Accidents are often unexpected and entirely preventable. Careless behaviors of others can result in devastating injuries. When you suffer harm due to someone’s negligent behavior, you have options for holding them legally accountable. However, the process can be time-consuming and stressful, especially when dealing with severe injuries and a painful recovery.

That’s where we come in.

If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact the California personal injury lawyers at OnderLaw. Our dedicated attorneys have the experience and resources to file your insurance claim or initiate a lawsuit and take your case to court.

We know this is about so much more than just a case—this is your life, and we want to help you take it back. Our team will advocate for your rights and tirelessly work toward a favorable outcome. You will not be alone during this traumatic experience. We will remain on your side and by your side until the end.

Common Personal Injury Cases in California

At OnderLaw, we have successfully represented accident victims in thousands of cases, including:

  • Car accidents– Car accidents are common in California and often lead to severe injuries. Unfortunately, human error is a common cause. Drivers become distracted by phones or behave recklessly, leading to destructive collisions.
  • Truck accidents– Truck drivers are responsible for maneuvering a commercial truck up to 80,000 pounds around other vehicles. Although they go through extensive training, they might speed, load cargo incorrectly, or drive under the influence, causing injuries to others. In addition, the companies that own these trucks sometimes skip maintenance or push drivers for unreasonable turnaround times, leading to accidents.
  • Motorcycle accidents– Motorcycles are fun to ride, particularly in areas offering warm temperatures year-round. Although convenient for navigating through heavy traffic often seen on California highways, motorcycles are also dangerous. Riders typically suffer more severe injuries than the occupants of cars and trucks during accidents.
  • Bicycle accidents– Many motorists don’t notice the bicyclists who share the road with them. They’re focusing more on other cars. This lack of attention places cyclists in danger. Turning or changing lanes can be dangerous for cyclists if drivers aren’t paying attention, and distracted drivers may strike cyclists or fail to leave space for cyclists to ride safely.
  • Pedestrian accidents– Pedestrians are at a much higher risk of death than anyone else on the road. They don’t have the same protections as car and truck drivers. A person’s body typically can’t withstand the extreme forces placed on it during a collision with a motor vehicle.
  • Wrongful death– Surviving family can seek compensation from the negligent party if their loved one died in an accident caused by someone else. You might have lost someone in a car crash, a terrible accident, or residential fire. If someone else was at fault, you deserve to seek justice.
  • Dog bites– Dogs attack humans and other animals for many reasons. Sometimes, it’s without provocation. If your actions didn’t contribute to a dog bite injury, state law allows you to hold the owner liable.
  • Slip and Fall– Property owners, including businesses, should maintain their properties to avoid injuring guests. Inadequate maintenance, cracked sidewalks, and slippery floors are just some of the hazards that can lead to slip and fall accidents.
  • Burn injuries– A burn injury can be severe and lead to life-threatening complications. You could suffer burns in a fire, explosion, or accident involving a commercial truck. You could file a claim or lawsuit to recover compensation for the losses you suffered, such as medical expenses and mental anguish.
  • Workers’ compensation– If you were injured while performing job-related duties, you could seek benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. You should not be forced to pay out of pocket for your medical care and lost wages when you were injured while performing your job-related duties.
  • Brain injuries– A traumatic brain injury can lead to a range of medical problems for the victim. Blunt force trauma often causes this type of injury, typically during a car accident or fall from heights. If there’s permanent damage, you could end up with a disability and face lifelong struggles.
  • Nursing home abuse– You probably trusted the staff to provide the proper care your loved one needed after placing them in a nursing home. Unfortunately, older adults are vulnerable to neglect and abuse. Injuries can be severe and even lead to death.
  • Premises liability– When a property owner doesn’t perform routine maintenance or repair damage to their property, it becomes dangerous for people to visit. You could sustain an injury from a malfunctioning escalator, become exposed to toxic substances, or fall down a poorly lit stairwell.
  • Rideshare accidents– Rideshare services, such as Uber, are convenient and relatively inexpensive. The driver is responsible for getting you to your destination safely. If they run a red light, text at the wheel, or tailgate another vehicle, your risk of being injured in an accident increases.

Regardless of the specific scenario, you deserve justice after being injured by someone else’s negligence. The California injury lawyers at OnderLaw, LLC don’t just stand up for you; we stand with you every step of the way in getting the compensation you deserve.

Common Injuries Suffered in Personal Injury Accidents

Whether you were in a truck accident, fell on someone’s property, or were involved in a work-related accident, you likely sustained physical injuries. These can range in severity depending on the circumstances. The most common include:

  • Broken bones
  • Concussion, traumatic brain injury, and other head injuries
  • Psychological trauma
  • Loss of limb
  • Lacerations, burns, and bruises
  • Spinal cord damage, back injuries, and paralysis
  • Whiplash
  • Internal bleeding
  • Infections
  • Organ failure
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Electric shock

Some accidents result in life-threatening injuries and fatalities. The cost of medical treatment can become a significant financial burden and even lead to debt. You should not have to pay for someone else’s careless behavior. Our experienced personal injury attorneys in California can help you pursue the compensation you need to make your best recovery.

