Personal Injury

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Choosing The Right Lawyer For Your Camarillo Personal Injury Case

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When you are injured in a Camarillo accident, you need to take the following steps:

  • Obtain all the information you will need to support your claim;
  • Receive appropriate medical attention; and
  • Work with an experienced injury attorney to file and pursue a personal injury claim.

The first two steps are fairly straightforward: take photos of the accident scene and collect contact information from the other parties involved and any witnesses, then go to your doctor to have your injury diagnosed. But what about the third step? If you have never suffered a personal injury before, you might not know how to choose the right lawyer to handle your claim.

As you interview prospective lawyers, keep the following in mind:

Work with a Lawyer who has Experience with your Case Type

A brilliant car accident lawyer might be terrible at handling a dog bite case. Although there are similarities between various types of personal injury claim, there are nuances involved in each that can be missed by a lawyer who is not well-versed in them. Choose a lawyer who has experience handling your specific type of case, whether you are facing a car accident, a premises liability claim, a defective product claim, a dog bite, or any other type of personal injury claim.

Work with a Lawyer who is Willing to Discuss His or Her Success Record

You want to work with a lawyer who has a record of success. Ask your prospective attorney about his or her previous record. Your lawyer should not only be willing to discuss his or her successes, but his or her losses. This shows that he or she is not trying to hide anything from you, but wants to improve on his or her strategy to avoid making the same mistakes.

Work with a Responsive Lawyer

This is perhaps the most important characteristic to keep in mind when choosing a personal injury lawyer. “Responsive” means a few different things. It means that the lawyer or a representative of his or her office should respond to all of your phone calls or emails in a timely manner. It also means that your lawyer should not shy away from discussing his or her billing method with you and giving you a fair quote for your case.

If you are Promised a Specific Result, Walk Away

Remember, an attorney cannot guarantee your case’s result. All he or she can do is discuss the strategy he or she will use and how that strategy has worked in the past. If you are guaranteed a specific dollar amount or any other result, be wary. A competent lawyer knows not to make any guarantees.

Work with an Experienced Camarillo Personal Injury Law Firm

If you are seeking personal injury help in Camarillo, CA, work with experienced personal injury lawyer Trevor Quirk of Quirk Law Firm, LLP. Our firm proudly serves clients with a variety of case types and can help you seek the money you deserve for your damages. Contact our team of personal injury attorneys today to schedule your free legal consultation with a member of our team.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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What to Do If You’re Involved In A Personal Injury Accident In Thousand Oaks, CA

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Accidents happen because of negligence. Sometimes, they occur because of the victim’s negligence and other times, a victim suffers because of another party’s negligence. If you are injured because of another party’s negligence, such as a car accident caused by a speeding or distracted driver or in a fall that occurred because of a property owner’s failure to repair the broken steps into their home, you could potentially recover compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. Make this easier for yourself by working with an experienced injury lawyer from a personal injury law firm.

But a lot needs to happen between your accident and your consultation with a lawyer to receive personal injury help in Thousand Oaks, CA. You cannot simply file a personal injury claim and expect to receive a compensation check – you need to build a claim using evidence to prove that you have not only suffered an injury, but that your injury was directly caused by another party’s negligence and because of the injury, you suffered measurable financial damages.

Get All the Necessary Information

Immediately following your accident, call 911 if you or anybody else are in need of immediate medical attention. Once you have made the call or there is no need for an ambulance, call the police to have an officer sent to the scene. The police officer will complete the official police report for your accident. Do not leave the scene without a copy of this report – it will be an important piece of evidence for your personal injury claim later.

Other information you need to obtain includes all other parties’ insurance information, the police officer’s badge number, contact information to any witnesses to the accident, and photographs of the accident scene and your injury. These, too, can serve as important evidence.

Seek Medical Help

After leaving the scene of the accident, seek medical attention in a timely manner. The sooner you do this, the better. This is not only because being proactive about your medical care will result in a better prognosis for your injury, but because showing that you were proactive in your claim can help you prove the severity of your need for compensation.

Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer

Once you have received medical care and begun treatment for your injury, start working with a personal injury lawyer to draft your personal injury claim. Your attorney can help you obtain more evidence to prove your claim’s validity, such as a digital reconstruction of your accident. Give your claim the best chance it can have at a successful resolution by working with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Seek Personal Injury Help in Thousand Oaks, CA

If you have been injured in any type of accident in Thousand Oaks, California, work with personal injury attorney Trevor Quirk or Alethia S. Gooden of Quirk Law Firm, LLP. Contact our firm today to schedule your free legal consultation with one of the members of our personal injury team.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Establishing Liability In Oxnard Personal Injury Cases

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The realm of personal injury law is vast because so many different types of injuries qualify as personal injuries. When someone acts negligently, and their negligence causes you to suffer an injury, you may have a personal injury claim against those who are responsible.

Types of Personal Injuries In Oxnard

Some of the most common types of personal injury cases include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents of all types;
  • Bicycle accidents;
  • Pedestrian accidents;
  • Premise liability;
  • Slip and fall accidents;
  • Animal bites;
  • Brain injuries;
  • Back, neck, and spinal injuries;
  • Defective products, drugs, and medical devices; and
  • Wrongful death cases.

