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Yes, the expansive and exciting City of Los Angeles remains the entertainment capital of the world and attracts visitors drawn from cultures everywhere on earth. L.A. remains a vast County and central to California's economy. The dense population alone means that someone is going to tangle with another at some point. The density of the streets, paths, and sidewalks mean that accidents happen consistently.
Pleasure seekers, venture capitalists, job hunters, artists, aspiring actors, and paparazzi alike seek out the opportunities and mise en scène of LA. From its top pro athletes, Hollywood's captivating, Oscar-winning stars, starving homeless people, and undocumented aliens, all economic classes and racial profiles exist here, including biker clubs like the Hell's Angels.
People can enjoy a diverse ethnic medley of excellent dining and entertainment, an excursion to the fashion district, or simply relax at the beach. Also, burgeoning global technologies and investments in medical research industries are rapidly creating a more crowded metropolis and vibrant economy.
But LA isn't all thrills and fun; the city has its share of problems too. For example, free healthcare for non-citizens, murders by undocumented aliens, sanctuary cities, exploding homelessness, and race riots have substantially changed the safety conditions here, placing Angelinos at risk. Crowded buses, streets filled with taxi cabs and Ubers, only serve to multiply the new problems that contribute to a rash of existing traffic congestion, crimes, and disease outbreaks. Although not perfect, it's a proud city. And its strength remains in its diverse population.
- In 2014, the California Department of Public Health reported 546,741 unintentional injuries that hospitalized Residents of Los Angeles County aged 1-85.
The top 5 unintentional personal injuries in Los Angeles during the same period were as follows:
Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC Represent Victims Harmed by Top Five Unintentional Los Angeles Personal Injuries.
Our helpful staff and attorneys assist Los Angeles consumers with the top five unintentional and many intentional injuries in Los Angeles City and County, where victims receive treatment or their sores and are released to go back home. An unintentional injury is often caused by negligence. (Watch the Video to Learn Negligence here). And negligence does not always mean it was someone else's fault. For example, your inattention or advanced age could cause you to lose your balance, and trip and fall. But more often than not, we help in cases where perhaps your negligence in tripping on a crack in the sidewalk you already knew existed.
In that case, you may be partially at fault for your injury, but the City would still have to pay for their part of not preparing the elevated crack you caught your foot on as you lost your footing. So keep on reading if you are in a similar spot. Over ten years, the below accidental injuries ranked among the top 5 unintentional injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The updated 2015 statistical information shows total reported victims of all races, genders, and ages from 2009-2013.
An intentional injury is more along the lines that someone hurt you on purpose. So if a bouncer threw you to the floor, or punches you in the face with a balled-up fist, that was on purpose. Even if someone makes a furtive movement towards you that you perceive to be a threat, that could make you stumble backward and crack your head open when you hit the ground. There, the result would be a pool of blood and a possible brain injury.
Or a private security guard sicks his dog on you during a peaceful race riot, mauling your arm. Sometimes a Los Angeles resident may even die from such a Malay, which is what we call a wrongful death. So these are potentially intentional torts we might call assault, battery, or murder. We help in all these cases and more. But our focus is on the common situations where people are treated and released for unintentional injuries caused by negligence or inattentiveness.
We focus on helping people injured in the top 5 statistically most common unintentional accidents in Los Angeles as follows:
- Slip, trips, and Falls. (808,981 total reported).
- Being Struck by Flying Objects. (348,252 reported victims.)
- Motor Vehicle Transport Accidents. (298,366 reported victims).
- Overexertion Claims (182,539 reported victims).
- Cutting and Piercing. (= 120,824 reported victims).
1. Slips, Trips, and Falls Taking Place in Los Angeles County and City.
Premises cases can include nightclub security attacks against patrons, or an uninvolved passerby getting hit in the head by the camera boom of a public-facing movie set. Another type of accident is when broken steps or defective ladders collapse, compressing and trapping the victims in between fragments of exposed, live electrical cables, wood, rebar, and steel framework. These caught in-between accidents are sometimes fatal because they can crush and pierce internal organs or electrocute the shaken victims.
But Los Angeles' most common unintentional premises accidents involve slipping, tripping, and falling. Typically these events take place on a miseleveled, poorly lit, greasy or wet surface at swimming pools, houses, workplaces, gyms, grocery stores, restaurants, cracked, elevated sections of sidewalks, potholes, land development sites, or apartment common areas. Many of us remember that woeful, disheveled elderly man on TV crying "Help me I've fallen and I can't get up!!"
