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What Are the California Motorcycle Laws?

California motorcycle laws help keep operators and passengers safe on the roadways. Following the motorcycle laws in California will also keep you out of legal trouble. But no matter how specific or stringent those laws might be, you could still sustain severe injuries due to the actions of others. If you suffer injuries in a crash, a California motorcycle accident lawyer from the Farzam Law Firm can help. Our team of experienced personal injury trial attorneys understands the importance of getting justice for our clients. Our team fights to get the results you deserve and understands the challenges of building a solid legal case. . You could be entitled to recover compensation for your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you maximize your California motorcycle injury accident compensation. To provide context and background, these are some of the essential motorcycle laws in California. Keep these in mind on the roadways, and you can help avoid some of the most common types of accidents and injuries. Helpful References for CA Motorcycle Laws The laws that apply to operating a motorcycle in our state are based on the general California Vehicle Code and the laws and rules of the road as set forth by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You can read more about these laws and other safe driving rules in the California Driver Handbook published by the DMV. The DMV also publishes a supplement to the Driver Handbook for motorcycle-specific laws, rules, and safety guidelines, entitled the California Motorcycle Handbook. The information in that handbook applies to most types of motorized two-wheeled vehicles, including motorized scooters, electric bicycles, and mopeds. Some other types of three-wheeled, motorized vehicles also fall under this set of guidelines. If you have questions about any of these laws and regulations—specifically as they might pertain to an injury accident—reach out to one of our experienced personal injury attorneys for help. California Laws for Motorcycle License Requirements To operate a motorized cycle legally in California, you must obtain the proper licensing. The type of California motorcycle license you need—either an M1 or M2—depends on the specific vehicle you intend to operate. Obtaining a California M2 license allows you to operate any motorized scooter, moped, or motorized bicycle. With an M1 license, you can legally operate any vehicle qualifying as a motorcycle under California law. If you hold a Class C license, you can legally operate any three-wheeled motorcycle, motorized scooter, or two-wheeled motorcycle with an attached sidecar. To obtain a motorcycle license, you must pass a knowledge test and a skills test. In place of taking a skills test, you can obtain a Certificate of Completion of Motorcycle Training. This certificate, known as DL 389, is awarded upon passing a qualified California Motorcyclist Safety Program training course. If you are under the age of 21, DL 389 certification is required to obtain your license. California Motorcycle Laws about  Lane Splitting and Sharing In California, you can legally share and split traffic lanes. Lane splitting describes the practice of driving between two lanes of traffic. Lane sharing is the practice of two bikes riding abreast, sharing a single marked traffic lane. However, despite the legality of these practices, motorcyclists can face an increased risk of injury should motorists fail to see the bike or take actions that put riders at risk.  California does have some laws in place to reduce that risk, however. For example, motorists are prohibited from opening their car doors unless they are safe to do so.  CA Motorcycle Insurance Laws & Licensing Requirements Under the California motorcycle license plate laws, you must register your bike with the Department of Motor Vehicles and display your license plate at all times. Additionally, like all motorists in California, motorcycle drivers must carry liability insurance. If you do not have the required insurance coverage, you face the potential of driver’s license suspension (up to 12 months) if you are involved in an accident. Minimum coverage requirements are as follows. $15,000 bodily injury (individual), $30,000 bodily injury (aggregate), and $5,000 property damage. As you can imagine, the injuries you sustain in a motorcycle crash could be severe. And the cost of your medical care could easily exceed these limits. If you sustain injuries in a collision that someone else caused, you may have a valid legal claim for your damages. Likewise, if you are responsible for a crash, you could be subject to legal action. Talk to an experienced CA motorcycle injury attorney to learn more about your legal rights and obligations. California Helmet Laws for Motorcycle Operators & Passengers All operators and passengers must wear a helmet at all times when on a motorcycle. Helmets must meet U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) standards. A DOT sticker must be in place on the helmet and visible to law enforcement officers. In addition to providing helmet requirements, state laws require that motorcycles have working turn signals and left and right rear-view mirrors. Handlebars cannot place the operator’s hands more than six inches above seated shoulder height. California motorcycle exhaust laws require that all motorcycles built after 2012 comply with the state’s exhaust anti-tampering laws. For any bike built after 1977, you must keep your headlight on at all times, day and night.  If you carry a passenger, your bike must have an affixed seat designated for passengers. Passengers must have footrests or pegs, and while the bike is in motion, the passenger must place their feet in the designated locations. Motorcycle Parking Laws in California Parking laws for motorcycles are the same as they are for any passenger vehicle. If you park your bike on the side of the road, the DMV recommends that you park at an angle of 45 to 90 degrees to the curb with a wheel or fender touching the curb. The purpose of this recommendation is to increase your visibility to other motorists when you pull out from your...

