Ventura Personal Injury Attorneys
Your personal injury case is personal to us.
If you have been injured as the result of someone else’s negligence, you are in a precarious position. Your primary concern needs to be seeking the medical attention you need and following the path toward your most complete recovery. In order to accomplish this critical task, however, you are going to need the compensation to which you are entitled. While you take care of your health, allow an experienced Ventura personal injury lawyer from Blair & Ramirez LLP to aggressively advocate for the most beneficial resolution of your claim.
- Car Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Bicycle Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck & Whiplash Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Premises Liability
Accidents most closely associated with personal injury claims
Ventura sees its fair share of traffic. Where there is traffic, there are sure to be car accidents—and many are caused by motorist negligence. Car accidents can lead to extremely serious injuries with far-reaching health implications. To help ensure that you receive fair compensation, you should work closely with an experienced personal injury attorney in Ventura, CA. More About Vehicle Accidents
Massive semi-trucks are the largest vehicles on our roadways, and their sheer mass means they are involved in some of the most dangerous accidents. Every truck accident is a potentially fatal one. Truck drivers and the truck companies who employ them should be held liable for their negligence. More About Truck Accidents
It is hard to imagine a more idyllic place to ride than Ventura, but motorcycle accidents leave bikers exceedingly vulnerable to life-threatening injuries. When you are on your bike, you are obviously more difficult to see than you would be if you were in a car or in another kind of vehicle. This is no excuse for negligent behavior on the part of other vehicles: motorists are responsible for paying attention to the traffic all around them, including motorcycles. In fact, every motorist owes you the duty of care that they owe every other motorist. Look to a well-respected Ventura personal injury law firm to bring your strongest case against the at-fault driver. More About Motorcycle Accidents
Biking is a healthy, green, and energizing alternative to driving, but bike accidents are exceptionally dangerous. When you are on your bike, you join the flow of traffic, but you have nothing other than your bike helmet to protect you from being injured in an accident. While motorists understand that bicyclists have the right to share our roads, they do not always proceed with the necessary caution, and dangerous—and even deadly—accidents are often the cost associated with this brand of negligence. More About Bicycle Accidents
Of all the traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents are among the most tragic. When you are on foot, you are utterly and completely vulnerable to the traffic all around you, and that traffic consists of heavy vehicles that can move at great speed. Pedestrian accidents are often deadly. More About Pedestrian Accidents
Slips & Falls
Whether you are pursuing the aisles of your favorite grocery store, are heading into your dentist’s office for a cleaning, or are engaging with any other commercial enterprise in the course of your day, the last thing you expect is to be injured as a result of the property owner’s negligence. Commercial premises that are not adequately or safely maintained, however, can be the scene of very dangerous slip-and-fall accidents. Some of the most dangerous slips and falls are those that occur from heights, such as those that take place on staircases, or on the ladders, scaffolding, or heavy machinery commonly found at construction sites. More About Slips & Falls
Wrongful death claims are a specific kind of personal injury claim that addresses the losses the victim would have experienced if he or she had survived the accident, in addition to the losses the victim’s survivors face as a result of their family member’s death. While no amount of compensation can bring a loved one back, wrongful death cases can provide those left behind with an opportunity to move forward toward emotional and financial recovery. Whatever kind of accident leaves you injured, obtaining your rightful compensation is a worthy pursuit that can help you overcome the obstacles you face as a direct result of that accident. More About Wrongful Death Cases
Brain injuries are also called traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and they include concussions. These injuries are generally caused by a blow to the head or by the head being violently shaken, and the physical, financial, and emotional consequences can be overwhelming. A brain injury can leave the sufferer feeling like he or she is no longer himself or herself and is moving through life as a different, less-whole person. The tragic nature of this is both obvious and devastating. The symptoms associated with these serious injuries include many psychological and emotional effects that, in their totality, tend to push the victim’s loved ones and friends away just when he or she is most in need of their support. A serious brain injury can lead to a lifetime of negative consequences. More About Brain & Spinal Injuries
Spinal injuries are injuries that occur anywhere on the spinal cord, and they tend to be as painful as they are slow to heal. In fact, spinal injuries can lead to chronic pain in the affected area and even to disabilities. When a spinal injury cuts across the spinal cord’s full width, the victim is paralyzed in that area of the body that corresponds with the site of the injury. Paralysis leaves the sufferer permanently unable to control movement in the affected area of his or her body and can alter the trajectory of the victim’s life in an instant. Further, there are serious complications that are closely associated with this class of injuries, including life-threatening breathing problems. More About Brain & Spinal Injuries
Common damages resulting from personal injuries
The cost of medical care
A serious accident can leave you facing overwhelming medical bills—with no end in sight. The fact is that serious injuries often lead to secondary health concerns and can reverberate far into your future. Further, a catastrophic injury, such as paralysis, can leave you permanently disabled and with a lifetime of attendant medical expenses. The cost of your medical care can include emergency care at the scene of the accident, emergency transportation from the scene of the accident, surgery and follow-up care, treatment from medical specialists and physicians, prescription drugs, adaptations to your home, home health care, physical therapy, physical rehabilitation, and much more. By working closely with a dedicated Ventura personal injury attorney, you can ensure that your claim adequately covers your medical expenses, both in the present and for the future.
