental Restraint Systems) or airbags, door latches, roof crushes, laminated glass windows, gas tanks explosions in frontal, side-impact, rear-end and rollover collisions at high and low speed. We have also handled utility trailer cases involving weight ratio claims against manufacturers of cargo trailers, tow dollies, and rental trucks. We have litigated guard cases in conveyors belts, wood chippers and drill presses among other plant machinery. We have litigated defects in the household and commercial step stools, ladders and other climbing devices, as well as defects in commercial truck batteries and tire tread separation cases to name a few. These cases require decades of experience, specialized and expensive experts, including extensive crash testing of products to prove our case. Litigating these cases can take years and require hundreds of thousands of dollars in expert fees and costs before reaching trial and we are one of the few firms that actually handles these matters through trial and verdict. You do not have to pay anything until we win your case

Single Vehicle Crashes and Rollovers

These cases are referred to as “crashworthiness” cases and are complex and expensive to litigate, and often involve serious injury, paralysis, brain damage and death, but we have decades of experience handling cases against car and truck manufacturers and dealers. These cases usually involve defective accelerators, brakes, airbags, seatbelts, seatbacks and on-board computer systems, including self-driving cars. We utilize the best accident investigators, demonstrative evidence and expert witnesses to prove these difficult cases to a jury

Explosions

We handle cases involving battery explosions, tank explosions and chemical spills which injure, maim and kill people. We have decades of experience holding companies and manufacturers responsible for code violations and negligence that leads to these devastating accidents

Consumer Defects

Everyday household items such as kitchen appliances, ladders, irons, blenders, machines and even children’s toys all can have defects that cause unexpected and devastating injuries. We know exactly how to handle these unexpected injuries and cases to hold the manufacturer, distributor, installer, retailer and marketer responsible for the damages, which often involve burns, choking, falls and death

Warnings Cases

Product manufacturers and business have a duty to warn of a potentially dangerous products or services, such as hotels who have dangerous and unsupervised swimming pools or defective shower glass. But these warning principles apply to every retailer, business, office building, apartment complex, store and mall for any good or service that causes harm

Motorcycle, Bicycle & Bird Scooter Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are a specialty unto themselves. These machines are of course unique and the operating rights of motorcycles are by enlarge ignored on the highway by other motorists. We have special
experience in litigating and trying motorcycles cases in accidents involving lane splitting, sideswipe and intersectional accidents. We use experts in motorcycle operation and technology as well as human factors experts on the requirement of other drivers to visualize and detect the presence of motorcycles. The reality is that most drivers do not know the rights of motorcycles on the road and do not know where to expect them on the highway, resulting in serious accidents. The same is true of bicycles and bird scooters, they have very special rules of the road and most drivers do not understand or respect the rights of non-motorized vehicles such as bicycles and bird scooters, bike lanes and other designated areas for their operation. For example, bicycles and bird scooters are required by law to operate according to the rules ofthe road, observe traffic lights and streets signs and are not considered pedestrians that can operate on the sidewalks and rely on pedestrian crossing signals. We understand those unique rules and know how to effectively educate juries in their application. Not surprisingly, jurors are by nature prejudiced against motorcycles, bicycles, bird scooters, and other non-motorized vehicles and we have experience in confronting those prejudices with jurors in voir dire resulting in a jury that is fair and willing to significantly compensate victims of motorcycle, bicycle and bird scooter accidents, which generally result in seriousinjury or death.

Motorcycle Accidents Cause Severe Injury

We are very experienced in handling motorcycle cases, which are unique kinds of cases. Motorcycle accidents often cause paralysis, broken bones, and death, which is why are called “donor cycles” in emergency rooms. Inattentive divers do not respect motorcycles on the road and do not recognize the legal ability of motorcycles to lane-split. We will protect you in any motorcycle accident case and we will retain specialized experts in the area of motorcycle law and handling to help you win your case

Bicycle Accidents Are Complex

We are experienced in accidents involving bicycles, which can also cause very serious injury or death. Bicycles in California are required to obey traffic signals not pedestrian signals and are required to be ridden on the road or the bike lane and not on the sidewalks. We are well versed in litigating serious bicycle accident claims and know all of the rules to protect your rights and obtain significant jury awards in these catastrophic accidents

Bird Scooter Accidents

Although bird scooters are a relatively new phenomenon, they are involved in a lot of accidents, because drivers are not aware of them, do not respect them, do not see them and do not account for them. We understand the bird scooter technology and have a team of investigators and experts ready to investigate and help you win your bird scooter accident