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Former Athlete Wins $125 Million in Damages from Car Accident

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A 21-year old champion athlete was on his way to work one fateful morning when the car he was driving figured in a car accident that would change his life forever.

Driving his parents’ vehicle to get to work, the plaintiff was about to make a left turn on an intersection when the defendant’s car crashed into him.

DUI Resulting in Injury

The defendant was drunk and had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time of the accident. The defendant also said that he had not slept in 24 hours and had fallen asleep while driving that morning.

Defendant was charged and convicted for DUI. But in the civil case for personal injury that the plaintiff filed, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff was also to blame for the car crash. He alleged that from the speed of the defendant’s car, the plaintiff should have known that the defendant would not stop at the traffic light and had the last chance to avoid the accident by making evasive maneuvers.

Spinal Cord Injury from Car Accident

The plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries for which he claimed compensation. The car accident resulted in the plaintiff’s head laceration and spinal cord injury which paralyzed the plaintiff from the neck down. His severe injuries led to health complications involving his bladder and kidney and uncontrollable spasms that affected his blood pressure. The victim prayed for an award to cover:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including 24-hour care
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Future pain and suffering

After trial, the jury deliberated on the case for 2 days and came out with a total award of more than $125 million to cover economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. The jury did not find that the plaintiff was negligent in the accident and further found that the defendant acted with malice.

If you or a family member is severely injured in a car accident, getting both medical and legal assistance is important for a complete recovery. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your accident and find out whether you have a right to claim compensation for your injuries.

Whether you are in the San Fernando Valley region or in any other location in Los Angeles, California, the dedicated attorneys at Fox and Fox Law Corporation can help you. With more 30 years of personal injury experience, we have helped clients recover the maximum value of compensation in catastrophic car accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Call us today at (818) 986-4494 for a free evaluation of your case.

Former Athlete Wins $125 Million in Damages from Car Accident

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A 21-year old champion athlete was on his way to work one fateful morning when the car he was driving figured in a car accident that would change his life forever.

Driving his parents’ vehicle to get to work, the plaintiff was about to make a left turn on an intersection when the defendant’s car crashed into him.

DUI Resulting in Injury

The defendant was drunk and had a blood alcohol level of 0.14 at the time of the accident. The defendant also said that he had not slept in 24 hours and had fallen asleep while driving that morning.

Defendant was charged and convicted for DUI. But in the civil case for personal injury that the plaintiff filed, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff was also to blame for the car crash. He alleged that from the speed of the defendant’s car, the plaintiff should have known that the defendant would not stop at the traffic light and had the last chance to avoid the accident by making evasive maneuvers.

Spinal Cord Injury from Car Accident

The plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries for which he claimed compensation. The car accident resulted in the plaintiff’s head laceration and spinal cord injury which paralyzed the plaintiff from the neck down. His severe injuries led to health complications involving his bladder and kidney and uncontrollable spasms that affected his blood pressure. The victim prayed for an award to cover:

  • Past and future medical expenses, including 24-hour care
  • Past and future loss of earnings
  • Future pain and suffering

After trial, the jury deliberated on the case for 2 days and came out with a total award of more than $125 million to cover economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. The jury did not find that the plaintiff was negligent in the accident and further found that the defendant acted with malice.

If you or a family member is severely injured in a car accident, getting both medical and legal assistance is important for a complete recovery. Speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about your accident and find out whether you have a right to claim compensation for your injuries.

Whether you are in the San Fernando Valley region or in any other location in Los Angeles, California, the dedicated attorneys at Fox and Fox Law Corporation can help you. With more 30 years of personal injury experience, we have helped clients recover the maximum value of compensation in catastrophic car accidents and other types of personal injury cases. Call us today at (818) 986-4494 for a free evaluation of your case.

$2.1 Million in Damages Awarded to Truck Accident Case Victim

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Due to the disparity in size and weight between trucks and ordinary cars, injuries arising from truck accidents tend to be more severe for the occupants of smaller vehicles. The risk factors in truck accidents are often driver-related such as drunk driving, distracted driving, driver exhaustion, and poor vehicle maintenance. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a truck vs. car collision, injured parties may be entitled to compensation against the negligent or reckless party.

