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Sean M. Burke

Sean M. Burke

With more than 25 years of experience as an attorney, Sean M. Burke can help you attain the compensation you deserve after a serious personal injury. He holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and was named Orange County Trial Lawyer Association's (OCTLA) Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer of the Year for 2005.
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Heather J. Higson

Heather J. Higson

Heather J. Higson became a member of the State Bar of California in 1989, and joined Mr. Burke’s law firm in 2006. She has experience in every area of medical malpractice, from case inception through discover and trial.
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Auto Accidents and Wrong Way Driving

June 21, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

A crashed carWrong way driving accidents can be life changing, causing serious injury, permanent disability, or even death. An experienced auto accident attorney can help those who have been injured in a wrong way accident obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries and other damages. Those who have been involved in auto accidents and wrong way driving and live in or around Orange County, CA are encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke for help with their case.

The Dangers of Wrong Way Driving

Wrong way driving, or driving against the direction of traffic, can be a deadly mistake. When wrong way driving results in a collision, it can lead to serious injuries or even death. Accidents caused by wrong way driving are particularly dangerous and damaging as they often result in head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are often fatal due to the force of impact caused by the speed of two moving vehicles colliding. Those who are involved in and survive a wrong way driving accident may suffer from minor to serious injuries, including:

  • Cuts and bruises
  • Broken bones
  • Brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Paralysis

Why Does Wrong Way Driving Occur?

Wrong way driving may occur for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol: Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol can interfere with a person's ability to obey traffic laws, control his or her vehicle, and make good decisions, all of which can lead to wrong way driving.
  • Distracted driving: Not focusing on the road while driving and becoming distracted by such things as cell phone use, the radio, or other passengers, can cause a driver to miss important road signs and cause him or her to drive the wrong way.
  • Driving in an unfamiliar area: Driving in an unfamiliar area may lead a person to drive the wrong way as a result of becoming lost or simply not being aware of one-way roads.
  • Poorly marked road: Street signs that indicate one-way roads or caution against driving the wrong way may be missed due to being obstructed by vegetation or other barriers. In other cases, signage may be lacking or streets may be poorly marked, causing a driver to drive the wrong way without realizing it.

Seeking Damages in a Wrong Way Accident

Those who have been injured in a wrong way accident caused by another person's negligence or as a result of obstruction or lack of signage, may be entitled to compensation for damages sustained in their accident. Damages may include financial compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, loss of income, and damage to property. It's important for those who have been injured in a wrong way accident to contact a car accident attorney to ensure their legal rights are protected while also ensuring they receive the maximum compensation for injuries and other damages.

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If you or a loved one has been involved in a wrong way accident, you're encouraged to contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke. Our experienced car accident attorneys will fight on your behalf to ensure you receive the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering.


Auto Accidents at Night

June 01, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

Night drivingMost people are in the car multiple times a day, whether driving to and from work or running errands. Although driving makes life easier in many ways, it can be a dangerous activity. Millions of Americans are hurt or injured in car accidents each year. These auto accidents can result in costly expenses, including medical bills, car repairs, and lost wages.

While an auto accident can occur at any time, statistics show that the risk of a car crash increases significantly at night. Auto accidents at night leave many in Orange County, CA dealing with physical, emotional, and financial damages. Experienced attorney Sean M. Burke understands the losses associated with night time auto accidents, and he is prepared to help victims of these collisions collect just compensation for their damages.

Causes of Auto Accidents at Night

The time of day has consistently been shown to have an impact on the risk of an auto accident. According to statistics, most crashes happen after the sun has set. The specific times of day during which the risk of an auto accident is increased are 4 to 6am, 2 to 4pm, and midnight to 2am.

