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Auto Accidents

Los Angeles is a city famous for many things — and traffic is close to the top of that list. The Los Angeles metro area is home to more than 13 million people, and the city’s roads and freeways serve as vital arteries for daily commutes and commerce.

This also means that L.A. roads and freeways are very, very busy. The city ranks number one in the U.S. in terms of traffic density and congestion — and witnesses more than 50,000 traffic collisions during most years.

Busy streets lead to auto collisions — and serious injury and death.

Los Angeles Auto Accidents: By the Numbers

In 2018, there were nearly 60,000 traffic accidents on L.A. roads. Those accidents were responsible for 240 deaths and thousands of injuries. In addition to those incidents, another 127 pedestrians were killed — the second highest total of the last 15 years.

Though living in L.A. has many wonderful aspects, traffic certainly isn’t among them. Local roads are not only dangerous; they’re stress inducing.

In order to stay both physically and emotionally healthy, it’s imperative to minimize the risks associated with the road. Yet even the most cautious person often falls victim to the negligence of another driver. 

What to Do in the Event of an Auto Accident

If you’ve been in a traffic collision, it’s critically important to follow some smart safety protocols. Following the incident, take these important steps:

  • Move out of oncoming traffic to a safe location
  • Seek medical assistance if necessary
  • Take videos and photos of any damage or injuries
  • Ask for witness contact information
  • Seek medical attention if necessary
  • If hurt, keep track of all your medical bills, lost wages, expenses etc.
  • Contact an experienced Los Angeles auto accident attorney

Finding the Right L.A. Auto Accident Law Firm

At The Law Office of Craig Charles, we believe that auto accident victims deserve compassion, communication and compensation for their injuries. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

 

 

Bicycle Accidents

Urban cycling is experiencing a renaissance in major U.S. cities, and L.A. is no exception. Currently, there are 350 miles of bike paths in the city, including the Los Angeles River Bicycle Path, which runs from Burbank to Long Beach.

However, given L.A.’s extreme traffic density, the city can also be quite dangerous for cyclists.

Bicycle Accidents by the Numbers

Nationwide, bicyclists account for just one-percent of all road traffic. Yet they also account for three-percent of all traffic fatalities. Roughly 50,000 cyclists are injured every year in auto collisions.

The reason why is simple: Although bike lanes and other safety measures have grown more popular in recent years, cyclists have much less protection from other travelers and the surrounding environment. One moment of inattention can have grave and lifelong consequences.

Los Angeles is especially dangerous not only for its traffic congestion, but also for its design. The city’s streets are engineered for cars and designed for maximum traffic flow. The number of bike-specific lanes in L.A. lags other large cities.

Avoiding Cycling Injuries

In order to avoid being seriously hurt in a cycling accident, it’s important to follow basic safety rules, including:

  • Wear a safety helmet
  • One person per bike
  • Have proper reflective and safety gear
  • Ride on the right side of the road, with traffic
  • Use hand signals
  • Be aware of road hazards

If you’ve been unfortunate enough to suffer a cycling-related injury, you’ll also want to speak with an experienced attorney.

At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we specialize in bicycle accident litigation. Don’t hesitate to call today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Brain & Spinal Injuries

Injuries to the brain and the spinal cord often have profoundly life-altering consequences. For victims of someone else’s negligence, the after-effects of such injuries are often truly devastating.

Through no fault of their own, their lives can be forever altered in a moment, with the most serious kind of mental, physical and financial implications.

When scenarios such as these occur, it’s critically important to have access to an experienced attorney.

The Facts About Brain and Spinal Injuries

Brain injuries are surprisingly common. Every year, roughly 1.5 million Americans suffer some form of brain injury, and 80,000 of these victims will suffer long-term consequences.

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70-percent of brain injuries are caused by traffic accidents. Slips and falls, sports injuries and violent acts are the other primary causes of brain injuries.

