Practice Areas

Negligence

The most common case we look at involves negligence, which is when injury or economic damage occurs because someone, or some business, acted unreasonably, carelessly, dangerously, or placed profits over people’s safety in a situation which led to someone getting hurt.

Negligence comes in many forms. People slip and injure themselves in a supermarket because the store doesn’t check the floors regularly and someone spilled a product in an aisle which was left for a long time, unnoticed. People fall down stairs in a private or commercial setting, like an apartment building or a retail store, or trip and fall on a hole or piece of exposed pipe, for example. Sometimes places are too dark, where proper lighting is required by building codes. Or stairs lack proper railings. Other variations of negligence are the dangerous or careless way some people drive, causing injury to others.

One kind of case we tend to hear about and often handle are cases involving dog bites. These tend to be straightforward cases. The law is clear. Civil Code Section 3342 was in full force and effect, which states:

“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.”

We are experienced in successfully handling dog bite cases. These often require a comprehensive medical management approach, from both the physical scarring and future care needs, to the psychological trauma, which can be just as significant.