However, it is not just the time that increases the risk of an auto accident. Instead, it is a combination of the condition of the roads, drivers, and general environment at these times. The following factors are the most common causes of auto accidents at night:

  • Driving while tired: When asked, many drivers disclose that they have driven while tired, and the NHTSA (National Traffic Highway Safety Administration) reports that nearly 100,000 police-reported crashes each year are a result of driver fatigue.
  • Poor lighting, or decreased visibility: When the sun sets, it becomes much more difficult to see the road clearly. Poor lighting can interfere with depth perception, color clarity, and peripheral vision.
  • Increased traffic:  During the rush hour time frame (4 to 7pm during the workweek) the roads become much more congested. These busy conditions increase the risk of an accident, and can be further impacted by the setting sun.
  • Greater number of drivers under the influence: Based on accident and arrest reports, there are more drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol during the nighttime hours, particularly between the hours of midnight and 3am.

Collecting Compensation for Damages

People who have been injured in an auto accident that has been caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another driver have a right to seek compensation for damages suffered. Attorney Sean Burke can gather the evidence that is necessary to prove liability in a car accident so that injury victims can be rewarded for their losses. Depending on the details of each case, victims may be due compensation for losses such as medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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If you have recently been injured in a car accident, it is important to work with an experienced attorney, such as Sean M. Burke. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how we can ensure that your legal rights are protected.


Auto Accidents Caused by Stop Sign Violations

May 17, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

A stop sign at an intersectionAt the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we handle cases involving auto accidents of all types, including those that result from drivers running through stop signs. Stop sign violations are so common in the state of California that when people roll through a stop sign anywhere in the nation, it is known as a “California stop.” Unfortunately, all too many of these violations have resulted in serious injuries or even deaths to innocent victims who were abiding the law.

Personal injury attorney Sean M. Burke has devoted his professional life to providing exceptional legal representation to those who have been harmed by the negligent or deliberately wrongful actions of others. He has extensive experience and a history of success in handling claims involving drivers running stop signs and causing auto accidents in the Orange County, CA region. If you or a member of your family has been injured in an auto accident caused by a driver negligently running a stop sign, or if you have lost a beloved family member in such an accident, Mr. Burke can help you in your pursuit of justice.

We urge you to contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke to arrange for an evaluation of your auto accident case today.

Common Causes of Auto Accidents Involving Stop Sign Violations

According to California Vehicle Code Section 22450, drivers approaching a stop sign at an intersection must stop either at the limit line, if one is marked, or before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection.  If there is no crosswalk, then the driver must stop before entering the intersecting roadway.

Before proceeding into an intersection, drivers must observe the right-of-way laws and yield to vehicles that are already in the intersecting roadway or that arrived at other stop signs first. If a driver fails to come to a full stop at the appropriate location or to yield right-of-way before entering an intersection, and an accident occurs as a result, then he or she can be held accountable for the losses and expenses that ensue.

The most common causes of auto accidents that involve stop sign violations include:

  • Reckless driving: In some cases, a driver simply fails to notice a stop sign due to inattention, being distracted by a cell phone or other piece of technology, speeding, or some other form of reckless driving.
  • Miscalculation: Sometimes a driver believes that he or she is approaching an all-way stop and proceeds into an intersection, not realizing that the vehicle in the intersecting roadway has no obligation to stop.
  • Inability to see the stop sign: If a stop sign is obstructed from view by overhanging tree branches, a parked truck, or some other barrier, a driver might run the sign. Inclement weather may also obscure the view.
  • Failure to yield right-of-way: Sometimes a driver refuses to yield right-of-way according to California traffic laws and proceeds without regard to other motorists’ safety.

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Running Red Lights Increases the Chances of Auto Accidents

May 01, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke
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A traffic signalInjury and accident victims throughout Orange County know that our law firm offers sound legal representation, always fighting diligently for the rights of the injured and their families. We have years of experience in personal injury law and wrongful death litigation, which includes handling lawsuits that involve major auto accidents.

Running a red light can result in serious injuries and even fatalities. These kinds of accidents are all the more tragic since they are easily avoided. Let's look into these matters in greater detail.

Red Light Auto Accident Statistics

The numbers tell a chilling story. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 2.5 million intersection accidents occur every year. These accidents in intersections comprise up to 50 percent of all traffic collisions in a given year. These intersection collisions also account for around 20 percent of all traffic fatalities annually.

Specifically with regard to running red lights, it's estimated that this leads to 165,000 collisions every year. From this number, around 700 to 800 fatalities occur.

