The aftermath of a catastrophic injury is devastating and costly. If you are suffering severe injuries caused by someone else, or facing the heartbreak of the wrongful death of a loved one, you need a personal injury attorney with the experience, skills and financial resources to take the toughest cases to trial.
Consult with the Manhattan Beach personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott Dinsmore, APC to learn how we can help. Your initial consultation is free, and is the first step to putting your life back together. Our lawyers are committed to helping our clients recover the maximum compensation they deserve. We represent all of California in catastrophic injury cases, and are located in Manhattan Beach to conveniently serve Los Angeles County, Orange County and the South Bay region. Although most of our cases are in southern California, we also represent injured victims throughout the state of California and other states. For example, we have represented clients in Hawaii, New York, and Texas.
Call us at (310) 318-1220 for prompt legal help with any of the practice areas listed below.
Cases Our Personal Injury Attorneys Handle
Scott Dinsmore has considerable experience litigating wrongful death cases. Our attorneys understand how wrongful death causes emotional and financial hardship for family members. If a loved one has died due to negligence or the reckless conduct of another, we can help you seek compensation under California law. The surviving heirs may recover for the loss of love, comfort, companionship, society, affection, solace or moral support. The heirs may also recover costs including medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost financial support.
We understand the unique challenges of catastrophic injury cases. These injuries are long-term or permanent, and may shorten a person’s life. Catastrophic injuries often end a person’s independence, where family members must assume the duties of lifelong care. It is our duty as personal injury lawyers to do everything we can to fully represent and serve our severely injury clients. We work closely with medical specialists, rehabilitation experts, care planners, financial experts and other professionals to make sure that we go after and obtain the maximum compensation for those who cannot help themselves.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may affect a person’s cognitive, physical and psychological ability. The Law Offices of Scott Dinsmore is equipped to handle the most challenging head and brain injury cases. A permanent injury such as brain trauma can mean a lifetime of high costs associated with medical treatment and long term care, often in addition to the loss of future income. Call us for dedicated legal assistance.
When personal injury results in spinal cord damage, often there is no cure. Spinal cord injury victims need access to treatments that promote functionality, independence and quality of life. Our attorneys will put all our resources and experience to work to secure the maximum compensation so you or your loved one can receive the care so greatly needed.
Burn injuries that are caused by someone’s negligence take many forms. They can occur during automobile accidents, or may arise out of school or workplace accidents, construction accidents, unsafe premises, or defective products in the home or at work. Victims of burns require specialized medical care, and deserve highly skilled legal counsel as well. Our California personal injury attorneys in Manhattan Beach seek full compensation, and work to help you receive the medical treatment you may require to aid in your recovery.
Injuries sustained in a car accident can shatter one’s ability to work and go about their daily activities. Our California car accident attorneys resolve to hold responsible parties accountable in serious motor vehicle accidents caused by another’s negligence. The sooner you speak with us, the sooner our team can go to work for you.
We represent individuals across Southern California who have suffered severe personal injuries in truck collisions. Commercial truck accidents can be caused by bad driving, faulty equipment, unsafe loads and other dangerous conditions. Collisions often result in someone’s serious injury, disability, death‚ extensive medical bills‚ loss of income‚ and more. It is essential to hire personal injury attorneys who are experienced in complex trucking accidents, know the trucking industry, and have the resources to disclose the evidence and facts that are fundamental to a successful case.
Injuries sustained in motorcycle accidents are often catastrophic or fatal. If the accident was caused by negligence, you are entitled to pursue vital compensation from the at-fault party. One careless action by another motorist can jeopardize your life, yet determining fault can be difficult. Consult with a seasoned trial lawyer with years of experience successfully representing California motorcycle injury cases.
We have seen firsthand the tragic effects to bike riders in collisions with careless drivers. Our personal injury law firm will pursue a variety of options after a bicycle accident in order to help you recover maximum damages. We fight for bicyclists injured on roads, bicycle racing tours, bike paths and in bike lanes.
Each year in California, thousands of pedestrians and joggers are injured in car and truck collisions, and hundreds more are killed at crosswalks, roadsides and in parking lots. Our personal injury attorneys have represented injured pedestrians and their families for many years to compensate victims to the fullest extent of the law. Just as pedestrians are unprotected on the streets, those seeking justice without a good attorney are vulnerable to the tactics and unfair treatment of insurance companies. We can help.
If you were injured in a electric bike or scooter accident caused by a motorist, another electric bike or scooter rider, or a defective e-scooter or e-bike, California law gives you the right to seek compensation for the losses caused by your injuries.
If you have been injured due to a slip and fall accident because of negligence on the part of a property owner, you deserve to be compensated by the responsible party for the damages incurred. We represent individuals across Southern California who have suffered severe injuries caused by the dangerous condition of property.
