Anaheim Personal Injury Lawyers
Anaheim is located southeast of Los Angeles in Orange County, California. It is the tenth most populous city in California and is best known as the home of Disneyland. For that reason, Anaheim’s economy is primarily a tourist economy, but the city is also an industrial center, producing aircraft parts, canned fruit, and electronic products.
Accidents can happen anywhere, even in the city that plays host to the “wonderful world of Disney.” If you’ve been injured in an accident in Anaheim that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you have a right to file a personal injury lawsuit and claim compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. Accidents caused by negligence can include car collisions, commercial truck collisions, motorcycle, and pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, dog bites, nursing home abuse and neglect, and more.
Hiring an attorney to help you navigate this process can help you maximize the compensation that you receive for the pain, suffering, and stress you’ve endured as a result of the accident. Our attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC will help you thoroughly and independently investigate your claim, interview witnesses, determine the at-fault party or parties, and build a solid case that will stand up in court and get you the compensation that you deserve. Call us today at (314) 963-9000 for your free consultation to get started.
The city of Anaheim was founded by German immigrants in 1857 on land purchased from the Mexican government as part of a land grant. Anaheim is a German word meaning “Home on the Santa Ana River.” The city was originally established as an agricultural community that grew grapes and citrus, but following the Second World War, it was swallowed up by urban-industrial expansion in Los Angeles and Orange County.
In 1955, the Disneyland amusement park, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the country, opened to the public, which greatly accelerated the city’s development. Disneyland is still the city’s top employer, with a whopping 31,000 workers. The city is perhaps best known as the home of Disneyland, but it also plays host to two professional sports teams: the Angels (a Major League Baseball team) and the Ducks (a National Hockey League team that derives its name from the popular “Mighty Ducks” Disney film).
Popular local spots include Pearson Park, a large recreational center with an amphitheater that often plays host to concerts, the Anaheim Museum, and the Hobby City Toy and Doll Museum. The Anaheim Convention Center has hosted many NBA games and the 1984 Summer Olympic games.
Injured in Anaheim? A Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help
If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence, a personal injury lawyer can help you recover the damages that you are entitled to. Compensation may include payment for things like medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and emotional and mental trauma. In most cases, you’ll file a claim against the at-fault individual’s insurance company.
The insurance company will be responsible for paying the compensation you are owed. Insurance companies are for-profit entities and will use every tool in their arsenal to pay you as little as possible, so it is imperative that you have an experienced and knowledgeable attorney in your corner to help you get the most compensation possible.
A skilled personal injury attorney, like those at OnderLaw, LLC, will independently investigate your accident, interview eyewitnesses, collect medical documents, and work hard to put together a strong case against the at-fault individual.
Your attorney will fight against the at-fault individual’s insurance company and work to negotiate a fair settlement. In the event that the insurance company declines to pay or offers a meager payout, your attorney will help you file a lawsuit in court.
It’s really important to make sure you hire an attorney who is accomplished in personal injury law and who is passionate about making sure that victims of accidents caused by negligence get the compensation they deserve. Not every attorney is right for the job, and you want to make sure you hire someone you can trust to thoroughly investigate your claim and make the best possible case before a judge in court.
Our attorneys at OnderLaw, LLC understand the pain and suffering that victims of accidents caused by negligence go through, and we fully appreciate the difficulty of going up against a for-profit insurance company, especially when you’re trying to recover from an injury. We help take that weight off your shoulders by working with you to assemble a solid case that will ensure you’re compensated for the losses you’ve suffered.
Common Personal Injury Claims in Anaheim
We at OnderLaw, LLC have extensive experience helping clients with a broad range of personal injury claims in Anaheim. Over the years, our attorneys have worked hard to get claimants the compensation they deserve. Some of the most common personal injury claims in Anaheim include:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Unfortunately, accidents involving motor vehicles happen all the time in a city the size of Anaheim. There are many types of motor vehicle accidents, and each accident is unique. Motor vehicle accidents are complex, all the more so if there are multiple vehicles involved. Some types of motor vehicle accidents are:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Single-vehicle crashes
- Multi-vehicle crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- Rideshare crashes
- Commercial truck crashes
- Motorcycle crashes
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
Premises liability accidents happen more often than you think, and they can result in severe or even fatal injuries. These types of accidents occur when a homeowner or business owner’s negligence leads to an accident. If one of these parties is negligent and an accident occurs, the injured individual can make a claim against the at-fault party.
