Apartment Common Area Accidents and Landlord Liability

Thousands of people in the Los Angeles area live in apartment buildings or condo complexes that share common areas like lobbies, elevators, pools, and fitness centers. Property owners are responsible for keeping these areas in a reasonably safe condition. When they do not, residents and guests can be severely injured in preventable accidents, including slip and falls, fires, toxic exposure, elevator accidents, pool and spa accidents, and many more. Fortunately, California premises liability law allows people who are injured inRead More …

5 Common Construction Site Injuries for Passerby

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Construction worksites are not just a danger for those who work on them. The dislocation and disruption caused by these sites also jeopardize the safety of passerby and other people in the area. Here are some common things that can injure passerby near a construction site: Falling Debris When workers are on the upper floors of a construction site, they may not be able to control all the debris. This could include various types of building material. When the windRead More …

Should You Settle Your Slip and Fall Case On Your Own

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Many people think that handling their own accident settlement negotiation is a way to get more money for themselves after your injury in a slip-and-fall. This is not always the case. In fact, not having a lawyer might not increase your own proceeds, but it could jeopardize your settlement entirely. Allow us to explain.  Attorneys Can Help When it Is Time to Determine Liability This question is phrased by asking whether you should negotiate your own settlement. The first thingRead More …

How to Win a Negligent Security Case

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When you are a visitor on someone else’s property, you have the legal right to expect that they will provide you with adequate security for your own protection. When you are the victim of a criminal act on someone else’s property, you can file a lawsuit for negligent security. Our law firm can help you in an inadequate security case if you have been injured in an assault. A negligent security case could pay you compensation if you were theRead More …

Escalator Accidents Can Cause Serious Injuries

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The constant moving parts and machinery in escalators can be dangerous for the people who ride on them. Escalator accidents happen more often than you think. When they do, one of our personal injury lawyers could work with you to try to obtain financial compensation. The Consumer Products Safety Commission has estimated that there are roughly 10,000 emergency room visits each year attributed to escalator accidents. While escalator deaths are rare, injuries are not. There are a number of injuriesRead More …

How Much is Your Motorcycle Accident Case Worth?

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While we try to explain things to our clients in plain English and avoid lawyerly answers, we are afraid that we have to resort to the old legal standby and answer this question with “it depends.” There is no one set answer that can tell you what your case is worth. It all depends on the particular facts of your case. The Elements of a Motorcycle Accident Claim When you file a claim for compensation, you can expect the followingRead More …

Financial Compensation for New Year’s Drunk Driving Accidents

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Given the celebratory atmosphere, New Year’s is perhaps the worst holiday for drunk driving on the calendar. Unfortunately, many people feel the need to get behind the wheel, even after they have had too much to drink. The result is that everyone else around them on the road is in increased danger.  For New Year’s 2020, police in California were very busy arresting drunk drivers. They made nearly 500 arrests in a 30-hour span. This amounted to one DUI arrestRead More …

5 Common Injuries During the Holidays

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While the holidays are a special time for families to spend together, they also present some unique dangers. Here are five injuries that occur during the holiday season. Some of these may put you in a position where you could file a personal injury lawsuit and receive compensation for your injuries.  Cuts from Scissors and Defective Gifts Believe it or not, the simple practice of opening gifts can even present a danger. You can cut yourself with scissors or anythingRead More …

Can You Sue after a Slip and Fall Outside Your Apartment?

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Once you leave your Los Angeles apartment, you face a number of risks before you make it off the property. One of these is the chance that you may slip and fall. If this occurs on the landlord’s property, you may be entitled to financial compensation in a premises liability lawsuit. Your Landlord’s Legal Obligations to Keep You Safe Your landlord is legally responsible for maintaining the area outside your apartment. These areas include the following: Hallways Recreation areas TheRead More …

Commercial Truck Accidents in California

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Commercial trucks, including semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, are vital to interstate and intrastate commerce and are essential to the economy. While they are responsible for transporting goods within the state and the country, they can be extremely dangerous while traveling on the road with smaller vehicles. In California, there were 6,897 injury-causing truck accidents and 327 fatal truck accidents in 2017. In that same year, there were 1,964 fatal or injury-causing accidents in Los Angeles County alone, making it one ofRead More …

Negligence Per Se

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Negligence per se is a doctrine that provides that an action or conduct by a defendant is considered negligent because it violates a statute or regulation. Here, violation of the statute absent some valid excuse is automatically considered to be a breach of a duty of care owed to others, making it negligence as a matter of law.  Negligence per se creates a presumption that the defendant acted negligently, resulting in harm to the plaintiff. The presumption is rebuttable, meaningRead More …