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Third Annual LATLC Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway Was a Huge Success

On Sunday, December 9, the 3rd Annual Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway, a local event to help families in need during the holiday season, was a tremendous success, with nearly 500 turkeys and almost 500,000 toys given away.

The Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway was an all-day event at the Broadway Corridor and the New Prospect Baptist Church, 10910 South Broadway in Los Angeles. Approximately 2,500 guests attended.

Andy Ellis of the Ellis Law Corporation is a board member of LATLC, which put on the event. More than 100 trial lawyer volunteers distributed the turkey dinners and toys on December 9, joining with California elected officials at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as community leaders.

Many partners came together for a glorious day of giving!

LATLC also partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department South East Division, the Los Angeles Fire Department, and the Los Angeles City Council 8th District, as well as Councilperson Marqueece Dawson-Williams and Pastor E.L. Williams of the New Prospect Baptist Church.

All worked to make the Holiday Turkey & Toy Giveaway a special day in the community.


Building on a festive tradition

The event this year builds on a tradition begun by LATLC in 2016. Past President Minh Nguyen and Honorary Board of Governors Member PJ Javaheri formed a committee and partnerships that kicked off the event that year and have continued it every year since.

Check out some more photos of the fun below!

Winter Storm Diego Turns Deadly

Flooded road in San Mateo County, California February 2017Just as we started to rebound from hellish wildfires, Californians are hit with winter storm Diego’s heavy rain and snowfall, causing mudslides, rock slides, plane crashes, overturned motor vehicles, and deadly devastation. During these freakish events of Mother Nature, we rely upon our local governments, transportation companies, and disaster relief crews to protect us from undue harm. If there was a breach of duty somewhere, rest assured we know about it!

The Los Angeles attorneys at Ellis Injury Law Firm are standing by to assist people who have been harmed by weather-related damage where negligence may be a factor. The cross-country storm is predicted to go into early next week, so we remain on heightened alert for developing news stories in Southern California.

Thursday Weather-Related Incidents in California

  • One person was killed yesterday after a motor vehicle flipped on I-5 during rainy conditions in Burbank.
  • A Southwest Airlines plane carrying 112 passengers and five crew members skidded to a sudden stop off the rain-soaked runway during the torrential downpour yesterday, with no immediate injuries reported.
  • Grapevine’s Frazier Park area was under a snowfall warning.
  • Flash floods impacted Hart Park in OC.
  • Cars were trapped by mudslides in the Sepulveda Basin.
  • Thunderstorms hit the Canyon fire area, putting residents on high alert.
  • A mudslide hit 170 East in Victory.
  • There was a 13-vehicle pile-up on the 10 Freeway in Riverside.

Friday’s Winter Storm Diego Developments

  • At 9 last night, heavy rainfall caused a collapsed roof at the Homeroom Hourly Child Care Center in San Diego.
  • A six-vehicle pile-up caused major traffic snarls on Interstate 80 in Berkeley at 11:30 a.m. this morning.
  • Mandatory evacuation orders remain in place for Trabuco Canyon in OC and the Lake Elsinore area east of LA.
  • A debris flow took out a guardrail and a narrow bridge in Trabuco Creek this morning.
  • Crews were still working to clean up the Malibu mudslide, which shut down the Pacific Coast Highway for hours.
  • The flash flood warning for inland OC has been extended.
  • A cross-country skier fell through the ice and was rescued from Roseville Lake last night.
  • The famous P-64 “Culvert Cat” cougar was found dead, with badly burned paws from the Woolsey Fire.

Are Weather-Related Evacuations, Accidents, and Deaths Inevitable in California?

California seems subject to cascading events, with one natural disaster intensifying the next. Are costly and deadly catastrophes like wildfires, floods, and landslides simply in our future? Or can something be done? Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Farshid Vahedifard says it’s up to decision-makers, urban planners, risk analysts, and civil engineers to invest more time and effort in tracking connections between natural disasters under a changing climate. Since 1980, we’ve seen nearly 10,000 deaths related to natural disasters in the United States. What we do know is that deforestation and flooding often happen together. Week-long heatwaves and droughts are linked to wildfires. Early snow and ice melting extends the wildfire season. Temperature fluctuations harm infrastructure like dams and levees. Hurricanes trigger debris flows, landslides, and flooding. Area leaders must be more proactive in their risk assessment of the regions they are in-charge of, investing in infrastructure, denying building permits for vulnerable zones, and promptly evacuating areas under threat.

