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Experienced in successfully litigating some of the nation’s highest-caliber legal cases

Greg Kirakosian

Kirakosian Law, APC

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Greg Kirakosian, award wining attorney, has been featured for a decade in Super Lawyers, NTL Top 40 under 40, AVVO, and more. Working with us means working with the best civil rights and personal injury attorney in California.

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AVVO Rating 10 - Super

Right from the start I was very pleased with the service I received, he was extremely helpful and took the time to explain what was happening and put my worries at ease. Greg referred me to a great medical team for my injuries and worked around my schedule, I truly appreciated their flexibility. He won my case, getting me through it with updates and reassurances that everything was going well. – Dee

Yelp – 100% 5 Star Ratings

Greg and his team are amazing. I can’t begin to tell you how much I value consistent communication with any attorney I decide to work with. This seems to be a top priority for Greg and his team (other attorneys seem to lack the basic decency to call you back or to even keep their scheduled calls with you). He was available for any of my questions along the way and got back to me quickly. – Stephan N.

Rated 5 Stars on Google

We are very satisfied and happy that Mr. Greg Kirakosian had done an excellent job on our personal injury case. Mr. Kirakosian had taken over our case from an attorney that was not qualified to handle it and had done a terrible job. Mr. Kirakosian was able to turn our case around successfully within three months and he had gotten us the maximum amount. Thank you and highly recommend it! – A. Reyes

Featured Cases

Civil Rights and Personal Injury Cases

Civil rights and personal injury cases sometimes intersect - however, injury is not mandatory for a civil rights violation and not all personal injury cases are tied to our rights.

21 Million

Business Defamation Judgement

What a privilege it was to work with Ice Cube and his BIG 3 Basketball league in their defamation lawsuit against the  Champions League in which we were able to help them receive a judgement for $21,000,000 USD.

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9.8 Million

Natalie White Sexual Assault Verdict

Featured on Bloomberg, this case had everything. Our client needed an attorney who had experience against a massive corporation and celebrities – Kirakosian Law offered exactly that.

6.8 Million

Kelly Kaneko vs. City of Los Angeles

Kelly Kaneko was injured and scarred for life. Kirakosian Law helped secure a verdict in her favor against the City of Los Angeles.

4.5 Million

Confidential Settlement vs. Sheriff’s Dept.

A private settlement was reached with the Los Angels Sheriff’s Department after the wrongful shooting of a fellow member of our community. This was a win for the aggrieved and a win for civil rights.

1.15 Million

Wrongful Death Settlement vs. LAPD

Anthony Soderberg lost his life tragically after the SWAT division of the Los Angeles Police Department unjustly shot him multiple times.

If you’ve been hurt, unlawfully detained and/or had your civil rights infringed upon, READ ON!

Greg Kirakosian and the Kirakosian Law Firm team have represented hundreds of clients across various civil rights, personal injury, malicious prosecutions, wrongful arrests and other cases. We do not work with volume and are selective with who we work with. We take great pride in our contributions to civil rights as a whole

Greg Kirakosian has been featured as an expert on various TV shows, news sources and online platforms. As an experienced civil rights lawyer and personal injury attorney, Greg Kirakosian has successfully settled and won millions for hundreds of clients. We guarantee that we will attend to your case with the upmost care and attention. We pride ourselves on the openness with which we operate on.

If you are wondering if you can afford a personal injury lawyer then the short answer is yes. Most law firms operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will collect a percentage of your final award as payment. You will not need to pay anything out of pocket for our services, and you will only pay if we win. Many people mistakenly believe that they are not able to afford experienced legal representation after an accident, but with this pay structure, you are able to access world-class attorneys who can fight to get you the money you deserve.

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Los Angeles Civil Rights and Personal Injury Means We Help People Stand Up Against Giants

Whether you are taking your case against a city, a law enforcement organization, an insurer or another large corporation – we are the law firm you need. Our experience and presence across the internet speaks for itself. We are proud to say we have represented clients in California in various cases ranging from malicious prosecution to unlawful arrests to personal injury at the hands of law enforcement and other groups.

The state, the city and insurance companies have a history of denying people their rightful compensation. Various civil defense litigators alike are looking for the quickest and cheapest way to settle your claim. You need someone looking out for your best interests and fighting for the money you deserve. Search for Greg Kirakosian and see for yourself the work we’ve done for people who have had their civil rights infringed and suffered personal injury at the hands of people who made a vow to protect them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is our FAQ section where we answer the most common questions asked relating to civil rights, personal injury and other information related to working with an attorney. 

How are personal injury and civil rights tied together?

Unfortunately, injury is common when people are victimized by their city and/or state officials. Whether it’s a wrongful arrest or police brutality or even a wrongful death suit, an attorney who is trained and experienced in both personal injury and civil rights is more than equipped to help you understand and fight for your case.

How do I know if I have a case after an interaction with law enforcement?

If you have been involved in an altercation with the police in California, whether or not you have a case will depend on the specific circumstances of the incident. Here are some general steps you can take to assess whether you have a case:

Document the incident > Get medical attention > Consult with an attorney > File a complaint > Consider filing a lawsuit

Remember that the laws surrounding police conduct can be complex and may vary depending on the circumstances of the incident. Speaking with an attorney is the best way to determine whether you have a case.

