Our Practice Areas

OUR FIELD OF LAW

Here you will find an overview of the fields of law our attorneys practice.

automoble accident

AUTO ACCIDENTS

What should I do after an auto accident?

  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Document the incident (who was involved, where it took place, how it happened)
  • Gather information a’
  • bout the accident (license plate numbers, name and contact info, driver’s license information, year and model of the vehicles involved, contact information of any witnesses from the scene, take any photos or video of the accident scene and/or cars involved.)

What is an Auto Accident?

A car accident, also referred to as a “traffic collision,” or a “motor vehicle accident,” occurs when a motor vehicle strikes or collides another vehicle, a stationary object, a pedestrian, or an animal. While some car accidents result only in property damage, others result in severe injuries or death. There are many factors that can contribute to car accidents, and sometimes have legal consequences. To explore this concept, consider the following:

What negligence in an auto accident looks like?

In the case of an auto accident, negligence often means that a driver failed to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable person would do in the circumstances or took action that a reasonable person would not under the circumstances.

What does it take to prove negligence in an auto accident?

  • In order to prove negligence in an auto accident, the first step is to illustrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care. This duty is often established via an implied duty of care which comes from the California traffic laws.
  • The second step is to determine that the established duty of care has been breached. This is an objective standard, so the defendant had to act as any other reasonable person would in the same situation. If you can show that a reasonable person wouldn’t have reacted the same way, then proving a breach of duty should not be difficult.
  • The third and fourth steps are causation and damages and are often connected to one another. You must show that as a result of the breach, you have suffered some form of damages and that those damages were caused by the defendant’s negligence.

What are considered “damages” in a personal injury case?

The calculation of damages in a personal injury case depends on the loss suffered by the injured party. Damages usually include medical expenses to treat injuries or the cost to replace or fix the damaged property. However, damages can include more than just money directly used to address injuries. Most damages under two categories: Economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages take the form of lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical bills, and other financial losses. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, as well as what is called loss of consortium (interference in the spousal or parent-child relationship).

10 steps to take after an accident

    • Stop, call 911 and get help for any injured parties on the scene.
      • As soon as an accident happens, we are often left in a state of shock. The first step in any automobile accident is to make sure you and any other party have not been seriously injured and to contact 911.
    • Exchange contact and insurance information with other party.
      • After 911 has been called and any immediate injuries have been addressed, exchange contact and insurance information with the other party(ies). Gathering this information early will help move the case along for all parties involved.
    • Gather information of possible witnesses at the scene of accident.
      • Many times, other pedestrians or drivers will have witnessed the accident take place. If you speak with any person that was not a party in the accident but who has information about the accident, collect their contact information.
    • Contact law enforcement and fill out police report.
      • When law enforcement arrives at the scene, they will begin conducting an accident investigation. It is important that at this time you report to the officer all of the details that you remember from the accident, as well as any injuries you have immediately suffered as a result of the accident. Also ask the officer to take the statements of any witness who was at the scene.
    • Accept medical attention at the scene. If needed, take an ambulance to the hospital.
      • Once the law enforcement agents arrive on the scene of an accident, you will be asked if you need an ambulance. If you have any doubts about your medical condition, take the ambulance to the hospital without question. It is better to take any measures to ensure that you get the medical attention you need.
    • Inform the medical experts of all the injuries you feel.
      • Once you have been transported to a hospital or are seen by a medical expert, describe the accident in detail to them as well as all injuries or pain you have suffered from the accident. It is important to record all the injuries you’ve suffered early on in the case.
    • Call and talk to us.
      • Accidents can be an overwhelming experience for anyone involved. We want you to know that we are here for you, available help in every way possible and that you never feel alone. Our staff is trained in specifically dealing with personal injury cases. Call and talk to us for a free consultation at any point in the process and get the helping hand you need.
    • Report to your car insurance company.
      • After seeking medical attention, it is important to contact your insurance company to file a claim. During this process make sure to provide your insurance with all of the information you exchanged with the other parties at the scene of the accident.
    • Continue to treat your injuries as needed until you have healed.
      • Treating the injuries of an automobile accident takes time, often up to several months following the accident. It is important for you to get continued medical treatment as needed and to be consistent with that treatment.
    • Keep an ongoing record of all contact you have had with law enforcement, insurance providers and medical professionals throughout your accident.
      • Keeping an accurate and up to date record of important documents related to the accident will help your case. Although it’s not required, keeping accurate records of the accident and injuries associated will paint the complete picture of your case and help answer any questions that arise.
motorcycle-accidents

