San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys – An Overview Of Personal Injury
Have you or someone you love been injured in a San Diego accident that was not your fault? If your accident was caused by the negligent, careless, or reckless actions of another person or business, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and damages. Coastal Legal Center APC has been helping injured Californians for over 35 years. We also work with attorneys around the country to help our clients get the most compensation available for the injuries they sustained in their accident, no matter where it took place.
Our key objective is to help you recover financial losses and compensation after suffering physical and emotional injury caused by an accident. Thousands of people are wrongfully harmed in California every year, primarily due to negligence. We at Coastal Legal Center APC have the experience, knowledge, and resources necessary to help you obtain full compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, emotional distress, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.
At Coastal Legal Center APC, personal injury attorney Jerrold Bodow has experience handling a variety of injury cases and has helped thousands of individuals over the past 35 years obtain settlements, arbitration awards, and winning verdicts after being injured in car accidents, commercial truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and bicycle accidents. He has also helped families who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents file wrongful death lawsuits to recover for the loss of their lives.
We at Coastal Legal Center APC understand how complex filing personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits can be, which is why it is important to have us by your side to guide and assist you with every step of the legal process. Our lead attorney Jerrold Bodow can help you:
- Negotiate and manage medical treatment and bills;
- Stop collection efforts;
- Seek medical specialists on your behalf, if necessary; and
- Analyze future medical needs and expenses.
Because of his success rate with helping injured victims pursue all potentially negligent parties, Jerrold Bodow is considered one of the best personal injury attorneys in San Diego. If you have been injured in an accident where another was partially or fully responsible for your injuries, call us today at 619-231-0724 for a free consultation to discuss your case with us. We are here to assist you with your legal needs.
At Coastal Legal Center APC, we have helped thousands of injured victims collect financial reimbursement after being involved in car accidents caused by other negligent drivers. Negligent behavior includes speeding, driving under the influence, texting, violating traffic laws, falling asleep at the wheel, and so much more. Since many factors can contribute to an accident, there may be multiple potential liable parties. Injured victims should hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney who has the resources needed to pursue all potentially responsible parties successfully.
Depending on the severity of an accident, injuries can range from minor to severe, catastrophic, and even fatal. The most common injuries many victims suffer from are related to soft tissue, but other damages can often include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractured or broken bones, and organ damage. Some individuals may take a few weeks, months, or sometimes years to heal, while others require life-long in-home medical treatment and assistance that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We at Coastal Legal Center APC understand how these injuries negatively impact our clients’ lives, which is why we work hard to help them prove the four essential elements of a car accident lawsuit: duty, breach, causation, and harm.
All drivers have a duty to drive responsibly on the road. When they decide to text, drive under the influence, violate traffic laws, or worse, they breach their duty of care. However, proving that a driver breached their legal obligations is not enough to show that their negligence resulted in our client obtaining injuries.
We must prove causation by collecting data that shows the connection between the driver’s breach of duty and our client’s injury. Part of recovering damages is proving that our client has been harmed. After consulting with our clients, we evaluate all aspects of their case and work with some of the best forensic consultants to help us collect factual evidence that shows how the negligent actions of another caused harm to our clients. We assess police reports, speak with witnesses, examine the crash site, review medical reports, watch available camera footage, and inspect property damage, all of which help us prove the four basic elements of negligence.
We are passionate about all of our clients’ cases, which is why we have been able to successfully help thousands to recover for all of their losses due to their personal injuries over the past 35 years. Jerrold Bodow is considered one of the best attorneys in San Diego. He can effectively handle your case and will do everything within his power to ensure you will receive all the compensation to which you may be entitled for all damages and losses.
Commercial Truck Accidents
Due to the size difference between commercial trucks, tractor trailers, and semi-trucks compared to passenger vehicles, the occupants in smaller vehicles often suffer the most bodily injuries and property damage. Even if a truck is driving at low speeds, the weight of the truck and cargo transfer significant amounts of kinetic energy into your car and can cause extensive injuries and damage to everyone involved.
Most truck accidents are caused by:
- Truck Driver Fatigue – Since most truck drivers are paid based on the number of miles they travel, they are more prone to overworking and force themselves to travel farther distances in shorter amounts of time. When drivers do this, they put themselves and others at serious risk of being injured or killed. To prevent this problem, the federal government has created laws that restrict the hours truck drivers are permitted to work each day.
- Dangerous Road Conditions – Roads can be deemed dangerous due to poor maintenance, or if they are poorly designed.
- Defective Truck Parts – In some cases, neither driver is responsible if a defective vehicle part caused the accident. There are three main types of defective causes. The first is when a vehicle was poorly designed, which means there was always a possibility of a crash happening. The second is when the manufacturing process goes wrong. Last, a hazardous or defective part inside the truck which buyers were not aware of may have been the cause of the accident.
- Negligent Maintenance – Federal regulations require truck companies to ensure each truck is in good condition before traveling on the road. Trucks in poor condition could result in dangerous accidents caused by worn tires, malfunctioning engines, unsafe trailers, or faulty brakes.
