Los Angeles’ Personal Injury Attorney

Contact a top-rated and experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney at The Reeves Law Group for immediate assistance if you or a loved one has been injured in an unfortunate accident.

Derek Pakiz and his legal team expertly represent his clients, and besides continually bringing in major results for their clients, the firm consistently demonstrates empathy and a deep sense of care in their long list of successful cases, such as car accidents, workplace incidents, pedestrian accidents, wrongful deaths, slip-and-falls, drownings, and others in LA county.

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With a 98% win rate, The Reeves Law Group is nationally recognized and was featured in Newsweek’s 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys. They have represented thousands of car accident victims throughout Southern California.

Aside from their extensive experience, the firm also invests in state-of-the-art technology and equipment to build a solid case, and for over 30 years, they have helped countless car wreck car and other accident survivors around the state, recovering over $250 million in verdicts and settlements.

Feel free to browse the latest testimonials on our website from local Los Angeles County residents or research our firm’s reputation on Google.

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If you or someone you know has suffered a personal injury and you’re unsure about your next step, contact us through our secure and confidential form or call (213) 271-9318 for a free consultation. Our compassionate and friendly legal experts are always on the line to help.

At The Reeves Law Group, we defend the rights of everyday people who often don’t have other options. If you have suffered a severe personal injury due to an accident and seek a proficient plaintiff’s injury law firm to represent you, get in touch with us today.

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Why Hire The Reeves Law Group for Your Personal Injury Claim?

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An expert negotiator and litigator, Derek Pakiz at the Reeves Law Group is a multi-awarded personal injury attorney who has been practicing for over three decades. His comprehensive knowledge of California laws and Los Angeles ordinances enables him to construct compelling legal arguments for his clients.

Derek has been acknowledged as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers nationwide by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Derek is arguably one of the top authorities in catastrophic personal injury cases in LA due to his extensive experience. He is only one out of more than 250,000 attorneys in California to be certified in both Civil Trial and Truck Accident law.

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Aside from Derek’s accomplishments, the firm is also passionate about delivering positive results and handling their clients’ cases with utmost professionalism and sensitivity to their needs.

The law firm also values transparency and honest communication. You can trust that any fees or charges will be efficiently explained and clarified to you from the outset, ensuring that you’ll have a clear understanding of our terms of engagement.

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Question: How Much Do We Charge

Answer: We charge zero money up-front! And there are no fees unless we win your case

This is because at The Reeves Law Group, we specialize in injury claims and we operate on a contingency fee basis. This structure sets us apart as it signifies that we will not charge you any upfront fees. Instead, our charges are only applicable when we successfully win your case and secure fair compensation for your injuries.

Our fee structure varies depending on the complexity of the case and includes additional costs associated with the legal process. It’s crucial to understand that we earn and collect our fees upon successful resolution of a case, and the final amount is set as a percentage of the settlement or judgement awarded.

We make it a point to explain this fee structure to our clients upfront, ensuring full transparency.

To learn more about how we can help you navigate your accident and injury claim and our associated costs, feel free to

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What Clients Have to Say About How We Handled Their Injury Case

I contacted other attorneys that told me I didn’t have a case, then I contacted the Reeves Law Group. They helped me in a timely manner and got me great results. I really liked their compassion.
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Reviewer: Jerry

“I was in a 4 car collision and I researched and found The Reeves Law Group on Google. Throughout the litigation process, the firm was very attentive to my needs and I rarely had to call in because they would always CALL ME to update me on my case. This firm is a top injury attorney law firm in Los Angeles and even handled all of my Kaiser Baldwin Park bills for me. I’ve even bragged to my friends about how well they stay in touch with me. I would refer The Reeves Law Group to anyone in NEED of great service from an injury attorney.”
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Rosie Mendoza via Google

“This firm was a tremendous help because my girlfriend was pregnant at the time of the accident. The fact that we didn’t have to deal with any insurance company was a huge relief and took a lot of stress off of our shoulders. We never even had to go into the office! They literally came out to my home the next day after I had called into The Reeves Law Group. I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone in Los Angeles.”
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how can we help?

