If you have been injured while in a store, you need to take the right steps in order to receive the proper medical care and to be fairly compensated.
- Call for immediate help if needed. If you don’t think a 911 call is warranted, you should still see a doctor as soon as possible to make sure there was no underlying damage that occurred.
- Collect evidence from the scene. This means taking pictures or videos of the site. You also want to get contact information for any eyewitnesses.
- Speak with an employee. You will likely have to fill out an accident report outlining what occurred. Be sure to ask for a copy.
- Track your medical expenses. You can also track lost workdays or other expenses that are related to the injury.
- Hire a personal injury attorney. When you experience an injury that occurs on a store’s property, you are likely going to be dealing with an insurance company. The insurance company’s goal is to pay out as little as possible, so don’t sign anything or accept a settlement without seeking counsel for yourself.
Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California
If your injury occurred in southern California, Petrov Law Firm is here to help. Call our San Diego office at 619.344.0360 to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We can help you get what you deserve from an insurance company. Don’t let the corporate suits push you around! Petrov Law Firm is here to help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.Read More
When you are injured in a privately owned home or business, the insurance of the owner is likely to cover the bill for your medical expenses and other losses. However, what happens when you are on public property and an injury occurs?
If it is due to the negligence of a public entity such as a government facility or department, you may still be able to receive compensation, but there are some differences in how you have to proceed.
- File your claim immediately – With most personal injury cases in the state of California, you get two years to file a claim. However, the statute of limitations when a public entity is involved is just six months, so there is no time to delay.
- If you were injured on a sidewalk, the adjacent property owner might be liable – This is because most counties or cities in California have laws that place the responsibility of keeping sidewalks well maintain on the owner of the adjacent property.
- Any facility that a public agency owns will fall into this category – Thus, whether you are at a public school (not a privately owned university) or even a community center, the property is considered public.
Get the Help You Need After an Injury on Public Property in CA
Petrov Law Firm is here to help if you have been injured on public property. Just call 619.344.0360 to have an experienced personal injury attorney take a look at your case. But remember: There is no time to delay when dealing with a public entity – you don’t want the statute of limitations to run out.Read More
A slip and fall injury often results in a settlement covering medical costs and other losses. However, whether you receive a settlement (and how much) may depend on avoiding the two most common mistakes. Here they are so that you can handle your case the right way and get the compensation you deserve.
- Mistake 1: Letting the statute of limitations expire – In California, you get two years to make a personal injury claim. That gets cut down to six months if it happens on government property. Be sure to start your suit in time so that you don’t miss out on a potential claim.
- Mistake 2: Not hiring an experienced personal injury attorney – You don’t want to go up against an insurance company alone. They thrive on paying out as little as possible to get people to walk away from what they really deserve. You also want an attorney who specifically has experience in slip and fall cases. You can’t just walk into any legal office and get the assistance you need to maximize a settlement.
Get the Help You Need for Your California Slip and Fall Injury Claim
Petrov Law Firm in San Diego has the experienced personal injury attorneys that you want on your side when you have experienced an injury due to the negligence of an individual, business, or public entity. Give us a call today at 619.344.0360. Once we discuss the particulars of the case, we can help you to receive the compensation that you deserve.Read More
When you experience injuries or loss due to the intent or negligence of another party, you deserve to be compensated. However, in order to receive the compensation, you have to file suit within the proper amount of time. If the statute of limitations passes, you won’t be able to seek compensation for damages.
In California, the statute of limitations can vary from case to case, depending on the damages that occur. Here are a few examples of the different timeframe you may have based on the particulars of your case.
- Personal injury – For a general personal injury case, you have two years to file a suit. This would include motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall injuries, dog bites, and the like.
- Property damage – If you are okay, but your property was damaged, you have three years to begin the case. For example, if you were in a motor vehicle accident but were unharmed and are not seeking compensation for medical bills, you can take an extra year to file suit.
- Wrongful death – In the case of wrongful death, the statute of limitations is usually two years. However, you should ask a lawyer about your specific case.
- Medical malpractice – Medical malpractice suits usually only get one year to be filed. Keep in mind that there are special rules in place regarding the current pandemic.
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorneys in California
Of course, there are other types of cases that may have a shorter or longer statute of limitations. The defendant will impact the timeframe as well. For example, claims against a public entity (for example, a government facility) have a shorter time in which to start the case. Contact the attorneys at Petrov Law Firm by calling 619.344.0360 to learn more about your case.Read More
In 2017, California state law began to allow for lane splitting by motorcycles. This means that a motorcyclist can ride between moving vehicles or stopped vehicles. It is a great way to beat traffic. However, it can also be dangerous if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. Here are a few tips that were provided on the California Highway Patrol website.
- Consider factors like weather conditions, the size of the vehicles you are passing, visibility, and the width of the lane before deciding to pass.
- The faster you drive and the greater the difference between your speed and that of other vehicles, the higher the risks become.
- Do not lane split between trailers, buses, RVs, or other oversized vehicles.
- Driving on the shoulder is not lane splitting. It is both illegal and dangerous.
- Wear reflective gear, even during the daytime, to be as visible as possible.
- The safest place to lane split is considered to be between the two lanes furthest to the left.
Remember that some drivers may be from other states where lane splitting is illegal. Therefore, some drivers may not be looking for or expect a motorcycle to be passing between them and another driver. Lane splitting does add increased danger, should only be attempted by experienced riders, and is at your own risk.
Personal Injury Attorneys in San Diego, California
If you have been injured while riding your motorcycle in California, Petrov Law Firm is here to help. Speak with our experienced personal injury attorneys today by calling 619.344.0360.Read More
When you experience a personal injury, you can be awarded compensatory damages as well as punitive damages. Today, we are going to focus on what compensatory damages are and some of the things that are included. While most cases will end up settled out of court, understanding the compensation that is legally allowed will help you to understand why you need a personal injury attorney to assist you maximize your settlement.
