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Dos and Don’ts of Social Media After an Injury

By Bicycle Accident, Brain Injury (TBI), Burn Injury, Car Accident, Catastrophic Injury, Dog Bite, E-Bikes and E-Scooters, Motorcycle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Product Liability, Public Entity, Slip or Trip and Fall, Truck Accident

In today’s digital age, social media is a prevalent aspect of our lives, offering a platform to share our experiences, thoughts, and even challenges. However, after an injury, what you post on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly Twitter), Threads, TikTok, and Linkedin can potentially affect your legal case. Navigating the delicate balance of staying connected with your online community while safeguarding your personal injury case requires careful consideration. Let us delve into the dos and don’ts to ensure your social media activity supports, rather than undermines, your legal journey.

Dos:

  1. Consult with Your Attorney: Before posting pictures of the accident scene, consult with your personal injury attorney. They can provide guidance on whether it is advisable and how it may impact your case.
  2. Limit Accident Scene Details: If you choose to share pictures, limit the details to those that are relevant to your case. Avoid sharing unnecessary or potentially damaging information.
  3. Update Loved Ones Privately: If you want to reassure friends and family about your well-being, consider sending private messages or making personal calls instead of posting a public update.
  4. Coordinate with Legal Strategy: Ensure that any posts align with your legal strategy and the information you have shared with your attorney. Consistency in messaging is crucial.
  5. Express Gratitude for Support: If you receive well-wishes or support on social media, consider expressing gratitude in a general and positive manner without divulging too much detail.
  6. Consider Temporarily Deactivating: In the aftermath, consider temporarily deactivating your social media accounts to prevent unintended consequences.

Don’ts:

  1. Discuss Fault or Blame: Avoid making statements about fault or blame in the accident. Such statements can be used against you during legal proceedings.
  2. Downplay Injuries: Refrain from downplaying injuries, even if you feel fine. Injuries may manifest later, and statements suggesting otherwise could be used against you.
  3. Provide Detailed Medical Updates: Avoid sharing detailed medical updates, treatments, or specifics about your health. Keep this information private and discuss it with your healthcare providers and attorney.
  4. Accepting Blame: Never accept blame or admit fault for the accident on social media. This can have serious implications for your personal injury case.
  5. Exaggerate Injuries: While downplaying injuries is not advisable, exaggerating them can also be detrimental. Stick to factual information and discuss the severity with your healthcare providers.
  6. Don’t Accept New Friend Requests: Be cautious about accepting new friend requests or follower requests during this sensitive time. You never know who might be watching.

Why Choose Fielding Law for Your Legal Journey?

Navigating the aftermath of an injury requires more than just legal expertise; it demands compassion and a personalized approach. At Fielding Law, our empathetic team combines caring support with unwavering legal capability. We prioritize your unique needs, ensuring you receive the guidance and advocacy necessary for a successful legal journey. With Fielding Law, you are not just a case; you are a valued individual deserving of personalized attention. Contact us at 833.88.SHARK and experience the Fielding Law difference.

Remember, the impact of social media on personal injury cases is significant. It is crucial to approach your online presence with caution and consider the potential consequences.

Injured rollerblader

Rollerblader’s Triumph: Secured $2M Verdict for Injured Rollerblader

By Personal Injury, Public Entity

Los Angeles Superior Court Case No.: 22STCV06392

In a notable victory against the City of Los Angeles, Fielding Law secured a $2 million verdict for an injured rollerblader, Lahra Welch. The hazardous condition, exacerbated by shadows and lack of warnings, led to a six-day trial resulting in a favorable jury verdict.

The Case Details:

In Lahra Welch’s battle against the City of Los Angeles, we faced a unique challenge. Rollerblading down her neighborhood, Lahra tripped over hidden asphalt, causing serious injuries. The six-day trial, overseen by Honorable Michael Levanas, highlighted the complexities of proving fault and the extent of damages. Represented by the Law Office of Maximilian Lee and Fielding Law, APC, Lahra resiliently contested a 17% contributory negligence claim. After two days of deliberation, the jury delivered a hefty $2,000,000 gross verdict. Despite a contributory negligence percentage, Lahra secured a $1,660,000 net verdict, emphasizing non-economic damages. Fielding Law‘s dedication to navigating challenges ensured Lahra received just compensation.

Attorneys:

  • Plaintiff’s Attorney:
    • Law Office of Maximilian Lee by Maximilian Lee, Santa Ana, California
    • Fielding Law, APC Attorneys: Clark Fielding and Ryan Cooper, Irvine, California
  • Defendant’s Attorneys:
    • Office of the Los Angeles City Attorney by Karen Woodward, Michael Zuckerman, and Lilya Dishchyan, Los Angeles.

