Skilled Southern California Advocates for Personal Injury Victims

We provide legal services to those who have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence of another person, company, government agency or any entity. We are assertive negotiators and litigators for people who need help recovering fair compensation for losses resulting from the negligent acts of others. We'll fight tirelessly on your behalf to obtain top dollar for your injuries, pain, and suffering. We understand that life after an injury is difficult - allow us guide you each step of the way. We hold at-fault parties responsible for the medical bills, lost income, repair costs and other damages stemming from an accident, including pain and suffering. With offices in Southern California, we represent accident victims throughout all surrounding counties, and we are committed to providing reliable and responsive legal support.

 

Seeking Fair Recovery in a Full Range of Accidents

In our crowded and heavily mechanized world, mishaps occur regularly, often because of someone’s failure to exercise reasonable care. This can lead to injuries on streets and highways, on private or public property, in workplaces, and in the home. Our firm handles cases involving:

  • Motor vehicle accidents — Collisions and other mishaps are all too common on the crowded Southern California roadways. Many of our clients come to us because of injuries sustained in auto accidents and rely on us to investigate and present their cases thoroughly.

  • Truck accidents — If you were hurt in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, a delivery truck or any other large commercial vehicle, bringing a lawsuit for damages is complicated. There are usually multiple parties involved, each with an insurance company that will mount a defense. We know how to untangle the complex web of people and companies involved and can help you seek fair compensation.

  • Pedestrian and bicycle accidents — With nothing to protect them, pedestrians and bicyclists often suffer serious injuries in traffic accidents. Whether you were the victim of a hit-and-run, were struck while in a crosswalk or were hurt while bicycling, we’ll investigate the accident, determine the causes and seek damages from all responsible parties.

  • Premise Liabilty accidents — Slips and falls can result in broken bones, torn ligaments, and back and head injuries. We represent people hurt because of wet floors, uneven or broken sidewalks, poorly maintained stairways, broken handrails and other hazards. You can rely on our experience in holding property owners responsible for poor maintenance and failure to warn.

  • Wrongful death — No amount of money can replace a loved one, but if your family member was killed due to the negligent acts of another, you may be entitled to money damages. We know how to effectively pursue wrongful death claims stemming from a variety of causes, including defective products, medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents.

Our firm has the legal skills and resources to determine who is at fault and to pursue all sources of monetary recovery for those injured by another’s conduct. We can negotiate with insurance companies and their adjusters and assemble the evidence and witness testimony needed to present your case in court.

The Law Offices of Pavel Sterin, P.C., in Southern California, handles a wide variety of personal injury cases. Call us at 833-799-1234 or contact us online to arrange your free and confidential consultation. It costs you nothing to have us assess your case and learn about your options.

California Attorneys Represent Victims of Repetitive Stress Injuries

The lawyers at The Law Offices of Pavel Sterin, P.C. represent employees throughout California who develop repetitive stress injuries on the job over the course of months or years of work. Workers’ compensation doesn’t just apply to those who suffer single accidents on the job: it also provides benefits for employees who become injured due to repetitive motions caused by repeated tasks or extended exposure. With these types of injuries, workers may sustain damage to their wrists, their backs, their knees, and other body systems over the course of their employment. If you have suffered a work-related injury due to repetitive motion or long-term exposure, our knowledgeable and trustworthy attorneys can help you pursue the benefits you deserve.

CALIFORNIA ADVOCATES HANDLE A RANGE OF REPETITIVE MOTION CLAIMS

Our bodies aren’t designed for factory work or office jobs where we must repeat the same motions over and over again. Those actions can strain muscles and tendons, even when there is no heavy lifting involved. In fact, an activity as basic as typing can cause a debilitating condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. This injury affects the median nerve, which runs the length of the arm, passes through the carpal tunnel in the wrist, and ends in the hand. Carpal tunnel symptoms such as tingling and numbness in the fingers and pain in the wrist and hand are common reasons for extended absences from work.

We have successfully helped injured workers get workers’ comp benefits from their employers for these and other types of repetitive motion injuries:

  • Tendonitis and tendinosis

  • Bursitis

  • Back strain and disc injury

  • Knee and ankle injury

  • De Quervain syndrome (inflammation of the tendons that control thumb movement)

  • Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)

If you’ve suffered one of these injuries or another condition related to your work activity, we will seek the compensation you deserve for medical costs, lost wages, and other losses covered by workers’ compensation.

