Our Practice Areas
Ernst Law Group puts clients first. We work to protect you from unfair settlements and defendants trying to shift the blame onto you. Our expert team of Los Angeles personal injury lawyers can help you recover maximum compensation for the damages you’ve suffered. If you or a loved one have been injured in Los Angeles, we may be able to help you.
Our practice areas include:
- Brain Injury
- Car Accident
- Chronic Paint
- Construction Accident
- Dog Bite
- Motorcycle Accident
- Hit and Run Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- OSHA Workers Safety
- Commercial Truck Accident
- Wrongful Death
Contact a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
You deserve support after an injury. Our team of personal injury lawyers is here to represent you against intimidating insurance companies. Insurance companies are more focused on their bottom line than on helping you recover. They will offer small settlements and try to bully you into accepting them. We will ensure that you don’t accept less than you’re owed.
Whatever type of injury you suffered in Los Angeles or the surrounding area, we can help you file for damages. Contact us for more information.
Determining Fault In a Los Angeles Personal Injury Accident
Determining fault is a critical step in any personal injury case. For a case to exist, one party must be found negligent and responsible for the injury the victim suffered. However, this can be difficult to prove. The guilty party will try to cover up their liability or to shift the blame onto the victim. They are focused on trying not to pay damages that the victim is owed.
That is why it’s vital to have an accurate determination of fault in a personal injury case. This can be done through a variety of means, including collecting physical evidence, speaking to witnesses, and accessing footage of the accident that led to the injury. Individuals struggle to obtain this information. They don’t know who to ask or what to look for to help them make their case.
An expert Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is your best defense against incorrect determinations of fault. They can start collecting evidence to determine the cause of the injury and who is liable. The sooner you bring a personal injury lawyer onto the case, the more information they can gather.
If you bring them on immediately, they can work with police to compile an accurate picture of the accident and to inspect the scene of the accident for evidence before it is cleared away. This allows them to defend your rights and seek maximum compensation from the defendant.
Fault is required to award damages in a personal injury case. Without proof of fault, there is no way to collect damages from the guilty party. In fact, they may shift the blame onto the victim and force them to pay out additional funds. Since the person found to be at fault is responsible for paying damages, it’s vital that you have someone on your side who can accurately prove fault and protect you from false liability.
The expert attorneys at Ernst Law Group know exactly what kind of evidence you need to determine fault in court. We will find this evidence with the help of experts if required.
Don’t get swindled by insurance companies or defendants. Hire an LA personal injury lawyer to protect your right to compensation.
The Potential Impact of Comparative Fault in California
California is a pure comparative negligence state. In LA, victims can collect damages for a personal injury even if they are found to be partially at fault for the accident.
Historically, if a victim was even 1% responsible for an accident, they could not seek damages. This made it incredibly easy for defendants to avoid paying fair compensation to personal injury accident victims. Victims could lose claims for small issues, like missing an unrelated step on a safety checklist, having a broken taillight, texting while walking, or driving while slightly drowsy.
Now, it is much easier to get fair compensation. However, there are still some negative impacts of comparative fault in California.
Comparative negligence allows victims to collect damages even if they are partially at fault. The determination of fault is made by the courts. Your awarded damages are reduced by the amount that you are found to be at fault. For example, a $10,000 verdict would be reduced to $9,000 if the victim was found to be 10% responsible for a slip and fall because they were talking on the phone.
Unfortunately, defendants have learned how to use comparative negligence in their favor. They shift blame onto the plaintiff to try and lower the fees that they will be required to pay. They may claim that the plaintiff wasn’t wearing the appropriate level of protective gear, was texting and driving, or was actively ignoring warning signs in the workplace. Even minor details like a broken tail light may be spun to be major contributors to an accident in an attempt to inflate the victim’s fault.
Defendants are looking to protect their own financial interests. They don’t care about your wellbeing and recovery. At Ernst Law Group, we’ve made a name for ourselves protecting the underdog. Let us protect you. Contact a Los Angeles personal injury attorney for a free, no-obligation consultation.
The Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims
The statute of limitations for a claim is the period during which you must file your lawsuit. If you file once the statute of limitations has expired, it’s unlikely that the court will hear your case.
To ensure you don’t miss out on collecting damages, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible following your personal injury. You have two years from the date of your injury to file your claim in Los Angeles. However, the sooner you file the claim, the sooner you’ll be awarded damages. This improves your legal team’s ability to find critical evidence to support your case.
If your claim is against a government agency, you have a shorter statute of limitations. In this case, you have six months to file your claim.
There are some instances where a court will hear your claim even if the statute of limitations has expired. This frequently occurs in medical malpractice cases where the injury or negligence wasn’t discovered until more than two years after the accident. To determine if your case qualifies to be heard after the statute of limitations has expired, contact an LA personal injury attorney for their expert opinion.
A Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Provides Effective Representation
Ernst Law Group has established a name across California over the past 35 years. We know that the lawyer you choose directly impacts the outcome of your case. That’s why we put our clients first. We don’t overload our lawyers with cases, making them unable to provide outstanding service. Our trial-tested attorneys are always prepared to take cases to court so you can earn the maximum compensation.
Working with Ernst Law Group means getting a dedicated legal team who will support you through the complex proceedings of a personal injury case. Your team of plaintiff lawyers will ensure you and your case are ready to go to trial. We don’t back away from the challenge of a courtroom to save ourselves time. Instead, we take on insurance companies and defendants to ensure you get the maximum damages awarded to you.
Your health and wellbeing are our priority. Let us protect you by providing you with the best personal injury legal team in Los Angeles.
Reasons to Choose Ernst Law Firm as Your Personal Injury Attorneys
We only get paid if you win.
We don’t prioritize payment over your wellbeing. Other firms accept low settlement offers to avoid lengthy trials. They counsel their clients to appease the guilty parties so they can get their money faster.
The Ernst Law Group is here to help you win your case. We prepare every claim for trial, hiring experts, dealing with insurance companies, and supporting you through the process. We’re so confident that we will win your case that we pay all the costs up front.
We hold the at-fault party responsible and fight for the victim’s right to compensation. If you have suffered a personal injury in the Los Angeles area, call The Ernst Law Group to determine if you have a case.
We treat clients like family.
You aren’t just a number at Ernst Law Group. Your case is personal to us. We believe in taking on cases that make a difference in creating a safer community for us all. Your claim helps bring us one step closer to creating a safer community for our own families.
The Ernst Law Group believes in actively building a better community. We do our best to take on clients who can’t afford legal services, such as at-risk elders or low-income individuals. Every client we help is another brick in the foundation of the community we want to create.
We prepare every case for trial.
Personal injury law has become synonymous with settlements. Insurance companies use settlements to avoid paying fair compensation to victims. Some personal injury lawyers use settlements to get paid faster, even though they know their clients’ cases are worth more. They want to avoid working harder at trial.
The Ernst Law Group is a plaintiff trial firm. We prepare to take every claim to trial, regardless of how much work it is for us. We hire experts, investigate fault, liaise with police, and support our clients through the trial process.
Our LA personal injury lawyers have helped clients get damages from corporations, insurance companies, and at-fault individuals who caused their injuries. We ensured that they were held responsible for the damage that they caused and punished for their actions. Making them pay damages is the best way to ensure that they never harm another individual through their negligence. That’s why we believe in the value of preparing every case for trial.
We earn maximum compensation for personal injuries.
Judges award higher compensation than victims would receive through a settlement. That is why insurance companies want to avoid going to trial, and that is why we prepare to go to trial. We believe that victims are owed no less than the maximum compensation for their injuries. We’re willing to fight to ensure they get it.
Maximum compensation varies case by case. Our expert Los Angeles personal injury lawyers know what you could be owed for your injury or wrongful death.
We’ll work to get you that figure. We believe that every dollar that the guilty party is forced to pay increases their incentive to be more careful in the future. Holding them responsible for their actions and punishing them makes it less likely that they’ll repeat their actions. The more noteworthy the amount, the less likely anyone else in the LA area is going to repeat the negligent actions as well.
Common Types of Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury cases occur every day from regular individuals going about their lives. They get injured due to someone else’s negligence, which causes direct harm to the victim. There are so many threats around us that people become blind to them until they are injured. By then, it’s too late.
The Ernst Law Group has assisted victims of many common types of personal injury claims seek maximum compensation for their accidents. If you’ve been injured by one of the following causes of personal injury, we can help:
- Car Accident
- Slip and Fall
- Medical Malpractice
- Defamation, Libel, and Slander
- Dog Bites
- Plane, Boat, or Motorcycle Accident
- Pedestrian Accident
- Defective Products
- Unsafe Work Conditions
- Unsafe Property Conditions
- Police Misconduct
Potential Damages In a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you have been the victim of a personal injury in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to damages. These damages are meant to recover any financial losses that you had as a result of getting treatment for your injury, to help you recover mentally after your suffering, and to punish the guilty party. However, the exact amount that you are entitled to varies from case to case.
You shouldn’t have to pay for medical expenses for an accident that was someone else’s fault. Economic damages ensure that the guilty party retroactively covers any expenses that you were forced to pay out of pocket for your care. This can include any medical bills, prescriptions, rehabilitation, hospital stays, forced time off work and lost wages, and any treatment costs.
Suffering isn’t just physical. Victims of personal injury have been through a traumatic event. Accidents can change your world drastically. Non-economic damages are meant to compensate you for the difficult time that you suffered through. These damages are often higher than economic damages, as emotional trauma often exceeds the physical.
You can seek non-economic damages for pain and suffering, anguish, loss of companionship for a deceased loved one, change of quality of life, anxiety or depression, and lasting disfigurement due to the accident.
