Timothy J. Ryan & Associates provides aggressive, effective, and compassionate representation to Orange County victims who were injured by a driver, property owner, healthcare provider, or anyone else whose carelessness contributed to an injury. With more than 35 years of experience as an Orange County personal injury attorney, Timothy J. Ryan is well positioned to help injury victims receive the financial justice they deserve. He has helped recover millions of dollars in damages from negligent drivers, property owners, managing agents and corporations. If you are wondering how to recover compensation for the injuries and losses that you have sustained in a traumatic incident, please call our offices at 714-898-4444.
If you have suffered serious personal injuries in an Orange County car accident, slip-and-fall accident or a dog attack etc., you probably have a number of concerns and questions. How will I pay my medical bills? Who will reimburse me for lost wages due to missed workdays as I recover from my injuries? Can I hold the at-fault parties accountable for the injuries and damages they caused? These are just some of the questions that our Orange County personal injury lawyers routinely get asked by victims and their families.
Why You Need an Injury Attorney
Accidents occur all the time in Orange County. The county is crisscrossed by busy thoroughfares and is home to myriad residential neighborhoods, commercial buildings, and large retail centers such as South Coast Plaza that draw shoppers from all over the world. It also the destination of tremendously popular theme parks such as Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Great Wolf water park that has tourists flocking to the area. The Anaheim Convention Center routinely brings business travelers from all over the world.
Traffic accidents are unfortunately a common occurrence in Orange County as are other types of injury-causing incidents. Generally speaking, you need an attorney when you or your family member has suffered injuries and has received medical treatment. You also need a lawyer if someone else is responsible or even partly responsible for your accident and injuries, or if you have been injured on someone else’s property. It might be in your best interest to retain the services of an experienced Orange County personal injury lawyer if you have become permanently injured or disabled as a result of your accident.
Securing the services of an experienced attorney who will represent your case and fight hard for you is an effective and smart way to file your personal injury lawsuit. According to the Insurance Research Council, on average, individuals who retain personal injury attorneys receive almost three times more money than those who don’t use the services of lawyers. Also, often, when you are injured, regardless of the type of accident, you may have to deal with insurance companies, adjusters and legal teams that are dedicated to protecting their profits and try to compensate injury victims with as little as possible.
What a Local Attorney Can Do For You
If you accept a settlement from the insurance company, it may become extremely challenging or even impossible to revisit the case and obtain more money. While many factors may affect the amount of a settlement or reward, without a lawyer, you risk not getting fairly and fully compensated for your losses. A lawyer can definitely help strengthen your personal claim by doing the following:
- Gathering evidence relating to your accident and/or injuries.
- Collecting and compiling your medical records, which document the injuries you suffered and the treatment you received.
- Accurately estimating the present and future costs of your injuries.
- Proving fault and liability.
- Contacting the insurance company and demanding a fair settlement.
- Taking the case to a jury trial, if necessary. A majority of personal injury claims settle out of court.
Above all, when you have an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney on your side, you can relax and focus on recovering from your injuries, allowing your lawyer to handle what is often a complex and lengthy legal process.
Damages in Personal Injury Cases
The types of damages in personal injury cases often depend on the facts of the case, the circumstances of the incident, the liability of the other individual or party, and the nature and extent of injuries and damages sustained by victims. The intent of seeking monetary damages in these types of cases is to make the injured person “whole” or to put them back into the position in which they would have been had the injury not occurred. However, this is not always possible, particularly in cases where the victim has suffered catastrophic injuries or permanent disabilities as a result of the accident. In such cases, we strive to obtain a just settlement or award that will help them move forward and maintain their quality of life.
In general, personal injury damages include, but are not limited to the following:
- Medical bills: This includes emergency transportation and medical care of any type such as hospital stays, rehabilitative care, nursing home stays or cost of medication and medical equipment. This can all add up very quickly especially in cases where victims have suffered catastrophic injuries and require adaptive devices or lifelong nursing care. Damages should include all out-of-pocket costs and also factor in future costs to the plaintiff.
- Lost wages: This includes compensation for any work that a victim had to miss because of injury or taking time off to recover from his or her injuries. If a plaintiff used vacation days or sick time to do so, he or she should still be compensated for the loss of those days. In cases where victims suffered disabling injuries, the lost wages and benefits the plaintiff would have earned over the course of a lifetime may be required to be paid by the defendant.
- Pain and suffering: Juries tend to award large damages for pain and suffering, the more significant the injuries. This is also what encourages insurance companies to settle injury cases. Damages for pain and suffering may include compensation for the physical pain and mental anguish suffered by the plaintiff.
- Loss of consortium: This is an action that is brought by a family member, often the spouse or the partner of the victim, who has lost the ability to have an intimate physical relationship with the injured person.
- Punitive damages: These types of damages are awarded in cases where the level of negligence is egregious. The purpose of punitive damages is to punish the defendant for wrongful behavior and deter such behavior in the future.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Our goal at Timothy J. Ryan & Associates is to aggressively protect the rights of personal injury victims and their families. We work with those who have been injured in car accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, truck and bus accidents, vehicle rollovers, dog bites, slip-and-fall accidents, etc. We have represented individuals who have suffered catastrophic injuries such as brain injury and paralysis. We also handle premises liability and wrongful death cases.
