Kevin Flahavan Named to Rising Stars List

In June, 2017, Kevin Flahavan was named to Super Lawyers Southern California’s Rising Stars List. An achievement given to the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40 in Southern California! To read the full Super Lawyers Article click the link below….

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Kevin Flahavan: 2017 Southern California Rising Stars List

From Super Lawyers Magazine Rising Stars Edition June, 2017:

To say Kevin Flahavan feels at home in his new Westlake Village office would be an understatement. He literally grew up in a law firm. The son of William Flahavan, lead author of the “Personal Injury Practice Guide,” was just 8 years old when his dad turned part of the house into an office. He believes it is a big reason for his firm’s success.

“I remember all of the clients who would come to the house,” says Flahavan. “Without fully understanding the circumstances, I think I just associated them with friends and family. That mentality is something that has always stayed with me. I want to represent each of my clients just as I would my own family members.”

There was never a shortage of great attorneys around either. Flahavan is the godson of Tom Girardi of Girardi Keese and went to elementary school with the daughter of Larry Grassini of Grassini Wrinkle & Johnson. In 2016, he handled separate cases with each of their firms.

“These are people I’ve always looked up to,” says Flahavan. “You can learn a hundred things just from being around them for ten minutes. They each have their own unique style or way of doing things that make them great, but I think the one thing they have in common is a genuine care for their clients and a love for this profession. I like to think that’s one thing I share with them.”

Personal injury law has become the Flahavan family business. Kevin’s older brother, Brian Flahavan, has a firm in Northern California, which allows the Flahavans to handle cases throughout California. “My brother and I were extremely lucky to have such great parents,” says Flahavan. “They just wanted us to do something that we were passionate about. I think we saw how much our dad loved his work and his passion really rubbed off on us.”

Kevin Flahavan’s passion has been noticeable throughout the legal community. It’s one of the reasons why he was recently elected to the Ventura County Trial Lawyers Association Board of Directors. In addition to his practice, Flahavan is passionate about animals. He is a sponsor of the Ventura County Sherriff’s K9 Golf Tournament and, as you can see, loves Dobermans.

 

 

 

 

California’s Parking Lots are Full of Danger

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California’s parking lots can be dangerous places. Everyday, people slip, trip, and fall in the parking lots of major businesses or in parking garages. But it is not just slips, trips, and falls that pedestrians should be aware of when walking in a parking lot or parking garage.

Too often, vehicles drive too fast when looking for a free parking spot. Pedestrians can be in danger when cars are zooming through the area. In addition, vehicles backing out of parking spots can leave those on foot in danger. Drivers can be hampered by blind spots or could simply not see someone behind their vehicles.

What Causes a Parking Lot Accident?

When motorists enter a business’s parking lot, they are often focusing on other things. Whether their thoughts are on work, shopping, or looking for a good parking spot, drivers often fail to see those on foot.

Another cause of accidents are blind spots when a driver backs out of a parking spot. These blind spots can cause sudden fender benders or pedestrians to be hit. In April of 2017, a car backing out of a parking place at high-speed at a Chino, California church mowed down six pedestrians. Two were killed in the accident and the other four were left badly injured.

It is important to remember that parking lots can be confusing because traditional traffic laws do not apply. Drivers feel they can drive as recklessly as they want when entering or exiting a parking lot.

Due to the amount of traffic in a parking lot, people can become irritated easily. When drivers becoming aggressive in their search for a parking spot, accidents are more likely to occur.

Parking Lot Attacks

It is not just vehicles that pedestrians need to be aware of in parking lots. There have been a number of attacks by people on other people at nationally known shopping chains. Walmart is one such chain that has seen attacks on individuals in parking lots. In 2016, a disabled man was attacked by a woman who had parked in an accessible parking space. The disabled man was physically removed from his vehicle before being thrown to the ground. He suffered several injuries in the melee.

Parking Lot Safety Tips

* Be aware of other vehicles and pedestrians when you reverse from a parking space,

* Park away from the shopping center’s entrance where fewer cars are located,

* Pedestrians should not walk in the middle of driving lanes,

* Pedestrians should pay attention to the parking lot’s traffic, and

* If pedestrian walking areas are available, use them.

Accidents happen every day in parking lots across California. Whether it is in an automobile or on foot, injuries occur. If you have suffered an injury and your medical bills are piling up, then you should seek out the help of a personal injury attorney.

Flahavan Law Offices | Car Accident Attorney Westlake Village

If you or a loved one has experienced an injury from an auto accident in a parking lot or on the road, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on the compensation you deserve. Visit our homepage or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Office is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.

Cyclists Receive Huge Cash Settlements

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The city of San Diego will pay one local cyclist a whopping $4.85 million following an early settlement in March of 2017. The settlement is one of the largest ever paid to a cyclist in the state after Clifford Brown was injured as a result to the Southern California city’s poorly maintained sidewalks.

How did it Happen?

On a normal San Diego day in 2014, Brown was simply cycling to visit a friend. Suddenly, he was thrown from his bike when he hit a tree root that had grown under the sidewalk and fractured the pavement.

In the fall that sent Brown 28 feet from where he made contact with the tree root, the cyclist tore ligaments in his spinal cord. He also sustained cuts, bruises and lost several teeth. When Brown landed on his head, doctors believed he may have had a stroke as well.

In all, the injuries led to a month-long stay in the hospital, 60 days of rehabilitation and constant in-home care that lasts to this day.

Who was Liable?

Brown’s attorney argued that the city was responsible for the cyclist’s injuries due its cuts in sidewalk maintenance. The city of San Diego agreed to the settlement before going to trial as the amount due to Brown could have been considerably more if a jury was involved.

Los Angeles Cyclist Killed

In early May, Los Angeles City council agreed to a settlement of its own after a man was killed in Eagle Rock. Edgardo Gabat was riding with a cycling group when he hit uneven pavement and was sent flying off his bike in 2014.

Like San Diego, the city was sued for not maintaining its sidewalks. The area that Gabat had been riding in was labeled as “bicycle friendly,” but it was anything but safe on the night of his death. Gabat’s fall was so brutal that the helmet he was wearing was not enough to absorb the impact of the pavement on the back of his head.

LA is said to have a number of deteriorated streets that have been forgotten about by the city council. These streets are now injury and wrongful death traps waiting to claim more victims.

Cyclist Deaths and Injuries

According to WeLoveCycling.com, California ranks as seventh in the United States in cyclist deaths. Every day, millions of Californians cycle to work, school or to see friends, yet some of the state’s roadways are far from safe due to poor maintenance. To improve these cities for cyclists, joggers, and walkers, it may take more large personal injury lawsuit settlements for changes to be made.

Flahavan Law Offices | Westlake Village Bicycle Attorney

If you or a loved one has experienced an injury from a cycling accident, contact Flahavan Law Offices. Flahavan Law Offices specializes in personal injury law and can give you advice on the compensation you deserve. Visit our homepage or contact us directly. Flahavan Law Offices is here to help with all your personal injury law needs.