California, like many other states, has recognized the great dangers inherent in “distracted driving.” Annually, distracted driving accounts for 6,000 fatalities nationwide. Texting, in particular, takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds, and most auto accidents happen with less than 3 seconds of reaction time, according to California’s Office…
Dog bites are considered a serious public health problem throughout California and the country because of the risk of severe injury involved. Indeed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that almost 900,000 people in the United States require medical treatment for dog bite-related injuries each year. What’s more, approximately 27,000 of those victims suffer disfiguring injuries.
Along with physical injuries, dog bites can result in long term emotional pain and suffering. It’s true that these emotional scars can have a powerfully disabling effect on victims and last longer than many types of physical pain. Children are victims of almost half of the dog bites that take place across the country, and can be particularly susceptible to emotional trauma.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Dog Bite Victims
If you’re in an auto accident, you may have many questions. Questions like: who will pay for my injuries? Or the damage to my car? The answer can depend on who is at fault and whether you or the other driver has insurance. It helps to know about the two major types of automobile insurance so that if you are in an accident, you are familiar with the next steps.
Liability insurance means that if the accident was your fault, your insurer will pay the other driver for property damage and injuries up to the policy limit. If the other driver is at fault and has insurance, the other driver’s liability insurance will pay for damage to your car and personal injuries up to the policy limits of the other driver’s policy.
Woodland Hills Accident Attorney, Barry P. Goldberg, has long been a proponent of persuasive visuals even at the earliest stages of a claim. Not only do insurers react to what they can actually see, visuals create a more memorable presentation than argumentative words from an attorney or dry descriptions from a doctor. Without visuals, it is simply case 1,000,001 and is not individual or memorable. Our law firm looks for persuasive visuals in every case.
Sometimes ordinary photographs provide enough of a visual impact to compel a favorable recovery. One of the first things that is acquired in almost any accident case is photographs from all sources. Cell phone photographs now provide easy access to injury photos, property damage photos and scene photos. Our Woodland Hills law office has obtained amazing photos from police photographers that are often overlooked by experience counsel and insurers. Normally, photos are not provided from a simple request for the police report. However, in an obscure corner of the report there is an indication by a check mark whether photos were taken. If so, we recommend ordering those photos immediately. The photos are usually of a very high quality and show intense circumstances and very relevant physical evidence.
California’s temperate climate and large network of roads and highways make a great combination for riding your bicycle almost any day of the week — but being careful pays off. Not all drivers or even other riders provide as much courtesy as they should to others on the road.
In the San Fernando Valley, drivers are required to share the road with cyclists, whether they like it or not. To keep the roads safe, here are a few common scenarios cyclists and drivers should be alert to:
The CDC reports that while only 1% of trips taken in the United States are by bicycle, cyclists face a higher risk of crash-related injury and deaths than occupants of motor vehicles do. Each year, more than half a million emergency room visits are attributed to bicycle-related injuries. Major risk factors of bike and cycling accidents in the San Fernando Valley include:
(1) age – adolescents age 15 to 24 and adults over age 45 have the highest bicycle death rates,
(2) gender – men are much more likely to be killed or injured than women, and
(3) location – most deaths occur in urban areas and at non-intersection locations.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney about your injuries and your legal options can bring peace of mind as you begin your recovery.
Types of Bike Accident Injuries
Spring often means an increase in parties (St. Patty’s Day, anyone?), sporting events, and other occasions where alcohol is present. This can also mean that more people leave these parties and drive while under the influence or intoxicated, which is against the law and one of the biggest contributors to car accidents in the San…
No one expects to get into a car accident, but being prepared in case one happens is a great way to ease anxiety and ensure your recovery is as smooth as possible. Below are some tips to keep in mind before and after a car accident in Woodland Hills…
Before the accident
– Keep a safety kit, with first-aid and safety equipment, in the car.
– Keep important documents, such as your insurance documents, car registration, emergency numbers, and a pen and notepad, where you can find them.
– Finally, keep your cell phone charged. If you are stuck on the side of the road without a phone nearby, you want to make sure you have access to your insurance company and loved ones without fear of your phone batteries failing.
After the accident
If you have been involved in a Woodland Hills car accident, you may wonder what happens next, legally speaking. Perhaps you are unsure how long you have to bring claims against the person who hit you. Or whether you will be found partially at fault for causing the accident. In general, the statute of limitations in California is two years for a personal injury claim, although there are exceptions that an experienced personal injury attorney can discuss with you. This means that if you injured in a car accident on January 1, 2015, you must file your civil lawsuit for damages on or before December 31, 2017.
Filing an Accident Claim Sooner than Later
Of course, you probably do not want to wait that long if you don’t have to. Memories fade, witnesses move away, and physical evidence can deteriorate even in two short years. Having access to witnesses with compelling testimony and helpful physical evidence may be vital to proving your case. Thus, to have the best chance of succeeding with your claims, you’ll want to speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
In some cases, accident victims may not know right away that they have been injured. For example, you may be involved in an accident, and then discover two months later that you have severe back pain. If you visit a doctor and he or she believes the car accident caused the back pain, you may be able to bring a claim for damages for the back pain injury. Be aware that your time to do so starts at the point you discover the injury, and then you have one year to bring a claim.
Woodland Hills personal injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg meets with hundreds of prospective clients who have questions whether it makes sense to hire a lawyer or “do it on your own.” Most often, the decision focuses on the amount in controversy. If the amount in dispute is $10,000, or less, a prospective client can usually…