Can I afford a civil rights and personal injury lawyer?

If you are wondering if you can afford a personal injury lawyer then the short answer is yes. Most law firms operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we will collect a percentage of your final award as payment. You will not need to pay anything out of pocket for our services, and you will only pay if we win. Many people mistakenly believe that they are not able to afford experienced legal representation after an accident, but with this pay structure, you are able to access world-class attorneys who can fight to get you the money you deserve. What does this mean for you? It means you are able to fight for what you feel is your deserved compensation without having to worry if you can afford a personal injury lawyer or not. It’s risk free, in terms of what you need to invest, as an attorney will help you understand what the process may look like before even beginning.

Do I need to hire lawyers in Los Angeles to get the money I deserve?

There is no requirement for a victim to hire a lawyer in Los Angeles after an accident or incident, but the simple truth is that working with an attorney is likely the best chance that a victim has of collecting the money they deserve. Insurance companies take an aggressive approach to settling claims for as little as possible and as quickly as possible, and this approach is bolstered by well-developed playbooks guiding an adjuster through this process. Going up against this process without any experience with tort law — especially while recovering from serious injuries — is exactly what an insurer hopes a victim does.

Why would a personal injury lawyer work on a contingency basis?

The benefit to working under a performance based model is that both the client and the attorney will push forward if both believe your case holds a strong chance winning. So the issue isn’t whether or not you can afford a personal injury attorney but rather if you feel you deserve to be compensated for an event that has led to an injury or worse for yourself or a loved one. An attorney will overlook your case carefully, ask the right questions and help you understand why or why not you should proceed. Most lawyers work on a no-cost consultation session where both parties are able to determine what the next best steps are. The truth of the matter is that people are injured everyday. Furthermore, some injuries do not appear immediately. Some may take weeks, months or even years to fully manifest itself. If in doubt, talk to a lawyer. Whether or not you can afford a personal injury lawyer doesn’t apply when considering next steps. Finding a good lawyer is, however, an excellent step when you are ready to start to see if a professional will help you.

How long will it take to get paid after filing a claim or a suit?

If you are wondering how long it takes to get paid after filing a claim – its almost impossible to say. There is no set amount of time that it will take for you to get a fair settlement. If you simply file a claim and accept the first offer from the insurance company, you can count on getting paid within a few weeks or months; however, this one-time payment rarely covers all of the damages that a victim has suffered. When you are working with an attorney, they will take as much time as is necessary to build a strong case and then go through an aggressive series of negotiations in hopes of an out-of-court settlement. If they are unable to reach a fair agreement within the two-year statute of limitations, they may need to file a lawsuit and take your case to the California courts. While it is possible that you may do some of this yourself, the risk and challenges are not suited for anyone.

Am I entitled to seek compensation for my situation?

Determining whether your situation is covered under tort law requires a look at the specific details of your case. Some cases are very straightforward and clear when determining whether or not a victim has options for civil actions against the at-fault party, but others may be less clear. This is why our law firm offers a free consultation and case evaluation to anyone who believes they have been involved in an avoidable accident that someone else caused through dangerous, reckless, or negligent behavior.
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Proving Fault In a Los Angeles, CA Personal Injury Case

After an accident, one of the first things that a Los Angeles personal injury attorney will need to investigate is the matter of fault: who caused the accident, and how? Under California law, Los Angeles, CA uses a rule known as “pure comparative fault” when assigning fault in a personal injury case. With this law, an individual is able to seek compensation for their damages even if they are partially to blame for the accident, and their final award will be reduced by the percent that they contributed. For example, if you are 10% responsible for a car accident, your final settlement or award will simply be reduced by 10%.

Using Comparative Fault Correctly

This tool is extremely useful in that it does not bar a victim from seeking compensation if they are partially at fault, whereas in states that use “contributory negligence,” 1% of the blame is enough to bar a victim from filing a claim. While beneficial, though, insurance companies have learned to use this law to their advantage by attempting to place as much blame as possible on a victim in order to reduce their financial obligation. Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand these tactics and will use their own experience with personal injury law to combat this approach and ensure that you do not accept any fault that is not yours to bear.

Calculating Damages For a Los Angeles Personal Injury Accident Victim

Compensatory Damages

Injury victims are owed what are referred to as “compensatory damages” after personal injury accidents, which seek payment for two distinct categories: economic damages and non-economic damages. While each of these categories is equally important, one is much easier to calculate than the other, which is why insurers oftentimes attempt to avoid broaching the subject of non-economic damages as much as possible when working directly with victims. Luckily, your Los Angeles injury attorney will be handling this process on your behalf and aggressively negotiating for the money you deserve.