  • We are plaintiff’s attorneys who represent LA residents and visitors who have been injured in a variety of personal injury accidents. Our expertise spans from traffic incidents to premise accidents and wrongful death, in both minor and major cases and allow us to help you if you’ve been injured.
  • We are well-versed in the laws and regulations that govern personal injury cases in the United States, with a particular focus on California law.
  • We have handled a plethora of cases, representing clients who have lost loved ones or have suffered serious injuries due to various types of accidents in the greater LA area. This includes, but is not limited to, collisions with large commercial vehicles, incidents involving smaller vehicles such as delivery trucks, and non-vehicular accidents.
  • We know how to conduct comprehensive investigations into incidents that caused injury and how to collect evidence from various parties, even those who might be reluctant to provide it.
  • We understand how to negotiate with multiple insurance companies to ensure that our clients receive the compensation they are entitled to.
  • We are experienced in litigating injury claims and going to court, navigating the complexities of the legal system to advocate for our clients’ rights.

Have you handled any cases that are similar to mine?

Derek pakiz injury attorney posing in suit in from of LA officeOur trial attorney, Derek Pakiz, has not only handled but also successfully litigated and won numerous injury cases that are likely very similar to yours!

With a specialization in serious injury, Derek has won cases for many individuals who have sustained severe injuries through many different circumstances, proving his extensive experience and expertise. His comprehensive knowledge of the pertinent California laws and local city ordinances enables him to construct compelling arguments.

He has consistently secured satisfactory settlements, making us confident in our ability to obtain the appropriate compensation for you. Our firm has a rich history of settling and litigating similar cases to yours, demonstrating our relevant experience and capabilities.

Why Hire aN Attorney Like Us?

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To understand why hiring an injury attorney like our firm is crucial, let’s consider a hypothetical case. John was involved in a car accident with another driver who was texting while driving. Even though John suffered significant injuries and had medical bills piling up, the other driver refused to take responsibility for their actions.

At this point, John would need to pursue legal action against the driver by filing a personal injury lawsuit. However, dealing with insurance companies or going up against another person or entity with their own legal counsel can be challenging without expert guidance.

Hiring an experienced attorney can significantly increase John’s chances of obtaining maximum compensation for his injuries and damages that were due to other driver’s careless actions (read more: proving fault in a California car accident).

Sustaining an injury is not only physically and emotionally taxing, but it can also be financially crippling. The healthcare costs, lost income, and trauma that comes with the process of recovery can be overwhelming. Filing a lawsuit/claim could be the last thing on your mind when you’re trying to recover from your injuries.

However, the reality is that pursuing compensation for damages caused by someone else’s negligence is often necessary to ensure that you receive fair compensation for what you’ve suffered. This is where a knowledgeable lawyer who specializes in injury comes into play.

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Bad car accident with pedestrian in downtown LA

In addition to navigating complex legal processes, plaintiff’s attorneys have extensive knowledge of various types of cases, strategies, and relevant laws. They can thoroughly investigate the case, collect evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, represent in court if necessary, etc., all to achieve optimal results.

Additionally, injury cases are highly dependent on facts and circumstances unique to each case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will analyze these factors and use them to build a strong case that maximizes your financial compensation.

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LA Superior Court, Central Civil West Courthouse 600 S Commonwealth Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90005


Some people may argue that they don’t need an attorney because their injuries are minor or because they’re familiar with the legal system. While it is understandable that some individuals may not want to get involved in litigation, it’s essential to understand that injury cases can be extremely complex and often require legal expertise.

Moreover, insurance companies have their adjusters and attorneys who will fight tooth and nail to ensure that they pay as little as possible. Without an attorney representing you, you might fall short of what you deserve.

