Ventura, CA

injured woman after bike crash in Ventura California

Ventura Homeless Man Injured While On Bike Leaving Work; $85K Verdict Recovered

By | Bicycle Accident, Ventura, CA | No Comments

For a cyclist, riding on the road where cars are parked to the side can be extremely dangerous, and puts the cyclist at risk of becoming a victim of a ‘dooring’ accident. That is exactly what happened to a 62-year-old Santa Barbara homeless man, one Mr. Lopez, on a late Saturday afternoon. Mr. Lopez suffered physical injuries as a result of the accident, and filed suit against the party who opened the door. Recently, a Santa Barbara County jury issued a verdict of $85,000 to Mr. Lopez, who pursued civil action with the help of his Ventura personal injury lawyer.

A Dooring Accident Leading To Injuries

Mr. Lopez was riding his bike along State Street at approximately 5:00 p.m. after finishing his shift at Chick-fil-A. Without warning, the passenger of a parked vehicle—Lisa Wicklman—opened her car door without looking. Mr. Lopez hit the car door while traveling at a speed of approximately 15 to 20 miles per hour, and was immediately taken to the hospital by paramedics.

Mr. Lopez suffered an obvious clavicle fracture at the scene of the accident. Later, he also claimed knee injuries, although these were not originally recorded in his initial hospital visit. Five months after the incident, Lopez underwent arthroscopic knee surgery for a meniscus tear related to the accident; he has since healed fully.

The Plaintiff v. The Defendant

The plaintiff (Lopez) in the case of Lopez v. Wicklman alleged that the defendant in the case (Wicklman) was liable for the plaintiff’s injuries based on the fact that the defendant opened her door without looking, as a result of impatience, and that her actions as such were the direct cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. The defendant, on the other hand, claimed that had the plaintiff been riding at a more reasonable speed, he could have avoided the door. Further, the defendant also claimed that the knee injury suffered by the plaintiff was not related to the door accident.

The plaintiff requested $125,000 in damages; the defendant offered $44,400. While only $44K was offered, $85K was awarded during the verdict.

Attorney Trevor Quirk Can Help You, Too

The attorney for Mr. Lopez was Trevor Quirk of the Quirk Law Firm, LLP. Ventura personal injury lawyer Trevor Quirk is passionate about helping accident victims, regardless of their past history – for example, Mr. Lopez was not only homeless, but also had been charged with three past felony charges. Regardless of who you are, if you have been injured, you deserve justice. And at the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, our attorneys have more than 20 years of continuing legal experience representing victims like you. To learn more about our services, call our skilled Ventura personal injury lawyers today at 805-650-7778.

This Blog Was Provided By:

Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

crowd of people walking through crosswalk in Ventura County, California

Pedestrian Accidents In Ventura County

By | Pedestrian Accidents, Ventura, CA | No Comments

Some of the most frequently overlooked victims of car accidents are pedestrian victims. Pedestrian victims are often struck or killed by a vehicle in urban areas where there is poor lighting or no good place to cross the road (i.e., no nearby intersection, crosswalk or pedestrian overpass). However, many pedestrians are also hit by cars in crosswalks and on sidewalks as well.

Common Pedestrian Accident Injuries In Ventura

When pedestrians are hit by moving vehicles, the injuries that are sustained can be very serious. While a person who is driving a vehicle has the car that surrounds them to protect them in an accident, pedestrians have little to no protection from the impact of a car. Pedestrians who are struck by cars suffer a wide array of injuries, including but not limited to:

  • – Impact injuries to the legs and lower body when a vehicle runs into them;
  • – Contusions, scratches, bruises and other impact-related injuries;
  • – Broken bones, fractures, and internal organ damage due to sudden impact from a vehicle;
  • – Head, neck and spinal injuries, often associated with being hit by a car or thrown by a car; and/or
  • – In the worst cases, pedestrian victims die due to the injuries suffered from the car crashing into them.

If you have been involved in a pedestrian accident in Oxnard or Ventura County, contact a Ventura car accident attorney immediately, as there are number of issues that need to be handled quickly. While you focus on getting the medical care you need to make a recovery, your pedestrian accident attorney can get to work gathering evidence and building your personal injury case.

Insightful Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Taking a look at pedestrian accident statistics for California demonstrates just how frequently pedestrians are involved in accidents.

  • – California overall. California is one of the top 10 states for pedestrian fatalities according to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) annual Traffic Safety Facts report for 2013 (the most recent published data). There were 701 pedestrian fatalities that year, which is an increase from the previous year’s total of 612 pedestrian fatalities, according to the 2012 NHTSA report.
  • – Ventura County. According to the California Office of Traffic Safety regarding pedestrian accident data for Ventura County, in 2012 there were 256 accidents involving pedestrians across Ventura County, 52 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years old, and 37 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.
  • – According to the California Office of Traffic Safety regarding Oxnard pedestrian accident data, in 2012 there were 85 accidents involving pedestrians in Oxnard, 23 accidents involving pedestrians under the age of 15 years old, and 8 accidents involving pedestrians over the age of 65.

Contact A Pedestrian Accident Attorney In Ventura

If you or someone you love was involved in a car crash as an injured pedestrian, you need to consult with a pedestrian accident attorney in Ventura straight away. The pedestrian lawyers of the Quirk Law Firm, LLP have handled many Ventura car crash cases and cases related to personal injury in Ventura and we are ready and available to assist you with your pedestrian accident case if possible. Contact us today at 805-650-7778.

stressed Ventura woman on the phone

Helping Spanish Speaking Families Throughout Oxnard and Ventura County

By | Oxnard, CA, Personal Injury, Ventura, CA | No Comments

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.

