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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers

After suffering injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be feeling stress and pain. However, you may want to consider bringing a personal injury lawsuit to recover the compensation to which you are entitled. At the Law Offices of David M. Boertje, our skillful personal injury lawyers aim for strong outcomes while using the most cost-effective and timely means. We take pride in offering accident victims the personal representation that they deserve. We handle most personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis, which means that you will not need to pay legal fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are often caused by one or more careless drivers. To establish another driver’s negligence, you will need to show that it is more likely than not that the other driver owed you a duty of care, but they failed to drive safely and reasonably, causing the accident and your injuries. California follows a lenient rule of pure comparative fault. This means that you can hold a defendant liable even if you were partly at fault, regardless of the degree to which you were at fault. If our San Diego personal injury attorneys can establish liability, we may be able to obtain compensatory damages, including lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering.

Truck Accidents

Truck accidents can be devastating because of the weight and size of commercial trucks. Often, liability in a truck accident case is complicated. The truck driver may be at fault, but their insurance coverage may not be sufficient to cover the full scope of damages for all of the victims of the truck accident. It is important to examine the various contributing causes to the truck accident. Sometimes the trucking company may have responsibility for negligent hiring, negligent training, or negligent supervision. The truck manufacturer may bear responsibility for a defective part of the truck if it caused the accident. In other situations, a third-party repair company or loader may bear some responsibility for a truck accident. It is important to hire an attorney who understands the different potential causes of a truck accident, and who knows how to hold various responsible parties accountable.

Motorcycle Accidents

There is no buffer between a motorcyclist and the road or another vehicle. Often, motorcyclists experience catastrophic or even fatal injuries if they get into an accident. California’s motorcycle laws are different from those in other states. You must wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle in California. However, many motorcyclists carefully follow the helmet rule and other safety laws, only to be struck by a careless driver. Many motorcycle accidents happen at intersections when drivers fail to notice a motorcycle in their vicinity. A personal injury attorney in the San Diego area can hold them accountable for failing to pay attention to their surroundings.

Bicycle Accidents

Drivers also may fail to notice bicyclists on the road. Accidents involving a bicycle and a larger vehicle can result in serious injuries, even if both vehicles were traveling at slow speeds. In order to recover damages after suffering injuries in a bicycle accident, you will likely need to establish the negligence of a driver. However, it is important to look at any other conduct that may have contributed to the accident. For example, a bicycle accident could have resulted in part from an improperly maintained road or street sign. In that case, it might be appropriate to sue the owner of the road, whether that is the government or a private entity.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents can happen for many different reasons. When they occur, the injuries to the pedestrian may be catastrophic or fatal, even if the driver of the larger vehicle walks away without a scratch. A pedestrian accident may be a result of a driver’s failure to signal while turning, a failure to obey traffic signs, a failure to obey the speed limit, a failure to yield the right of way, or driving under the influence. One of the most common reasons for a pedestrian accident is a failure to yield. Under California Vehicle Code section 21960, a driver should yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a marked crosswalk or at an intersection. Our San Diego personal injury lawyers can help a victim gather evidence to prove their claim.

Wrongful Death

In California, a wrongful death is a death that happens as a result of another party’s wrongful act or negligence. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil claim brought by a decedent’s survivors or the personal representative of the decedent’s estate. You can bring a wrongful death lawsuit even if a criminal case is pending, and even if the person who caused your loved one’s death has been acquitted. Generally, the burden of proof is lower in civil cases than it is in criminal cases, which means that you may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit, even if the prosecutor was not able to establish guilt in a homicide or other case.

Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be catastrophic. They may be caused by motor vehicle accidents, dangerous property conditions, or defective products. Sometimes a person seems fine after an accident, but head trauma is discovered weeks or months later. Symptoms of brain injuries can include changes to personality, concentration, memory, emotion, or behavior. If you suffer brain injuries as a result of another person’s negligence or misconduct, a personal injury lawyer in the San Diego area may be able to help you recover compensatory damages.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries may be considered complete, meaning that they cause complete paralysis, or incomplete, meaning that they cause partial paralysis. If you suffer spinal cord injuries, you may need medical care and personal assistance for the remainder of your life. Most people do not have enough saved up in case of spinal cord injuries. You may be able to hold accountable anyone whose negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct caused your spinal cord injuries. Often, it is necessary to hire experts to establish liability and the scope of your damages. For example, we may need to hire a vocational rehabilitation expert to testify about your need for future care and treatment and your lost earning capacity. We may need to hire an economist to discuss future lost earnings.

Burn Injuries

Burn injuries can be caused by many different kinds of accidents. They may be results of car fires, building fires, flammable liquids, gas explosions, defective products, chemical burns, or hot liquids. Often, burns are excruciatingly painful. Burn victims may need to go through expensive skin grafting procedures to fix the damage. If your burn injuries were caused by the fault of another party, you may be entitled to recover damages for past and future medical costs, lost income, lost earning capacity, disfigurement, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.

Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in the San Diego Area

If you suffer injuries due to someone else’s fault, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages. At the Law Offices of David M. Boertje, we represent accident victims in communities such as San Diego, Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Encinitas, Escondido, La Jolla, Oceanside, San Marcos, and Vista. Call us at (888) 476-0901 or contact us via our online form to set up a free consultation.

Meet the Attorneys
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David M. Boertje

David M. Boertje is dedicated to pursuing maximum compensation for victims of serious car crashes and other accidents.

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Bryan E. Mortlock, Esq.

Bryan fights for the rights of people who have suffered brain trauma, spinal cord injuries, and other catastrophic injuries.

Client Reviews
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“Brian is a great lawyer. He is compassionate and kind and truly cares about his clients and their situations. If you are with him, you are in good hands as he will do everything he can to help you!” Jennifer
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“We were in a very difficult situation with a car accident. Many attorneys wouldn’t take my case. Bryan worked with my family and helped us through a difficult situation. He kept me informed and let my family know how things were progressing. In the unfortunate event I have to call an attorney, I will only call Bryan Mortlock.” Aaron
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“David is honest and conscientious. I’ve known him and worked with David and his staff for several years, and trust him, implicitly. He’s also an excellent trial attorney, and truly cares about his clients. Very hard working, and has an excellent support staff. If I ever needed assistance, David is the first person I would call.” Steven
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“Mr. Boertje was extremely helpful in one of the most trying times in my life. He was kind, understanding, professional and effective in getting my case resolved. I would highly recommend retaining him. Any time I had questions or concerns, he was very quick to answer and honest about what the outcome might be. I know if I ever had a case again, I would not hesitate to hire him.” Aaron
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