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Fatal Accidents in Mission Viejo Often Lead to Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Fatal Accidents in Mission Viejo Often Lead to Wrongful Death Lawsuits

Fatal accidents in Mission Viejo often lead to wrongful death lawsuits.  If the victim of a fatal accident in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County California loses their life due to another driver’s fault or negligence it is known legally as a “wrongful death“.  Wrongful death cases can be quite legally complex, especially if the victim survived the accident and perished a few days, weeks or months later. My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience in wrongful death cases.  Wrongful death cases are primarily about taking care of and communicating with the family, and providing extensive and excellent legal work. There are often multiple parties to identify and hold accountable, especially if the fatal accident involved a commercial vehicle, delivery van or truck. Motorcycle accidents that are deemed to be the fault of the biker themselves are not wrongful death cases, however

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Car Accidents Which Result in Injury in Mission Viejo

Car Accidents Which Result in Injury in Mission Viejo

Car accidents which result in injury in Mission Viejo require the experience, legal skill and resources of the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell.  Orange County has one of the highest rates of car car accidents with injury in all of California (according to the most recent CHP statistics).  Thousands of Mission Viejo residents and visitors passing through the area on I-5 suffer injuries in motor vehicle accidents including trucks, commercial vehicles, and motorcycles. Insurance companies work to make it harder for you to receive the benefits you are entitled to under California law after car accidents which result in injury in Mission Viejo due to someone else’s negligence.  As experienced Mission Viejo personal injury trial attorney with more than 40 years of experience I can tell you that the quality of your attorney will make a substantial difference in your case.  Why? Insurance companies closely track each and every attorney,

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Can You Hold a Store Responsible for Injuries in a Slip and Fall

Can You Hold a Store Responsible for Injuries in a Slip and Fall

We are often asked “Can you hold a store responsible for injuries in a slip and fall case?” How do slip and fall or premises liability cases work? It is important to understand these cases are legally quite complex.  In order to successfully pursue a personal injury claim in a premises liability case we have to prove: A dangerous and unattended condition caused your injuries –  this is generally the easiest part of the case to prove.  An obstacle or foreign substance on the floor is generally a dangerous condition. The store knew about or should have known a dangerous condition existed, or was the source of the dangerous condition itself.  This condition can be more challenging for many personal injury attorneys – especially if they do not take their cases to trial. For example, if you are shopping within a grocery store, and you slip on some condiment which

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How to File a Mission Viejo Wrongful Death Claim

How to File a Mission Viejo Wrongful Death Claim

If you have recently lost a loved one in a fatal accident due to another person’s negligence you may be searching for information on how to file a Mission Viejo wrongful death claim.  Nothing and no amount of money can ever replace the loss of your loved one.  However, California’s wrongful death statutes provide the family of a fatal accident victim with compensation for the negligent loss of their family member. Our state laws require the family of the victim to begin a wrongful death case on behalf of all “beneficiaries” within a relatively short period of time.  This is why it is important to contact The Law Firm of Rivers Morrell or call 949-305-1400 to speak with Rivers personally for a free consultation.  Learn if your family has a case, and more about the process of a wrongful death claim and how it will benefit your family. Who actually

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What You Should Do When You Are Injured in a DUI Car Accident

What You Should Do When You Are Injured in a DUI Car Accident

What should you do when you are injured in a DUI car accident in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County? What is the process of a personal injury claim after a DUI accident and what can an experienced Mission Viejo personal injury attorney do to help you receive the compensation you deserve? The first and most important thing to know is you must see a doctor within 24 to 48 hours of any motor vehicle accident.  The success of any personal injury claim must include evidence to support the relationship of injury and resulting expenses and financial damages to the accident event.  If you don’t see a doctor in the hours after an accident in Mission Viejo the insurance company will use that against you to reduce the amount of your settlement or to reject to your injury claim altogether.  “You weren’t injured in the accident.  You didn’t even need

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Mission Viejo Back Injuries and Surgeries from a Car Accident