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How to Get a California Highway Patrol Accident Report

A California Highway Patrol (CHP) incident report (known in common parlance as an “accident report” or a “police report”) is an essential piece of evidence in a California personal injury lawsuit after a car accident. For this reason, you must know how to get an incident report quickly and with as little red tape as possible.  Our Southern California auto accident lawyers will explain what you should know. For help, please don’t hesitate to send our team a message or call (310) 226-6890 today for a free consultation. Who Can Get a California Highway Patrol Incident Report? Not just anyone can get an incident or accident report from the CHP. You must qualify as a party of interest. Parties of interest include: Drivers,  Passengers, Property owners,  Vehicle owners, and Parents or guardians.    You might even qualify as a party of interest if you don’t fit into any of the above parties—for example, you are a pedestrian who was injured in the accident.  California Hwy Patrol Incident Reports: What They Contain A CHP incident report typically contains a detailed record written by a police officer who was present at the accident scene. Typically, the report includes a narrative of the events leading up to, during, and after a motor vehicle accident.  If you qualify, you can usually obtain one within a few days after the accident. What They Are Used For A CHP incident report is used for the following purposes: To open an investigation into the accident—this is particularly likely when a crime is involved (a stolen vehicle, DUI, etc.); To compile statistics; As evidence for filing a claim with an insurance company; As evidence in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit; or As evidence in a criminal prosecution (with limited uses due to restrictions imposed by the rules of evidence). Although you can dispute an incident report, it is typically highly persuasive in court. How Do I Get an Accident Report? If you want a copy of the California accident report, you have three options:  If your insurance company knows how to obtain an incident report, ask them to provide copies to you; this is the simplest way to obtain it. Go to any CHP office and pay a fee. There are three CHP offices in the Los Angeles metro area, for example. Ask the CHP to mail you a copy of the incident report. The CHP will ask you (or your insurance company) to fill out Form CHP 190, Application for Release of Information. You will need to include the following information on Form CHP 190: The date that the accident occurred, The location of the accident. The driver’s name, The vehicle owner’s name, Your relationship to the accident as a party of interest, A $10 fee if the incident report is no longer than 25 pages (the fee may increase modestly if the report is longer than that), Your signature, and  A copy of your driver’s license or other photo ID.  If you lack a photo ID, you will need a notary public to notarize your signature. Remember you will not be able to find an incident report unless the CHP investigated your accident.  Contact a California Car Accident Lawyer for Help At Farzam Law Firm, we don’t back down, and we fight to win. We win so often, as it happens that we can afford to offer you this guarantee—your legal bill will be $0.00 unless we win your claim and your money arrives. Call us at (310) 226-6890 or contact us online for a free consultation.

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Can I Get Pain and Suffering Compensation?

