California Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Attorneys
Arias Ozzello & Gignac has extensive experience in the handling of wrongful death and major personal injury matters. Additionally, the firm has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in professional, premises, and product liability matters. The firm's experience on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants provides a unique perspective in handling these types of matters.
"Personal injury" refers to legal disputes that arise when one person suffers bodily harm from an accident or injury, and someone else might be legally responsible for that harm. Examples of personal injury cases our attorneys handle include:
- Personal injury from exposure to pollution, mold, chemicals, lead, or other environmental pollutants
- Personal injury from brake failure, tire defects, crushed roofs, airbags, defective seat belts, or child car seats
- Personal injury from accidents involving an auto, bus, truck, motorcycle, van, or other motor vehicle
- Personal injury involving boats, trains, and planes
- Personal injury involving dangerous products, including defective drugs, food poisoning, and recalled products
- Personal injury involving premises, such as slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, swimming pool accidents, fires and explosions, dog bites and other animal attacks, and other accidents in the home
- Personal injury from other causes such as assault and battery, medical malpractice, or injuries suffered in a nursing home or at a sports event
- Catastrophic personal injury such as injuries involving the spinal cord or brain, or burns
Personal Injury Resulting From Negligence
Although there are various theories of liability for personal injury, many personal injury claims occur because someone has been careless (or “negligent”). The legal definition of “negligence” is failure to behave with "reasonable care under the circumstances.”
To prove negligence in a personal injury case, your personal injury attorney must show four things:
- Duty: The person who caused your injury owed a duty to you to avoid acting carelessly under the circumstances.
- Breach of Duty: The person who owed this duty to you in fact acted carelessly under the circumstances.
- Causation: This person’s carelessness caused your injury.
- Damages: Because this person owed you a duty of care, acted carelessly, and caused your personal harm, you suffered injury. The law calls this harm, “damages.”
All four elements of negligence must be proven in order for a personal injury plaintiff to recover damages for an accident. This is why you should consult with a personal injury attorney who understands negligence law and has the trial experience in order to prepare or defend a case in court.
Contact Experienced Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys
If you have suffered personal injury due to someone else’s negligence or misconduct, be sure to contact your personal injury lawyer and include him or her in any discussions or negotiations you may have with the insurance company about your case. Your accident attorney can best guide you regarding your legal rights toward settlement or trial.