Truck Accident While under the Influence

A California jury recently awarded compensation to a driver who was injured in a truck vs. auto collision. The accident happened in an intersection more than 2 years ago when a delivery truck crashed into the sedan that the plaintiff was stopped at a red light.

Authorities found drug paraphernalia such as needles, foil with drug residue, and a packet of suboxone, a prescriptive drug for treating opioid addiction. Blood tests also showed that the truck driver had methamphetamines and opioids in his system at the time of the crash.

Evidence during the trial also showed that the driver had a long history of drug use, felonies, drug rehabilitation, imprisonment, and license suspension prior to his employment as a truck driver.

Plaintiff also alleged that he suffered mild brain injury, facet injury, and severe whiplash which required extensive medical procedures and lifetime therapy to alleviate pain.

After trial, the jury awarded more than $2 million in damages to cover:

  • Plaintiff’s past and future medical expenses
  • Plaintiff’s past and future economic losses
  • Punitive damages

While an intoxicated or negligent driver can be charged criminally for DUI, the injured party can also pursue compensation in a civil personal injury lawsuit.

If you are injured in a truck accident, several legal issues must be sorted out with the help of an experienced truck accident attorney. Your lawyer can examine your case and determine whether you have a right to claim compensation, who the responsible parties are, and the value of compensation that you may have under the situation.

Throughout the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles, California, the attorneys at Fox and Fox Law Corporation have over 30 years of truck accident experience. We are dedicated to helping injured clients recover the true value of compensation that they legally deserve. Call us today at (818) 986-4494 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.

Jury Awards $45M to Children Who Lost Their Mom in Car Accident

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A jury in Los Angeles County recently awarded $45 million in damages to the children of one of two women who died in a car accident in 2012. The children, most of them only in their teens, were those of the decedent who died when a car driven by an intoxicated driver crashed into her and another woman who had gone out to buy tacos from a food truck. The owner of the car was also sued for not taking away her keys and preventing the other defendant from operating her vehicle.

Details of the Car Accident

According to the lawsuit, the decedent felt like having some tacos that night and decided to leave her home and buy them at a parked food truck nearby. The driver of the car had earlier consumed some tequila and was visibly drunk when she drove the car which was owned by a long-time friend.

Police began pursuing the driver, believing that she was intoxicated, having observed her driving on the highway. When police tried to make a stop, the driver refused to pull over and instead sped away, even running a red light. She then entered a parking lot where the food truck was situated and crashed into it, killing the decedent and another woman.

Liability of Car Owner for Accident

While the owner of the vehicle was not present during the accident, the plaintiffs argued that the car owner knew that the driver was drunk but still allowed her to operate the vehicle that led to the car accident. They maintained that the accident would not have happened if the car owner had exercised reasonable care.

The jury awarded $11.25 million to each sibling.

Claiming Compensation for Car Accident

Speeding and intoxication are deadly combinations on the road and have led to the most catastrophic car accidents in California. If you or a loved one is involved in a car crash, getting appropriate medical treatment and care for any injury should be your priority. You should also be able to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney about your situation in order to determine whether a right to compensation exists under the circumstances.

In San Fernando Valley and other parts of Greater Los Angeles, the attorneys at Fox and Fox have over 35 years of car accident experience, helping injured clients recover compensation that they legally deserve.

We offer a free consultation to discuss the merits of your case, and welcome your call today at (818) 986-4494.

Alleged Provider of Prescriptive Drugs Sued for Wrongful Death

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A Hollywood actor is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the apparent suicide of a former girlfriend last year. The decedent was found dead in her L.A. apartment and apparently committed suicide. The actor is denying the allegations against him, calling the wrongful death case a ‘terrible shame’.

The plaintiff is the estranged husband of the decedent. He claims that the defendant used his money and celebrity status to unlawfully obtain and distribute prescription drugs through a false name. He further alleged that the regulated substances obtained by the actor were highly addictive which the decedent used to take her own life. The decedent was allegedly prone to depression.

