In an increasingly busy modern world, the amount of challenges and obstacles we navigate on a daily basis continue to grow. With so much to do in so little time, accidents are bound to occur and the injuries that result from accidents can be incredibly taxing. A personal injury can drain your wallet, your emotional wellbeing, and your physical health.
Thankfully, there is legal recourse available to victims of negligence. A personal injury attorney can investigate your accident and help you build a case to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover.
Meaningful Results In A Wide Variety Of Personal Injury Cases
Megeredchian Law specializes in helping injured victims get back up on their feet. Our firm represents victims involved in a number of different types of personal injury accidents.
Over 400,000 car accidents occur in California each year. In Glendale alone, there have been over 14,000 car accidents in the last five years. Car accidents occur for a number of reasons. Common accident causes include distracted driving, driving under the influence, and speeding. The car accident attorneys at Megeredchian Law can help you settle with the insurance company, get your medical bills paid, and obtain long-term care.
The Golden State is a paradise for motorcycle riders. With miles of scenic routes and warm weather throughout the year, it’s no wonder California has the largest volume of motorcycle riders in the nation. There are over 800,000 registered motorcycles in the state.
Of course, the roads are not always a paradise for bikers. Many drivers do not share the road respectfully with motorcycle riders. Our motorcycle accident lawyers can help you recover if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver.
The beautiful thing about California is that there’s never a bad time to go for a walk. The unceasing warm weather and sunshine provides a great incentive to get out and travel by foot. Nevertheless, pedestrian safety can easily be compromised by aggravated or disrespectful drivers.
When a 4,000 pound steel vehicle collides with an unprotected walker or jogger, the resulting injuries are almost always severe. Contact the pedestrian accident attorneys at Megeredchian Law to explore your legal options.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Whether they know it or not, property owners have a legal obligation to ensure their premises are free of dangerous hazards and defects. If you’ve slipped and fallen as a result of an unsafe property hazard, you may be entitled to compensation. Our slip and fall lawyers can help you defend your rights and earn compensation for your injuries.
Uber & Lyft Accidents
Believe it or not, Uber & Lyft accidents differ from other types of car accident cases. The source of recovery differs depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident. Thus, it’s important to obtain legal representation from an Uber or Lyft lawyer who understands rideshare liability and has experience successfully handling Uber or Lyft accident claims.
Dogs are undoubtedly man’s best friend, but not every dog encounter will be friendly. Victims of dog attacks may sustain serious injuries and often require extensive medical attention. A dog bite can transfer harmful diseases and bacteria, which can lead to life-altering injuries. A dog bite lawyer can help you recover from a traumatizing dog attack.
How Do I Prove Someone Was To Blame For My Injuries?
Earning compensation for injuries sustained in an accident revolves around successfully proving that another individual, company, or group of individuals were responsible for your injuries. Negligence can be proven by illustrating that the following elements are all true:
Every successful injury claim requires the existence of a legal duty. The person or business who is being blamed for the injury must have some type of duty that needed to be fulfilled. For instance, drivers owe a duty of care to other motorists on the road. Duty of care for drivers would include obeying traffic laws, avoiding driving after drinking, and refraining from texting while driving.
Breach of Duty
In addition to showing that there was a duty that needed to be filled, you must also show that the duty had been breached when the defendant failed to exercise a reasonable amount of care.
Cause in Fact
Once the breach of duty has been identified, the breach of duty must be proven to be the cause or a partial cause of the accident. Another component of cause is whether or not the defendant could have foreseen the outcome of his or her negligence. It’s possible that if the accident was out of scope, they will be held to a lesser degree of responsibility for the negligence.
Finally, it must be proved that damages in the form of physical pain or suffering were caused as a result of the accident. Damages are ultimately what a personal injury victim will be compensated for.
What Kind of Damages Might I Be Entitled To Receive?
Reimbursements for medical expenses are the most common damages requests in personal injury claims. Medical expenses include hospitalization, prescriptions, medical equipment, and surgery. You may be entitled to receive compensation for past medical expenses, as well as, all future medical expenses related to the accident injury as well.
If your property was damaged in the accident you can recover compensation for property damages. Property damage is typically measured by comparing the market value of the asset before and after the accident. In some cases, restitution for property damage may not fully equate to the amount lost. The plaintiff will often receive fair market value for an asset and the fair market value may be less than what the plaintiff owes on the property.
Your injuries can prevent you from being able to attend work. You may be entitled to compensation for the wages you lost as a result of missed work. You can generally also recover lost wages for any personal, sick, or vacation time you were forced to use while healing.
Loss of Earning Capacity
Your ability to work may be diminished or completely eradicated in a case where an injury is long-lasting or permanent. If you can no longer work or are limited in the amount of work you can do, your attorney can help you seek loss of earning capacity and future earnings. Compensation for loss of earning capacity will be largely dependent on a physician’s diagnosis of your condition.
When a loved one dies in an accident, there are provisions under the law that allow surviving family members to pursue compensation. Wrongful death damages could include restitution for medical bills, burial expenses, lost wages, and more.
Loss of Consortium
Loss of consortium can be claimed when a loved one is injured or killed. Damages can be sought for a loss of love, comfort, affection, companionship, or sexual relations that the injured or deceased victim can no longer provide. Loss of consortium is typically reserved for death or severe and enduring injuries such as amputation, paralysis, or incontinence.
Some courts award punitive damages for certain types of injury claims. Unlike the other forms of damages, punitive damages aren’t awarded for a loss or expense incurred as a result of an accident. Rather, punitive damages are awarded as punishment for the wrongdoer to deter others from similar conduct.
Where Do I Begin With A Personal Injury Case?
Accident victims often make the mistake of talking with their insurance or the other party’s insurance adjuster as a first step. However, insurance companies will use unfair tactics to reduce or deny your claim and what you say to either party could harm your case.
It’s important that you begin pursuing a personal injury claim by first contacting a personal injury attorney for legal advice. A personal injury attorney knows the personal injury claims process inside and out and can help you navigate around any legal pitfalls to obtain a fair settlement.
Megeredchian Law has helped recover millions for injured accident victims throughout California. Alex Megeredchian can investigate your accident, arrange medical treatment, explain your legal rights, determine liability, and pursue a personal injury claim. Contact Megeredchian Law today to schedule a free initial consultation. Fill out a form, or call (888)243-2050.