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If you’ve been injured in an accident because another driver was careless, aggressive or distracted, or a property owner or employer failed to maintain the premises in a safe condition, California law allows you to recover financial compensation from the negligent party. In order to do that, however, you need to be able to prove every aspect of a negligence claim – that the other party owed a duty to you and breached that duty, and that their negligence caused your injury. The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at McReynolds Vardanyan in Glendale have years of experience handling personal injury claims, first as insurance company defense lawyers and now working exclusively on behalf of injury victims. We have abundant experience, including over 100 trials, so we know how to prepare and present a personal injury case to get you an excellent result, whether in the courtroom or at the negotiating table.
The main factors of a negligence claim that must be proven include:
Breach of duty owed to another
Motor vehicle accidents – Drivers must drive with reasonable care for the safety of others. Speeding, drunk driving, drowsy driving and distracted driving are all violations of the duty of care drivers must uphold.
Slip and fall accidents – Property owners must maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for people lawfully on their property, including customers, guests, vendors and salespeople. This duty may include making regular inspections of the property to check for dangers, and promptly cleaning up any spill or repairing any hazard, or putting up a warning until the problem can be fixed.
Defective products – Manufacturers are strictly liable to consumers when they release defective products into the marketplace that cause harm. This includes consumer products as well as machinery and equipment used in the workplace. This duty extends to design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn or provide instructions so the product can be used safely and correctly.
“Damages” is the legal term for the harm done that you should be compensated for. In the case of a personal injury, damages may include things like:
- Doctor bills and hospital costs
- Future medical bills, including therapy, rehabilitation, prescriptions and medical equipment
- Wage replacement for time missed from work
- Lost income due to partial or total disability
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss in quality of life
- Loss in marital relations
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement
In the case of wrongful death, damages can include funeral and burial costs and the loss of the family member in providing income, guidance, love and support.
Proving fault (causation) means proving not only that the defendant breached a duty and the plaintiff was injured, but linking the two and proving that the defendant’s breach was the cause of the plaintiff’s harm. This is sometimes a very complex factual and legal question, depending on the circumstances. Often times, the insurance company will try to pin blame on the victims by saying they were driving negligently, not watching where they were going, misusing a product, etc. Under California’s comparative negligence laws, any percentage of blame attached to the victim causes a proportionate reduction in the amount of compensation they can receive. The job of the plaintiff’s attorney is not only to prove the defendant’s fault but to make sure the plaintiff is not unfairly assigned any of the blame.
Los Angeles Trial Attorneys Who Get Results
We practice personal injury law with a litigation focus at McReynolds Vardanyan. This does not mean we take every case to trial or that you will have to go court and tell your story to a judge or jury. In fact, it is well-known that most personal injury cases settle before trial. However, we work every case from the start as if it will go trial, and we are always well-prepared and ready to argue your case to a jury if necessary to get you the best result. We are experienced trial lawyers with a stellar record of success at trial, so much so that we are frequently called in by other attorneys to take over when a case they are handling goes to trial.
When insurance companies are negotiating with an attorney whom they know always settles and is intimidated to take a case to court, the insurance companies are the ones with superior bargaining power to force a settlement on their terms. When they see they are up against experienced trial lawyers who not only take cases to trial but win them as well, then it is the insurance companies who fear a jury trial and would rather settle on terms favorable to the injury victim. Whether we are negotiating a settlement or arguing in court, you know you have attorneys working hard for you to get the very best result and who won’t back down or settle for less.
Our Glendale Personal Injury Lawyers are Ready to Help You
If you have suffered a personal injury in Los Angeles or southern California, call McReynolds Vardanyan LLP in Glendale at 818-855-2115. Your consultation is free, and you will not be charged any fee unless and until we recover for you. Our Glendale personal injury lawyers are available 24/7 and are ready to help you with your case at any time.