Punitive damages are awarded in cases where the at-fault party was found to be actively negligent, leading to your injury. For example, many impaired drivers are forced to pay out punitive damages as they know the risks of driving under the influence and did so anyway. These damages reflect the punishment that the court decides fits the crime. This amount does not reflect the victim’s injuries and suffering but focuses on the actions of the guilty party.
If you have lost a loved one due to an accident, you are entitled to wrongful death damages. These cover the expenses of the deceased’s care up to their death, compensation for the loss of their income, and compensation for the loss of their companionship.
How do you choose the best personal injury lawyer for your needs?
The most important determination is whether or not you feel comfortable with your personal injury lawyer. If you do not, then all their qualifications are meaningless. An expert personal injury attorney will ensure that you feel heard when you speak with them. They will outline their plans for your case, provide a clear picture of what to expect from the process of working with them, and will ensure that you are able to contact them whenever you have questions or concerns.
At Ernst Law Group, we take the time to speak with each client we take on. We dedicate a legal team to their case and ensure that they feel supported throughout the trial. We keep them apprised of any developments, of the investigative work that we are doing, and in the loop on all insurance company tricks.
The best personal injury lawyer is the one who will put your needs first.
How does a personal injury claim work?
After your accident, you will need to contact your insurance company. They will cover a certain amount of the expenses for your treatment. Once you know what isn’t covered, you’ll need to hire an LA personal injury lawyer to help you file a claim for the damages that your insurance won’t cover.
We do this in a few steps:
- Investigate who was at fault
- The opposing insurance company will offer a small settlement that isn’t enough to cover your damages
- File a “complaint” document with the court outlining who the claim is against, what they did wrong, and what kind of compensation you’re seeking
- Hire experts to support your case
- Prepare you for trial and potentially taking the stand to explain how the injury has affected your life
- Have witnesses take the stand to attest to your altered life
- Have witnesses of the accident take the stand
- Defendant’s lawyer with use cross-examination to try to shift blame or twist your statements
- Closing statements will be made for both parties
- The judge and/or jury will determine your verdict
How Personal Injury Cases Differ from Other Legal Cases
Personal injury law is one of the most complicated fields of law. Every case is unique, meaning that lawyers cannot recycle past arguments or rely on precedent. This makes the laws unique and ever-changing to adapt to changes in the field.
Our expert LA personal injury lawyers keep up with these changes, learning from every case, and applying their knowledge to get every client the maximum compensation they deserve.
Personal Injury Questions and Answers
Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
A personal injury lawyer is an expert in the field. Our LA personal injury lawyers at Ernst Law Group have been supporting individuals like you who were the victims of someone else’s negligence for over 35 years.
We have the skills to defend you against corporations, insurance companies, or threatening defendants. We won’t let others bully you into taking smaller settlements or shifting the blame to prevent you from getting any compensation. A personal injury lawyer will be on your side throughout this challenging process and ensure that you get maximum compensation.
What do I do when an insurance company calls me about my injury?
The insurance company will try to downplay your injuries to reduce the amount that they need to pay you. Having a legal representative speak for you is safer. Ask your personal injury attorney for advice on what to say to your insurance company to ensure that they cannot withhold compensation.
Should I call the police at the scene of a personal injury?
You should call the police to the scene if your personal injury is an accident, such as a car or truck accident. Other cases, such as slip and falls or medical malpractice don’t typically warrant calling the police.
You will need to make this determination based on the circumstances of the accident and if any criminal negligence is present.
What is a wrongful death in California?
Wrongful death in California is defined as when someone’s actions result in the death of a victim, regardless of if those actions were due to negligence or malice. The plaintiff will need to prove that a person died due to the negligence or intention to harm of the defendant.
Only surviving family members of the deceased are able to file a wrongful death suit to seek monetary damages for their loss.
How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a personal injury?
In Los Angeles, you have two years from the date of the accident that caused your personal injury to file a lawsuit. However, if you are filing against a US government organization, you only have six months to file your claim. It is unlikely that your case will be heard if you file after this period.
What Our Clients Say About Us
“I could not be more satisfied with Ernst Law Group. Over the course of my case they were nothing but kind and friendly. When you’re in a situation where you need a lawyer it can be a very stressful time in your life.“Samantha Spelman
“Enough cannot be said for the amazing job done for us by the Ernst Law Group. Their compassion and dedication to ‘doing what is right’ makes them go above and beyond in all that they do. After spending time and money on other local attorneys, Don, Taylor and Terry were a blessing to us. They never backed down even though our case was a very unusual case. Thank you Ernst Law Group.“Mary Barrett
“Best personal injury and wrongful death attorneys available! The whole team is friendly, works very hard, is knowledgeable, and will do their best to take care of their clients. The Ernst team is the best around!“Hannah W.