- Reckless Truck Bed Loading – There are instances when cargo is not loaded correctly. Accidents occur when an unbalanced load affects the truck’s handling and leads to an accident.
At Coastal Legal Center APC, we have helped many victims file personal injury lawsuits after being harmed in truck accidents. We have extensive knowledge regarding the truck industry and are well aware of the specific regulations in place which truck companies are required to follow. We will pursue all potentially liable parties for compensation for all damages and losses.
Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
Unfortunately, thousands of motorcyclists and bicyclists are injured every year after being struck by auto drivers who are not paying attention to their surroundings. When drivers fail to check their rearview mirrors or blind spots due to other distractions, they risk seriously harming riders. When a motorcycle or bicycle collides with a larger vehicle, the results are too often severe. The most common injuries riders suffer are head and back injuries, chest injuries, and road rash, which could escalate to first-degree burns.
Because the only bodily protection these riders are required to wear are helmets, they run a much higher risk of suffering catastrophic or fatal injuries. It is crucial for all injured victims to seek an experienced personal injury attorney who is well equipped to help them file and win their personal injury lawsuits.
As both a former off-road motocross and mountain bike rider and racer, Mr. Bodow knows how important it is to be prepared for collisions and accidents. When you prepare to ride, prepare to collide, and remember, body armor is a wonderful thing!
Jerrold Bodow has helped injured cyclists fight for their rights for 35 years, giving him ample experience and knowledge to pursue all potentially liable parties. When handling these cases, his top priority is to obtain compensation for his clients for their injuries, pain and suffering, and economic damages, past, present, and future. He works tirelessly to ensure you will receive every dollar you deserve.
Fatal Accidents and Wrongful Death
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or bicycle accident, it is vital to retain an attorney to help you make a wrongful death claim and file a wrongful death lawsuit, if necessary, especially if the accident was caused by negligent behavior. Although no amount of money can replace a lost loved one, financial assistance can aid with medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of spousal support, emotional distress, property damage, and more. Because these cases can be complex and many time limits apply, it is vital to find an attorney with a high success rate helping families fight for their rights.
At Coastal Legal Center APC, we understand how devastating it is to lose a loved one and how hard it is to simultaneously deal with legal proceedings. For this reason, we assist families in every step of the legal process, including investigating the accident, managing the paperwork, and handling all dealings with insurance companies and government entities. We are also aware of the statute of limitations in California, which only allows two years from the accident for families to file their claims and even less time to file against a governmental entity such as a city or state agency. The sooner you seek our assistance, the better chance we have of helping you obtain satisfactory compensation.
Traumatic Brain Injury
After being involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is not uncommon for individuals to suffer from traumatic brain injury or TBI, which is often caused by a blow to the head. A head injury that interferes with the normal function of the brain is horrible. If an incident causes the head to violently hits an object too hard, there is a chance the impact energy moves through the skull and affects brain tissue. Indeed, such injuries can occur without the “bump on the head,” such as when strong whiplash forces cause an internal injury during which the tissue surrounding the brain is ripped, stretched, or impacts the skull from the inside. Traumatic brain injuries range from mild to severe. Some symptoms include changes in consciousness, while more severe cases result in long periods of unconsciousness, coma, or death. Other common symptoms include:
- Sudden mood changes;
- Behavioral issues;
- Inability to concentrate;
- Vomiting or nausea;
- Slurred speech;
- Weakness or numbness in the extremities;
- Personality changes; and
- Extreme and debilitating headaches and pain.
Medical treatment can cost thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the injury. Those suffering from a moderate or severe traumatic brain injury may be immediately taken into surgery. Post-surgical treatment includes monitoring in the intensive care unit for however long the surgeon advises. This entire process affects an individual’s ability to earn income as well as negatively impact their mental and emotional health.
At Coastal Legal Center APC, we have helped injured victims who have suffered from traumatic brain injury file personal injury lawsuits to obtain compensation for current and future medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and more. We work with a variety of professionals to help our clients receive adequate financial assistance for their injuries. We consult with doctors, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuropsychologists, life care planners, vocational rehabilitation experts, and financial planners.
Although we understand that no amount of money can truly compensate for the adverse effects of a traumatic brain injury, we still believe it’s only right for those suffering to be fairly compensated, especially if the accident resulted from another person’s negligent behavior. Due to the nature and extent of these injuries including the potential need for lifelong care, these cases can have a value of a million dollars or more.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent, careless, or reckless actions of another person, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for the injuries you incurred as a result of your accident. Contact Coastal Legal Center APC today to speak with a skilled and professional personal injury lawyer who has more than three decades of injury law experience. We have been helping California residents and others protect their rights and be compensated for their injuries. Call us now to speak with a lawyer about your accident. To determine if you have a claim, contact us at 619-231-0724 during regular business hours, and 619-300-0660 if urgent, at any time.
Some of the Personal Injury Cases We Handle:
- Car Accidents
- Commercial Truck Accidents
- Motorcycle and Bicycle Accidents
- Fatal Accidents and Wrongful Death
- Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
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