If you or a loved one were recently involved in an “accident” that seemed preventable, there is no harm in contacting a Los Angeles personal injury attorney to find out if known hazards were left unattended, either directly or indirectly causing your injuries. It costs nothing for your free consultation.

Hundreds of Crashes Occur in Los Angeles Area Due to Heavy Rains

rain on windshieldLast week’s storm system and heavy rains hit southern California hard, causing an extraordinarily high number of traffic accidents. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), an astonishing 365 accidents were reported in Los Angeles County between 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Thursday, November 29, more than four times as many as occur when conditions are not wet.

The high number of accidents were undoubtedly exacerbated by the rain-wet roads, the fact that many residents of the Los Angeles area are not used to driving in heavy rain, and the timing of the storm, which hit during peak commuter hours.

If you crashed during the heavy rains in southern California last week, may sure you take full advantage of the compensation that is owed to you for damages, losses, medical bills and lost work time. Call an experienced LA car accident lawyer at Ellis Law Corporation today!

Truck accidents caused extensive road closings

The CHP and local police issued multiple bulletins throughout the day on Twitter and other social media, reminding drivers that wet conditions don’t cause accidents – how people drive in wet conditions do. Motorists were urged to drive slowly, use their lights and wipers, and be extremely cautious vis-à-vis other drivers.

In addition to rain, the storm also brought higher than normal gusts of wind.

As accidents piled up, including accidents with big rigs, which can extend across lanes, roads closed on the 101, 118 and 134 for periods of time.

Rain Causes Mud Slides in Fire-Ravaged Districts

Throughout California, the rain and wind storm complicated the effects of recent devastating fires. Once land is burned, there is no longer vegetation to hold the land in place, and drenched earth can become a mudslide or flow of debris very easily.

Unfortunately, debris flows and mudslides occurred all over the Southland, trapping motorists and endangering residents. Roads were closed and residents ordered to evacuate in parts of Malibu. Debris flows were reported in Orange and Riverside counties. Schools were closed and residents had to be evacuated.

Mud and debris also were feared to contain potential health problems. State and local health officials urged residents to avoid beach water. Because of the runoff from fire debris and mudslides, the water could be filled with chemicals, bacteria, debris, trash, and other substances dangerous to public health.

A mudslide covered several vehicles in San Bernardino County and caused CHP to close certain portions of Highway 38.

In San Bernardino County’s Forest Falls, vehicles were trapped by a mudslide, prompting the California Highway Patrol to close Highway 38 between Sugar Pine Circle and Valley of the Falls Drive. In the Santa Barbara area, coin-sized hail was reported.

Did You Crash During the Heavy Rains in Los Angeles? Call Ellis Law Corporation

Rain, wind, fire debris, and mudslides caused hundreds of car accidents in our area recently. If you or someone close to you has been involved in one of these accidents in the Los Angeles area, attorneys at Ellis Law Corporation can help. We have been successfully fighting for the rights of people injured in car accidents in southern California for more than 20 years. You can trust in our track record: We win 99% of the cases we take on!

Contact us today for a free appointment at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. “365 accidents reported in 4-hour period during rain-soaked morning commute in SoCal.” ABC7. November 29, 2018.
  2. Associated Press. “The Latest: Mudslide Prompts Evacuation Order in Malibu.” S. News and World Report. November 29, 2018.
  3. Fry, Hannah and Alene Tchekmedyian. “Rain triggers debris flows as storm rolls across fire-scarred regions of California.” Los Angeles Times. November 29, 2018.
  4. Rice, Doyle. “It’s Raining in Los Angeles, and People Are Freaking Out!” November 29, 2018.