Who Can Be Held Liable For My Injuries?

Who can be held liable for your injuries is highly specific to the facts of your particular accident that caused your injuries. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you identify all of the relevant parties who may be liable for your injuries. By way of a few examples:

  • If someone hit you with their vehicle, you would have a personal injury claim against the party that hit you and most likely his or her auto insurance provider.
  • Tacking on to the previous example, if the driver that hit you has no insurance, and you hold an uninsured motorist coverage policy on your own auto insurance, you can file an uninsured motorist accident claim for your damages with your own auto insurance provider.
  • If you were hit by someone driving a commercial (i.e., work) vehicle, while they were on the clock, the driver and his or her employer may be liable for your injuries through vicarious liability.
  • If you slip and fall while on the business premise of a store or shop, the person who owns, possesses, or controls the premises may be liable to you. This could be, for example, a franchise owner (possesses the establishment) or the franchise (owns the premises).
  • If you are bitten by a dog that belongs to someone else, but is being walked by a dog walker, you may have a personal injury cause of action against both the dog walker (via negligence) and the dog’s owner (via strict liability under CA Civil Code 3342).

When multiple parties can be held liable for the injuries of a victim, it is important that a personal injury lawyer review the facts of the case and make a liability determination based on the principles of comparative negligence. A victim cannot obtain the total amount of recovery sought from each of the defendants. If this were possible, the victim could end up with twice, thrice, or more times the amount of compensation the victim needs, and all of the defendants would unfairly have to pay damages for more than their fair share of the accident.

Rather, liability is divvied up between the multiple parties that can be held liable for the injuries of a victim. A portion of the fault can even be placed on the shoulders of the victim, and the victim is still able to seek compensation from the liable parties, minus for the victim’s share of the liability.

Contact A Personal Injury Attorney In Oxnard

If you have suffered a personal injury due to the fault of another, the Oxnard personal injury attorneys of the Quirk Law Firm, LLP can help. Contact Attorney Trevor Quirk for assistance with your personal injury case. Call us today at (805) 650-7778.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Helping Spanish Speaking Families Throughout Oxnard and Ventura County

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When you are involved in an accident or another type of legal action and need help from an attorney, it is easy to become confused and overwhelmed by the dense language used in these kinds of situations. If English is not your first language, the barrier between legal language – sometimes known as “legalese” – and your comprehension of the situation can become even greater. This is why it is important to work with an attorney who speaks Spanish and can be sensitive to your needs as a Spanish speaking individual.

Oxnard, along with the rest of Ventura County, has significant populations of Spanish speaking residents. When you are injured in an accident and want to seek monetary compensation through a personal injury claim, your focus needs to be on your physical recovery. Do not make this more difficult by working with an attorney who can only serve you in English – Quirk Law Firm, LLP can provide you with the legal answers and guidance you need in Spanish or English.

Services We Provide

We are a personal injury law firm that handles a variety of cases. The types of cases we handle for our clients include the following:

  • Dog bites;
  • Slip and fall cases;
  • Automobile accidents;
  • Wrongful death claims; and
  • Premises liability claims.

When necessary, we work as trial attorneys for our clients. We go to court to appear before the judge and jury in civil trials, advocating for our clients to seek the monetary compensation they deserve. An injury can be very expensive for a victim. Medical bills, lost wages, missed career advancement opportunities, and minor medical needs like bandages and over-the-counter pain medication can add up in the long run. Have the responsible party cover these expenses for you by filing a personal injury claim.

In addition to our personal injury work, we provide scholarships and educational support to qualifying students in need. Our education initiatives include the following:

Ventura Kid-Ade Program. Our firm sponsors the Ventura Kid-Ade program, which provides children in need with school supplies like backpacks, pencils, clothing, and money for extracurricular activities.

Foster Child College Scholarship. Our firm provides this $2,000 scholarship for qualifying students who have lived in wards, group homes, or with private foster parents.

First Generation College Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is available to students who are the first in their families to attend college.

Personal Injury Attorneys in Ventura County

Quirk Law Firm, LLP retains a staff of experienced Oxnard personal injury attorneys located in Ventura, California. Our team of attorneys takes the human approach to handling personal injury cases, meaning that when you work with us, you are more than just a case number; you are an individual with unique needs. Do not wait to contact our firm to get started on your case with us – whether you are more comfortable communicating in English or en Espanol, we can accommodate your needs to ensure that you fully understand your case, your legal options, and the next steps in seeking monetary compensation for your losses. Call us today at (805) 650-7778.

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Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

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Car Seat Mistakes You May Be Making

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woman buckling baby into carseatHere is a sobering truth: every day we lose 4 to 5 children in car crashes. They are the leading cause of death for kids in this country and yet most of us are completely untrained in the best way to keep our kids safe from them: by properly installing a car seat. “Across the country we find a greater than 95% misuse of car seats,” says Alisa Baer, M.D., a pediatrician and nationally certified child passenger safety instructor (who’s also known as The Car Seat Lady). But, don’t beat yourself up. What looks like just another piece of shiny, plastic baby gear is actually a sophisticated and complicated piece of safety engineering, and sometimes it takes an engineering degree to use it properly. So we spoke with three car seat safety professionals to find out what we’re doing wrong and how to do it right. Read More