Personal Injury Lawyer for Pasadena, CA
Since 2005, The Law Offices of Donald J. Matson has provided thoughtful and effective legal representation for seriously injured accident victims and their families in Pasadena and throughout Los Angeles County.
Whether you’ve been hurt in a car, truck, or motorcycle crash, slipped and fell on someone else’s property, or been attacked by a dog, we can help you get your life back on track. We empathize greatly with the challenges you are facing and we are committed to making things just a little easier for you in your time of need. If someone else is responsible for your injury, you shouldn’t be left having to bear the financial burden.
Pasadena injury lawyer for car accidents:
The firm’s founder and lead personal injury attorney Don Matson is ready to build a strong personal injury claim on your behalf and will stand up to the insurance company to get you the maximum financial recovery you are entitled to. The legal process may seem intimidating and overwhelming but Don will guide you every step of the way.
Call (626) 792-1900 today for a Free consultation.
What Makes A Good Personal Injury Case?
The strength of your personal injury case hinges on certain key factors: the severity of your physical injury, proving liability, evidence of quantifiable damages and whether there is sufficient insurance coverage available to pay for your injury.
In a personal injury case, you first and foremost must have significant injuries and damages. The worse the injury, the higher the value of your case. Many of the clients we represent have injuries that include traumatic brain injury (TBI), amputation, burns, fractures, whiplash, spinal cord damage, paralysis, and permanent disfigurement.
To strengthen this portion of your claim, personal injury Attorney Don Matson will work with your treating physician to gather the necessary medical documents to validate that your injuries or symptoms were caused or aggravated by the accident.
In addition to bodily injury, you’ll need to prove that you have suffered economic damages as well. This includes medical expenses and lost wages. Other non-economic damages may include loss of quality of life, and pain and suffering.
In order for you to ultimately be compensated for your losses, it must be clear that the accident and your injuries were the direct result of someone else’s negligent actions. Proving liability will require
The final element needed for a strong personal injury case is the ability of the at fault party to pay for your damages. Do they have insurance? If they do, is it enough to cover the full value of your claim? The recovery you may receive is also impacted by your percentage of fault. For example, if you were 20% responsible for your accident, your award would be reduced by 20%.
Actions That Will Weaken Your Claim
- Leave the scene of an accident without obtaining an accident report
- Not seeing a doctor right away after the accident
- Admitting fault at scene of accident
- Being belligerent with other driver
- Giving a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster
- Signing a medical release form for the insurance adjuster
- Giving the insurance adjuster your social security number
- Missing doctor’s appointments
- Failing to document expenses related to your injury
How Long Do I Have To File A Personal Injury Claim?
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in California is no later than two years after the date of your accident. If the injury was not discovered right away, then it is 1 year from the date the injury was discovered. For a wrongful death lawsuit, the statute of limitations is still 2 years, but the date the time limit begins is 2 years after the death occurred.
Personal Injury Claims Process in Pasadena
From the moment you retain our services, we begin to conduct a thorough investigation
which may require:
- taking photos/videos of the accident scene
- gathering your medical records
- assessing any property damage,
- reviewing the police report and/or ticket
- reviewing your insurance policy
In order to file the claim, we will draft and submit a demand letter to the insurance company. This letter will summarize the actions of the negligent party, provide evidence to support your claim, and present a settlement amount that you feel is sufficient to cover your losses. Upon review, the insurance company may decide to honor our request, make a counteroffer, or deny your claim.
Personal Injury Attorney Don Matson has extensive experience successfully negotiating with insurance companies to secure the compensation you need. Most personal injury cases are settled out of court without having to go to trial.
If for some reason, the insurance company does not agree to a fair and just settlement, we can file a lawsuit or complaint with the Los Angeles County Superior Court in Pasadena.
Were You in A Car Accident in Pasadena?
Los Angeles County has consistently ranked number one in California for both the total number of traffic accidents and highest number of fatal traffic collisions in the state. According to an Allstate Insurance report, Southern California ranked 8th out of 200 cities for having the worst drivers in the country.
Don Matson – Car Wreck Lawyer in Pasadena
The most dangerous stretch of road in Pasadena is the Arroyo Seco Parkway (aka 110 Freeway), formerly known as the Pasadena Freeway. This 8.2. mile curvy sprawl going from downtown L.A. to Pasadena was built in 1940 and clearly not capable of handling modern speed. If you’re driving 55 mph on the Arroyo Seco Parkway, and you exit at Avenue 43, the speed limit suddenly plummets to 5 mph. This grinding halt on a short ramp with a hairpin turn has been treacherous for driver, even deadly.
Negligence in Pasadena Car Accidents
If you were injured on the 110 Freeway or any other roadway in Los Angeles County due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek financial compensation for your damages from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Common negligence cited in car collisions includes:
- Distracted driving (texting, devices, radio, wearing earbuds, etc.)
- Drunk Driving
- Reckless driving
- Failure to signal a turn or lane change
- Failure to obey traffic signals, signs, and laws
Have You Been Injured in a Collision with a Truck?
