When actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a fiery one-car accident on November 30, 2013, his daughter Meadow was left fatherless. Meadow’s lawyers filed a lawsuit saying that, “Meadow will … fight to hold Porsche accountable for selling a defective product that kills.” They argued that the manufacturer failed to provide safety features in the car which “could have prevented that accident or, at a minimum, allowed Walker to survive the crash.”
Meadow’s attorneys have also just filed new documents stating that Porsche had “redacted damaging emails” during the discovery phase of the suit – emails which, her attorneys argue, would have supported the wrongful death assertions. The case is ongoing.
Has Something Similar Happened to You?
Has someone else’s negligence caused the death of someone YOU love? You have rights. Let an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney handle your wrongful death case.
What is “Wrongful Death”?
In California, “wrongful death” is any death that happens as a result of someone else’s negligence. To win, you need the services of an experienced Los Angeles wrongful death lawyer.
Receive Justice for Your Loved One’s Death – Even If You’re Not Famous
Even though winning a wrongful death lawsuit can’t bring a loved one back, it can make sure the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions, and compensate you financially for your loss. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney is there with you every step of the way, supporting you.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
You should retain the services of a Los Angeles injury attorney immediately if you are the spouse, domestic partner, or child of the deceased person. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney will then file a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Your injury attorney may also file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are “entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.” That is, if you are the deceased’s parent(s), sibling(s), or other relative to the deceased, you may qualify.
Finally, if you if you were the “putative spouse” or children of the putative spouse, or stepchild of the deceased and can show you were financially dependent, your attorney can bring a wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Compensation for a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Money might be the last thing on your mind, but the financial compensation you receive from a wrongful death lawsuit may include monies to cover or help compensate for:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills and related expenses (emergency services, ambulance bills) accrued subsequent to the accident
- Loss of income and future income your loved one would have earned
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Loss of financial or household support
We Can Help
If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. We offer free consultations for an initial review of your case. Call us at 323-732-7363, or contact us online today.
A school bus recently crashed into several vehicles in South Los Angeles. Surveillance video shows a violent collision between the bus and multiple cars at 6:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of West 66th Street.
About the Accident
The surveillance video begins with a white vehicle stopped at the intersection. The driver of the white vehicle turns left onto Normandie Avenue. An SUV swerves to avoid a collision with the white vehicle. The driver of the SUV loses control, crosses a double yellow line, and collides with the bus.
The bus then hits two unoccupied parked vehicles: a 1993 Toyota and a 1984 Chevrolet sedan. The bus drags the Chevrolet along West 66th street for upwards of 50 feet until colliding with a wood utility pole. The accident resulted in the bus ending up on the sidewalk, partially on top of another vehicle and partially positioned against a utility pole. The bus completely crushed another vehicle.
The white sport utility vehicle and the other parked car that endured damage were towed from the accident scene. Los Angeles police are searching for the driver of the white vehicle that caused the accident but failed to stop following the impact.
If the driver is found and arrested, it will be possible for the injured parties to file a personal injury lawsuit against him. An alliance with a skilled personal injury attorney would allow the victims to focus on recuperating their injuries and returning to work while the legal hurdles are handled on their behalf.
The Parties Involved
The fully crushed vehicle is owned by Deon Jones. Thankfully, he was in his home when the accident occurred. The bus was occupied by the driver as well as seven teenage passengers at the time of the accident. The bus windows were broken yet the students avoided serious injury. One of the passengers, a young girl, hit her head against the window and the bus seat. Four of the passengers reported experiencing pain as a result of the collision. They were sent home with their parents.
In terms of injuries, Los Angeles police noted one of the drivers of the vehicles involved in the crash and the school bus driver were sent to a local hospital for treatment. Both individuals complained of severe pain. Details pertaining to the extent of the bus driver’s injuries were not released. The other driver transported to the hospital suffered numerous injuries. However, none of these injuries threatened his life.
A Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Will Help Navigate the Legal Maze
The aftermath of an auto wreck or any other personal injury incident is awfully difficult. The victim must obtain medical treatment for his injuries, attempt to return to work and determine the best course of legal action.
A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can make this process much easier. If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident of any sort, reach out to us today. You can schedule a free consultation with our office by dialing (323) REAR-END.
If you’re ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Los Angeles area, you’ll have plenty of events from which to choose in 2017. Although the holiday falls on March 17, celebrations are held throughout the month.
Follow these tips from our Los Angeles personal injury attorney to help you – and those around you – stay safe:
If You Choose to Drink, Do So Responsibly
Many St. Patrick’s Day events involve alcohol, from green beer that’s served at festivals to pub crawls. If you do drink, have a responsible designated driver. And as you’re walking through Los Angeles-area streets, make sure you’re not impaired. You’ll need to watch out for others, being careful not to trip and fall, or to get in the way of traffic.
Be Extra Cautious on the Roads
Even though you’re sober, that doesn’t mean everyone else on the road will be. Be aware of other drivers, and if you spot a driver who seems to be impaired, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department advises staying as far away from him or her as possible. Gather all the information you can – such as the vehicle’s license plate number, color, make, and model – while remaining safe. Finally, pull over and call 911, giving as much information about the car and its specific location as you can.
