Highly Experienced Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyers Representing Injured Accident Victims and Their Families — Over $100 Million Won for Our Clients
Personal Injury At the Law Offices of Gary K. Walch, A Law Corporation, our team of personal injury and wrongful death lawyers has over 43 years of experience assisting many thousands of Southern California residents with seeking the compensation that they need after suffering injuries in an accident or collision. We take pride in providing aggressive and expert legal counsel to obtain the best settlement possible, and we also offer assistance with the following:
- Medical care and medical specialists, including doctors, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, pain management specialists, chiropractors, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, scans (MRI, CT and X-Rays), etc.
- Property damage settlements including repair, total loss and diminution in value
- Rental cars and loan cars
- Medications and other prescriptions
- Monetary advances and loans, often with the assistance of a client funding company
- Transportation to and from your doctor and physical therapist when appropriate, and
- Assistance with all of the many other issues that may arise in the aftermath of an injury accident.
Since our Calabasas and Woodland Hills personal injury lawyers have represented victims of many types of accidents in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, Kern, Orange, and Ventura Counties and throughout the state, we are sensitive to the pain and stress, including huge hospital and medical bills with loss of wages, that an accident can cause for victims and their families.
Our expertise, knowledge, caring and personal service are unmatched and include:
- Over 43 years of experience winning thousands and thousands of wrongful death, catastrophic injury and other personal injury accident claims
- Over 95% success rate*
- Winning over $100 million for our clients
- Personal Injury Attorney of Year – 2010, 2014 and 2017**
- Personal Injury Law Office of Year – 2011, 2014 and 2017**
- Selected as Best Car Accident Attorneys in Los Angeles, 2017 , by Expertise
- Served as Chairperson of Civil Litigation-Tort Section, Westwood Bar Association
- Served as Arbitrator, Los Angeles Superior Court
- Graduate of UCLA School of Law, 1975
- Graduated UCLA Summa cum laude (with highest honors) and Phi Beta Kappa (nation’s oldest academic honor society)
- FREE consultation and NO fee on injury accident cases until you WIN!
Devastating, potentially life-changing accidents and car collisions, some causing fatalities with wrongful death claims, can occur in virtually any situation, such as:
- Motor vehicle collisions, involving cars, trucks or motorcycles
- Accidents involving public transportation vehicles like buses and trains
- Uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) claims
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Forklift and lift truck accidents
- Slip and falls and trip and fall accidents
- Dog bites and dog attacks
- Amusement park accidents
- Burn and electric shock
- Ladder accidents
- Job-related accidents that may give rise to a workers’ compensation claim.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, senior partners Gary and Robert Walch are familiar with the issues that apply to each of these specific types of cases in California. We can promptly investigate your case, gather evidence on your behalf, and advocate for you during settlement negotiations, mediation, arbitration and, when needed, at trial. Our law firm is exclusively dedicated to pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases, and we have recovered over $100 million for our clients in settlements and verdicts. We have a success rate of over 95 percent, and we do not charge any fees unless we get compensation for you. We work on a contingency fee on injury accident cases and our consultation is absolutely FREE!Car Accidents
To recover compensation after a car accident , you must show that the driver who caused your injuries failed to use appropriate care at the time of the collision and that your injuries resulted directly from this failure of using due care. This failure to use due care or reasonable care is called negligence. There are many ways that car accidents can occur, such as rear-end collisions, left-turn accidents, side-impact or T-bone collisions and U-turn accidents.
Our personal injury attorneys can help Woodland Hills residents and other victims in Southern California identify who was responsible for causing the collision and pursue compensation from that person or entity, usually via the responsible party’s insurance company. This often includes hospital and other medical expenses; nursing care; prescriptions and other medications; lost wages, income and loss of earning capacity; pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life activities; reduced quality of life; property damage including for repairs, total loss and diminution in property value; and the costs of future care and treatment. There is a limited time within which a victim can bring a claim, known as the statute of limitations, and it is also important to take action promptly so that critical evidence does not disappear and to comply with time requirements and conditions set forth in various insurance policies and also the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including timely filing the DMV SR 1 form.
In some situations, an uninsured motorist (UM) or underinsured driver (UIM) causes a serious accident. When this happens, an experienced car accident lawyer can help a victim in settlement negotiations with his or her own insurance company under the uninsured or underinsured motorist provisions of their policy. It may seem that your insurer should be cooperative because of your own insurance policy or contract for insurance with your own insurance company, but, in fact, insurers often fight these claims tenaciously, standing in the shoes of the at-fault driver. Unfortunately, too often your own car insurance company is not there to help you, but still trying to save money, lower settlements and make a big profit. Legal representation is just as important in these situations as when you are making a claim against the driver and owner of the other vehicle and their car insurer.Truck Accidents
Truck accidents cause some of the most catastrophic injuries, including fatalities resulting in wrongful death accident claims. This is not surprising, considering the massive size and weight of these vehicles. What may be surprising is how often commercial drivers and trucking companies fail to operate, inspect and maintain their vehicles safely and follow federal and state regulations. Like someone injured in a car crash, a truck accident victim would try to show that the other driver, often referred to as the defendant, did not operate their truck in the way that a reasonably prudent driver would have operated it or did not properly inspect and maintain it.
