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Los Angeles Accident Center was created to provide useful information for anyone who has been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California. Author and attorney Sherwin Arzani and his team have over 17 years of personal injury experience. If you have been injured in accident, you will find useful information to assist you during this difficult time.

Toddler Killed in Los Angeles Crosswalk Accident

A family is grieving the loss of a three-year-old boy after he was struck and killed while crossing the street in Los Angeles. According to reports, the boy and his father were in the middle of a crosswalk on Varna Avenue near Chase Street when a car ran a stop sign and struck them. The boy suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital for emergency treatment. He died from his injuries shortly thereafter. The father, who was holding his son’s hand at the time of the accident, only sustained minor injuries. The driver of the car who struck the boy was reported to have been distracted by two children of her own in the car.

Los Angeles is Dangerous for Pedestrians

Los Angeles County leads the nation in pedestrian deaths. In the first half of 2017, authorities reported 352 pedestrian fatalities. Despite efforts to reduce traffic and pedestrian accidents, the problem continues to grow. Why is Los Angeles so dangerous for pedestrians?

Increased Traffic in Los Angeles

Many point to the fact that Los Angeles’ roads are busier and more crowded than ever. The economy is doing better than it has in years, which means that more people are working and traveling. Congestion and traffic threaten the safety of pedestrians who walk alongside these busy corridors. When drivers become restless and tired of sitting in traffic, they are more likely to become aggressive and put pedestrians in harm’s way. Since pedestrians have nothing protecting them from the outside world (unlike drivers who are contained in a large steel vehicle), they are vulnerable to injuries.

Cell Phone Use on the Rise

Cell phone use, by both drivers and pedestrians, is a growing problem across the country. In a place like Los Angeles, where streets are jam-packed, this can be a recipe for disaster. Drivers who are texting or talking on the phone are twice as likely to get into an accident than drunk drivers. Pedestrians who have their noses buried in social media or hearing impaired by headphones are more likely to walk in front of traffic and jump out into crosswalks at the wrong moment. Walking and using a cell phone is believed to be so dangerous, in fact, that one Los Angeles-area town has made it illegal to cross the street while using a mobile device.

Liability for Pedestrian Accident Injuries and Deaths

Who is responsible for a pedestrian’s injuries or death after an accident? The answer will vary in each specific case. Generally speaking, however, anyone whose negligence contributes to an accident can be held financially responsible for ham that occurs. Negligence occurs when a person has and breaches a duty of care, causing another person to suffer harm.

In pedestrian accident cases, there are many potentially liable parties:

  • Pedestrian: The pedestrians themselves can be liable if they fail to use caution while walking alongside motor vehicles.
  • Drivers: Drivers of cars, trucks, and other vehicles have an obligation to drive safely to not cause harm to those around them. Breaking the law or driving recklessly puts pedestrians at risk.
  • Government: If sidewalks and/or roads are in dangerous condition, pedestrians are at an increased risk of harm. Government agencies responsible for maintaining roadways can be held liable if they fail to take reasonable steps to fix their infrastructure.

The family of the three-year-old boy who was killed in Los Angeles will likely try to hold the driver of the car who struck him responsible. Reports indicate that the driver rolled through or failed to stop at a stop sign next to the crosswalk. This may have been because the driver was distracted by two children in her own vehicle. The driver had an obligation to drive safely and protect pedestrians from harm, regardless of any distractions that may have been present. The driver may be held responsible for monetary damages in the family’s wrongful death lawsuit.

Experienced Los Angeles Pedestrian Accident Attorney

Pedestrians are most vulnerable in traffic accidents. When pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles they are more likely than anyone else to sustain life-changing and/or fatal injuries. Families who have a loved one taken from them in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident may be entitled to recover monetary damages their loss. These damages can help to pay for medical bills, funerals and burials, transportation, and emotional distress. If you have recently lost a loved one in a Los Angeles pedestrian accident, do not hesitate to contact an attorney for help.

At the Los Angeles Accident Center, our personal injury attorneys understand that an unexpected accident can change your life forever. Whether you’ve been injured or have lost a loved one, we can help you fight to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today to request a free consultation and learn more.

