Even the Hotshots Need Legal Help

As I’ve been making my way through my pre-law studies at UCLA, I’ve mostly focused on studying personal injury and criminal law. I know these are the main practice areas I’ll cover once I become a lawyer, so I want to become an expert.    However, the best lawyers can handle cases outside of their expertise, so I think it makes sense for me to research and learn about other areas of law. Not to mention, things may change during my three years of law school. Maybe I’ll decide to go in a different direction. I want to have all…

Suing a Company for an Employee’s Mistake

As I was studying cases the other day, I delved deeper into more complex personal injury situations. I want to be the best lawyer I can be when I get out of school, and to do that, I must prepare to serve any injured client that comes my way. Learning about more complex scenarios is important because I know that not all the cases I receive will involve clear negligence caused by one defendant. One situation I might encounter is when an employee negligently injures someone while on the job. For example, in a truck accident, the truck driver may…

Product Liability Laws in North Carolina

After class today, I began researching more personal injury laws to prepare myself for post-graduate life. I know that product liability is a large practice area for many personal injury lawyers, so I figured it would be smart to learn more about it. There are many products that can malfunction and injure consumers, and manufacturers must be held accountable for their negligence in these circumstances. Product liability laws can vary from state to state. Although I’m studying law in California, I figured North Carolina was a good place to research in case I ever want to be a Raleigh or…

Slip-and-Fall Laws in Spokane

As I’m continuing my law research outside of school, I wanted to cover some of the common accidents and injuries people experience in society today. Slip-and-fall accidents often result in personal injury claims, so it’s important to understand how these claims work. If you’re running errands at your local grocery store in Spokane, Washington or headed to date night at the movie theater, you likely aren’t prepared for an accident to occur. Local businesses aren’t usually the place for dangerous activities; however, you can slip and fall if a hazard, such as a loose floorboard or spilled liquid, is left…

5 Reasons to File a Personal Injury Claim for a Los Angeles Accident

You’ve been injured in an accident. You may be dealing with a broken leg, cuts and lacerations, and you may be missing out on work. You are worried about your future, because the medical bills are more than you can afford. What do you do to make this situation better? You may want to consider filing a personal injury claim against the person who caused your accident. Were you hurt in a vehicle crash caused by a distracted driver? Were you injured in a trip-and-fall accident at a local department store? Were you hurt when a heavy object fell on…

The Differences in Negligence Laws

I learned about negligence laws this week. This is an essential topic for lawyers and their clients to understand.  If you shared fault in an accident, you may be hesitant to sue other liable parties in your accident. Depending on your state’s negligence laws, however, you may still have the right to recover compensation for your losses. Many states have modified comparative negligence laws that allow victims to recover compensation as long as they’re less than 49 or 50 percent at fault for the accident. Other states have pure comparative negligence laws that allow victims to recover compensation regardless of…

Dogs Unleashed: The Legal Process

I’m currently studying at UCLA and I’ve heard a lot of stories lately about dogs attacking and biting victims in the Los Angeles area. I always thought this was tragic because we usually consider dogs man’s best friend. When a dog bite accident occurs, it’s hard to know who’s responsible. Some dog bite injuries result in significant medical bills; so, as a victim, it’s important to understand California’s legal process regarding dog bites and dog owners. The Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, a Law Corporation, is one of many Los Angeles firms that handles dog bite accident cases. If…

The Trial Process for a Personal Injury Case

The trial process for personal injury lawsuits varies depending on the complexity of the case and how eager the prosecution is to fight for the maximum settlement. Some cases never make it to the courtroom because both parties agree on a settlement during the discovery phase; however, other cases go in front of a judge and jury because the plaintiff or defendant refuses to compromise. What Happens Pretrial? In the pretrial phase of a personal injury case, the plaintiff will kick off the lawsuit by sending a demand letter to the defendant. To send a demand letter, the plaintiff must…

A Guide to Indiana Personal Injury Law

As I was doing research to come up with a topic for my blog this week, I came across a case in Indiana where a thirty-two-year-old man won a $35 million settlement after being paralyzed in a drunk driving accident. This is one of the biggest settlements ever won in the state of Indiana, which got me wondering about personal injury laws in the state. If I got injured in an accident and filed a personal injury lawsuit in Indiana, I’d want to prepare so I could win the maximum settlement in my case. While I’m sure the exact amount…