Each year, millions of people in the United States are injured in accidents when you or a loved one has been injured in an accident resulting from negligence or intentional harm, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. To find a top notch Personal Injury Attorney in Los Angeles and Orange County, go to the Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, will carefully review all the facts of your case, investigate the circumstances and participants, and assess your damages. Jeff Gold’s extensive trial experience will give you a real advantage in the courtroom, should you not get a settlement offer that fully compensates you. We routinely work with medical professionals, forensic experts and private investigators that can conduct a detailed investigation and produce an independent analysis of your accident. We will open negotiations with the insurance companies and attempt to obtain a fair settlement. If we determine that the settlement offered was unjust, we will aggressively pursue damages in court. We will advise you whether you should take the initial settlement offered by the insurance company. The highly qualified personal injury attorneys in our office have the expertise and knowledge to consider future damages, which may harm the victim for years to come including pain, emotional trauma and subsequent injuries. With this knowledge, we can properly evaluate the full extent of the damage and help to determine if any settlement offer is fair and adequate to ensure your full physical and financial recovery.
Many times, an injured person’s rights are permanently lost because the injured person believed what he or she was told by the insurance company. Insurance companies regularly use significant resources to challenge your claim in order to maximize their profits. With their powerful legal teams and vast resources, these large corporations have the edge when dealing with the injured. To obtain a fair result you need solid legal counsel and representation on your side. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation with will work diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
For a free initial consultation with The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, call us at 888-225-9861 or contact us online.
To protect your rights and make certain that you are receiving all the compensation to which you are entitled you should contact our office. Our law firm handles all personal injury cases including:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The automobile litigation defense attorneys at The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, handle all categories of motor vehicle litigation cases, including:
Our clients receive the attention and services of an experienced litigator, along with a full-fledged legal team to handle their case. We have decades of experience successfully investigating and defending against automobile liability claims. We take the time to thoroughly investigate each case, gather evidence, identify witnesses, and consult with industry experts capable of analyzing claims involving complex medical and engineering issues. Our team of professionals works to reconstruct accidents in order to determine:
Liability cases require a careful review of the parties’ insurance contracts. We are well versed in the complex issues related to automobile insurance coverage. We use our extensive experience interpreting these types of policies to develop strategies targeted at building a strong case and generating the most favorable results for our clients.
In the event that an acceptable settlement cannot be negotiated, The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation is prepared to represent clients at all stages of the litigation process. We have extensive mediation, arbitration and courtroom experience. We combine this experience with our understanding of the automobile and insurance industries to devise litigation tactics and methods that best protect our clients’ interests and objectives.
Because motorcycle riders are less immediately visible to other drivers than someone driving a vehicle, they are at a significantly greater risk for being in an accident. Therefore, motorcycle drivers are constantly in a potentially very dangerous situation as they ride.
Another factor that makes motorcycles so dangerous is that there is much less protection for them than someone driving a vehicle. They are not shielded from the outside world and therefore are immediately more vulnerable by virtue of the fact that they are totally exposed to the elements.
Helmet use is a great idea in terms of trying to minimize potential serious head injury but even with such precautions, motorcycle riders are often subject to serious head, neck, and back injuries when involved in an accident.
If you are involved in a motorcycle accident where injuries are sustained, it is important that you retain an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer who can competently represent your needs.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, has the required expertise and experience to represent you and will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Slip/Trip & Fall Injuries
Slip and falls are very common accidents that can be divided into two types of categories: same level or elevated. Same level falls are more common and usually involve a surface that is slippery or easy to fall on. This can lead to serious medical injuries, from back and spinal problems to broken limbs. An elevated fall occurs from a ladder or stairs and can lead to even more serious injuries of the same type. If you or someone you know has fallen and suffered injuries from the accident, The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation can provide competent experienced representation to assure you are compensated for your injuries.
When settling your claim is not a viable option, we will not hesitate to try the case in court. Jeffrey D. Gold is an accomplished trial lawyer with the skills and experience needed to successfully represent clients at all stages of the litigation process.
With decades of experience in the courtroom The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, is well positioned to provide a complete range of legal services to our clients, from the initial investigation and evaluation of a claim to case preparation and aggressive advocacy at all trial and appellate court levels.
Many traffic fatalities occurred as the result of drivers impaired by a blood alcohol level of .08 or greater. Making the decision to drive drunk puts the driver in a compromised situation where they are operating a vehicle at a lower and more impaired level of awareness making it more difficult if not impossible to react safely to various driving conditions.
