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Category: Personal Injury

Pedestrian Accidents in L.A. are on the Rise

March 31, 2021

Last year, the well-known American actor Orson Bean was killed in a pedestrian crash in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice. That same day, another older gentleman was also killed in a pedestrian accident involving two vehicles. And in 2019 alone, it was reported that nearly half of all fatalities connected to car accidents involved pedestrians. Unfortunately, pedestrian accidents in Los Angeles continue to rise, and being involved in one can be painful, costly, and even life-threatening. If you’ve been the victim of a pedestrian accident in L.A., you should contact an experienced Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney to review your case. Your attorney can advise whether you should pursue a personal injury claim and recover damages for your injuries. Though Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti launched a plan in 2015 designed to curb the incidence of pedestrian and bicycle accidents in L.A., it is clear that the plan, known…

Pandemic Sends Cycling Soaring – and Accidents Too

February 19, 2021

With the coronavirus pandemic and shelter-in-place orders keeping more people off the road and a lack of anything better to do driving people to reconsider the value in exercise and the great outdoors, more and more bicyclists are taking to the streets in Los Angeles. The swell in activity has given rise, however, to an increase in accidents for cyclists. With fatality rates reaching an all-time high in Los Angeles, understanding your options after an accident has never been more important. If you’ve recently been involved in a bicycle crash, you should contact an experienced Los Angeles bicycle accident attorney at our firm. According to a study conducted by Canadian engineering firm Eco-Counter, the U.S. has seen a 21 percent increase in urban area ridership since the pandemic began. In a later survey by PeopleForBikes, it was estimated that as many as 9 percent of U.S. adults rode a bike…

The Biggest Personal Injury Lawsuits in L.A. History

December 15, 2020

When a person is involved in an accident that causes serious bodily injury or harm, and that accident was caused by someone’s carelessness or failure to act reasonably, California law allows the victim to sue the at-fault party and recover monetary compensation for the pain they’ve caused. Known as a personal injury claim, these lawsuits enable victims to cover their medical expenses and lost earnings. In some cases, they also recover monetary awards that aim to compensate for the victim’s level of harm. In circumstances where the negligent person acted exceptionally wrong, a victim may even seek punitive damages that provide additional compensation to the victim while signaling that their behavior was egregious. Any experienced personal injury lawyer will tell you that mounting a successful personal injury claim after a car accident, burn injury, or construction fall will depend mainly on their ability to liken your particular case to one…

Steps to Take Immediately After a Car Accident

November 9, 2020

Getting into a car accident in Los Angeles can leave you feeling pretty shaken up. In addition to the stress or emotional toll the accident may have taken on you, you are likely facing mounting costs related to medical expenses or lost wages. Fortunately, seeking the advice of an experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer can relieve the burden of facing this ordeal on your own. In fact, after a car accident, one of the first things you should do is get an attorney who can make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries and that your medical bills and lost earnings are covered by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In California, there are a number of steps after a car accident you can take to ensure your resulting personal injury case is well-positioned to recover the full extent of the damages available to you. Below, we review the…

Proving a Slip and Fall Case in California

November 2, 2020

If you were on someone else’s property and experienced a slip and fall accident, you may be entitled to recover damages. A slip and fall accident is a type of personal injury claim that arises out of someone’s inability to keep their property safe. If you’ve been harmed in Los Angeles by someone else’s negligent attention to their property, you should contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options. They can help you understand what would be needed to prove the property owner acted negligently and is therefore responsible for covering your medical expenses, lost earnings, and any long-term pain and suffering in the event of a severe or catastrophic accident. Below, we review some of the necessary facts your attorney will work to uncover in order to prove you’re entitled to damages due to a slip and fall accident. Who is Liable for a Slip and Fall Accident?…

How Long Will It Take to Settle My Personal Injury Claim in Los Angeles?

October 16, 2020

After an accident that was caused due to someone else’s carelessness, you are likely entitled to pursue legal damages and receive compensation for your injuries. One of the most common questions asked by injured parties pursuing personal injury claims in Los Angeles is often surrounding how long the entire process will take. How quickly your personal injury claim gets resolved will depend mainly on the personal injury lawyer you hire to carry out the case and your claim’s specific facts. The more experienced and skilled your counsel, the more likely your claim will be quickly resolved. Similarly, if the facts of your case demonstrate someone’s liability in a straightforward manner, your claim will generally progress quickly. While there is no surefire way of knowing how long the entire process will take, there are some indicators that you can anticipate a speedy resolution. Below, we outline what you can expect from…

Orthopedic Injuries are Common in Accident Claims

August 11, 2020

Orthopedic Injuries After an Accident in California  Orthopedic injuries are those that involve damage to the musculoskeletal system. These types of injuries are common in serious accidents, and the forces involved in vehicle collisions, falls and other traumatic accidents are more than enough to cause damage that leads to a debilitating injury. While most individuals who suffer orthopedic injuries will be able to recover with proper treatment, some accident victims will experience permanent complications. If you have suffered an orthopedic injury in an accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation, and it is important that you speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. What are Common Orthopedic Injuries from Traumatic Accidents? Orthopedic injuries can occur in all areas of the body. At the Banafshe Law Firm, P.C., we help victims of serious accidents recover just compensation for orthopedic injuries including: Bone Fractures As an experienced Los…

Ridesharing in the Age of the Coronavirus

July 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted industries that once remained at the forefront of growth, and ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are some of the hardest hit in the coronavirus economy. Each company saw its earnings plummet as social distancing and stay-at-home orders were implemented to slow the spread, and both company executives and drivers alike were faced with dwindling profits. Drivers, in particular, bore the brunt of the chaos, as they watched their average sales fall dramatically from a lack of ridesharing passengers, and were put into situations that endangered their health and safety if they wanted to continue earning.  Passengers, likewise, found themselves wondering whether hopping into an Uber remained safe, and what their rights were should they encounter a driver who wasn’t adhering to Uber and Lyft guidelines regarding mask wearing or proper social distancing measures. Needless to say, our personal injury lawyer is well aware that…

Recover Compensation for Bodily Injuries in an Accident

June 29, 2020

Los Angeles Accident Attorney Discusses Compensation for Bodily Injuries For most people, suffering an injury is an unwelcome interruption to their lives. Most injuries require some type of medical treatment. Even a simple trip to an emergency room can leave you with thousands of dollars worth of crippling debt. If you suffer a more severe injury, the medical bills only get worse. If your injury prevents you from being able to work, it may seem impossible for you to ever cover the cost of your medical expenses. If you were injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you should not have to bear the burden of covering the expenses of your injury. Your personal injury attorney can help you receive the compensation to which you are entitled for this unwelcome interruption to your life and daily routine. Types of Injuries We Represent The attorneys at Banafshe Law Firm has…

Our Personal Injury Lawyers Explain the 5 Types of Laceration Injuries

June 17, 2020

Were you injured in an accident and suffered lacerations? For legal advice, call a personal injury attorney at the Banafshe Law Firm, P.C. What Is a Laceration? A laceration occurs when an injury causes an uneven break in the skin. It is similar to a cut, but the edges around the wound appear torn and jagged. What Causes Lacerations? Lacerations are caused by objects that hit the skin and force a wound to open. Some lacerations can be more severe than others, depending on a number of characteristics of the object and how it hit the skin (angle, force, and depth of object). These more severe lacerations can reach as far as the deep tissue layer and cause serious bleeding. Lacerations Are Grouped Into the Following Five General Categories:  Cut laceration: This is the most common type of laceration. A cut occurs when any type of blade (scissors, knife, axe,…

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