Personal Injury Attorney in Long Beach
Types of Injuries and Claims
At the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, the legal team takes on injury cases fully committed to helping clients to achieve a fair settlement or positive verdict in court. The attorneys at the firm know how difficult life is when there has been a serious injury; it is not only physically painful, but there is a great deal of emotional stress and trauma. If you or someone you love has been injured in any type of accident or other incident, the firm should evaluate your case at once. It can be beneficial to get the firm involved early in the process so that we ensure that no critical evidence is lost or destroyed. Read more about our various areas of practice. Our Long Beach injury lawyer is available to discuss your case and the actions that should be taken to protect your right to fair compensation.
Areas of Practice
When a bicyclist is hit by a car, the injuries sustained are frequently very serious, catastrophic or fatal. The impact upon the injured victim and their families can last a lifetime. It is extremely important that great care is taken in filing a claim, and that all the damages, both economic and non-economic, are sought with the help of an injury lawyer that has experience.
When individuals operate their watercraft while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or do not exercise reasonable care for the safety of others, the outcome can be devastating. Boating accidents often lead to brain damage, serious injuries or death.
One of the least understood parts of the body continues to be the human brain. When there has been a serious brain injury, the victim may never again recover their former abilities. The process of recovery is long, with extensive rehabilitation and retraining on the basic functions. In some cases, there is no hope of a recovery.
Serious burns can take place in a vehicle accident, work-related accident, in a fire or from chemical exposure. These injuries are extremely painful, and the treatment can last for many years, as specialists do their best to resolve the problem. Sadly, there are often severe and disfiguring scars, and a great deal of both emotional and physical distress.
Many people use public or private buses, and usually assume that they are safe. Unfortunately, it is not mandated that a bus must have seat belts, including school buses and public transportation. When a bus is involved in an accident, the passengers are often thrown about the cabin and suffer very serious injuries.
The most common type of serious accidents take place on the streets, roads and highways in the Long Beach area. Injuries can range from those that will require several weeks of treatment, to catastrophic injury or loss of life.
Statistically, one of the most dangerous professions to work in is construction. Scaffold falls, ladder falls, electrical accidents, falling tools, equipment failure and other types of incidents can lead to very serious or permanent injuries, or death in the most tragic cases.
A product that has been poorly designed, manufactured incorrectly, or the manufacturer failed to warn of potential dangers to consumers can lead to terrible and tragic accidents and injuries. If you have been injured by a defective or faulty product, you can file a claim against the manufacturer and possibly other parties.
There are very serious dangers to human beings that have suffered a dog bite, beyond the risk of torn muscles, ripped tendons, and punctured or torn skin. Dog bites often lead to very serious infections that are difficult to resolve.
Drunk Driving Accidents
A driver that operates their vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is not only endangering all those who share the road, they are criminally negligent. When criminal negligence has led to a serious or fatal injury, it may be possible to pursue punitive damages beyond the general damages.
Filing An Injury Claim
Do you need to file an injury claim? The process can be extremely frustrating, and insurance companies often make lowball settlement offers in the hopes that an injured person, while facing mounting medical bills and loss of income from work, will accept. Don't take a risk.
How An Injury Attorney Can Help You
At the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk, we take our duty to our clients very seriously. We know how important it is that you recover every possible form of compensation available. We offer a free case evaluation, and you can be confident that our professional legal team has the skills to fight for your rights and interests.
Motorcyclists suffer serious or fatal injuries even in accidents at slow speeds. They are unprotected, and subject to suffering several impacts from other vehicles that are sharing the road. The initial impact with the roadbed often leads to broken bones, head injuries, brain injuries, or serious or permanent knee, shoulder and elbow damage.
When the neck is injured, the pain can be excruciating, and the victim is often unable to function at work. Whether the injury is whiplash, broken or bruised tendons, ligaments or other situation, it is important that you have adequate time to rest and heal, without worrying about financial losses.
Nursing Home Abuse
There is an increasing population of the elderly that has led to a "boom" in new nursing homes. Some facilities fail to properly train their staff, or may have individuals on staff that neglect, injure or abuse these vulnerable elderly people. Over medication, physical, emotional, financial or even sexual abuse can take place.
When drivers are distracted, drunk, speeding or inattentive, they are an extreme danger to pedestrians, both young and old. Tragically, pedestrian accidents often result in very serious or permanent injuries, or loss of life for the innocent. The claims filed against a negligent driver are usually very high value in these cases.
Injuries that take place on private, public, government or commercial property can be the result of a failure to properly maintain the premises, such as wet or oily floors, items in walkways, broken pool gates, inadequate security, unlighted stairwells, and many other types of dangers.
There are products that make it onto the market that are later found to be dangerous to consumers. Unfortunately, in some cases the consumer does not know the product has been recalled, or it is about to be recalled, and suffers from an injury, illness or condition through the use of the product. Legal action can be taken to pursue compensation for all damages.
Slip & Falls
A slip and fall or trip and fall injury can be extremely serious; there are approximately 20,000 deaths each year from slip & fall accidents. There are a range of injuries that will require a long period of medical treatment, including head and brain injuries, broken bones, severe soft tissue injuries and others.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Although medical science has progressed in addressing spinal cord injuries, in many cases, the treatment is still related to improving the quality of life of a permanently disabled person. Whether the injury led to paraplegia, quadriplegia, continued numbness or other type of damage, it is imperative that you have legal representation to assist you in seeking compensation so that your rights and interests are protected.
The statistics on commercial truck accidents are shocking. The NHTSA reports that the fatality rate in 130,000 trucks was about 1.1 percent, or 1,398. The fatality rate from truck rollovers is much higher - 3.5%, or 209 deaths in every 6,000. There is a significant risk of death or serious injury to drivers and passengers that are involved in a truck accident.
When injured while performed your duties at work, you have access to workers' compensation insurance. It is also possible that there may be other forms of compensation that can be sought from a third party, such as an equipment leasing or manufacturing company, sub-contractor or others.
When a family has lost a loved one, the impact is long term. There are financial issues and legal issues that should be addressed with legal help. You have the right to seek justice and compensation through the civil court system, and our firm can assist you.
Find out about retaining legal representation at once if you or someone you love has suffered an injury. You must ensure your right to fair compensation is protected by a legal professional.