Burbank Personal Injury Lawyer
When another party’s negligence causes you or a loved one serious injuries, you may end up struggling with new limitations and unexpected financial burdens. A personal injury claim cannot restore the health you lost, but it can help put you in a better position to handle the financial challenges that may come your way as you deal with the aftermath of your accident.
Having a Burbank personal injury lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. Contact Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers today to learn more about your right to seek compensation for your injuries.
About Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers
At Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers, we have considerable experience helping our clients recover compensation from many personal injury accidents in the Burbank area.
Our past results include:
- $9.625 million awarded in a class-action lawsuit.
- $8.25 million awarded to the victim of a truck accident.
- $5 million awarded to a victim who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
- $2.65 million awarded to another victim of a traumatic brain injury.
- $1.15 million awarded to a victim who suffered a spinal cord injury.
While we cannot guarantee the results of any future case, our past victories demonstrate our dedication to helping our clients pursue the maximum compensation possible in their case. If you suffered serious injuries due to another party’s negligence, start with a free consultation with our team of experienced personal injury attorneys. With more than two decades of experience navigating California personal injury law, we have the skills needed to help protect our clients’ interests and help them pursue the best possible outcomes in their personal injury claims.
Our team of attorneys exercises compassion when working with our clients.
You need a chance to tell your story to someone who understands the burdens your injuries have placed on you and the hardships you have faced since your accident. Our team of attorneys will listen compassionately to your story and help you fully understand your right to seek compensation for your injuries. We will work with you to break down the costs you may have faced, the challenges that your injuries caused, and the compensation those losses entitle you to seek under California law.
We help fight aggressively to help our clients pursue the compensation they deserve.
We want to help our clients maximize the compensation they ultimately receive for their injuries. We have the experience needed to help our clients navigate the challenges insurance companies may throw in their way, collect evidence to establish their right to compensation, and present their claim in a way that increases the odds that the insurance company will offer the compensation they really deserve for their injuries. Many of our past clients have found that working with us substantially increased the compensation they recovered for serious injuries sustained in accidents ranging from construction accidents to auto accidents.
Common Burbank Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims can take a wide variety of forms. Any time someone else’s negligence causes another person severe injury, the injured individual may have the right to a personal injury claim. If you think someone else’s negligence caused your injuries, contact Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers to learn more about your right to seek compensation.
When a person suffers injuries in an auto accident that was someone else’s fault, they have the right to compensation for more than just the damages to their vehicle. California auto insurance policies often award compensation for property damage and personal injury separately. Unfortunately, insurance companies often try to limit the compensation they have to pay out or argue over the extent of injuries.
Auto accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, including injuries that can result in long-term hospitalization, high medical bills, and permanent changes to a victim’s life. If you were in an auto accident that severely injured you or killed a loved one, an attorney can give you a good idea of how strong your case is, how much compensation you can expect to recover, and help increase the odds that you will recover the full amount you deserve.
Big truck accidents are similar to auto accidents in some ways, but they may involve considerable additional complexity. Big truck drivers frequently carry higher-value insurance policies than the average passenger vehicle driver. Furthermore, big truck drivers may share liability with the company that employs them, especially if that company’s policies substantially increase the risk that the driver will cause an accident. Big truck drivers must also meet more stringent federal regulations that determine how much time they can spend behind the wheel, how much weight they can haul, and how much alcohol can be in a driver’s system when they are on the road.
Many motorcycle riders head through Burbank each year to beat the heat, enjoy the wind and the freedom, and check out the picturesque scenery. Motorcycles offer little protection from the road or objects that might strike the rider in an accident. Motorcycles also make up a much smaller visual profile, which means that passenger vehicle drivers may miss their presence entirely, especially if they are not paying adequate attention to the road. Motorcycle riders often sustain serious injuries in accidents, including catastrophic injuries that can permanently impact their ability to work, ride, or engage in their preferred leisure activities.