Experts:

  • Plaintiff’s Medical Experts: Matthew Enna, M.D., Garrison Whitaker, M.D., Jennifer Hertz, M.D.
  • Defendant’s Medical Expert: Ross Nathan, M.D.
  • Plaintiff’s Technical Expert: Gary Gsell, municipal infrastructure.
  • Defendant’s Technical Experts: Mark Blanchette, Ph.D., Henricus “Harm” Jansen, accident reconstruction.

Facts and Background:

Lahra Welch, on February 15, 2021, suffered injuries while rollerblading due to raised asphalt in a residential street. Shadows and lack of warnings contributed to the accident. Plaintiff contended that the City of Los Angeles was aware of the danger, while the defense argued it was a minor bump and the city lacked knowledge.

Injuries and Damages:

  • Physical Injuries: Broken left ulna and distal radius, post-surgery osteoarthritis, complex regional pain syndrome.
  • Emotional Damages: Distress, disfigurement, mental harm, inconvenience, anxiety.

Demands and Offers:

  • Plaintiff’s §998 Demand: $1,000,000
  • Defendant’s Offer during Trial: Verbally offered $100,000 on the first day of trial.

Why Hire Fielding Law?

Navigating a case against a public entity, such as the City of Los Angeles in Lahra Welch’s situation, requires a skilled legal team. Public entity claims involve seeking compensation for injuries caused by the negligence of government entities. It is crucial to note that these claims have different procedures and timelines than typical personal injury cases. In California and Arizona, where Fielding Law operates, public entity claims often have shorter statutes of limitations. Without an attorney well-versed in these nuances, victims may face challenges in pursuing their rightful compensation. Fielding Law, with expertise in public entity claims, successfully advocated for Lahra Welch, highlighting the importance of having seasoned attorneys on your side when dealing with such cases.

At Fielding Law, we navigate complexities with care and capability. Our client-focused approach ensures transparent communication and expert guidance. Trust us to champion your rights. Call 833.88.SHARK for a free legal consultation.

Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury

Do You Know the Statute of Limitations for Your Personal Injury Claim?

By Car Accident, Dog Bite, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Public Entity, Slip or Trip and Fall

In the aftermath of an injury, understanding the timeframe for taking legal action is crucial. The statute of limitations varies for different personal injury claims, and being aware of these deadlines is essential for protecting your rights. At Fielding Law, we empathize with the challenges you face, and our dedicated team is here to guide you through the complexities of personal injury law.

What is a Statute of Limitations?

At Fielding Law, we understand the significance of statutes of limitations in personal injury cases, ranging from car accidents to slip and falls, public entity incidents, dog bites, pedestrian accidents, bus accidents, and train accidents. It is essentially a legal timeframe dictating when individuals must file a lawsuit or claim after experiencing harm. These time limits vary by case type and jurisdiction. Failing to initiate legal proceedings within the specified timeframe could jeopardize your right to seek compensation. That is why it is crucial to consult with our experienced attorneys promptly. We ensure you are aware of and adhere to these deadlines, protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case. Do not let time run out on your opportunity for justice – call Fielding Law at 833.88.SHARK for guidance.

Exploring Statute of Limitations:

  1. Car Accidents:
    • California: 2 years
    • Arizona: 2 years
  2. Slip and Fall:
    • California: 2 years
    • Arizona: 2 years
  3. Public Entity Claims:
    • California: 6 months (Notice of Claim), 2 years (Filing Lawsuit)
    • Arizona: 180 days (Notice of Claim), 1 year (Filing Lawsuit)
  4. Dog Bite:
    • California: 2 years
    • Arizona: 1 year
  5. Pedestrian Accident:
    • California: 2 years
    • Arizona: 2 years
  6. Bus Accident:
    • California: 6 months (Notice of Claim), 2 years (Filing Lawsuit)
    • Arizona: 180 days (Notice of Claim), 1 year (Filing Lawsuit)
  7. Train Accident:
    • California: 6 months (Notice of Claim), 2 years (Filing Lawsuit)
    • Arizona: 180 days (Notice of Claim), 1 year (Filing Lawsuit)

Why Hire Fielding Law?

Navigating the legal landscape can be daunting, especially when time constraints are involved. At Fielding Law, we offer compassionate support and a wealth of legal expertise. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring you meet crucial deadlines and receive the compensation you deserve. Do not let time slip away – contact us at 833.88.SHARK for a free legal consultation 24/7. Your well-being is our priority, and we are here to help you every step of the way.