Injury doesn't discriminate. Our law firm helps people from all walks of life.
We all owe it to each other and to our community to take reasonable steps to keep others safe. Unfortunately, people are often hurt due to the negligence of others. You or a loved one may have been injured by a defective product, hurt during a recreational activity or harmed due to poor conditions at someone else's home. You may be unable to work and facing medical expenses through no fault of your own.
- Personal Injury FAQ
- Product Liability
- Assault and Battery
- Police Negligence and Excessive Force
- Wrongful Death
In order to recover damages in a personal injury case, you'll need to prove that the person or entity who hurt you was negligent - and show that you've suffered loss as a result of that negligence. That's rarely easy. An insurance company representing the responsible party may try to blame the accident on you. They may look for unreasonable excuses to reduce or deny your claim. They may argue that your injuries weren't actually a result of the accident.
With Ardalan & Associates on your side, you don't have to take those answers. An experienced Woodland Hills personal injury attorney will advocate for you from the moment you walk through our doors, preparing your case for victory at trial. Insurance companies and their attorneys know just how committed we are to getting maximum recovery for every one of our clients. We'll fight from start to finish for you to get everything you need to get your life back on track.
We're the law firm other personal injury lawyers trust to take their biggest, toughest cases to trial. You can start here. Contact us today. Call (888) 259-5861 to schedule your free case evaluation.
Personal injury law is fairly complex, and the process of collecting the damages you need can be quite long and confusing. We hope this information will help guide you after an accident.
What is negligence, and how does it affect a personal injury claim?
In order for an individual or entity to be held responsible for your injury, you need to prove that the responsible party's reckless or careless actions (or inaction) led to your injury. You must show that:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care. In general, any person or entity owes a duty of care to anyone who may be put in harm's way due to their choices.
- The responsible party committed a breach of that duty of care; that is, he or she acted carelessly or recklessly in a manner that put you in harm's way.
- The responsible party's actions were the cause of your injury, and;
- The responsible party caused you to suffer damage, such as physical injury.
Because there are specific legal criteria needed to establish negligence, we highly recommend consulting an attorney from our firm.
What should I do after I'm injured?
Your first priority should be to make sure the scene of the accident is safe. Call emergency services as appropriate and cooperate with law enforcement and medical professionals.
Document as much of the accident as possible, but only if it is safe to do so. For instance, after an animal attack, you may not be able to take a picture of the animal without exposing yourself to further danger. At a minimum, however, take pictures of any visible injuries and any property damage.
See a doctor as soon as possible, even if your injuries seem minor. You may have internal bleeding or another injury that takes time to become readily apparent. Getting medical help right away will protect your health. In addition, if you wait to seek treatment, an insurance company may use that delay to deny your claim.
Report the injury as necessary to your insurance, your employer, law enforcement, the person responsible for the premises or any other entity that has a need to know. However, stick to the facts of what happened, and don't say anything accepting responsibility for your injury. Your statements could be used against you.
Contact our firm as soon as possible to get a committed attorney on your side. You can direct anyone else seeking comment about your injury to speak with your lawyer.
What are damages, and how do I know how much my case is worth?
Damages are financial compensation paid by the party responsible for the injury (or his or her insurance) to the injured person. There are three common types of damages:
- Compensatory damages pay for actual financial losses you've suffered due to the injury. These include objectively measured losses such as medical bills, lost wages, physical therapy and, if you are permanently disabled, future earning potential. Compensatory damages also include some more subjective losses such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, grief, anxiety, and humiliation.
- Punitive damages may be awarded by a jury if the defendant's conduct was particularly egregious. An insurance company may also be ordered to pay punitive damages after acting in bad faith. Punitive damages are intended to punish the responsible party and thus can exceed the actual financial cost of the accident.
- Nominal damages are sometimes awarded in cases when the jury agrees that you have been wronged, but the actual financial loss suffered was negligible. Nominal damages are generally fairly small sums.
Why do I need a trial lawyer on my side? Don't most cases settle out of court?
