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

You can be entitled to compensation if you’re injured in an accident through little-to-no fault of your own. However, insurance companies will fight you every step of the way. They’ll try anything to limit the amount of money you get. One tactic involves arguing that you failed to “mitigate” your damages. What is Mitigation? Simply put, mitigation means limiting or reducing (a) your injuries and (b) the costs of an accident. Legally, you have to take “reasonable steps” to try to minimize your damages. Damages include the costs and expenses you incur after your accident. This might include medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages. Why? The person who’s responsible for your accident and injuries will only be liable for the […] Read more

What Should I Do After a Los Angeles Car Accident?

Few things are more unnerving than getting into a car accident. Unfortunately, they happen every day in Los Angeles. Your life can be turned upside down, even if you were being extremely careful behind the wheel. You need to understand that the things you do and the decisions you make immediately after your accident matter. Those decisions will affect any legal claims you decide to pursue. Mistakes could cost you valuable compensation. Here are the steps you need to take to protect yourself and your injury claims after a Los Angeles car accident. Move Away From the Scene, If Possible It can be dangerous to stay with your vehicle after an accident. If possible, move your car to the side […] Read more

Getting into a car accident in Los Angeles can be incredibly stressful. Things can become more complicated when someone else is to blame. In California, you have the right to demand compensation from anyone who contributed to your accident. This often involves another driver. In many cases, you will seek compensation from another driver’s insurance company. This is why it is so important to identify the driver’s insurance carrier and policy information as soon as you can after an accident. Here are ways to find another driver’s insurance information. Accidents Where Parties Remained on the Scene Check the Accident Report Did your accident cause an injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000? If so, someone involved in the accident was […] Read more

A California couple is seeking compensation from a popular motel chain after their daughter was fatally wounded while staying at the company’s North Hill Los Angeles location. According to the Northern California Record, a convicted felon on probation entered the premises with a gun, fired the weapon, and shot the girl in the face. The parents maintain that the company, Motel 6, “failed to provide a reasonably safe environment for its business invitees” which ultimately led to their daughter’s untimely and tragic death. They filed premises liability lawsuit, claiming the motel was responsible for their daughter’s wrongful death. What is Premises Liability? In California, an injured person – or their family, if deceased – may hold the owner of property […] Read more

Medical mistakes are a leading cause of avoidable injury and death. In fact, one study found that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Another revealed that one out of every five patients suffers an injury because of a medical error. In California, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit if you’re injured because of a medical professional’s negligence. However, it can be difficult to get all of the money you need and deserve. There’s one major reason for this. Laws tend to be written for the benefit of the medical industrial complex, not injured patients. One law, in particular, places a cap on the damages you can recover from a […] Read more

Six people were injured in a Hollywood crash on New Year’s Day when a suspected drunk driver barreled through a stop sign and struck an Uber. While no one was killed in the crash, at least three of the victims were reported to have sustained critical injuries. The drunk driver, who attempted to run away from the scene of the crash, was apprehended by good samaritans and later arrested by police. The drunk driver will likely face both criminal and civil penalties for his conduct. Criminal and Civil Charges After a DUI The drunk driver in this case will face criminal DUI charges for his behavior. In addition to criminal charges, he will likely also be on the hook for […] Read more

Is Tampering with Evidence a Serious Crime?

Have you been accused of tampering with evidence? The state will aggressively pursue criminal charges if it believes you have interfered with a criminal case. Tampering with evidence is a serious misdemeanor and carries incredibly harsh penalties. Tampering With Evidence State law makes it a crime to tamper with evidence in a criminal case. California Penal Code 141 PC explains that any person who “knowingly, willfully, intentionally, and wrongfully” tampers with evidence relevant to a trial, proceeding, or inquiry can be guilty of a misdemeanor. Evidence can include: Physical matter Digital images, and Video recordings. When you are charged with tampering with evidence the state will have to prove three things: You acted knowingly, willfully, intentionally, and wrongfully; You manipulated […] Read more

Is a Hit and Run a Crime in California?

When you are involved in an accident in Los Angeles you may have a legal responsibility to exchange personal information anyone else who was in the accident. This responsibility arises when the accident results in either property damage or a personal injury. If you leave the scene of an accident knowing that damage or any injury has occurred, you could be charged with the crime of hit and run. A hit and run can carry serious criminal consequences, including expensive fines and time behind bars. If you have been arrested for a hit and run in Los Angeles it is important to contact an attorney. A criminal record that reflects a hit and run conviction can make it difficult to […] Read more