But that Life Alert™ television commercial seems to imply that slips, trips, and falls are only common among older adults. However, seniors 65 and up are not the only age group to fall down unsafe broken stairwells or slip on a hazardous accumulation of snow or rain with nonexistent or inadequate warning signs to alert the public.
LA Seniors and Kids Equally at Risk for Slip, Trip & Fall Injuries?
In 2014, Los Angeles reported over 10,422 falling cases with injuries to people under 64 years old. So yes, all age groups remain potential victims of these tragic events. Sometimes blundering or deliberate actions may be to blame for your injurious nosedive. In contrast, a significant cause of these unexpected accidents can be traced to unintentional negligence caused by others, such as at nursing homes. But when another person is liable for your premeditated, or inadvertent falling accident, victims like you may qualify for monetary redress and reparations.
But each slip and fall accident remains unique, just like you. Noteworthy here is that even if you helped cause or contribute to the conditions of your incident, another party might still be partially or fully at fault to pay you money in a premises liability lawsuit. The only way to know for sure if you have a decent case is to quickly reach out to a motivated, results-oriented personal injury lawyer like Ehline Law Firm.
2. Falling and Flying Object Cases.
Unbelievably, objects flying through the air or falling upon people's bodies, in particular, their heads, is the number four unintentional accident in Los Angeles. But it's also one of the most devastating things a human body can endure. Even a lightweight object dropped from a building, or plummeted through the air can cause a myriad of debilitating injuries or even untimely death. It is not normal for objects to being traveling at speed, tumbling through the air into others. It is a thing that speaks for itself. This thing usually can't happen absent another's negligence.
And when another person's negligence causes a plunging object to strike you or someone you love in the head, you will often be knocked to the ground and rendered unconscious. You may have a bad memory of what happened. Amnesia, TBI, MTBI, and even coma are potential outcomes of a foreign body impacting into your cranium. Often you are going to be out of pocket for necessary diagnostic hospital bills, obligatory brain CT scans, MRI scans, as well as other reasonable therapy and medical necessities.
Even with insurance, you are not going to be remunerated wholly. Finding who is responsible for paying for all of this becomes difficult, especially in cases involving head injuries with memory loss, or lack of a visible defendant. And without someone to pay for all of this long term care, you could be on the hook forever.
Examples of potential defendants in a falling or flying object case include:
- Commercial businesses.
- Residential builders, or contractors.
3. Los Angeles Traffic Accidents.
Sadly, Los Angeles tends to see vehicles congregate in gridlock traffic at certain times like rush hour. Distracted drivers get to playing with their smartphones, etc., and boom, a low impact, rear-ender. But during night driving, sometimes street racers and reckless, speeding drivers are seen flying down the LA freeways. The dangers of poorly maintained roads, DUI, and reckless drivers remain ever-present. For instance, the threat of sideswipes is potentially fatal to motorcyclists and bicycle riders. Most of all, car accidents, bus accidents, big rig accidents, and mishaps to people on foot can happen in an instant.
Rising Street Accidents in Los Angeles?
Not every day is a sunny day in LA. And for commuters, in particular, crowded LA doesn't exactly offer pleasant, world-class driving conditions. For one, gas is more expensive here than in other states. But you have no choice but to drive. Or you could pay for an Uber, Lyft, or taxi unless you are willing to risk the dangers of riding a motorcycle in L.A. And if driving in California after a fresh rain is new to you, you are in for an oil-covered, slippery go of things. Because of so much economic activity, and such a dense population, mass road casualties are on the rise.
And despite safety measures, "traffic deaths rose 38 percent in 2016 and have fallen just 5 percent since then." (Source.) So if you experienced an unjust injury at the hands of a negligent party, Ehline Law Firm, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, stands at your beck and call to fight for due process and to win you the most monetary compensation.
Do We Also Help With Motorcycle Accidents in Los Angeles?
Yes, we do. Our lead attorney is a motorcyclist and bicycle rider. So not only are we top-notch lawyers, but we also ride. So we are there with you and know what you experience. All of this makes it easier for you to trust us and our resolve. Our brave lawyers want safe streets for you and your family.
What Are The Steps in Protecting Your Rights After a Traffic Accident?
