A Los Angeles Sheriff hit and severely injured a pedestrian in Lynwood last evening. The department released a statement noting the deputy had struck a pedestrian in the 12300 block of Long Beach Boulevard sometime around 6:30 PM. The Sheriff was responding to a call for service at the time of the accident.
Both the injured pedestrian and the Sheriff’s Deputy were transported to the hospital. While the deputy is not seriously injured, the pedestrian was admitted in extremely critical condition.
Can the pedestrian hold the Sheriff’s Department accountable for all bills, expenses and financial damages associated with their injuries? If the pedestrian does not survive what options might be available to the pedestrian’s family?
California provides the opportunity to pursue appropriate personal injury compensation from a public entity which is responsible for serious injuries or a wrongful death. My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in these cases I can tell you it is absolutely possible to hold public entities such as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department accountable for the liabilities they create in a personal injury accident.
A case such as when the Los Angeles Sheriff hit and severely injured a pedestrian in Lynwood are quite legally complex and there is a fairly short period of time for a valid personal injury claim to be filed. If it is established that the Sheriff’s Deputy is in some manner at least partially responsible for serious injuries or a wrongful death there is a legal process to recover financial compensation.
Compensation can include, but is not limited to all past, present and future medical expenses associated with your injuries, lost wages from missing work, prescriptions, physical or occupational therapy as well as modifications to your home or vehicles to accommodate your injuries. In a wrongful death action the family can seek compensation for the loss of time and experiences they would have shared with their loved one, lost wages of a provider, loss of the companionship of a spouse and/or the love of a parent or child.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a public entity or while riding public transportation we invite you to review the strong recommendations of our clients and the legal industry and contact us or call 949-305-1400 to learn more and to protect your rights in a public entity personal injury claim.