Personal Injury Overview
With offices in Salinas and San Jose, the law firm Amos, Dittrich & Ushana represents California accident victims throughout Monterey and Santa Clara County in personal injury claims. Our attorneys truly care that our clients receive compensation for their losses, and we understand that overcoming the physical, emotional, and financial impact of an accident is not easy. Through effective legal counsel, our goal is to help you put the unfortunate incident behind you as swiftly as possible.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident, please contact Amos, Dittrich & Ushana today for a free initial consultation. We handle a wide range of personal injury matters, including:
- Auto Accidents
- Slip & Fall Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Wrongful Death
Generally, each driver using California's roads and freeways owes a duty to operate his or her car with ordinary and responsible care. When a driver breaches that duty and causes injury or death to another, the injured party or the deceased victim's family may recover compensation for the other driver's negligence or wrongful conduct behind the wheel. Examples of negligent and/or reckless driving include, but are not limited to:
- Drunk driving
- Cell phone use and texting
- Failing to be mindful of motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians
- Disregarding weather or traffic conditions
If your accident was caused by another person's negligence, recklessness, or wrongdoing, the personal injury attorneys at Amos, Dittrich & Ushana can help you receive compensation for your economic and non-economic losses. Please see our pages devoted to San Jose auto accidents and Salinas auto accidents for more information about specific types of motor vehicle accidents in these areas. To learn about steps you should take after being involved in an accident, please see our personal injury help center page.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Along with auto accidents, slip and fall accidents are a common cause of personal injuries. While many people think of spills as the cause of most slip and fall accidents, negligent or improper maintenance contributes to a significant number of slips, trips, and falls. Examples of hazardous conditions leading to slip and fall accidents include:
- Spills and fallen merchandise in stores
- Uneven or slippery sidewalks
- Uneven pavement or flooring, including carpet
- Unsafe balconies and balcony railings
- Broken stairs and hand railings
- Malfunctioning escalators or elevators
- Unsecured electrical cords
If a property owner failed to keep his or her property safe by repairing or warning of known dangers, and you slipped or tripped and fell as a result, he or she may be found negligent and held liable for injuries resulting from such negligence.
Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places where accidents occur with alarming frequency. If you were injured as a result of a construction site hazard, you may be entitled to compensation. Common causes of accidents include:
- Falling scaffolding
- Loose wires, causing electric shock
- Crane accidents, including negligent or reckless operation
- Hazardous waste spills
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment
After a construction worker has been injured on the job, filing a workers' compensation claim is one way to receive compensation for damages; however, in certain situations, the laws of personal injury may allow for additional recovery. For example, a construction injury claim may go hand-in-hand with a premises liability claim if a property owner failed to properly warn of a dangerous hazard, or a third-party injury claim if someone not working for the company, such as a supplier or contractor, caused an accident. As experienced California construction accident attorneys, we will thoroughly investigate the cause of your accident, identifying all liable parties, so that you may recover maximum compensation for your injuries.
In serious cases, victims of accidents may suffer injuries that are catastrophic, life changing, or debilitating. Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Burn injuries
- Loss of limbs
It is essential that victims suffering catastrophic injuries are represented by lawyers who have a comprehensive understanding of the nature, causes, and characteristics of their injuries, which can require detailed understanding of technical medical terms and concepts. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling catastrophic injury claims in Monterey and Santa Clara County, giving them the necessary expertise to advise and represent clients in connection with even the most complex personal injury matters.
Please see our wrongful death & catastrophic injury page for more information about sustaining and treating catastrophic injuries.
In the tragic event that you have lost a loved one in an accident, we understand that in addition to dealing with grief, you are likely facing new financial challenges in the wake of losing a family member. Our attorneys have the experience and compassion to represent families in all types of wrongful death actions, and the dedication to do so without charging a fee until we obtain compensation on your behalf. For more information about wrongful death claims in California, please see our wrongful death & catastrophic injury page.
Seek Experienced, Caring Representation
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact Amos, Dittrich & Ushana today. We handle personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay anything until the conclusion of your case. Se habla español.