If you have suffered injuries due to someone else’s carelessness, you may be entitled to pain and suffering compensation. This relief goes beyond just paying medical bills and replacing or repairing damaged property.  Understanding Pain and Suffering Compensation Pain and suffering is a legal remedy for compensation when you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness (also referred to as negligence). It is generally understood that you should not be responsible for expenses associated with your injuries. Had it not been for the other party’s action, you would not have had that hospital bill, costly medication, or loss of wages.  The negligent party should be responsible for those expenses.  Unlike these tangible damages, pain and suffering compensation does not come with an exact donly amount. This legal remedy includes not only physical pain but also emotional and mental suffering. These can consist of  sleeplessness, inconvenience, grief, development of PTSD or other mental conditions, and the loss of enjoyment of life.  Do I Have a Case for Pain and Suffering? Anytime you face a significant injury that impacts the way you live your life, there is a good chance that you have a valid claim for pain and suffering compensation. There are three different types of damages for pain and suffering.  Physical Pain and Suffering Injuries can be excruciating,  and no two are exactly alike. If your injury is significant enough to keep you from comfortably returning to your normal activities, you should be compensated. For example, back pain is a common injury in car accidents. You should be compensated for a back injury that is going to give you persistent long-term pain. Some injuries can be far worse, such as paralysis. Emotional Pain and Suffering Severe mental and psychological suffering can be difficult to monetize, but it is real. This type of damage could include developing  conditions such as insomnia, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and more. Mental and emotional anguish can be debilitating.  Loss of Consortium  Loss of consortium claims involves death or serious injuries that prevent the victim from functioning normally and healthy.  Unlike other pain and suffering damages, loss of consortium does not compensate the accident victim. Instead, it is available to the deceased’s spouse , dependents, or parents of a minor. Loss of consortium is generally defined as loss of companionship and fellowship, meaning the right of each to the company, cooperation, and aid of the other in every conjugal way.  How Much Is Pain and Suffering Worth? There is no average value attached to pain and suffering compensation. When answering the question, How much are pain and suffering worth? There are a number of factors that come into play: The severity of the specific injury, Type of medical treatment required, Victim’s age, Length of treatment, The prognosis for recovery, and The long-term impact of the injury.  The severity of the injury and its impact on quality of life determines the compensation you are entitled to. California Pain and Suffering Compensation There is no general cap for pain and suffering in California. However, the state does not allow damages for pain and suffering in workers’ compensation cases. There is also a $250,000 cap on pain and suffering damages for malpractice claims.  Vehicle accidents are common incidents that entitle victims to pain and suffering compensation. However, a driver convicted of a DUI cannot receive non-economic damages like pain and suffering. There are also limits on damages for uninsured drivers.  Proving Your Claim for Pain and Suffering The majority of evidence needed to support your claim for how much your pain and suffering is worth is going to revolve around the extent of the injury and the limitations it imposes compared to your previous activity. Some potential evidence may include: Police reports from the incident that caused the injury; Photos from the accident; Medical records from all related treatment; Doctor and therapist notes or testimonials; A list of all required medications; Visual proof of previous active lifestyle, which could include photos, videos, or even social media posts; Testimony from family or friends regarding lifestyle changes; Workplace testimony about  changes in productivity; and Expert testimony regarding limited earning capacity.  Gathering this evidence is an integral  part of achieving fair compensation. An experienced personal injury attorney will understand and recommend the best way to present your case for pain and suffering compensation to get you what you deserve. Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney for Pain and Suffering The dedicated legal team at The Farzan Law Firm makes it their personal mission to see that justice is served and you are fully compensated for your pain and suffering. We are not afraid to litigate on your behalf. Don’t continue to suffer any more than you already have. If you have endured physical or emotional pain and suffering due to someone else’s negligent action, contact us for a free consultation and evaluation of your case online or at 866-523-5345.

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What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need for Wrongful Termination?

If you have been wrongfully terminated, you might have legal options for relief. Under California law, employees who are fired in violation of an employment contract, for exercising certain legal rights, or for discriminatory reasons may have a wrongful termination claim.  What Is Wrongful Termination? California employment is “at will,” meaning an employee can quit your job at any time for any reason without having to explain your reasoning– This also applies to employers. You can be terminated without any explanation as well. However, your employer can’t terminate you for an illegal reason or in violation of a contract.  Breach of Contract If you have a written contract or other documentation such as an offer letter that promises job security, you may be exempt from California’s “at will’ employment rule. Employment contracts often outline expectations and reasons that you may be terminated. Getting fired outside the scope of your agreement constitutes a breach of contract and, thus, wrongful termination.  Discrimination It is illegal for an employer to discriminate based on color, race, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or disability in California. Suppose an employer terminates you because you are part of one of these protected classes. In that case, your first step is to file a Charge of Employment Discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC);  This will allow the EEOC to investigate your case. After the investigation, you may opt to file a legal claim for wrongful termination.   Retaliation An employer cannot legally terminate you in retaliation for your exercising a legal right. For example, they cannot terminate you for participating in an employment-related investigation for something like harassment or ethics. You cannot be terminated for taking advantage of employment benefits or keeping you from doing so. Violation of Public Policy As an employee of California and a citizen of the United States, you have inherent rights as  part of public policy. These include time off to vote, serve on a jury, and partake in military duties. You also have the right to refuse orders that would cause you to break the law or refrain from reporting illegal activity. Legally, you cannot be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim.  What Kind of Lawyer Do You Need for Wrongful Termination? If you have been fired unjustly, it is crucial to seek proper legal counsel to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.  There are so many different legal specializations that you may wonder: What kind of lawyer do you need for wrongful termination?   Employment attorneys are generally the attorneys that handle wrongful termination. You need a lawyer for employment termination who has experience with both state and federal employment laws that protect your rights.  Hiring a Lawyer for Employment Termination Handling your own wrongful termination claim can be a daunting and emotional task. There are a lot of components that go into proving that you were wrongfully terminated. Lawyers who handle wrongful termination can be crucial in many situations, including: Filing paperwork with the court and notifying relevant parties; Determining the type of information that needs to be gathered for your case; Conducting a thorough investigation; Securing witnesses; Presenting your case to a jury; and Ensuring you receive fair compensation.   The Farzam Law Firm has helped numerous clients in the Los Angeles area with their employment law concerns. We understand how you may feel after being wrongfully terminated by your employer. We strive to provide compassionate and professional counsel to get you the relief you deserve.  If you think you have been wrongfully terminated, contact us online or call us at 866-523-5345 for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.

