Personal Injury Law
Have you recently been involved in an accident? Were you injured in the process? Did you lose a loved one as the result of another individual’s reckless behavior? If so, you may have grounds to pursue legal action against the at-fault party. Whether your wounds were the result of a motor vehicle collision, construction accident, on the job injury, or another form of neglect or negligence, you could be entitled to compensation.
But, you’ll need strong legal representation to pursue your claim. The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV is prepared to help you every step of the way. Call today and speak with a Long Beach personal injury lawyer dedicated to your recovery.
For more information or to schedule a consultation to review your case in detail, (562) 901-0840 or toll-free (888) 454-5569.
Of course, you may be wondering – “The damage is done. What good can a claim do?”
This is certainly a reasonable question given the circumstances. You’ve been wounded – both physically and emotionally. There is a great deal of trauma involved that no legal action in the world can undo. But, a successfully filed claim can help you overcome the immediate and often devastating economic hurdles your family may be facing. So, while you may need additional or ongoing recovery, you will be able to do so in relative financial comfort.
What Situations Are Cause for a Personal Injury Suit?
Different situations can be grounds for all sorts of different lawsuits, though certain accidents are more common than others. Accidents or events that might be grounds for a personal injury lawsuit are:
- Car Accidents. These are some of the most common grounds for a lawsuit. Negligence is very important in determining whether someone is liable for the damages that occur in an accident, which is why you need an experienced lawyer to argue your case. This can include accidents involving multiple vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and commercial vehicles such as buses or large trucks.
- Slip and Fall. Slip-and-falls are responsible for more injuries than just about any other kind of accident. Unsafe conditions can often be avoided, and property owners should be liable for injuries sustained in such a fall. Poor upkeep of stairs, insufficient lighting, lack of water removal, and improper step design can all make a person or business liable for damages after a slip and fall.
- Medical Malpractice. We trust doctors and other medical professionals to focus on their jobs and act properly. Unfortunately, sometimes mistakes are made that are otherwise avoidable. When this happens, there may be a case of medical malpractice, and financial liability on the part of a doctor or other medical professional. This can include improper diagnosis, surgical mistakes, and complications from anesthesia.
- Assault and Intentional Damage. While many personal injury cases arise after accidents, intentional damages can also be grounds for a civil lawsuit. Injuries and property damage after an assault or other intentional act should be the financial responsibility of the assailant. This is separate from any criminal charges after an assault, and should be handled with the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer.
- Workplace Injuries. Construction sites are the most dangerous workplaces in the country, although injuries can occur just about anywhere. A workers’ compensation claim may help with financial difficulties, but additional damages can be appropriate in some cases. This includes injuries from accidents, as well as illnesses from exposure to certain chemicals or environments.
- Nursing Home Abuse. Our elderly loved ones often require constant care that can only be offered by a nursing home staffed with professionals. When those professionals betray our trust and abuse those in their care, however, it is important to hold them accountable for their actions. Personal injury claims following nursing home abuse are separate from criminal charges and need to be filed in addition to action from law enforcement.
What Kind of Compensation Could I Claim in Long Beach?
This is one of the most common questions we receive, and the answer greatly depends on the circumstances in which you find yourself. Personal injury claims vary from case to case, with many factors playing into the final decision. The severity of your injuries, the degree of negligence and the details of the accident all must be weighed accordingly before a dollar amount can be tallied. There are categories in which most damages will fall under, including:
These types of damages concern the actual physical injuries you and your loved ones may have received in the course of the accident. This includes medical treatment, long-term hospital care, and physical therapy – both now and in the future – as well as any property damage that may have happened.
These types of damages are often referred to as the “soft costs” of personal injury claims. Emotional trauma such as pain and suffering, and loss of companionship fall under this particular category.
Depending on the severity of the recklessness involved in your accident, you may be entitled to punitive damages. These types of awards seek to punish the at-fault party for particularly gross negligence on their part.
The following are just some of the results the Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV has successfully fought for:
- $4.6 Million: Personal Injury
- $2.8 Million: Personal Injury
- $1.7 Million: Wrongful Death
- $950,000: Personal Injury
- $750,000: Personal Injury
- $699,500: Wrongful Death
- $300,000: Police Brutality
What Are Some Common Injuries?
If you believe you have any kind of injury, seek immediate medical attention and follow your doctor’s orders. Typical injuries vary from case to case, but there are certain injury locations and types that are more common:
- Head Injuries and Brain Damage. Head injuries are among the most serious, since they often result in brain damage. The brain is a very sensitive and delicate part of the body, which can be injured and damaged quite easily. Brain damage can result in short-term or life-long complications, making even daily tasks far more difficult.
- Neck and Spine Injuries. Injuries to the neck and spine are also very severe, since they can easily damage the central nervous system. When this occurs, it often results in extreme, long-term pain that can be very difficult to manage without medical attention and surgical procedures. Paralysis can also occur due to damage to the spinal column.
- Respiratory Injuries and Illness. Damage to the lungs often results in difficulty breathing, a change in lifestyle, and even death. This can occur due to direct trauma from an impact or a broken rib, or due to toxic chemicals or fumes. In any case, respiratory damage is difficult to recover from and often requires extensive medical treatment.
- Bone Fractures. Broken bones can result in relatively minor injuries that require time to heal, or cause much more serious damage. Recovery from a broken bone takes time, may hinder a person’s normal lifestyle, and become more serious as a person grows older. Broken bones can also do additional damage within a person’s body, requiring more treatment or surgery.
- Lacerations and Internal Organ Damage. Cuts or lacerations are quite common in an accident injury. They usually require minimal medical treatment, though there is a risk of infection following such an injury. Damage to internal organs is often far more severe and usually requires surgical treatment to repair, along with long recovery times.
- Birth Injuries. While most births in the present day are quite safe, there is still the risk of an injury to the mother or infant. Birth injuries to infants can result in life-long complications due to brain damage or physical injury. Many such injuries are avoidable, making medical staff liable for failing to act reasonably during pregnancy and childbirth.
When Should I Contact a Long Beach Personal Injury Lawyer at Your Firm?
As soon as possible.
California has a statute of limitations. Simply put, this is a deadline put on every potential claim in the state. Should you fail to meet the deadline, you could lose all right to compensation. So, it is important that you contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV as soon as possible to review your case. The sooner we are able to begin researching and investigating you claims, the greater your chances will be at maximizing any potential outcome.
Give us a call at (562) 901-0840 or toll-free (888) 454-5569 to schedule your free consultation with our Long Beach personal injury team today.
Disclaimer: The case results mentioned on this page are not intended to be representative of usual results and not every result is typical or expected of every case. Each case is different and a prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the matter in which the results and the testimonials are provided. To discuss your case and the range of reasonable case values please contact The Law Firm of Joseph H. Low IV.