If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, do not hesitate to contact the California personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC. 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.
Accidents are often unexpected and entirely preventable. The other person or entity involved could have done something to avoid injuring you. Unfortunately, their carelessness resulted in a devastating incident. When you suffer an injury due to someone’s negligent behavior, there are options to hold them accountable. However, the process can be time-consuming and stressful. You shouldn’t attempt to handle it yourself.
OnderLaw, LLC has the experience and resources to file your insurance claim or initiate a lawsuit and take your case to court. We know what it takes to get the job done. Our team will advocate for your rights and tirelessly work to try to reach a favorable outcome. You will not be alone during this traumatic experience. We will remain by your side until the end.
Our California personal injury lawyers are ready to take your call and help you get on the road to recovery. Call us today at (314) 963-9000 for your free initial consultation.
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. Sacramento is the state’s capital and the sixth-largest city in the state. The population reached 525,398 in 2021.
The significant size of California offers climates ranging from polar to subtropical, although most of the state has a Mediterranean climate. The coast often has fog during the summer, created by the cool current in the Pacific. Hot summers and cold winters are typical the farther inland you go.
The variety in weather, terrain, and activities makes California a popular tourist attraction. Many mountainous regions allow residents and visitors to ski in the winter and hike in the summer. The Pacific Ocean runs along the entire western coast of the state, providing a range of fun activities, including surfing and swimming.
Two of the biggest cities, Hollywood and Los Angeles, are home to some major film studios, including Warner Bros and Disney. They are hubs for the entertainment industry. In fact, four broadcast networks, NBC, ABC, Fox, and CBS, have production facilities in the state. You can also find many successful technology companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook.
How OnderLaw, LLC Can Help You After an Accident in California
One of the best decisions you can make after suffering an injury is to hire a lawyer. 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 California 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.
When you hire OnderLaw, LLC, 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.
Common Personal Injury Cases in California
At OnderLaw, LLC, we have successfully represented accident victims in various 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 at the wheel or otherwise 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.
- 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 – Most motorists don’t notice the bicyclists that share the road with them. They’re focusing more on other cars. This lack of attention places bikers in danger. Someone could turn onto another street or change lanes without seeing a bicyclist nearby, sideswiping them.
- 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. You might have lost someone in a car crash or residential fire. If someone else were 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 should maintain their properties to avoid injuring guests. Inadequate maintenance, cracked sidewalks, and slippery floors are just a few examples 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 and 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.
If you were involved in any of these personal injury accidents, reach out to OnderLaw, LLC right now to discuss your legal options.
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. They 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
- Internal bleeding
- Organ failure
- Soft tissue injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Electrical 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. The negligent party responsible for the accident should be the one to pay if they were entirely to blame for what happened.
Compensation Available in a Personal Injury Case
Whether you choose to file an insurance claim or lawsuit, you could pursue compensation to cover the losses you suffered. Losses fall under two main categories: economic and noneconomic.
Economic losses are the expenses resulting from an injury, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
Noneconomic damages are intangible losses, such as:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical impairment or disfigurement
- Pain and suffering
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 with exemplary damages.
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.
According to statistics, 3,316 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 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
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. This is the specific timeframe in which you can initiate a personal injury lawsuit. 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 have to initiate the lawsuit within three years from the date of the incident. However, if you didn’t discover medical malpractice took place 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.
Injured in an Accident? Contact OnderLaw, LLC Today
The California personal injury lawyers of OnderLaw, LLC are ready to fight 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.
Call us at (314) 963-9000 right now if you were injured in an accident in California. We can meet with you for a free consultation to discuss what happened and advise how we could help.