Persons entitled to wrongful death compensation

Wrongful death is a type of personal injury action which the surviving heirs, usually the spouse, children, and parents of the decedent may file against persons or parties whose negligence or fault caused the death of the decedent.

Wrongful death compensation may be available for:

  • Funeral expenses of the decedent
  • Loss of love and affection
  • Loss of companionship
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering

The plaintiff in the case against the actor did not specify the amount of damages in his claim for wrongful death although he said that the actor reneged on an earlier promise to pay for the decedent’s funeral expenses.

Importance of personal injury attorney

Various types of fatal accidents such as auto accidents, truck crashes, defective products, and other negligent situations can be the basis for a wrongful death case. For a plaintiff to succeed in a personal injury case, it’s important to establish the cause of the death, the negligence or recklessness of the defendant, and the extent of the injury suffered by the decedent’s surviving heirs.

A skilled and experienced wrongful death attorney can sort the legal issues involved and demonstrate essential matters such as:

  • The negligence or recklessness of the defendant
  • The relationship between the plaintiff and the decedent and the nature of such relationship
  • The earning capacity of the decedent

In San Fernando Valley and other portions of Greater Los Angeles, Fox and Fox Law personal injury attorneys have extensive experience in wrongful death cases, helping clients for more than 35 years to obtain the true value of compensation that they legally deserve.

We also handle other types of catastrophic injury cases such as auto accidents, brain injury, medical malpractice, and truck accidentsYou are invited to call us today at (818) 986-4494 to learn more about how we can help you.

Truck Driver Abandons Cab after Fatal Accident

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Just after 3am in April of this year a semi-truck collided with a pickup truck at East 37th Street and South Santa Fe Avenue after running a red light. Prior to the crash the semi-truck was involved in another minor crash.

After hitting the Chevy pickup truck, the Chevy became lodged underneath the trailer of the 18th-wheeler. The cab, however, went missing.

Driver Allegedly Abandons Trailer and Leaves the Scene

When rescue crews arrived at the scene, they had found the trailer and the pickup truck where the driver with minor injuries and the passenger who passed away due to his injuries were. What they did not find, however, was the cab of the truck.

After a short investigation authorities found the cab in a parking long nearby. A restaurant employee stated that she had found a twelve pack of beer next to the cab. Two beers were missing.

Shortly after the driver of the truck, Guillermo Ortiz Jr. was found and taken into custody.

Truck Driver Error Leading Cause of Trucking Accidents

Errors made by a truck driver are the leading cause of trucking accidents here in California. Impaired drivers in particular (such as this driver who may have been impaired by alcohol or other impaired by sleep deprivation or prescription medication) are prone to making poor decisions, taking unnecessary risks, and they are unable to act appropriately when facing dangers on our roadways.

Trucking accidents also often occur because:

  • The driver is driving too fast
  • The driver depowers the front brakes
  • The cargo has been loaded improperly

When ever there is a trucking accident, victims should investigate the driver, their conduct, and the role of the trucking company after an accident. Victims are often surprised to discover must how many different parties may be responsible for their injuries.

Seeking Legal Assistance for Your Truck-Related Incident

Not all truck-related incidents may require the expert handling of a law firm. But many injured claimants have been surprised to learn of their rights and what level of recovery they are entitled to for their injuries.

The Fox and Fox Corporation has been working with parties injured in truck-related accidents for well over a decade. We have the resources necessary to investigate all parts of the claim, including which businesses and entities are responsible for the truck driver in question.

We offer free consultations to anyone who has been injured in a truck accidentCall us today to schedule your obligation-free consultation at (818) 986-4494.

Parents of Star Trek Actor Filing for Wrongful Death

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A young actor has died and his parents are filing a wrongful death complaint against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Anton Yelchin, the 27-year-old star in the latest “Star Trek” movie and child of famous Soviet Union figure skaters Victor Yelchin and Irina Yelchin was killed on June 19. After walking away from his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it proceeded to roll backwards down Yelchin’s steep driveway of his Los Angeles home.