Driving drunk may make the driver susceptible to both civil and criminal liability depending on the nature of the circumstances surrounding the incident. Accidents involving drunk driving often involve serious injury and in some cases even death. The victims of a drunk driver are entitled to hold the defendant civilly liable for damages to compensate the victims for their losses. These damages, known as compensatory damages, include items such as compensation for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, etc.
In addition to compensatory damages, where the plaintiff has suffered injuries as a result of an accident involving a drunk driver, sometimes punitive damages are awarded. Punitive damages are generally only allowed where it is proven by clear and convincing evidence that the defendant has been guilty of oppression, fraud or malice which can be implied from acting in the conscious disregard of the rights or safety of others.
However, there are special rules for punitive damages in drunk driving cases.
In order to get an award of punitive damages in a drunk driving case, a plaintiff must establish by clear and convincing evidence:
Therefore, the plaintiff’s attorney must present evidence, frequently by testimony, that the defendant knew that they would be driving before they began drinking and knew of the extreme risks of drunk driving before punitive damages will be awarded.
In order to be fully compensated for your injuries you need an experienced litigator. Not all attorneys have the extensive trial experience of Jeffrey D. Gold, who has tried hundreds of lawsuits for decades. If you, or someone you know, has been injured as a result of the actions of a drunk driver contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation for a free consultation. We will discuss how we can fight to help make you whole and secure the compensation you are due.
Each year, thousands of construction workers are injured in construction related accidents. Construction workers are constantly exposed to dangerous work environments such as falling girders, defective equipment, scaffolding collapses, falls, electrocutions, explosions, or a large machine without a warning signal to name just a few. As a result, they can suffer serious injuries resulting in a loss of employment, permanent disabilities, and a lifetime of medical bills. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, has years of experience in representing injured construction workers.
Because construction injury cases are complex, you will need an experienced construction accident attorney to successfully handle them. Construction cases typically require the injured worker to bring claims against contractors, subcontractors, developers, owners, material suppliers, architects, engineers and insurance companies, as all of these parties typically attempt to avoid liability for their wrongful conduct and pass it on to others. Additionally, construction cases frequently require expert witnesses-both medical and construction industry experts-to demonstrate both the cause of the accident and the nature and extent of the employee’s injuries. Accordingly, without an experienced and aggressive construction accident attorney, an injured worker may suffer for years without any compensation while the construction lawsuit carries on.
Construction companies and contractors must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation covers medical care and lost wages, but the payments are limited and do not assign fault. We seek damages above and beyond Workers’ Comp, as the law allows, ensuring that the victim’s current and future needs are fully met. The employer owes a safe work environment for its workers, and is obligated to take reasonable measures to ensure safety. We seek compensation for victims of construction site accidents relating to negligent or reckless actions and orders, unqualified equipment operators, OSHA violations and other employer liability.
Injuries due to construction accidents are frequently severe. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, will seek maximum compensation for medical expenses and future care, loss of wages and lost earning potential, and other damages such as loss of enjoyment. When these accidents turn fatal, we also represent surviving families in filing wrongful death lawsuits.
After suffering a traumatic head or brain injury, the road to recovery may be long and uncertain. Severe trauma to the head is most often caused by motor vehicle accidents, especially those involving motorcycles. Sometimes your head hits a window during impact or you experience whiplash as the result of a rear end collision, or otherwise injury your head. However, it occurs, a brain injury is traumatic. These injuries also may result from other events than a motor vehicle accident such as a slip and fall accident, a blow to the head during a sporting event, working around heavy machinery or industrial equipment or a variety of other situations. Cases involving these types of traumatic injuries are complex and require the skill of a knowledgeable brain injury lawyer to evaluate your case.
Head injuries are often complex and puzzling. A traumatic blow to your head may result in a variety of injuries including swelling of the brain, tearing or bruising. If there are no outward symptoms, it may be difficult to understand the scope of your injury. Unless you have trouble with speech, headaches, impaired motor skills, or memory loss following your head injury it may be difficult to know if something is wrong.
In properly diagnosing your head injury, you will need experienced doctors to provide you with the most accurate diagnosis and prognosis. The expertise of a doctor along with medical reports specific to your case are great tools for litigating your case because they will provide proof of the scope of your injuries and/or long term effects. If your case proceeds to trial, then your neurologist will be a valuable expert witness to strengthen your case by explaining the full extent of your traumatic brain injury.
You will need the legal assistance of an aggressive traumatic brain injury lawyer who knows how to assemble your injury case to achieve maximum results.
Be proactive in availing yourself of your legal rights and employ the services of The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation to assist in getting you the compensation you deserve.
