Car accidents, and other personal injury accidents, can happen to anyone – including those who are hearing impaired. If you or a loved one is deaf or hard of hearing, you might struggle to find legal help after an accident. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience handling all sorts of claims and fighting to ensure that our clients recover the highest settlement available for their claims. If you are ready to explore your legal options, do not hesitate to reach out to the lawyers here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group as soon as possible. Our lawyers are ready to help you.
The Most Common Personal Injury Accidents
There are many different types of personal injury accidents that can affect the deaf and hard of hearing. These accidents include the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Trip and fall accidents
- Falling object injuries
All of these personal injury accidents can be caused by different hazards. These accidents can happen essentially at any time given that there is a hazard present.
Let’s consider one of the most common types of personal injury accidents – car accidents.
Car accidents can occur at any time that anyone is in a car. It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving on the road or parked in a parking lot; you could be in an accident just the same. Some of the common hazards that can result in car accidents include the following: dangerous road conditions (including potholes, poorly lit intersections, no warning signs, uneven pavement, defective traffic signals, etc.), driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol, driving fatigued, distracted driving, speeding, ignoring traffic laws and traffic signals, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, failing to yield, etc. All of these can lead to accidents – which can, of course, lead to a number of injuries.
The Possible Injuries that Victims Could Suffer
All personal injury accidents, including car accidents, could lead to a number of injuries – minor injuries, moderate injuries, severe injuries, and fatal injuries. These injuries can include the following
- Head injuries and traumatic brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Impalement injuries
- Severed limbs
- Knee injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Hip injuries
- Nerve and ligament injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Scrapes and bruises
Of course, depending on the accident, some injuries are more likely than others. For instance, in car accidents, neck injuries (whip lash) and head injuries are very common. In trip and fall accidents, knee injuries and wrist injuries are common. In falling object incidents, head injuries, neck injuries, and shoulder injuries are common.
No matter the type of accident that you suffered and the resulting injuries, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible. Here at our law firm, you will find a lawyer who is experienced in helping clients that are hearing impaired completely in sign language.
After an accident, it is important to establish liability. Who is liable for the harm resulting from personal injury accidents? Liability is based on the concept of negligence. Negligence consists of four elements: (1) a duty of care; (2) a breach of duty; (3) cause of action; (4) harm. What does this all mean? In simple terms, if someone has a responsibility towards another person but fails to exercise that responsibility, they can be at-fault for any resulting harm.
Let’s consider car accidents. Drivers on the road have a duty of care towards all others on the road – other drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, etc. When drivers fail to follow traffic laws, drive recklessly, speed, etc., they are breaching their duty of care. This breached duty of care can directly cause an accident, which can result in injuries to other drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Therefore, a driver that breaches his or her duty of care could be found liable for the harm resulting from a car accident.
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident or any other type of personal injury accident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance with the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible. You might be worried about being able to find legal representation in sign language, but you can trust that our lawyers are ready to help you.
The Compensation Available for Car Accidents and Other Personal Injury Accidents
Whether you are filing a car accident claim or an injury claim after any other type of personal injury accident, it is important that you understand that you could be eligible to recover compensation. What could you recover? Based on the details surrounding your accident lawsuit, you could be entitled to receive compensation for some of the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
- Loss of consortium
- Punitive damages
- Legal costs
For more information about the compensation that you could be eligible to recover, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm. Here at the Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are 100% committed to getting our clients the highest recovery available for their claims. You can trust that our lawyers are ready to do whatever it takes to get you the highest settlement available for your lawsuit.
How Long Do You Have to Sue?
After any sort of accident, it is essential that you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to start on the legal process. This is because your claim is subject to a statute of limitations. A statute of limitations determines the total length of time that claimants have to file their claims. If claimants fail to file their injury lawsuits on time, then they can lose their right to file their lawsuit. How long do you have to file your personal injury lawsuit? In the state of California, personal injury claims, including car accident claims, are subject to a two-year statute of limitations. This means that claimants only have two years to file their claims.
Of course, there are certain exceptions to the statute of limitations that could toll or pause the statute of limitations that applies to your claim. For more information about the total length of time that you have to file your claim, do not hesitate to contact the experts here at our law firm as soon as possible.
What Should I Do?
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, there are a number of things that you should do to prepare to take action. Consider some of the following suggestions:
- Take photos of all visible injuries
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible
- Take photos of the hazard or dangerous condition that caused your accident
- Take photos of the entire scene of the accident
- File an accident report (depending on the type of incident, you should make a report with the authorities or even with the property owner, for instance)
- Speak to witnesses and collect their contact information
- Seek legal assistance with an experienced lawyer fluent in sign language
If you are ever unsure of what you should do next, it is essential that you reach out to the lawyers here at our law firm as soon as possible to learn more about the legal options available to you. You can trust that our lawyers are ready to help you every step of the way.
The Importance of Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer Fluent in Sign Language
No matter the language that you use to communicate, it is important to find legal representation in your language. If you are deaf or hearing impaired, you likely use American Sign Language to communicate. It could be difficult to find a lawyer that is fluent in sign language and doesn’t need to depend on an interpreter. Without a doubt, sign language interpreters offer a great service that facilitates communication between the deaf and the hearing. However, interpretation always comes with a risk of misunderstandings. Even if you are generally comfortable using interpreting services to communicate with others, you might prefer to communicate completely in sign language without any third parties. Here at our law firm, our lawyers are ready to help you completely in sign language.
Contact the Downtown L.A. Law Group Today
Are you ready to speak with a personal injury lawyer fluent in sign language who is experienced in helping clients that are hearing impaired? If so, contact our lawyers immediately. Here at the DTLA Law Group, you can speak with a car accident lawyer for the deaf and hearing impaired that can help you with the legal process completely in sign language. Our lawyers believe that all people deserve access to legal services – our lawyers are ready to fight for your rights and help you recover the settlement that you are owed.
Here at our firm, we offer free legal services, which include free consultations and free second opinions. During these legal services, our personal injury accident lawyers will be available to answer all your questions, address all your concerns, and provide you with the information that you need to begin or continue your claim – all in sign language. If you would like to benefit from our free legal services, contact the experts here at our firm today.
Our Zero-Fee guarantee ensures that our clients will not be required to pay upfront legal costs for any of our legal services. In addition, because we work on a strict contingency structure, our clients will not have to pay anything until after winning their claims. If you do not win, you will not be responsible for paying any legal fees.
If you are ready to speak with our lawyers, contact us immediately.