It's true that many personal injury cases are resolved before they reach trial, but that doesn't mean you don't need a trial lawyer. Insurance companies know that most personal injury lawyers aren't willing or prepared to go to trial, and that gives them extra leverage in negotiations. People represented by those lawyers often end up settling for less money than they need to actually make themselves whole again.
At Ardalan & Associates, we prepare every case for trial from day one, and that level of preparation makes a difference. Insurance companies and their attorneys know that we won't back down, and often, they'll offer a settlement that pays for everything you've lost as a result of the accident. Make no mistake: If they offer anything less than that, we won't take it. Instead, our committed, passionate trial lawyers will present your case before a judge and jury, and our winning record in court speaks for itself.
As consumers, we have a right to expect that the products we use every day are safe when used properly. Of course, some products carry with them inherent dangers, but their manufacturers have an obligation to appropriately warn us of those dangers. Unfortunately, some manufacturers fail to meet their obligations and put dangerous products on the market. If you have been injured by a defective product, you may have a case against the manufacturer.
Product liability claims fall into three categories:
- Design Defects: Some products are dangerous due to flaws in their designs. It's possible that the product was inadequately tested or rushed through the approval process in order to be put on the market sooner.
- Manufacturing Defects: In other cases, a soundly designed product becomes unsafe due to shoddy manufacturing. The manufacturer may have used inappropriate materials, or poor quality control at the factory may have left moving parts loose or unstable.
- Failure to Warn: Many products, such as vehicles and power tools, have inherent dangers. It is the manufacturer's job to notify consumers that using the product a certain way is likely to lead to injury.
At Ardalan & Associates, we have the resources, experience and commitment needed to hold manufacturers accountable when they produce unsafe products. Our attorneys aren't afraid to stand up to manufacturers and their counsel. We'll help you move on from your accident - and give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing we're handling your case.
Assault and battery are legal terms used for cases of deliberate physical attack. Assault is an act that is meant to cause a reasonable apprehension of harmful contact - for instance, a person raising a fist to strike you - while battery is defined as intentional and harmful or offensive contact, as when that person actually strikes you with his or her fist.
A person who commits assault and battery may face criminal charges, but you also have a right to sue for financial compensation for your injuries. Because the burden of proof is lower in civil court than in criminal court, you may be able to recover financial damages even if the person who harmed you is found not guilty of the crime.
Note that no actual physical injury is required to file a case involving assault and/or battery. Emotional trauma and other related losses can also make the defendant liable for damages.
The police have a responsibility to make sure others are safe, and most officers follow through on that responsibility. However, some law enforcement officers commit acts that cause harm to others. If you've been harmed by negligence or excessive use of force on the part of the police, Ardalan & Associates can help hold them accountable.
Some cases of police negligence involve direct application of force, as when correctional officers beat someone held in a prison or jail. Other cases, such as deprivation of food or water while in police custody, can also be considered excessive force. When the police pursue a suspect on the road, they have a responsibility to motorists to avoid collisions - regardless of the guilt or innocence of the suspect. If you were injured in such a collision, you may have a claim against the police for negligence.
We know that losing a loved one is never easy, and it's especially difficult when another person's negligence caused the tragedy. In addition to the emotional pain that comes from dealing with loss, your family will face an uncertain future. Filing a wrongful death suit can help you recover damages to make sure the people your loved one left behind are still provided for.
In California, wrongful death claims may be filed by the deceased person's surviving spouse, domestic partner or children. If there are no survivors in the deceased person's line of descent, then the claim may be filed by anyone else who would be entitled to the decedent's property, such as parents or siblings.
Through a wrongful death claim, you can seek damages on behalf of the estate of the deceased person, including funeral and burial expenses, medical expenses for the deceased person's final illness or injury, and lost income, including time away from work before the death (if, for instance, the decedent was hurt in an accident and hospitalized for several months before passing) as well as future income - that is, the money the decedent would have made if he or she had lived.
The surviving family members can also seek compensation for the value of household services provided by the person who died, lost financial support and the loss of love, community, companionship and guidance.
Wrongful death cases tend to be large and difficult to litigate - and your family's future is at stake. Our compassionate and committed attorneys can guide you through every step of the process. While no award can bring your loved one back, we'll do everything in our power to secure a future for the people left behind.