Heavy Rains and Mudslides in Southern CA Could Lead to Accidents

Flooded road in San Mateo County, California February 2017A major storm is expected to hit southern California on Thursday and Friday, causing heavy rainfall, mudslides, debris flows and flash flooding in areas that are burn-scarred from recent wildfires. This seriously inclement weather will create hazardous conditions on the roads in and around Los Angeles, and drivers are urged to take extra caution and only get behind the wheel if absolutely necessary. Some roads and bridges in Orange County may become impassable. Gusty winds of up to 50 mph are also expected to make driving difficult, especially for vehicles with high profiles.

The heaviest rainfall is expected late Thursday morning and during the commute home on Thursday evening. In some areas, up to six inches of snow is also expected.

Residents in areas hit by wildfires should also be on the lookout for debris-flow runout, which could be carrying hazardous materials that county and state officials have yet to remove from recently burned-out properties.

If you or a loved one suffer injury or loss due to mudslides, debris flow, floods or motor vehicle accidents during periods of heavy rain in LA, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County or elsewhere in southern California, you may be eligible for monetary compensation. Call Ellis Law Corporation for a free case review!

Mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for areas affected by the Woolsey Fire and Holy Fire, including parts of Riverside County’s Lake Elsinore. Further evacuation orders could be issued in areas like Malibu, where power outages, mudslides and floods are anticipated.

Up to 3 inches of rain is expected in the foothills and areas of high elevation. Some areas where flood warnings have been issued include Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Malibu, Malibu Creek State Park, Woodland Hills, Westlake Village, Calabasas, and Oak Park. According to a National Weather Service statement, “Hourly rainfall rates in stronger showers and isolated thunderstorms could approach one-half to one inch in an hour. This could lead to mudslides and debris flows at recent burn scars.”

Additional resources on LA heavy rains and mudslides:

  1. Daily Breeze,
  2. KABC,

Andrew Ellis Recognized by Best Lawyers® For Fourth Consecutive Year

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California Personal Injury Attorney Andrew Ellis has once again been recognized by Best Lawyers® for 2019. This year marks the fourth consecutive year he’s earned the national distinction. Inclusion on the prestigious The Best Lawyers in America© list is strictly achieved through exhaustive peer-review evaluations only. Mr. Ellis continually strives to be an example of professionalism, success, and an inspiration for the local legal community in El Segundo, California.

What It Means to Be Recognized by Best Lawyers ®

Since 1983, Best Lawyers  has represented one of the most respected referral lists of practicing attorneys in the world. Employing a strict methodology, Best Lawyers aims to capture the consensus opinion of top attorneys regarding the professionalism and skill of their peers within the same practice areas and geographical region. Approximately 7.8 million votes were analyzed for the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Nominees are generally lawyers who have been in private practice for at least 10 years and have a demonstrable legal presence in their communities and practice areas.

Andrew Ellis, California Personal Injury Attorney & Good Samaritan

Andrew Ellis followed in his great-grandfather’s footsteps and began practicing law after serving in the U.S. Army and earning his JD from Loyola University in 1993. His passion for consumer protection yielded early high-value settlements and verdicts that quickly earned him a reputation as a fighter for the common man. His relentless determination and ability to play fair with the competition is a rare combination out in the field.

In his spare time, he raises money for high school music programs and other local causes through the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities. In addition to this most recent distinction, Mr. Ellis is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Super Lawyers®, and has received a “superb” peer review rating through Avvo, the popular legal review marketplace.

Ellis Injury Law Offers Excellent Representation in Southern California

Andrew Ellis is the founder and senior partner of Ellis Law Corporation, a full-service firm focusing on all matters of personal injury, including automobile accidents, slip and fall, elder abuse, police brutality, and product liability. Though much of the firm’s personal injury caseload is concentrated in Los Angeles County, the firm services over 20 locations across the state of California. Contact the firm at 1-800-INJURED for a free consultation with a member of  the team.

Mr. Ellis is honored by the recognition of Best Lawyers for 2019 and looks forward to proving himself worthy of such a distinction.

