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Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP is a plaintiff’s personal injury law firm located in Los Angeles, California. Our trial lawyers focus solely on personal injury claims and are dedicated to protecting the rights of seriously injured people throughout Southern California.

We regularly take on large corporations and government agencies or entities whose negligence causes our clients’ injuries and hold them accountable. Our top rated Los Angeles personal injury lawyers have always been champions of consumer rights. The size, clout or financial strength of wrongdoers is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice.

Our accident attorneys have the experience, skill and resources necessary to thoroughly investigate any injury case and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. We have helped injury victims in cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, brain injury, spinal cord injury, medical malpractice, product defects, wrongful death and more. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious injury in Los Angeles, CA, our personal injury attorneys can help secure financial compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, pain, suffering and other losses you may have incurred.

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Nationally Ranked, Award Winning Law Firm Ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® as a “Tier 1” Firm for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation

Our attorneys have been repeatedly recognized for excellence by other trial attorneys, legal organizations and publications nationwide. The firm has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® as a “Tier 1” Firm for Plaintiffs Personal Injury Litigation – the highest ranking a firm can receive– and among the top 12 best Plaintiff’s law firms in the country by the National Law Journal.

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Nationally Recognized, Award Winning Attorneys Panish and Ravipudi named 2020 Trailblazers by the National Law Journal

Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP partners Brian Panish and Rahul Ravipudi have been named among the list of 2020 Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Trailblazers by the National Law Journal. The list recognizes 25 plaintiff lawyers from across the country who are agents of change and “have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their sector.”

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WHY IS PANISH | SHEA | RAVIPUDI LLP THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOU? 10 reasons to have our experienced personal injury law firm on your side

Hiring a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles county can be a tough decision and, undoubtedly, one that will have a considerable impact on the outcome of your case. Here are some important qualities you should look for in selecting the best attorney for you.

Jury Verdicts
Jury Verdicts
The Los Angeles injury attorney team at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP have helped clients secure more than $10 Billion…

…in compensation for their damages. Senior Partner, Brian Panish, is recognized for obtaining the largest personal injury verdict in American history at the time, $4.9 billion jury verdict in Anderson v. GM. Additional landmark verdicts obtained by firm attorneys include a $58 million jury verdict for a construction accident, a $55 million jury verdict for a tire separation, a $41,864,102 jury verdict for an injured motorcyclist and many more multi-million dollar verdicts in personal injury cases.

Skilled with
Skilled with
Most personal injury lawsuits end at the settlement negotiation table and never proceed to trial.

While the trial value of a Los Angeles personal injury claim will likely eclipse the possible settlement value, reaching a speedy resolution in a settlement is beneficial to all parties. Our attorneys have the negotiating skills and legal acumen to maximize our clients’ recoveries at the settlement phase, and defense firms in the areas know our firm’s reputation for success with jury verdicts. This inherently encourages more amicable settlement negotiations with our clients.

Dealing with
Dealing with
Insurance companies have no obligation to act in a policyholder’s or claimant’s best interests.

They exist to make money and paying claims runs counter to their goals. When insurance companies attempt to lowball claimants or take advantage of unwary policyholders, our firm can hold them accountable and encourage fairer negotiations with our clients.

Stellar Reputation
Stellar Reputation The Los Angeles personal injury attorneys at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP have earned national recognition…

… for their record-setting jury verdicts and unwavering commitment to client recovery. Since our firm’s beginnings, we have secured substantial settlements for our clients in many different personal injury and product liability cases. Legal teams throughout California and the nation know our reputation for success, and our firm has earned the respect of our peers across the country.

Prompt and Thorough Investigations
Prompt and Thorough Investigations Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP consults with leading experts, researchers, and investigators around the country…

… to thoroughly research the facts of every case we take. Our firm coordinates timely and efficient investigations for our clients’ claims so we can retain as much evidence as possible. Because most physical evidence deteriorates quickly, we make every effort to obtain and preserve as much evidence as possibly, as quickly as possible, in every case.

Contingency Fees
Contingency Fees The assumed cost of legal representation unfortunately deters many people from seeking legal counsel when they need it most.

Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP operates under a contingency fee billing structure. This means a client does not pay any legal fees until we win his or her case. Our firm knows that after an accident, the last thing the average person wants to worry about is the cost of hiring an attorney. We offer transparent billing, so our clients know exactly what to expect from every case.

Navigating a
Complex System
Navigating a
Complex System
The average person will not be able to handle a legal claim unassisted while recovering from an injury.

Missing a filing deadline or other requirement could have a case thrown out before it even approaches trial. The Los Angeles injury attorneys at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP know how to meet the court’s strict filing requirements, so our clients can focus on recovery.

Trial Attorneys
Trial Attorneys Although most personal injury cases end with settlements, a few will need to move to trial for the plaintiff to recover.

