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Representation for Personal Injury and Employment Claims in California

After a serious accident caused by someone else, you may be faced with significant medical bills and a loss of income. You may be financially unprepared for your injuries. Similarly, if you unexpectedly lose your job because of your race or gender, you may not have enough saved to weather the termination. In either situation, you may be able to recover damages for your losses by filing a lawsuit. If you were injured in an accident, you should consult the Los Angeles and Ventura County personal injury lawyers at the Knoll Law Group. Our firm also assists employees statewide in claims related to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment violations.

Personal Injury

Many personal injury lawsuits are pursued under a theory of negligence. To prove negligence, you will need to show that the defendant owed you a duty of reasonable care, and the defendant acted carelessly in causing the accident. Compensation available in personal injury cases usually includes medical bills, lost income, the costs of future treatment, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering, among other damages.

Car Accidents

Often, car accidents are caused by negligent drivers. You may be able to hold a driver responsible for injuries resulting from his negligent driving if he breached the duty to use reasonable care and caused your injuries by a behavior such as speeding, weaving, tailgating, failing to yield, driving on the wrong side of the road, drunk driving, driving while distracted, or disobeying traffic signs and signals. A personal injury attorney in Ventura County or Los Angeles may enlist an accident reconstruction expert to investigate the factors leading to the crash and help gather evidence to prove liability.

Truck Accidents

Due to the weight and size of commercial trucks, truck accidents can have devastating consequences for multiple people. It is common for truck accident victims to claim against the truck driver’s insurance policy. However, it is also important to look at whether other parties may share blame for the accident. These other potentially responsible parties may include the trucking company, a mechanic, a third-party loader, and other drivers.

Bicycle Accidents

There is no surrounding structure or airbag to protect a bicyclist who is struck by a vehicle, and consequently a bicycle accident often produces devastating injuries. If you are a bicyclist who has been injured in an accident, you should be aware that insurance adjusters may not be willing to acknowledge responsibility. You should retain a seasoned attorney so that you can recover the full amount to which you are entitled from an at-fault driver.

Slip and Fall Accidents

In California, all property owners are supposed to take reasonable measures to protect their visitors from a risk of injury, such as a slip and fall accident due to spilled liquid, or a dangerous condition on the premises. Often, slip or trip and fall lawsuits are brought against retail establishments, malls, grocery stores, bars, and restaurants. Among other things, your Los Angeles or Ventura County personal injury attorney will need to establish that the property owner had actual or constructive notice of the dangerous property condition that resulted in your injuries.

Employment Law

Employers must abide by federal, state, and local laws pertaining to employment discrimination, sexual harassment, wage and hour, overtime, and workers’ compensation. If your employer violates the law in connection with your employment, you may be able to bring a lawsuit for damages against the employer. We can help you establish a claim under the applicable laws.

Employment Discrimination

Federal and state laws prohibit employment discrimination based on various protected characteristics. Most federal anti-discrimination laws are enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). California provides protection under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is prohibited under FEHA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It covers unwelcome sexual conduct, including derogatory remarks, slurs, touching, memes, graphics, crude jokes, lewd gestures, and assault. Courts often categorize sexual harassment as either quid pro quo harassment or hostile work environment harassment, but sometimes the facts include aspects of both types.

Wrongful Termination

Although employment in California is at-will, there are some exceptions. Your employer cannot terminate you in violation of your contract, a statute, or public policy. Often, wrongful termination lawsuits are brought because an employer terminated an employee in violation of FEHA, but there are many other violations that can give rise to a wrongful termination case.

Retaliation

FEHA and the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC include provisions that prohibit retaliation. Under FEHA, retaliation occurs when an employer makes a material adverse decision against you because you engaged in a protected activity. Protected activities include opposing any employment practice that violated FEHA. For example, if your boss terminated you because you reported sexual harassment to HR, you likely have a claim for retaliation.

Consult a Dedicated Attorney in Southern California

An accident can leave a lasting impact on your life in physical and emotional ways. If you are facing these challenges, you should talk to a personal injury lawyer serving people in Ventura County and Los Angeles, as well as throughout California. An incident or pattern of workplace misconduct also can have devastating consequences. In the last three decades, the Knoll Law Group has secured tens of millions of dollars for our clients. Call us at (800) 954-5459 or complete our online form, to see if we can help you with your personal injury or employment related issues.

Client Reviews
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"Unfortunately, I have been involved in several car and motorcycle accidents in the last ten (10) years. But luckily, each time I have gone to the Knoll Law Group for help. The firm worked hard on my cases to maximize the value, and I have always been happy with the settlements. Thank you Knoll Law Group!" Will V.
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"Knoll Law Group was a tremendous help when I was involved in my very first car accident. They reviewed everything, made sure I understood what was going on, and helped me find doctors close to where I live to treat with. Even when I was initially put at fault they were able to fight for me and prove I was not liable for the accident, AND they got me a great settlement! Their team is really amazing!" Chris D.