Powerful medical lobbyists have influenced the legislature to make laws that favor doctors and hospitals. The doctor and hospital insurance company lobbies have made it expensive and difficult for patients to sue.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, represents innocent people hurt by their care providers and have done so for many years. We proudly represent people injured while receiving medical care from doctors, hospitals, clinics and HMOs throughout California. We have decades of experience examining, preparing and presenting complicated medical evidence. We are networked with medical negligence lawyers across the country so that we can access the best and smartest experts. We work with a dedicated team of medical experts of the highest quality and training to ensure that every avenue of liability has been explored. We have helped patients recover for mistakes made by physicians, nurses, therapists, hospitals and pharmacists.
The breadth of our experience in medical matters includes obstetrics and pediatrics, gynecology, oncology, cardiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, plastic surgery, infectious diseases, emergency room care and nursing home abuse, medication errors and dangerous drugs.
Our firm is dedicated to holding negligent doctors and other medical professionals responsible for the injuries they have caused. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation has the required expertise and experience to represent you in a Medical Negligence action and will zealously pursue your case in order to get you the compensation you deserve.
Professionals such as lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and others have a duty to behave in a professional manner. They must exercise the skill, care and judgment that a reasonably careful professional would in similar circumstances. When that duty is breached, the injured party may seek compensation for damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
Professionals are licensed by the State of California and must first qualify before they are admitted to practice in their particular field. Some of these professionals include, but are not limited to, the following:
A professional who takes advantage of their position and victimizes a client can be held accountable for their intentional or negligent conduct.
The following basic elements must exist in a legal negligence claim:
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, has the required expertise and experience to represent you in a Professional Negligence action and will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Nursing Home/Elder Abuse
The Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (the Act) was enacted in 1991 to direct attention to the needs of elderly persons and problems they face, including abuse, neglect and abandonment. The Act is codified in Welfare & Institutions Code section 15657 et. seq.
To encourage lawyers to take Elder Abuse cases the legislature included in the Act certain enhanced remedies for successful claimants, including attorney’s fees and costs, and post-mortem general damages in cases of death in certain circumstances.
The Act holds the defendant liable, given clear and convincing evidence of abuse and/or neglect and that the defendant acted in a reckless, oppressive, fraudulent, or malicious manner. Damaged recovered for the plaintiff are not to exceed damages allowed to be recovered under Section 3333.2 (b) of the Civil Code.
Neglect is defined in the Act as “the negligent failure of any person having the care or custody of an elder or dependent adult to exercise that degree of care that a reasonable person in a like position would exercise” and includes, among other things, the failure to provide medical care for physical and mental health needs, failure to protect from health and safety hazards, and the failure to prevent malnutrition and dehydration. Some examples of neglect include:
When evaluating a case involving the custodial treatment of an elderly person or a dependent adult, such as in a nursing home or residential care facility, it is important to investigate all issues that might suggest a pattern of neglect instead of what, at first, might appear to be a single negligent act. A good place to start is the medical file maintained by the facility, and specifically the written care plan (or “plan of care”), required for all residents of a skilled nursing facility. The plan should address falls, mobility, pain management, nutrition, bladder and bowels, etc. These plans must be continually updated to address a resident’s changing needs, and must be followed. A failure to follow the care plan can lead to serious injury or death, and can be the basis of an elder neglect lawsuit.
If the elder or dependent adult does not die as a result of the misconduct, then, like most cases, the injured party sues on his or her own behalf.
If the injured party dies as a result of the misconduct, the court does not lose jurisdiction for claims made under the Act. After a petition, the right to maintain the action after death (the survival action) can be transferred to a personal representative of the decedent or to the decedent’s successor in interest. That is, the person who died can maintain a legal action as though they were still alive. This is a unique benefit of the Elder Abuse Act.
In addition, the death of an elder or dependent adult not only may continue after death in the decedent’s name. The survival action looks at the decedent’s injuries and becomes an asset of the decedent’s estate.
A significant portion of elder abuse cases that are reported take place in California’s nursing homes. However, many unreported cases of abuse occur in private residences as well. Hospice care providers and in-home care workers are tasked with taking care of elderly, vulnerable individuals who often need help with everyday activities. Workers who take advantage of that vulnerability should be held accountable for their wrong doing.
Many elderly patients who require assistance at home are physically frail and unable to take care of themselves or defend themselves against abuse. Some common forms of elder abuse in California include:
It is possible to hold an abusive care provider and his or her employer financially accountable for their wrongdoing. If you have a loved one who has suffered at the hands of others and think you may have an elder abuse case, please contact us right away to preserve your rights. Only a skilled California elder abuse attorney can help the victim or the victim’s family pursue compensation for medical bills, physical pain, emotional suffering and other related damages. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation is well qualified to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.
Product Liability? The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold can help.
