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If you have been injured in an accident, you likely have many questions. We recognize that this can be a difficult, uncertain time. You likely have medical bills to pay, your job may be in jeopardy and you could be suffering from physical and emotional trauma.

When it comes to ensuring that you are treated fairly and made whole for the losses you have suffered, you need a personal injury attorney dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery due to you.

Schwimer Weinstein is a Santa Monica personal injury law firm relentlessly committed to your success. If you have questions about your case, the first step is scheduling a consultation. Contact our office today to get started.
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What is personal injury?

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To recover in Los Angeles for a personal injury claim, you will need to prove three things:

(1) you suffered an injury

(2) someone else is responsible for your injuries, and

(3) there is access to financial recovery through insurance or personal assets of the party responsible for your injuries.

At Schwimer Weinstein, we handle all types of personal injury claims, including auto accidents, dog bites, slip and fall accidents, brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death claims.

Typically when we talk about personal injury, it involves an issue of negligence, meaning the person responsible for your injuries was acting carelessly or recklessly. However, personal injury can also be the result of an intentional act, such as intended physical contact or infliction of emotional distress. Any invasion of a personal right, such as the right to privacy, right to a habitable apartment, mental suffering or false imprisonment constitutes a personal injury.

Unfortunately, personal injury claims are common in Los Angeles. If you have been injured or suffered a financial loss as the result of an accident or intentional act, you need an experienced lawyer on your side. Contact the Santa Monica personal injury lawyers at Schwimer Weinstein today for a free consultation.

What can I recover from a personal injury lawsuit?

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Personal injury claims fall into the legal category of torts. A tort is a civil wrong, as opposed to a criminal wrong. So personal injury cases are tried in civil court. This means personal injury clients can pursue remedies like monetary damages.

In a personal injury lawsuit, there are two types of monetary damages that you can claim: economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages represent the financial value of your losses, either through property damage or injury. This might include compensation for costs such as lost wages, loss of future income, medical bills, property loss and other associated costs.

You may also be eligible to claim non-economic damages for things such as pain and suffering, emotional trauma and loss of enjoyment for life. These can sometimes be more difficult to calculate.

Our personal injury attorneys will help you calculate the full extent of your damages and help you maximize damages owed to you.

Who do I recover damages from?

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When seeking compensation for your injuries and losses, it is critical to identify all parties that are liable. Who you recover compensation from will depend on the facts of your individual case.

In an auto accident, for example, you can recover damages from the personal assets or insurance company of the driver who caused the accident. In other cases, such as truck accidents, there may be multiple parties responsible such as the truck driver, the truck driver's employer and even the manufacturer of the truck. Similarly, different parties may be responsible in cases involving slip and fall accidents, dog bites and boating accidents.

At Schwimer Weinstein, we will help you uncover all potential sources of recovery so that you receive the compensation you are owed. We will look at the facts of your case, investigate your accident and create a winning strategy to hold those responsible for your injuries accountable.

Do I need a personal injury attorney?

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If you have been injured in an accident, hiring an attorney may be the last thing on your mind. You may be worried about losing your job, paying your bills on time and your physical recovery. Moreover, the party responsible for your injuries may try to pressure you into signing a release of liability or accepting a settlement that diminishes the value of your claim.

That is where Schwimer Weinstein can help. The earlier we get involved in your case, the sooner we can get you the compensation and support you need to make a full recovery. Once you become our client, our team will immediately get to work. We'll talk to the insurance companies on your behalf, ensure that you seek and receive ongoing medical treatment and keep an accounting of your losses to protect and pursue your rights to compensation.

You focus on recovering physically, and we'll focus on your financial recovery. If you are ready to Win With Us, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.


We handle personal injury cases throughout Southern California.

  • Marina Del Rey
  • Playa Del Rey
  • Santa Monica
  • Venice Beach
  • Malibu
  • Culver City
  • Pacific Palisades
  • Westchester
  • Redondo Beach
  • Encino
  • Hollywood
  • West Hollywood
  • Century City
  • South Bay
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Beverly Hills
  • Bel Air
  • Hermosa Beach
  • Gardena
  • San Fernando Valley
You were a real pleasure to have obtained legal representation from. I have had my share of legal representation and I must say that you, by far, have unsurpassed all my expectations and are paramount to how you conduct your practice.
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I wanted to thank you for work with us for this long and securing me a place in college. I really hope someday that we can go surfing.
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My sincere thanks and appreciate for your diligent, professional, and persistent work on my personal injury case. The outcome speaks for itself. I’m very pleased. Thank you both for making my experience friendly, trusting and worry free.
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