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Personal Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, and Employment Lawyers Serving Southern California

Personal Injury and Employment Law Trial Firm Dedicated to Serving People Throughout Southern California

Whether you have suffered a wage and hour violation at work, or were wrongfully terminated, or get injured due to the negligence of another, it can be frustrating and frightening to feel vulnerable to unjust events over which you had no control. On top of those harms, it can be stressful to negotiate with insurance companies and big corporations that have significantly more power. They are unlikely to offer you a fair settlement when you aren’t represented by a reputable lawyer. It is crucial to hire a seasoned attorney soon after you’re discriminated against or injured, so you can pursue redress within the statute of limitations. Named a San Diego and Southern California Super Lawyer by his peers (an honor limited to 5% of lawyers in each state), our founder Chris Walton understands the vulnerability of prospective clients and works hard to achieve the most favorable outcome in mediation or trial. He has been awarded the Outstanding Trial Lawyer Award by Consumer Attorneys of San Diego and named a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript. Chris also maintains the highest possible rating (AV Preeminent) in both legal ability and ethical standard by Martindale-Hubbell. Our award-winning boutique firm also has an office in Riverside County.

Personal Injury

After suffering injuries in an accident caused by someone else, many people in Temecula Valley and elsewhere do not have enough saved up to pay large medical bills and make up for lost wages. In apersonal injury lawsuit, you can seek compensation from someone who injured you. In most personal injury lawsuits, our attorneys will need to establish liability by proving negligence. We’ll need to prove it’s more likely than not: (1) the defendant owed you a standard of reasonable care, (2) departure from the standard of reasonable care, (3) causation, and (4) actual damages. In Southern California, insurers and wealthy defendants may try to look for ways in which you were at fault, even when liability seems clear. Often insurers try to look for ways in which an injured claimant is responsible for an accident, in order to evade liability, or make low-ball offers early on to get rid of a case even before the full harm of injuries has been evaluated. It’s crucial to retain a lawyer who has a strong trial reputation.

Car Accidents

After you’re in a car accident caused by someone else, you may need to recover compensation. Under California law, car owners must be financially responsible for accidents to which they contribute, and part of that responsibility is purchasing insurance to cover the costs of bodily injury inflicted on others. Compensatory damages for car accidents can include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Out-of-pocket costs
  • Pain and suffering

Unfortunately, insurers do not always pay claims as promptly as they should, and they may examine what happened to determine whether it is possible to hold the accident victim responsible under the doctrine of comparative negligence. Under this doctrine, your damages will be reduced by an amount equal to your percentage of fault.

Truck Accidents

Due to their massive size and weight, truck accidents often result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. Although their conduct on the road is highly regulated, truck drivers sometimes make mistakes or break important rules intended for public safety. They may be held responsible if you were injured due to their substance abuse, excessive fatigue, failure to inspect their trucks, failure to check blind spots, improper wide turns, speeding, or failure to account for the weather or jackknifing. While you may walk away from a truck accident in severe pain or lifelong harm, a truck driver could walk away relatively unscathed. It is important for our trial attorneys to explore all factors leading to the harm you experienced. After a complex truck accident in Riverside County, for example, we may need to retain an accident reconstruction specialist to determine whether any of the following parties bear responsibility:

  • Truck driver
  • Trucking company
  • Mechanics
  • Third party loading companies
  • Others with whom you shared the road.

Since we are also San Diego employment lawyers, we understand the intricacies of the relationship between truck drivers and their employers and how to obtain evidence associated with workplace wrongdoing in California.

Premises Liability

Property owners are required to keep their homes, stores, offices, or other businesses in a safe condition and address the dangers that come up. If you’re injured on another’s property due to a negligent failure to address dangerous property conditions, you may be able to sue the person or entity that:

  • Controlled the property
  • Leased the property
  • Or owned the property.

In order to recover damages in a premises liability claim, our attorneys will need to establish the defendant knew or should have known about the dangerous property condition and failed to repair the dangerous conditions or provide warnings about them. One of the challenging aspects of these types of cases is preserving valuable evidence that dangerous conditions existed so long, the defendant should have known about them and acted to protect visitors. In some cases, for example, retail stores or gas stations routinely tape over surveillance footage as part of their business practices within a week. Once hired, we can write a letter to let the property owner know it has a legal obligation to preserve evidence. Our employment law attorneys can use our understanding of San Diego workplace laws, such as retaliation, to determine how best to obtain evidence, including worker testimony.

Nursing Home Negligence

Elderly Californians are vulnerable to physical, financial, and other types of abuse. In some cases, nursing homes fail to provide their residents with the services and help needed to avoid suffering and pain. The California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act, California Welfare and Institutions Code § 15600, et seq., was enacted to protect them and allow them to seek compensation when abused or neglected. If your loved one shows signs of having been abused or neglected, such as bed sores, personality changes, or unexplained bruises, you should seek legal counsel. Our experienced nursing home neglect lawyers may be able to hold a nursing home or other entity responsible.

