Sharifi Firm, PLC, an Accident Law FirmRepresenting Accident Victims In Southern and Northern California
At Sharifi Firm, PLC, our injury lawyers provide dedicated representation to Los Angeles residents who have been harmed because of the negligence of others. We handle all types of accident cases, including those arising from motor vehicle collisions, slip and falls, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death. We also help employees who have been hurt on the job seek workers’ compensation benefits. Our attorneys are determined to pursue the full awards that our clients deserve, depending on their specific circumstances.Holding Negligent Parties Accountable for Damages
Most personal injury cases arise when one person sustains physical and sometimes emotional harm due to careless or reckless actions by another individual or entity. The accident victim, known as a plaintiff, can sue a negligent person or business, known as a defendant, for compensatory damages. These may include all the tangible and intangible costs and losses that arise after an accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, property damage, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Punitive damages are not routinely awarded in personal injury cases, but they may be sought in situations when a defendant has acted especially egregiously.
When a negligent action results in a tragic loss of life, the relatives of the victim may be harmed as a result of the deceased person’s lost income and earning capacity, as well as their lost companionship, support, and consortium. Close family members often may pursue these elements of damages by filing a wrongful death action.
If you bring a lawsuit for negligence in California, you will need to prove four elements by a preponderance of the evidence, which means that they are more likely than not to be true. These key elements are a duty of care, a breach of this duty by the defendant, proof that this careless conduct directly caused the accident, and actual damages that were incurred by the victim.
The first element of duty is a legal question. Generally speaking, everyone has a duty to use reasonable care in their behavior to avoid posing foreseeable risks of harm to others. The standard may be more specific in some situations. For example, business owners are required to keep their properties in reasonably safe condition for customers by repairing or warning of any hazards that could cause harm.
If a legal duty is established, you would need to show that the defendant breached the duty and caused the accident. These are usually factual questions that may require investigation. You would need to show what the defendant's actions were and that they were a substantial factor in leading to the harm that you suffered. For example, if a driver drinks to the point of intoxication, gets into a car, and collides with a motorcyclist, that person likely has breached his or her duty to operate a vehicle safely. Similarly, if a grocery store leaves spilled soda on the floor for 12 hours, a customer who fractures a bone by slipping and falling on the surface probably could argue that the store did not meet the appropriate standard of care.Seek Legal Guidance after an Accident in Riverside
Most insurers do not want to pay compensatory damages to those who have been injured by their policyholders. Their goal is to minimize the degree of harm you have suffered as an accident victim and reduce or eliminate the amount that they have to pay out. After an accident, you have enough to worry about while dealing with your injuries, some of which may be significant. Rather than asserting your right to compensation alone, it is important to get help from an experienced lawyer who knows how to negotiate with defendants and their insurers and how to take a case to trial if it proves necessary.
At the Sharifi Firm, PLC, our accident attorneys are proud to represent individuals in Riverside, San Bernardino, Glendale, and other cities throughout the Los Angeles region. We can fight tirelessly for the compensation that you need so that you and your family can focus on the physical and emotional healing process. Contact us for a free, no-obligation consultation at 1-866-422-7222 or via our online form. We also represent accident victims in Rancho Cucamonga, Temecula, and San Bernardino, among other communities in the area.