This Blog Was Provided By:

Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

law books on a shelf

Top Civil Litigation Attorneys Assisting Ventura Residents

By | Civil Litigation, Ventura, CA | No Comments

When you’re injured in an accident in Ventura County or lose a loved one because of another person’s negligent behavior, your first thoughts might not concern filing a lawsuit. However, when it comes time to seek compensation for injuries and to hold responsible parties accountable, you shouldn’t look any further than the Quirk Law Firm, LLP. According to a recent story from the Ventura County Bar Association, Trevor Quirk and Aletheia Gooden recently helped the surviving spouse of a wrongful death victim to develop a personalized form of recompense for her losses.

Empowering Civil Litigation Plaintiffs

Last year, Ventura educator Chris Prewitt died after he was struck by a driver, Shante Chappell, who was under the influence of Xanax. The victim’s widow, Erin Prewitt, urged the judge in Chappell’s criminal case to avoid sentencing her to prison. As Prewitt explained, Chris was her husband, and she felt that she should have a say in how Chappell ultimately was sentenced for the act that killed him. While the judge in the criminal case didn’t agree and sentenced Chappell to four years in prison, Prewitt had another opportunity to have a voice through civil law.

Working with dedicated attorneys Trevor Quirk and Aletheia Gooden at the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, Erin Prewitt has been able to tailor her case in a manner that she finds satisfactory. Prewitt initially thought of filing a personal injury lawsuit and beginning the process of civil litigation. She began looking at her options for filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, with the help of her compassionate and committed civil litigation attorneys, Prewitt decided that entering into a civil contract with Chappell might provide her with the type of compensation she has been seeking.

Prewitt knew that it would be difficult to recover much money from Chappell given that the defendant only carried the minimum auto insurance required under California law. In addition, Prewitt wasn’t necessarily seeking monetary damages. Instead, she had a strong desire “to effectuate change and to uncover the truth” about the facts surrounding her husband’s death. Prewitt’s civil litigation attorneys have proven their ability to be flexible and understanding about the nuances in each case they take as they’ve helped Prewitt to “create and mold the terms of her own contract with Chappell.” For the plaintiff, it “has been empowering.” The terms of the contract will allow Prewitt to require Chappell to stop using drugs and to engage in community development to benefits others, as well.

Compassionate & Flexible Civil Litigation Attorneys In Ventura County

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident in Southern California, you should always discuss your case with an experienced civil litigation attorney in Ventura. At the Quirk Law Firm, LLP, we are dedicated to providing personalized representation and tailored solutions for each of our clients. We are committed to our work, and we will advocate tirelessly on your behalf. To find out more about how we can be the top civil litigation attorneys for your civil litigation case, contact us today.


This Blog Was Provided By:

Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778

improperly prepared food

Salmonella Outbreak Lawyer in Ventura County

By | Food Poisioning, Ventura, CA | No Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Salmonella poisoning causes about one million illnesses each year in the United States. Of those that become ill, about 19,000 will require hospitalization, and approximately 380 will die. If you have reason to believe that you became ill after eating at a local restaurant, you may be able to file a claim for financial compensation. The Quirk Law Firm, LLP has significant experience handling Salmonella claims and can speak with you today about your case.

To be sure, Trevor M. Quirk currently represents a client who has filed a Salmonella poisoning lawsuit after eating at Brent’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Westlake Village, according to a recent article in the Food Poison Journal. The victim, Stephanie Wehr, has alleged that the owner of Brent’s “showed conscious disregard for the rights and safety of people eating, using, and visiting” the restaurant, reported LA Weekly. If you suspect that you suffered from Salmonella poisoning after eating at Brent’s or another restaurant in Ventura County, you shouldn’t hesitate to contact a dedicated personal injury attorney.

Signs and Symptoms of Salmonella Poisoning

What is Salmonella? In short, it’s a bacteria that can make humans very ill. Once you’re exposed to Salmonella, you’re likely to develop symptoms between 12 and 72 hours after infection. Those symptoms can include:

  • – Diarrhea
  • – Fever and
  • – Abdominal cramps

According to the CDC, persons who develop Salmonella poisoning typically are ill for between 4 and 7 days. Most people will recover without receiving medical treatment, but in some cases “the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized.” Salmonella can be treated with antibiotics, and such medication may be necessary for elderly persons, infants, and other people who have impaired immune systems. Salmonella poisoning can pose particular dangers if it spreads from the intestines into the bloodstream, where it can reach other parts of the body.

The CDC also explains that children have the highest risk for Salmonella infection. In particular, kids under 5 years old tend to show higher rates of Salmonella poisoning than people in other age groups. When it comes to the severity of the infection, however, very young children and older adults are at greatest risk. While Salmonella poisoning typically doesn’t have lifelong consequences for those who recover, a number of people do develop reactive arthritis. Those who suffer from reactive arthritis following Salmonella infection also can develop the following problems:

  • – Chronic arthritis, which “can be difficult to treat,” according to the CDC
  • – Irritation of the eyes and
  • – Painful urination

Contact a Ventura Personal Injury Attorney

Salmonella poisoning is a serious problem that can produce severe injuries. According to a report from NBC Los Angeles, the recent outbreak at Brent’s Deli may have resulted in more than two dozen people becoming ill. The Salmonella infections are reported to have occurred over a four-month period, and eight patients required hospitalization.

If you or someone you love may have been infected with Salmonella after eating at Brent’s Deli or another Ventura County establishment, you should discuss your case with an experienced Ventura County personal injury lawyer. You may be able to seek financial compensation for your injuries by filing a lawsuit. Contact the Quirk Law Firm, LLP today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.

This Blog Was Provided By:

Quirk Law Firm, LLP

4222 Market Street, Suite C
Ventura, California 93003

Phone: 805-650-7778