Mission Viejo Back Injuries and Surgeries from a Car Accident

The long-term impact of Mission Viejo back injuries and surgeries from a car accident can affect every area of an injury victim’s life.  A trauma to your back  can damage the soft tissue surrounding or within the spinal column such as ruptured or herniated discs or more serious injuries resulting in surgeries, fusion procedures and in some personal injury cases permanent paralysis. The severity of a back injury and the permanent impact the injury may have depend a lot upon on the location of the trauma to the spinal column.   Injuries to vertebrae in the upper back and neck can result in paraplegia (paralysis in the legs) or quadriplegia (paralysis of arms, legs and sometimes the torso). Mission Viejo back injuries and surgeries from a car accident may include a lumbar or cervical spinal fusion.  Doctors may remove herniated discs and graft bones on either side of the traumatized vertebrae to provide additional

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Who is Responsible for Injuries in a Mission Viejo Rear End Car Accident

Who is responsible for injuries in a Mission Viejo rear end car accident

Who is responsible for injuries in a Mission Viejo rear end car accident?  Rear end car accidents can actually result in serious injuries, even when they occur at a slower speed.  Rear end collisions often result in injuries to the back or neck as the torso lurches forward while the head and neck arch backward at the moment of impact.  Head trauma is another common injury in rear end collisions. Generally speaking, law enforcement officers are usually going to cite the driver of any vehicle which impacts the vehicle in front of them.  The most common causes of rear end car accidents in Mission Viejo and throughout Orange County are speeding, following too closely and distracted driving. California requires all drivers to maintain a safe stopping distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.  The fault in a rear end car accident is often a distracted driver or the

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Don’t Sign an Insurance Release After an Injury Accident Before Speaking with Rivers

Don't Sign an Insurance Release After an Injury Accident

There are several reasons why you shouldn’t sign an insurance release after an injury accident before talking to an experienced personal injury attorney.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience as an injury attorney I can tell you this for sure: The insurance adjuster in your case wants to settle your claim as quickly as possible for the lowest possible dollar amount. In most cases the adjuster will seem to make a very good settlement on the property damage to your car.  That portion of your insurance claim is actually pretty straight forward.  A few estimates from local body shops and you know how much you’ll need before agreeing to a settlement. Personally injury claims are an entirely different matter, and you are right not to sign an insurance release after an injury accident before speaking with me personally for a free consultation. For

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The Important Difference Between a Truck Accident and a Car Crash

The Important Difference Between a Truck Accident and a Car Crash

What is the important difference between a truck accident and a car crash in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County or LA?  Car crashes unfortunately happen every day, yet recent safety improvements in vehicle design and passenger restraint have helped to reduce the occurrence and severity of resulting injuries.  However, these factors are not as effective when a passenger vehicle is involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or tractor-trailer semi truck. The important difference between a truck accident and a car crash is the weight of the commercial vehicle and the resulting force of a collision between a truck and a smaller vehicle.  Commercial rucks can easily weigh as much as 70,000 to 80,000 pounds.  A typical passenger vehicle will only weigh 3,000 or 4,000 pounds.  The sheer force of impact is several times higher in a truck accident than a car crash.  The force of the

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What Constitutes Abuse or Neglect in a Nursing Home or Assisted Care Facility?

What constitutes abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted care facility in Southern California?

What constitutes abuse or neglect in a nursing home or assisted care facility in Southern California?  California law and federal statutes require these healthcare providers and facilities to maintain a high standard of care for our seniors.  Unfortunately, it is quite common for nursing homes, assisted care facilities and retirement communities to be understaffed or to lack a sufficient number of medical professionals based upon the number of patients in their facility. The additional lack of training and supervision combined with the high patient load is often an ingredient in nursing home abuse or neglect personal injury cases.  However, nursing homes and healthcare facilities can be held responsible and ultimately financially accountable for the injury or neglect of our loved ones. What constitutes elder abuse or neglect in Orange County nursing homes?  While neglect or abuse covers a broad range of scenarios there are several more common elements which lead

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