Top 10 Best Questions To Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve recently been injured in an accident, you may be searching for a personal injury attorney. Hiring an attorney puts your complex legal case in the hands of a professional and allows you to focus on getting better. There are thousands of personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, so how do you know which one is right for you? Here are the questions you should ask when speaking with attorneys during a free consultation. The answers to these questions will help you choose the attorney that is best for your specific needs.

How long have you been practicing personal injury law?

Some attorneys may have decades of legal experience, but be relatively new to the practice of personal injury law. Ask questions about the attorney’s experience and which areas of the law they have focused on. Even if the attorney only has a handful of years of experience handling personal injury cases, other experiences could also be beneficial. For example, an attorney who has experience handling insurance claims may have unique insight that is helpful in a personal injury case.

What types of cases do you normally handle?

Personal injury law is fairly broad. Attorneys who practice in the area may handle any personal injury case that walks through the door, while others will focus their attention on very specific areas of the law. For example, if you were injured in a car accident you may want to think twice before hiring an attorney who generally only handles negligent security cases. Some personal injury cases can be more complex than others, and it can be beneficial to hire an attorney who has some experience in your needed field.

Have you handled other cases like this one in the past?

Personal injury cases are all very unique. Your specific case may have issues that some attorneys have never personally dealt with. Hiring an attorney who has experience handling cases that are similar to yours can be helpful. Ask for examples of similar cases that the attorney has worked on and whether or not they were successful.

What is your fee structure?

Personal injury lawyers generally work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that they do not get paid unless you recover compensation. Instead, they recover a percentage of the award you receive. Each attorney’s fee structure will vary, so it is important to ask the following questions:

  • What percent of my award will expect to receive?
  • Will your percentage be calculated on the gross or net amount of the award?
  • Will I be responsible for filing fees and case-related costs?

Will I be responsible for any costs if we lose the case?

Not all personal injury cases will be successful. It is important to ask the attorney if you will be responsible for any costs in the event that you lose. Some attorneys will cover court costs and related fees as a risk for their expected reward, while others will push those costs onto the client. Be sure that you know the answer to this before making any decisions.

How many cases are you currently handling?

Your case is important to you, so you’ll want it to be important to your attorney, as well. If the attorney has a heavy caseload, they may not have the time and resources that are necessary to get the result you want. Make sure that the attorney can give your personal injury case the attention it deserves.

Who will be handling my case?

Will the attorney you’re speaking with (and getting comfortable dealing with) be handling your case, or will it be given to another attorney in the firm? If you’re meeting with a partner or high-ranking associate at a firm, you may want to make sure that your case has their full attention. Larger firms may farm out certain cases to paralegals and newer associates. Find out who will be involved in working on your case.

Do you have experience in court?

Most cases settle before ever going to trial. However, you may not be satisfied with any offers you receive and want your day in court. If this happens, you may want to make sure that your attorney has experience litigating cases in front of a judge and/or jury. Don’t be afraid to ask for examples. Attorneys who have experience (and success) in court are generally happy to tell you all about it.

What will my role in the case be?

Every attorney will have his or own style and approach to your case. Some attorneys like to have clients very involved in the process, while others prefer to only have clients involved when it is necessary. If you want to be actively involved in your case, you may want to find an attorney who will encourage your participation.

How much is my case worth?

Of course, the attorney won’t know exactly how much your case is worth based only on the information you give them during an initial consultation. However, they should be able to provide a ballpark estimate and explain why that amount may change.

If you’ve been injured in an accident call the Los Angeles Injury Center for help. Our experienced personal injury attorneys can review your case, explain the steps involved in filing a claim for damages, and answer the questions you have. There is no commitment for scheduling an initial consultation, so don’t hesitate to call us today.

