The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz
A PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM | CHICO, CALIFORNIA
Why Hire a Chico Personal Injury Attorney?
The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz has been providing personalized and timely counsel to the people of Chico and surrounding areas since 1998. That said, we have a great deal of experience interacting with accident injury victims both as clients and as people. Over the years, we have come to understand how complex and overwhelming the legal process can be for our clients. To combat the stress of being in unfamiliar territory, one of our main goals at the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz is to maintain transparency through open communication with our clients. We do our best to keep clients updated as to the status of their case and to communicate any information that may help them to understand their rights or any issues that may affect their case.
With over 40 years experience in personal injury, on both sides of the docket (20 years as a insurance defense attorney and 20 years as a plaintiffs attorney), Lawrence A. Puritz is among the most knowledgeable legal minds in the industry. Sharing that knowledge and his unique insight allows our clients the benefit of a more informed and less stressful experience while navigating the personal injury claims process.
So that we may gain a better understanding of your accident and injuries and you can get an idea of what working with our firm will be like, we offer free personal injury consultations. At a free consultation, our attorneys will personally meet with you to discuss your case as well as how we may assist you in recovering fair compensation for your injuries. There is no obligation to hire us and you will not be billed for the free consultation regardless of your decision to retain our firm or not.
Protecting Your Interests
Regardless if you were the driver, passenger, pedestrian, or patient when your accident injury occurred, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help. Our legal team works diligently to protect your interests today and to assure that any future expenses and/or personal injury damages you may incur in the future are accounted for in your personal injury settlement. That way if you do require further treatment or have future medical expenses, you're able to pay them without suffering a detriment to your finances.
Each of our accident injury lawyers bring extensive experience and professionalism to each case they represent. Their knowledge, accompanied by a staff offering exemplary support and over 40 years of personal injury experience are what make The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz the right choice to handle your personal injury case.
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Types of Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury claim arises from the negligence of one party causing injury, or leading to injury, of another party. There are various types of personal injury claims. The most common being;
AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT INJURY
Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of thirty-four. Annually, auto accidents are responsible for over 40,000 deaths. At an average rate of 115 fatalities per day, auto accidents cost a staggering 150 billion dollars yearly. You are likely to be involved in at least one auto accident in your lifetime.
Common auto accident injuries include whiplash, head and brain injury, paralysis, and joint, bone, and muscle injuries. Auto accident victims should seek medical attention as soon as possible if they believe they are injured. Auto accident claims for damages resulting from injuries usually depend on medical records linking the auto accident to the injuries received. The more time elapsed between the auto accident and the treatment, the more difficult it is to prove a connection.
In some cases, auto accidents resulting in personal injury or extensive property loss lead to lawsuits. Damages sought after auto accidents can include cost of medical treatment, loss of property, and loss of wages. If you have been in an auto accident, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
Burns are extremely painful and take a very long time to heal. Most doctors consider severe burns to be the most painful category of injury. Victims with severe injuries from burns often require a series of surgeries and skin grafts to replace tissue damaged by burns. Burns severely affect the victims' quality of life, and can require long-term, costly medical care. Some burns will need dozens of surgeries to conduct skin grafts, prevent joint contractures, and treat infections.
Burns affect millions of Americans every year, often due to occupational hazards, negligence, or product malfunctions. Burns originating in the fault or negligence of another may result in large settlements to offset treatment of burns, replace lost wages, and compensate for decline in quality of life and emotional/psychological damages.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as a result of burns originating in the fault or negligence of another, The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
TRUCK & BIG RIG ACCIDENTS
A trucking accident occurs when large trucks (10,000+ lbs.) collide with other vehicles or pedestrians. Around 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year in the United States. Of these, approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities. In fact, one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking accident. Most of the deaths and injuries involve the passengers of vehicles; truck drivers usually escape trucking accidents with little or no personal injury.
If a trucking accident does occur, record as much information as possible, including names and contact information of witnesses. Trucking accidents usually involve extensive property and personal damages. Lawsuits may recover losses due to trucking accidents, and consulting an attorney familiar with the specific laws and insurance regulations governing trucking accident settlements can help you determine your best legal course of action.