Yelchin was crushed against a brick wall and a fence. The actor died as a result of his injuries.

A Well-Known Vehicle Recall

More than 1.1 million cars and SUVs were covered under a recall related to this issue in April because they were known to roll away after their driver had exited them.

The lawsuit is claiming that the transmission gear-selector design is “defective”. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has also stated that the gear selectors do pose a safety issue and that they have resulted in hundreds of crashes and dozens of injuries.

Yelchin case is the first known fatality.

Filing to Prevent Further Tragedies

Yelchin’s father told reporters that despite his grief, he and Yelchin’s mother are filing the wrongful death complaint to prevent other families from suffering from the same tragedy. His mother added, “…his death might just save some other life”.

Understanding Wrongful Death Claims in California

Certain parties have two years to file a wrongful death claim from the date of the descendent’s death in California. These parties include:

  • The surviving spouse or domestic partner of the deceased
  • The children of the deceased
  • Anyone who would be entitled to property of the deceased (this can include a parent or a sibling)

If a person can show that they financially depended on the deceased, they may be able to bring a wrongful death claim in California if they are:

  • The parents of the deceased
  • The stepchildren of the deceased
  • The deceased person’s “putative spouse” and their children

Why Trust Fox and Fox

The Fox and Fox Corporation is known in the Los Angeles area for our unparalleled investigative and litigation skills. Starting with looking at the deceased themselves, we delve deeper into every case, uncovering all causes of a victim’s wrongful death including those which may not be immediately apparent.

We invite you to speak with one of our compassionate wrongful death lawyers for an initial free consultation today, by calling (818) 986-4494.

Can Paparazzi Be Liable for California Car Accidents

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A high profile personality recently sued paparazzi for their contribution to a multiple car accident last year. The lawsuit, which is in the form of a cross complaint, alleged that at the time of the incident, photographers were driving recklessly and tailgating the cross plaintiff, a former Olympic athlete. She claimed that their behavior caused a visual distraction that led to the car crash that killed the occupant of another vehicle.

The celebrity was cleared of criminal charges arising from the crash but became a defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit that she later settled with the decedent’s family.

The cross complaint reminds us of the same issue of paparazzi chasing celebrities and causing accidents that arose several years ago when Princess Diana was killed in a car accident.

Allegations of Contributory Negligence

The cross complaint alleged that the paparazzi:

  • Drove at unreasonable speed in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 22350
  • Tailgated the cross plaintiff with intent to capture a visual image, sound recording, or physical impression of another person for commercial purposes in violation of California Vehicle Code Section 40008
  • Drove recklessly causing injury
  • Interfered with the driver of a vehicle, affecting the driver’s ability to control the vehicle

The complaint sought a judgment ordering that damages arising from the accident be apportioned among the defendants.

California Car Accident Law

Car accidents involving multiple vehicles can be complex cases.

As a rule, a person injured in a California car accident may generally recover damages against persons whose negligence or recklessness caused their injuries. But when two or more drivers or parties appear to have some fault in the car accident, determining legal responsibility can be a challenge.

Following the principle of comparative negligence which California follows, it is possible for several parties to be legally responsible for damages in proportion to their fault. If you are injured in a multiple car accident, it’s to your advantage discuss your case immediately with an experienced car accident attorney.

Your personal injury lawyer can conduct a thorough investigation, determine responsibility, represent you in discussions with insurance companies, raise the most compelling arguments in your favor, and if necessary, call on an accident reconstruction expert to testify in your case.

Whether you are in the San Fernando Valley or other parts of Los Angeles, California, the car accident attorneys of Fox and Fox Law Corporation can help you recover compensation for your injuries. We work very hard to fight for your rights to compensation and are prepared to take your case to trial.

Call us today at (818) 986-4494 to learn more about how we can help you.

Veteran Killed by Truck on Veteran’s Day

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Veteran’s Day should be a day when we commemorate our country’s veterans and thank them for their service. Three men, however, will now remember it as the day their 91-year-old father, who had served in the Navy during World War II, was killed by a truck.