Our attorneys have experience with cases in which California school children have suffered serious injuries in the classroom and on the playground because of negligence. When unsafe school property conditions, poor school supervision, negligent security or defective equipment or products have caused harm to a child, parents may be able to bring a personal injury claim on behalf of their child.
Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. In many cases, an unreasonably dangerous construction site can result in a personal injury or wrongful death claim. Dangerous or defective equipment may be involved. Injuries or fatalities may be caused by a third party, contractor or subcontractor. Construction accidents may also involve worker’s compensation law. At the Law Offices of Scott Dinsmore, our personal injury attorneys in Manhattan Beach will make these complex determinations for our clients and pursue maximum recovery in a catastrophic injury or wrongful death case.
If you or a loved one were attacked or bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation. When dog owners neglect their responsibilities, tragedies can result in serious injury and fatal attacks. California statutes of strict liability and California dog bite laws provide that dog owners are liable for their dog’s actions. Further personal injury law issues frequently arise in these cases, and dog owners and dog keepers may raise defenses. An experienced dog bite attorney is critical to your case.
How Much Compensation Can I recover in a Personal Injury Claim?
How much compensation you may be able to recover in an accident claim depends on the type of accident you were involved in and the extent of your injuries. A Manhattan Beach accident attorney can explain how the specifics of your case will affect what damages may be available.
In California, there are two types of damages that can be recovered in an personal injury case — compensatory damages and punitive damages.
The purpose of compensatory damages is to “compensate” the plaintiff for the losses they suffered related to their accident. Compensatory damages are further broken down into economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include compensation for specific financial losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
Non-economic damages would include compensation for more abstract losses that can be harder to quantify. Some examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Punitive damages are designed to do more than just compensate the victim but also to punish the negligent party for their actions. These types of damages are not always available in personal injury cases. According to California civil jury instructions, jurors may only award punitive damages if the plaintiff has proven the defendant “acted with malice, oppression, or fraud.”
Frequently Asked Questions About Personal Injury Cases in California
The length of time it takes to resolve a personal injury case in Manhattan Beach can vary depending on several factors. These may include the complexity of the case, the extent of your injuries, and the willingness of the opposing party to negotiate a fair settlement. While some cases can be resolved relatively quickly, others may take months or even years to reach a resolution. It’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney on your side who can navigate the legal process efficiently and advocate for your best interests.
After a personal injury accident, there are a few important steps you should take to protect your rights and ensure the best outcome for your case.
– Seek medical attention right away, even if your injuries seem minor. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and it’s crucial to have documentation of any medical treatment you receive.
– Gather as much evidence as possible from the accident scene. Take photos of the area, including any damage to vehicles or property, and obtain contact information from any witnesses. This evidence can be valuable in proving liability and strengthening your case.
– Report the accident to the appropriate authorities, such as the police. This will create an official record of the incident and can be helpful in establishing fault.
– Consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney will be able to assess the details of your case, advise you on your legal rights, and guide you through the process of seeking compensation for your injuries.
Deciding whether to accept a settlement in a personal injury lawsuit is a significant decision that should not be taken lightly. While it may be tempting to accept a quick settlement offer, it’s important to consider the long-term implications and whether the offer adequately compensates you for your injuries and losses.
An experienced personal injury attorney can help you evaluate the settlement offer and determine if it is fair and reasonable. They will consider various factors such as the extent of your injuries, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any other damages incurred as a result of the accident.
Keep in mind that once you accept a settlement, you typically waive your right to pursue further legal action. Therefore, it’s crucial to carefully weigh the offer and consult with your attorney before making a decision.
You Pay Us Nothing Unless We Win Money for You
Our personal injury attorneys handle cases on a contingency basis (percentage of the recovery), which means that a legal fee is paid only if we successfully obtain a recovery for you. For almost all of our contingency cases, we advance all of the costs so there is no up-front expense to our client.
Accident victims must fight against high-priced legal teams secured by insurance companies. You deserve a seasoned accident lawyer who will fight equally hard on your behalf. Our Manhattan Beach attorneys are ready to discuss your personal injury case.
Highlighted Case Result
At the Law Offices of Scott Dinsmore, we have recovered millions of dollars in damages on behalf of our clients in personal injury cases. Below is a highlight of one of our case results.
A vehicle struck a 14-year-old girl while she walking in a dangerous cross-walk. The girl suffered a significant brain injury. Attorney Scott Dinsmore proved that the city had covered part of the painted cross-walk with asphalt. This made it appear to both the driver and the child that the girl was in the beginning of the cross-walk, when in reality she was in the road of travel.
We were able to obtain a $1,220,771 recovery on her behalf from the driver, the city and other Defendants.