Millions of people suffer moderate, serious, or life-threatening injuries every year. In many of these cases, another party is directly at fault for causing the incident. For example, a drunk driver who runs a red light is, quite obviously, responsible for the injuries received by a pedestrian struck by that drunk driver while crossing the crosswalk. Victims of personal injuries have the ability to work with attorneys and file lawsuits against those responsible.
If you live in California, the Glendale personal injury lawyers at Ourfalian & Ourfalian can help. Below are the most common types of personal injuries.
When most people think of how serious injuries occur, they think of car wrecks. And for good reason. Each year there are around 4.5 million medically consulted traffic injuries (an injury bad enough that the victim seeks professional medical treatment), according to the National Safety Council. The most common injuries in traffic collisions include concussions, fractured bones, facial injuries, soft tissue injuries, whiplash, and traumatic brain injuries, which are significantly worse than concussions. Not all of these 4.5 million injuries are car crashes. Traffic collisions encompass all of the following types of incidents:
Regardless of what type of road user you were (driver, occupant, cyclist, or pedestrian) at the time of the crash, you have a right to seek full compensation for your damages from the at-fault party.
The manufacturers who sell products to consumers have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe for their intended uses, that they are marketed for their intended purpose, and that they are property safety instructions, warnings labels, and instruction manuals for the user. Injuries caused by dangerous or defective products are generally the fault of the manufacturer, though other parties, such as the retailer, can be held accountable depending on the scenario.
Falls are the leading cause of injury in the United States, and the most common reason for people to seek medical care in an emergency room. Among older adults, falls alone comprise over 90% of emergency room visits, according to the CDC. All properties must be maintained and designed for the safety of all invitees, regardless of their age. A slip, trip, and fall is most often caused by:
Accidents can happen in businesses, the workplace, residential homes and apartments, government buildings, and all other types of structures and properties. The property owner or business owner had a duty of care to all invitees, and any injury that arises out of the owner’s negligence can be grounds for a personal injury claim.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to recent studies. As many as a quarter-million deaths occur every year due to medical mistakes made in hospitals, urgent care clinics, and doctor’s offices, according to a Johns Hopkins study. Other researchers have found that number to be even higher, at 440,000 deaths annually. Most of these errors go unnoticed by the victim’s family members, who have a right to seek compensation for the loss of their loved one.
While medical errors lead to potentially hundreds of thousands of deaths, there are inevitably many more instances in which the victim survives, but is seriously injured. Victims of medical malpractice can sue for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. Additionally, claims can also be filed against pharmaceutical companies if the victim was injured due to a defective or dangerous drug or medical device.
Nursing home abuse can take many forms. Failing to address bed sores or failure to assist a resident in and out of bed are two common types of neglect, while physical or verbal harassment, teasing, or threats, which constitute abuse, are also used by nursing home staff for various reasons. Nursing home abuse and neglect can be difficult to spot, particularly if your elderly loved one has dementia and cannot clearly describe what is going on. Signs of abuse or neglect can include:
Your loved one deserves better than this. You can hold the nursing home or assisted living facility accountable by working with an attorney to seek damages on behalf of your loved one.
Victims of personal injury incidents can seek compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and lost earning ability, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. To get started on your claim today, we urge you to reach out to an experienced Glendale personal injury attorney who has the experience and diligence to properly handle your case. Call Ourfalian & Ourfalian today at (818) 550-7777 to schedule a free consultation.
Ourfalian & Ourfalian has successfully represented thousands of individuals and small businesses throughout the San Fernando Valley and Southern California over the last four decades. Our experienced attorneys focus on civil litigation which includes but is not limited to helping injury victims get just compensation after serious accidents. There is a distinct culture at Ourfalian & Ourfalian that is not easy to characterize but is felt everyday by the firm’s employees and clientele. Contact our Glendale Personal Injury & Civil Litigation law practice today to schedule a free initial consultation.