Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Clients throughout Hollywood
Nobody expects to get hurt, yet accident and injuries occur every day on the way to work, while you are on the job, during morning exercise routines, at local businesses, and while you are visiting family and friends. Often, accidents happen because another party behaved carelessly or negligently, and in some cases another party acted intentionally to produce harm. For instance, automobile drivers can cause accidents when they are distracted, or property owners can be liable for injuries in a slip and fall accident when they fail to remedy hazards on the property.
If another person or entity caused your injuries, it is important to reach out to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney. You should speak with a dedicated lawyer as soon as possible to ensure that you file your claim within the statute of limitations in California. Under California law, plaintiffs have two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit. In the event that the injury is not discovered for quite some time after an accident or other incident, then California law says that plaintiffs have one year from the date of discovering the injury to file a claim.
Determining the proper statute of limitations for your specific case can be complicated. A Los Angeles personal injury lawyer at Fisher & Talwar can examine your situation today and discuss your options for seeking financial compensation.
Types of Personal Injury Accidents
Personal injury law is a very broad area of law that allows injury victims to seek compensation from responsible parties. Given that personal injury law is such an extensive field, it encompasses many different types of claims, from negligence lawsuits to strict liability claims for product defects. At Fisher & Talwar, we serve a wide range of clients in the Los Angeles and Hollywood, CA area. As committed personal injury attorneys, we handle many different types of personal injury lawsuits, including but not limited to:
Depending upon the specific facts of your case, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit, and an experienced personal injury attorney in Hollywood can help.
Auto Accidents and Personal Injury Law
According to a fact sheet from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2014 alone nearly 30,000 deadly motor vehicle accidents occurred in the United States, and 32,675 people suffered fatal injuries in those crashes. The IIHS provides some specific facts for California:
- In 2014, 2,833 fatal accidents occurred in California;
- Drivers in California traveled a total average of 332,857 million miles in that year; and
- 3,074 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2014, at a rate of 7.9 deaths per 100,000 population.
While the rate of deadly traffic collisions in California is not as high as it is in other states, many of those deaths could have been prevented. In addition to car crashes, what should you know about trucking accidents and motorcycle accidents? A fact sheet from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) emphasizes that many trucking accidents involve occupants of a passenger vehicle sustaining serious injuries. Given that semi-trucks often weigh more than 10,000 pounds, they can cause substantial damage when they collide with a smaller passenger cars. Motorcyclists are at particular risk of sustaining serious or fatal injuries since they do not have the protections provided by a motor vehicle.
What causes serious motor vehicle accidents to occur, including car crashes, trucking collisions, and motorcycle accidents? An article in Business Insider cites some of the following major causes of motor vehicles crashes:
- Aggressive driving, including speeding, improperly changing lanes, failure to stay in the lane, tailgating, failure to yield, and other road rage behaviors;
- Distracted driving, including texting or talking while driving;
- Drowsy driving, which happens when you are too tired to properly focus on the road; and
- Intoxicated driving, or driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident, including if you got hurt in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident, a personal injury lawyer in Hollywood, CA can assist with your case.
Workplace Accidents and Construction Site Injuries
Workplace accidents, including construction site accidents, frequently result in personal injury lawsuits. According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accidents happen much too often in California and across the country. By the numbers, some of the most dangerous jobs include:
- Construction and roofing;
- Refuse and recyclable collectors;
- Trucking industry and other jobs that require driving;
- Fishers and fishing workers;
- Logging industry;
- Farming industry;
- Mining industry;
- Manufacturing and industrial machinery work; and
- Aircraft and flight engineers.
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$6 million – Auto Fatality
$1.5 million – Truck Fatality
$1.25 million – Drug Litigation
$3 million – Construction Defect
$4 million – Defective Tire
Premises liability is another area of the law that falls within personal injury law. You may be eligible to file a lawsuit if you got hurt on another person’s or entity’s property. Generally speaking, California law says that property owners have a duty of care to people who lawfully come onto their property. In other words, a property owner has to take steps to be on the lookout for, and to remedy, any potential hazards. Slips, trips, and falls are one common type of premises liability claim. Yet slip and fall accidents are not the only kind of premises liability claims. Swimming pool accidents, for example, can also result in a premises liability lawsuit.
If you got hurt because a property owner was negligent or careless, you may be able to seek damages by filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Defective Products and Strict Liability Claims
Personal injury law also contains a specific area of law known as products liability law. According to a fact sheet from the Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII), products liability “refers to the liability of any or all parties along the chain of manufacture of any product for damage caused by that product.” Typically, products liability claims fall into three categories:
- Design defect: there is a defect in the design of the product that occurred prior to its manufacture.
- Manufacturing defect: the product was properly designed, but a defect occurred during its manufacture.
- Failure to warn, or marketing defect: there is nothing wrong with the product’s design or manufacture, but it was improperly marketed, or it was marketed in such a way that consumers did not know about or understand a possible hazard associated with the product.
In some cases, defective product claims are based on a theory of negligence, meaning that the designer, manufacturer, or marketing team was careless. Numerous product liability claims, however, are based on a theory of strict liability, in which the plaintiff does not have to prove that anyone was negligent. Instead, the fact that a company made a product that resulted in a plaintiff’s injury when that product was used as intended can be sufficient basis for a claim.
Attorney Vibhu Talwar
Serving All Cities in Southern California
Some injured people feel as though they can only hire an attorney near their home or office. Your criteria for hiring an accident lawyer should be based on the qualifications and experience of an attorney rather than the proximity of the attorney’s office to your home. Our attorneys can work with you no matter where you live. Even though our offices are located in Downtown Los Angeles, we will work with you as long as you reside in the state of California.
Fisher & Talwar
801 S Grand Ave, 11th Fl,
Los Angeles, CA 90017
By appointment only.
Vibhu Talwar – email@example.com
From CA-110 southbound take exit towards 6th St/Wilshire Blvd. Continue on 6th St, turn right on S Grand Ave., arrive at 801 S Grand.From CA 110 northbound take the 6th St/9th St exit toward Downtown/ Convention Center/ Figueroa St. Merge onto W 9th St and follow until turning left on S Olive St. Turn left on W 8th St, then left again on S Grand Ave.
Our offices are located 9 minutes from Dodger Stadium, 3 minutes from Staples Center, 3 minutes from LA Live, 5 minutes from Los Angeles City Hall, 3 minutes from Walt Disney Concert Hall, 7 minutes from Union Station, 25 minutes from San Fernando Valley and 20 minutes from San Gabriel Valley.
From Union Station take either Metro Red or Purple line. Go past Civic Center and Pershing Square; get off at 7th Street/Metro Center. Head south on Flower St, or Hope St (depending on which side you come out). Turn left on 8th St.
We offer free parking to our clients. Park in the structure at 801 South Grand Avenue and ask us to validate your parking.
Some of the Cities We Service:
- Long Beach
- Santa Ana
- San Bernardino
- Moreno Valley
- Huntington Beach
- Santa Clarita
- Garden Grove
Other Hollywood Practice Areas
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