Can I Sue the City for Tripping Over Uneven Sidewalks?

With about 11,000 miles of sidewalk in Los Angeles, it is no surprise that the city can’t keep up with the repairs necessary to keep every block in good condition. L.A. sidewalks get a lot of wear and tear too, with thousands of pedestrians traversing the city on a daily basis. When a section of sidewalk inevitably falls into disrepair and the city fails to fix it in a timely manner, it can pose a serious risk to pedestrians. Runners and the elderly are particularly at risk, but anyone on foot can potentially slip, trip, and fall due to a faulty sidewalk. What Are My Rights After a Fall Caused By an Uneven Sidewalk? If you fall and injure yourself […] Read more

Swimming pools offer great relief from the hot summer heat and humidity. If you don’t have a pool of your own, you might go to a friend’s house, hotel, or local city park. This can be fun and relaxing. At the same time, you’re putting a lot of trust in whoever owns and maintains that pool. You’re relying on them to keep you and your family safe. What happens if you or your kids get hurt while swimming or using someone else’s pool? What can you do to protect yourself? Do you have the right to recover compensation for your swimming pool accident injuries? These are all important questions. We dive into the answers below. Steps to Take After a […] Read more

If you’re injured in a car accident, you’ll probably deal with an insurance company in some capacity. This is certainly true if you decide to file an insurance claim with someone else’s insurance provider. It’s important to understand that insurance companies have one interest: protecting their bottom line. They’ll do whatever they can to limit the amount of money you receive after an accident. One way insurers will protect themselves – and not you – is by making your settlement offer contingent on an accident release form. They’ll play it off as just a “routine” piece of paperwork that needs to accompany your financial payout. However, it’s important to know that signing an accident release form will affect your ability […] Read more

After a Los Angeles car accident, you might not think that you’ve been badly injured. However, you could put yourself and your ability to recover compensation for your injuries in jeopardy if you skip the doctor after a crash. Always seek medical attention after a car accident, no matter how “minor” the collision. Here’s why. Internal Injuries Are Common After a Car Accident You might not see any visible signs of an injury after your accident. You may even feel a little shaken up, but lack any noticeable pain. However, you could have sustained serious internal injuries in your crash. When a car is in motion, no matter the speed, it has momentum. In an accident, that momentum is transferred […] Read more

Electric scooters are all the rage in Los Angeles. Companies like Bird and Lime have made a big push to market their scooters to young people who care about their health and the environment. Unfortunately, safety laws in California are racing to catch up with the hot new form of transportation. What happens when you have inexperienced users, congested roadways, and a lack of uniform and well-known safety rules? A lot of electric scooter accidents. You may not realize that the things you do after you’re involved in a Los Angeles scooter accident matter. Those decisions you make can impact your health and any injury claims you may decide to pursue. Here’s what you should do if you’re injured in […] Read more

The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer for Teen Drivers

The three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” of summer. Why? Fatal accidents involving teen drivers happen much more frequently. Statistics reveal that 700 people are killed in car accidents involving teen drivers every year during this stretch of time. Why are the summer months particularly dangerous for teen drivers? Since teens aren’t in school in the summer, they have more time for themselves. They also have more time to spend behind the wheel. Research conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that there are three primary reasons: alcohol, distractions, and speed. Alcohol and Teen Drivers According to AAA, 17 percent of fatal teen driving accidents involve drugs or alcohol. […] Read more

What Should I Do After an Uber Accident?

Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare services have transformed how we travel. However, until Uber paves its own private roads or starts chartering private helicopters, its drivers will still share the road with everyone else. Ubers are involved in car accidents with other vehicles every day. If you’re involved in an Uber accident, it’s important to know what steps you need to take to protect yourself and any injury claims you may have. This is true whether you were a passenger in the Uber, driving another car, or a pedestrian on the street. Seek Medical Treatment For Your Injuries It’s important to see a doctor as soon as you can after you’ve been involved in an Uber accident. Even if you […] Read more

The cost of an attorney should never prevent you from getting the help you need after a Los Angeles accident. That’s why most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means there’s no fee unless they win your case. Even though there’s no fee until you win, you’re probably still wondering what it will cost to hire an injury attorney. The truth is that it depends. A lot of different factors can influence how much you’ll pay to have an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney handle your personal injury case. What’s the Average Contingency Fee in California? What exactly is a contingency fee? Simply put, it means that an attorney’s compensation depends on the outcome of […] Read more

Will My Personal Injury Case Go to Trial?

After you’ve been injured in an accident, you might be entitled to money. Insurance is the primary source of compensation after an accident. However, insurance companies will do whatever they can to prevent you from getting the money you deserve. They may deny your claim in bad faith or offer you an insulting lowball offer. If the insurance company won’t budge and offer a fair settlement, you might consider filing a lawsuit. A lawsuit takes your private dispute and puts it in the hands of your local court. Just because you file a lawsuit doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go to court. Your case will only be litigated in front of a judge (and/or jury) if you can’t settle […] Read more

Can I File a Lawsuit If I Get Injured at the Gym?

There are tons of gyms in Los Angeles. You have your pick between Gold’s Gym, Equinox Sports Club, SoulCycle, and dozens of others. The gym is a great place to blow off steam, exercise, and get in shape. You have to be careful and exercise safely. You have to know how to use the equipment and follow your gym’s rules and regulations. What happens if you do everything right and still get hurt? Are you entitled to compensation? Can you file a lawsuit against your gym or another member? For more information, call a personal injury attorney at Citywide Law Group. Gyms Owe You a Duty of Care Most gyms will have you sign a piece of paper waiving your […] Read more