When you become injured in a Los Angeles auto accident, steps must be promptly followed to protect your rights. First, you are already disoriented and injured. Second, you have no training to handle legal matters. So it is vital after being taken to the hospital's emergency room in an ambulance, that you get the best medical and legal care. But competent injury lawyers are hard to come by, no matter where you live. It was your good fortune you landed on the Ehline Law Firm website.
So hand over your case to a prompt, motivated Ehline Law Firm legal advocate and focus on healing. Right after hiring us, we will liaise with the insurance carriers, dealing with getting the police reports and conduct witness interviews, etc. But we won't just stop there. We look after your personal needs by helping set up a lien doctor, rental car help, property damage appraisals, light-duty chits, and handling your paperwork.
Noteworthy here is that we do our work on a no recovery no contingency fee basis. So we will bear the brunt of your case work-up from start to finish. Also, we charge zero upfront costs in most cases. So usually the victimized client owes us nothing until after a settlement, or a full-blown trial.
4. Los Angeles Overexertion Claims
Overexertion can happen in many ways. First, physically, when the body and organs get run down, nerves and other functions will short circuit. So shock, coma, and death could be the final results. How your exertion happens could be your fault, such as if you are a heavy drinker and are dehydrated. Sometimes an injury can occur while you are at work, like when your boss makes you carry something too heavy, and you strain your knees and back. While true that workman's comp insurance handles many of these injuries because an employee was performing work-related tasks, other cases can be for child abuse, such as when coach overwork a student-athlete.
Overexertion is a top cause of injuries in L.A. and could result in terrible brain, nerve, and spine damage. Injuries or bodily conditions. Other typical injuries in this category include shoulder, neck, and ankle strains and sprains.
What to Look for In Overexertion Cases?
As noted above, overexertion happens a lot at work, such as when lifting or bending over at the waist to pick something up. But overexertion is common in hotter climates and jobs like firefighting, and among military personnel on patrol, or training around Camp Pendleton, California. So there are often secondary factors that speed up and complicate the symptoms of overexertion. For example, smoke, dust, and even chemical agents can negatively affect already taxed lung and respiratory function.
Symptoms Can Include:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in fingers, wrists, and hands.
- An irregular or an unusually fast heartbeat.
- A body temperature over 102 degrees.
- Extremely sore feet and ankles.
- Heat Exhaustion.
- Locking knees.
How Are Overexertion Injuries Paid?
As noted, worker’s compensation insurance is the primary way an employee gets paid. But as noted, secondary factors could have made these injuries worse. True, you may be able to recover some lost wages and other expenses associated with the injury. Sometimes there is not enough work comp claims coverage to pay for everything. Sometimes your employer was grossly negligent. Maybe you hired a martial arts teacher or coach who worked you too hard. Yes, these are hard cases to prove, and there are special defenses available. But if represented by a good lawyer, sometimes the employee can file a civil lawsuit for negligence.
How Can Overexertion Be Prevented?
Staying hydrated, stretching, and using proper physics when carrying bulky or heavy objects can help prevent serious back injuries—making sure to avoid repetitious movements without taking breaks. Ask for a break if you feel like you are overtaxing your heart. Stay in the breezeway of shade, if possible.
IMPORTANT: For employers and teachers, if you are supervising someone with asthma or another ailment, understand their endurance is limited when compared to an average person. Don't count on a competitive person to recognize their own limits in terms of strength, acuity, or alertness. Make sure to give breaks, water, Gatorade, and any medical help at the sign of fatigue or physical exhaustion.
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with My Overexertion Problem?
Probably. First, you have to prove you even have a case. So get the assistance of someone who knows how to guide you in a positive way to answer these complicated questions. Speaking with a legal expert is very helpful in most cases. They can also help you file any legal paperwork to protect your rights to future compensation.
5. Cutting and Piercing Claims in Los Angeles.
The number of unintentional injuries in Los Angeles is cutting and piercing. Believe it or not, these injuries can be primary or secondary injuries and involve explosions, breaking glass, and many more scenarios.
What are some common cutting and piercing claims?
- Knife and sword attacks during a martial arts demonstration or MMA seminar.
- Police torture cases, or cases where private people under color of law cut or pierce a citizen.
- Dangerous blenders and other devices with improper warnings that lob off bodyparts, or chop up digits.
- Dog bite attacks, claw, and paw lacerations.
