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Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer

Citywide Law Group was founded to help injury victims get the compensation they deserve after an accident. With over 15 years of combined experience helping families receive compensation after an accident, we have a proven track record of outstanding results.

Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys take pride in giving each case the time and attention needed to maximize compensation. This often means conducting our own investigation, using our own team of doctors and experts to understand your injuries, and taking the case to trial if necessary. We work on contingency basis, which means we get nothing unless we win.

Depending on the circumstances, you might have a personal injury claim that will allow you to recover for physical damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If a loved one was killed in an accident, the surviving family members may have a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.

If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, call today to speak to one of our qualified accident lawyers. Our law office is conveniently located in West Los Angeles or we can make arrangements to come to you.

We are located at: 12424 Wilshire Blvd Suite 705, Los Angeles, CA 90025.

We are available 24/7 to take your call.

Throughout Los Angeles We represent clients injured in:

To see a complete list of the case types we handle, please visit our practice areas page.

Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

los-angeles-personal-injury-attorneysWhile you are within your legal rights to represent yourself, there are three key reasons why you should strongly consider retaining counsel.

1. You’re Outmatched To recover after an accident, you will most likely be dealing with the negligent party’s insurance company. They have a team of attorneys and insurance adjusters trained to minimize or deny your compensation. In short, the other side will have an attorney and you won’t. By having an experienced personal injury attorney on your side you level the playing field.

2. You’re Too Close To The Accident After an accident, you may be dealing with physical and emotional injuries as well as financial stress. Given your position, it may be difficult for you to remain objective throughout the negotiation process with negligent party. Having an attorney allows you to focus on recovery while your legal counsel fights on your behalf.

3.  You May Not Understand the Extent of Your Injuries Self-Represented parties often accept a lower settlement than they deserved simply because they didn’t understand the seriousness of their injuries. We have a team of experts to help you understand the long-term consequences of your injuries. Armed with this knowledge allows us to demand and attempt to collect enough money to accurately compensate you for your damages.

Our approach

1

Free consultation

We offer a free consultation so that you can explain the situation to us. During our meeting, an accident lawyer will explain our legal strategy so that you can proceed with confidence.

2

Investigation

If we decide to work together, we then begin the process of investigating your claim. This includes having our expert medical team examine you to fully understand the extent of your injuries. We also investigate the accident scene and review all police reports to ensure we have a complete picture of what occurred.

3

Negotiate

After we know what happened, we begin the process of negotiating with the insurance company. While we seek to recover compensation for your injuries, we will not accept a low settlement offer that fails to properly compensate you. This process might involve depositions, discovery, and preliminary motions.

4

Trial [IF NECESSARY]

At times, the only way to fully recover for your personal injury claim is by going to trial. The insurance companies know that we are highly experienced courtroom litigators with a track record of winning in court. Should the insurance company choose to be unreasonable, rest assured we will go to court and request the highest amount permitted by the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Personal Injury Overview

Before calling an attorney, you may be wondering if you have a personal injury case. To help with the process, we put together a list of questions we ask to help determine whether you may be eligible to recover monetary damages.

Have You Been Injured?

personal injury victimTo recover in a personal injury case, you or a loved one must have been injured either physically or emotionally. For example, if you were in a car accident and your injuries required medical treatment, you most likely have grounds for recovery, assuming you were not at fault for the accident. If, however, you were in a car accident and you or a loved one were not injured, then you would not pursue a personal injury claim solely for damage to your vehicle. Another example involves dog attacks. If you were attacked by a dog, you most likely have a personal injury claim against the dog owner. However, if a dog attacked your dog and you were not injured, then you most likely do not have a case as dogs are considered property for legal purposes. If you or a loved one suffered physical or psychological injury, please proceed to the next question.

Was Someone Else At Fault?