The Los Angeles injury lawyers at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP have no fear of taking a case into court. Businesses and insurance companies in the area know our track record of landmark jury verdicts, so they take clients we represent very seriously. We put our reputation as trial-tested attorneys to work for the benefit of our clients.

Helping Our Clients with Important Decisions
Helping Our Clients with Important Decisions Building a lawsuit is just one aspect of recovering from a personal injury.

Our attorneys know the various devastating effects an injury can have on your life and have experience with a wide variety of civil claims. We want our clients to thoroughly understand their options and to make informed decisions about their compensation. Our attorneys are committed to providing the best representation possible in every personal injury case.

Working with
All Parties
Working with
All Parties
Our experienced Los Angeles personal injury legal team at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP has a reputation for working well with others…

… even opposing counsel in high-profile cases. We believe in professionalism and maximizing our clients’ compensation. Our reputation as a legal team of courteous, experienced professionals goes to work in every case we take.

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Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP

At Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP, our skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorneys are dedicated to the relentless pursuit of justice for our clients.

We have been recognized for excellence by other attorneys, legal organizations and publications across the nation. Our partners have handled high profile cases and secured record setting verdicts for our clients.

Brian Panish

Brian Panish has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs, including a record-setting $4.9 billion verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, over 100 verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, and six verdicts in excess of $50 million in personal injury and wrongful death cases. Recognized as being among the top trial lawyers in the U.S. by numerous publications and organizations, Brian focuses his practice on personal injury, wrongful death, mass tort and products liability cases and consistently serves in a leadership role in the largest personal injury cases in the state and country.

Adam Shea

Adam Shea has extensive experience representing individuals and families in truck and bus accident claims involving multi-vehicle crashes and pedestrian accidents. He has a proven track record of helping those who have been harmed by negligence, wrongful conduct, violations of safety rules, and defective products – including automotive and tire product defects. Adam has obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and settlements in California in these types of cases and was an integral part of the trial team in Lampe v. Continental Tire that resulted in a $55.6 million verdict, the largest jury verdict in history involving a defective tire.

Rahul Ravipudi

Rahul Ravipudi has spent his legal career handling catastrophic injury, wrongful death, sexual abuse and sexual assault, and school injury cases. His landmark results include a $160 million jury verdict obtained for his client who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was beaten by a security guard as well as a $28,500,000+ settlement for a special needs student who was struck by a vehicle while under the care and supervision of a school district. Rahul has received numerous awards for his trial efforts and was recognized as the 2017 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year.

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Client Testimonials
“Spencer and Brian were right there, encouraging me, supporting me, helping me to know the things I needed to know to make good decisions...” Freeman v. Doe Realty Company Mike Freeman, whose son, Patrick, suffered a severe brain injury when he was struck by a car while legally crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP obtained a $48.5 million settlement for Patrick.
“Brian and Spencer, Thank you both for everything you did to help my case! I am eternally grateful to you both. Chrys and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.” Nichols v. AC Transit Abby Nichols who suffered severe orthopedic and internal injuries when she was hit by an Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus. Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP obtained a $10.5 settlement for Abby.
“Their honest and professional approach was just what we needed during this difficult time. From the partners to the junior staff, they walked us through each step of the way and fought for us.” Powers v. Tanzman Joe and Didi Powers. Didi suffered a traumatic brain injury when she was hit by a recreational vehicle while riding her bicycle.
Frequently asked questions about personal injury cases

Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP specializes in plaintiffs’ personal injury law in the Los Angeles area and throughout California. We help victims of defective products, fraud, car accidents, plane and helicopter crashes, wildfires, and more pursue their legal right to financial compensation.

It doesn’t matter who caused the injury or property damage – a large corporation, the government, or an individual – your Los Angeles personal injury attorney team will hold them accountable for their negligence and help win you fair compensation.

What is a personal injury case?

A personal injury case is based on personal injury law, which is a legal framework that provides a means for injury victims to recover compensation for their injuries and seek justice. Also referred to as Tort Law, personal injury law covers cases involving accidents, intentional acts such as sexual assault, defective products and defamation. Every Los Angeles personal injury claim has two core issues – liability and damages. Was someone liable for the injury or damages and what were the nature of the damages? Accident cases involve the concept of negligence. Negligence is a failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would do in the circumstances relating to the accident. In order to establish negligence, four elements must be shown:

1. Duty

Duty is a legal obligation requiring that individuals or companies exercise a standard of reasonable care while performing actions that could harm others. This can encompass many things, such as a doctor providing care, or another motorist driving their car. The defendant does not have to know the plaintiff to owe them a duty.

2. Breach

Breach is a violation of that duty. The defendant breached that duty by failing to act as a “reasonably prudent person” should. In other words, the defendant should have known that their actions would likely cause injury to others.