On November 11th Raymond Lopez Sr. was riding his motorized scooter in Signal Hill. At 1:30pm he was struck by a truck driven by Matthew Licht at Willow Street and Temple Avenue.

Mr. Lopez died as a result of his injuries.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed

Mr. Lopez’s three sons, Joseph, John, and Raymond Lopez Jr. filed a lawsuit against both Matthew Licht and PFT Alexander Inc. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages which resulted from Raymond Lopez Sr.’s death.

The complaint alleges that Licht was driving negligently and that his employer shares liability. The three sons have also stated that they have lost their father’s companionship as well as financial support.

Who Is Responsible in a Truck Accident?

What many injured parties do not realize is that the driver may not be the only one accountable for an accident (or the driver may not be responsible at all). There are a number of players who may contribute to a truck-related accident and who injured claimants may be able to seek damages from, including:

  • The owner of the truck
  • The owner of the truck trailer
  • The company or individual who leased the truck or trailer
  • The individual or company which loaded the truck’s cargo
  • The company which manufactured parts of the truck which may have contributed to the accident (such as the truck’s brakes or tires)

What Causes Truck Accidents?

Truck accidents are typically cause by one of two things:

  • Driver error
  • Equipment problems/failure

Driver error is a fairly broad term which refers to factors such as speeding, fatigue, distracted driving, the use of prescription and/or over the counter drugs, and being unfamiliar with the road. Equipment failure is rarely the fault of the driver and is typically the fault of a part manufacturer or the owner/leaser to properly maintain the truck.

Seeking Legal Help

Navigating a truck-related accident can be incredibly complex, especially when there may be a number of different insurance companies battling over who will pay what. Fox & Fox Law Corporation Sherman Oaks, CA has protected the rights of injured victims and has recovered substantial damages for those hurt in truck accidents.

If you have been hurt in a truck accident, call us today for a free consultation to discuss your claim at (818) 986-4494.

California Teen Killed in Collision with Distracted Highway Officer

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A 15-year-old California boy was killed in early June when a Highway Patrol officer struck a stopped vehicle.

The boy was a passenger in a vehicle which was stopped in a construction zone along Interstate 5. According to authorities, the CHP officer was looking at the computer of a mobile road enforcement truck, and failed to notice the stalled traffic in time to stop.

The officer rear-ended a vehicle in front of him, which struck two other stopped vehicles. Two other teenagers also sustained injuries in the crash, and were transported to an area medical center to be treated. The incident is currently under investigation by CHP offices.

Unfortunately, auto accidents are all too common in the state of California, which has some of the most congested motorways in the country.

Auto Accidents and Personal Injury

When auto accidents occur, there is always the chance for injury. Though many accidents will result in only minor cuts or bruises, some incidents can be far more severe, with victims experiencing severe personal injury or disability.

Regardless of the circumstances, the most important thing in any auto accident situation is to first seek the help of a qualified medical professional, who can diagnose any personal injury and recommend a pathway towards recuperation and recovery.

However, it is often that recovery that proves challenging for personal injury victims, especially for those requiring ongoing medical treatment or other rehabilitation. Between lost wages and mounting medical costs, the financial burden can grow heavy for many dealing with serious injuries.

Filing a personal injury claim is one way to help recover compensation or other damages to which you may be entitled.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident, it is in your best interest to contact a qualified personal injury attorney, in order to ensure that your rights as a victim are protected under law.

Finding a Personal Injury Attorney

In Los Angeles and the surrounding areas in Southern California, the dedicated attorneys at Fox & Fox Law Corp. assist victims of personal injury in receiving the justice they deserve. From assisting in finding the medical professionals you need, to conducting thorough investigations into the circumstances surrounding your claim, our attorneys are committed to putting our clients first. Let us work with you to build a strong, convincing case that yields the results you both need and deserve.

Our personal injury specialists are standing by today, prepared to assist you and your loved ones on the road to recovery. To schedule a free preliminary consultation to assess your case, contact our attorneys at Fox & Fox Law Corp. at (818) 986-4494.