If you have been involved in a trucking accident, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE INJURIES
Pedestrian and cycling accidents are very common, and often result in significant injury. Pedestrians and cyclists have very little protection, and are very vulnerable when a collision with a motor vehicle occurs. Many pedestrian/bicycle vs. motor vehicle accidents result in significant injury or death, and many times the fault is not with the injured party.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE & NEGLIGENCE
Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which care provided deviates from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. The most common malpractice lawsuits stem from dental and medical procedures where the patient has been harmed either emotionally or physically.
If the claim is sustained in court there is usually a monetary settlement to these lawsuits. Many can be settled out of court by dealing with the practitioner's insurance company. The amount settled on will depend on the extent of the damage received by the patient. They will also consider the long-term effects of the error committed.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as the result of medical malpractice, the Law Offices of Lawrence a Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
A death resulting from misconduct on the part of another person or a company is considered a "wrongful death". The misconduct by the responsible party can range from negligence or carelessness to an intentional criminal act resulting in a wrongful death. There are a number of wrongful death situations, including work-related accidents, medical mistakes or malpractice, automobile and plane accidents, and sports related accidents. A wrongful death may also occur due to the unsafe nature of the premises on which the incident occurs.
The loss of a loved one is always devastating, and the trauma surrounding a wrongful death can be especially difficult to deal with. However, if a loved one has died as the result of another's wrongdoing or negligence, filing a wrongful death suit may help to bring some sense of resolution to the loss of life. In addition, a party found liable for a wrongful death will be held accountable, minimizing the chances that another person will suffer or die due to the same circumstances.
If you believe that the death of a loved one resulted from the negligence of another party, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
When dog bites occur, they can potentially result in serious injuries, including disfigurement and death. Sadly, dog bites occur on a relatively frequent basis. Each year in the United States, approximately 4.7 million people suffer dog bites with approximately 800,000 of those requiring medical care. Even worse, most dog bites are sustained by children.
Fortunately, those who have suffered serious injury or harm as a result of a dog bite have legal rights. Dog owners, landlords, care centers, and former dog owners can all be held accountable for dog bite injuries.
If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
BOATING ACCIDENT INJURY
In general, inattentive or inexperienced operators, careless or reckless operation and excessive speed are the leading causes of all boating accidents. Additionally, approximately 80 percent of all boating accident fatalities occurred on vessels where the operator had not received boating safety instruction; alcohol was involved in 39 percent of all fatal boating accidents.
Boat operators are responsible for the safety of their passengers and must take proper precautions to ensure boating accidents do not occur. If you or a loved one have been involved in a boating accident and have sustained injury, the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT INJURY
Motorcycle accidents comprise a significant number of accident-related fatalities each year, approximately eight percent, even though motorcyclists represent a minority of drivers (a mere two percent) on the road. Because motorcycles lack the weight and bulk of automobiles, as well as certain safety features like a roof, airbags, and seatbelts, motorcyclists suffer from a higher rate of injury and fatality in accidents.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death in a motorcycle accident, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
UNSAFE PROPERTY-SLIP & FALL INJURIES
Studies show that 60 percent of all falls are related to a slipping or tripping incident, with such likely causes as a foreign object on the walking surface, a design flaw in the walking surface, a slippery surface caused by weather or a spill, or a person's impaired physical or mental condition. If the latter is the case, or if the injured party in the slip and fall incident should have been aware of the dangerous surface and avoided it, the fault lies solely on the victim.
In other cases, however, liability can be questioned. In order for a slip and fall victim to win such cases, it must be proven that the owner of the premises either caused the damage to the walking surface, knew of the dangerous spot and did nothing about it, or should have known about the dangerous surface because it should have been discovered, reported or repaired by a so-called "reasonable" person taking care of the property.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death as a result of a slip & fall or unsafe property, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz can help answer your questions and determine the best course of action for your specific situation.
No Win-No Fee Personal Injury Representation
The personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz work on a contingency fee basis. This means that rather than charging by the hour, a flat fee, or retainer; our attorneys are paid a fixed percentage (often one third) of the recovery, which is the amount finally paid to the client. So, if you don't receive a personal injury settlement- we don't recover our fee's- regardless how much time we have invested in your case.
With a contingency fee agreement, the Chico personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz advance all costs associated with your case (as well as fees) until settlement is reached. Additionally, because personal injury attorney’s fees are calculated as a percentage of settlement (33% if your case settles out of court and 40% your case goes to trial), if there’s no settlement and you aren't compensated for your injuries- we don't get paid.