Construction Accidents

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the country. It’s not uncommon for mistakes to be made and construction workers to sustain serious or fatal injuries. While injured, workers are usually limited to obtaining benefits through the workers’ compensation system, there are situations in which we may be able to bring a third-party lawsuit against a party who was responsible and is not the employer or coworker. For example, if you were a mason whose leg was crushed by the careless driver for a stone supplier to the construction site, we may be able to pursue damages from the stone supplier. For another example, if you are a framer, and your hand was amputated by a defective power tool, we may be able to bring a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer. As experienced San Diego & Riverside County personal injury lawyers, we bring these insights to bear on any work-related issues that come up in the course of pursuing damages on behalf of clients.

Product Liability Lawsuit

Tragically, consumers can wind up paying the price for defective or dangerous goods that they assumed were safe to use. If you believe you were injured by a defective product, you may be able to recover damages from a manufacturer, distributor or other company responsible for you using the product and getting harmed. Defective products can include:

  • Medical devices
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Household appliance
  • Automobile parts
  • Toys
  • Kitchen appliances
  • Power tools.

There are three categories of defects that may be actionable under a theory of strict liability: manufacturing, design, or marketing defects. Strict liability can be imposed if our lawyers can show: (1) you were harmed (2) by a defective product. We will need to show the following:

  • The defendant made, designed, sold, or distributed the defective item
  • The item contained a defect when it left the defendant’s possession
  • The plaintiff used the product in a reasonably foreseeable way
  • You were harmed due to the defect.
Wrongful Death

You may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit if your loved one or family member was killed due to negligence or intentional misconduct by another party. You may be entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you are the decedent’s

  • Surviving spouse or domestic partner
  • Decedent's surviving children
  • Grandchildren.

If we can successfully establish you are entitled to recover damages, we may be able to recover these damages:

  • Medical expenses prior to death
  • Lost earnings
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of emotional companionship and guidance
  • Out-of-pocket costs.
Employment Law Attorneys in San Diego

As an employee, you’re protected under numerous state and federal laws. Employment litigation we handle includes wage and hour, employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. If your employer does not follow the law and you are harmed, our lawyers may be able to recover damages in a lawsuit. For example, if you were not provided meal and rest breaks or paid for overtime, you may have a wage and hour claim. Or if you are demoted because of your national origin, it may be appropriate to pursue damages by filing an employment discrimination lawsuit.

Hire an Employment Discrimination Lawyer in San Diego

Most workers and professionals hope to be judged on the quality of their work performance, not on an aspect of their identities or personal life circumstances. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees against discrimination based on their membership in a protected class. Our lawyers may be able to represent you in a employment discrimination lawsuit if you were treated adversely due to your membership in a protected class.

FEHA protects employees on the basis of:

  • Race
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Religion
  • Sex including gender and pregnancy
  • Sexual orientation
  • Marital status
  • Mental and physical disability (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics)
  • Age (40 and above)
  • Denial of Leave for Family, Medical Care or Pregnancy Disability Leave.

All companies are covered by FEHA’s anti-harassment provisions. For example, if you are a company’s sole employee and your boss sexually harassed you, it may be appropriate for our experienced San Diego employment lawyers to pursue a lawsuit for damages.

Consult Our San Diego and Riverside County Lawyers About Employment Law and Personal Injury

Whether you’ve lost your job due to employment discrimination or you were catastrophically injured, you should hire experienced Southern California trial lawyers to fight for your rights. Those in positions of power may not offer you the compensation you need voluntarily. Insurers may try to get rid of your claim by paying a very low sum early in your case before your injuries are fully resolved. You should not accept a settlement until you talk to us about whether you have a case. We tailor our practice to ensure personalized service and provide legal representation on a contingency fee basis. We know you may not be able to meet with us during normal business hours, so we offer both evening, weekend and virtual appointments. If you’re injured, we can also come to you. Call for a free and confidential consultation at (866) 338-7079 or contact us online.

Client Reviews
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Chris, I wish to express my deepest gratitude for the man who changed my opinion of lawyers, forever. Your hard work, your knowledge & expertise, your guidance and your compassionate kindness helped us through the toughest of times and those aspects didn’t go unnoticed. Dave
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If you're looking for an honest, compassionate, realistic lawyer that will fight hard for you then Christopher Walton is your man. He will always return your calls and will never promise you something that he cannot deliver on. In my personal situation Mr. Walton was able to explain the legal process to me with guidance along the way. I am grateful for his support and his hard work on my case. Mr. Walton and his staff are true professionals! Phillip
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I was in a bike accident in 2015, and Chris could not have been a better advocate for myself and for my family. He always emailed and spoke with me on the phone at every step in the process. He let me know my options whenever a decision had to be made, and reassured that the process would take care of it self. He did everything in his power to get the best and largest settlement he could. I now understand and deeply respect everything Chris did for me. Jeffrey
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Chris, you made me feel like you were more than "just my attorney" and that's something I could never repay you. You rarely see that quality in people these days which is why I'm sure you'll always be at the pinnacle of everything you do professionally and personally! John
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