Orange County Personal Injury and Auto Accident Lawyers
Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Inc. - Auto Accident Lawyer4400 MacArthur Boulevard
Newport Beach, California 92660
(949) 752-7474 or(888) 752-7474
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Law Firm Overview FREE CONSULTATIONAllen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie Inc. has been handling auto accident claims in Orange County and throughout California since 1974. Our attorneys have a collective experience of 115 years, and each lawyer has tried and settled hundreds of personal injury cases. One of our objectives and goals is to make sure that each and every auto accident collision case is handled to the best of our ability by early investigation and structure of liability and damages.
Most attorneys wait for auto accident investigation until after the case has hit a bump in the road. We, at no charge to the client, believe that an auto accident case can be won at the early stages of lawyer involvement by excellent accident investigation and applying excellent lawyer skills on every auto accident case uniquely. We do not rely solely on the accident investigation conducted by the police or the client version of how the accident occurred. Instead, we do everything in our power to marshal every piece of evidence to support our version of the auto accident. We feel every lawyer should do the same.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Dog Bites
Areas of Law Description
Our areas of practice include:
- Auto Accidents
We know that you or someone you know will someday truly need a personal injury or auto accident attorney. Some people simply do not want to hassle handling their own case. When you do need such an attorney, we hope you will think of our attorneys because of the time and effort we spent advising Orange County and California citizens of their rights. If you are hurt and need medical attention, an experienced attorney can help you select doctors who specialize in accidents or certain common injuries.
- Truck Accidents
Trucks cause severe damage and injuries far greater than auto vs. auto accident because of their mass. An impact by a truck upon a car causes great damage to the car even at lower speeds. Cars are easily manipulated by an impact from a truck pushing the car off to the side like a pinball, or in front or under the truck. Trucking companies and their insurers are aware of the damage they cause. Therefore they have set up elaborate investigative and damage assessment teams to defend themselves against accident damages. Therefore it is of absolute necessity that an experienced attorney in truck litigation represents the victim.
- Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents require special investigation. Many witnesses have hidden agenda and bias toward motorcyclists and therefore do not try to aid when rendering opinions about accidents. Witnesses are not good perceivers of speed and distance. Since a motorcycle is smaller than a car, the witness typically overestimates speed greatly. A number of witnesses are also simply anti-motorcycle, having been cut off by one in the past, or irritated when they lane split, which is legal but aggravating. Also motorcyclists are more severely hurt when involved in an accident than many auto accident victims. Please let us help you through this complicated process to success.
- Bicycle Collision
Defined as vehicle operators under California law, bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers. Despite this legal status, cycling varies significantly from driving, and riders face risks distinct to the activity: construction sites, roadway debris, car doors suddenly swinging open into bike lanes, and other obstacles to safely navigating city streets. We are bicyclists in the firm and also represent athletes and casual cyclists when injured in an accident. We have represented many cyclists after accidents with their physical and financial recovery and we can help you.
- Pedestrian Rights
Pedestrian accidents often result in serious or fatal injuries mainly due to the high vulnerability of pedestrians. You must know your rights and hire qualified attorneys and experts to advocate those rights. Hiring an expert early is imperative to wining your claim for compensation. We locate an appropriate expert for you. Cities are also not doing enough to improve sidewalks, curbs, gutters, or pedestrian lighting to make areas safer for pedestrians. We have an extensive success record against cities and municipalities who do not protect their citizens.
- Wrongful Death
Spouses and children of lost loved ones are frequently left with little or no financial support and have lost their loving life partner or parent. It takes a careful and thoughtful approach to these claims, by a competent lawyer or attorney, experienced in such claims. Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie has handled a number of wrongful death claims with outstanding results. We would like the opportunity to aid you or your loved ones as well. Proof of the physical and emotional loss of love, support, companionship, and care, particularly to a spouse or young child who has lost their parent, requires a thoughtful approach.
- Other Practice Areas
The practice was established in 1974 and has been located in Newport Beach since inception. We provide exceptional service whether assisting injured victims, performing estate planning, or advising on business transactions and mergers. Our law firm also handles the following matters:
* Business Disputes & Litigation
We offer our business clients a unique mix of transactional and litigation support. Our litigation and transactional team has had numerous documented successes in representing and defending businesses without unnecessary legal expenses that defeat the purpose of the action. With over 70 years of combined transactional history and experience, our business advice and assistance can be helpful in the forward planning and dispute resolution in the following areas:
Contract negotiation and execution
Corporate structure and compliance
Partnership agreements, incorporations, and LLC creations
Merger and acquisition negotiation and transactional documentation
Prosecution and defense of business disputes
Business plan development and assistance
* Dog Bites
Dog bites are sometimes the worst of injuries. Usually they cause significant skin damage and require extensive plastic or reconstructive surgery. Many victims of dog bites suffer from residual fear of animals and cannot cope well after a dog has mauled them. Many attacks are unprovoked, leaving the victim feeling that such an attack will occur again. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the handling of dog bite cases. We can help you locate the best plastic surgeon to reconstruct the damaged area of your body.
* Insurance Bad Faith
Under California law, when your insurance company breaches its duties under its insurance policy, it may be liable for the tort of bad faith. A jury may award compensatory and, in certain cases, punitive damages as a result of the mishandling of insurance claims. A promise of good faith and fair dealing is implied in every insurance policy. This is a duty beyond mere payment of the loss claimed under the policy.
* Product Liability
Most states follow generally accepted product liability law, with a few exceptions. Actions include negligent manufacture or distribution of a dangerous product, strict liability if the product has a defect in its design or manufacture, or breach of warranty. Punitive damages can be awarded if the manufacturer knew of the dangerous product and refused to take steps to warn or protect the consumer.
* Slip/Trip & Fall
In all slip/trip and falls, it is crucial that we immediately document the condition where you fell. If the condition is repaired or changed before you take pictures or before we can send an expert to the scene, evidence will be lost. You would be surprised at the refusal of jurors to take your word as to a condition on the premises if it is only based upon your memory. Trials on such evidence are difficult to win without proof of the severity of the condition. So get us on the case early.
* Wills & Trusts
Trusts are a valuable and necessary planning tool to protect your family, your assets, and dictate your wishes after you are gone. Unfortunately, and all too often, we wait too long to do this important work, forcing the estate into an expensive probate, costly payment of estate taxes, and other calamities. It is not unusual to see an estate shrink to one-half the size because of poor estate planning. A will has certain limitations as well. Many people think a will is all the direction required to dispose of your estate. Unfortunately a will is only instructions to the probate court. It does not offer an alternative to court.
Mr. Robert F. Allen, Jr.
Bad Faith Insurance, Product Liability, Truck Accident
Mr. James E. Ballidis
Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Motor Vehicle Accidents
Mr. John C. Flatt
Business Litigation, Estate Planning, Motor Vehicle Accidents
Ms. Suzanne Boyer Leslie
Motor Vehicle Accidents
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