Spinal injuries can be equally devastating. It’s estimated that 12,000 Americans suffer from a spinal injury each year. Car collisions and falls are the two most common causes of spinal cord injury, causing 42-percent and 26-percent of all spinal injuries respectively. Gunshot wounds are another frequent cause of serious spinal injury.

Finding the Right L.A. Brain and Spinal Injury Attorney

Because brain and spinal injuries can have such grave and long-lasting consequences, it’s vitally important to speak with an experienced attorney who specializes in this kind of litigation.

At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we have the necessary experience to handle even the most complex brain and spinal cord injury cases. Please don’t wait to contact us today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Construction Injuries

The Los Angeles skyline is dotted with new construction projects. The construction industry plays a critical role in the local economy, providing jobs for workers, infrastructure for businesses and homes for Angelenos.

Yet the construction industry is often a dangerous place to work. Work sites are full of heavy equipment, and workers must often labor from great heights. One mistake in this environment can lead to devastating lifetime consequences.

The Facts About Construction Injuries

According to data from the California Department of Industrial Relations, the construction industry is responsible for 17-percent  of all workplace deaths in the state. This makes the construction sector one of the most dangerous in which to work.

Though California has relatively strong labor protection laws, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job. Tens of thousands more suffer serious injuries — often through no fault of their own.

Construction sites are particularly hazardous, given the heavy machinery and accelerated building schedules involved. Common causes of construction injuries include:

  • Falls
  • Electric shocks
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Being struck by falling objects
  • Being stuck or caught in between heavy objects
  • Power tool/machinery misuse
  • Slips

Overall, falls — whether from a scaffold, ladder or a simple slip —  are the most common form of construction injury. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls account for one-third of all construction site injuries.

What to Do if You’ve been Injured on a Construction Site

Construction site injuries can be quite severe, resulting in traumatic brain or spinal injuries, broken bones or damaged organs, or paralysis and amputation.

Those injured in construction accidents may be able to receive compensation through several mechanisms, including worker’s compensation programs or litigation.

If you’ve been injured, it’s imperative to report your injuries, see a physician for treatment and document the process to the best of your ability with notes, photos and videos.

You’ll also need to ensure that you meet all required deadlines. In California, workers must notify employers of their injuries within 30 days to begin the worker’s compensation process. Litigation, meanwhile, must be filed within 24 months.

Finally, it’s critically important to seek counsel from an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we have a long track record of fighting on behalf of construction accident victims. Contact us today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Discrimination

Discrimination in the Workplace

Being the victim of discrimination is always a terrible experience. Yet having that discrimination occur at the workplace is often doubly devastating. Because their livelihoods are at stake, victims are often afraid to come forward and exercise their legal rights.

Fortunately, California state law offers vigorous protections for people who have suffered discrimination in the workplace.

By working with an experienced legal advocate, you can help ensure that your workplace is a safe place for everyone and receive any compensation to which you are entitled.

Workplace Discrimination Protections Under the Law

People face workplace discrimination for a variety of reasons, including race, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, gender, LGBTQ status etc.

However, the state of California (and the federal government) offer robust protections for people who have been victimized by discrimination.

California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against workers based on protected status. These protections cover employees, interns, job applicants and unpaid volunteers.

Workers are also protected by a variety of federal laws and legislation, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a federal agency dedicated to ensuring that workers are treated equitably in the workplace, also plays a key role in enforcing these protections.

Common Forms of Workplace Discrimination

Some of the most frequent forms of workplace discrimination include:

  • Harassment based on membership in a protected class (LGBTQ, race, religion etc.).
  • Unequal pay based on membership in a protected class.
  • Retaliation for voicing complaints.
  • Being fired or demoted for being LGBTQ, pregnant, elderly etc.
  • Being asked inappropriate questions during the hiring process.
  • Being denied promotions or career opportunities based on membership in a protected class.

