An accident can happen in the blink of an eye, but the consequences can last a lifetime. For example, a dog bite attack victim may suffer physical wounds, such as a disfiguring laceration injury or amputation injury along with the psychological and financial costs resulting from medical treatments and lost wages. Many of our clients miss time from work for months due to their accident because perhaps their work involves a lot of sitting or standing or physical labor that they are not able to perform as a result of their injuries.
The Legal Rights of Accident Victims
If a fall, car accident, dog bite, or any other type of injury is caused by another person's negligence, the injured party is allowed to recover damages, including but not limited to:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Property damage
- Expenses for specialized medical and mobility equipment
- Pain and suffering
Who Can Be Held Accountable in Personal Injury Claims?
Depending on the specific circumstances surrounding an accident, multiple parties may be fully or partially responsible for any damages, including:
- Business or property owners
- Government entities
- Product sellers and manufacturers
- Vehicle operators
In order to receive compensation for their damages, a plaintiff must show that the other party involved in the accident was negligent. To prove negligence, the plaintiff must show the following:
- The defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff to act reasonably
- The defendant failed in carrying out their duty to act reasonably
- The plaintiff was injured as a result of the defendant failing to act reasonably
- The plaintiff suffered damages because of their injuries.
The Benefits of Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney to Handle Your Personal Injury Claim:
In most personal injury cases, a representative of the defendant's insurance carrier will reach out to the injured party in an effort to settle the claim out of court and for a nominal amount (especially when the victim is not represented by an attorney). The accident victim is often still recovering from the physical and emotional wounds and worried about how they will survive financially in light of their medical bills and lost income, which places them at a significant disadvantage. Insurance companies often use this to pressure the accident victim into a quick settlement for much less than they deserve. Our experienced personal injury attorneys at Akiva Niamehr LLP will advocate for an accident victim's best interests during negotiations and even prepare the case for court and litigation if a fair settlement cannot be reached pre-suit.
What to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney:
It is essential to choose a personal injury attorney who has extensive experience negotiating and litigating personal injury claims. In many instances, personal injury attorneys focus their practice on specific types of cases, so plaintiffs should look for an attorney with a history of handling cases involving their type of injury. The attorney should also have the resources required to hire the investigators and expert witnesses necessary for a successful personal injury case.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury due to someone else's negligent behavior, contact our law firm today to discuss your legal options. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have helped individuals injured by car accidents, defective products, falls, and other types of accidents receive the compensation that they deserve. We have been successful in collecting millions of dollars from insurance companies for our clients where serious and aggravated injuries were the result of another’s negligence.
We offer services to victims of personal injury throughout Los Angeles, including:
Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Culver City, Glendale, Long Beach, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica, West Hollywood