One Dead in Early Morning Crash at Azusa Gas Station

ambulanceA car slammed violently into gas pumps at an Azusa gas station in the early morning hours Sunday, leaving a passenger dead and the driver in serious but stable condition.

Impact of crash causes car to flip over

The impact of the crash, at a Mobil station along Azusa Avenue just north of the 210 Freeway, flipped the car over. Police suspect the driver of driving under the influence of alcohol. They also indicated he was likely going significantly above the 25 mph speed limit.

The driver was taken to a local hospital. Neither the passenger nor driver, both men in their twenties, were immediately identified. The crash occurred about 2:30 a.m. on November 18.

Local police noted that it was fortunate that the crash didn’t start a fire, observing that the gas pumps emergency shut-off mechanisms likely prevented it.

Determining negligence in a car crash

While police observations in this crash are preliminary, some general observations can be made about negligence in vehicle accidents. Drivers are always responsible for following safety rules and regulations, and for following California state law regarding the operation of a vehicle. These laws include following posted speed limits and driving a vehicle safely.

If a driver does not follow California law and safety rules and regulations, the driver can be found negligent.

Safe operation also requires that drivers not drink alcohol to excess. A driver in California is driving under the influence (DUI) if a test determines that the blood alcohol count (BAC) in question is 0.8% or more.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed by a reckless or drunk driver, The Ellis Law Firm can help. Our attorneys have 20 years of experience litigating and investigation vehicle collisions and car accidents in the Los Angeles area.

Possible causes are in any crash can be complex, but we fight for your rights. Please call today for a complimentary appointment to discuss your case with an experienced southern California car crash attorney. We can be reached at 1-800-INJURED.

Additional Resources:

  1. VIDEO: Car crashes into Azusa gas station, killing 1. November 18, 2018.
  2. Day, Brian. Passenger Killed, Driver Suspected of DUI After Car Smashes into Gas Pump in Azusa. KTLA5. November 18, 2018.

Ellis Injury Law: Proud Sponsor of Golden Dreams Gala 2018

Ellis Injury Law is proud to have been a Silver Fashion Show Sponsor for the Create a Smile foundation’s Golden Dreams Gala fundraising event, which was held on September 22, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Garden Grove, California. Create a Smile is a nonprofit dedicated to helping children with cancer by providing special, one-of-a-kind experiences and gifts. Past experiences have included trips to Disneyland, parties where everyone is a princess, and free iPads.

The main highlight of the Golden Dreams Gala was a special fashion show featuring children in their super-hero outfits. Ellis Law is delighted to have sponsored three “Smile Families” and their children for the fashion show. The firm is thrilled to have been a part of this worthy charity event that celebrates the determination and brave spirit of these young people.

As you can see it the video below, this was an event that fulfilled its promise of creating smiles for every attendee.

Ellis 2018 Create A Smile Golden Dreams Gala A evening worth more than gold! Check out our 2018 Gala! Sponsored in part by Ellis Injury Law.

Founded in 2013 by Shereen Youssef, the Create a Smile Foundation works directly with families and kids throughout Southern California who are suffering from childhood cancers. All funds raised at the Gala’s silent auction will go toward creating smiles and wonderful memories in children who are fighting for their lives.

“Shereen Youssef and her wonderful organization bring balloons, games, costumes and other gifts to children undergoing cancer treatment in the hopes of bringing joy and a sense of normalcy to their days. In my opinion, Create a Smile is one of the best direct hands-on foundations out there, and we are thrilled to support such a noble cause,” said Andrew Ellis, Founder and Senior Partner at Ellis Law.

You can read more about Ellis Injury Law’s participation in this event by clicking here.

Tyler the Creator Totals Tesla in LA Drowsy Driving Crash

emergency vehiclesLate last week, rapper Tyler the Creator dramatically demonstrated the danger of driving while drowsy when he totaled his new Tesla. The crash took place late Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Luckily no one was hurt in the serious crash, but another vehicle also sustained damage.

The 27-year-old rapper, record producer, and music video director, whose given name is Tyler Okonma, crashed his Tesla Model X into a parked car near the campus of UCLA. He reported that he hit the parked car, a Honda CR-V, with such force that it was launched 50 feet down the road. Tyler reported that he left his information for the owner of the Honda. There have been no arrests reported.

