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Russell and Lazarus APC
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EXPERIENCED INJURY ATTORNEYS SINCE 1984

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Litigating a case is stressful and confusing. With the added layer of needing medical attention, the last thing you want to worry about is navigating the legal system. Part of our responsibility is to guide you through the unfamiliar litigation process. We help you understand each step of the process and assist you in evaluating all of your options.
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Not only do we focus on the strengths of each case, but we also seek to understand the weaknesses so we can proactively address them. By doing so, we can minimize any damage to the claim and maximize the compensation for our clients.
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We obtain supporting evidence to prove not only that the defendants caused your accident, but also that the accident caused your injuries. Further, we gather all the necessary evidence to prove both your economic (calculable) and non-economic (intangible) damages. Not only do we collect the necessary documents, but we also investigate the accident by visiting the scene, obtain the necessary experts, seek any video footage of the accident that may have been captured on a surveillance or traffic camera, preserve any evidence, question witnesses and examine adverse witnesses, and obtain information regarding the defendant that may lead to other parties who could also be responsible for your injuries.
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WE'RE DIFFERENT FROM THE REST

Personal Attention

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Litigating a case is stressful and confusing. With the added layer of needing medical attention, the last thing you want to worry about is navigating the legal system. Part of our responsibility is to guide you through the unfamiliar litigation process. We help you understand each step of the process and assist you in evaluating all of your options.
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Each of our Southern California personal injury attorneys strives to provide each and every client with compassion, loyalty, and dedication. We understand that the results of your case have bearing on your peace of mind as well as your financial and medical future...

Aggressive Representation

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Not only do we focus on the strengths of each case, but we also seek to understand the weaknesses so we can proactively address them. By doing so, we can minimize any damage to the claim and maximize the compensation for our clients.
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Our tenacious team of attorneys works hard to protect your future. Whether it’s dealing with an insurance adjuster, a defense counsel, or an individual, we treat each case as if it were going to trial...

Meticulous Preparation

We obtain supporting evidence to prove not only that the defendants caused your accident, but also that the accident caused your injuries. Further, we gather all the necessary evidence to prove both your economic (calculable) and non-economic (intangible) damages. Not only do we collect the necessary documents, but we also investigate the accident by visiting the scene, obtain the necessary experts, seek any video footage of the accident that may have been captured on a surveillance or traffic camera, preserve any evidence, question witnesses and examine adverse witnesses, and obtain information regarding the defendant that may lead to other parties who could also be responsible for your injuries.
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Whether negotiating a settlement or litigating your case, presenting your strongest case will increase your chances of obtaining a high reward. Preparing your case from the onset as if it were going to trial means that we must be meticulous and exhaustive from the start...

Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California

When clients primarily come from referrals from other clients, you know you are doing your job well—the compassion and steadfast work ethic we consistently exhibit has earned us countless referrals. The aggressiveness we bring to the table for our clients has earned us respect—not only from our clients but also from our opponents, the insurance industry and judges. Our personal injury law firm has been serving Californians since 1998, while our founder and principal, Chris Russell, has practiced personal injury law since 1984.

Do you have a claim?

If you were involved in an accident and as a result suffered an injury inflicted on your body and/or mind, you may have a personal injury claim. If you have been injured, you’re likely overwhelmed with obtaining medical care and financial support—especially if you cannot work. You may also be dealing with insurance companies who want to settle your claim for very little. Our skilled and experienced team tirelessly fights to help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Practice Areas

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    Auto Accidents

    Auto accidents are, by and large, the number one cause of personal injury claims. Your accident could involve a passenger vehicle, a large commercial truck, a bus, a motorcycle, a bicycle, or even a pedestrian hit by a vehicle. Some auto accidents involve a number of vehicles, while others involve only one vehicle. The negligence of another driver, inclement weather, poor road design, a defective vehicle part, or an impaired driver could have caused your auto accident, but no matter the cause, it is certain that you need legal assistance following your accident.

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    Personal Injury

    At the law firm of Russell & Lazarus, our guiding principle is to always put our clients’ interests first. We represent California clients in San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties, and with over 30 years of experience, we have represented thousands of clients. Of those thousands of clients, 95 percent experienced a successful outcome to their personal injury claim, with our attorneys recovering more than $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients. We are proud of the results we obtain for our clients and consistently work hard to maintain our high standards.