Finding the Right Legal Advocate

Workplace discrimination cases are often quite complex, which means it’s important to have an experienced advocate working on your behalf.

For example, FEHA does not apply to all employers — only those with more than five employees. The process of filing state and federal discrimination complaints and navigating the system is often overwhelming for those with little prior experience.

The Law Office of Craig Charles has helped hundreds of Californians receive justice for suffering unfair workplace discrimination.

If you’ve been the victim of workplace discrimination, please don’t wait to contact us today. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Electric Scooter Accidents

Over the past couple years, electric scooters have popped up in cities everywhere. In the City of West Hollywood, Bird and Lime scooters can be seen on virtually every block. At any one time, there are more than 16,000 e-scooters in operation in the greater Los Angeles area. These e-scooters provide a fast, inexpensive way to jet around urban areas such as West Hollywood, Hollywood and other Los Angeles locales, but they present many safety issues and local residents in places such as West Hollywood, Hollywood and Beverly Hills have voiced strong opposition to their presence.

Recent safety studies suggest that as many as 1,800 serious injuries have been reported nationwide over the last year, and eight deaths have occurred as the result of e-scooters such as Bird and Lime. In Los Angeles alone, there have been a reported 250 emergency room visits by e-scooter riders and at least 2 deaths related to e scooters.

Local cities have taken steps to address public safety concerns:

West Hollywood: It is illegal to rent an e-scooter in the City of West Hollywood. It is also illegal to leave an e-scooter on a city sidewalk in West Hollywood. However, if you rent outside the city, you can ride the e-scooter through the city limits either in a designated bike lane or in a regular traffic lane. Riding on sidewalks in West Hollywood is strictly prohibited and the West Hollywood Sherriff’s Department strictly enforces these rules.

Los Angeles: Scooter companies such as Bird and Lime are allowed to place scooters on city streets and make them available for use. It is legal ride in designated bike lanes or regular traffic lanes, but the speed limit is 15 miles per hour.

Beverly Hills: The use of e-scooters is completely banned. You can’t even ride through the city. The City of Beverly Hills Police Department strictly enforces the ban and regularly tickets e-scooter riders.

Whether you have been injured while riding on a e-scooter or hit by an e-scooter, you may have a right to compensation against the company or the person who caused your injury. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney who understands the often-complex liability issues involved.

If you have been injured in an e-scooter accident and received serious injuries, give the Law Office of Craig Charles a call today for a free, no-cost, no obligation consultation. The Law Office of Craig Charles has vast experience dealing with the complexities of e-scooter liability. Allow us to put our experience to work for you. The Law Office of Craig Charles is located on the Sunset Strip in the City of West Hollywood and is an LGBTQ affirming law firm. Give us a call today at 424-343-0660.

Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents can be a very painful and traumatic experience. Often, the damages from motorcycle accidents are even worse than car accidents, leaving the injured party with damages that will last for a lifetime. It is important not to attempt to handle your case directly with an insurance adjustor as they their primary goal is to settle for as little as money as possible. It is important to put your trust in an experienced lawyer like Craig Charles who fights for victims of car crashes every day.

The Law Office of Craig Charles will handle every aspect of the case for you, so you can focus on healing from the physical and mental effects of the accident. Craig Charles will help to ensure that your medical needs are taken care of if you do not have health insurance and you will never pay any money unless Craig Charles recovers a settlement on your behalf.

If you or your loved ones have been injured in a motorcycle you may be entitled to damages, such as lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is important to speak with an experienced attorney right away before giving any statement to an insurance company adjustor.

The Law Office of Craig Charles is located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Ride Sharing Accidents

The state of California has incubated many of the most exciting new technological innovations that improve our daily lives. Transformational new products and services are created here, then introduced to the rest of the world.

Ridesharing is perhaps the most prominent example of this phenomenon. As hard as it is to believe today, there were only a handful of Uber drivers operating in California in 2009. A decade later, 95 million people now use the Uber app on a monthly basis.