Why Running Red Lights Is So Dangerous

When someone runs a red light, this increases the chances of a serious collision occurring. This is especially true of t-bone accidents, which can be extremely deadly if a car traveling at full speed hits someone on the driver or passenger side.

There is also the possibility of hitting unsuspecting pedestrians and bicyclists. They can sustain severe injuries given how vulnerable they are on the road.

Reasons Why People Run Red Lights

There are many reasons why a person my run a red light. These include the following:

  • Being impatient or in a rush
  • Speeding
  • Texting while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Driver inattention
  • Drunk driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Vehicle defects (e.g., brake malfunctions)
  • Traffic signal obscured
  • Poor placement of the traffic signal
  • Malfunctioning traffic lights
  • Poor weather

Beating a Yellow Light Is a Serious Hazard

A yellow light is a warning to slow down, not an invitation to speed up. Yet time and time again, drivers continue to barrel through yellow lights, accelerating once they see the yellow light come up. This can lead to horrendous injuries and accidents, with drivers pushing their luck as they barrel through an intersection.

Drive with Caution at All Times

It's important that drivers proceed with caution and common sense at all times. Always come to a full stop at intersections, and be sure to slow down when you see a yellow light ahead of you. Before proceeding through an intersection as a light turns green, it can be prudent to look left and right to ensure no one (car, bicycle, or pedestrian) is running a red light while traveling perpendicular to your vehicle.

A combination of common sense and common courtesy can keep everyone on the road safe.

How Auto Accident Attorneys Can Help

Working with experienced attorneys offers peace of mind. While you and your loved ones focus on recovery and moving forward, your lawyer can navigate the legal system and ensure your rights and interests are respected. Your lawyer will also ensure the negligent party is held accountable, whether it's a motorist, a company, or a local government/municipality.

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For more information about your legal options following a serious accident, be sure to contact our team of personal injury attorneys today. We look forward to your visit and discussing these issues in much greater detail.

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Auto Accidents and Backing Out of Driveways: Who Is at Fault?

April 17, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

Auto AccidentNearly every driver realizes the risks of driving. Auto accidents happen numerous times a day on roads all over America. These accidents have the potential to cause significant financial, emotional, and physical damages. In fact, many drivers avoid long car rides or driving on unfamiliar roads far from home because they fear being involved in an auto accident. However, statistics show that most accidents occur when a driver is in close proximity to their home.

Considering the amount of time a person spends traveling the familiar roads near their home, this makes a lot of sense. Still, many accidents take place even closer to home than a person would imagine, including in driveways. Backing out of a driveway is a common factor in auto accidents. The Orange County, CA auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke can help you prove liability for the accident and obtain compensation for damages suffered.

Proving Liability

As with any car accident, it takes a lot of careful consideration and evidence to prove liability for a collision that takes place while a driver is backing out of a driveway. When a driver is reversing from a driveway, he or she is responsible for checking mirrors and ensuring the road is free of oncoming traffic or other hazards. However, there are cases in which the driver of an oncoming vehicle can be held responsible for the accident.

If the driver was driving at excessive speeds, backing out of a driveway and failed to pay attention, or made an unsafe maneuver, that driver may be held partially or fully responsible for the accident.

No matter the details of the accident, a driver should never admit fault at the scene. It is important to contact an experienced attorney, such as Sean M. Burke, as soon as possible following a collision. Mr. Burke will listen to the details of the accident, gather evidence from the scene (including witness testimony), and work with experts in the field to build a case proving liability for the car accident.

Damages in Driveway Auto Accidents

Accidents that take place while a vehicle is backing out of a driveway tend to take place at low speeds. However, this does not mean that these accidents cannot result in serious damages. Even low-impact car crashes can cause property damage and physical injury.

Injuries that are commonly associated with these types of accidents include back pain, shoulder pain, and whiplash. Each of these injuries may require costly medical care. When representing the victim of an auto accident, Mr. Burke will consider the full extent of auto accident damages to ensure his clients are justly compensated for their losses.