Compensation Available in a Personal Injury Case

When you hire OnderLaw, we will relieve your burden by handling every step of the process from start to finish. We can investigate the incident, gather all available evidence, and file a claim. We can also negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on your behalf. If they refuse to play fair, we have the skills and knowledge to take them to court and fight for the maximum compensation you deserve.

You might be entitled to financial compensation for the medical bills and other expenses you incurred. Our experienced legal team could help you hold the negligent party liable for the harm they caused and pursue the money you’re owed.

Whether you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you could pursue compensation to cover the losses you suffered. Losses fall under two main categories: economic and non-economic.

Economic Losses

Economic losses are the expenses resulting from an injury, such as medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and property damage.

Non-Economic Losses

Non-economic damages are intangible losses, such as emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, physical impairment or disfigurement, pain and suffering, and inconvenience.

Exemplary Damages

You might also be able to pursue exemplary damages when you file a lawsuit. Instead of compensating you for your losses, this award punishes the defendant for their actions and is meant to deter similar behavior in the future. The court will require clear and convincing evidence of the at-fault party’s malice, fraud, or oppression to award you exemplary damages.

Statute Of Limitations for California Personal Injury Cases

State law requires you to follow a statute of limitations if you want to sue someone for the injury you suffered. You and your local attorney can initiate a personal injury lawsuit during this specific timeframe. There is a two-year statute of limitations for most accidents resulting in injury or death. That means you must file your lawsuit within two years of the date of your injury.

Medical malpractice cases have a three-year statute of limitations. You must initiate the lawsuit within three years from the date of the incident. However, if you didn’t discover medical malpractice occurred until later, you would have one year from the date you knew or should have reasonably known about the injury.

There is a three-year statute of limitations for property damage cases. For example, if there were damage to your car during a traffic-related accident, you would have to file suit within three years to compensate for the cost of repairs.

If you’re pursuing compensation from a governmental agency or employee, you must file your lawsuit within six months from the date of the accident. The knowledgeable attorneys at our firm can advise you on the applicable deadlines for your personal injury case and handle every aspect of your claim while you focus on healing.

How OnderLaw Can Help You After an Accident in California

Hiring a lawyer is one of the best decisions you can make after suffering an injury. You likely don’t know state laws and legal procedures for seeking compensation after an accident. If you attempt to handle your case alone, you could walk away without the money you need to pay for the medical care required for you to heal.

Our personal injury lawyers have represented clients in California since 2002. We have the experience to take on even the most complex cases and hold the negligent individual or company liable for their misconduct. Our award-winning team received recognition from multiple prestigious organizations, including Super Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. We also hold an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Areas We Serve in California

California lies on the western coast of the United States, situated near Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, and Baja. It is the third-largest state in the country by area. It is also the most populated. More than 39.5 million people call this place home.

Whether you live in the mountains of Hollywood, the Disneyland home of Los Angeles, the technological hub of San Francisco, or anywhere in between, our California personal injury lawyers are here for you. Call us today for your free initial consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout the State of California, including but not limited to the following locations:

Accident Statistics in California

Anyone could suffer an injury or death in any situation. One of the most common causes of fatalities in California is motor vehicle accidents.

Approximately 3,300 fatal traffic-related accidents occurred in 2019 and caused 3,606 deaths. Of these fatalities:

  • 33% were the passenger car occupants
  • 1% were large truck occupants
  • 27% were pedestrians
  • 19% were SUV and pickup truck occupants
  • 4% were bicyclists
  • 13% were motorcyclists

A high number of nonfatal occupational injuries occur in California. There were 483,300 recordable cases in 2019 in all industries. A total of 451 fatal injuries occurred in the same year due to:

  • Falls, slips, and trips
  • Exposure to harmful environments or substances
  • Transportation incidents
  • Fires and explosions
  • Violence and other injuries by animals or persons
  • Contact with objects and equipment

Our California Personal Injury Attorneys Will Be Your Advocates

The California personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw are ready to stand on your side and by your side for the justice you deserve. We take cases on contingency, so you’re not expected to pay upfront fees or costs. We won’t collect any of our legal fees unless we secure compensation for you.

What separates OnderLaw from the rest is our dedication, passion, and commitment to our clients. We are proud to be here for our neighbors and community when they need us most. If you were injured in an accident in California, let us be your guiding hand throughout the process of taking back your power and moving on with your life. Call us today to get started.