Pedestrian accidents occur most commonly in intersections throughout the Burbank area, including several down Colorado Street, Central Avenue and Chevy Chase Drive, and several along Burbank Avenue. At these intersections, drivers may have poor visibility that makes it hard for them to keep up with what pedestrians are doing around them, or they lack marked pedestrian crossing areas. These circumstances substantially increase the risk of pedestrian accidents involving serious injuries.
Burbank offers a robust public transportation system and has multiple districts that offer bussing for children headed to and from school each day. Buses require more space on the road, take more room to maneuver, and have large blind spots that can make it difficult for the driver to keep up with what is happening around them. Furthermore, school bus drivers stop frequently and for long periods to allow children to exit safely and get out of the road. Bus accidents can result in catastrophic injuries for the passengers of other vehicles due to a bus’s large size. Passengers on buses can also suffer serious injury in a dangerous collision.
Burbank is home to many rideshare drivers who help transport passengers around the area. Rideshare drivers transport passengers to and from the airport and can make it easier for patrons to get home after a night at one of Burbank’s many bars and clubs. Rideshare drivers, however, receive no more training than the average passenger vehicle driver. In some cases, they may spend considerable hours on the road each evening as they attempt to earn cash and raise their income, sometimes leading to fatigue or distraction. Rideshare accidents can result in severe injuries for both passengers in the rideshare vehicle and people in the other involved vehicles.
Under California law, a dog’s owner bears strict liability for any injury caused by the dog. This includes dog bites that occur in public locations and dog bites that occur when a person lawfully enters the owner’s property. Dog bites can cause a wide range of potential problems, from the initial puncture wounds related to the injury to a high risk of infection. Dog bites can also cause considerable trauma, including PTSD symptoms, in the victim.
Both public and private property owners have a duty of care to keep everyone safe on their property. Sometimes, however, a property owner may violate the duty of care, often through poor maintenance. Common premises liability claims include drowning or pool accidents, slip and fall accidents, or falling items. Those accidents can result in severe injury to the victim, including traumatic brain injury, back and neck injuries, or broken bones.
In a nursing home, a patient should expect a high standard of care from nurses and other caregivers. In some nursing homes, however, residents are not treated with the care they are due. Nursing home abuse and neglect can cause serious injury to residents in a nursing home or lead to an overall decline in health. Sometimes, nursing home abuse may even cause the patient’s death.
If someone you love died from someone else’s negligence, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death claim. A family may have the right to file a wrongful death claim any time the victim died because of the injuries caused by someone else’s negligence, whether the victim died immediately, at the accident scene, or passed away from their injuries later. The immediate family of the victim, including the victim’s spouse, children, or parents, may file a claim for compensation from the at-fault party.
Catastrophic injuries cause permanent disability or disfigurement and may include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, facial disfigurements, or the loss of hearing or sight. Catastrophic injuries often permanently change the course of the victim’s life. If you suffered a catastrophic injury due to someone else’s negligence, you may seek compensation for ongoing medical expenses and considerable losses in independence and capability.
Additional Practice Areas:
- Burbank Train and Metrolink Accidents
- Burbank Bike Accidents
- Burbank Construction Accidents
- Burbank Slip & Fall Accidents
- Burbank Burn Injury
- Burbank Spinal Cord Injuries
- Burbank Nursing Home Abuse
- Burbank Paralysis
Burbank Personal Injury FAQ
Do you have general questions about what a personal injury claim will look like or what it might mean for you? Take a look at the FAQ below to learn more.
1. How much compensation can I expect from a personal injury claim in Burbank?
At Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers, we cannot guarantee how much compensation you will ultimately recover for your injuries. However, our experienced team of attorneys can help break down the compensation you may deserve for your injuries and give you a better idea of what to expect. To better understand what you could look to gain from a personal injury claim speak with an experienced Burbank personal injury attorney or look at our Client Reviews.
Who caused the injuries, and what does their insurance policy cover? In most personal injury claims, rather than dealing with the person who caused your injuries directly, you will pursue compensation through their insurance company. After a car accident, for example, you will pursue compensation through the liable driver’s auto insurance. After a slip and fall accident at a store, you might pursue compensation through the business’ liability insurance or the property owner’s insurance.