Avoiding Driveway Accidents

No matter how safely a person is driving, they cannot control the actions of others, so an auto accident is always a risk. Still, by taking the following precautions, individuals can minimize the chances of an auto accident when backing out of a driveway:

  • Give the road your full attention
  • Avoid talking, texting, or other distracting behaviors
  • Check all car mirrors
  • Look over your shoulder several times to check traffic from both directions
  • Be especially cautious to check for small animals and children

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If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. Sean M. Burke has experience and expertise in auto accident cases and will fight to ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case and find out how we can ensure you are justly compensated for your losses.

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Medical Malpractice and the Improper Administration of Anesthesia

April 02, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

Anesthesia bagUndergoing medical treatments or surgeries that require the use of anesthesia can be scary. There is no guarantee that any medical procedure will be a success, but patients do have a right to expect a certain quality of care. Medical malpractice describes situations where patients receive substandard care, which directly leads to an injury or illness. Unfortunately, mistakes relating to the administration of anesthesia do occur.

When these types of mistakes are made, the patient may be left with serious, and often long-term, repercussions. Medical malpractice and improper administration of anesthesia results in significant damages for our Orange County, CA clients. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we offer legal representation to medical malpractice victims and fight to ensure that our clients are justly compensated for the full extent of their losses.

Anesthesia Errors

Any time that anesthesia is administered, there is a degree of risk. Patients must be aware of these risks and be willing to accept the possibility of complications prior to undergoing surgery. However, it is reasonable for patients to expect that doctors, nurses, and anesthesiologists will perform their jobs correctly and administer anesthesia as intended.

If an anesthesia error occurs due to the reckless or negligent actions of a medical professional, that qualifies as medical malpractice. Below are some of the most common anesthesia errors that are likely to be classified as medical malpractice:

  • Administering too much anesthetic
  • Delivering too little anesthetic, resulting in a state of anesthesia awareness (the patient is aware and/or can feel pain, but may be unable to communicate)
  • Administering the wrong anesthesia drug
  • Failing to check for possible anesthesia interactions with other prescribed medication
  • Delayed delivery of anesthesia
  • Failure to adequately monitor the patient while they are under anesthesia
  • Using defective medical equipment to deliver the anesthesia

Damages Related to Anesthesia Errors

The use of anesthesia alone carries a certain degree of risk, but when mistakes are made, they can result in serious consequences. Possible damages of anesthesia errors include the following:

  • Pain and/or consciousness during treatment
  • Dizziness or nausea
  • Heart arrhythmia
  • Organ damage
  • Asphyxia (inadequate supply of oxygen)
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Coma
  • Death

Compensation for Damages

When medical malpractice occurs, patients have a right to seek financial compensation for the damages they have suffered. Improper administration of anesthesia can damage the body temporarily or long-term. In either case, the patient will probably experience physical and emotional pain and suffering. In addition, they will likely require medical treatment.

Depending on the specific circumstances of each case, these costs can be extremely high. Other losses may include lost wages or a loss of wage-earning potential, and a decrease in quality of life. Sean M. Burke and his legal team do not take any of these losses lightly. We carefully listen to the details of each of our client’s situations and put together a strong case to prove medical malpractice so that our clients can be justly compensated for their losses.

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Medical malpractice cases are complex, and opposing legal teams are often quick to deny all liability. In these situations, the skill and experience of the legal team at the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke is invaluable. To find out how our medical malpractice attorneys can help protect your legal rights, contact us at your earliest convenience.


Personal Injury and Loss of Income: Recovering Lost Wages

March 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

A man in a suit holding a briefcaseIt's not uncommon for the victims of serious injuries to need to take time off from work, and in some cases, they may never be able to return to work. When a serious injury was caused by another person's negligence, there may be grounds for a personal injury claim. A personal injury lawsuit can help recover lost wages and medical expenses while holding the party at fault for the the injury responsible for their negligence. For more information about your rights regarding personal injury and loss of income, contact the Orange County, CA law office of Sean M. Burke.

What Constitutes Lost Wages?

Lost wages are essentially money lost as a direct result of an accident or injury. When filing a personal injury case to recover lost wages, the victim's attorney must show the court that any lost wages were caused by the accident or injury. This means that if it weren't for the accident or injury, the victim would have made a certain amount of money from his or her job.

