Fresno Personal Injury, Negligence & Auto Accident Law Firm

Personal Injury Lawyers located in Fresno, CA

When The Unexpected Happens, You Can Count On Us

In an instant, your life can get turned upside down:

  • On your way home from work, a distracted driver may lose control and slam into your vehicle, leaving you with permanent paralysis.
  • You may suddenly develop a high fever and end up in the emergency room, only to find out your local pharmacy gave you the wrong medication.
  • Your loved one goes in for a routine medical procedure, but dies on the operating table due to a surgical error.

When something bad happens to you as the result of someone’s negligence, you are left to struggle physically, financially, and emotionally.

We don’t accept a simple “I’m sorry,” and neither should you. 

While insurance might cover a small portion of the financial burden you suddenly have, it will rarely make up for all the losses you suffered.

The best chance you have at recovering the maximum compensation to which you are entitled is to seek the legal assistance of our lead attorney, Carl L. Brown.

Seasoned Legal Experience You Can Trust from a Fresno Personal Injury Lawyer

With your physical and financial livelihood on the line, Carl L. Brown is the attorney youPersonal injury attorney in Fresno, CA need on your side.

For more than 35 years, Mr. Brown has been involved in personal injury litigation — first as an insurance defense attorney and later as a plaintiff’s attorney.

He knows how insurance companies work and can leverage that experience and knowledge to your advantage in negotiations and at trial.

Call today to setup a free consultation. Mr. Brown will carefully review the details of your case and present you with legal options tailored to your specific needs. 

After what you and your family have been through, we fully understand how frustrated and emotionally drained you are. We want to be there for you in your time of need. Our goal is to help ease your burden and recover your losses, so you can get on with your life.

Damages You May Receive: 

  • Reimbursement for past and future medical treatment and lost wages
  • Reimbursement for damage to or loss of use of property that occurred as a result of the injury
  • Loss of consortium (loss of services of your spouse, which includes income, companionship, child care, etc.)
  • Money for emotional distress and/or pain and suffering
  • Injury to reputation
  • Punitive damages (money given as punishment)

We handle claims in a wide range of practice areas, including:

Personal Injury & Neglect

  • Pedestrian Accident
  • Car Accident                                             
  • Drunk Driver, Distracted Driver
  • Truck Accident
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Dog Bite                                                                 
  • Slip & Fall
  • Daycare Negligence
  • Nursing Home Abuse & Elder Abuse
  • Pharmacy Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Defective Products
  • Wrongful Death

Serious And Catastrophic Injury

  • Brain, Spinal Cord, and Burn Injuries

Dangerous And Unfair Issues In The Workplace

  • Injury on the Job/Workers’ Compensation
  • Wrongful Termination of Employment
  • Wage and Hour Disputes
  • Sexual Harassment

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  • Auto Repairs/Defects

What Should I Do After The Accident?

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Contact us!
  • Document all injuries and any damage to property. This includes:
    • Getting copies of accident reports
    • Taking pictures of injuries and the accident scene
    • Keeping receipts and invoices
    • Keeping notes of new symptoms
    • Documenting time off from work
  • Get information from witnesses (phone numbers, addresses, and statements)
  • Open a claim with the other person’s insurance company
  • Do not give any statements, recorded or written, to anyone other than the police before speaking with a lawyer
  • Do not sign any releases of liability or potential claims before speaking with a lawyer

Don’t Trust An Insurance Adjuster

Even though the insurance adjuster may seem friendly and concerned for your well-being, the truth is they aren’t. They have their own interests at heart, not yours.

Their goal is to collect information from you that can be used to reduce or deny your claim.

You are not obligated to give any statement, verbal or written. Simply tell the adjuster you want all questions directed to your lawyer.

How Much Time Do I Have To File My Claim?

In California, you have a limited amount of time to file your personal injury claim.

