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Different Specialties of an LA County Personal Injury Lawyer

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

Los Angeles County is the home of some of the best personal injury lawyers in the state of California.

You can just walk along Wilshire Boulevard in LA and you can already choose from a wide array of different law firms all competing for your business.

However, you should not just choose any law firm.

The Los Angeles County personal injury attorney that you will choose should have the experience and expertise in handling cases that are similar to your own.

This is because there are still various types of personal injury cases and different laws that apply to them.

To help you understand, here are some of the most common personal injury cases:


Vehicle accidents

The leading cause of deaths and injuries not only in California but the whole United States is vehicular accidents.

The possible victims in a vehicular accident are:
  • Driver
  • Passenger
  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

The most common cause of vehicular accidents in California are:
  • Driver distractions
  • DUI
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving

The LA County personal injury attorney you are getting should be familiar with state traffic laws to represent you effectively.

Slip, Trip and Fall Accidents

This could happen in the workplace, a private property and a public property.

If the accident happens in the workplace, you can take advantage of worker's compensation if you get temporarily disabled because of the injuries.

You must surrender your right to sue the employer, though, once you take advantage of it.

If the accident happened in a public property like sidewalks and public walkways, then you can sue the city for damages.

If the accident happens in a private property, the level of liability of the owner will depend on what type of visitor you are.

The types of visitors are:
  • Invitee – In the property for the benefit of the owner; owed highest duty of care.
  • Licensee – Has permission to be in property but provides no benefit to the owner; owed some duty of care (not as high as for invitee).
  • Trespasser – Has no permission to be in the property. Normally an owner has no duty to trespassers but there can be circumstances that would result otherwise.
Your lawyer should be an expert with premises liability law.

Defective Product Accidents

These are accidents that are caused by inherent defects in consumer products.

California is one of the US states that recognize strict liability in addressing defective product accidents.

Under the strict liability statute, instead of proving the manufacturer's negligence, you just have to prove that the product has a defect that caused your injuries.

This is the most commonly used statute in handling defective product cases as it is easier to prove a defect than the manufacturer's negligence.


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