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Aitken Aitken Cohn is one of California’s most respected law firms known for its client-centered focus and its landmark results.

Aitken Aitken Cohn is one of California's most respected law firms known for its client-centered focus and its landmark results.

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Our Orange County personal injury attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers of America for 32 consecutive years. Best Lawyers… read more

Our Orange County personal injury attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers of America for 32 consecutive years. Best Lawyers is the only purely peer review™ guide to the legal profession.

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Our personal injury lawyers in Orange County have been selected as Super Lawyers since the Southern California list was first… read more

Our personal injury lawyers in Orange County have been selected as Super Lawyers since the Southern California list was first published in 2004. Super Lawyers provides lawyer ratings of selected lawyers and helps you find the rated attorneys in your location focused on all legal issues.

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Aitken * Aitken * Cohn was founded in 1872 and has earned a national reputation for the quality of our… read more

Aitken * Aitken * Cohn was founded in 1872 and has earned a national reputation for the quality of our Orange County personal injury lawyers’ trial skills.

Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Orange County Communities and All of Southern California

Serving All of Southern California

An unexpected accident caused by someone else’s negligent or reckless act can change your life forever. While money may not guarantee that you make a full medical recovery, it can provide a sense of justice and offer much-needed financial relief for years to come.

Aitken * Aitken * Cohn has an established reputation in the Orange County legal community for successfully representing personal injury victims over the past 50 years. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys can help you fight to maximize your financial recovery from those who are responsible for your pain and suffering.

Why Choose Aitken * Aitken * Cohn?

The success of our hardworking team of Orange County personal injury attorneys is a result of experience, a fierce passion for justice, and unwavering advocacy.

  • We provide exceptional legal representation to meet our clients’ needs and help them restore their quality of life.
  • We can offer large-firm resources, with individualized attention to each case.
  • We are willing to take our cases to trial to fight for the maximum possible compensation.
  • We understand how costly an injury can be, which is why we represent personal injury victims on a contingency fee basis. We only get paid when you do.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury, contact us online or by phone at (866) 434-1424 to learn how we can help. We offer free initial, no-obligation consultations, and have offices conveniently located in Santa Ana, Riverside, and San Clemente.

What Does “Personal Injury” Mean?

When someone is harmed by a person, government body, business, or insurance company there are laws in place to help victims recover. These laws also serve to prevent such wrongdoing in the future. Even though California’s personal injury laws exist to protect you, they can be complicated, and earning the justice and compensation you deserve can be an uphill battle. Working with a law firm that has experience and resources can help you win even if you are up against a large corporation or government agency.

At Aitken * Aitken * Cohn we have a track record to prove that we have the experience and resources necessary to help you. As top-rated personal injury litigators, we are experts in gathering and presenting the evidence needed to prove that the other party was at fault, or liable. However, our work does not end with an investigation, our personal injury lawyers will tirelessly advocate for you whether at trial or through sophisticated settlement negotiations.

How Do I Know if I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer in Orange County?

If any of the following situations apply to your case, working with an Orange County personal injury lawyer will significantly increase your chances of recovering fair compensation.

Your Injury Is Severe

A severe injury can result in long-term disability, leaving you unable to work and provide for your family. If that is the case, a personal injury lawyer has the resources to support you through the resolution of your claim and will protect your financial future.

The Insurance Company Acts in Bad Faith

The unfortunate truth is that insurance companies are not on your side after an accident. Oftentimes, they refuse to pay a fair amount or deny valid claims altogether.

Liability Isn’t Clear

Where the fault lies isn’t always obvious in a personal injury case, and the other party may be attempting to shift the blame onto you. An experienced lawyer can investigate on your behalf, and gather evidence to help you secure a favorable settlement, even if you were partially at fault.

You Have Questions

If, at any point, you are unclear on your rights or are just in need of some legal advice, speaking to an Orange County personal injury lawyer is your best option.

How Much is a Personal Injury Claim Worth?

“How much is my case worth?” is a common question when deciding to pursue a personal injury case. Each case is different, so there is no exact answer, but the following variables will be considered:

  • Liability: The number one factor that adds value to a personal injury case is liability. In other words, whether or not the at-fault party can be proven liable for the incident, either fully or in part. An injured party must show that the defendant (responsible party) was careless (negligent) and that this carelessness (negligence) caused the injury. If the evidence of liability is strong, then a case is that much more valuable.

In contrast, if you are partially to blame, your percentage of liability will reduce the amount of compensation you receive. California is a comparative negligence state, which means more than one party can be held liable for accident-related injuries.

  • Damages: The second factor is the number of damages that you incurred (your losses). There are three basic types of damages: economic, non-economic, and punitive. Whether or not there’s any economic loss, such as current and future time away from work up, out-of-pocket payments for medical costs, diminished earning capacity, and other accident-related expenses will impact a claim’s value. If there are no financial losses, there is no case.

Depending upon the type and severity of the injury, you may be able to claim non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability, or loss of quality of life. Non-economic damages are subjective, requiring an experienced attorney to estimate their worth. Punitive damages are awarded in cases that involve egregious, or particularly reckless acts by the defendant. Compensation may then be awarded as punishment, and to warn against similar conduct by them and others.