We serve all of Orange County, including the following cities:
- Huntington Beach
- Newport Beach
- Garden Grove
- And other OC cities
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing in Orange County, our team of knowledgeable and dedicated lawyers will fight hard for your rights and help you secure compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Please call us today at 714-898-4444 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of personal injuries in Orange County. They occur when drivers of cars or trucks collide with motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, or other cars.
Why do Orange County traffic accidents occur?
Common explanations for motor vehicle accidents in Orange County include:
- Distracted driving (including driving while texting)
- Driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI)
- Driving after using medications that cause fatigue
- Failing to yield at an intersection
- Running a red light
- Driving too fast for weather conditions
- Changing lanes without checking the driver’s blind spot
- Road rage
Of course, accidents can happen for uncommon reasons, as well. Improperly fastened cargo that falls from a truck and an officer’s failure to follow law enforcement policies governing high speed chases are just two examples of the many additional acts of negligence that can lead to tragic results on Orange County roads.
Where do Orange County motor vehicle accidents occur?
In terms of raw numbers, Anaheim and Santa Ana lead Orange County in the number of traffic accidents causing injuries. Cities in Orange County with the most motor vehicle accidents per 1,000 residents are:
- Car Accidents. On a per capita basis, Seal Beach and Laguna Beach have the most car accidents in Orange County.
- Truck Accidents. Brea and Seal Beach both get a significant amount of truck traffic, and are nearly tied for the most truck accidents per capita in Orange County.
- Motorcycle Accidents. On a per capita basis, Seal Beach and Laguna Beach are the most dangerous communities for motorcyclists.
- Bicycle Accidents. Bicycles are a popular form of transportation in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach, which explains why they lead Orange County in per capita bicycle accidents.
- Pedestrian Accidents. Laguna Beach has substantially more pedestrian accidents per capita than other Orange County cities.
Statistics show that, compared to other California cities of their size, accidents involving DUI are particularly likely to occur in Santa Ana, Orange, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach.
Compensation for Motor Vehicle Accidents
The compensation an injury victim will receive as the result of a motor vehicle accident depends upon the extent of the injury and whether the victim shared responsibility for the accident. As a practical matter, the responsible driver’s insurance policy limits may also play a role in the determining the settlement value of an injury claim.
Catastrophic injuries require funding for a lifetime of care. Catastrophic injuries usually involve brain damage or trauma to the spinal cord. Brain injuries often limit the ability of the accident victim to provide for his or her own care. Spinal injuries may lead to paralysis. Catastrophic injuries may also involve organ damage or the amputation of a limb, resulting in prolonged hospitalization and lengthy rehabilitation.
Other disabling injuries may also reduce an accident victim’s earning capacity or cause the victim to endure a lifetime of pain. Neck, knee, and back injuries often have lasting consequences that merit substantial compensation.
When personal injuries result in death, families count on Timothy J. Ryan & Associates to bring wrongful death claims against negligent drivers (and in the case of company vehicles, their employers). Wrongful death compensation replaces lost income and sends a message about the value of the love and companionship that the victim provided to family members.
All Orange County businesses have a duty to keep their premises safe for customers. The most common violation of that duty is the failure to notice and correct a hazard that causes a customer to slip or trip.
Falls can occur because a supermarket fails to clean a spill in its aisle, because a business fails to repair a pothole in its parking lot, or because an extension cord is stretched across an area where customers walk. Loose carpeting, damaged stair treads, and improper maintenance of slippery floors all contribute to falls.
Falls lead to broken bones (particularly wrists, arms, and ankles) as well as serious head injuries. A fall can be particularly dangerous for elderly accident victims. More than 95% of hip fractures in senior citizens are caused by falling.
Homeowners also have an obligation to keep their premises safe. They can be held accountable for negligence when they fail to keep neighborhood children away from a swimming pool, fail to warn visitors about holes in the ground or other dangerous property conditions, or leave firearms where children might find them.
Homeowners insurance, like premises liability insurance maintained by businesses, can be a source of compensation for injury victims. If you suffered a personal injury due to the negligence of an Orange County property owner, Timothy J. Ryan & Associates’ personal injury lawyers in Orange County can help you obtain an injury settlement that will help you put your life back on track.
Doctors save lives, but when they are careless, they can destroy lives. Timothy J. Ryan & Associates represents individuals who have been harmed due to:
- Birth injuries caused by improper delivery techniques
- Surgical errors
- The failure to diagnose cancer and other diseases
- Administration of the wrong drugs or drug dosage during hospitalization
- Failing to explain procedures and obtain consent to treatment
- Anesthesia errors
If you think you were injured or believe a loved one died due to medical malpractice, contact Timothy J. Ryan & Associates immediately. Steps need to be taken to assure that the hospital or clinic does not alter or destroy records that would reveal their negligent conduct.
Representing All Orange County Injury Victims
Timothy J. Ryan & Associates represents Orange County injury victims who are suffering due to another person’s negligence. Other cases we handle include:
- Defective Products. Exploding airbags, defective knee implants, and toys that create choking hazards are examples of products that can harm consumers due to a manufacturer’s negligence.
- Dog Bites. Owners are held strictly responsible for dogs that bite. Scarring and infections commonly result from serious dog bite injuries.
- Nursing Home Abuse. Improper care for elderly patients violates state and federal laws and entitles victims to compensation for their pain and suffering.
Contact A Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in Orange County because of another person’s negligence, call a Timothy J. Ryan & Associates Orange County personal injury attorney at 800-838-6644. We provide a free evaluation of your case and we never charge a fee unless we obtain compensation for your injury.
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