Eat and Stay Hydrated
If you’re out having a good time, you may neglect to eat and drink water. Taking the time to do this is important, especially if you’re drinking alcohol.
Take Care in Large Crowds
As you join in public celebrations, only bring with you what’s necessary. You won’t need to bring all your credit cards when only one will suffice, and take along only a reasonable amount of cash. Make sure your phone is charged and you have it with you, and be aware of your surroundings and where you can go for help if needed.
Be a Responsible Host
If you’re hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party, have plenty of food and non-alcoholic drinks available, and keep an eye out for guests who may have had too much to drink. Offer them a couch or extra bed if you can, or arrange for them to get a safe ride home. Also be sure that no minors can access alcohol that’s being served. You could be held liable for damages or injuries they cause as a result of drinking at your party.
If You Need a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun holiday, but injuries can and do occur, and you may need the services of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney. If you’re hurt during a St. Patrick’s Day celebration – or at any other time – contact the Glen Lerner Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at 323-REAR END. We offer free consultations and have over 35 experienced attorneys and more than 200 support staff members who are able to assist you.
Experts have known for some time that St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest for drunken driving fatalities. From 2010 to 2014, almost 75% of DUI fatalities involved drivers who were driving above the legal limit for alcohol.
To help combat this problem, Los Angeles and surrounding areas have warned celebrants that “buzzed driving is drunk driving.” Police have been out to enforce this ban on “buzzed”/drunk driving with checkpoints throughout the area for several years. In short: If you’re planning to drive, don’t drink.
- Again: Don’t drink and drive
Appoint a designated driver or arrange for other transportation home.
- Don’t ride in a car with someone who’s been drinking
You are no safer as a passenger in a car with a drunk driver than you would be if you drove drunk yourself.
- Don’t let your friends drive drunk
Call a cab or arrange for other transportation home.
- Don’t walk home
You might think you’re playing it safe by opting to walk home from your celebrations, but you’re not – especially if you’re drunk. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission found that some 34% of pedestrians hit and killed by vehicles had blood alcohol levels above the legal limit of 0.08%, and legally drunk. You could also be cited for public intoxication or drunk and disorderly conduct.
What If You’re Injured by a Drunk Driver?
However, if you’ve done everything you can to stay safe on St. Patrick’s Day and you’re still injured by a drunk driver; you’ll need the services of a Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
Get Medical Help First
Seek medical help for your injuries immediately, and have medical personnel document your injuries carefully. Only then should you contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney for assistance.
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Right Away
Once your injuries have been treated, contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney immediately. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney will work with you and represent you in court as the plaintiff, or will work to get you the best settlement possible.
If You’ve Lost a Loved One to a Drunk Driver
You have rights. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney may advise filing a wrongful suit against the driver and his/her insurance company.
What is “Wrongful Death”?
“Wrongful death” occurs when someone dies as a result of someone else’s negligence – in this case, the negligence of the drunk driver. Your Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help you file a wrongful death suit against the driver and perhaps his/her insurance company.
A wrongful death lawsuit award or settlement compensates you for expenses and hardships like:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of community and companionship
- Your loved one’s medical bills and related expenses (emergency services, ambulance bills)
- Loss of present and future income your loved one would have earned
- Loss of financial or household support
Let Us Help
Spring Break is fast approaching, and along with it, families and college students will flock to and from the Los Angeles area. Many colleges start spring break in March, including the University of Southern California, which celebrates Spring Break from March 12-19.
As you enjoy Spring Break, keep the following tips from Los Angeles personal injury attorney Glen Lerner in mind:
Don’t Go Beyond Your Limits
Spring Break can be a great time to try a variety of activities, whether they’re on land or water. Make sure you take your skill level and experience into account, and to start any new activity slowly and with any proper instruction that’s needed.
Wear the Proper Safety Gear
Proper safety equipment can mean the difference between a minor or serious injury. From seat belts to life jackets to knee pads to helmets, make sure you’re wearing the gear you need to help protect you in case of an accident.
Take Precautions in the Sun
If you’re planning to be out in the heat of the day, make sure to wear sunblock and stay well hydrated. Heat exhaustion or stroke can come on more quickly than you may realize, and this is especially true if you are older, younger, have health issues, or take certain medications.
Watch Your Alcohol Consumption
You may be tempted to drink more alcohol than you usually do, but this can be dangerous. Young people in particular, may drink throughout the day and be at risk for alcohol poisoning. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure you have a designated driver to help you get back home or to your hotel safely.
Don’t Swim Alone
Whether you’re taking a dip in the hotel pool or venturing into the ocean, don’t ever swim alone. If you run into trouble, you’ll need someone with you to help or to summon help if needed.
Stay Safe in Groups
If you’re going out in a group situation, stick with your friends and make sure to arrive and leave together. Before you leave, create a code word so you can let each other know if you’re uncomfortable with a situation and need your friends to intervene.
Injuries can be expensive, resulting in medical bills and lost wages. A Los Angeles personal injury attorney can help ensure that your rights are represented if you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence. If you’re injured while you’re on Spring Break, contact Los Angeles personal injury attorney Glen Lerner at 323-REAR END. We offer free consultation and are committed to providing each client with the highest level of representation.