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    Wrongful Death

    A wrongful death claim occurs when a personal injury leads to death. The loss of a loved one is devastating enough, however, this same loss could leave you and your family facing financial uncertainty as well. When you file a wrongful death claim, you can obtain compensation for death expenses as well as compensation for the salary the decedent would have earned if his or her life had not been cut short.

Testimonials

Rodney Grishaber
Rodney Grishaber
22:41 13 Jan 20
Blown away by the service I received! I had no idea what to expect when I took my case to Marc Lazarus. My car accident left me with lots of pain and stress. However, once I put everything in Marc’s hands along with his wonderful Paralegal Rosie Valencia, things started to get straightened out and I was on my way to recovery. They take the stress away by being extremely hands on. They set up all my Dr appointments and set me up with the best collision center mechanic. Marc’s referrals to Dr’s and mechanics were literally unbelievable. I could go on forever but all in all Russell & Lazarus prioritized my health over all and made what started off as a horrible situation into a huge relief and weight off my shoulders. A+ service all the way! I will refer them to anyone in need!
SKR SKR
SKR SKR
06:18 05 Jan 20
My lawyer was Jorge Ramirez and my paralegal was Sean Goedinghaus. This law office did a extraordinary job in getting me what I deserved for my car accident case. They were responsive to my calls and emails, genuinely cared about my well-being, and made me feel confident in their abilities. I highly recommend them if you’re looking for dependable, determined, and fearless lawyers.
Lisa Davis
Lisa Davis
23:38 06 Nov 19
Thank you Russell & Lazarus for all your help and hard work on my truck accident claim! Manny was excellent to work with. He was knowledgeable and patient with all my questions. I could tell he genuinely cared about my medical needs and concerns. The outcome far exceeded my expectations. Manny’s the best!!
Syd Tagle
Syd Tagle
23:32 05 Nov 19
Russell & Lazarus is amazing. When I was injured in a car accident I knew that going to Russell & Lazarus would be the best choice. They made the process stress-free and their team was great to work with. I am so grateful to have them. Thank you again!
Ashley Pappas
Ashley Pappas
23:24 11 Sep 19
I was in a car accident in August of last year where I was t-boned and dealing with lower back and neck injuries. I’ve never been in a serious accident before where I’ve needed to hire a law firm, so I was a little nervous with the process. However, I contacted Russell and Lazarus from a referral, and I couldn’t praise their services enough! From the very moment I talked to them, I was put at ease with knowing they would help me recover. Sam and Mark were the ones helping me with my case, and they were both so amazing! Sam was constantly updating me throughout the whole process. I never felt in the dark about anything. His main focus was that I was healthy again, and he made sure I received all the proper care I needed. Mark was a huge blessing as well in guiding me through a lot of the logistical matters, helping me fully understand the ins and outs of my case. Thank you Russell and Lazarus for providing me with piece of mind and for fighting for me! I strongly recommend them to anyone in need of fantastic lawyers.
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We believe strongly in helping victims of serious accidents.

These victims are often confused, anxious about their future, stressed about their finances, left wondering if they will ever be able to return to their normal life. They are coming to terms with the fact that their lives changed in the blink of an eye, through no fault of their own. They are dealing with insurance companies who do not want to pay a reasonable amount for their injuries and damages, medical bills which are mounting alarmingly, and may be unable to return to work, therefore, unable to pay even their normal monthly expenses.

Think about it—one moment you are headed home from work, thinking about what you will do this weekend, thinking about your loved ones, or even thinking something as mundane as what you will have for dinner tonight. The next moment, a negligent driver has changed your entire life. Or, perhaps you are at the grocery store, picking up a few necessities when you slip and fall in a spilled drink that nobody bothered to clean up. Perhaps you were injured due to a medical error, in a construction accident, or your elderly loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse.

 

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Blown away by the service I received!

I had no idea what to expect when I took my case to this firm. My car accident left me with lots of pain and stress. However, once I put everything in the team’s hands along with the wonderful paralegals, things started to get straightened out and I was on my way to recovery. They take the stress away by being extremely hands-on. They set up all my Dr appointments and set me up with the best collision center mechanic. Marc’s referrals to Dr’s and mechanics were literally unbelievable. I could go on forever but all in all Russell & Lazarus prioritized my health over all and made what started off as a horrible situation into a huge relief and weight off my shoulders. A+ service all the way! I will refer them to anyone in need!

