Fighting for Injury Victims in Orange County, CA
If you or someone you love was involved in a serious accident, you need a law firm willing to aggressively protect your rights. At Neale & Fhima, we will not stop until you receive just compensation. It explains why we have a 99 percent success rate representing personal injury clients in Southern California.
Accident victims may be able to bring a negligence or other tort claim against the responsible party. Depending on the nature of the case, compensation may be available to cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages. Unfortunately, responsible parties and their insurance companies will do their best to minimize the amount of compensation, or they may try to deny liability altogether. That is where we step in.
The Secret to Our 99% Success Rate
At Neale & Fhima, we are always prepared to battle in order to protect our client’s interests – at the negotiating table, or inside the courtroom. We also understand the importance of assembling a winning litigation team. Our office maintains a network of professionals to consult or testify about how an accident happened, the extent of an injury, or the amount of an economic loss. Above all, though, we find success by building close client relationships.
Many law firms simply process cases for settlement with little to no regard for how much compensation their clients ultimately receive.
From the moment they retain a prospective client, they assign junior associates or paralegals to handle the bulk of the workload, their client’s case never receives the attention it needs in order for the client to receive maximum compensation – in other words, too many cases are settled for less than what they are worth.
Personal injury consultations are free, and you are under no obligation to retain our firm afterward. We invite you to get in touch. Our hands-on approach can relieve your anxiety about legal issues so you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Types of Injury Cases We Handle
From Buena Park to San Clemente, we represent clients who have been injured or lost loved ones in car accidents throughout Orange County. We have decades of experience helping victims secure compensation in accidents caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, and other types of careless driving behavior.
Medical mistakes are now the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, countless individuals suffer illnesses and injuries due to misdiagnoses, surgical errors, and a variety of other forms of medical malpractice. If you believe that you may be a victim, we can help.
California’s dog bite law makes owners strictly liable for victims’ bite-related injuries. This means dog owners are financially responsible even if they did nothing “wrong.” Dog bites often lead to physical and emotional scarring, and we help victims win compensation for both of these kinds of trauma.
With the sheer size and mass of trains and the complexity of rail systems, countless factors can lead to a devastating accident. We represent train passengers, vehicle occupants, pedestrians, bystanders, and others in claims for compensation following all types of train accidents in Southern California.
Like collisions on the road, boating accidents frequently result from reckless mistakes. Inexperience, inattentiveness, and intoxication at the helm are just a few of the common issues that entitle boat accident victims to claim financial compensation for their losses.
Theories of Liability
Negligence is the most common basis for a personal injury lawsuit. For a claim to succeed, the responsible party must have acted unreasonably, causing the victim to suffer harm. The related doctrine of vicarious liability permits recovery against a third party (like an employer) for the negligence of that party’s subordinates. Strict liability is another theory available to injury victims. It does not require the victim to prove anyone was at fault – just that the event in dispute occurred. Finally, intentional tort theory covers cases in which the responsible party caused harm to the victim on purpose.
At Neale & Fhima, we believe in asserting our client’s rights under every available theory of liability. The best way to determine if you have one or more bases for seeking compensation is to contact our office to discuss the matter.
Handling All Serious and Fatal Injuries
Neck and Back Injury
Sudden movements of the head – as occur in car collisions – can damage the neck and upper back. Sprains are a common example. They occur when there is a stretch or tear of the ligaments that hold neck and back joints together. Like other “soft tissue” injuries, neck and back injuries can require extended recovery periods, even with proper treatment.
Compression or inflammation of the spinal cord has the potential to change an accident victim’s life forever. The spinal runs through, and is protected by, the vertebrae that make up the spinal column. A spinal cord injury can result in loss of sensation or voluntary movement in the affected parts of the body.
TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) refers to damage to the tissue of the brain caused by an external force. It can result from a closed-head injury (like a violent blow sustained in a motorcycle accident) or an open-head injury (like a gunshot wound). Concussions are a common TBI suffered by accident victims.
Exposure to heat, chemicals, or electricity can burn the skin, causing skin cells to die. In the case of third-degree burns, damage may extend through all layers of the skin to the muscle tissue beneath. Catastrophic accidents may even result in fourth-degree burns, which penetrate further into the body and damage bones and connective tissue.
Simple and Compound Fractures
There are several types fractures. Displaced fractures occur when a bone breaks and the two ends move such that they no longer line up with each other. Non-displaced fractures remain in alignment. Fractures can also be simple or compound. A compound fracture pierces the skin; a simple fracture does not. Bones become brittle with age, putting elderly accident victims at greater risk.
Psychological injuries often accompany physical trauma. For example, during a dog bite incident, the victim may experience an emotional shock that continues to produce symptoms long after. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and anxiety disorder are examples of conditions that can result from a psychological injury.
As the term is used for purposes of personal injury liability, a fatality refers to the wrongful taking of another person’s life. The conduct of the responsible party may be negligent, reckless, or intentional. Death need not occur simultaneously with the wrongful conduct – a fatality may occur even though the victim survives for a period of time, as long as the element of causation is established.
Speak with a Personal Injury Lawyer in our Orange County Office
Our law office in Dana Point serves accident victims from Anaheim, Santa Ana, Irvine, Huntington Beach, Garden Grove, and across Orange County. We handle all cases on contingency, meaning you do not pay for our services unless you win. Call us at (888) 506-0899 or send us a message about your case.