Once you establish that you or a loved one suffered physical or psychological injuries, the next question involves the more complex issue of liability. To recover for a personal injury claim, you must prove that the defendant was negligent and that their negligence was the cause of your injuries. For example, if you were rear-ended in an auto accident then establishing fault is straightforward. In other cases, establishing liability may be more complicated, especially if there is more than two parties involved in the incident that led to your injuries. If you have been injured and suspect that someone else may be at fault, then you should reach out to a personal injury lawyer to discuss your situation.

What If You Were Partly At Fault?

California follows the comparative fault rule, which means your recovery will be reduced by the amount you were determined to be responsible for the accident. For example, if you were in a car accident and you’re found to be 30% at-fault, then your compensation will be reduced by 30%.

How Long Has It Been Since the Incident?

In general, you only have two-years from the date of the incident that led to your injuries to file a personal injury claim. While exceptions exist, the 2-year rule covers most cases. Therefore, you should immediately speak with an attorney after an accident as it may take time for your attorney to investigate your claim and acquire the necessary evidence to move forward.

Did You Receive Medical Treatment for Your Injuries?

While not necessary, receiving medical treatment for your injuries supports your claim regarding the seriousness of the injuries and therefore your demand for compensation. Failure to seek medical treatment initially should not deter you from contacting an attorney, as you may not have understood the seriousness of the injuries at the time of the accident.

Have You Already Accepted a Settlement Offer?

We often receive calls from people who accepted a settlement offer from an insurance company or liable party, only to later discover that they accepted an amount far lower than the value of their claim. Before accepting a settlement offer, speak with an experienced personal injury attorney regarding your case. Once you accept a settlement, you are most likely barred from pursuing any further legal action against the negligent party.

Have You Been Injured in a Car Accident?

Driving is a fact of life in Los Angeles. Everyday hundreds of people are either injured or killed in a car accident. After an accident, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries and damage to your car. Our injury lawyers have secured million dollar settlements for our clients involved in motor vehicle collisions.

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Find Out More About Your Personal Injury Case

Q

  • Injured in a Bicycle Accident?
  • Injured in a Brain Injury Accident?
  • Injured in a Burn Accident?
  • Injured in a Car Accident?
  • Injured in a Dog Bite Attack?
  • Injured in a Motorcycle Accident?
  • Injured in a Pedestrian Accident?
  • Injured in a Truck Accident?
  • Do You Have a Wrongful Death Claim?

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Bicycle Accidents

Given the great weather, it’s no surprise that Los Angeles has a large bicycle riding population. Unfortunately, this also leads to bicycle accidents. According to the most recent data, Los Angeles had 2,043 bicycle accidents in just one year.

These wrecks often cause serious injuries, like broken bones, neck and spine injuries, severe blood loss, and head injuries. Nearly all civil cases settle out of court, so most victims do not even need to go to trial to obtain maximum compensation for their economic damages, like medical bills, and noneconomic damages, like pain and suffering.

To reduce or deny compensation, insurance companies usually argue that the victims were at least partially responsible for the crashes. However, this defense is difficult to establish, because the insurance company has the burden of proof, and not always effective, because the law is very victim-friendly in California.

A personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group can help you recover damages after you bicycle accident by showing that the driver was negligent. We do this by demonstrating that the driver did not take the necessary precautions that a reasonable driver should take or that the negligent driver simply failed to follow the law. Additionally, have a team of medical experts to fully assess your injuries. This results in us being able to better negotiate with the careless driver’s insurance company more effectively on your behalf.

Brain Injuries

Each year, over 1.3 million people are rushed to hospital emergency rooms because of traumatic brain injuries. Millions more sustain TBIs, but because the brain disguises its injuries so well and their wounds are sometimes misdiagnosed, these victims do not seek immediate treatment. Some common causes include:

  • Car Crashes account for approximately 20% of all TBI’s. This number includes pedestrian, motorcyclists, and bicyclists struck by motor vehicles.
  • Slip and falls account for a whopping 35% of traumatic brain injuries, with the elderly and children being affected disproportionately. 
  • Assault victims account for 15% of TBI’s throughout the United States.