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How Often Do Auto Accident Settlements Exceed the Policy Limits?

Consider the following: You get in a car accident on I-5. Thankfully, the responsible driver has car insurance. Often, after such an accident, you file a simple claim with the responsible party’s insurance provider, they pay out the claim, and that’s it.  Except that’s not what always happens. Maybe your accident was particularly bad—so bad that your injuries require a three-day hospital stay and emergency surgery. Now you are looking at months of follow-up visits and physical rehabilitation appointments.  You know that your surgery and hospital bills, alone, far exceed your insurance policy limits, so it is very plausible that they exceed the responsible party’s coverage limits. If a car accident claim exceeds policy coverage, what do you do? Can you still recover all your damages?   This Situation Is All Too Common Despite minimum policy requirements, the aforementioned situation happens fairly frequently in California. As car accident attorneys, we often see car accident claims that exceed policy limits. Luckily, if you find yourself in this situation, you may still be able to recover the entirety of your claim. The team at The Farzam Law Firm can help you. What Are My Options If My Claim Exceeds Policy Limits? If your car accident claim exceeds the responsible party’s policy limits, don’t lose hope. Even though it takes a little more effort than filing a simple insurance claim, the effort is worth it. You still have a few options to recover the entirety of your claim.  Lawsuit Against the Responsible Party To recover accident claims that exceed policy limits, the first option that many people think of is suing the at-fault driver. In doing so, you can recover the excess damages that you suffered. You will still get your insurance claim up to the policy limit, but the at-fault driver will be responsible for the excess. Hold Multiple Parties Accountable Car accidents aren’t always between just two parties. Accidents can involve numerous vehicles, and each driver may bear a share of the responsibility. Thus, you can file a claim with each responsible parties’ insurance provider to recover your damages.  In some instances, someone other than the driver may share responsibility for the accident. For example, a trucking company that does not safely maintain its fleet of vehicles will be responsible for an accident caused by its vehicle due to its unsafe condition.  Furthermore, if you cannot recover your entire claim through multiple insurance  providers, you can still file lawsuits against multiple parties. Umbrella Policy Some parties have a specific insurance product to cover excess damages, known as an umbrella policy. Individuals can purchase umbrella policies, but they are more expensive than typical policies, so they are most often held by professional parties—for example, the owner of a fleet of work trucks. The umbrella policy will kick in when damages exceed the regular  policy limits. Bad Faith by the Insurance Provider If an insurer to a responsible party fails to make a good faith effort to settle, the insurer may need to pay a jury award beyond the policy limits. Although you won’t be able to sue them directly, you may be able to recover more than you would if you had to try to collect an excess judgment from the at-fault party.  Is There a Cap on the Amount That I Can Recover? Generally, there is no cap on the number  of damages you can recover in a California car accident claim. However, there are exceptions. One notable exception arises when you are uninsured. In such a situation, Proposition 213 may come into play. Certain provisions of Proposition 213 prevent an uninsured person from recovering noneconomic damages—intangible damages for things like pain and suffering—in civil actions. Thus, if you do not have minimum liability insurance as California law requires, you cannot claim noneconomic damages in a lawsuit. Contact The Farzam Law Firm for Help with Your Accident Claim Whether or not you think that your claim will exceed the responsible party’s insurance policy limits, having a skilled auto accident attorney advocating on your behalf is a must. The car accident attorney team at The Farzam Law Firm has helped countless clients recover the entirety of the damages they are owed after car accidents. Whether you need help negotiating with an insurance company, think you will have to file a lawsuit, or want to consult with an attorney, we can help. Don’t let yourself get cheated out of damages that you are owed: contact us today for your free consultation! 