Each year thousands of products are recalled due to inferior performance, poor quality, faulty designs, and other defects. Producers of consumer goods in the United States of America are bound by law to consider their customers’ safety and to minimize their risk of being hurt by a dysfunctional or dangerous product. Products must be manufactured, labeled and marketed in accordance with state and federal laws. Defective products, dangers that are not included on the label, and false marketing can influence consumers to buy and use these defective products.
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation is experienced in product liability cases and has the required expertise to represent you in a product liability lawsuit.
There are many circumstances that can lead to product liability claims, and our firm is qualified to represent you in such cases as:
Consumers who read all warning labels and use products in their intended manner should not be in danger of injury. Manufacturers, retailers and even advertisers make false claims, fail to inform consumers of dangers, or manufacture faulty or defective products. This includes placing appropriate warning labels on the packaging, and ensuring that products are thoroughly tested and properly designed.
If you or a loved one has been hurt because of a dangerous or defective consumer product, call The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation for a free consultation.
Dog bites are a serious public health issue. Approximately 1,000 Americans receive treatment for dog bites every day. A dog bite can cause broken bones, cuts and bruises, disfigurement, scarring, permanent injury and even death. Expensive medical treatment is often necessary after a dog bite, and it is common for victims to suffer from serious emotional distress.
Regardless of the breed, if you have suffered from a dog bite, the dog’s owner may be responsible for your losses. You have the right to damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and lost wages (depending on the severity of the bite).
Proving a dog bite case can be complicated, and the stakes are high. You need a qualified attorney knowledgeable in dog bite cases on your side to make sure that you know your legal rights and that you receive the best possible compensation for your injuries.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a dog and suffered, injuries as a result contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation to assist in getting you the compensation you deserve.
When a person intentionally, negligently or recklessly causes injury to another individual, the victim has the right to take action to recover compensation for his or her injuries. In some cases, the personal injuries are so serious that the victim does not survive. Tragically, auto accidents, construction accidents, plane crashes, medical mistakes, and defective products take the life of many victims each year.
When a death occurs because of negligence or wrongdoing, the person or entity responsible should not escape legal liability because the victim was killed. To ensure that the wrongdoer is held accountable for compensating surviving family members, every state in the U.S. has passed special laws called wrongful death statutes to help compensate the family members of wrongful death victims.
A wrongful death lawsuit is a case brought by the family members of the deceased against another person or entity that caused the loved one’s death through negligence, wrongdoing or breach of a legal duty.
These cases arise out of many types of incidents, from car accidents to construction accidents to severe dog bites to aviation disasters. Wrongful death actions can only be brought by certain specific individuals with a close family relationship to the deceased.
If your loved one has passed away from personal injuries sustained in an accident, you may be entitled to substantial compensation through a wrongful death case. However, it is up to you to protect your rights and file a claim for compensation. Contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, to assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.
Catastrophic Injury/Accidental Death
When personal injury lawyers represent a client with a catastrophic injury, they typically are going to be seeking a significant amount of compensation through a settlement or verdict from the negligent party. Catastrophic injury typically is associated with an injury or illness that occurs suddenly and can leave the victim with permanent disabilities.
Victims typically need compensation for lifelong disabilities, financial compensation to cover past, current and future medical bills as well as lost income. An attorney may consult with experts to determine other damages. The victim may need compensation to make home modifications.
Examples of catastrophic injuries include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage resulting in paralysis, an amputation, severe burn injuries, organ damage, nerve damage, certain eye injuries, among others.
An injury that rises to the level of catastrophic is generally one that is permanent or has a lifelong impact. Soft tissue injuries or certain bone fractures might be considered non-catastrophic.
Injuries representing a victim of catastrophic proportions requires specific expertise and trial experience. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, meets that criteria and can assist in getting the compensation you deserve.
Class Action Litigation
The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, has the substantial experience and extensive resources necessary to handle regional and national litigation on behalf of a class of plaintiffs. We handle class actions and multidistrict litigation (MDL) involving a variety of matters, including:
We represent plaintiffs in statewide and nationwide class action litigation in every facet of class action proceedings—from motions to dismiss, class certification proceedings, discovery, trial, settlement, and appeal.
Our firm understands that class action lawsuits involve complex and sophisticated legal issues. These cases require experienced litigators with an in-depth understanding of both the laws and industries particular to your case. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation can assist you in pursuing your class claim.
If you have a claim appropriate for class action litigation you need an experienced trial attorney who will not hesitate to pursue your claim in a courtroom if necessary. The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation has represented clients in hundreds of trials for many decades. For a free initial consultation with The Law Offices of Jeffrey D. Gold, A Professional Law Corporation, call us at 888-225-9861 or contact us online.