Motorcycle Accident

$16.1 million

Construction Accident

$7.2 million

Wrongful Death

$2.5 million

MEET YOUR TEAM

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

Marc Lazarus

Marc Lazarus

Jorge F. Ramirez

Jorge F. Ramirez

Fenja Klaus

Fenja Klaus

John Russell

John Russell

Kris O'Connell

Kris O'Connell

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Joseph Gallo

EXPERIENCED INJURY ATTORNEYS

Whatever type of personal injury you have experienced, at Russell & Lazarus, we do not believe you should be left on your own to try and pick up the pieces of your life. We believe you should have the strongest advocate in your corner—the Russell & Lazarus APC personal injury attorneys. We strongly believe you will be best served through the individual attention provided to our select group of clients. The Russell & Lazarus APC attorneys are waiting to assist you in any of the following personal injury areas:

  • Slip and fall accidents occur when the owner of a property did not take the required steps to ensure the safety of visitors. A slip and fall injury can be severe, requiring lengthy medical assistance, and perhaps an inability to return to work. If the owner or employees of a business are aware of a hazard, yet do not take measures to warn of the hazard or correct it, and an accident results, the liability for the accident is clear. Slip and fall accidents are most likely to occur in grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, night clubs, parking lots, stairways, and sidewalks.
  • In the state of California, dog owners are held liable for injuries their dog inflicts on you, whether you are in a public place, or lawfully in a private place, regardless of whether the owner knew of the dog’s propensity to bite. A dog bite can result in serious injury to the victim, causing physical and emotional trauma.
  • Elder abuse or nursing home abuse occurs when those who are charged with caring for an elderly person abuse the trust placed into them. They may be overtly abusive or could neglect the senior’s basic needs. It is heartbreaking when your elderly loved one suffers abuse or neglect, requiring an experienced Russell & Lazarus personal injury attorney to advocate on the senior’s behalf.
  • Amusement park accidents occur more often than you might think, and can be the result of equipment malfunction, or the negligence of an employee, contractor, or temporary worker. The responsibility for the accident may fall to the owner of the amusement park, a third-party contractor, or the manufacturer of the faulty equipment.
  • Brain and spinal cord injuries can occur as a result of many different types of accidents, with often devastating effects. When a spinal cord injury is severe, or a brain injury traumatic, the victim could require continuous medical treatment and care—for many months, or perhaps even for the remainder of his or her life. The normal enjoyment of life could be significantly decreased, and the victim could lose his or her ability to work. The expenses related to a traumatic brain injury or a spinal cord injury can be astronomical, making it even more important to have a highly experienced personal injury attorney on your side.
  • Catastrophic injuries are those which are permanent, leaving a permanent disability or disfigurement for the victim to deal with. Because the injuries are so severe, the stakes are extremely high. Catastrophic injury claims bring unique issues, requiring extensive and comprehensive investigation and preparation. Medical and economic experts may be required to support your personal injury claim.
  • Pedestrian accidents can happen to those on foot, on a skateboard, or on roller skates. Because a pedestrian has absolutely no protection, these types of accidents often leave the victim with severe, even life-threatening injuries that will require months, years, or a lifetime of medical assistance.
  • While train and airplane accidents may not be nearly as common as other types of personal injuries, they can leave devastation in their wake, requiring a highly experienced personal injury or wrongful death attorney to advocate for the victims.

In the end, accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Our Orange County personal injury attorneys help victims of boating accidents, swimming pool accidents, and construction accidents, in addition to the types of accidents listed above.

How the Russell & Lazarus APC Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help You

At Russell & Lazarus APC, we strive to help our clients with every aspect of their personal injury. Not only will we handle the legal issues—negotiating with the insurance company, preparing for trial, ensuring all the facts are in place, and bringing in experts, when needed—we will also help you obtain the medical treatment you need, help you figure out how to pay your medical expenses or the expenses associated with the loss of a job, and even help with monetary advances, transportation needs, or rental car reimbursements. As we fight for a fair settlement on your behalf, we never forget that you are more than our client—you are a person, who had a life that has been diminished by the negligence of another.

Locations

Map of Newport Beach Office Location

Phone: (949) 851-0222
Toll-Free: (800) 268-9228

1401 Dove Street #310
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Map of Long Beach Office Location

Phone: (562) 496-1997
Toll-Free: (800) 268-9228

100 Oceangate
Long Beach, CA 90802

Google Map of Russell and Lazarus APC Riverside Office

Phone: (951) 485-4000
Toll-Free: (800) 268-9228

Grandville Executive Suites
7121 Magnolia Ave., #V3
Riverside, CA 92504

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