You’ve been injured in an accident, and another person’s negligence caused it to happen. You may be in severe pain and need emergency medical care. Alternately, you may not recognize the severity of your injury due to an entire host of physical reasons. You may not have any idea what to do or who to call. What you do know is that you need advice on how to proceed. Calling the law firm of David Azizi is the first step you should take after seeking emergency medical care if you need it.
Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles – David Azizi
David has helped scores of injured individuals in Los Angeles over the past 19 years. He has listened to and investigated their cases. He has advised them on what to do and has helped them get the maximum compensation they deserve. His personal injury law practice has received accolades from legal groups as well as former clients. Above all, David cares what happens to the injured people who seek his help and provides a rare mix of compassion and experience that enables his clients to obtain justice and move on.
A Law Firm That Gets the Compensation You Need
Los Angeles and the surrounding area is home to over 10 million residents. Many others pass through daily or work in the Los Angeles metro area. Accidents of all kinds happen based on the population density. When these accidents are caused by negligence, the injured party or plaintiff can be compensated for damages. This compensation is not always freely given or mistakes are made when damages are calculated, either innocently or due to the tactical avoidance sometimes used by insurance companies.
To avoid getting less than you deserve, you need the help of a personal injury attorney. He can make sure that mistakes do not happen and intercede when legal tricks may be used against you by defense attorneys or the insurance company.
What Exactly Is Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is an umbrella term to describe injuries you receive due to the negligence of others. It is a broad term, but the basics apply to most injuries or causes. For example, a car accident or slip and fall at your local grocery store have at their core the basic tenets of personal injury.
Settlements in a Case
In most cases, there are two main paths the plaintiff, or person who was injured in the accident, can take. In one, a settlement is paid by the defendant (the person against whom negligence is alleged), which essentially signals that negligence occurred, and the person who caused the accident is willing to pay a certain amount, asking that the plaintiff take no further action. This is true of insurance companies as well. Before the insurance company pays, it will ask the plaintiff to sign an agreement that additional damages will not be paid in the future. What is given to the plaintiff is all that will be paid.
Sometimes, the settlement will be negotiated. The personal injury lawyer will demand that a higher compensation be paid. Depending on the case and the insurance company, this may work out well.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
The other path a plaintiff can take is to file a civil personal injury claim against the defendant, where the plaintiff asks for compensation based on damages. When this occurs, the defendant is not willing to admit liability or pay the amount necessary to recover full damages. The plaintiff’s personal injury attorney will file a lawsuit against the defendant. The case may be heard by a judge or go to a jury for a decision. Clearly, the experience of a personal injury law firm is critical in reaching a favorable outcome for the plaintiff.
The Role of Negligence in Proving Liability in Personal Injury Cases
Negligence is the basis of personal injury cases. To claim negligence, the plaintiff must establish that the person who is at fault meets certain criteria. These are:
- The defendant had a legal duty of care to the plaintiff. This varies according to the type of case. A common example is that all drivers have a duty toward other motorists to drive in a way that a prudent individual would consider safe, obeying the rules of the road.
- The duty is breached when the person ignores or fails to exert proper caution. This means that the defendant, knowing what needed to be done in the situation to avoid harm to another, chose not to do it. Or, the defendant did something a reasonably prudent person would not have done.
- Due to the person’s actions, or lack of action, the plaintiff was injured. This causation is necessary to prove negligence. The injury cannot be unrelated to the defendant’s acts nor can it be due to something that would not be reasonably foreseeable.
- Finally, the victim must have suffered monetary or economic damages. This means the injury caused the plaintiff financial harm such as the cost of medical care, lost wages or other expenses related to the injury.
Types of Personal Injury
Personal injury encompasses different types of accidents. These include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bus accidents
- Dog bites
- Brain injury
Do All Cases Go to Court?
Not all personal injury cases go to court. This is determined by the willingness of the defendant to assume liability and settle the case. This includes the defendant’s insurance company, in most instances. While being able to move on after an accident drives many to accept a settlement, in some cases, such a choice may result in unpaid or underpaid damages. Your personal injury attorney can advise you if settling a case is a good option as well as determining if the settlement is appropriate.
Does a Personal Injury Attorney Charge Me Up Front?
No. Payment is made after the case is won. This is called working on a contingency basis. If the case is not won, no fee is paid to your attorney.
How Can David Azizi Help?
David will be present in all aspects of your case, from the initial consultation to its successful culmination. He will investigate your claim, answer insurance company questions, assess damages and advise you on what to expect.
If a settlement is offered, David will determine whether it meets the level of damages you have suffered. Alternately, if a lawsuit is filed, David will confer with medical experts, take depositions from the defendants and witnesses, use investigative data to prove fault and work to make sure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries. In addition, he will do this within the time limit specified by the California statute of limitations for personal injury.
Above all, David, who has a 98-percent success rate in personal injury cases, will look to the emotional and physical toll the accident has caused. As a man who values the integrity of the law in his quest for justice, he will apply his sense of compassion to everything he does.
If you have been injured in an accident, call David Azizi toll-free at 800-991-5292 or locally at 213-673-1466 any time of the day or night. This is the first step in putting an accident behind you. David will be there to help you accomplish that and receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.