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How to File a Wage Claim in Los Angeles

Are you a worker whose employer has failed to pay you wages or benefits they were required to pay? If so, you may be entitled to relief.  When an employer underpays its employees or fails to provide earned wages or benefits, that employer has committed wage theft. If you believe you are a victim of wage theft, contact Farzam Law Firm today.  Employment law attorney Joseph Farzam can help you file a wage claim and fight for the compensation you deserve. Give our team a call to discuss your case and see how we can help you recover.  When You Can File a Wage Claim Before navigating how to file a wage claim, it is necessary first to know whether you have a valid claim in the first place.   Examples of scenarios in which you may be entitled to file a wage claim against your employer include:  Unpaid final checks,  Minimum wage or overtime violations,  Unpaid vacation,  Unlawful pay deductions,  Meal and rest break violations,  Unpaid business expense reimbursements, and  Unpaid tips or commissions.  If your employer has violated its legal obligations regarding the payment of wages, you may have a claim for relief. While these are not the only examples of wage-related violations, an experienced employment law attorney can discuss your claims with you and help you determine how to begin the process toward recovery.  Steps to Filing a Wage Claim in Los Angeles The California Labor Commissioner’s Office handles wage claims filed by California workers.  The process of filing a wage claim involves several steps:  File your wage claim with the Labor Commissioner’s Office;  Submit required and supporting documentation related to your claim;  Attend a settlement conference with your employer in an attempt to resolve the wage claim; and Attend your wage claim hearing if you were unable to resolve your claim at the settlement conference.  Wage claims can be complex and difficult to navigate, especially if you have never filed a wage claim before. Fortunately, you don’t have to handle this process on your own. How an Attorney Can Help If you are wondering how to file a wage claim, you are not alone.  Countless California workers have valid wage claims against their employers each year but simply don’t know where to start. An employment law attorney can be an extremely valuable asset to you as you navigate the process of filing a wage claim. An attorney can help you gather relevant information and evidence, complete and submit your claim, negotiate with your employer, and prepare for and argue your case at your hearing if you don’t settle .  If you don’t know how to file a wage claim in Los Angeles, hiring an attorney is a great first step to take toward getting the compensation you need and deserve.  Contact the Farzam Law Firm Today Losing hard-earned money or benefits at the hands of your employer can put you in a difficult situation. We want to help.  Lead attorney Joseph Farzam is an experienced trial attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in employment law matters. The Farzam Law Firm has been serving clients for over 20 years. We hope we can have the opportunity to help you too.  Contact us today for a free consultation to discuss your potential wage claim and see what we can do for you. 

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How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