Woman Seeking Damages for Injuries Caused by Magic Bullet

Kitchen gadgets are growing in popularity. Small, multi-functional appliances help to make food prep and cooking easier, which is great for busy individuals and families. The Magic Bullet is was one of the first small kitchen gadgets to gain widespread popularity in kitchens across America. Millions of people own the small, compact blender and use it daily. Unfortunately, the Magic Bullet may contain a dangerous defect that could be incredibly hazardous to users. At least, that’s what one Los Angeles woman is saying.

Harjit Thandi recently filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the Magic Bullet, claiming that she suffered injuries to her hands because of a defect in the product. Thandi explains that she was using the Magic Bullet as directed to make her daily protein shake when the blender cup unexpectedly detached from the blender base. When she attempted to move the base the blades began to spin without warning. As a result, she reportedly suffered several cuts and nerve damage in her hands. If Thandi’s lawsuit is successful the company will be responsible for compensating her for her injuries.

California’s Product Liability Laws

Tens of thousands of products hit the market in California each year. In order to make sure that these products are safe for consumer use, California state law imposes certain duties and responsibilities on the companies that design, manufacture, and sell these products. If a product is defective and/or a company fails to warn about a potential danger, the company can be held strictly liable responsible for injuries and harms that result. This means that a company does not necessarily have to be negligent in their course of action. If they fail to identify, fix, or warn about dangers inherent to their products, they can be held financially responsible.

Companies in California can be held strictly liable for design defects, manufacturing defects, and failure to warn about dangers associated with a product. Each type of defect/danger is based on a different type of issue with a product.

  • Design Defect: A design defect exists when a product is inherently unsafe because of its blueprint and design.
  • Manufacturing Defect: A manufacturing defect exists when a product is not manufactured according to its design.
  • Failure to Warn: A company has an obligation to warn consumers about dangers that may not be noticeable in the ordinary use of a product.

Companies can also be held financially responsible if their negligence causes a consumer to be injured by a product. A victim who alleges that a company is negligent must prove that the company designed, manufactured, supplied, installed, inspected, repaired, and/or rented the product negligently, and that this negligence caused an injury.

Damages for Injuries Sustained Because of a Defective Product

Magic Bullet users would not expect to have their lives dramatically altered while making their daily smoothie or protein shake. However, if a defect in the product causes it to malfunction, the blades and blender mechanisms have the potential to cause serious and life-changing injuries. Fortunately, California law allows victims injured by defective products to recover monetary damages for those injuries. In most cases, victims will be entitled to recover economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages are awarded to put a victim back in the financial situation they would have been in if the accident and injury had never happened. As a result, economic damages are limited to the financial expenses and out-of-pocket costs a victim incurs. Economic damages can help to compensate a victim for:

  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Medical bills
  • Medication
  • Medically-necessary devices
  • Medically-necessary home alterations
  • Rehabilitation, and
  • Nursing care.

If an injury forces a victim to miss time at work or reduces their ability to generate an income, economic damages can be awarded to compensate for these serious losses.

Non-economic damages are awarded to help a victim cope with the physical, emotional, and/or psychological harms they suffer because of an accident. These harms are incredibly subjective and the value will vary significantly from victim to victim. Non-economic damages can help to compensate a victim for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Embarrassment
  • Loss of consortium, and
  • Loss of enjoyment of life.

Filing a Claim On Time

When does a victim have to file a claim in order to recover monetary damages? In California, victims who suffer a bodily injury have two years from the date of their injury-causing accident to file a claim. Victims who do not file a claim within this timeframe will generally be prohibited from recovering compensation for their injuries.

However, some injuries may not be diagnosed immediately. If there is a reasonable delay in the discovery of an injury, a victim can file a claim outside of the traditional statute of limitations. These victims will have one year from the date they discover their accident-related injury to file a claim.

Call a Personal Injury Lawyer for Help

If you have been injured because of a defective product in Los Angeles you may be entitled to recover compensation. Your first should be finding a personal injury lawyer. Call the Los Angeles Accident Law Center to request a free consultation and learn about the benefits of taking legal action. Our attorneys will review your case, determine the strength of your potential claim, and explain your rights as a victim. You are more likely to recover the money you need when you hire an attorney to handle your case, so do not hesitate to call us today.