Drowsy driving to blame in crash

Shortly after the accident, Tyler posted a since-deleted selfie on Instagram in which he explained that he usually goes to sleep at 10:30 at night and wakes up at 7 a.m. every morning but the night of the crash, he stayed up “super late” to finish working on some music and dozed off for a few seconds while driving home. He noted that he did not have a scratch on him.

Tyler also took the opportunity to credit Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk for his escaping the crash scratch-free, writing, “I calmly jumped out the back and called the people. thanks elon for the excessive airbags u a qt. good day sir,”

Prevalence of drowsy driving accidents

The CDC had identified drowsy driving as a serious risk for drivers’ safety and the safety of others on the road. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s conservative estimates, each year from 2005 to 2009, drowsy drivers caused 83,00 crashes, 37,000 of which involved injuries, and 886 of which involved fatalities. However, it noted that up to 6,000 fatal crashes each year may actually be caused by drowsy drivers.

The problem is common among adults; of those age 18 and older who were surveyed, approximately 1 out of 25 admitted that they had fallen asleep behind the wheel during the past 30 days. Falling asleep of course prevents a driver from navigating. But even driving drowsy can slow reaction time and impair decision-making. Always pull off the road if you experience signs of drowsy driving, like drifting into another lane, missing an exit, or hitting a rumble strip.

Who is responsible for a drowsy driver accident in Southern California

California follows a negligence-based system. This means a driver whose carelessness or recklessness causes your accident will be liable for the damages it causes. The can include the cost of medical bills, lost wages, lost companionship, pain and suffering, and lost property.

If you have been involved in a drowsy driver accident in Southern California, call today to speak with a Los Angeles drowsy driving accident attorney at Ellis Injury Law. We are committed to helping injury victims recover from those responsible. Call today to schedule a free consultation.

Additional drowsy driving resources:

  1. Fox News, Tyler the Creator involved in scary car accident in Los Angeles,
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Drowsy Driving,

LATLC Golf Tournament Raises Money for Charity

andy ellisOn Monday, October 22, 2018, the 6th Annual Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC) Golf Tournament was held at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California. The El Caballero is a par 71 championship course designed by the legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

The primary purpose of the LATLC is to make a positive difference in the quality of life for people in the greater Los Angeles area, focusing on issues related to education, children, survivors of abuse, persons with disabilities, and homelessness. We provide financial support and volunteer services to almost 70 organizations in the area, and have touched thousands of lives.

Andy Ellis, founding partner of Ellis Law Corporation, is proud to serve on the board of directors of the LATLC.

LATLC Has Raised Over $4 Million for the L.A. Community

Since LATLC started in 2006, it has raised over $4 million to the greater Los Angeles community in grants, gifts, and food. A partial list of the contributions includes:

  • Food to the LA Mission, LA Food Bank, Food Bank of Southern California, and Delancey Street Foundation, totaling more than 848,000 meals (545,359 pounds of food).
  • College scholarships. Thirty-seven high school seniors have been awarded $120,000 in scholarships for college, based on their academic achievement and need.
  • LATLC Youth Sports Program. Roughly $100,000 in direct financial grants has been raised for over 90 organized youth sports groups and public high schools, sponsoring Little Leagues, softball teams, and baseball programs.

6th Annual LATLC Golf Tournament Was a Huge Success

While the amount raised by the 6th Annual LATLC Golf Tournament has not yet been tabulated, in 2017 approximately $555,685 in grants was raised, to be distributed to 50 nonprofit organizations. We also added 21 new partner charities, including PATH.

Thanks to everyone who turned out for the golf tournament! We could not have done any of this without the contributions of donors like you.


Ellis Law Corporation Is Giving Away A FREE Apple iPad

From now through February, if you spot the Ellis Law Corporation truck at an L.A.-area sporting event, you can enter our Facebook contest to win a free Apple iPad! You can’t miss the colorful Ellis Law Truck, which features the image of founding partner Andy Ellis and our easy-to-remember 1-800-INJURED phone number.