TBIs are among the most traumatic kinds of personal injuries, because in most cases, dead brain cells do not regenerate and the injuries are permanent. So, to alleviate the symptoms and train healthy brain regions to assume the lost functions, victims need very aggressive medical treatment followed by extensive, long-term physical therapy. Despite all these efforts, many victims are still sensory or mobility-impaired, and they may require lifelong care along with expensive medical devices.

Damages for TBI’s include money for medical bills and other economic losses, as well as emotional distress and other noneconomic damages. Individuals are liable for damages if they violate the duty of ordinary care and negligently cause car crashes or other incidents. Third-party landowners are usually liable for damages when the victims were hurt in a legally foreseeable way; for example, it is reasonably foreseeable that a convenience store may be robbed at night.

Burn Injuries

Nationwide, over 40,000 victims a year are rushed to the hospital suffering from serious burns, and nearly all of them must receive treatment from a specialized burn unit.

There are only three such facilities in the entire Greater Los Angeles area: there is a rather large one downtown, and two smaller facilities in Irvine and West Hills. So, if victims are injured in a fire in Santa Monica, it may be quite some time before they receive the treatment they need, and their injuries usually get much worse in the interim period.

Serious burns are commonly associated with catastrophic property damage, like apartment fires and plant explosions. Either flames or chemical spills can cause these wounds. Additionally, many victims suffer serious burns in tractor-trailer crashes, because diesel fuel burns at a different temperature than gasoline. Finally, many children suffer severe injuries in public facilities, because the tap water is too hot.

Property owners have a duty of ordinary care to protect visitors and occupants from hazardous conditions, like faulty wiring and unsafe plumbing; similarly, property owners usually have a duty to make first aid kits, fire extinguishers, and other emergency equipment readily available. On the streets and highways, large truck operators are common carriers, so they have one of the highest duties of care under the law.

Serious third- and fourth-degree burns form after only a few seconds of exposure to extreme heat, and these wounds nearly always require extensive medical treatment, complex plastic surgery, and extended physical rehabilitation. Even then, many victims must deal with permanent disfigurement or loss of function. Our Los Angeles personal injury law firm will attempt to obtain compensation for all these losses, as well as punitive damages, in some cases.

Car Accidents

Over 37,000 Los Angeles is known as one of the car capitals of the world. With the amount of drivers on the road everyday, the amount of annual car accidents should come as no surprise. In fact, there were 6,476 motor vehicle traffic injuries in 2013, and 604 fatal injuries, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Immediately following a car accident, you may be confused and frightened. Despite the initial shock, this is a critical time to collect evidence if you’re able to. Some of the key information you can collect at this time includes:

  • Witness Names: If possible, try to get the names and contact information of anyone who saw the accident. Given your proximity to the crash, it’s possible that your own recollection may be faulty. As such, it’s helpful to obtain collaborating eye witness reports.
  • Photos and Video: Another important step is to take photos and videos of the aftermath. This includes all vehicles involved, pictures of the scene, and license plates. The more pictures you have, the more detail your attorney will then have to recreate the scene.

In the event of a car crash, there are several parties you could potentially hold liable for your injuries. Some of the include:

  • Negligent Drivers: The most obvious culprit is the other driver(s) involved in the accident. Establishing negligence may be straightforward, such as a rear-end collision, or could more complicated depending on the circumstances. Regardless, this is usually the first place we start when determining who to hold liable.
  • Government Agencies: Another avenue for recovery involves the local municipality. If the accident was the result of faulty roads, unkept street signs, or something else the responsibility of a government agency, we can pursue a claim against them for damages.
  • Vehicle Manufacturer: There is a chance that the accident was caused by a vehicle defect. In this event, we would seek compensation from the car maker for your damages.

Damages in car crash cases include compensation for medical bills and other economic losses, as well as emotional distress and other noneconomic losses. Victims can establish liability in court by proving either a standard negligence case or by demonstrating that the negligent driver violated a safety statute, like DUI or speeding.