PROVEN LITIGATORS HANDLE CLAIMS INVOLVING LONG-TERM EXPOSURE

In addition to handling claims for clients who’ve suffered repetitive stress injuries, our firm represents workers whose long-term exposure to environmental conditions on their jobs have injured or sickened them. We are advocates for employees such as factory workers who’ve suffered hearing loss due to sustained loud noises or have been injured from repeated exposure to machinery vibrations. We also handle claims for workers whose jobs require them to handle chemicals when they’ve suffered toxic exposure over time. In these and other situations, our experienced attorneys will help you through the process of applying for workers’ compensation benefits and appealing a claim denial.

Contact our California workers’ comp lawyers for your repetitive stress injury.

At The Law Offices of Pavel Sterin, P.C., we provide skilled representation to workers throughout California who’ve suffered repetitive stress injuries or illnesses on the job. We will seek the workers’ comp benefits you’re entitled to and vigorously appeal denials of your claim. Call us at 833-799-1234 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

 

Pedestrian

A pedestrian always has the right-of-way. While pedestrians are supposed to use crosswalks, they might sometimes cross the road in other areas that are less safe but that doesn’t mean they relinquish their right of way. A motor vehicle can be a deadly weapon when a driver is not operating it with complete and total attentiveness.

Some of the most common reasons why a driver might accidentally strike a pedestrian include: failing to look for pedestrians in the crosswalk during a turn; using their phone to call text or email; driving while intoxicated; reckless driving; driving way otherwise distracted.

If a pedestrian is hit by a moving vehicle, the victim can suffer significant injury such as broken or fractured bones, head trauma, brain injury or permanent brain damage, nerve damage, spinal cord injury, and potential permanent injuries possibly rendering the pedestrian to a paraplegic or quadriplegic.

Unfortunately, this type of accident is all too common in the cities around the world where motor vehicles are everywhere. Crosswalks are not always a safe place to cross from one side of the road to the other - recent studies show crosswalks as some of the most common areas for pedestrians to become a victim in an automobile accident.

Most cities have nearly 50 intersections where pedestrians have been struck at a higher than usual rate. Unsurprisingly, pedestrian related accidents have occurred higher along some busier and tourist areas. No matter how many signs, lights, newly painted crosswalks, and legislation is put into place, the onus is on the drivers of the cities to be more present and a tentative of pedestrians walking along curbs and crossing streets.

 

Determining Fault in a Pedestrian Accident

In some cases, the pedestrian could be deemed the at-fault party in an accident. Drivers must always be on alert and watching the road to avoid colliding with any other drivers, objects, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and of course, pedestrians. Yet while a car making contact with a human being crossing the street will typically place the liability on the driver, this is not always applicable.

A pedestrian should never stop into any roadway or street expecting drivers to immediately step on the brakes to allow that person to proceed. This can be very dangerous for both the pedestrian and the driver who must now stop short to avoid an accident. The following are some of the most common instances in which a driver is typically at fault: ignoring crosswalks; ignoring traffic signs, crossing-guards, and controllers; failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian walking through a crosswalk or crossing an intersection; driving while intoxicated; passing a stopped bus while pedestrians are disembarking; driving while distracted in anyway whether via a smart phone, GPS system, passengers, or any other distraction that takes the attention of the driver off the road; disregarding posted speed limit signs.

If you have been the victim of a pedestrian accident, the onus is on you to prove that you and the other pedestrians in the area were owed a “duty of care quote by the driver at the time you were hit. The duty of care covers any and all responsibility of the driver to operate his or her motor vehicle in a manner consistent with the laws set forth in those states’ vehicle codes.

In addition, you must also prove that the driver failed to provide you with that duty of care in their actions. This might include demonstrating a clear disregard for traffic laws, driving while distracted, driving recklessly, etc. Finally, you must prove that your injuries were sustained as a clear and direct result of the driver breaching that duty of care at the time of the accident.

 

Pedestrian’s Rights

As per the California vehicle code, pedestrians have specific rates, but they are also bound to follow the rules of the road. Pedestrians must cross only in designated Crossing areas in crosswalks. They have the right of way while crossing in one of these areas regardless of whether there is a green light or any traffic signal whatsoever.

