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Trust Daniel C. Carlton in a Crisis

Have you been injured in an accident in Orange County? Or perhaps you're dealing with an injury or accidental death of a loved one? Put your trust in a law firm that puts your needs first. Contact the Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton.

Located in Costa Mesa and serving the legal needs of people throughout Orange County, our law firm has extensive experience handling some of the most complicated cases in Southern California. Attorney Dan Carlton has more than 40 years of legal experience in the area. He knows how the legal system works and knows what needs to be done to get the job done right.

Whatever the circumstances of your accident, you shouldn't have to pay for somebody else's reckless or negligent behavior. Contact our law firm today and schedule your free case evaluation. We can help you fight for justice and get you back on the road to recovery.

Types of Personal Injury Cases We Handle

The Law Offices of Daniel C. Carlton handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, including the following:

We also handle personal injury cases involving:

In the event of the death of a loved one, we can also work with your family and help you file a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf. Whatever the circumstances of your case, we're here for you when you need us most.

Count On Carlton

Serious accidents in Southern California demand serious attention. Even a minor of accidents can leave victims facing years of physical, emotional and financial hardship. Accidents can result in steep medical bills, loss of income and many other expenses.

And even if your case seems clear-cut, don't simply assume that insurance companies will automatically approve your accident claim and fairly compensate you. In many cases, many insurance companies will put pressure on you to accept a low-ball offer. Or they might try to deny your claim altogether.

Insurance companies don't intimidate us. We know how to take them on and hold them accountable. And if they refuse to negotiate with us, we're prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit on your behalf and take them to court. Remember, you didn't do anything wrong. You shouldn't have to pay for someone else's mistakes. Schedule an appointment today with attorney Dan Carlton free of charge. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Serious Injuries

Many people assume that if they suffer a serious injury other than in a car accident - something less common that may happen on someone else's property, at work or in an unusual situation with dangerous conditions - that they need to deal with it by themselves. Car accident injuries, including severe airbag injuries, typically result in victims securing legal representation to help make sure they get the compensation they deserve. But for other less typical injuries, many people don't know they have legal recourse. Some of the most common serious injuries people sustain include:

  • Cervical dystonia
  • Broken bones
  • Internal injuries
  • Loss of hearing or tinnitus
  • Loss of sight
  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal cord damage

Our law firm represents victims of serious injuries of all kinds, from a traffic collision traumatic brain injury, to a slip and fall accident in a store that results in a spinal cord injury, to hearing loss, to a severe burn injury at a restaurant. Serious injuries can even occur due to dog bite attacks and boating accidents. The list is virtually endless. In every serious injury case, the responsible parties can be held accountable and a liability lawsuit could be filed - against a negligent driver, a store owner, a pool owner, a dog owner and a boat owner. Let us pursue the restitution you deserve from the responsible parties.

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Burn injuries

Each year, thousands of people sustain serious burn injuries due to a hazardous situation. Burn injury victims must seek immediate medical attention in order to avoid as much skin scarring as possible. Severe burns can happen due to a house fire, apartment fire, car accident explosion or forest fire. Facial burn disfiguration may require skin grafting procedures and months or years of skin treatments. First-degree, second-degree and third-degree burns can occur in all types of settings where dangerous conditions exist, including:

  • A house fire with no fire extinguishers
  • An apartment fire or hotel fire with no fire sprinklers
  • A car accident explosion, if the gas tank exploded
  • Electrical burns when defective wiring caught fire
  • Respiratory/lung burn if toxic fumes leaked
  • Scalding water spilled at a restaurant
  • Cooks burned by kitchen stove fires
  • Exposure to dangerous household chemicals
  • Home repair project solvents, corrosive fluids and caustic chemicals
  • Household drain cleaners and rust removers

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Spinal cord injuries

Injuries to the spine caused by a serious accident can instantly change a person's life forever. Spinal cord injuries cover a wide range. Depending on the location of the injury on a person's spine and whether the spinal cord was completely or partially severed, some of the most common (and most serious) spinal cord injuries can result in nerve damage, brain damage and partial or total paralysis. Such injuries include:

  • Paraplegia (loss of movement and sensation in the lower half of the body)
  • Quadriplegia (also known as tetraplegia - loss of movement in all four limbs)
  • Triplegia (loss of movement in one arm and both legs)

There are many reasons why spinal cord injury accidents occur. Many involve motor vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) but a common cause involves the reckless or negligent actions of drivers or other people.