Insurance policies will often set clear limits on the amount of compensation you can recover for your injuries. Having an attorney look over the policy can prove essential, since many insurance companies will not automatically pay out the full compensation you may deserve for your injuries.
What injuries did you sustain in your accident? To determine how much compensation you deserve for your injuries, our attorneys will go over the extent of your injuries, the treatments you required, and the medical bills you faced from those treatments. Severe injuries generally require more substantial treatments and, as a result, the more severe your injuries, the more compensation you may recover.
For example, if you suffered a spinal cord injury in your accident, you may face more than $1 million in medical costs in the first year after your accident alone. If you suffered broken bones, on the other hand, you may see much smaller medical costs and, therefore, you will likely need less compensation to pay for those injuries. At Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers, we will take a look at your overall medical costs related to your injuries, including complications you may have suffered.
How much work did you have to miss after your Burbank accident? In addition to compensation for the medical costs you faced after your accident, you can claim compensation for wages you lost if your injuries prevented you from going back to work. If you suffered a traumatic brain injury, for example, you may not go back to work for weeks (or longer) after the accident, since you may lack the focus and concentration you need to perform your job.
Difficulty with emotional regulation might make it hard to interact directly with customers. If you suffered broken bones or back and neck injuries, you may have a hard time working a job that requires a great deal of standing, which may prevent you from earning your usual income during your recovery.
What other losses did you sustain because of your Burbank accident? In addition to financial costs, you may face considerable pain and suffering because of your injuries. Serious injuries, particularly catastrophic injuries, can also cause immense emotional distress and even loss of enjoyment of life. In addition to tangible financial costs, most personal injury claims include compensation for the pain and suffering you faced, including both physical pain and emotional distress.
2. How do I know who bears liability for my Burbank accident?
To determine who bears liability for your Burbank accident, start with a consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney in the Burbank area. Often, working with an attorney can help you identify the liable party in your accident—and, in some cases, identify more than one party that may share liability for your injuries. Your attorney will ask several key questions that will help you establish who may bear liability for your injuries.
Who bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident? Your attorney will start with a look at who bore a duty of care to you at the time of the accident: who bore some legal responsibility to you before the accident. For example, on the road, all drivers bear a duty of care to others around them. California driving law states that drivers must not use handheld devices while driving, that they must obey the rules of the road, and that they must vigilantly watch for pedestrians and smaller vehicles around them to avoid causing an accident.
How did the liable party violate that duty of care? Negligent behavior often leads to serious injuries. To establish who bears liability for your accident, your attorney will look at who may have committed an act of negligence that caused or contributed to your injuries. For example, if a driver on the road chose to text and drive, causing them to miss the presence of your motorcycle or bicycle, and you suffered serious injuries, that driver violated their duty of care to you. Or, if you suffered injuries in a slip and fall in a business because the staff failed to clean up a spill, that business may bear liability for your injuries.
How did that violation of the duty of care cause your accident and your injuries? As a final step in determining who bears liability for your accident, your attorney will consider how the violation of the duty of care led to your injuries. To seek compensation, you must show that you suffered injuries due to another party’s negligence. A violation of the duty of care alone does not give you grounds for a personal injury claim.
You must show that you suffered some injury or damage because of the other party’s negligent actions. Suppose, for example, that you notice a texting driver on the road next to you. If the Burbank Police Department catches that driver texting and driving, the driver may face criminal penalties, but you do not have grounds for a personal injury claim. On the other hand, if that driver struck you, damaging your vehicle or injuring you, you may have grounds to seek compensation.
3. Who has to pay for my medical bills after a Burbank, California accident?
Depending on where your accident occurred and the extent of your injuries, you may have many options for pursuing compensation in Burbank. From Dignity Health at Burbank Memorial Hospital and Health Center to USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, you can expect one common element: high medical bills following your procedures. Emergency care alone can cost thousands of dollars, especially if you have severe injuries that require immediate surgical treatment.
