When to hire a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles is a common question we hear from people who have been in accidents, as well as other personal traumas. If you have been injured in any kind of accident in which you were not at fault, hiring—or at least consulting with a personal injury lawyer—is something you should strongly consider.
There are many different types of accidents which can result in injuries and conditions for which you might deserve to be compensated. Here are the eight most common situations:
1. Slip and fall
There are a lot of factors that play into a slip and fall accident, including the conditions of the floors and warning signage in the immediate area. If you have been injured due to a business’s or other entity’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation and should consult an attorney.
2. Trip and fall
Tripping and falling can been caused due to uneven surfaces or obstacles in your path. Again, in such a case, it is possible that someone else is at fault, and is worth consulting with an experienced attorney to help you determine your best course of action.
3. Car accident
There are nearly 200,000 injuries from traffic accidents every year in California. While there might be some instances where no one is at fault, many times, one of the drivers is at fault in the accident. In this case, the driver and the owner of the car are responsible for any injuries sustained in the accident.
4. Motorcycle accident
With its beautiful weather year-round, Los Angeles is home to a large number of motorcycles. Unfortunately, it is also the county with the highest number of motorcycle fatalities (deaths) in the U.S. If a motorcyclist is involved in an accident, they are more likely to have serious injuries, which could leave them injured, unable to work, or worse. Often times the accident is the fault of another driver, and they need a personal injury attorney that will fight for the settlement they need and deserve.
5. Pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles
If you’ve been hit by a car, motorcycle—or any motor vehicle—while walking, this is called a “Pedestrian Accident”
Los Angeles County has the highest number of pedestrian accidents in America, with the highest number of deaths resulting from being hit by a motor vehicle while walking. If you have been injured in any way by a reckless driver, you should strongly consider contacting a qualified Los Angeles personal injury attorney right away.
6. Accident with a truck
With Los Angeles’s great ports and need for goods, there are thousands of trucks on our roads and highways every day. An accident involving a truck can be extremely frightening and result in severe bodily injuries. Trucking companies’ insurance claims processes can be difficult to navigate.
7. Accident with a rental vehicle
Los Angeles Rental car companies require drivers to either carry their own insurance or pay for coverage at the time of rental. Negotiating for damages with a major corporation like the car rental agencies can be challenging, and a personal injury attorney will often be your best bet to get a fair settlement.
8. If you are on a bicycle and are struck by a motor vehicle (car or bus)
Bicycles are a great, healthy and eco-friendly way to get around Los Angeles. Unfortunately, motorists aren’t always respectful of cyclists. Even worse, they might be distracted and not notice a bicycle when making a turn, not yield right of way, or even open their car doors when bicycles are approaching. Bicycle accident injuries can be particularly severe, since riders are only protected by a helmet.
If you have been a victim in any of the above situations, and are experiencing any of the following types of injuries:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Shoulder or arm pain
- Broken limbs
Or any other injury that is making it difficult for you to work or take care of yourself and your loved ones, and you believe it was the fault of another person or business, you should contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible!
If you think you need a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, The Law Offices of Ilona Gorin are here to help!
We are a boutique law firm that specializes in personal injury litigation, such as car accident cases. We have successfully represented hundreds of individuals around LA in the more than ten years that we have been fighting for accident victims, and we look forward to the chance to help you get the settlement you need to recover and regain your quality of life.