At the same time that your Los Angeles personal injury lawyer is working towards a final agreement about fault and liability, they will be going through a comprehensive investigation of your situation in order to gather as much evidence as possible about the myriad damages you have suffered. After personal injuries, victims may overlook or fail to recognize many subtle impacts of an accident; attorneys, however, know exactly what to look for and are able to catalog these impacts to ensure that no details are overlooked.
A big part of personal injury cases is the attention to detail regarding the seemingly countless minor damages that Los Angeles injury victims suffer. Each of these impacts adds to the total amount that a victim is owed and one of the biggest benefits of working with Los Angeles personal injury lawyers from the start.

Economic damages are those impacts of a car accident, medical malpractice issue, or any other personal injury that have measurable dollar values. These are things like medical bills for treatment, property damage, lost wages from missed work, or a decrease in earnings due to your injuries, and services you may need to hire to help you perform tasks you would have otherwise done on your own. Many of these damages are fairly obvious and can be calculated using historical pay stubs, invoices, and simply tallying up the cost of your medical expenses. In wrongful death cases, survivors are entitled to additional compensation for things like the long-term loss of financial support from the deceased, as well as end-of-life care, pensions, future 401K or IRA contributions, and more. There are, however, many other economic damages that an accident victim may overlook that personal injury attorneys will not. Many damages may seem meaningless or inconsequential, but each of these low-value damages adds up, and lawyers in Los Angeles will focus on tracking down and including as many of these damages as possible. You do not deserve to take on any of the financial burdens of someone else’s recklessness or negligence.

Non-economic damages are the losses or harms that a victim suffers that do not have dollar values. Most notably, the pain and suffering that a victim must endure following catastrophic injuries, as well as the fear and anxiety that someone suffers from following traumatic events like car accidents. In addition, things like the loss of enjoyment a spinal cord injury causes or the depression and other impacts of a brain injury are all very valid and important non-economic damages. However The difficulty with non-economic damages is determining how to assign a dollar value to each in order to seek compensation for these very real impacts of serious accidents. Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have a number of tools at their disposal that can help identify, quantify, and then calculate the severity of these damages and a fair amount for their client to be compensated for them. Insurers know how difficult and overwhelming it can be for a victim to request compensation for their own non-economic damages, which is why it is so important to partner with experienced personal injury lawyers from the start of your case.

Making Sense Of Your Personal Injury Case

One of the first things to understand about your situation is what makes a personal injury case after an accident in Los Angeles, California. The first details to understand are those relating to a defendant’s duty of care and how a failure to uphold a duty of care can lead to a Los Angeles personal injury case.

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The Four Factors Of a Personal Injury Case

The following four factors must be present in order for a victim to be able to seek compensation for their injuries. These factors are applicable in countless situations, and since no two accidents are ever truly alike, this is often the simplest way to get clarity about a situation.

The term “duty of care” refers to our obligations to act in a reasonable and prudent manner to avoid accidents in our daily lives and applies to countless situations we find ourselves in every day. One obvious example is the duty of care we carry out when we drive by following the driving laws and taking reasonable precautions to avoid a car accident with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or anyone else. Similarly, a property owner owes a duty of care to each of their visitors by providing a safe premise that is free of hazards. Of course, there are countless duties of care — some more obvious than others — that must be examined when establishing whether or not someone is protected under personal injury law.

When a driver speeds, operates a vehicle while intoxicated or engages in aggressive driving, they have failed their duty of care to all others who may be impacted by this decision. However, driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs does not immediately cause an accident or impact other people, meaning that an individual who is cited or arrested for violating a traffic law is guilty of a criminal offense, but unless they have caused an accident there is no further consideration required — they have not committed a tortious act. Without another innocent person being involved in the situation, a failed duty of care does not create liability issues on their own.

If a drunk driver hits a cyclist or a property manager fails to fix a broken handrail, and someone falls, they have failed their duty of care and have now caused an accident as a result. When someone else is injured as a result of the failed duty of care, whatever that duty may be, there is now an innocent victim involved in the situation who may suffer as a result of the offender’s negligence, recklessness, or criminal behavior. However, not all accidents qualify the innocent victim for recovering compensation.

The term damages, as defined by the California civil code, is “ a loss or harm suffered in person or property.” Many people mistakenly believe that damages are only physical injuries, but there are a number of other damages that go beyond medical issues that entitle victims to financial compensation for their involvement in the accident. The issue of damages is typically the most complicated aspect of personal injury claims simply because many of them are abstract or difficult to assign a real dollar value to. Insurance companies leverage this complexity while working towards settling personal injury cases against their clients for as little as possible.

Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?

The factors explained above can give you a general idea about whether or not you have a case, but the best way to truly know how you can move forward is by connecting with our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys for a case evaluation. There is a lot of nuance in these cases, and without professional personal injury law experience, it can feel impossible to translate the complex California civil code into an explanation of your own rights.

If you are planning to file an insurance claim with the other party’s insurer, then it may be likely that you have the right to move forward with a full personal injury claim. We encourage you to connect with our Los Angeles personal injury law firm before you even contact the insurance company so we can be sure that every step in your claim is taken with the ultimate goal of winning you the maximum settlement for your situation.

When insurance companies are contacted by a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer instead of a victim, they know right from the start that their normal tactics will not work. Send a clear signal from the moment you initiate your claim by partnering with the team at Kirakosian Law from day one.

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