Usually, the injured individual will file a claim against the at-fault person’s insurance company. For instance, if you were to slip and fall in a friend’s home and the fall was due to negligence on the part of the homeowner, you would file your claim against the homeowner’s insurance policy. Some common types of premises liability accidents include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Wrongful death
- Dog bites
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- School-related accidents
- Construction accidents
- Swimming pool & drowning accidents
- Elevator incidents
- Amusement park accidents
If you sustained injuries in the workplace, you are entitled to claim compensation for medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy, and other expenses. In these cases, your compensation will come from your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance.
While workers’ compensation does not cover “pain and suffering” damages the way that personal injury claims typically do, you don’t need to prove that anyone in particular — such as your employer or another employee — was at fault for your injuries in order to obtain compensation. The idea behind workers’ compensation is that if you’re injured while on the job, you have something to fall back on while you recover. Workers’ compensation claims can include:
- Slip-and-fall accidents that occur in the workplace
- Motor vehicle accidents, including commercial vehicles
- Machinery malfunctions
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals and other substances
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Physical assault in the workplace
As tragic as it sounds, nursing home abuse and neglect incidents are becoming more and more common. It can be heartbreaking for a family to learn that a loved one has been subjected to neglect or abuse, especially when they entrusted nursing home staff to properly care for their family member. Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms. Some of the most common instances of negligence and abuse include:
- Misdiagnosed illnesses and injuries
- Delayed diagnosis for illnesses and injuries
- Missed or delayed administration of medications
- Slip-and-fall accidents
- Physical assault, either by staff or by other nursing home residents
- Sexual abuse by staff or by other residents
- Emotional trauma
- Psychological abuse
Common Injuries Suffered In Accidents In Anaheim
Accidents that occur because of another person or entity’s negligence can be severe and life-altering. Not only can they cause long-term physical harm, but they can also cause emotional and mental anguish. When these types of accidents occur, the negligent party should be held responsible for their carelessness. Some of the common injuries suffered in the types of accidents we’ve explored so far include:
Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
Accidents involving motor vehicles can be severe and are often fatal. This is especially true for motorcyclists, bikers, and pedestrians, who often suffer the most damage in a collision because they don’t have the safety apparatus that drivers in automobiles and commercial trucks do.
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Concussions and contusions
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal damage
- Paralysis, especially if the spine is transected
- Soft-tissue damage
- Broken or fractured bones
- Sprains and strains
Premises Liability Accident Injuries
Accidents that occur because of someone else’s negligence can be serious, even life-changing. They include:
- Head and neck injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Dog bites, scratches, and lacerations
- Strains and sprains
- Broken or fractured bones
Worker’s Compensation Accident Injuries
Workplace injuries frequently happen, especially in hazardous environments, such as construction sites where heavy machinery is operated. Types of injuries that are often sustained in the workplace include:
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Sprains and strains
- Broken, fractured, or shattered bones
- Soft-tissue damage
- Accidental amputation
- Repetitive trauma injuries
- Disease resulting from exposure to toxic substances, such as pneumoconiosis or mesothelioma
Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse
No one likes to imagine that their loved one could be the victim of abuse in a nursing home, but you should always keep an eye out for tell-tale signs that abuse and/or neglect are occurring. Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are tragically common, but identifying it early is key to keeping your loved one safe. Some common signs of abuse or neglect include:
- Bedsores (which indicate that staff are not turning your loved ones regularly)
- Overdosing on medication
- Fractured or broken bones
- Fearfulness around particular people
- Unwashed linens or clothing
- Stained or torn underwear
- Unanticipated payments to unknown recipients from their bank accounts
- Slip-and-fall injuries
- Weight loss
What Compensation Am I Owed?