Latest injury statistics in our Area:

  • According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were approximately 54,000 traffic accidents resulting in injuries in LA County alone in 2017, emphasizing the need for skilled injury attorneys in the area.
  • A 2021 report from Avvo, an online legal services marketplace, found that there are over 2,800 injury lawyers serving clients across the greater LA area. Then, in a survey conducted by Expertise.com, they evaluated over 900 injury attorneys in the city of Angels and selected the top 22 based on their reputation, credibility, experience, availability, and professionalism. Our numerous accolades speak for themselves.
  • Sustaining an injury can be financially, physically, and emotionally overwhelming. Pursuing compensation for damages caused by someone else’s negligence is often necessary to ensure that you receive fair compensation for what you’ve suffered. This is where a knowledgeable and local attorney comes into play. They can significantly increase your chances of obtaining maximum compensation for your injuries and damages by navigating complex legal processes, thoroughly investigating the case, negotiating with insurance companies, representing in court, etc. Injury cases are highly dependent on the unique facts and circumstances of each case, making legal expertise crucial. Without an attorney representing you, you might fall short of what you deserve.

What aspects make Our City unique in terms of accidents and injuries?

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Accidents in our local area are unique due to several factors.

The first factor is the high population density of the area. According to the United States Census Bureau, Los Angeles County has a population of over 10 million people. This high population density leads to more traffic on the roads and more accidents.

The second factor is the large number of tourists that visit LA and Southern California each year. According to the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board, Los Angeles welcomed 50 million visitors in 2019. These tourists are often unfamiliar with the area and may not be familiar with local traffic laws, which can lead to accidents.

The third factor is the large number of freeways in the area. Los Angeles has one of the largest freeway systems in the world. This large number of freeways can lead to more accidents due to congestion and driver error.

The fourth factor is the high number of uninsured drivers in California. According to a study by the Insurance Research Council, California has one of the highest rates of uninsured drivers in the country. This means that if you are involved in an accident in the city, there is a higher chance that the other driver may not have insurance.

The fifth factor is the increasing amount of pedestrians involved in accidents with motor vehicles. Over the past decade, only New York City has had more pedestrian deaths than the city of Angels. The city has seen an increase in pedestrian deaths despite efforts to improve pedestrian safety. Factors contributing to this include traffic density and certain areas of the city experiencing a higher rate of traffic injuries and fatalities. Pedestrian fatalities are on a rising trend, with 128 people killed in pedestrian-involved crashes in 2021, a 6% increase over 2020, and the number has further risen in 2022.​

As a trial attorney specializing in PI for over 30 years, we understand the devastating impact of these accidents. We work diligently to help our clients navigate the legal process, identify the liable parties, and seek compensation for their losses. Whether you are a truck driver involved in an accident or a pedestrian victim, our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide the support and expertise you need to ensure your rights are protected.

Types of Cases We Handle

The following are just some examples of injury cases that we handle in the vicinity of our law offices. We know that these claims can arise from many different incidents, including car and truck accidents, Uber/rideshare accidents, pedestrian accidents and even wrongful death. If you have a unique case, feel free to call our friendly attorneys and we will be sure to provide you with some actionable advice.

The most common types of injury cases our firm handles

general Personal Injury cases

The Reeves Law Group handles many types of general injury cases. These are caused by someone else’s negligence–most commonly caused by traffic accidents. These accidents are typically grouped into the following categories: car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle crashes, slip and falls, wrongful deaths, spinal cord injuries, or brain injuries. A professional plaintiff’s lawyer handles these cases and guide you through the complexities of such lawsuits and help you seek compensation for your suffering.

car accident cases

Car accidents are something we have over 3 decades of experience in. These incidents are unfortunately inevitable in our bustling city–LA is the car culture capital of the US–and is one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the US, with roughly 160 severe or fatal accidents occurring each day (link)​​. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to seek legal counsel to navigate the intricacies of your negligence or deliberate injury claim. The Reeves Law Group, with over 30 years of experience, offers expert legal assistance for such cases. Did you know: The average car accident settlement for claims with bodily injury was $22,734 in 2022 according to the iii.

motorcycle accident cases

Motorcycle accidents are something we sadly have great experience in at our firm. These types of cases have increased here recently, a region with the most hazardous roads for riders, resulting in over 3,000 injuries in 2021 alone​​ (link). Motorcycle accidents tend to be much more catastrophic than car accidents due to the lack of protection for the rider. Motorcycle lawsuits on average are worth $150,000-$200,000 if you were severely hurt and were not at fault in the accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motorcycle accident, consulting with a seasoned local motorcycle accident lawyer can significantly aid your injury claim.