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS

Motorcycle riders are at a higher risk than most other drivers because they don’t have the same protection as other drivers. Motorcycle riders often sustain more serious injuries than those involved in other automobile accidents. The trained professionals at Shamon Law have years of experience dealing with motorcycle accidents and will fight to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to make the process as easy and trouble free as possible for our clients to ensure that you can make a full recovery without worrying about the accident itself.

slip-fall-accidents

SLIP & FALL ACCIDENTS

Slip and fall cases, or “premise liability” as they are commonly known, take place every day in California. In order for a slip and fall victim to have a valid claim, the victim must show that the accident was due to the negligence of another person. This can be shown if the slip and fall was a result of an uncleaned spill, plumbing leak, uneven floors, unkept cords or wires, loose carpeting, or another hazard. If you have slipped, fell and sustained injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Contact our office today for a free consultation from our trained staff.

dog-bites

DOG BITES

  • Millions of people are bitten by dogs every year in the United States. Most of the bites aren’t serious, but some may result in time lost from work, medical bills, and additional suffering.
  • California law states that the owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the former viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.
  • Who is liable for a dog bite in California
    • California is a “strict liability” state when dealing with dog bite cases. This means that the owner of a dog cannot claim that they are not responsible for

Potential damages from a dog bite case may include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other expenses associated with the injury.

wrongful-death

WRONGFUL DEATH

Our firm understands that death is the most challenging time for any family. If you have lost a family member due to the negligence of another, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Our team will guide and support you during this trying time, establish a strong case for you, and take over the case so you can focus on your family’s coping and well-being.

bicycle-accidents

BICYCLE ACCIDENTS

Each year, more than 500,000 people in the US are treated in emergency rooms, and more than 700 people die as a result of bicycle-related injuries. These accidents are often the result of negligent drivers who disobey the traffic laws that are in place to protect cyclists. Most cycling personal injury lawsuits include a legal claim for negligence. Negligence is defined as the failure by someone to act with the level of care that a reasonable person would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances. If you are able to establish that the driver was acting negligently when you were injured, then you may be awarded compensation for your injuries.

What does negligence in a bicycling accident look like?

In the case of a bicycling accident, negligence often means that a driver failed to exercise the care toward others which a reasonable person would do in the circumstances or took action that a reasonable person would not under the circumstances.

What does it take to prove negligence in a bicycle accident?

    • In order to prove negligence in a bicycling accident, the first step is to illustrate that the defendant owed you a duty of care. This duty is often established via an implied duty of care which comes from the California traffic laws.
    • The second step is to determine that the established duty of care has been breached. This is an objective standard, so the defendant had to act as any other reasonable person would in the same situation.
    • The final steps are causation and damages and are often connected to one another. You must show that as a result of the breach, you have suffered some form of damages and that those damages were caused by the defendant’s negligence.

What is considered “damages” in a personal injury case?

The calculation of damages in a personal injury case depends on the losses suffered by the injured party. Damages usually include medical expenses to treat injuries or the cost to replace or fix the damaged property. However, damages can include more than just money directly used to address injuries. Most damages fall under two categories: Economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages take the form of lost earnings, lost earning capacity, medical bills, and other financial losses. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, as well as what is called loss of consortium (interference in the spousal or parent-child relationship).

OTHER LEGAL FIELDS

We will gladly represent you in cases regarding:

  •  Slip/trip & fall
  •  Car & Motorcycle accidents

 

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