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At Matthews & Associates, we are deeply committed to providing comprehensive and reliable legal guidance and representation to individuals grappling with the aftermath of personal injury, those who have fallen victim to defective products, and survivors of sexual abuse and assault. Our law firm is dedicated to.

Our commitment is built on a solid foundation of compassion, perseverance, and a profound understanding of California law. With a team of highly skilled professionals, we excel at navigating the intricate complexities of a wide range of legal cases. We extend a supportive hand to those in need, vigorously advocating for their rights and interests.

Traversing the legal landscape can be a challenging task, especially for those reeling from personal traumas or dealing with the consequences of injury or injustice. This is where Matthews & Associates steps in as your steadfast advocate. 

Our team is dedicated to providing clarity, support, and understanding in your time of need, easing the burden and fear often associated with legal proceedings. We demystify the complexities of California law, guiding you step by step through every stage of your case. Our objective is to help you understand your legal options, to empower you to make informed decisions, and to represent you in a trial if a settlement cannot be reached. 

Our firm is committed to standing by your side, passionately advocating for the justice and rightful compensation that you deserve.

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Are Sexual Abuse & Assault Cases Considered Criminal or Civil Cases?

Sexual abuse and assault can lead to both criminal and civil legal actions. In a criminal case, the government prosecutes an alleged offender for violating laws against sexual abuse or assault. If found guilty, the offender could face incarceration, fines, or other legal penalties. On the other hand, a civil case is a legal dispute between the survivor and the perpetrator. The aim of a civil lawsuit is to compensate the survivor for harm caused by the abuse or assault, which can include damages for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Signs that a Loved One May Be Experiencing Sexual Assault or Abuse

Recognizing the signs of sexual assault or abuse is critical to providing timely help to a loved one. While each individual's experience and reaction may differ, there are common signs to be aware of. Emotional changes, such as increased agitation, mood swings, or withdrawal from social activities, could indicate a problem. Physical signs may include unexplained injuries, changes in eating or sleeping patterns, or sudden changes in personal hygiene. If a loved one shows signs of fear or unease around a specific individual, this might also suggest potential abuse.

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Examples of Defective Product Cases

  • Automotive Defects

    These cases frequently revolve around flaws in the design or production of vehicles or vehicle components. Problems can vary from malfunctioning airbags that either do not deploy or deploy without reason to defective tires that result in accidents.

  • Medical Devices

    Defective medical devices, including implants, pacemakers, and hip replacements, have the potential to inflict significant harm or complications upon the patients who rely on them.

  • Children's Toys

    Toys with improper design or manufacturing can pose choking hazards, contain toxic substances, or cause unexpected injuries due to sharp edges.

  • Household Appliances

    Malfunctioning electrical appliances pose serious risks, such as fires, electrocution, and other hazards. These hazards encompass a wide range of devices, ranging from blenders and toasters to washing machines and heating systems.

  • Pharmaceutical Drugs

    In some cases, medications have been introduced to the market without undergoing sufficient testing, resulting in significant adverse effects, complications, or even loss of life.

  • Electronics and Technology Devices

    These cases may encompass defective batteries that experience overheating or explosions, software glitches that render a product inoperable, or design flaws that result in subpar performance or potential hazards.

  • Food Products

    This can involve cases of food poisoning due to contamination during the manufacturing process or misleading labeling that results in allergic reactions or illness.

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What Is a Personal Injury Claim?

A personal injury claim refers to a legal dispute that arises when an individual suffers harm from an accident or injury for which someone else may be held legally responsible. In such cases, the responsible party's insurance company typically provides compensation to cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as ongoing medical costs.

Injuries Common in Personal Injury Cases

Personal injury cases encompass a wide range of injuries, such as:

  • Whiplash
  • Burns
  • Fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Psychological trauma

These injuries could result from various incidents such as car accidents, workplace accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, and slips and falls.

Determining Liability in a Personal Injury Case

Determining liability in a personal injury case involves ascertaining who is at fault or responsible for the injury. This process often requires a detailed understanding of the specific facts of the case. Factors such as negligence, breach of duty, and causation play crucial roles. In some instances, more than one party could be held liable, and the injured party may also share some degree of responsibility.

The Three Types of Defective Product Cases

Defective product cases typically fall into three main categories: design defects, manufacturing defects, and marketing defects. 

Design defects are present in a product from the beginning, even before it is manufactured. They occur when the product's design is inherently dangerous or defective, rendering the product unsafe for its intended use. 

Manufacturing defects, on the other hand, occur during the course of a product's production or assembly. These defects may affect only a few products in a line and not the entire line itself. 

Marketing defects involve inadequate instructions or failures to warn consumers of potential risks associated with the product's use.

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Strict Liability in Defective Product Cases

In the arena of defective product cases, the principle of strict liability often applies. This doctrine holds that a defendant can be held liable for a plaintiff's damages without the plaintiff having to prove that the defendant was negligent. The injured party must only prove that the product was defective and that this defect led to their injury. This principle is underpinned by the belief that suppliers and manufacturers should bear the responsibility for the safety of products they introduce into the marketplace.

What to Do if You Suspect You or a Loved One Is Experiencing Sexual Abuse or Assault

If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing sexual abuse or assault, immediate action is crucial. Begin by ensuring the immediate safety of the person affected. If the situation is urgent, don't hesitate to call 911. Encourage the survivor to seek medical attention, even if there are no obvious physical injuries, as this can provide crucial evidence if they decide to report the abuse. It's also important to listen, support, and believe the survivor, as this can significantly impact their recovery process. Lastly, consider seeking advice from our team to understand the available options, rights, and next steps in this challenging time.

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California Trial Lawyers Committed to Justice 

At Matthews & Associates, we are passionate advocates dedicated to pursuing justice and compensation for those who have suffered as a result of another party's negligence, malice, or recklessness. We understand the immense toll these unfortunate circumstances can have, and it is our mission to alleviate that burden. 

Our firm offers complimentary consultations, providing individuals with an opportunity to discuss their case without any financial commitment. We also operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning our fees are dependent on the successful resolution of your case. While we refrain from making guarantees or promises, recognizing the uniqueness of each case and the need for individual evaluation, you can trust in our unwavering commitment, extensive legal experience, and the tireless dedication we bring to every case we undertake.

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