The loss of wages
Even a relatively minor injury can cause you to lose work and to experience a decrease in earnings. A serious injury leaves you far more vulnerable to a considerable loss of wages and can lead to a decrease in annual earnings far into your future. If your injuries alter the course of your career altogether or leave you unable to work at all, the financial and emotional damages can be astronomical. Many of us derive a great deal of satisfaction and self-worth from our careers. Our work gives our lives meaning and purpose. Having everything you have worked hard for abruptly brought to a halt in the few seconds it takes for an accident to occur—especially as the result of someone else’s negligence—can be especially difficult to process.
Ensuing pain and suffering
The physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure as a result of a serious accident can be extreme. Reflecting on their accident years later, many accident victims say that the emotional trauma of their accident affected them just as much, or even more, than the physical trauma. Many victims suffer long-lasting and far-reaching emotional consequences. This can include an extreme fear of getting back behind the wheel (when the precipitating accident is a traffic accident), increased anxiety and signs of depression, an inability to stabilize one’s moods, a tendency to cry suddenly, self-isolation, and more.
Damage to your property
Any damage to your property, including your vehicle, should be included in your claim. Once fully accounted for and compiled, your cumulative damages will probably be considerable. To help ensure that you obtain compensation that covers these damages in their entirety, you need the professional legal counsel of one of the best personal injury attorneys in Ventura.
Keeping your eye on the insurance company
There are certain moves that the insurance company involved in your case may engage in that should give you pause, including:
Asking for an official statement
The insurance company that is covering your case may ask you to provide it with an official, recorded statement about the accident. It is important to understand that you are not required to provide them with a recorded statement and that doing so is not likely to be in the best interest of your claim. Insurance representatives are skilled at eliciting the responses they want and at using those responses to their own advantage, regardless of whether the results are supported by the facts or not. Look to your experienced personal injury lawyer to provide the insurance company with all the information and documentation it needs and to negotiate for a settlement that protects your rights.
Denying the claim outright
Another tactic insurance companies employ to limit liability is simply denying personal injury claims right out of the gate. This technique helps insurance companies weed out claimants who do not have the energy to fight for their rights or who simply do not recognize that they have legal rights to fight for in the first place. Do not be fooled by this ploy. Instead, speak immediately with a skilled personal injury attorney.
Making a speedy settlement offer
If the insurance company comes back with a settlement offer before you have even had time to fully assess your injuries, there could be more to it than simply a good-faith offer. Insurance companies will sometimes gamble on a claimant being overwhelmed and being glad to have an offer at all. They look to settle before the victim has time to fully realize the damages they have suffered and the implications for their future. Once you have signed on the dotted line, you will have no further legal recourse. Never accept a settlement offer before you have gone over it with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer who is up to speed on your case.
Prolonging the process
Prolonging the settlement process can be as effective a tactic as rushing the matter. Some insurance companies are not above flooding accident victims with requests for documentation and other paperwork that serves to wear them down and leaves them more inclined to accept an inadequate settlement offer, just to bring about an end to the very frustrating and time-consuming process. Working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney is the best way to avoid these potential insurance traps.