Orange County Personal Injury Lawyers
Orange County, California is the 2nd most populated county in California, behind Los Angeles County, with over 3,000,000 people. With its temperate weather, plethora of sandy beaches and world class tourist destinations like Knott’s Berry Farm and Disneyland, it is no wonder that so many individuals call Orange County home, including the skilled and professional Orange County personal injury lawyers of Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP.
As with all regions that are hotbeds for tourism, the specter of accident and injury is a constant concern. Whether you are on one of the major highways that run through Orange County, like Interstate Highway 5, Highway 405 or Highway 605 or you are enjoying yourself in Laguna or Huntington Beach, the opportunity for an accident is very real. Orange County auto accidents are an especially common occurrence and it is no exaggeration to say that the highways in Orange County are among the most congested and traveled in the world.
Additionally, the influx of visitors from other areas adds to the crowds and throngs of people in the region, which of course raises the instances of serious injury accidents. It is estimated that in 2007 alone over 14 million people visited Disneyland in Anaheim. This number is clearly dwarfed by the total number of people who visit the region to enjoy its many other attractions.
Why Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Oftentimes serious injuries happen because of the actions or negligence of other people. In this event, a personal injury lawyer can help victims get their life back or adjust to the new challenges they are facing, without taking on the massive financial burden that a serious injury can include. The person, persons, or company responsible for your pain and suffering should be held accountable and a skilled Irvine personal injury attorney from Panish, Shea & Boyle, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Possible compensation after a personal injury lawsuit can cover not only medical bills, but also:
- property damage
- changes in lifestyle
- lost income (present and future)
- loss of support, social ability
Common Causes of Personal Injuries
A personal injury can be caused by any situation where a person is injured due to someone else’s actions, but some of the common causes are:
- Slip and Fall (Premises Liability)
- Auto Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Workplace Injuries
- Defective Products
- Food Poisoning
- Elevator Accidents
- Dog Bites
- Negligent Security
The Orange County personal injury attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP have been representing the catastrophically injured in Orange County, California and all across the country with unparalleled success.
Our accident attorneys handle a wide range of cases including:
Laws differ from state to state and even according to county. If you’ve sustained an injury in Orange County, you need to hire competent local attorneys who understand which laws apply to your situation. California has special laws regarding time limits, comparative fault, and dog bite injuries.
CA Statutes of Limitations
Statutes of limitations outline the time limits a person has to file a personal injury claim in Irvine or throughout California. If you fail to file within your time limit, the courts can refuse to hear your case. There are different deadlines depending on the type of case you’re filing in California:
- Personal injury. A plaintiff has two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury claim based on negligence.
- Medical malpractice. A plaintiff has three years from the date of injury or one year from the date of discovery – whichever occurs first – to file a medical malpractice claim.
- Domestic violence. A plaintiff has three years from the last act of domestic violence to file a lawsuit for injuries resulting from this situation.
- Childhood sexual abuse. The plaintiff has eight years from his or her 18th birthday or three years after the plaintiff realizes his/her physical or psychological injury resulted from childhood sexual abuse, no matter what age.
Once you know which statute of limitations applies to your case, determine when your clock starts ticking. In most cases, the clock starts to run on the date of actual harm. However, if a plaintiff isn’t aware of injuries for months or years after the date of harm, the clock may instead begin on the “date of discovery” of the injury or on the date that the plaintiff reasonably “should have discovered” the harm. Different cases will have different time limits. Speak with an attorney about your specific case.
Shared Fault Laws in California
California follows “pure comparative negligence” rules in personal injury cases. This means the courts can assign partial fault to both parties if there’s evidence of negligence on the plaintiff and defendant’s part. The courts may reduce your amount of compensation by the amount equal to your percentage of fault for an accident.
For example, if you were 10% responsible for a car accident, you would receive $90,000 of a $100,000 settlement the judgement entitles you to receive. Thus, your shared fault in an accident can impact your compensation. You can receive partial compensation no matter what your percentage of fault is as part of CA’s “pure” fault laws. By contrast, plaintiffs more than 50 or 51% at fault can’t take home compensation at all in modified comparative negligence states.
Dog Bite Laws in California
In most states, the law protects dog owners to some degree from liability for first-time incidents. If a dog owner had no reason to know that the dog had dangerous tendencies, many states refer to “one bite” rules – meaning the owner won’t be liable.
In California, however, we abide by “strict liability” dog bite rules. California Civil Code § 3342 makes a dog owner legally responsible for injuries the dog causes without the plaintiff needing to prove negligence. The courts may hold dog owners liable for damages regardless of their knowledge of former viciousness.
Hire Local Orange County Attorneys
California has its own personal injury laws and statutes that dictate how and when you can file a personal injury claim and collect a settlement. Whether you’ve been injured in a car accident on the 405 or suffered a burn from a defective product, the attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP, can help steer your Orange Country personal injury case toward success. Our accident attorneys can discuss the exact details and laws that may come into play in your particular case when you request a free consultation.
The trial attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP are leaders in complex litigation, including cases involving automotive defects, auto accidents, bus accidents, wrongful death and very serious injuries. Our partners have been repeatedly nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year, Top 100 Most Influential Attorneys and other professional awards, and regularly speak and write about trial practice to other attorneys.
If you or someone you love has been seriously injured, contact the Orange County personal injury lawyers at Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP to help protect your rights. We can help you!
Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP in Irvine
17500 Red Hill Ave Ste 100
Irvine, CA 92614
Local: (949) 468-5777
Fax: (310) 477-1699
Toll Free: (877) 800-1700
Panish Shea & Boyle, LLP is accepting clients in all major cities in Orange County, including but not limited to:
- Aliso Viejo
- Buena Park
- Costa Mesa
- Dana Point
- Fountain Valley
- Garden Grove
- Huntington Beach
- La Habra
- La Palma
- Laguna Beach
- Laguna Hills
- Laguna Niguel
- Laguna Woods
- Lake Forest
- Los Alamitos
- Mission Viejo
- Newport Beach
- Rancho Santa
- San Clemente
- Santa Ana
- Seal Beach
- Villa Park
- Yorba Linda
- San Juan Capistrano
Contact our Irvine Personal Injury Lawyers
If you were injured in Orange County, our award-winning team of personal injury attorneys can help fight for you. Contact us in Irvine for a free consultation today! (949) 468-5777