More importantly, any motor vehicle operator must always yield to any pedestrian who is crossing any roadway properly. If the pedestrian is struck while lawfully crossing in a designated walkway or thoroughfare, the driver involved in the accident could be held liable for negligence and be induced to pay for damages incurred from the collision. These can be physical and emotional injuries, financial losses, and medical costs incurred.

 

Hit-and-run Accidents

Any driver hitting a pedestrian lawfully crossing through a designated crosswalk is bad enough, leaving the driver liable for all kinds of penalties and resulting damages. But when a driver hits a pedestrian and fails to stop, the accident becomes a criminal matter in which the driver could be charged with a misdemeanor or possibly a felony based on the severity of the injuries sustained by the pedestrian.

The driver involved in a hit-and-run accident will likely depend on his or her insurance company to pay out any costs related to injury sustained by the pedestrian at the time of the accident. But if the driver does not have an insurance policy, the pedestrian could turn to his or her own insurance company for payments under the uninsured motorist portion of their policy.

 

Getting the Compensation you Deserve

If you were a pedestrian who has been injured in an accident with a driver of a motor vehicle, you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries. But you do not want to pursue the compensation on your own. An accident of this magnitude can be catastrophic and even life altering, your injuries could be severe, and the bills can start to pile up. You might be ready to jump in at the first dollar amount offered to you by an insurance company, unaware that it is far less than what you actually deserve. The insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible, but that won’t be enough to cover what could be a lifetime of injuries both physically and emotionally.

If someone in your family was killed in a pedestrian accident with a motor vehicle, you could bring a wrongful death claim on the behalf of your loved one in the same matter as anyone who was hit by the driver and survived. This can be particularly burdensome if the deceased was the majority wage earner of the household.

Whatever the unfortunate situation may be, you have rights and you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries or loss. But in order to get the maximum compensation possible its essential that you hire a personal injury attorney who has knowledge and experience in fighting the insurance companies in pedestrian accidents. Our team of experts have been winning these types of cases for years with awards totaling into the tens of millions.

Please contact us to discuss your pedestrian accident case.

Dog Bites

There are no bad dogs, only bad dog owners. A dog is not predisposition to attack or bite someone unless the animal is in danger or feels threatened. But if you were a bit more attacked by a dog and you have not posed any threat to that animal, you could be the victim of a negligent or careless owner who failed to control or supervise their pet.

Dog bite victims face variety of injuries and health challenges associated with an attack. With a dog bite there are bacteria and diseases that may occur from the dog’s mouth and their teeth and these can develop into a serious infection that may even be life-threatening.

A dog can do some serious damage in a very short period of time depending on the size and breed of the animal. For particularly severe injuries, a bite victim could require a visit to an emergency room via an ambulance. Some of the most common injuries that can result from dog attacks are the following: deep lacerations, I injury, loss or impairment of vision, nerve damage, loss of fingers, facial disfigurement, heavy scarring, and broken or fractured bones, head trauma, psychological and emotional pain suffering from the attack.

 

Common Reasons Behind a dog Attack

When a dog that has not yet been provoked suddenly by surtax someone, the responsibility falls on the owner as to why. The most common reason for a dog bite is due to the owner failing to pay attention to the reactions of their pet. A loss of control can lead to serious consequences both through for you and the animals.

Sometimes a dog is undergoing some type of medical condition that has been neglected by the owner which can lead to the animal lashing out and biting. Mistreatment and abuse of the animals are also common in an unfortunate component of dog attacks.

 

How to Fight for Compensation

Any victim of a dog bite could be entitled to compensation. Treating a dog bite can require any number of treatments you could spend an extended period of time in the hospital, you may even need surgery, reconstructive her otherwise, to heal any lacerations used to stand from a bite or multiple fights. You may even need to undergo rehabilitation and physical therapy.

What about when you get out of the hospital? You may be wrestling with mental and emotional post-traumatic stress disorders that could make you very fearful. Dog owners who show negligence in the care and the control of their animals may be held liable for any injuries that are incurred by others as a result of these actions. But when a dog has bitten or talk to you the owner may attempt to point the blame on you for the actions of the animal. Therefore, you need to build a strong case against the dog owner. That may require you to prove examples of negligence on the dog owner’s behalf.

Those that venture out on their own, are not as successful as those who hire a personal injury attorney who has experience in negotiating compensation and damages for your immediate an ongoing injury’s.

Please contact us here for your consultation.