No matter where your spine got injured, we can go after the responsible parties. The auto insurance company of a distracted driver who hit you or the premises liability insurance company covering the property where you were injured. If you or a loved one are in a wheelchair, can't walk anymore or have chronic back pain due to spinal cord injury, contact our law firm. We want to help you get your life back on track.

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Tinnitus, also called a constant ringing in the ears, is a uniquely devastating and life-altering condition. It can become all-consuming, distracting victims from their work, making it impossible to concentrate, and disrupting everyday activities such as conversation, listening to music or the simple act of trying to enjoy some peace and quiet. Over time it can cause psychological distress, due to the endless irritation of any number of intermittent or continuous sounds:

  • High-pitched ringing
  • Low, ceaseless roaring
  • Incessant buzzing
  • Tapping or tinkling sounds
  • Relentless hissing
  • Partial or total hearing loss
  • Your own pulse (heartbeat)
  • Sound of breathing amplified

According to the Mayo Clinic, the medical cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage, when the tiny hairs deep inside the ear are broken or bent, causing electrical impulses to be randomly leaked into the brain in the form of sound. There are many medical or natural causes of tinnitus, from earwax blocking the ear canal to inner ear tumors to presbycusis (age-related hearing loss). But there are numerous environmental factors that can damage the ears enough to cause severe tinnitus, sentencing some victims to an existence filled with either non-stop noise or, eventually, no hearing at all. Many dangerous conditions, products and activities that can result in tinnitus, including:

  • Loud airbag deployment boom
  • Heavy equipment such as chainsaws
  • Pneumatic tools, including nail guns
  • Roaring factory assembly line machines
  • MP3s and iPods with earbuds or headphones
  • Ear-splitting live concerts
  • Car accident head or neck injuries
  • Dangerous medicines

A study conducted by the Michigan Ear Institute and the Department of Otolaryngology at Wayne State University showed that tinnitus and hearing loss are the most common symptoms of airbag inflation injuries. In addition to hearing problems, some tinnitus victims also suffer eardrum rupture, vertigo and dizziness. Regardless of the cause of your tinnitus or hearing loss, we can fight for your rights and go after the negligent airbag manufacturer, product maker, distracted driver, or even an employer who doesn't provide enough on-the-job ear protection.

Tinnitus can result in an inability to concentrate at work, psychological torment, emotional anxiety, stress and an overall negative impact on your quality of life. If you or a loved one is suffering from tinnitus, hearing damage, or a torn or burst eardrum due to someone else's negligence, contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation today.

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Traumatic brain injuries

Serious head injuries often result in traumatic brain injuries, known as TBIs. There are many reasons why people sustain TBIs. Motor vehicle accidents (including ones involving cars, trucks or motorcycles) are a common cause. So are injuries sustained in slip and fall accidents and many other dangerous situations on other people's property, known as premises accidents.

Head injuries can happen wherever dangerous conditions exist, including slipping on an unmarked hazard, diving into a swimming pool or riding on an amusement park ride. Millions of people nationwide sustain traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization and emergency medical treatment.

A TBI can affect people in many different ways. Some of the most common health problems associated with head trauma include:

  • Headaches
  • Behavioral changes
  • Mental impairment
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding or hemorrhage
  • Concussion
  • Fractured skull
  • Brain swelling
  • Contusion or hematoma
  • Loss of balance
  • Brain damage
  • Memory loss
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you or a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury or if you lost a loved one due to TBI, make sure you take your case seriously right from the start. Make sure you contact our law firm and schedule your free case evaluation. We know how to negotiate with insurance companies or take them on in court. Your injury matters here.

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