  • Policy Limits: The last factor is the type of insurance the at-fault party has, and their policy limits. The fact that the responsible party has liability insurance coverage does not guarantee your losses will be fully covered. Your personal injury claim may exceed the allowable coverage, leaving you unable to pay your remaining medical bills and lost wages. For a judgment to exceed the policy, the injuries or property damage must be catastrophic or life-changing. However, an Orange County personal injury attorney may be able to determine additional options for collecting compensation.

The only way to know the value of your specific case is to speak to an Orange County personal injury lawyer, who can provide you with an honest assessment. Which will ensure you do not settle for less.

Orange County Personal Injury Cases We Handle

We handle a wide range of personal injury matters, including cases related to:

Car Accidents

More than 20,000 victims were injured or killed in Orange County car accidents in 2018. The aftermath of a collision can be extremely stressful and complex for those involved. Our Orange County car accident lawyers can help you, and your family obtains the compensation you need to recover.

Pedestrian Accidents

California is becoming increasingly dangerous for pedestrians, with many of these accidents occurring at intersections. Because pedestrians are virtually unprotected, accidents tend to result in severe injuries and often death. An Orange County pedestrian accident attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Medical Malpractice

Medical errors remain a third-leading cause of death in the US Medical professionals are held to a certain standard of care, that if deviated from, can make them liable for any resulting injuries. These devastating mistakes often include surgical errors, medication mistakes, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, birth injuries, and more. Orange County medical malpractice attorneys understand how these mistakes can change your life.

Wrongful Death

If the loss of your loved one was directly caused by another party’s negligence, our Orange County wrongful death attorneys can help you pursue a wrongful death claim for compensation, to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Medical Malpractice

Medical errors remain a third-leading cause of death in the US Medical professionals are held to a certain standard of care, that if deviated from, can make them liable for any resulting injuries. These devastating mistakes often include surgical errors, medication mistakes, misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, birth injuries, and more. Orange County medical malpractice attorneys understand how these mistakes can change your life.

Wrongful Death

If the loss of your loved one was directly caused by another party’s negligence, our Orange County wrongful death attorneys can help you pursue a wrongful death claim for compensation, to hold the responsible parties accountable.

Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries commonly occur in personal injury accidents, typically due to a sharp blow to the head. A brain injury can leave a victim suffering from significant physical and cognitive disabilities, in addition to serious financial strain. An Orange County brain injury lawyer can help you get the financial compensation needed for future medical needs.

Burn Injuries

Severe burn injuries can occur in a variety of ways, and close to half a million of them require treatment medical attention each year across the US Victims are often left with scars, emotional trauma, and in some cases permanent physical limitations.

Bicycle Accidents

Drivers are required to give individuals on bicycles the same rights of way and respect as other vehicles, but collisions often occur because one or more drivers behaved negligently. Our Orange County bicycle accident lawyers are intimately familiar with California’s biking and bike lane laws – and how they can apply in your case to hold a negligent driver accountable.

Slip and Fall Accidents

Property owners are required to maintain a safe environment for visitors to their property. If you suffer injuries in a slip and fall on another person’s property, the owner or manager may be liable for injuries that arise due to their negligence.

Spinal Cord Injuries

Suffering a spinal cord injury is often catastrophic for the injured person, and for their families. Despite months of medical care and rehabilitation, many victims have lifelong disabilities. The most common causes of spinal injury are vehicle accidents, followed by falls, acts of violence (eg gunshot wounds), and high-impact sports and recreation activities.

Workplace Injuries

Accidents can happen in any job, and approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2019. If you suffer a workplace injury in California, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and in some cases, compensation from a negligent third party ( eg defective equipment manufacturer).

Construction Accidents

Construction workers are especially susceptible to serious construction accident injuries. Construction companies, contractors, owners, etc. are required to protect their workers, and if they don’t follow the law, they should be held responsible.

Dog Bites

An estimated 4.7 million people sustain dog bites each year in the US Victims may suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical treatment, while also forcing them to deal with lifelong physical and emotional scarring. Some victims – usually children – may tragically lose their lives from a dog attack.

Drowning Injuries

Unfortunately, drowning accidents are not uncommon, especially among children. They often occur when the pool’s owner/operator acts negligently in some way, such as failing to provide adequate supervision, a safe environment, or install proper barriers around the pool, etc.

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Our Primary Focus is You, the Client

Aitken Aitken * Cohn is nationally recognized for its success in the courtroom – but we’re most proud of our client-focused approach. From the free initial consultation to the final court proceedings, our case strategies are entirely informed by your needs. Our personal injury lawyers in Orange County strive to maintain regular, consistent communication to ensure that we are as transparent as possible regarding case status, investigations, or any other legal decisions we make along the way.

Additionally, we understand just how financially devastating a personal injury can be for you and your loved ones. That’s why we represent your interests on a contingency fee basis – you don’t pay any initial fees, and there are no upfront costs. If our injury lawyers don’t secure a favorable settlement or verdict on your behalf, your total legal costs are zero.