One of the most common questions that we receive is, How much is my case worth?  If you consider filing a personal injury claim, you’ve probably asked yourself this question a hundred times. Unfortunately, it does not have an easy answer. There is no predetermined formula or monetary figure that personal injury victims can automatically receive.  The truth is that the value of your personal injury case depends on many factors. The variables that affect the personal injury compensation amount include: The kind of injury you received. The severity of your injury. The long-term effects of your injury.  Hiring the right personal injury attorney will help you receive the maximum amount possible for your personal injury claim.  How Much Is My Case Worth? Personal injury cases vary widely based on several factors.  Medical Treatment Costs The cost of medical treatment is often the most expensive component of a personal injury case. This amount can vary significantly based on the kind of injury you have. A brain injury, for example, will probably cost far more to treat than a sprained wrist. The higher the cost of your medical treatment, the more your case will be worth. Furthermore, you can ask to receive compensation for both your past and anticipated medical treatment costs.  Past and Future Wage Losses  Lost wages from missing work is another common issue in personal injury cases. In severe cases, debilitating injuries can permanently prevent you from working at your typical job. In that event, you could receive compensation for past lost wages and future wages that you will lose because you cannot work.  Pain and Suffering You are entitled to compensation for all physical and mental pain and suffering that you experience. However, pain and suffering damages are complicated to calculate. Juries in California do not have a static method to estimate pain and suffering damages. However, lawyers occasionally use one of two different methods. One method approximates the value of your claim on the number of days that you experienced pain and suffering. The second method estimates pain and suffering damages by multiplying a known cost, like medical bills, by a certain number. Regardless, the value of your case will increase if you experience pain and suffering over a more extended period.  Punitive Damages In egregious cases, people cause accidents through gross negligence or intentional misconduct. When that happens, you may be entitled to punitive damages. Punitive damages attempt to penalize the defendant for either grossly negligent or intentional misconduct. In imposing punitive damages, courts hope to prevent the defendant from acting in a similar manner in the future and deter others from doing so. What You Can Do to Maximize the Value of Your Case The most important thing you can do to increase the value of your personal injury compensation claim is to preserve all records you have that relate to your personal injury. Examples of records you should preserve include personal notes, photographic evidence, medical bills, work records, and any other evidence pertaining to your personal injury claim. You can also maximize the value of your case by contacting a California personal injury attorney right away. Consulting with an attorney will help you navigate the complexity of the legal process and avoid lowball offers from insurance companies. Why You Should Act Now State law places limits on the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit. These limits are called statutes of limitations. In California, you have two years to file a lawsuit for a personal injury claim, starting on the date you received the injury. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. If you wait until after this deadline to bring a lawsuit, your case will likely be dismissed.  How Can the Farzam Law Firm Help? You probably realize by now why it is essential to hire the right attorney for a personal injury claim. Here at the Farzam Law Firm, we’ve been putting our clients first for over twenty years. Our number one goal is to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injury. Whether your personal compensation claim is complex or straightforward, our experienced trial attorneys will try to maximize the value of your case. Please take  a moment to review our personal injury case examples and results to see what our clients have earned in the past.  Finally, do not worry about paying us by the hour. At the Farzam Law Firm, we work on a contingency basis, which means that you won’t owe us anything unless you win your case.  Contact us for a free consultation today, and we can begin the process of estimating the value of your claim.

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Filing a Workplace Harassment Lawsuit

A hostile work environment is something that every workplace should avoid. Unfortunately, however, thousands of employees each year are left wondering whether they should bring harassment at work lawsuits due to a hostile work environment.   Dealing with workplace harassment can have severe impacts on employees, from physical effects to emotional trauma. To make matters worse, the process of suing for harassment in the workplace can often feel like an uphill battle. While it may feel isolating and overwhelming to even think about filing a workplace harassment lawsuit, know you are not alone.  If you are considering suing for harassment at work, contact an attorney today.  Employment law attorney Joseph Farzam of the Farzam Law Firm has served  clients in need for over 20 years. When you hire our team, we will at all times be an advocate in your corner as we fight for your rights. Contact us today to begin the process of taking a stand against workplace harassment.  How Do I Know Whether I Have a Potential Workplace Harassment Lawsuit? Workplace harassment is a form of employment discrimination that can take many forms. Examples of workplace harassment include unwelcome conduct in the workplace based on:  Race,  Gender,  Religion,  Disability,  Sexual orientation, or  Age. Unwelcome physical acts or verbal comments, and unwanted advances can all constitute harassment. As a general matter, minor annoyances and isolated incidents may not rise to the level of harassment for purposes of filing a lawsuit. However, if the conduct becomes constant and pervasive enough to create a hostile or intimidating work environment, it may be time to consider filing a workplace harassment lawsuit.  Additionally, it is unlawful to “retaliate” against an individual because they report workplace harassment or discrimination. Retaliation is any adverse action against an employee, including termination, salary reduction, or changes in job duties or work schedules. Thus, attorneys that handle wrongful termination cases can also be a great asset to your workplace harassment case.  How an Attorney Can Help Workplace harassment cases are complicated and can be very fact-intensive. Frequently, the success of your case will depend on what you can prove. For this reason, it is important to have a strong advocate in your corner who can provide you with your best chance of success.  An experienced employment law attorney can help you:  Gather crucial evidence; Interview and obtain testimony from key parties and witnesses;  Calculate your potential damages; Negotiate with opposing parties; and  Prepare to take your case to trial when necessary.  Each case is different, but one thing is almost always true—having a lawyer on your side can simplify the process while improving your chances of success. Contact Farzam Law Firm Today If you are looking for a lawyer for employment termination or workplace harassment, the Farzam Law Firm is standing by and ready to help.  Lead attorney Joseph Farzam is a tried and true trial attorney with over 20 years of experience handling complex legal disputes, helping his clients recover millions of dollars. And while specific results are never guaranteed, the Farzam Law Firm will be a zealous advocate for you and your rights throughout the entirety of your workplace harassment lawsuit.  If you have questions about your case, contact our team for a free consultation to see how we can help you move forward.