There are two types of compensatory damages:
- Actual damages include things like compensation for hospital bills, physical therapy, medications, ambulance expenses, medical equipment, property repair or replacement, lost wages, lost employment, increased living expenses, and other tangible damages like these.
- General damages compensate you for things like a decreased quality of life, long-term pain and suffering, the loss of future wages, future medical expenses, mental anguish, disfigurement, inconvenience, and other losses that be less tangible and more difficult to put a precise dollar value on.
Knowing what you are due is a must because insurance companies frequently offer a settlement that covers a fraction of these expenses in order to get you to walk away. Don’t sign anything before you speak to an attorney who can help you to get what you truly deserve!
Assistance for Your Personal Injury Settlement in California
Petrov Law Firm in San Diego has the experienced personal injury attorneys that you want in your corner when you are seeking compensation from an insurance company. Contact us today at 619.344.0360, so we can review your case and help you to maximize your compensation.Read More
An all-terrain vehicle can be a great way to have some fun on the weekend, especially since you should always be on it alone anyway (if it is a single-rider ATV). That makes it great from of recreation when social distancing. However, a shocking number of accidents lead to injuries every year on ATVs. Here are the best prevention tips so you can enjoy your weekend without an incident.
- Use designated trails rather than taking off into the forest
- Ride at a safe speed
- Use an ATV that is right for your size – this is especially important for families when riding with youths
- Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and be careful with prescription medications that may make you drowsy or reduce your reaction speed
- Never take someone with you on an ATV built for one – they make two-seaters for a reason
- Don’t let kids ride without proper supervision
- Take a safe ATV riding course
- Follow the guidelines from the ATV manufacturer
- Always wear a helmet and other appropriate safety gear when riding – this may include a face shield, eye protection, sturdy shoes or boots, gloves, and long sleeves
If You Have Been Injured Riding an ATV…
Petrov Law Firm is the San Diego law office here to help when your personal injury case involves riding an ATV in California. Our lawyers are experienced, especially when it comes to dealing with insurance companies to maximize settlements. Give us a call today at 619.344.0360 to get your case started.Read More
A slip and fall accident can cause injuries to the legs, arms, or even the face and head. How can you get the settlement you need in order to pay the tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, not to mention making up for any missed work? Here are three tips to help you maximize your payout.
- See a doctor – Without medically documented injuries, you are unlikely to receive anything in a settlement. You have to be able to prove that there are damages in connection with the injury.
- Gather proof – There are many things that can serve as proof in your personal injury case. Take pictures at the scene of the accident if possible. If they are time-stamped with the location embedded, that’s even better. Get a copy of the accident or injury report you filled out at the scene. Gather any medical bills or other expenses you have receipts for that relate to the injury.
- Call Petrov Law Firm – You want to an experienced personal injury attorney in your corner when dealing with an insurance company, which is just about always the case when a slip and fall injury occurs.
San Diego’s Personal Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in Southern California, you can find the help you need at Petrov Law Firm. Call 619.344.0360 to get in touch with our experienced team and get started on your personal injury case today. We’re here to help when you need it most!Read More
When a pedestrian is involved in an accident and is injured because of a driver, the injuries may be very serious. Today, we will debunk a few myths regarding pedestrian injuries so that you don’t end up accepting a settlement that is too low.
- Myth 1: The vehicle has to make contact to get compensation. This one isn’t true at all. If you get hurt diving out of the way of a driver, you are not penalized for your quick reflexes. The driver is still on the hook for forcing you to dive and hurt yourself, and the insurance company should know this. Don’t let them cheat you.
- Myth 2: Only high-speed collisions cause serious injury. The driver is in a car, and you are not. The driver may not experience serious injuries at speeds of 5 mph, but you could have broken bones, a concussion, or other injuries. Be sure to get checked by a doctor, even if you can get up and walk away from the incident. Not all injuries are visible immediately.
- Myth 3: You can’t afford an attorney. It’s more like you can’t afford not to have one! A personal injury lawyer is the only one on your side when an accident like this occurs. The insurance company is going to want to pay out as little as possible, or nothing at all if they can get away with it.
Get the Help You Need as an Injured Pedestrian in Southern California
The personal injury attorneys at Petrov Law Firm in San Diego can help you to maximize your settlement. Let us help you get what you deserve from a greedy insurance company. Call 619.344.0360 and start your case now.Read More
Imagine this scenario. You hurt your back at work years ago and have sought treatment from doctors and chiropractors. Now, you get into a car accident, and your back is worse than ever. What will this mean for your settlement? Is it going to be less because you had a preexisting condition?
That shouldn’t be the case, especially if the injury occurs in California. Here is a trick that insurance companies or lawyers try to pull along with the regulations that California has put in place to block it.
The “Eggshell Plaintiff” Approach
Eggshells are fragile and break easily. If you have a preexisting condition, the defense may claim you are an eggshell plaintiff. In other words, they argue your preexisting condition could be the real reason you got hurt or that you are just more prone to injury than others. Here’s an example.
Let’s say that you injured your neck skiing a few years ago. Now, you get whiplash in a car accident. The insurance company offers a lowball settlement claiming that you were already injured or that maybe you injure easily and that’s why your neck has been hurt multiple times.
California doesn’t allow this type of reasoning and has demonstrated this in previous rulings. Thus, a personal injury attorney can go to bat for you and remind the insurance company they can’t make claims based on preexisting conditions or the idea that certain people are just more susceptible to injury.
The San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys for You
Petrov Law Firm has the experience to help you maximize settlements or win your case in court if need be. Contact us today at 619.344.0360 to get your case started right away.Read More