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Wylie Aitken

Founding Partner

He was recently inducted in the LawDragon 500’s “Hall of Fame,” is repeatedly designated a “Southern California Super Lawyer,” and is featured in the Best Lawyers in America and The… read more

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Richard Cohn

Partner

Known as a persistent, aggressive trial attorney who takes a “turn every stone” approach toward the legal matters he handles, he has received numerous awards and accolades for his results…. read more

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Darren Aitken

Partner

Darren has been recognized and awarded consistently throughout his career for his professional accomplishments and was named the Orange County Trial Lawyers “Top Gun–Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” in… read more

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Chris Aitken

Partner

Chris graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Political Science Major. He obtaines his Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern… read more

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Casey Johnson

Partner

Casey obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from USC Law School in 2002, graduating in the top quarter of his class. At USC Law School, he was a member of the… read more

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Michael Penn

Partner

After graduation, he returned to Tokyo and worked at Toyo Corporation. Mr. Penn obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Chapman University School of Law in 2004, and was elected student… read more

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Atticus Wegman

Partner

Atticus has been recognized by his colleagues who awarded him the 2019 Orange County Trial Lawyer Association’s Young Gun Award. He has also been recognized as a Rising Star by… read more

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Megan Demshki

Associate

Megan received departmental honors in both Political Science and Peace Studies.  Megan served as Chapman University’s Student Body President from 2012-2013. As Chapman University Student Body President, Megan worked to… read more

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Ashleigh Aitken

Of Counsel

Ashleigh is a former federal prosecutor, practicing in the Los Angeles and Santa Ana Office of the United States Attorney in the Central District of California. While serving as an… read more

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Richard Cohn - Partner
Darren Aitken - Partner
Chris Aitken - Partner
Casey Johnson - Partner
Michael Penn - Associate
Atticus Wegman - Associate
Megan Demshki - Associate

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How Can an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

Personal injury cases can often be complex, as you must prove that another party is responsible for causing you harm. An Orange County injury attorney who has extensive experience handling your type of claim can help by:

  • Gathering evidence (eg witness statements, police reports, surveillance footage, history of negligent acts, etc.).
  • Working with accident scene reconstruction experts, if necessary, to determine liability.
  • Analyzing medical records and gathering bills and receipts to calculate the total value of your claim, including the cost of non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
  • Negotiating with the insurance company or defendant’s lawyer to pursue a fair settlement for your injuries.
  • Fighting for your rights at trial if an agreeable settlement cannot be reached.

The parties that may be responsible for your injury, will most likely carry liability insurance. Insurance companies specialize in giving the minimum in compensation. Unfortunately, as you face mounting medical bills and an uncertain ability to work in the future, minimum compensation is not enough. You need to be paid for what happened to you, and you need the maximum possible award to meet the uncertainties the future holds.

When you hire an injury lawyer in Orange County, you essentially level the playing field. Your personal injury attorney will have a deep understanding of case law and the legal grounds required to successfully prove your damages are a result of the accident.

What Are The Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

If a settlement agreement cannot be reached in negotiations with a liable party, you and your Orange County personal injury lawyer may decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. Here are the next steps to expect.

Complaint & Answer

The initial paperwork you file, known as the Complaint, spells out your case against the opposing party. The defendant receives a summons informing them about the Complaint and is given a time frame in which to file an Answer to it. Both the summons and complaint are served on the defendant, either via mail or a process server. The defendant’s Answer either denies or admits to the details outlined in the Complaint, or states there is insufficient knowledge for either.

Discovery

The discovery phase is next, in which the injury lawyers for both parties gather or exchange documentation and evidence regarding the case, including depositions.

Pretrial Motions

Either side may use a motion, asking the court to set rules prior to trial. When both parties agree on the facts of the case, a motion for summary judgment is often requested to avoid trial. The party that did not file the motion can file a response. The judge either approves or denies it.

Mediation

The court may request that a mediated settlement be attempted. Meditation brings the opposing parties together with a neutral party who facilitates the negotiations between them, serving as the “mediator.”

Trial

If a settlement has still not been reached, or the court has not resolved the case via a motion, it will proceed to trial. Both sides will present their case before a judge, and a jury decides the outcome. If the case is found in your favor, monetary damages may also be awarded.

Appeal

Either side has the right to appeal the judge’s or jury’s decision, ultimately delaying your payment. The outcome of the appeals process will then determine whether you recover compensation.

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Contact an Orange County Personal Injury Attorney Today

We know the approaches that work, what strategies are effective and how to prepare a strong legal case. If you or someone you love has been injured, the skilled Orange County personal injury attorneys at Aitken * Aitken * Cohn will carefully evaluate your case to make sure you recover the compensation you need now and in the future. Message us online or call (866) 434-1424 to get started with your free consultation.

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Extremely competent and really cared about our family.

The law firm provided us complete guidance and direction in our legal matter, but at the same time, they didn’t make our decisions for us. It sure was nice to have confidence in knowing we were going to be taken care of.

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This firm has a great reputation, even amongst other lawyers.

I was referred to by a lawyer friend and had Richard Cohn as my attorney. He was personable and compassionate, and took his time explaining everything to me. His assistant was also very personable and easy to contact.

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