The  statute of limitations from the time you were injured to the time you file differs according to the type of claim:

  • Negligence: 2 years
  • Assault or Battery: 1 year
  • Products Liability: 2 years
  • Strict Liability: 2 years
  • Wrongful death: 1 year with certain exceptions
  • Workers’ Compensation: 5 years if you were provided benefits after injury; 1 year if your claim was denied or delayed.
  • Lemon Law: 4 years

A Victim Of Negligence

If you or a loved one have been injured physically, emotionally or financially as the resultFresno personal injury lawyer representation of someone’s negligent, reckless, or intentional conduct, you may be eligible to collect damages.

When you file a personal injury claim based on negligence, the only way to impose liability on another party is to establish:

  • legal duty
  • failure to comply with that duty
  • causation
  • harm to another individual

Legal duty of care refers to the responsibility one person has to avoid causing harm to another.

The first step in proving negligence is to show that the defendant had a duty to exercise a certain standard of reasonable care and breached that standard causing you to become injured.

When your legal duty of care is breached…

Fierce Advocate For Elder Abuse Victims

Senior citizens deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and enjoy their golden years in peace. As the aging population increases, more and more seniors will require some type of long-term care.

Placing your well-being or the well-being of a loved one in someone else’s care is based on a sacred trust. Unfortunately, that trust is sometimes abused which can result in physical, emotional and financial mistreatment.

Potential Abusers

  • assisted living facilities
  • nursing homes
  • home health providers
  • financial advisers
  • family members

Nursing Home Elder Abuse

More than 80% of skilled nursing homes in California are operated by for-profit companies. Facilities who put their bottom line before the well-being of their patients/residents often has staff that is overworked and poorly trained.

Elder Abuse Lawyer in Fresno, CA – Carl L. Brown

Types of Elder Abuse

  • Physical Abuse: beating, pushing and shoving or using physical restraintsElder Abuse Attorney
  • Sexual Abuse: nonconsensual sexual contact of any kind
  • Emotional Abuse: inflicting anguish or pain through verbal or non-verbal acts (assaults, insults, threats, intimidation, humiliation, harassment)
  • Neglect: Refusal or failure to fulfill any caretaking duties or obligations (personal hygiene, provide food, clothing or shelter, protect against health and safety hazards or prevent malnutrition)
  • Abandonment: desertion of an elder by a caregiver
  • Isolation: intentionally blocking an elder from visitors, telephone calls or mail

Signs of Elder Abuse

  • unexplained bruises or sprains, broken eyeglasses, or bone fractures
  • rope burns or other marks placed symmetrically on both sides of the body due to restraints
  • sudden, drastic weight loss
  • sudden change in behavior and attitude
  • acting skittish or afraid
  • evidence of bed sores
  • poor personal hygiene

Legal Recourse for Elder Abuse Victims

If you or a loved one have been a victim of elder abuse, you deserve justice for what you have endured. Fresno nursing home abuse lawyer Carl Brown is sincerely committed to helping you and your family recover compensation for your medical care and pain and suffering. He has extensive experience advocating on behalf of nursing home patients who have experienced abuse or neglect in lawsuits against nursing homes.

To determine if you have a valid case and hold the nursing home accountable, we will thoroughly investigate the conditions at the nursing home, interview staff and residents, review medical and staffing records, and consult with experts in the field of nursing home administration, nursing care, and physicians in various specialities.

Financial Elder Abuse

As seniors age, they inevitably will experience limited physical and cognitive capabilities that interfere with their ability to manage their finances. These limitations make them a prime target for fraudulent schemes and financial exploitation.

Unfortunately, those who take advantage of seniors are the ones closest to them — their caretakers, family members, or friends.

Elder financial abuse is defined as the illegal or improper use of an elder’s funds, property, or assets.

Examples of elder financial abuse includes:

  • cashing a check without authorization
  • forging a signature
  • identity theft
  • misusing or stealing money or possessions
  • coercing or deceiving an elderly person into signing any document, such as a will or contract
  • coercing elderly person into transferring property to abuser
  • convincing an elderly person to purchase an unneeded annuity, high-risk stock, unneeded insurance, or other unsuitable investment in order to make a commission
  • improper use of conservatorship, guardianship, or power of attorney

If you or a loved one has been a victim of elder financial abuse, please call the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown today (559) 431-4400 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation free of charge. We can help you take the appropriate legal action in order to protect your elderly loved one from any further harm.