There is no purchase necessary. All you have to do is follow a few basic rules to enter the contest. Read on to learn more!

Would You Like a FREE New iPad?

The Apple iPad makes a great e-reader, game console, notepad, remote control, camera, and movie player. While it won’t exactly replace your phone, it does perform so many useful functions, you may as well kiss your desktop computer goodbye. You can use an iPad for work or for play. Ellis Injury Law Firm is giving away this marvelous device (retail value of $329) FOR FREE to one lucky sports fan who sees our branded vehicle and shares their experience on social media.

Where to Spot the Ellis Injury Law Firm Truck

The Ellis Law Truck will be at the following games this sporting season:

  • October 28 – StubHub – LA Galaxy vs Houston Dynamo (MLS)
  • November 4 – Staples Center – LA Lakers vs Toronto Raptors (NBA)
  • November 17 – Rose Bowl – USC vs UCLA Football (NCAA Football)
  • November 24 – LA Coliseum – USC vs Notre Dame Football (NCAA Football)
  • December 8 – Staples Center – LA Kings vs Las Vegas Golden Knights (NHL)
  • December 30 – LA Coliseum – Rams vs 49ers (NFL)
  • January 13 – Staples Center – LA Lakers vs Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
  • February 16 – Staples Center — LA Kings vs Boston Bruins (NHL)

There are multiple ways to enter the contest. First, like our Facebook page. For one chance to win, you may do any of the following:

  1. Comment about seeing our truck in our Contest Post, OR
  2. Take a picture of our truck and post it in the comments, OR
  3. Comment about the game the truck is attending.

For 10 chances to win, post a photo of the truck with the #IFoundEllisLaw hash tag.

Full Contest Rules

Please read all rules of the contest before placing your entry:


2. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook.

3. This contest is being held by the Ellis Law Corporation. Our offices are located at:

El Segundo
2230 E Maple Ave,
El Segundo California,
CA 90245

4. Prize: The Prize is an Apple iPad (latest model) with 32GB, Wifi Only. No cellular Plan is Included.

5. Odds of Winning: The odds of winning depend upon the number of eligible entries received and/or the number of contestants participating in the contest.

6. Eligibility Requirements: Participants and winner must be legal residents of California and at least eighteen 18 years or older.

7. Methods of Entry:

Entrants must like Ellis Law Corporation’s Facebook page and either Comment about seeing our truck, -OR- take a picture of our truck, -OR- Comment about the game the truck is attending in our Contest Post.

  • Note: Anyone who posts a photo of the truck using #IFoundEllisLaw automatically gets 10 entries into our contest

8. Method of Selecting a Winner: We will assign a user a number according to when the user Likes our Page and posts a comment to our Contest post. We will collect all the numbers and choose one number at random.

9. Date Contest Starts: October 28th, 2018

10. Date Winner will be Chosen: February 18th, 2019

11. How to Claim the Prize: Winner must message our Facebook page within two calendar days after notification of winning, unless otherwise specified at the time of winning. If a winner fails to redeem the prize within two calendar days, the winner forfeits the prize and no other prize will be awarded in its place. If a winner cannot be contacted, we reserve the right to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner’s prize.

12. Delivery of prizes: The Prize must be picked up at our office during normal business hours, unless otherwise noted. We will coordinate a time for the winner to come to the office via Facebook Message.

Ellis Law Corporation has the sole discretion to terminate a contest at any given time or extend the dates of a contest. The Ellis Law Corporation retains the right to amend these rules at any time for any reason.

Where to Find Winning Legal Advice

You win in more ways than one when you work with Ellis Injury Law Firm. We’ve won more than $350 million for our personal injury clients. We’re part of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and have received honors from “Super Lawyers.” The National Trial Lawyers Association puts us among the Top 100, and US News & World Report named us one of the “Best Law Firms” in 2018. We treat each client with five-star service and win 99% of our cases. You don’t owe us a dime unless we win yours. Contact our Los Angeles law firm for more information on filing a civil lawsuit for personal injury with legal representation from our passionate advocates.