Burbank Personal Injury Lawyer
Suffering a personal injury anywhere can be painful, frustrating, and debilitating. Nobody should have to pay the price associated with another party’s negligence, and it is important to seek advice about filing a claim for financial compensation if you think another person or entity could be responsible for your injuries. An experienced Burbank personal injury lawyer at our firm can assess your case for you today to determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit, and we can begin working with you on the claims process today.
Burbank Personal Injury Lawsuits
At Fisher & Talwar, our experienced personal injury lawyers in Burbank regularly represent clients in many different types of lawsuits, including but not limited to the following:
- Motor vehicle collisions, including various types of car, motorcycle, truck, bus, train, and bicycle accidents;
- Product defect claims, including defective medical devices and dangerous drugs;
- Dog bite injuries;
- Premises liability lawsuits, like slips and falls; and
- Wrongful death lawsuits.
Motor Vehicle Collisions in Burbank
Motor vehicle collisions occur much too often in Burbank and throughout Southern California. When there are more vehicles on the road, there is a greater risk of a serious or deadly accident, so it may come as no real surprise that crashes happen frequently in the Burbank area. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 32,000 deaths every year in the United States because of motor vehicle collisions, and a high percentage of those crashes occur because of intoxicated driving and distracted driving.
Traffic collisions nearly always result from another party’s negligence. In most cases, these accidents happen because of driver error, but other parties can also be liable for car accident injuries, such as property owners where an accident occurs or companies that design or manufacture vehicles that have defects.
Burbank Product Defect Claims
Product liability lawsuits can be filed whenever a consumer product has a defect that results in an injury. Product defect cases generally fall into one of three categories:
- Design defect claim, where the designer is responsible for a defect inherent in the product;
- Manufacturing defect claim, where the manufacturer is liable for a defect that occurred when the product or one of its components was being made; or
- A marketing defect, which is also known as a failure to warn, involves a defectively packaged consumer product that fails to inform consumers about known risks associated with intended or foreseeable use of the product.
Our product liability lawyers in Burbank routinely assist clients with product defect cases that include defective medical devices and dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. In California, most product liability lawsuits involve strict liability. In other words, a plaintiff who has been injured by a defective product does not have to prove that the designer, manufacturer, or retailer of the product was negligent. Instead, the plaintiff will only need to prove that she or he used the product and that it caused an injury because of the defect. In this way, the company responsible for the product is strictly liable for the resulting injuries.
Dog Bites in Burbank
Dog bite claims in California are also strict liability cases. Under California law, the “owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of viciousness.”
To put that another way, a dog owner is responsible for damages when a dog bites another person unless the injured person was on the property unlawfully or provoked the dog.
Premises Liability Lawsuits in Burbank
There are many different types of premises liability lawsuits that can be filed in Burbank. Generally speaking, any injury that results from a hazard on another party’s premises can result in that property owner or renter being responsible for damages. Both residential property owners and renters, as well as commercial property owners and renters, can be responsible for premises liability injuries. Common types of premises liability lawsuits include claims for slips and falls, pedestrian accidents, swimming pool accidents, and elevator and escalator accidents.
To win a premises liability lawsuit, a plaintiff must prove the following essential factual elements of a premises liability claim in California:
- The defendant owned, leased, occupied, or controlled the property;
- The defendant was negligent in the use or maintenance of the property;
- Plaintiff was harmed; and
- Defendant’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiff harm.
Wrongful Death in Burbank
Our firm also represents plaintiffs in wrongful death lawsuits in Southern California. Although wrongful death law is related to personal injury, it is important to understand some of the key distinctions. In a personal injury lawsuit, California law allows the injured party to file a lawsuit against the party responsible for causing the injuries. Yet when a person suffers fatal injuries in an accident, that person is no longer able to file a lawsuit on their behalf. In such circumstances, it becomes necessary for another party to file a lawsuit in place of the injured party. In a wrongful death case, a surviving family member may be able to file a claim against the at-fault party.
Contact a Burbank Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have suffered any type of injury in the Burbank area and you believe another party is liable, it is essential to seek advice from an experienced personal injury attorney in Burbank as soon as possible. The longer you wait to file your claim, the more difficult it may be to obtain the evidence that is necessary to win your lawsuit. Further, you could be putting yourself at risk of having a time-barred lawsuit if the California personal injury statute of limitations has run out on your claim. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our firm to learn more about getting started on your case. Contact Fisher & Talwar for more information about filing a personal injury lawsuit in Southern California.