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Prior to founding the firm, Chris Movafagh (Aka Chris Mova), was a law clerk at one of the biggest and most prestigious personal injury firms in Southern California where he honed his legal tactics and negotiation skills.
He saw a problem with the firm he worked for and every other big personal injury law firm. Each client was not treated as a human, but rather as a number. The goal of these big firms was to retain as many clients per month as possible and settle as many cases as possible. Chris did not think this was fair to the client because there was always money left on the table for the client. But the big firms would always push their client to accept the lowball offer.
Chris saw this and wanted to make a difference, even if it was small. He wanted to only take on a handful of clients and treat each of his clients like the unique person they are; each with a different story of their pain and suffering. Chris made it his personal goal to hand pick the best team to help him reach his goal of creating the Best Personal Injury Law Firm San Diego has seen.
Today, Chris Mova is well respected across the country for helping lawyers achieve spectacular awards and settlements on behalf of their clients. He coaches personal injury lawyers in other states on how to properly setup a personal injury case, how to negotiate it, and how to litigate it, especially cases involving spinal injury and brain injuries.
If you are interested in having Chris Mova and his staff represent you, please call us now and Chris or one of his hand picked team members will assist you.
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People use boats both for pleasure and work. Those who boat for pleasure and are injured may be covered by different liability rules than those who are hurt while on boats for work. Common scenarios that give rise to injury on boats are when a boat collides with another boat, a boat collides with a submerged obstacle such as a rock, a boat collides with the wake of another boat, or a boat hits a wave.
In a pleasure boating accident that is covered by state laws, you will usually have to show negligence, which is that someone failed to act with reasonable care and the failure caused an accident, in order to recover compensation for an injury. When two boats collide, one or both boat operators may be partially responsible. As on the road, there may be state laws that require certain types of boat operators to give deference to other types of boat operators. For example, some states require motorboats to stay out of the way of sailboats because they are more maneuverable.
COMMON CAUSES OF BOAT ACCIDENTS
What if a boat operator crashes into the wake of another boat and not the boat itself? In general, all boat operators are required to look out for potentially hazardous situations. Liability in that case depends on factors such as boat traffic, whether a boat operator warned passengers of the wake, the type of boat, the size of the wake, how fast the boat was moving, and visibility. The operator of a boat that creates a wake can be found negligent depending on the location. There are no wake zones in some marinas and harbors. When a boat creates a wake in those locations, it may be found negligent. In most cases, however, the operator of the boat that is affected by the wake may be considered negligent for failing to warn passengers.
When a big wave causes an accident, the operator of the boat that is affected may be negligent. However, in some cases, waves affect a boat without anybody’s negligence. Similarly, a boat can hit something submerged even when an operator is driving with due care. If the boat operator is navigating with nautical charts and driving safely, the operator may not be liable for a collision with a rock or other obstacle.
Sometimes injuries are exacerbated because of a boat operator or owner’s failure to have safety equipment in case of an accident. Some state safety laws require that life jackets, fire extinguishers, navigational lights, and flares be on board. When safety equipment is not available and injuries are made worse as a result, the boat’s owner or operator may be found negligent.
As with other accidents, the at-fault boating operator’s insurance can affect whether you can recover compensation for injuries. Among the economic and noneconomic damages you may be able to recover as an injured boating accident victim are medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In some cases, when a boating operator has assets, it may be possible to recover damages directly from the boating operator even if there is not insurance.