3. Causation

Causation is the link between the breach of duty and the injury or harm suffered. For negligence to established, the injury must be a result of the breach.

4. Damages

Damages refer to actual injuries caused by the breach of duty.

How much does a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles charge?

At Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP, our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers handle all cases on a contingency fee basis. This means we never charge any fees unless we secure compensation on our client’s behalf – there are absolutely no out of pocket fees when we take a case. Once we are successful, we charge a percentage of the recovery.

How do I know if I have a claim?

While it’s not the only requirement, the injury needs to have been someone else’s fault, and caused by their negligence. Physically visible injuries are not necessary for a personal injury claim; attacks of defamation, emotional distress, or the expectation of harm would all be grounds for filing a personal injury lawsuit against that person. Another thing to consider is whether the injury created compensatory damages, such as medical expenses and bills or lost wages. If all of these things are true, then you have a personal injury case. It is recommended that you speak with one of our skilled Los Angeles injury lawyers immediately.

Who can file an injury claim?

When the willful or negligent act of another person or entities cause someone to suffer an injury, that person may file a claim under personal injury law. Each state has different laws detailing what qualifies as a personal injury. For example, workers’ compensation covers any injury that occurs at work. To better determine whether your situation qualifies under California law, contact the Los Angeles accident lawyers at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP to schedule a free consultation.

What are California personal injury laws?

California is a comparative negligence state. Comparative negligence laws provide a means to divide fault and assign fault between all the parties involved. Under these laws, a plaintiff can be awarded damages even if their own negligence contributed to the accident. In a lawsuit, a plaintiff’s damages would be reduced based on their share of fault – for example, if you are found to be 25% at fault in a $100,000 settlement, you would receive $75,000. An example of this would be a drunk driving defendant proving negligence on the part of the plaintiff because they had a tail light out. California also follows the pure comparative fault rule, which means that even if the defendant is found to be 99 percent at fault, they can still collect on damages.

Is there a time limit on filing a claim?

California law requires a victim to file a claim or lawsuit within a predetermined amount of time from the date of injury. This is known as a “statute of limitation” and it differs according to the type of injury. Here’s a breakdown of the maximum time frames you can file in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Injury to Person – 2 years
  • Libel/Slander – 1 year
  • Trespassing – 3 years
  • Fraud – 3 years
  • Damage to Personal Property – 3 years
  • Professional Malpractice:
    • Legal – 1 year from discovery; maximum of 4 years from the act
    • Medical – 1 year from discovery; 3 years if injury is known
    • Veterinary – 1 year from injury/death of animal
How much is my case worth?

The value of a personal injury case varies based on the amount of damages the injuries you have incurred. Damages can be awarded for pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of earnings, loss of earning capacity, medical bills – both present and future, among others. In certain circumstances, courts may award punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded when the wrongful behavior of the defendant was particularly reprehensible. Additionally, the Los Angeles personal injury law firm you choose can have a huge impact on the amount you recover. Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP is considered to be one of the top plaintiff’s law firms in the country and we regularly receive referrals from other personal injury lawyers because of our track record of getting very large settlements and verdicts.

How long will my case take?

Every personal injury case is different, some can settle very quickly while others may take years to complete. This often depends on the defendant you are dealing with. If you are dealing with an insurance company, they will often try to pay you as little as possible to resolve your claim and offer pennies on the dollar for what your case is actually worth. Other defendants, especially in defective product, dangerous drug and medical device cases, may need to go to trial to be settled. It is vitally important to work with a Los Angeles personal injury law firm that will not settle your case for less than it’s worth just to get a quick result. If a company is not dealing fairly with you, taking them to trial may be the only way to secure just compensation for the harm you have suffered. At Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP, our trial lawyers have significant experience taking cases to trial against large companies and winning. We have secured over $1 billion for our clients in the last 10 years and set records along the way.

Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

If you are considering filing an injury claim, a personal injury attorney can make a significant difference in the outcome. Statistically, plaintiffs who hire an accident lawyer receive higher settlements than people who represent themselves. Our trial lawyers have the knowledge and experience to handle negotiations with insurance companies and if necessary, take your claim to trial. We are well known for our experience in the courtroom, our success rate, and high verdicts.

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Our Practice Areas

The Los Angeles Personal Injury lawyers at Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP handle many types of cases. If you don’t see the category for your type of case, please call us at (310) 477-1700 to speak with our trial lawyers and discuss your legal matter. Also serving Kern, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties as well as Nevada.

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Attorney Referrals and Joint Ventures

Panish | Shea | Ravipudi LLP is considered one of the top plaintiff’s law firms in the country and receives case referrals from all types of lawyers and law firms. We also joint venture on cases with attorneys who want to stay more actively involved in the litigation. Over $70 million referral fees in the last five years.

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