And Uber is but a single company. The ridesharing industry is projected to be worth $12 billion collectively by 2025.

While this might be a great development for riders seeking convenience (and people working in the Gig Economy), there is one category of people who don’t look on ridesharing so fondly: Those who have been injured in accidents.

Ridesharing Accidents 101

As mentioned above, California was at the vanguard of ridesharing development. The California legislature has also taken the lead in terms of protecting riders.

State legislators passed Bill AB2993, which requires ridesharing drivers to maintain at least $200,000 in liability insurance when traveling without drivers, and $1 million in liability insurance when traveling with a driver.

If you’ve been injured while traveling with a ridesharing company, many of the same protocols you’d follow with a conventional vehicle collision apply. You should contact police, take photos and video of the scene, speak to witnesses and seek appropriate medical care.

And, just as importantly, contact an experienced ridesharing accident attorney.

Finding the Right Los Angeles Ridesharing Accident Attorney

Ridesharing accidents are often more complex than standard collisions in terms of assigning liability and pursuing compensation.

One thing remains constant, however: The other side will have a team of experienced attorneys working to ensure that your compensation is as low as possible.

In order to receive fair compensation for your injuries, it’s imperative that you have an equally experienced advocate fighting for your rights.

At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we believe all accident victims are entitled to communication, compassion and fair compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Slip & Fall

If you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your injuries, including your medical costs, lost wages, future earning capacity and pain and suffering.

Los Angeles slip and fall lawyer Craig Charles is committed to vigorously pursuing negligent property owners who fail to maintain safe conditions on their premises. All aspects of you case will be carefully evaluated in order to get you fully compensated for all your damages. Our office will do all of the work necessary in order to bring your case to a successful resolution, while you focus on the goal of recovering from your injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a slip and fall accident, it is important that you retain an attorney immediately. Insurance companies take advantage of unrepresented victims and the end result is often disastrous for those involved in slip and fall cases.  After a slip and fall accident, an injured victim will need immediate medical treatment. If the injuries are very severe, the victim will require ongoing medical care from physicians, physical therapists, and medical devices. Many slip and fall accident victims are not prepared to undertake these medical costs. This office assists you in finding complete medical care for your injuries, even if you have no medical insurance.

If you have been injured during a slip and fall accident because of a property owner’s negligence, contact the Law Office of Craig Charles immediately after your accident.

The best thing a person can do after sustaining an injury from a slip and fall accident is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney can evaluate property conditions, question the property owner, advise the client of his/her rights, and provide him/her with legal options and aggressive representation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.

Product Liability

Purchasing a product and bringing it into our home is a covenant of sorts. We trust that the manufacturer followed all necessary safety protocols to ensure that the product we use is safe.

Unfortunately, this is a covenant that is all too often broken. Defective or dangerous products injure or kill thousands of Californians each year.

When that happens, it’s essential to have an experienced legal advocate — someone who can help ensure that justice is done.

Product Liability Basics

California has some of the strongest consumer safety laws in the United States. If you are injured by a defective product, you have up to two years to file a personal injury claim. Damages to personal property (such as a house fire) may be sought up to three years later.

When dealing with defective products, California uses a standard called “pure comparative fault.” This means that victims can still receive damages even if they are partially at fault.

There are three core types of product liability: Defective design, manufacturing defect and lack of adequate warning or instructions.

When considering defective design, courts must weigh the risk and benefits of the product and its design, along with consumer expectations of that product.

Manufacturing defects are any flaws or errors that are overlooked during the production process.

Lack of adequate warning claims focus on products that are still dangerous even when designed and manufactured correctly. In such cases, product producers must give the public reasonable warning of these risks.

Finding the Right L.A. Product Liability Law Firm

At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we have the necessary experience to handle even the most complex product liability cases. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective product, don’t wait to contact us for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.