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Injuries in Semi-Truck vs. Car Accidents in California

Every type of car accident is dangerous. However, accidents with semi-trucks are particularly hazardous. With 1.7 million people employed as truck drivers, trucking is one of the most common occupations in America today. Unfortunately, with so many trucks on the road, truck accidents are an everyday reality. Typical Injuries in Car Accidents and Truck Accidents Just about any sort of injury can occur in car and truck accidents. With that said, some injuries happen more than others. The most common injuries in car and truck accidents include: Whiplash and other back and neck injuries, Broken ribs, Punctured lungs, Brain injuries, Internal bleeding, Broken bones, and Leg and foot injuries. Any injury is possible in a car accident, but these are particularly common. What Makes These Injuries Common?  Each of the noted injury categories is common for a different reason.  While seat belts save lives, their sudden impact often causes broken ribs and other chest injuries. The impact of seatbelts can also lead to further internal injuries, sometimes caused by broken ribs. The impact of an accident often involves a vehicle coming to a sudden stop or sudden shift in momentum, which is why neck injuries are so common.  The most common fatal injuries in traffic accidents are those that involve head trauma. Unlike a broken arm, which exposes ligaments and muscles to trauma, a broken skull exposes our brain to trauma, which can be deadly.  Finally, leg and foot accidents are particularly common because of how we sit in a car; our legs have very little room surrounding them compared to the rest of our bodies. This smaller space makes it easier for our feet and legs to get crushed in an accident.  Any of these injuries can cause significant medical concerns. Medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and the mental anguish of any of these injuries can cause considerable damage. Liability in Semi-Truck Accidents vs. Car Accidents Semi-Truck Accident Severity In a semi vs. car accident, the damages and injuries are often more severe than those that occur in a car vs. car accident. The main reason for this is that trucks are big. With their large mass and weight moving fast, the impact force they expose cars to in an accident is far more than the force in a typical car vs. car accident. If a truck hits a small car from behind or cargo falls off a truck, it may crush the smaller vehicle entirely.  With their increased severity, truck accidents are also more deadly than other car accidents. The National Safety Council (NSC) demonstrates the statistics. According to their data from 2018, large trucks accounted for only 4% of all registered vehicles in the US. However, in the same year, truck accidents accounted for 9% of all traffic accident fatalities. That’s more than twice their share of total registered vehicles. A key question after someone suffers damage and injury in an accident is, Who is liable for damages? One of the main differences between car accidents and semi-truck accidents is in the way liability works. On the one hand, attribution of liability in a car accident is most often relatively straightforward. On the other hand, liability can become complicated in a semi-truck accident. Car Accident Liability The question of who is liable for damages after a car accident comes down to each party’s percentage of fault in the accident. Most of the time, who is at fault is limited to the drivers involved in the crash. However, if a vehicle malfunction causes a collision, the vehicle or parts manufacturer may be held liable. California uses a pure comparative fault system to assess liability in traffic accidents. The amount of liability shifts based on each party’s percentage of fault. If one driver is 70% at fault and the other driver 30% at fault, the driver who is 70% at fault can recover 30% of their total damages from the opposing party. Even if one driver is 99% at fault for an accident, they can recover some damages. However, in such a case, they will only recover 1% of total damages. Truck Accident Liability In California semi-truck crashes, the same fault rules apply as in other traffic accidents. However, unlike most car accidents, there are more potential at-fault parties. If the driver causes the semi-truck accident themself, they will be liable for damages. Their employer may also be held vicariously liable for their employee’s actions. But it is not always the driver’s negligence that causes the accident.  A semi-truck accident may be caused by faulty equipment, in which case the equipment manufacturer may be held liable. The company that loads the cargo may also be responsible for damages if they negligently fail to secure the load properly. In such an event, if the cargo falls off the truck and causes an accident, they bear some liability. In other cases, the trucking company itself may be held liable for damages. The trucking company may be liable if an attorney can prove that a faulty inspection or negligent safety rules caused the accident. The trucking company may also be liable if they promote unsafe or illegal working conditions. For example, a company may require or expect its drivers to drive beyond the legal time limits set by the Department of Transportation (DOT). If a company has such a policy and a driver’s fatigue causes the accident, they may be held liable for the damages caused by the accident. In other cases, the owner of the truck may be liable for damages. Often, semi-truck companies rent or lease their vehicles from a third party. If that third party negligently fails to properly maintain their truck’s safety as required by federal law, they may also be liable for damages. Oftentimes, the truck driver is the responsible party in trucking accidents. With that said, there are many other potentially liable parties. It all depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. Figuring out who is ultimately responsible for the accident is essential...