Loss of Earnings versus Loss of Earning Capacity

When calculating lost wages for in a personal injury lawsuit, two things may be considered: loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity. A loss of earnings is straightforward. This is the amount of income an injured person has lost due to an injury that prevented him or her from being able to work. A loss of earning capacity is a bit different, as it looks at the long-term loss of a person's ability to make a living for him or herself.

Proving Lost Wages

Depending on the circumstances, proving lost wages can be a simple matter, like when it is obvious that the injured party was not at fault and could not work. More often, it's not such a simple matter and the injured party will need to testify, along with other experts, to support the injured party's claims.

Experts may include medical professionals, workplace specialists, and economists. These experts are important because they explain the extent of injury, why a person with a particular injury would not be able to perform a certain job, and how much someone with the injured party's experience and education could expect to make over time in their field, respectively.

Because proving lost wages before a court can be difficult, it is important to seek out a personal injury attorney. Personal injury attorneys work on behalf of their clients to obtain the optimum amount for lost wages and other damages, such as pain and suffering, when applicable.

Contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke for Help with Your Case

If you or a loved one has lost wages due to an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may have grounds for a personal injury case. You are encouraged to contact our team of personal injury attorneys to learn more about your legal rights. Our team is on hand to help you through the process of recovering lost wages so you or your loved one can move forward after a serious injury.

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Personal Injury and Broken or Fractured Bones Claims

March 02, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

Personal Injury and Fractured BonesA broken or fractured bone may seem minor compared with other serious injuries, but broken bones can cause extreme pain, prevent you from working for weeks or months, and usually require extensive physical therapy. In some cases, the break may be so severe that surgery is needed. If your injuries were the result of someone else’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim and be entitled to compensation. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke in Orange County, CA, we can handle your personal injury and broken or fractured bones claim while you focus on making a full recovery.

Why File a Personal Injury and Broken or Fractured Bones Claim?

The medical expenses for a broken or fractured bone can add up quickly:

  • Transportation from the accident to the emergency room
  • Cost of x-rays and other imaging scans
  • Surgery to place pins or make other repairs
  • Setting the bone and placing it in a cast
  • Pain medication to ease discomfort
  • Follow-up visits to monitor healing
  • Physical therapy to restore mobility

Depending on the type of work you do, a broken bone could leave you unable to work for an extended period of time. Once those medical bills come in and you are taking time off work without pay, you will feel the harsh economic burden.

If another party was at fault for the accident that caused your injuries, however, they may be liable for some or all of these costs and more. By talking with the attorneys at the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, you can find out if you are entitled to compensation. If so, they can help you file a claim to recover these expenses.

What Types of Personal Injury Cases Result in Broken Bones?

There are different types of accidents that can result in broken bones. To qualify as a personal injury claim, you must be able to prove the other party’s negligence caused the accident. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, we can handle all of the following personal injury cases that result in broken bones:

  • Motor vehicle accidents, including cars, large trucks, and motorcycles
  • Defective products
  • Medical malpractice, such as failing to protect patients who are fall risks
  • Birth injuries
  • Elder abuse in nursing homes and other facilities

Determining and Proving Liability

In some cases, it is clear which party is liable for the injuries caused, such as a drunk driver. In other cases, liability is not so clear-cut. Whether it is clear or not, you should work with an experienced attorney. At the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke, our attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case, gathering evidence of liability. After pinpointing the negligent party, we can file a claim to hold them liable for your damages. They will use their expertise to ensure you receive compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering.

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Compensation for Loss of Consortium after Wrongful Death

February 18, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke
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Woman alone on a swingDeath is an unfortunate, but natural part of the life cycle. Sadly, many people lose their lives long before they should, all because of the reckless or negligent actions of another person or party. A wrongful death is an unexpected and tragic event that completely alters the lives of surviving family members who are left behind.

