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Vigorous Representation for Accident Victims in West LA, Santa Monica and Throughout California

Accidents that result in severe injuries can happen suddenly, creating an intense emotional and financial strain on both the victims and their loved ones. When the harm is caused by the carelessness of another party, it may be in your best interest to try to hold that party legally responsible. Santa Monica personal injury lawyer Vann H. Slatter has dedicated his practice to helping people throughout California pursue compensation for the negligence of others. We are a family owned and operated boutique firm proud to build sincere and honest relationships with our clients. Our personal injury team gives their clients the individualized attention that they need while aggressively advocating on behalf of victims.

Personal Injury

If you are dealing with the aftermath of a serious accident, you can pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. You may be able to recover damages for both economic and non-economic losses. Economic damages often include reimbursement for medical bills, costs of future treatment, property damage, and lost income, among other financial items. Just as importantly, non-economic damages can account for a victim’s pain and suffering and other subjective forms of harm. These damages may seem challenging to put a price on, but a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will know how to guide victims and their families through the process of gathering and presenting evidence to support a strong claim.

Car Accidents

The consequences of careless actions behind the wheel are all too visible on California roads each day, especially in busy cities like West LA and Santa Monica. Drivers often speed recklessly, drive while distracted by their cell phones or other factors, fail to yield when required, and fail to leave a safe following distance. These are just some examples of behaviors that can result in liability for a car accident. Our personal injury attorney team can help West LA and Santa Monica residents prove the fault of a careless driver for causing their injuries. We would need to show that the car accident would not have happened if the at-fault driver had driven safely, as a reasonable person would have driven under the circumstances.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycling can be an enjoyable way to get outside, a great form of exercise, and an efficient mode of transportation when you are traveling short distances. However, many drivers do not properly account for the presence of bicyclists. They may fail to check their blind spots, drive aggressively in their presence, or veer into bike lanes without warning. A bicyclist may be thrown from their bike onto the roadway or pinned against other vehicles or objects. Due to their lack of protection from their surroundings, a bicycle accident may lead to catastrophic injuries. We are ready to help you assert your rights against a careless driver.

Scooter Accidents

Scooters have become increasingly popular in recent years, but these tiny vehicles come with a high potential for risk as well as a high potential for entertainment. Like people on bicycles, scooter riders may suffer injuries such as brain trauma, broken bones, and facial lacerations when a larger vehicle strikes them. Sometimes scooters also experience mechanical failures, for which the company that manufactured them can be held responsible. Our Santa Monica personal injury attorney can investigate the cause of your scooter accident and hold accountable any person or entity that contributed to your injuries. These cases must be brought within a specific statute of limitations, similar to other personal injury claims, so taking prompt action is critical.

Truck Accidents

Commercial drivers and the companies that employ them must follow certain federal and state regulations that govern their industry. If a driver or a trucking company violates these regulations, they can cause devastating injuries or even death to people in the cars around them. For example, a driver who stays behind the wheel while fatigued, violating hours of service rules, may fail to brake in time and crash into the vehicle in front of them. Even if a trucking company did not violate a rule or otherwise act carelessly, it can be held responsible for a truck accident under the theory of vicarious liability. This would involve showing that the driver was on the job at the time of the crash.

Motorcycle Accidents

Drivers often try to blame a motorcyclist for causing a crash in which they were injured, but this usually does not accurately describe what happened. Our Santa Monica personal injury lawyer can help injured riders fend off allegations that they were at fault for an accident so that a careless driver does not dodge liability. Even if an investigation shows that a rider was partly at fault for a motorcycle accident. Moreover, they have a right to recover damages in proportion to the negligence of any driver at fault. In other words, if a motorcyclist was 30 percent at fault for speeding, they can recover up to 70 percent of the damages related to their injuries.

Pedestrian Accidents

In the crowded streets of Southern California, a driver may not notice a pedestrian who is in a crosswalk or another area where they have the right of way. The force of a vehicle striking a pedestrian can cause life-changing harm and sometimes even a tragic death. A victim or their family members have a right to take legal action against a driver whose carelessness resulted in a crash. If you are bringing a wrongful death claim based on a pedestrian accident, you may be able to recover damages for the victim’s burial and funeral expenses. You also may receive damages for the loss of the victim’s financial support and emotional companionship, which can be substantial in many cases.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Just as drivers have a responsibility to act reasonably behind the wheel, property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises in a safe condition. They need to address any hazards or defects on their property of which a reasonable property owner should have been aware. Otherwise, a victim may have legal recourse against the property owner following a slip and fall or another accident on their premises. Sometimes these claims hinge on the concept of constructive notice. This means that, while the defendant did not actually know about the hazard, the circumstances suggested that they should have known about it. We understand the subtleties of these cases and can help you prove constructive notice.

Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Personal Injury Lawyer in West LA

Your accident case is a serious and personal matter that requires diligent, thoughtful legal representation. We know that the process following a personal injury accident can be a difficult, emotional, and very confusing time for victims and their families. Our knowledgeable legal team has over 40 years of experience advocating for people in your position. If you have been hurt in a car accident, a slip and fall, or another preventable event, the team at Slatter Law Firm can answer any questions that you may have about your legal rights. If you have a claim, we can guide you through the process of finding medical treatment, negotiating with insurance carriers, and if necessary, filing a lawsuit against the responsible parties. Our Los Angeles-based office serves residents throughout our beautiful state of California, including the Southern California communities of Bellflower, South Gate, Norwalk, Long Beach, Downey, and Orange County. To schedule your free consultation, call us at (310) 444-3010 or complete our online form.

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