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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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Insurance Bad Faith Claims, Defective Product Litigation, and More

Personal Injury Attorney Orange County

In addition to its work with victims of medical malpractice, auto accident injury, and elder abuse, the practice of personal injury lawyer Sean M. Burke in Newport Beach also tries cases of insurance litigation, dog bite injury, and defective products. These attorneys have served Los Angeles and surrounding areas with skill, compassion, and integrity for years, and will continue to do so for anyone seeking justice.

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Insurance Litigation for Bad Faith Denial of Care

Insurance companies are supposed to consider patient care, not profit, their top priority. Unfortunately, as our Newport Beach area insurance litigation attorneys can attest, they do not always live up to that standard. In some situations, an insurer may unjustly deny necessary care, claiming that a procedure is elective or experimental in order to save money. The patient may suffer serious harm or even wrongful death as the result of the HMO's negligence. In the end, the patient may be forced to turn to insurance litigation to seek just financial compensation.

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Due to the sometimes intricate legal issues concerning insurance contracts and their interpretation, it is crucial to have a highly skilled and experienced team of insurance litigation attorneys on your side. Insurance companies seek to keep their costs down and profits up by paying for services only when they have to and preventing legal precedents from being set against them. Thus, you may face a long and difficult fight in your insurance litigation struggle. On the other hand, the courts typically follow a principle of giving the insured party, rather the insurance company, the benefit of the doubt whenever possible, so you can expect to prevail if your case and your legal representatives are both strong. If you or a loved one has been harmed due to an insurance company denying care, please contact our Newport Beach firm to find out how our insurance litigation attorneys can help.

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Defective Products

Manufacturers of all varieties are required to ensure that their products are designed and manufactured in a way that will not cause harm to consumers. If a product is incorrectly designed or manufactured and causes an injury to the consumer, the manufacturer is responsible for compensating the injured victim. Among the devices most frequently involved in defective products lawsuits are those involved in auto and semi truck accidents: seatbelts and child restraints. Because these events involve great amounts of force, the demands on these safety products are very high. When they fail, the consequences can be deadly, even for innocent victims.

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Other common defective products include medical drugs not manufactured up to standard, medical devices (such as breast or joint implants) that fail, and other car components like tires and brakes. If a product fails very frequently, the manufacturer may issue a recall and repair the items at no expense to the consumer. No amount of money can restore a lost or seriously injured loved one, so please heed any recalls for defective products you own or frequently use before the worst happens. If you believe you or a loved one has a case involving defective products, contact the attorneys at the Los Angeles area office of Sean M. Burke today.

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Dog Bites

Dog owners are responsible for ensuring that their pets do not harm others. When a dog attacks a person, the resulting injuries can be severe, requiring emergency care and ongoing medical treatment. Scarring and disfigurement can occur in serious cases, and even death in the worst scenarios. Children are often bitten by dogs after unknowingly provoking them. In most cases, the homeowner's insurance policy of the dog owner handles such litigation on the defense side. If an attack happens while the victim is legally on private property (as an invited guest, to deliver mail, etc.), or while the victim is on public property, the owner is usually liable as long as the victim was not intentionally and persistently antagonizing the animal. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, contact Sean M. Burke and his associates today to explore your legal options.

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Sean M. Burke and the lawyers working with him handle many different types of personal injury cases at their Newport Beach offices. If you have an insurance litigation or defective products case, contact these respected attorneys in the Los Angeles area today.

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Irvine, CA Office

9210 Irvine Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618

Phone: (949) 644-3434
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Honors & Awards

Sean M. Burke & Heather Higson awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice by the Orange County Trial Lawyers for 2014. Sean Burke has also been honored with this award in 2009 & 2005.

Top 5 Personal Injury Lawyers in Orange County by AVVO and OC Metro Magazine.