One of the most quantitative losses suffered by surviving family members are the financial losses that are suffered after a loved one dies. While these losses are devastating, they do not compare to the emotional losses that result after a loved one is tragically taken. These emotional losses, known as loss of consortium, are not as easily measured, but are often even more difficult for the family to handle.

Attorney Sean M. Burke has a great deal of experience representing cases of wrongful death and loss of consortium in the Orange County, CA area. His experience is a great asset to any family member seeking financial compensation for the losses suffered due to a wrongful death.

Defining Loss of Consortium

In a wrongful death lawsuit, there are typically two types of damages that are considered. One is the financial losses that are incurred by surviving family members. This accounts for the measurable financial losses that a surviving family member may suffer, such as any medical expenses leading up to the death, loss of wages, and loss of benefits. Loss of consortium takes into account the emotional losses that a surviving family member may suffer. This type of compensation validates the immeasurable emotional benefits that a loved one provides. Some losses that fall under the loss of consortium category include the following:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of love and affection
  • Loss of comfort
  • Loss of sexual relations
  • Loss of emotional support

Calculating Loss of Consortium

Even though the emotional losses of a wrongful death are just as, if not more, important than the financial losses, they are not as easy to quantify. Loss of consortium falls under the category of general damages, which are those that are not economic. There is no replacement for the emotional support that a loved one provided, so the court will reward financial compensation that is meant as a general substitution for such losses.

The amount of money that is rewarded is highly subjective and is left largely to the discretion of the judge or jury. Because of this, it is best to have legal representation from an attorney, such as Sean M. Burke, who is experienced in the field of loss of consortium. Mr. Burke has worked numerous wrongful death cases involving loss of consortium and is able to build a strong case that will emphasize the emotional hardships of his clients so that they can be justly compensated for these emotional damages.

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It is extremely difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one, but perhaps even more so when that loss is so unexpected. If you’ve lost a loved one to wrongful death and would like to learn more about your legal rights, contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.


Personal Injury and Lifelong Disability

January 31, 2017 @ 12:00 PM — by Sean Burke

Close-up of a hand belonging to a disabled person on the wheel of a wheelchairThere is an expression in personal injury law that, as a plaintiff, you get just one bite at the apple - if you don’t get the mouthful you deserve the first time around, you don’t get a second chance. What this means, in essence, is that you have one opportunity to seek the full measure of compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries. If you fail to identify some current or future expense that becomes apparent after your case has been settled or reached a jury verdict, you cannot file another claim seeking compensation for that expense.

Of course, by “you,” we really mean “your lawyer.” It is the responsibility of your lawyer to identify all losses and expenses - past, present, and future - that are relevant to your personal injury claim and for which you deserve to be compensated. Identifying these losses and expenses requires special skill and experience. You need a personal injury attorney who can present the strongest case possible on your behalf, using all of the investigative and other resources at his disposal. Especially if you are faced with a lifelong disability, you want a lawyer who will make sure that you will not have to worry about financial obstacles five, ten, or twenty years into your future.

When it comes to litigating cases involving personal injury and lifelong disability, Orange County, CA attorney Sean M. Burke has the experience, resources, and skills to handle any case, no matter how complex. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident resulting in a lifelong injury, he will evaluate your case and identify every loss and expense - past, present, and future - for which you deserve to be compensated.

What Are Damages?

It is important to note that the term “damages” does not refer to damage, but rather to monetary compensation. It is the responsibility of Mr. Burke, as your attorney, to pinpoint the damages to which you are entitled and present the most compelling case possible to demonstrate evidence that you should be awarded these damages. In the vast majority of cases, a settlement is reached before a claim proceeds to court; however, Mr. Burke prepares every case with the full intention of trying it before a jury and winning.

Damages in personal injury cases differ from case to case, but commonly include compensation for hospital bills, surgeon’s fees, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and mental anguish. Matters become somewhat trickier in cases involving lifelong disability, however. In these cases, Mr. Burke must be able to project into the future, within reason, the losses and expenses the injured party is likely to face. These may include future lost wages, home care, medical expenses, and loss of quality of life.

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If you or a member of your family has become disabled for life due to a personal injury, please contact the Law Offices of Sean M. Burke for an evaluation of your case today.


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