Working With a Car Accident Attorney in Fresno

In an auto accident: Every driver has a basic legal duty to operate a motor vehicle with reasonable care and to obey traffic laws.

If a driver violates the law or is negligent in anyway, he/she breaches the duty of care and puts other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk.

In California, you cannot talk on a cell phone while driving unless it’s a hands free device. If, at the time of your accident, the person who hit you was on the phone, he/she is most likely at fault.

To establish fault in California, the state uses a legal doctrine called pure comparative negligence.

For any given accident, fault can be divided between parties, as long as the total equals 100%. This is significant because your reward can be reduced by the amount of comparative fault.

For example, if you were in a car accident where you were speeding, but were hit by a driver who ran a red light, you may be found to be 20% negligent while the other driver may be 80% negligent. Your reward would then be 80% of your total damages.

It’s important to discuss your case with a car accident lawyer in Fresno, CA as soon as possible to learn more about your rights to compensation.

Working With a Fresno Lawyer for Defective Products

In a product liability case: Under certain circumstances, the law permits liability to be imposed on a party regardless of fault.

For example, if a company sells a product that is defective, any entity within the production or distribution chain may be liable for injuries caused by the product.

This could be:

  • the manufacturer of the product or parts
  • the wholesaler
  • the entity that installed or assembled the product
  • the store that sells the product

In an “on premises” liability case: If you are injured while on the property of compensation for personal injury due to negligenceanother individual or entity, you might have a claim for damages based on premises liability law.

Property owners typically have a duty to warn of the existence of any hazards on their property or to eliminate the unsafe condition.

In dog bite cases, a dog owner is strictly liable for any dog bite, even if the dog has never bit anyone before or has never shown prior aggression.

If you were bitten, you need to demonstrate that the bite occurred while you were in a public place or lawfully in a private place.

If you trespassed on private property or provoked the dog, you may not have a case.

In a malpractice case: If a healthcare professional breached the standard of care while providing you with medical treatment, you may have a medical malpractice claim.

Examples of malpractice include:

  • Failure to diagnose, or a misdiagnosis
  • Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Surgical errors or wrong site surgery
  • Improper medication or dosage
  • Poor follow-up or aftercare
  • Premature discharge
  • Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
  • Failure to order proper testing
  • Failure to recognize symptoms

In an on the job injury case: If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of whether you were at fault or not.

Benefits include:

  • medical care
  • temporary disability
  • permanent disability
  • supplemental job displacement
  • death
  • attorney’s fees

If your accident was caused by a third-party unrelated to your employer, you can pursue a claim against that party in addition to collecting workers’ comp benefits.

Here are just a few examples of injuries sustained at work:

  • Machine-related injuries
  • Lifting injuries
  • Slip and fall
  • Industrial equipment injuries
  • Burn or electric shock injuries
  • Illnesses or diseases such as those related to asbestos and other hazardous material exposure

In a Wage and Hour Dispute case: Employers must abide by the wage and hour rules stated by the California Labor Code and the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

Some violations of this law include:

  • Failing to pay the legal minimum wage
  • Not getting paid overtime for more than 40 hours of work per week
  • Requiring workers to work “off the clock” for free
  • Forced to skip meal and rest breaks

If you have a dispute with your employer, don’t hesitate to contact a wage and hour disputes attorney in Fresno as soon as possible.

What Is The Lemon Law?

If you own or lease a vehicle that can’t be fixed after a reasonable number of repair attempts by the manufacturer or its authorized dealer, you may benefit from the Lemon Law.

To have your vehicle qualify, it needs to have had:

  • four or more repairs for the same problem within the first 18 months or 18,000 miles
  • a serious safety defect that could cause bodily injury or death
  • been out service for 30 days or more

If the manufacturer cannot fix the problem, it must replace your car with a new one that is “substantially identical” or refund your money — the choice is yours. A lemon law attorney in Fresno, CA can help you.

Contact a Fresno Personal Injury Law Firm Today

When you call the Law Offices of Carl L. Brown, you will be offered a free consultation by an experienced Fresno area personal injury attorney.

Our team will be glad to help you determine the next step in your process.