Personal injury actions, while rare, are part of every day life in California and throughout the nation. Law Offices of Choi & Associates prides itself in representing personal injury victims that arise from automobile accidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful death, elder abuse, slip and fall and products liability.
1. Automobile Accidents
Automobile accidents are the most common type of personal injury cases. Most people are not aware of the information necessary to adequately protect themselves in the event that they are in an injury accident. If you are involved in an automobile accident, it is essential to (1) Gather Evidence and Essential Facts; (2) Protect Your Safety First before getting out of your vehicle to inspect the damage; (3) Obtain Witness Information; and (5) to Contact an Attorney before contacting an insurance agent or insurance company. Insurance companies have experienced attorneys and adjusters that are trained to pay you as little as possible for the claims that they receive.
2. Elder Abuse
Each year hundreds of thousands of elders are victims of neglect, physical abuse or financial abuse. California law provides protection of any person that is 65 years of age or older and any other individual that is considered a “dependent adult” (someone that has a physical or mental limitation that restricts his or her ability to carry out normal activities. California Welfare and Institutions Code §§15610.27 and 15610.23. Some of the warning signs for physical abuse could include (1) bruises, pressure marks, broken bones, abrasions, and burns; (2) unexplained withdrawal from normal activites; (3) bedsores, unusual weight loss or poor hygiene.
3. Slip and Fall
Slip and Fall cases are very common personal injury cases. The most common type of slip and fall cases are the ones where the owner of a property or business creates a dangerous condition by failing to properly maintain the property or by failing to put up warning signs as they are cleaning the property. To prove a slip and fall case against an owner of a property or business, you need to prove that there was actual or constructive notice. If you are involved in a slip and fall injury, it is extremely important to document the dangerous condition by taking pictures right away and to send notice to the owner to preserve any videotape surveillance footage that might be available. Most digital video recorders do not store more than a week or two worth of video before erasing and recording over the old footage. Therefore, it is extremely important to contact an attorney right away to send out the proper notices.
4. Products Liability
Products liability cases arise from either manufacturing or design defects in a product. Manufacturing defects are ones where the product is defective as it is being assembled. For example, if a product is designed to have a safety latch, but the particular product that you were sold does not have a safety latch, it is a manufacturing defect. Another example of a prior case of ours would be where a client is using a butane gas burner, but it explodes, even though the product is being used properly.
Design defects include cases where the design of the product, for example, the failure to install a brake idle safety override in an automobile, that could prevent a vehicle from accelerating out of control.
If you have been a victim of a defective consumer or medical product, it is important to preserve the evidence by keeping the defective product and contacting an attorney right away to take on your case.
Contact the Law Offices of Choi & Associates for a free, confidential consultation at (213) 381-1515.