- Domesticated horse bites and punctures.
- Nail gun misfire shrapnel and other flying objects that pierce hands, fingers, and eyes on construction sites.
- Tattoo parlor body piercings and defective ink guns, in violation of public sanitation and health laws.
Can you think of any unusual way a person could be cut or pierced against the law in Los Angeles?
Does Ehline Law Firm Back Other Cases Besides The Top 5 Accidents in L.A.?
Yes - Our venerable law firm funds and litigates many types of legal tort law claims as follows:
Traffic accidents involving passenger cars, motorcycles, big trucks, buses, locomotives, and pedestrians.
Help with dog bites and attacks against mail carriers, kids, and others.
Construction and job site accidents due to slipping, falling objects, open trenches, poorly manned cranes, exposed electrical wiring, etc.
Elder and Nursing Abuse.
Assault and Battery.
Wrongful Death, etc.
10. Do We Help With Poisoning Cases in LA?
Yes, we do! The number ten cause of unintentional injuries in LA is poisoning. And being infected from lousy food at an eating establishment is not the only way one can become physically contaminated. You can get injured by chemicals at your workplace, carbon monoxide builds up in a car, or garage, household chemicals (Ex: RoundUp® weed killer), or smoke and mist coming downwind from a toxic spill at a factory or train accident. And these are just a few examples of ways you can get poisoned.
Injuries from hazardous chemicals can range from chemical and smoke inhalation to cancer. Poisoning cases remain complex and challenging to prove in court. Also, they bring in elements of product liability and ordinary negligence.
Examples of potential defendants in a poisoning case include:
- Food servers.
- Delivery persons.
- Product maker.
Identifying and suing the proper parties may take legal experts and help from the government. Ehline Law Firm understands the nuances of these legal cases and stands ready to take over your matter today.
Accidents challenge us in our day to day activities differently.
An accident is an undesirable incidental, and unplanned event that could have been prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, before its occurrence. Most scientists who study unintentional injury avoid using the term "accident" and focus on factors that increase risk of severe injury and that reduce injury incidence and severity (Robertson, 2015). (en)
So, for example, distractions, not paying attention, etc., are the focus of what causes accidents. And many of these mishaps can devastate our lives permanently even though they were really "avoidable." The long-term impact of a severe accident may vary, however. So stress-related injuries at work will also be different than in car collisions, just as a slip and fall will vary in outcomes from a drowning hazard. Also, when victims face physical wounds, psychological trauma usually follows. And the same goes for the expenses connected with medical care and lost work.
Typical outcomes of personal injuries are:
- Part-time or permanent bodily harm coupled with lessened mental and physical ability.
- Personal and commercial property destruction.
- Costly medical care and treatment.
- Lack of ability to go back to work or not becoming hired for a new job in the workplace.
- Getting stressed out, depressed, or anxious regularly.
Auto and other liability insurance are supposed to place us at ease. You are paying for a feeling of certainty when you think about it. Our experience has been that when push comes to shove, most insurance companies do not act in good faith. In other words, when their insured gets hurt in an accident, they play hardball.
For instance, a common ploy is for the adjuster to try and make a low-ball settlement offer. In other words, they try and pay less than the case is worth. But if they attempt this, our top Los Angeles personal injury lawyers are ready to act.
A skilled personal injury attorney knows how to measure the value of the compensation you have coming. And this happens in part by computing your actual monetary losses. The formula places a value on your pain, anguish, and suffering. So were you injured in an unfortunate accident?
If so, never speak to the insurance company without a lawyer. In other words, call a personal injury attorney. This legal expert will be able to handle all aspects of your case, zealously. Furthermore, a Los Angeles personal injury attorney can deal with those same insurers in your case he has also dealt with before.
So your representative already knows the ins and outs of this or that insurer. But if that fails, know that we can easily navigate your case through the court system.
Are You Seeking Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorneys?
Most accident victims remain in a haze following their calamity. So in this confused state, they either fail to act promptly, or they fail to act at all. Taking steps to protect their legal rights is the one this they must do to secure their future. An excellent method of achieving this is to seek legal protection from a personal injury law firm. Generally speaking, this should be an experienced personal injury attorney group. More often than not, this organization will have the ambition, knowledge, and financial backing to take a case all the way through.
How Does a Good PI Lawyer Prove Fault?
