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Personal Injury

Personal InjuryFor almost 30 years, the Law Office of Leslie Richards has represented clients injured in accidents. We are committed to the aggressive representation of accident victims in personal injury cases.

Personal Injury

We do not charge a fee until there is a monetary recovery..  All consultations are free – Case evaluations are free.

Practice Areas:

Automobile Accidents

Bicycle/Motorcycle Accidents

Dangerous Products

Animal Attacks – Dog Bites

Pedestrian Accidents

Trucking Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Swimming Pool Accidents

Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist

Boating-watercraft Accidents

Wrongful Death

What to do if you are in an accident:

1.  Make sure you and your passengers are ok

2.  Call the police immediately

3.  Exchange information with the other driver – be sure to get the other driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, license plate number, registration, proof of insurance.  Write down physical description of the other driver and any passengers

4.  Avoid long conversations with the other driver.  Do not get into an argument.  Do not apologize.  Keep conversation to a minimum

5.  Seek medical attention if necessary.

6.  Report accident to your insurance company – Be cooperative – and don’t ramble.  Keep answers concise and to the point.  If you don’t remember an answer or don’t know it – DON’T GUESS – say I don’t remember.

7.  Do not discuss the accident with the other driver’s insurance company.

8.  Consult with an attorney who is experienced in the area of personal injury – and once you hire an attorney, refer anyone who contacts you about the accident to your attorney.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS (including Motorcycles)

Every year millions of people are injured in motor vehicle accidents.  Vehicular accidents are the leading cause of injury death in the United States for people under 35 years old.

Automobile accidents are decided under the laws of negligence.  Drivers  who fails to exercise reasonable care is required to pay any damages caused by

their negligence.  Although negligence is the basis of most lawsuits, a driver may also be liable for an accident caused by intentional or reckless conduct.

In some cases, accidents are caused by factors not related to the conduct of the driver – for example, the injury may have been caused by a defect in the automobile.  Or, the injury may be caused because the mechanic failed to properly repair the vehicle.  Or, poor road maintenance, malfunctioning traffic signs, improper striping, poorly placed trees or utility poles.

PREMISES LIABILITY

Many injuries occur as a result of a dangerous or defective condition on the premises of another.   These are the slip and falls or trip and falls.  Most of these type of accidents occur in commercial locations such as office buildings, gas stations, stores – but they can also occur on private property.

DEFECTIVE PRODUCTS

Products liability is the area of law that deals with the liability of the manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer of a product for injuries resulting from that product.  Products may be defective due to poor design, improper manufacturing or inadequate warning labels or directions.  A design defect means that the defect is inherent in the way the product is planned rather than how it is put together.  Manufacturing defects come about when the product is being made or assembled.  Warning labels or directions that do not explain how to use the product properly leads to consumer injury.  Strict liability is often imposed on manufactured products and do not involve proof of whether or not the manufacturer used appropriate care in the manufacture of the product.

ANIMAL BITES

Dog attacks represent some of the most serious personal injuries, particularly when a child is involved – as is often the case. California has a strict liability dog bite statute that hold the owner liable for damages inflicted if the dog bites a person regardless of the owners knowledge of the animal’s propensity for viciousness.  The dog owner is responsible regardless that the dog exhibited no evidence of viciousness in the past.  There is no “one free bite” in California.

If you are the victim of personal injury, we welcome you to contact us for a free consultation.