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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 …

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 …

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 …

Common Defenses to Negligence

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Proving negligence and receiving compensation for the resulting harm requires a plaintiff to show that the defendant owed a duty to the plaintiff to act reasonably, the defendant breached that duty, and the breach was a substantial factor in causing harm to the plaintiff. However, there may be situations in which the defendant offers some defense that mitigates or negates the plaintiff’s negligence claim.  Superseding Causes This defense is available to a defendant where an independent intervening act by anotherRead More …

Texting Is the Deadliest Distraction

Most of us lead very busy lives, and we’re happy for the odd distraction or two. Once behind the wheel of a car, however, distractions can become deadly, and texting (and other text-based activities with one’s smartphone) is the most dangerous distraction of them all. If a distracted driver leaves you or someone you care about injured in a car accident, consult with an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney regarding how best to proceed. Distracted Driving Defined The CentersRead More …