Commercial trucks like tractor-trailers, big rigs, or eighteen wheelers weigh 20 times
more than a standard sized passenger car. A collision with a truck of this size can result in devastating and traumatic injuries, even death. In fact, one person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes.
If you have been badly injured in a truck accident, or lost a loved one in a deadly crash in Pasadena, CA, you need a passionate advocate on your side who will fight to get you the compensation and justice you deserve.
Determining Liability in Truck Accidents
Proving liability in a truck claim can be far more challenging than a car claim, mostly due to the number of potential liable parties, which includes the: truck driver, trucking company, trucking manufacturer, truck loading company, or other outsourced third party.
- Truck Driver: may be at fault if they engaged in negligent behavior such as speeding, distracted driving, driving while under the influence. driving while fatigued, failure to obey traffic laws
- Trucking Company: may be at fault for violating industry laws; negligent hiring practices, inadequate training, poor truck maintenance, negligent driving of its trucker
- Trucking Manufacturer: may be at fault if there was a mechanical failure or defect that contributed to accident such as: faulty breaks, blown out tires
- Loading Company: may be at fault for improperly loading or securing cargo or overloading the truck beyond its reasonable weight capacity
The commercial trucking industry is regulated by complex state and federal laws. Violations of these laws may amount to negligence. Truck accident attorney Don Matson has a comprehensive understanding of these laws and regulations and will know what to look for when building your case.
Types of Truck Accidents
- T-Bone/side impact collisions
- Head-on collisions:
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end collisions/Under Ride:
- No-Zone accidents
- Lost Load
Were You Involved in a Motorcycle Wreck in Pasadena?
If you’re a motorcycle rider, California is an ideal place to hit the open road. Sadly, the state is also known for being one of the leaders in motorcycle related accidents and fatalities. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that a motorcycle rider is ten times more likely to suffer injury and almost 40 times more likely to die in an accident compared to a passenger in a car.
Motorcycle riders are incredibly vulnerable and exposed to injury. Without seatbelts or airbags or any type of protective shield, there’s a much greater risk of having a long-term or permanent injury like brain damage, spinal cord damage, or an amputation.
If you were severely injured by a negligent driver while riding your bike in Pasadena, call the Law Offices of Don Matson today (626) 792-1900. We will pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Negligent actions by drivers that often lead to motorcycle injuries include making left hand turns, splitting the lane, and distracted driving.
Shared Fault Laws in California
California law applies a pure comparative fault rule when it comes to calculating how much compensation will be awarded in motor vehicle accidents. Under this rule, you can recover monetary damages even if you were partially at fault for the accident.
The caveat is the amount you recover is reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if the full value of your claim is $80,000 and the other driver was 90% negligent and you were 10%, — you would receive $70,000.
What If I’ve Been Hit By An Uninsured or Underinsured Driver?
Even though California requires motorists to carry liability insurance, there are many uninsured drivers on the road. In fact the state ranks 13th in the nation for the highest number of uninsured motorists.
If you were hit by someone who doesn’t have any insurance or not enough to cover your injury, you would be responsible for damages incurred even if the accident wasn’t your fault. You can however seek protection under your own auto insurance policy for uninsured (UM) or underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage. This will not raise your insurance premiums. If you don’t have uninsured or underinsured coverage, you may be able to seek protection under the policy of someone in your household.
UM and UIM coverage replaces the liability coverage the other driver should have been carrying and gives you coverage for all costs up to your own policy limits.
Were You Injured on Someone Else’s Property?
California law requires that any property owner — commercial or private must keep their
premises safe for its visitors. Unfortunately, some property owners don’t take the appropriate precautions to prevent foreseeable injuries by fixing, maintaining and cleaning up dangerous conditions.
If you were injured on someone else’s property in Pasadena, you may be able to file a
premises liability claim against the property owner to recover compensation for your losses.
Slip and Fall/Premises Liability Claim: Injuries sustained in slip, trip and fall accidents are the leading cause of hospital emergency room visits, totaling 8 million a year. They are also second only to car accidents for accidental death and disability. These accidents can happen almost anywhere — in the workplace, at a restaurant, grocery store, malls, gyms, hotels, private residence, etc.
Slip, trip and falls are often caused by:
- slippery floors covered with water, grease or other fluid
- poor lighting
- broken stairs and railing
- cracks and uneven curbing
Was the owner or manager of a property aware that a hazard existed that could cause a visitor to slip or trip and fall?
Did the owner or manager have a reasonable amount of time to clean up or repair the hazardous condition but failed to do so?
Did the owner or manager fail to provide any kind of warning or caution sign alerting visitors to the dangerous condition?
If you answered yes to these questions, you may have a valid premises liability claim.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 4.7 million dog bites are suffered every year in the U.S. Getting bit by a dog can be traumatizing and can inflict serious bodily harm and disfigurement. If you or someone in your family has become a dog bite victim, a premises liability claim can be filed against the dog’s owner and recover compensation for your medical treatment and related expenses.