slip and fall accident cases

Slip and fall accidents are also a practice area of our Firm. Derek recently won a large case in 2022 relating to an elderly slip and fall involving stairs and railing (or lack thereof). Regarding slip and falls, nearly 3,000 people seek emergency treatment daily in the US​ (link)​. These accidents often lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, which occur in as many as 30 percent of cases​​, and can lead to missed workdays and expenses that can reach up to $40,000​​. The Reeves Law Group can help guide you through your slip and fall injury case.

wrongful death cases

Wrongful death cases is a core practice area of the Reeves Law Group. These claims can result from various accidents, including motor vehicle crashes and slip and fall injuries. The median verdict for a wrongful death case in California is over $2 million (link)​​, and the Reeves Law Group can provide a free case consultation on your loved one’s death to help navigate this process.

back injury cases

Spinal cord injuries, common in many types of accidents, is also one that we have experience litigating and winning in court. These back injuries can lead to severe lifelong issues, including loss of strength, sensation, and mobility. For such serious injuries, the median disc injury verdict in California was $84,550​4​. A skilled trial lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for a back injury.

brain (TBI) accident cases

Brain injuries (also known as traumatic brain injuries or TBIS) are an area we are sadly familiar with, and have won cases for these types of injuries. Some of the largest multi-million dollar cases our firm has handled has been due to brain injuries (including one for $32.5 million). These injuries are typically caused by car or truck accidents, and can have life-altering repercussions. In California, the median compensation for brain injuries is around $1.6 million (link)​​. If you’ve suffered a brain injury due to an accident, consult with The Reeves Law Group to explore your options for compensation.

Navigating the Legal Process with your attorney

two specialist attorneys in suits sitting at table with gavelAfter you have chosen an attorney to represent you, your lawyer will guide you through the legal process. The litigation process can end up being complicated and time-consuming; hence, it is essential to have a trustworthy lawyer to assist you at every step.

Your attorney will begin by gathering evidence related to your claim. They will acquire medical records, police reports, witness statements, insurance information, and any other relevant documentation. They will use this evidence to build a strong case on your behalf.

Next, your attorney will help you determine the damages that you are entitled to recover. Damages include medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and any other losses associated with the accident or injury.

Your attorney will then initiate settlement negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company. The goal of these negotiations is to reach a fair and reasonable settlement amount. If an agreement cannot be reached in this stage, your lawyer may file a lawsuit on your behalf.

Throughout the legal process, your attorney will provide valuable advice and guidance. They will keep you informed about the progress of your case and provide updates on important deadlines or developments.

For instance, let’s say that you were involved in a car accident that was not your fault. You suffered from whiplash injuries and required extensive medical treatment. Your attorney would first gather all relevant documentation related to the accident, including police reports and medical records. Next, they would assess the damages that you are entitled to recover—in this case, medical expenses and therapy costs—before initiating settlement negotiations with the responsible party’s insurance company.

black and white pretty attorney woman portraitHaving an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side can significantly increase your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages. An experienced attorney understands complex legal procedures and has the necessary skills to navigate through them. Furthermore, they can help level the playing field between you and insurance companies that may try to pay you as little as possible.

However, some individuals may choose not to hire an attorney and negotiate with the insurance company on their own. While this is possible, it can be challenging to determine the value of your claim and negotiate with insurance companies who are more experienced in handling such claims. It is always advisable to seek the services of a legal professional who specializes in personal injury cases.

Understanding the Stages of an Injury Case

After you have engaged an injury attorney in the area you live or are visiting, it is essential to understand the various stages involved in your case.

Stage One – Initial Consultation: During the initial consultation, your attorney will gather information about your case, assess your damages, and explain the legal process that will follow.

private investigator at scene of accident with clipboardStage Two – Investigation: Your attorney will investigate your case by gathering evidence related to the accident or injury. This may include medical records, police reports, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation.

Stage Three – Demand Letter: Once all necessary information has been gathered, your attorney will draft a demand letter describing your injuries, losses, and damages and outlining a settlement amount.

Stage Four – Negotiation: The opposing party’s insurance company will receive the demand letter and respond by making an offer or negotiating through further discussions with your attorney.

