Experienced California Personal Injury and Disability Lawyers
The attorneys at Drake & Drake in Calabasas travel throughout southern California and statewide to help people who have been injured or disabled, or who have lost a loved due to the negligence or misconduct of another. Injury victims and their families are often left with significant expenses in terms of medical bills, lost income, and the pain and suffering which comes with a serious injury or loss of a loved one. Justice demands that the responsible parties be held accountable for their actions or negligence, and that accident victims not be forced to bear the burden of the expenses and losses which have been forced upon them. At Drake & Drake, we strive to help injury victims and their loved ones heal to the fullest extent possible by securing for them the disability benefits and compensation they deserve.
Read on to learn more about how we can help you with your legal needs, and give us a call at 818-914-4055 to speak with one of our attorneys.
Experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys for SSD/SSI Benefits
If you have become disabled from working due to an accident or illness, or if you have a developmental disability that prevents you from working, you may be entitled to government benefits from Social Security, through either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. In order to get these benefits, you must first apply for them, and the Social Security Administration applies very strict rules in evaluating applications and deciding whether to approve an applicant for benefits. In fact, the vast majority of applications for benefits are turned down by Social Security, often due to inaccurate or incomplete applications, or the failure to fully and properly document one’s eligibility.
The attorneys at Drake & Drake can help. Let us evaluate your eligibility and help you through the initial application process so that your benefits are not denied due to a technical error. If your application is wrongfully denied, we can represent you through the various stages of hearings and appeals that are often necessary to ultimately secure your benefits. Our fee is set as a percentage of the benefits you receive, and we do not charge any legal fee unless and until we are successful for you.
Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
Whether entering a facility for a temporary period of rehabilitation or long-term care, when we place a loved one in a nursing home we expect them to be treated with the appropriate degree of medical care and attention along with opportunities for social interaction and personal independence with dignity and respect. Far too often, unfortunately, facilities fail to provide care to an acceptable standard, with results ranging from bedsores and fractures to life-threatening illnesses, as well as physical and emotional or psychological abuse.
Of the 328 nursing homes in Los Angeles County reviewed by Medicare for health inspections, staffing levels and other quality measures, more than one-third are rated below average, with more than one in ten listed as much below average. Even if you selected a well-rated facility for your loved one, given the high rate of turnover, overcrowding and lack of qualified staff common in this field, it is still possible that your beloved family member may become the victim of abuse or neglect while in the nursing home. California attorneys Roger Drake and Erika Drake have dedicated their legal careers to helping protect the neediest and most vulnerable members of society. Our lawyers act swiftly to put an immediate stop to any abuse or neglect, hold individuals and institutions accountable for their actions or negligence, and obtain justice and compensation for residents and their families.
A fully-loaded tractor-trailer is more than ten times heavier than the average passenger vehicle, and several times larger. Collisions with tractor-trailers can be disastrous to the occupants of smaller, lighter automobiles. Despite these dangers, truck drivers routinely stay behind the wheel longer than federal trucking safety regulations allow, leading to fatigued driving and inattention, or even falling asleep at the wheel. Truck safety inspections continually find trucks operating with worn-out or out-of-adjustment brakes, bad tires and other serious safety issues. Trucking companies are responsible to maintain their fleet in a safe condition and ensure that their drivers are properly trained, and that trucks are properly loaded for safe transportation.
Because the damage in an auto-truck collision is often so serious, truck accident cases are often very complicated and vigorously defended by the trucking companies and their insurance carriers. We fight to hold truck drivers accountable for accidents caused by reckless or aggressive driving, and hold trucking companies responsible for negligently maintaining their trucks in a dangerous condition.
In the tragic event where another’s negligence or wrongful conduct takes the life of a loved one, California law allows surviving family members to recover compensation for funeral and burial expenses, as well as the loss of financial support or household services, and the companionship and guidance the deceased would have provided. While no amount of money can fully compensate for the loss of a loved one, we strive to maximize recovery to bring a sense of closure and justice and help grieving families meet the heavy financial and emotional burdens which have been placed on them.
Call Today for Immediate Assistance with a California Injury or Disability Claim
For assistance with a claim for disability benefits, or to seek compensation in a case of personal injury or wrongful death in southern California or statewide, call Drake & Drake at 818-914-4055.