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How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you suffered injuries in an accident in Los Angeles, you could be entitled to recover compensation from the responsible party. Although you can pursue a legal claim on your own, you might want to consider talking to an attorney. Having a lawyer handle your case provides several advantages, including the potential for maximizing your settlement amount. You may be wondering, how much does a personal injury lawyer cost? Or maybe you are worried about being able to afford an accident attorney. You should know that these are common concerns. An accident can leave you without an income or any way to pay for medical treatment. Having to come up with a retainer or the money to pay an injury attorney by the hour could be difficult—if not impossible. The good news is that you do not have to come with any money to hire a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles. The experienced attorneys of the Farzam Law Firm will take your case with no upfront legal fees. You won’t owe us anything until we recover compensation for you. Give us a call at (310) 226-6890 or contact us online for a free consultation and learn how we can help you. How Much Are Injury Lawyer Fees in Los Angeles? Unless you have had the opportunity to work with a personal injury attorney in the past, you might not be familiar with how they get paid. Most personal injury law firms accept cases on a contingency fee basis. That means that when you bring a lawyer on board for a personal injury case, you do not have to give them a retainer or pay any legal fees to get started. You also do not have to pay any hourly fees along the way. Payment on a contingency basis is a favorable scenario for the injury accident victim, as building a legal case takes a lot of time, effort, and expense. Your attorney will cover the cost of investigating your case and documenting your claim. In addition to professional investigators, this could involve subject matter experts, accident reconstruction firms, etc. Your lawyer will also document all your economic and non-economic damages to help ensure you get the maximum possible compensation for your injuries and other damages. While your attorney handles everything on your behalf, all you have to do is focus on recovering from your injuries. Once your Los Angeles personal injury attorney negotiates a settlement in your case—or if you win your case in court—the insurance company will issue a check and deliver it to the firm. The firm will deduct their agreed-upon legal fees and issue you payment for the balance. What Is the Personal Injury Lawyer Percentage for Legal Fees? Legal firms establish their fees, which can vary. However, in Southern California, the personal injury lawyer percentage is typically 30% to 35%.  If your case has to go to court, that percentage will likely increase somewhat. You might also be responsible for court fees and expenses. Your attorney will discuss their firm’s fee structure with you and incorporate it into a written fee agreement that you sign. This way, you always know precisely what your personal injury legal fees will be once your case resolves. Talk to a California Personal Injury Lawyer Today for Free If you have been searching the internet for a “personal injury lawyer near me,” make sure that any attorney you speak to provides a clear breakdown of their fees. Beware of any accident lawyer who asks for money upfront or who wants to charge you an hourly rate to handle your injury case. In Los Angeles, the personal injury attorneys of the Farzam Law Firm will accept your case on a contingency fee basis. We also offer a free, no-obligation consultation for accident injury victims. We provide you the chance to ask questions and consider all your options for pursuing a legal claim. We have a substantial network of resources that lets us build the strongest possible case for you. Contact us online or call (310) 226-6890 today to learn more or to discuss our Los Angeles personal injury lawyer fees.

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