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San Francisco, CA 94111
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San Diego, CA 92122
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Las Vegas, NV 89146
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Personal Injury/Property Damage Claims

California, Nevada, and Arizona personal injury/property damage attorneys

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is recognized as a leader in personal injury litigation, including catastrophic injuries and wrongful deaths.  Personal injury, which is sometimes referred to as tort law, covers any injury, wrong or damage a person may suffer to himself, or to his property, rights, or reputation due to the negligence or actions of another.  Many such cases involve:

  • Defective products
  • Negligent drivers and equipment operators
  • Failure to warn of hidden or unexpected hazards

The trial attorneys of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy have obtained successful jury verdicts or achieved good settlements in many personal injury cases.  Personal injuries can occur in a traffic accident, because of a faulty or defective product or a faulty repair, in the workplace, because of a mistaken diagnosis or improper medical treatment, or after a slip, trip or fall on a wet floor or pavement.  Personal injuries can be physical or psychological and can include traumatic brain injury and disfigurement.  They often arise out of issues of negligence or unreasonably unsafe actions of employers, manufacturers, doctors and other medical professionals, landlords, or other persons or organizations who owe you a duty of ordinary care.  Awards in these cases can include lost wages, lost future earnings, medical expenses, damages for pain and suffering, and in certain cases, punitive damages.

Some illustrative areas of our practice include:

Mobile Home Torts

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy has a wealth of experience dealing with all aspects of mobile home park litigation, including:

  • Evictions
  • Actions between the parks and mobile home dealers
  • American Disability Act ("ADA") issues/lawsuits
  • Construction defect/common area/site issues

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Mass Torts

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy prides itself on the defense of mass torts/class action litigation.  In addition to the class actions that are part of the firm's construction defect practice, the firm has been involved in numerous matters resulting out of alleged mass torts.   These cases require skilled and highly organized administrative handling.  Partner William P. Volk has defended several pharmaceutical cases (including cases involving the ingestion of supplements such as Phen-Fen, and L-Tryptophan) and Partner John B. Campbell has successfully litigated and/or settled approximately 20 crematorium claims arising out of the operations of Pacific Cremation, Inc. in Lake Elsinore, California.

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Fire Litigation

Wildfires, building fires and electrical fires are catastrophic events requiring experienced litigation strategies and skillful resolution techniques.  These cases are expert driven.  They typically present very serious injuries and significant property damage. The lawyers of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy have handled many fire litigation cases and have the experience required to obtain the compensation a client deserves.  Let us speak to your insurance company for you.  We can negotiate, attempt a settlement, and if necessary will take the case to trial.

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Professional Liability

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy’s attorneys are skilled in the representation of professionals.  The firm has litigated complex claims on behalf of attorneys, doctors, nurses, accountants, engineers, and architects against whom claims of negligence have been asserted.  Our track record is impressive and we pride ourselves in protecting the interests of such clients in matters both simple and complex in state and federal courts.

Professionals such as doctors and lawyers are required to use the degree of skill expected of them when they act in their profession, or they can be charged with medical malpractice or legal malpractice.  Professionals are also expected to have technical knowledge and training in their particular area.  If a professional fails to use the degree of skill expected of them, or to act in accordance with the standards of conduct of their profession, financial losses from lawsuits may result.

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Intentional Torts

Intentional torts include assault and battery claims involving little or no injuries, as well as claims involving major injuries and death.  Intentional torts are acts of malicious or intentional infliction of harm that cause injury.  This area of law represents another busy area of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy’s defense practice.  We have eliminated claims against our clients for punitive or exemplary damages and have successfully resolved many difficult claims.  Our jury trial experience and excellent results have made Campbell, Lauter & Murphy a law firm of choice when such claims are asserted.

Intentional torts, such as assault and battery, are both criminal and civil offenses.  Our lawyers can file a civil suit to seeking monetary damages for your injuries suffered in an assault or battery.

Assault and battery cases can be

  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Verbal

Physical Assault: A physical assault requires the infliction of pain or bodily injury upon another person during a physical attack.

Sexual Assault: Under the law, sexual assaults refer to unwanted physical contact that is sexual in nature. Sexual assaults can include:

  • Non-consensual touching
  • Rape
  • Attempted rape
  • Incest
  • Child molestation
  • Voyeurism
  • Exhibitionism
  • Sexual harassment.

Verbal assault: Some verbal threats are considered assaults. Touching the victim is not required.

Assaults can be cause serious damage and trauma.  They are often committed against women, children, and the elderly.  Assaults occur in colleges, in fistfights, and in domestic abuse situations.  One in four women will be sexually assaulted in their lives.  Police or other municipal enforcement officers can assault victims.  Hate crimes against certain populations are also assaults.

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Appellate Practice

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy successfully has handled numerous appeals to California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court.  These appeals typically occur on cases that the firm has tried at the trial court level.  We are available to review your case if you have received an unsuccessful outcome at another firm and would like us to consider taking your case on appeal.  We also are available to file amicus curiae, (friends of the court) briefs.

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Sports Law Litigation

As part of Campbell, Lauter & Murphy’s involvement in sports litigation, the firm currently consults with the Director of Legal Affairs for the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  The firm has handled cases regarding investigation of urine samples, and drug testing.

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Trucking Accidents Litigation

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy has extensive experience in litigating trucking accidents.  Due to the inherent nature of a tuck’s size, most of these accidents involve serious personal injuries, as well as multiple vehicles.  We are familiar with how to mount an investigation in a trucking accident case, including checking on driver training, and driver inattention due to sleep deprivation. The firm is an active member of the Defense Research Institute's Subcommittee on Trucking Litigation.

Trucking accidents are legally complex accident cases.  Trucks and tractor-trailers are licensed and regulated by the authorities, and the drivers must have special licenses.  We will examine all the issues including whether the appropriate licenses are in effect and whether the equipment has been inspected, and maintained.

We know how to evaluate your claim, and are skilled at negotiating for the highest possible settlement of your claim.  Most importantly, we are experienced trial attorneys with a track record of taking cases of every size to trial when necessary.

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Product Liability

Campbell, Lauter & Murphy is experienced in defending product liability claims at the state and federal level.  These cases encompass diverse issues involving defective products.  A product can be anything, from a tire to a soda bottle.  Designers, manufacturers, and sellers can be held responsible for the harm suffered by buyers and users of defective products.  The firm has handled litigation involving claims of defective:

  • Drugs
  • Nutritional supplements
  • Farm equipment
  • Industrial equipment
  • Tires
  • Automobiles
  • Trucks
  • Construction equipment
  • Household products and tools
  • Medical devices

Product liability claims and cases typically raise issues of:

  • Warranty obligations
  • Negligence
  • Manufacturing and design problems
  • Failure to warn about the problems

Our attorneys have developed solid relationships with a wide variety of prominent experts in the fields of biochemical, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial hygiene, biohazards and other major industries.

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