As the injured party, and therefore the one receiving medical treatment, you will need to make arrangements to pay your medical bills.
However, that does not mean that you do not have options when it comes to paying for your medical expenses.
- Use MedPay Insurance. If you suffered your injuries in a car accident, truck accident, or pedestrian accident involving a vehicle, and you carry MedPay, you might use that insurance to cover your medical care. While MedPay insurance does not fully cover every expense from serious injuries, it can cover a great deal of the costs you may face in the early days, which can alleviate some of your immediate financial strain.
- Use Your Health Insurance. If you carry health insurance, it can provide valuable aid in paying your medical bills following any severe injury, even one caused by someone else’s negligence. Make sure you contact your insurance company to learn more about your coverage, since you may want to make your care plan fit your medical coverage.
- Wait for the Funds from a Personal Injury Claim. If you can’t cover your medical expenses, you may need to wait for the funds from a personal injury claim to help pay for your medical costs. If your bills have started piling up, especially if you have pending collections action, talk to your attorney. Often, an attorney can issue a letter of protection that may help you avoid collections actions until your claim concludes.
4. What should I do to protect my right to compensation after a serious accident in Burbank?
If someone else’s negligence caused you serious injuries, you should take several critical steps to help protect your right to compensation and ensure that you get the medical help you need.
First, always seek medical attention. Not only does medical care ensure that you get the treatment you need for your injuries, it also helps establish exactly when your injuries took place, which can later prove vital for your personal injury claim.
Next, make sure you document everything about the accident scene if you can do so without putting yourself in jeopardy. Take pictures of your injuries, the accident scene, and any contributing factors that may have led to the accident.
Always report the accident. If it occurs in a business, make sure you notify management, even if you do not leave in an ambulance or require emergency care. If you have a car accident, report the accident to the police and wait for them to arrive unless you believe you are unsafe or need to seek immediate medical care. That report can serve as vital evidence that can establish who caused your accident.
Finally, contact an attorney as soon as you can after the accident. An attorney can help offer vital advice that may protect your right to compensation.
5. What should I do if I get a settlement offer from the insurance company soon after my Burbank accident?
In general, you should not accept any settlement offer without talking to an attorney first. Often, insurance companies try to minimize the compensation they have to pay out. They may use multiple tactics, including trying to prove that you caused or contributed to the accident, that you did not sustain the injuries you claim, or that you did not need the medical treatments that you included as part of your personal injury claim.
First, however, many insurance companies may try issuing a fast initial settlement offer that does not include the full compensation you really deserve for your injuries. By convincing you to accept that low settlement, the insurance company may get out of some of the compensation it owes you.
Get in touch with an attorney and discuss the settlement offer. An attorney can help break down the compensation you really deserve and give you a better idea of what to expect as you interact with the insurance company.
6. How long does it take to settle a personal injury claim in Burbank?
Settling a personal injury claim can take considerable time. Depending on the extent of your injuries, an attorney may recommend waiting until you have a chance to recover somewhat from your injuries and learn fully you will eventually recover. Both sides also need time to investigate the claim, including how the accident occurred and the extent of your injuries. Finally, negotiating a settlement that works for both parties can take time. Talk to an attorney to learn more about what the timeline for your case might look like.
Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer After a Burbank Incident?
If you suffered serious injuries in an accident due to the negligence of another party, trying to handle that claim on your own can leave you struggling to recover the compensation you deserve. You may feel stressed, frustrated, and unsure where to turn next, especially if the insurance company minimizes or tries to deny your claim.
Having a personal injury attorney on your side can make a huge difference. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your claim, give you a better idea of how much compensation you really deserve, and fight to help you more effectively resolve your claim. Get in touch with Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers today at (818) 459-4999 or through our contact page for your free consultation.
Yarian Accident & Injury Lawyers Burbank Office
700 N Central Ave Suite 470
Burbank, CA 91203