Attorneys Sherwin Arzani and Oliver Naimi from Citywide Law Group in Los Angeles, CA

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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 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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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

Find Out More About Your Personal Injury Case

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  • 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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Southern California cities have always had more than their share of bicyclists, and their numbers have noticeably grown in recent years, as more cyclists take to the streets to get active, enjoy the outdoors, or get from one place to the other.

Unfortunately, the rising tide of riders has brought a rising tide of resentment, known as bikelash. The simple truth is that many motorists are in such a hurry that they have little or no tolerance for slower-moving bicycles that “clog the roads” and “get in the way.”

To address the discontent, lawmakers recently passed the three-foot cushion law, but it is only sparingly enforced.The three-foot law may not do much good on the street, but it means a lot in negligence court, because safety laws like this one make it easier for victims to obtain compensation for their injuries. Under the negligence per se rule, if the tortfeasor (negligent driver) violated a safety law and that violation substantially caused injury, the tortfeasor is liable for damages as a matter of law. If a motorist collides with a bicycle, the tortfeasor obviously did not respect the three-foot cushion, and that violation clearly caused the crash.

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.

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: Seatbelts provide optimal protection against trauma injuries but may not be as effective in preventing head injuries. Moreover, they offer no protection against cellphones and other small loose objects that basically become high-speed projectiles in almost any vehicle collision.

Falls: Both slip-and-fall incidents and falls from a height often cause serious head injuries, along with broken bones and other wounds.

Assaults: If victims suffer head injuries in barroom fights or because of hidden assailants in dark halls or parking lots, the landowners may be liable for their damages.

These damages include money for medical bills and other economic losses, as well as emotional distress and other noneconomic damages. Additional punitive damages are also available, in some cases. 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.

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.

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 or in a car crash on the San Diego Freeway, 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.

Over 37,000 Americans a year die in car crashes, a number that’s second only to unintentional poisoning in terms of injury-related deaths; furthermore, an estimated 2.5 million victims are seriously injured or permanently disabled. Some common causes of car wrecks include:

Impairment: Powerful antidepressants, painkillers, and other prescription medications have serious side-effects that many people choose to ignore before they get behind the wheel. Millions more ignore the risk of alcohol, even though drivers are dangerously impaired after just one drink.

Fatigue: Shockingly, the majority of drivers admit that they have recently operated a motor vehicle while they were dangerously drowsy. Substance impairment and fatigue affect the brain and motor skills in about the same way; in fact, driving after eighteen consecutive awake hours is like driving with a .08 BAC, which is above the legal limit in California.

Speed: According to Newton’s Second Law, speed multiplies the force in collisions, so as far as car crashes are concerned, accidents that would have probably been non-injury “fender benders” at slow speeds are serious injury or fatal wrecks at high speeds. Velocity also increases stopping distance, making it difficult or impossible for tortfeasors (negligent drivers) to avoid unexpected danger.

Distraction: In 2016, California lawmakers passed a much tougher cellphone law to combat the rising tide of distracted driving. In addition to handheld phones, eating while driving, adjusting the climate control system, and even using a hands-free cellphone all divert attention from the road ahead, putting everyone else at risk.

When there is heavy rain, the sky is dark, or other environmental conditions are less than ideal, drivers have a duty to operate their vehicles even more carefully.

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 tortfeasor violated a safety statute, like DUI or speeding.

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.

Because they are almost completely unprotected, motorcycle riders and passengers are twenty-seven times more likely to die in collisions than passenger vehicle occupants, a statistic that speaks to the serious nature of the injuries sustained in these cases. Furthermore, because of the year-round warm weather, there are more motorcycles on the road in Southern California and therefore more fatal accidents.

Although it is not an excuse for negligent driving, limited driver visibility causes many of these crashes. In some overseas countries, these wrecks are called “smidsy” crashes (sorry, mate, I didn’t see you), an acronym that captures the rather cavalier attitude some motorists have about some motorcycle riders.This same prejudice is often apparent in jury trials, because many jurors are reluctant to award full compensation for serious injuries like:

Paralysis: Helmets may guard against head injury, but they do nothing to protect the neck and spine. Also, when motorcyclists fall off their bikes, they naturally extend their arms to break their falls. This reaction often results in “biker’s arm,” or permanent nerve damage to the brachial plexus area under the victim’s arms. Road Burns: These large, painful abrasions often significantly impair mobility, and there is often no medical treatment other than rest and time.

Internal Injuries: The same extreme forces that cause road burns and paralysis usually cause internal organs to grind against one another, causing dangerous internal bleeding.

To overcome juror prejudice, attorneys must work hard to not only establish the tortfeasor’s (negligent driver’s) liability, but also establish the victim as a person worthy of compensation. This compensation includes money for both economic damages, such as lost wages, and non-economic losses, including loss of consortium (companionship).

With many more distracted drivers on the road than before, the number of pedestrian deaths increased 10 percent in 2015, which is the largest year-over-year increase since 1975. 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.

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 tortfeasors (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 see that victims get the treatment they need, attorneys send letters of protection to medical providers, so victims can see specialists without upfront cost. When the cases go to court, victims are also entitled to compensation for their emotional distress and other noneconomic damages.

Personal injury attorneys do what it takes to ensure fair compensation, and insurance company lawyers do whatever it takes to reduce the amount of damages. In pedestrian accidents, that often means the sudden emergency defense. Defense lawyers often argue that the victim “darted into traffic” and therefore caused the accident. However, because of the way this law is written in California, the sudden emergency defense rarely applies in these kinds of cases.

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.

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.

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