Stage Five – Settlement or Trial: If both parties agree on a fair settlement amount, your case will be settled outside of court. If not, your attorney must prepare for trial by building a strong case on your behalf.

Let’s assume that you were injured in a slip and fall accident while grocery shopping. After engaging an attorney like The Reeves Law Group, they conduct an investigation by checking security footage at the store, obtaining witness accounts of what happened during the accident from fellow shoppers and employees at the store before proceeding with writing a demand letter.

Think of the case like this: your attorney is a conductor, and each stage of the case is a different instrument in the orchestra. Each instrument must be played correctly for the performance to be successful. Similarly, each stage of the legal process needs appropriate attention to ensure its successful outcome.

Having an experienced guide to help you through the litigation process can significantly increase your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages. In conclusion, being injured is already challenging enough as it is—and that’s why you should put your trust in professionals who specialize in accident and injury law to help you take care of everything else.

What are the likely obstacles or challenges that we will face in my Accident case?

The potential difficulties or hurdles that we might encounter are:

Demonstrating Fault

One of the first hurdles we will face is showing that the other party is liable for the injuries you suffered. This involves investigating the incident in detail and collecting evidence to substantiate our claim that the other party was negligent. The complexity of this task can vary depending on the specifics of the case and might require the input of expert witnesses.

Validating Damages

Once we have established the fault, the next step is to prove that you suffered damages due to the incident. This involves collecting medical records and other forms of evidence to validate the extent of your injuries. In addition, we also need to prove the financial implications of these injuries, such as lost income and medical expenses.

Navigating Insurance Company Tactics

Interacting with insurance companies can present another difficulty. These companies may attempt to minimize the payout or reject the claim outright. To ensure the most favorable settlement, we must be prepared to negotiate effectively with the insurance companies, presenting our own claims and demands for the best possible outcome.

Legal Proceedings

If a settlement with the insurance company is not achievable, we may have to resort to legal proceedings. While this can be a lengthy and potentially expensive process, it could be crucial for you to receive the compensation you are entitled to.

What Compensation Can I Recover After an accident in la?

Victims of physical and mental injuries have the right to seek compensation for their damages and injuries, which may have been caused by a variety of incidents ranging from car accidents to pedestrian mishaps.

You may be eligible for compensation for the following damages in an injury case:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property loss
  • Lost income
  • Past and future losses
  • Incidental costs
  • Life-altering disabilities
  • Punitive damages

Should you suffer an injury, it’s crucial to consult with a skilled local injury attorney who can navigate the complexities of your case to secure a just settlement, which could involve various parties and insurance companies.

What are my chances of success?

Given that each case is distinct and hinges on specific facts, it is challenging to forecast the likelihood of success in any legal matter. A proficient PI attorney, familiar with various types of incidents including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other injurious cases, can evaluate the particular facts and context of your situation, offering a more precise prediction of your probability of a positive outcome.


How often will I be updated on the status of my case?

The frequency of updates about your case hinges on its specific facts, circumstances, and the jurisdiction where it is being adjudicated. Typically, you can anticipate receiving updates about the status of your  lawsuit on a regular basis, usually once a month. However, depending on the intricacy of your case and the volume of pending issues, you may receive updates more frequently in certain situations.

Get A Free Consultation Now from our Los Angeles-Based Personal Injury Law Firm

Any proficient Los Angeles personal injury law firm will be familiar with various types of incidents, including car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other injurious cases. What sets us apart is that we have the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills to ensure that your case results in a positive outcome, regardless of the defendant’s insurance playing hardball.

An injury or an unfortunate incident brings severe consequences, like expensive medical costs, property loss, pain and suffering, lost income, or life-altering disabilities. We can help in securing accountability for those responsible for your injuries, enabling you to recover the proper compensation you deserve.

The Reeves Law Group in Los Angeles is ready to represent you in your pursuit of justice. You can expect nothing less than compassionate service and unmatched dedication.

If you’re ready to discuss your PI legal action, you can contact us and schedule a free case evaluation with our team of experts and trial lawyer through our confidential Quick Response page or by calling (213) 271-9318 for a free consultation regarding your injury needs. We make home and hospital visits.

[Written by Derek Pakiz. Article updated on January 22, 2024]