Dog Bites

California laws give many available remedies to dog bite victims and sharply limit the available insurance company defenses, so the Golden State leads the nation in both the number of claims and the value of these claims; in 2015, the average California dog bite victim received nearly $45,000 in compensatory damages alone. That same year, over 80,000 people received emergency medical treatment for serious injuries like:

  • Broken Bones: The knockdown alone normally causes broken bones especially among child victims and the elderly, because the attacking animal often substantially outweighs the victim and/or leaps into the air.
  • Head Injuries: Either because of the initial knockdown or subsequent bite wounds, many victims suffer severe head trauma.
  • Serious Lacerations: To be blunt, because many animals both bite into flesh and then tear into it, these wounds are often gruesome.

In addition to the pain and suffering that these injuries cause, many victims must endure Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other psychological scars that may be even worse than the physical ones. Under California law, all these injuries are compensable.

California is a strict liability state, so dog owners or custodians are automatically liable for the full measure of damages, even if they did not know that the animal was vicious or even if the animal had never attacked anyone previously. If there is additional evidence of wrongdoing, such as a violation of a leash law or keeping an animal known to be dangerous, juries often award significant punitive damages.

To reduce the amount of money that the victim receives, or even deny compensation altogether, the insurance company often argued that the victim was contributorily negligent, and specifically, that the victim provoked the dog. However, this term has a very narrow meaning in California law, and the defense is unavailable as a matter of law if the victim was under 5 or otherwise of tender years.

Motorcycle Accidents

Great weather and high gas prices has resulted in more people opting to ride motorcycles in Los Angeles. In fact, according to the Los Angeles Times, motorcycle sales were up 8.2% in first quarter of 2015. Unfortunately, with more motorcycle riders comes the possibility of more accidents. 

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, motorcycle fatalities have remained high since 2014. Additionally, while motorcycles account for only 3 percent of the vehicles on the road, they account for 14 percent of all motor vehicle related deaths.

If you have been injured in an accident, an experienced Los Angeles motorcycle accident attorney at Citywide Law Group is available to meet with you to discuss your case. Whether your accident was the result of a negligent driver, poor roadways, or a manufacturer defect, we will seek to maximize your compensation from any responsible party.

Pedestrian Accidents

The California Highway Police report that in 2013, Los Angeles county saw over 4,721 pedestrian injuries and 211 pedestrian fatalities as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Motorcycle riders have helmets to protect them, and vehicle occupants are basically enclosed inside steel cocoons, but pedestrians have literally nothing except the clothes on their back to protect them in collisions.

According to the Los Angeles Times, although pedestrian were involved in 10% of traffic accidents between 2002 – 2013, they represented approximately 35% of all fatalities

Distracted driving accounts for the increase in accidents, and speed accounts for the severity of these accidents. According to the AAA, the serious injury rate in pedestrian-auto crashes is less than 30 percent if the vehicle is moving less than 30mph, but the rate soars to 90 percent if the vehicle is travelling greater than 45mph. Since most pedestrian accidents occur in non-intersection areas, the negligent drivers are often travelling at full speed at impact.

Due to the severity of the injuries, pedestrian accident victims are often entitled to significant compensation for their medical bills and other economic damages. To ensure that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, speaking with a Los Angeles pedestrian accident attorney should be a top priority.

We understand how to properly assess your damages and will aggressively negotiate on your behalf. Find out more by scheduling an appointment today.

Truck Accidents

Victims of tractor-trailer, tour bus, and other large commercial vehicle accidents know that there are some unique aspects to these vehicle wrecks.

First, primarily due to the immense size of these vehicles, wrongful death and other catastrophic injuries are the rule as opposed to the exception. Moreover, the people who drive these vehicles are common carriers under California law, which means they must “do all that human care, vigilance, and foresight reasonably can do under the circumstances to avoid harm to passengers and/or property.” Finally, the transportation or shipping company that owns the tortfeasor’s (negligent driver’s) vehicle is usually an out-of-state corporation that will do everything possible to reduce or deny compensation to injured victims.

