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What Types of Cases Do Personal Injury Lawyers Handle in California?

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Unfortunately, there are tens of thousands of accidents that happen every single day in California, and a vast percentage of those involve injuries to individuals due to no fault of their own. When these types of injuries happen, the victims are often left with expensive medical bills, trauma, and medical issues that they are unable to afford, leaving them in dire circumstances. That is why personal injury attorneys can be so vital for helping get justice from the persons and/or businesses that are responsible. 

Many times when people are injured they are left wondering if their circumstance is the type of case that a personal injury attorney in California takes. Common types of cases that personal injury firms handle include car crashes, truck crashes, workplace injuries, slip and falls, wrongful deaths, traumatic brain injuries, and ridesharing incidents. Continue reading for a more extensive list of the types of cases regularly handled by J&Y Law Firm in Los Angeles, CA.


Car accidents are among the most common types of personal injury cases in California. Due to heavy traffic, treacherous road conditions, or other people’s recklessness, accidents can happen for any number of reasons, including but not limited to distracted driving, speeding, and violations of traffic laws. Personal injury lawyers help victims recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages.


Motorcycle riders are particularly vulnerable on California’s roads. Without the protective frame of a car, accidents involving motorcycles can lead to severe injuries or fatalities. These cases require an understanding of motorcycle dynamics and the unique aspects of motorcycling law, including lane-splitting and helmet laws.

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Bicyclists have a legal right to share most public roads with cars. However, when drivers fail to respect these rights, it can lead to serious accidents. Personal injury lawyers help cyclists obtain compensation for injuries caused by negligent or aggressive drivers.


Pedestrian accidents are distressingly common, particularly in urban areas. Whether crossing the street or walking along a roadway, pedestrians are at risk from inattentive or reckless drivers. These cases often hinge on issues of right-of-way and pedestrian visibility.


The rise of electric scooters has brought a new dimension to urban transportation and, with it, new personal injury cases. Accidents can occur due to scooter malfunctions, collisions with vehicles or pedestrians, and hazardous road conditions. The law is still adapting to these new devices, and representation by knowledgeable attorneys is crucial.


Accidents involving large wheel trucks can be catastrophic due to their size and weight. These cases often involve complex issues such as federal trucking regulations, company liability, and the truck driver’s actions.


Victims of hit and run accidents can face significant challenges, including locating the at-fault driver. Personal injury lawyers work to secure compensation through uninsured motorist coverage and other avenues, even when the perpetrator is not found.


When an accident is caused by a driver with no insurance, victims may struggle to receive compensation. Personal injury attorneys help victims navigate their own insurance policies to identify potential coverage for their damages.


Similarly, when an at-fault driver lacks sufficient insurance to cover the victim’s damages, attorneys will negotiate with the victim’s own insurer to cover the remaining costs under their underinsured motorist policy.

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Drunk driving remains a serious issue. Victims of drunk driving accidents not only face the challenge of recovery but also the legal battle to hold the irresponsible driver accountable. Personal injury lawyers are instrumental in pursuing justice and compensation in these emotionally charged cases.


Construction sites are inherently dangerous. When accidents occur, they can involve workers’ compensation claims or third-party claims against contractors, property owners, and equipment manufacturers, depending on the situation.


Limousine accidents can result from driver error, improper vehicle maintenance, or other factors. These cases require an investigation into the limousine company’s practices and adherence to regulations.


Though rare, airplane accidents result in devastating injuries or death. Personal injury lawyers handle complex issues in these cases, including international and federal aviation laws.


Buses transport large numbers of people and are subject to specific safety regulations. When accidents occur, they often involve multiple passengers and can be due to driver negligence, poor vehicle maintenance, or other factors.


With the rise of online shopping, delivery trucks are more prevalent on the roads. Accidents may involve company liability and the intricacies of commercial vehicle regulations.


Victims of sexual assault can pursue civil claims against perpetrators and sometimes third parties like employers or property owners who failed to prevent the assault. These cases require sensitive and experienced legal handling.


Property owners have a duty to maintain safe premises. When they fail to do so, and someone is injured as a result, it falls under premises liability law. These cases hinge on proving negligence in property maintenance or warning of potential hazards.


SUV rollovers can be particularly violent accidents, often resulting in serious injuries. Causes can include vehicle design, driver behavior, or external factors such as road conditions or obstacles.


Swimming pool accidents can involve drowning or serious injury and may involve premises liability or product liability if, for example, a pool component malfunctioned.


Train accidents can have many causes, from operator error to malfunctioning crossing signals. These cases require an understanding of transportation law and often involve government entities.


Truck accidents involve large commercial vehicles and can be caused by driver fatigue, overloaded cargo, or improper maintenance. Liability may extend to the trucking company, the driver, and others.


When negligence or intentional action results in a fatality, the victim’s family may file a wrongful death lawsuit. These cases seek compensation for the survivors’ loss of companionship, lost income from the deceased, and funeral expenses.


Cruise ship accidents cover a range of incidents, from onboard injuries to shore excursion accidents. They often involve complex maritime law and international aspects.


California imposes strict liability on dog owners for bites, even if the dog has no history of aggression. Victims can seek compensation for their injuries without needing to prove negligence.


Boating accidents on California’s waterways can occur due to operator inattention, intoxication, or inexperience. These cases can involve personal injury and maritime law.


Wildfires, unfortunately, have become more common in California. Injuries related to wildfires can be complex cases, involving utility companies, state regulations, and issues of negligence.


When a consumer is injured by a defective or dangerous product, they may have a product liability claim. These cases can involve design defects, manufacturing errors, or failures to provide adequate warnings.

In Conclusion

Each type of case demands specialized knowledge of the law and an understanding of the nuanced physical and emotional toll taken on the victims. At J&Y Law Firm, we are committed to navigating these complex legal landscapes to ensure that our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. With a compassionate approach and a fierce commitment to advocacy, we stand by our clients at every step of their legal journey.

The state of California has legal systems in place to protect its citizens from harm and to ensure that those who have been injured due to negligence or wrongful acts are able to seek restitution. Personal injury lawyers are dedicated advocates who navigate this system, providing a voice to the injured and holding responsible parties accountable. 

Contact Our Los Angeles Personal Injury Firm

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in the state of California, know that there is legal support available. Call J&Y Law Firm at our Los Angeles office today at (877) 596-6061 or click the chat icon at the bottom of our website to get started. Your initial consultation is free and you don’t have to pay anything unless you win. Contact our office today.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Personal injury laws are subject to change, and the outcome of individual cases can vary. For specific legal advice regarding personal injury law in California, please consult our office today.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.