If you or a loved one fell victim to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to make a claim against the at-fault party in order to recover the damages you’ve incurred. There are three main types of damages you can recover: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Let’s take a closer look at each type.
Economic damages include compensation for expenses that you or a loved one have incurred as a result of an accident. This includes past, present, and future expenses, such as:
- Medical bills. Getting treated for your injuries after an accident can be costly, particularly if your injuries are severe and you require surgeries or extensive physical therapy to make a proper recovery. When you make a claim against the at-fault party, you’ll want to be sure to present every expense you’ve incurred as part of your recovery. You should include as accurate an assessment as possible of what your future medical expenses may be, as well.
- Lost wages. You may need to take time off work to recover from your injuries. In serious cases, your injuries may even prevent you from doing your job for the foreseeable future. Economic damages are designed to compensate you for the income you lose because you aren’t able to work.
- Property damage. Economic damages also compensate for any property damage you suffered. This could include damages to your vehicle if you were in a car accident or to your eyeglasses if you were the victim of a slip-and-fall accident.
Non-economic damages are damages that aren’t financial in nature. These mostly fall under the umbrella of pain and suffering.
- Physical pain. The physical pain you suffered as a result of your injuries is taken into account.
- Emotional trauma. This includes emotional and mental health issues you may suffer because of an accident. Many victims suffer from anxiety, depression, PTSD, and insomnia.
- Mental anguish. Many accident victims deal with anxiety over the cost of treatment, especially if they require extensive surgeries or physical therapy. There may also be anguish about the changes the injury will make in your life, or in your appearance, or in your ability to resume the life you had pre-accident. This is taken into account when compensation is being negotiated.
- Loss of enjoyment of life. Many people suffer from loss of enjoyment of life and their usual daily activities because of pain, emotional and mental distress, and the cost of recovery.
Punitive damages are not awarded frequently, but when an accident occurs because someone else was severely reckless or knowingly engaging in dangerous behavior, a jury can award a plaintiff punitive damages as a way of “punishing” the at-fault party.
California Accident Statistics
The various types of injuries discussed here occur every single day in Anaheim and all across the state of California.
According to Centers for Disease Control data, accidents caused 15,116 deaths in the state of California in 2019.
In 2019, the California Office of Traffic Safety recorded these traffic accident fatalities:
- 1,066 drunk driving fatalities
- 972 pedestrian fatalities
- 474 motorcycle fatalities
- 133 bicycle fatalities
- 29.5% of all traffic-related fatalities were caused by intoxicated driving
In 2018, the CDC found that 40/100,000 seniors age 65 and over died in a slip-and-fall accident.
In 2019, the State of California Department of Industrial Relations reported 451 on-the-job fatalities.
Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims in California
It’s important to remember that there are statutes of limitations on personal injury claims in the state of California. These statutes are deadlines for filing a lawsuit, so it’s important to begin working with an attorney as quickly as possible to kickstart the process of claiming compensation.
For most accident claims, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in California. For medical malpractice claims, the statute of limitations is one year. For a government agency-related accident, the statute of limitations is shortest — just six months.
Resources for Accident Victims in Anaheim
Hospitals in Anaheim
Address: 3033 West Orange Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92804
Address: 1111 West La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92801
Address: 3440 E La Palma Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92806
Address: 1025 South Anaheim Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
Law Enforcement in Anaheim
Address: 425 S Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92805
Address: 550 North Flower Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92703
Address: 3170 West Lincoln Avenue, Anaheim, CA, 92804
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If you or a loved one have been injured due to another party’s negligence, don’t wait to reach out to us for help. Our attorneys are here to help you get the most compensation possible for the damages you’ve suffered. We’ll work hard to investigate your claim, develop facts, and build a case that will hold up before a judge. Get in touch with the attorneys of OnderLaw, LLC at (314) 963-9000 today to get started.