Personal Injury & Property Damage

Personal Injury

Our experienced group of attorneys have successfully handled thousands of personal injury claims and lawsuits involving automobile, trucking and bus accidents, industrial and construction accidents, injuries caused by defective products, sports injuries including bicycle accidents, scuba diving accidents and ski lift incidents, as well as slip and fall accidents, household mishaps, dog bites, and many other kinds of personal injury matters. The types of injuries range from pain and suffering, emotional distress and psychic injuries, soft-tissue and whiplash, broken bones, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, moderate to severe burn injuries, loss of limbs, blindness and eye-out injuries, as well as wrongful death resulting from various causes. The Firm's attorneys are experienced in representing the injured party as well as his or her family members affected by the injury, and in representing a wide range of defendants who find themselves in the unfortunate position of having to defend such claims. Our attorneys understand the financial issues related to the claims and expenses that impact and are integral to the resolution of personal injury claims, including present and future medical bills, retention of expert medical, technical and forensic consultants, and the loss of support, earnings and earning capacity. The Firm's attorneys work diligently on behalf of all clients to effectively control costs and to deal with and resolve all cases in a fair and timely manner that meet our clients' goals.

Premises Liability

Recently, in premises liability cases, the courts have broadened the duties owed by property owners and business establishments to provide a safe environment for individuals on their premises and in so doing have extended the parameters of premises liability litigation affecting the rights of injured individuals as well as those of property owners, lessors, lessees, managers and their contractors. The Firm has comprehensive knowledge and extensive expertise in this expanding area of premises liability law. Representative cases include bodily injury and property damage arising out of slip and fall, trip and fall, assault and battery, lack of security, presence of mold, sick building syndrome, building contamination, building code violations, and claims made under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Proposition 65.  The attorneys at Chen Horwitz & Franklin are experts in this area of the law.

Asbestos & Toxic Torts

Chen Horwitz & Franklin's personal injury and premises liability practice includes representing clients in asbestos claims and environmental and toxic tort claims. The Firm represents individual clients as well as product manufacturers, distributors, premises owners and other parties involved in asbestos and mesothelioma litigation. Other cases have involved chemical exposure, and matters alleging property contamination and, CERCLA and RCRA claims. Our attorneys have handled numerous building and property contamination cases secondary to alleged improper construction, abatement, remediation, demolition, rehabilitation and operations and maintenance practices. The Firm’s attorneys are readily familiar with the complex science and medicine involved in these cases.

Mold Contamination & Related Bodily Injury Claims

Exposure to mold, both at home and in the workplace, continues to be of concern to the general public. Chen Horwitz & Franklin’s attorneys have extensive experience, with mold litigation in the context of sick building syndrome, construction defect, and water damaged buildings. This experience includes cases involving claims of bodily injury ranging from severe brain injury, to pulmonary collapse to chronic inflammatory response. The science underlying mold illness claims has been rapidly evolving. The Firm's attorneys remain current on studies and peer reviewed reports published in the medical journals, and remain in continuous contact with preeminent medical and environmental experts as to mold-related developments. As a result, they have a very successful track record at resolving cases by settlement where appropriate and by verdict at trial when necessary.