For decades, Cutter Law’s Oakland attorneys have successfully represented personal injury clients in their lawsuits against the people or parties responsible for their injuries. We’ve helped our clients obtain hundreds of millions of dollars in damages in their personal injury lawsuits, and have a reputation as leaders in personal injury litigation.
Our skilled personal injury attorneys are adept at conducting investigations, determining liability, assisting clients, interviewing experts, negotiating settlements, and trying cases in court. We’re honored to have helped our clients recover financially following their serious injuries, allowing them to focus on recovering physically and emotionally.
We’re committed to getting justice for you while ensuring your rights are protected.
Oakland Personal Injury Lawsuit
A personal injury lawsuit is a civil claim filed by an individual (the plaintiff) against a person, company, or other entity alleging that the other party acted in a way that caused physical harm. The lawsuit alleges the other party is legally responsible for the injury caused to the plaintiff and must provide compensation—potentially including economic and non-economic damages—to the plaintiff.
Our Oakland personal injury attorneys will determine what types of damages you’re entitled to and establish how much compensation you should receive for your injury. Among the factors that determine your claim are the nature of your injury, medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and how responsible the other party was for your injury.
Oakland Automobile Accidents
Automobile accidents are a significant cause of fatalities and injuries. Car crashes, bus accidents, motorcycle incidents, and semi-truck collisions all have a significant impact on a person’s health and overall well-being.
Car Accident Injuries
Speed is a leading cause of Oakland car crash injuries and fatalities. In 2014, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety, there were 624 speed-related collisions involving injuries and/or fatalities. Not everyone on the road follows the speed limit and other road laws, putting fellow motorists at risk of devastating and possibly fatal injuries.
These injuries cause physical harm and emotional trauma. Car crash victims frequently suffer severe injuries, including paralysis, brain damage, and internal injuries.
Other causes of Oakland car accidents include driving under the influence, reckless driving, distracted driving, and vehicle defects.
Bus Accident Injuries
Bus accidents occur for many of the same reasons as car crashes. In addition to those, however, common causes of Oakland bus crashes include driver error, lack of driver training, or driving while tired. School bus, transit bus, and charter bus crashes cause extensive injuries to passengers because of their high center of gravity and lack of seatbelts or other safety features.
In the case of a rollover accident, bus occupants are at risk of being ejected, suffering even more significant injuries.
Motorcycle Accident Injuries
Motorcyclists are at an increased risk of accident and injury because many other drivers fail to accommodate for the motorcycle on the road. Once a motorcycle crashes, riders are likely to either be thrown from the motorcycle or have the motorbike land on them, causing crush injuries. These circumstances all increase the risk of catastrophic damage to the motorcyclist, including fatal injuries, paralysis, crush injuries, internal injuries, and fractures.
Truck Crash Injuries
Automobile accidents involving semi-trucks are particularly gruesome, causing disastrous harm to victims in passenger vehicles. Semi-trucks sit much higher than passenger vehicles, increasing the risk of an underride crash. Their massive size means vehicles they collide with will likely be crushed in a collision, further increasing the risk of severe harm to other motorists. Unfortunately, all too often, Oakland truck crashes are linked to truck driver inattention, fatigue, or failure to stop for slowed traffic.
Sadly, it’s usually the people in other vehicles who pay the price for a truck driver’s error.
Medical injuries occur when something goes wrong during a medical procedure or medical treatment that causes harm to the patient. These include medical malpractice injuries and birth injuries.
Medical Malpractice Injuries
Oakland medical malpractice refers to situations in which a medical professional—such as a nurse, doctor or other healthcare provider—offers medical care that falls below an accepted standard, which causes harm to the patient. This can mean failing to respond appropriately in an emergency, making an error during surgery, failing to properly diagnose a patient, or prescribing incorrect medication.
The results of a medical malpractice injury are often permanent and can include paralysis, amputation, medication overdose, and in some cases, death.
Among those who may be liable for an Oakland medical malpractice injury are doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, medical care centers, or other healthcare providers.
A birth injury can happen in the blink of an eye when a complication arises that puts the health and safety of the mother and infant at risk. If the doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider fails to anticipate or respond to these complications, both the mother and infant are in jeopardy of life-threatening and permanent injury. Such injuries include Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy.
Additional Oakland Personal Injuries
Construction work is one of the most dangerous fields of work. Workers face many hazards and often the companies employing them do not provide adequate safety training or protection. Oakland construction workers often find themselves on scaffolding high in the air, driving heavy equipment, or moving massive beams into place. If anything goes wrong, the worker faces critical injuries.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries can happen anywhere at almost any time. When they are caused by someone else’s carelessness or negligence, that person is legally liable for the harm caused. That harm includes possible brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fractures, and sprains. Victims of a slip and fall require time off work to recover and wind up paying costly medical bills.
Oakland Personal Injury Attorneys
Attorneys at Cutter Law have vast experience and specialized knowledge in Oakland personal injury lawsuits. Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your options.