Personal Injury/Wrongful Death

OVERVIEW OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES

Be it from a car accident, pedestrian versus vehicle incident or other traumatic event, a serious personal injury or losing a loved one arising from an accident is life altering. From the legal standpoint, a negligence claim seeks to get money to compensate the victim or his/her family for the injuries sustained, including medical bills, lost wages and the pain, disfigurement, and impact on the quality of life.  Personal injury and wrongful death law has many facets and experience counts.

The selection of the right personal injury lawyer is critical.  Does the attorney have experience in personal injury?  Has the attorney tried personal injury cases?  Does the attorney have a plan of action?  What results has the attorney obtained in the field of personal injury law?  Is the attorney recognized as a top attorney such as the Top 100 SuperLawyers in California?  Has the attorney been nominated as a top attorney in California?

The Law Office of Ara Jabagchourian has extensive experience litigating and trying cases in the field of personal injury and wrongful death. Case experience includes automobile accidents, bicycle accidents, dog bites, trucking collisions, police misconduct, premise liability, balcony collapse, pedestrian accidents, railroad incidents, utility gas explosions, wrongful death and negligent road design matters.

Ara Jabagchourian has written several articles and presented several seminars on personal injury law that have been used by many other personal injury lawyers in the field.

HOW DOES THE CASE START?

The case starts off with a complaint being filed in court.  Typically, the person who caused the injury (the defendant) files an answer.  In the case of a car accident, the insurance company for the driver provides a law firm to represent them and the insurance company at the same time.  This is to meet the insurance company’s duty to defend.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE IMMEDIATE BILLS?

What becomes of concern, especially in serious injuries or death, is how is the victim’s bills are going to be paid while the lawsuit is happening.  Depending on the situation, some of the bills can be delayed pending the lawsuit.

IS THERE ENOUGH TO PAY FOR THE INJURIES?

Another issue is who will pay for the injuries.There are many avenues to recovery, including the driver’s insurance, the vehicle owner’s insurance, the driver’s assets, etc.  In some situations, when the defendant’s insurance is not sufficient, the victim’s own insurance may provide coverage.

LEGAL ISSUES

Personal injury law has many aspects to it.  For instance, personal injury law in the area of medical liens is something most attorneys don’t deal with.  Click here to read article on medical costs.   Also, the issue of doctor testimony is very crucial in personal injury law.  Accident reconstruction is also an area of personal injury law that make or break a case.

Damages are also a major issue that a personal injury lawyer must confront.  This includes understanding what the injuries are and what future treatment is needed.  Will such condition and procedure mean more lost work?  What impact will the injury have on the victim’s future activities?  These are all issues that the Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian evaluate.

The firm’s personal injury lawyers have worked with numerous doctors from various specialties that assist in developing plaintiffs’ cases. These include orthopedists, spinal surgeons, neurologists, life care planners, economists, accident reconstructionists, biomechanical engineers, metallurgists, and other specialists. In many instances, these experts and consultants are required to explain injuries and causes of accidents.

Injuries can vary widely, from soft tissue injuries to more serious injuries such as burns, amputations, paralysis and traumatic brain injury. The personal injury lawyers of the firm have handled all these types of catastrophic injuries with great success. The goal of the firm is to have their clients compensated in full and allow them to move on with their lives.

Selecting a personal injury wrongful death attorney is a critical decision.  Many firms push off the client to young and inexperienced attorneys once they have the client signed up.  Law Offices of Ara Jabagchourian takes accountability for its clients and works directly with them. Ara Jabagchourian himself will be directly involved in all personal injury and wrongful death matters handled by the firm.

In re San Bruno Fire
Represented nearly five dozen households who were impacted by a PG&E gas transmission line explosion which resulted in causing 8 deaths and destroying 38 homes.
San Mateo Superior Court No. JCCP 4648
Mazurek v. American Medical Response
Represented family of Naval Surgeon who was killed as a result of a negligent American Medical Response driver, leaving behind a widow and three young boys.  Currently stands as the highest individual death verdict in San Diego Couny history.
San Diego Superior Court Case No. 37-2010-00083975 CU-PO-CTL
Dalson v. Biggs
Represented woman who was viciously attacked by three dogs.  Suit was brought by the owner of the dogs as well as the co-owner of the property who did not own the dogs.   Case was successfully settled with all parties.
Solano County Superior Court Case No. FCS036901