Truck drivers are required to complete substantial training and certification requirements, and they must perform routine inspections of their vehicles before driving each day. They also need to obey hours of service rules that are designed to prevent crashes caused by truck driver fatigue, but the pressure to meet deadlines often leads to violations with catastrophic collisions. Our Woodland Hills personal injury lawyers can help you hold a driver or a trucking company accountable for violating regulations, procedures and laws and all resulting injuries and damages for truck collisions that occur anywhere in California.
California law also recognizes a doctrine called vicarious liability, which holds employers liable for the careless acts that their employees, including their truck drivers, commit during the course and scope of their employment. This allows a claimant and the victim’s family in a wrongful death truck accident case to bring a claim against a careless truck driver’s employer as well, even if the trucking company was not careless or negligent itself. Of course, if a trucking company fails to act with due care in hiring and supervising employees, or if it fails to perform appropriate inspections and maintenance on its vehicles, it can be held directly liable for a collision accident and all resulting injuries and damages.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle riders often suffer some of the most catastrophic injuries of any type of motor vehicle accident. Motorcycles are a common sight on freeways and other roads in Southern California. Unfortunately, riders are exposed to the elements, including wet slippery roads when it rains, and essentially are unprotected from the severe impact of a car or truck that collides with them. This means that motorcyclists often suffer devastating injuries, such as brain injuries (sometimes called traumatic brain injury or TBI), paralysis, amputations, fractures, lacerations and burns, and sometimes even fatalities resulting in wrongful death cases, so they and their families may need a substantial amount of compensation for their resulting hospital and other medical expenses, nursing care, future medical costs, and lost income, including loss of future earning capacity.
Other drivers and their insurers sometimes argue that a motorcyclist acted carelessly in causing the crash or collision, especially because the loud noise associated with many motorcycles often makes witnesses believe the motorcycle is traveling faster than it really is, but a thorough investigation of the accident scene by expert attorneys and their investigators often can defeat this argument. While helmets are required to, among other things, try to prevent head and brain (TBI) injuries, sometimes a helmet is not available and assistance from an expert lawyer is needed. Moreover, even when a rider was partly at fault, the pure comparative negligence rule in California allows them to recover compensation that is proportionate to the other driver’s responsibility for causing the motorcycle accident or collision. Working out the proper percentage of comparative negligence requires the assistance of an expert motorcycle accident attorney.Bicycle (Bike) Accidents
Los Angeles County and neighboring counties such as San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Ventura are favorable areas for recreational bicycling activities. However, there are many safety risks involved for bike riders. For example, some car and truck drivers may fail to yield the right of way or fail to check a blind spot and hit a bicycle rider. When a car, truck or other vehicle collides with a bicyclist, the outcome can be devastating and sometimes even fatal for the victim resulting in a wrongful death case. Cars and other vehicles, made of steel and other very hard metals, weigh thousands of pounds, so when they collide with an unprotected bicycle rider, the results can be disastrous, with catastrophic injuries and sometimes even fatalities resulting in wrongful death accident claims.
If you have been injured in a bicycle accident , or a family member killed resulting in a wrongful death claim, you can bring a personal injury action against a driver, the driver’s employer at the time and vehicle owner to recover monetary compensation. Some of the most common reasons why drivers collide with cyclists include distracted driving, failure to pay attention, fatigue, drunk driving and speeding. Since bicyclists can be difficult to see, drivers must stay alert to their surroundings when making right turns, entering crosswalks or when traveling near driveways or on roads that have bike lanes. Bicyclists should also use due care, including to wear white or light colored clothing and have lights and reflectors when riding at night, use helmets and comply with the rules of the road.
In some cases, a driver will argue that a bicyclist’s own comparative negligence contributed to the accident. However, even if the bike rider did something careless or unsafe, it is NOT a complete bar to any recovery. Rather, under California’s pure comparative negligence rule, a bicyclist may still obtain an amount of compensation that is proportionate to the other driver’s degree of fault. In such situations, it is very important to have the assistance of an expert bicycle personal injury attorney to negotiate the best and lowest possible percentage of comparative negligence to increase the settlement recovery.