Since most of these companies pay their drivers by the load or route, these operators often keep driving when they are dangerously fatigued. In fact, there is some evidence that many drivers ignore or circumvent HOS (hours of service) rules to stay on the road a little while longer. Violations of HOS or other safety rules usually constitute negligence per se, meaning that the tortfeasor is liable for damages as a matter of law. Speed is a significant danger as well, because although the truck speed limit is lower in California, some truck drivers still drive dangerously fast and are thus unable to safely react in emergency situations.

Due to the broad application of the respondeat superior rule, the shipping or transportation company is usually legally responsible for the victim/plaintiff’s damages. Employer liability normally applies even if the driver was not a W-2 wage-earner.

Wrongful Death

Money alone cannot fully compensate for the untimely death of a loved one, but money damages can help fill the void and provide some solace in this time, which is what the departed person would have wanted. That’s one reason we file negligence lawsuits in these situations. The other major reason is that if the responsible parties are not held accountable, oftentimes, the stage is set for future tragedies. According to the Centers for Disease Control, most wrongful deaths occur in one of three categories:

Unintentional Poisoning: Several years ago, poisoning deaths overtook motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury-related death in the United States. Despite the presence of consumer protection laws, many common household products contain dangerous chemicals, and swimming pool poisoning incidents (because of overcleaning or otherwise) actually outpace swimming pool drownings. However, most unintentional poisonings happen because of drug overdoses, and even though the insurance company often tried to blame the victims, the medical providers are usually liable for damages.

Motor Vehicle Crashes: Excessive speed, distraction, fatigue, and drugged/drunk driving are among the leading causes of fatal car accidents in California. In addition to the tortfeasor (negligent driver), an employer or vehicle owner may be responsible for damages.

Falls: Business and property owners have a legal duty to either keep their premises safe or at least warn visitors about loose stairway rails, burned-out overhead lights, slick floors, and other unsafe conditions.In the realm of intentional torts, assault is the leading cause of wrongful death in the United States.

Wrongful death plaintiffs in California are usually not entitled to noneconomic damages for their own grief, but they are entitled to a wide range of pecuniary losses, including future lost income, loss of consortium (household services and personal companionship), loss of emotional guidance, and possibly punitive damages.

Recent awards and settlements

$1,000,000

Auto vs. Auto

$500,000

Auto vs. Motorcycle

$500,000

Auto vs. Auto

$250,000

Auto vs. Pedestrian

$175,000

Auto vs. Pedestrian

$100,000

Auto vs. Bicycle

Awards and achievements

Our attorneys have won multiple awards and been nationally recognized for their trial work. We have been named SuperLawyers, achieved outstanding reviews from our clients, and were recently recognized as top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Beyond awards, our proudest achievement is winning millions for our clients throughout the years.

Los Angeles office

Address 12424 Wilshire Blvd Suite 705, Los Angeles, CA 90025 Phone (424) 248-2700 Email info@citywidelaw.com

Meet Our Team

Sherwin Arzani

Sherwin Arzani

University of Michigan Million Dollar Advocates Super Lawyers

Sherwin Arzani’s dedication to the practice of law has earned him the industry’s highest awards and accolades, including the Million Dollar Advocates membership, recognition as one of the “Top Attorneys in Southern California” by Los Angeles Magazine and being ranked amongst the 10 Best in Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIPIA).

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Oliver Naimi

Oliver Naimi

Loyola Law School Million Dollar Advocates CAALA Member

Oliver Naimi’s interest in the practice of civil litigation was partially prompted by a severe car accident he was involved in at age 18, where he felt the legal advice and help he was given forced him to settle his case below its actual value. This experience gives Oliver the ability to empathize and understand his clients in a way that allows him to obtain maximum results.

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