To establish legal liability, a well trained personal injury attorney will first determine where the fault lies for the incident. In California Courts, there is a formula used to determine fault utilizing the law of negligence. CA Civil Code Section 1714 covers the elements of negligence.
To prove that someone was negligent, you have to show:
"The elements of a cause of action for negligence are well established. They are “(a) a legal duty to use due care; (b) a breach of such legal duty; [and] (c) the breach as the proximate or legal cause of the resulting injury.”[Emphasis.]
Why Acquiring Top Legal Judgment and Backing from Ehline Law Firm is a Smart Move.
Ehline Law Firm has triumphantly represented disabled client's legal matters with zeal and dedication for over a decade. And Ehline Law Firm has bankrolled client's cases in the most complex court matters, all the way down to simple legal issues. But our goal always remains the same. We promise to use our superior judgment, tactics, training, and finesse to earn you the maximum award allowed under the law quickly. The compensation we fight for is money for your pain, suffering, hospital bills, lost earnings, and long term disabilities.
So did you suffer from someone else's negligence? Because if so, Ehline Law Firm stands ready to assume the day to day representation of your case right now. Now marred victims can convalesce and regain their strength while our experts deal with the red tape. But the populous City of Los Angeles comes with a risk of injury in a wide plethora of accidents, not just car crashes.
Why should you have to go bankrupt when it's someone else's fault you're bedridden and sidelined from making a living? Thankfully, Ehline Law Firm can take over all aspects of your cause's legwork and representation right now. Even if you presently have counsel, it's your sacred right to hire us. It's all about the client. Placing clients first fosters trust. Accordingly, we will pursue all forms of retrieval from a vast array of obligated parties. Earning the title of "elite attorney" means fighting daily to get our clients the most money with the best, most responsive service.
What Are Some Other Ways an Injury Lawyer Helps?
- A lawyer helps people harmed by the negligence of others. But many attorneys are less qualified than others in personal injury law matters. The object is to retain the lawyers most qualified to help with your case. Not only will they have years of experience, but they will also maintain motivated staff members to assist you when the attorneys are trying cases.
- So your accident lawyers must be specialists personal injury claims. The best thing to do if you got hurt in a motor vehicle accident is hiring a specialist lawyer with experience helping prior similar incidents.
Success is Key:
- Last but not least, your injury lawyers must have a proven track record of success. A history of winning can mean everything. So time in grade as a lawyer is far less critical than historical outcomes. Results like earning monetary compensation victims, and how much, should weigh significantly in your hiring decision. A history of winning is a reliable indicator of future victories. Most of all, prosperous lawyers retain help from specialists in their prospective fields. So that way, they have expert opinions to help with trial preparation. Front loading a case with all this information makes it better for trial. The insurance company is more likely to pay a fair amount when the lawyer goes the extra mile. A great lawyer will investigate the accident scene and even hire investigators to take pictures and get witness testimony. Accident reconstructionists can then use this data to recreate a simulated video of the accident. If the Plaintiff makes a compelling case by re-creating the unfavorable event (Powerpoint presentation, etc.), the case could settle early, and avoid the necessity for a jury. And this is always in the interests of judicial economy. Most of all, getting it over helps the client move on without endless trips to the courthouse.
- Our philosophy is placing clients first. The first intangible quality clients should look for is compassion. Without this trait, you will have no confidence. So as soon as you hear the lawyer over the phone, you must detect spirit and discipline. If you sense it, meet face to face. See if the lawyer will drive to your location. That is a good sign of dependability. Anytime you get hurt, your lawyer needs to hustle. A good lawyer gets a reasonable settlement. But a great lawyer wins enormous settlements. A winner often wants to make a case file immediately. Next, they must hit the streets to gather evidence.
Call Ehline Law Firm Personal Injury Attorneys, APLC for Powerful Legal Aid.
You just learned about the top 5 causes of accident-related injuries in Los Angeles. You also learned how to get compensation. But cases exist where the court may consider the accident victim to be partially responsible for their suffering. For example, what if the injured party was intoxicated or under the influence of drugs during the event? So it can get shaky, and you might lose hope in that case. But don't despair.
In such cases, the amount of compensation will usually be diminished. But it is only reduced compared to the degree of your complicity in your setback. Never fear, the aggressive Ehline Law Firm stands ready, waiting for your essential telephone call now at (213) 596-9642.