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“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

The information provided in the following articles is for information purposes only. If you feel you have a personal injury case, please contact us for a FREE case evaluation.

A personal injury event can sometimes lead to head trauma and related brain injury.  Head injuries are generally characterized into two types: open head injuries and closed head injuries, both of which can be devastating to victims and to their families.

Open Head Injuries

An open head injury, also referred to as a penetrating head injury, occurs when an object penetrates the skull and enters the brain.  An open head injury is very serious, and usually affects a specific area of brain tissue.  Open head injuries can cause permanent disability, and in the worse case scenario, they can result in death.

Skull fractures are one of the most common causes of open head injuries.  Such an injury occurs when a piece of bone from the skull penetrates the brain.  What can cause a skull fracture?

  • Accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, bicycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents and bus accidents;
  • Falls, including slip and falls, falling down stairs, falling down ladders, falling off scaffolding, and falling off roofs;
  • A blow to the head; or
  • Sports injuries.

Victims who survive open brain injuries generally develop issues in the damaged area of the brain.  Approximately 50% of surviving victims experience post-traumatic epilepsy.

Closed Head Injuries

In a closed head injury, no object penetrates the brain. Instead, such an injury occurs when the brain is injured as a result of a blow to the head, or as a result of a sudden and violent motion that causes the brain to knock against the skull.

In the U.S., statistics show that incidents of closed head injuries are estimated to be about 200 cases per 100,000 persons annually.  So, in a population of about 314.156 million people, this rate equates to more than 628,000 victims each year.

Closed head injuries can affect cells and tissues throughout the brain, or they can damage only one area of the brain. A closed head injury ranges from mild to severe (incapacitating or death).

What are the common causes of closed head injuries.  They can be caused by:

  • Accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, construction site accidents, bicycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents and bus accidents;
  • Falls, including slip and falls, falling down stairs, falling down ladders, falling off scaffolding, and falling off roofs;
  • Assaults;
  • Work-related accidents; and
  • Sports related accidents.

What are the symptoms of closed head injuries?  Symptoms of severe closed head injuries usually show up immediately, while symptoms of mild head injuries can show up days or weeks after an injury.  Such symptoms usually include:

  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Headaches;
  • Dilated pupils;
  • Respiratory problems;
  • Convulsions;
  • Dizziness;
  • Speech problems, such as slurred speech;
  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Inability to concentrate; and
  • Emotional and behavioral changes.

The most common diagnostic test used to diagnose a closed head injury are CT scans.  It is very important to assess early on after an accident whether the accident victim suffers from a closed head injury.  So, victims of car accidents, especially severe accidents, should be mindful of these symptoms and seek immediate medical assistance should any of these symptoms appear.

If you or a loved one have suffered head trauma, and want to know about available legal options, please feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

The Mason Law Firm is managed by head trauma and brain injury attorney Mason Rashtian, who has an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau, and is “AV” Rated with Martindale-Hubble, the highest rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

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For a free consultation on your injury case, please contact us at one of our five locations:

Beverly Hills
433 North Camden Drive, Suite 600, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
800-577-0149

Burbank
3500 West Olive Avenue, 3rd Floor, Burbank, CA 91505
818-533-1671

San Fernando Valley
15303 Ventura Blvd., 9th Floor, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
818-533-1671

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Lane, Suite 200, Santa Clarita, CA 91355
661-362-0805

Woodland Hills
5850 Canoga Avenue, Suite 400, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818-533-1671

You can also reach us by email:  mason@mrscvlaw.com

Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Do You Need An Attorney or Can You Handle Your Own Injury Case? | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

“We Meet Our Clients By Accident”

Getting into a car accident is not an everyday event.  If you get into an accident, there are many things that come into play, which you need to be aware of.  For example,
  • Should you give a statement to the insurance company?
  • If you give a statement, what should you say?
  • Should you fill our forms given to you by the insurance company?
  • How do you find a trusted healthcare provider to examine and treat you?
  • How do you pay for your medical treatment?
  • Can you recover for lost income?
  • What about pain, suffering, aggravation and inconvenience?

This is just the beginning.  What happens if the insurance company denies your injury claim?  What happens if they accept your claim but will not pay for some or all of your medical bills?  What happens if the insurance company refuses to pay for your lost income or pain and suffering?  If they make a settlement offer, is that offer fair based on the facts of your case?  This is just pre-litigation.

What happens if you have to file a lawsuit?  How do you file it?  How do you conduct discovery?  How do you prove your case?  How do you prove your damages?  Are you ready to go up against the insurance company and its experienced defense lawyers?

There are just some of the issues than can arise.  So, when I am asked “Do I need an attorney or can I handle my own injury case?”, I can quoting Abraham Lincoln, who once said: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.” But, I usually put it this way: “You wake up one morning with a bad tooth ache.  You have a choice:  (1) you can go to your garage, pick up a pair of pliers and yank the tooth out, or (2) you can call a dentist. Which one would you choose?” The same principle applies here.

If you choose to handle your own injury case, remember that you will be facing a seasoned and experienced adjuster, who has been trained to do everything in his/her power not to pay you anything on the case or to pay you as little was possible.  If the case ends up in litigation (i.e. a lawsuit is filed), then you will also be facing a experienced defense attorney with the same objective as that of the adjuster.

Most, if not all, personal injury attorneys take injury cases on a contingency fee basis.  This means that the attorney gets paid a percentage of the settlement or judgment  and if there is no recovery in the case, then the attorney does not charge you a fee.

So, if you are not paying anything out of your pocket for an attorney, why wouldn’t you then utilize his or her expertise?

Maybe the question should be: “How can I afford not to hire an attorney to handle my personal injury case?”  It is crucial that you hire an attorney as soon as possible in the case, and preferably before you start dealing with the insurance company.  The longer you wait before hiring an attorney, the more harm you can cause to your case.

If you have a personal injury case, such as an accident, slip and fall, dog bite, etc., and want to get an honest assessment of your case and be educated as to your options, please give us a call. There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.

Santa Clarita Valley
27240 Turnberry Ln, #200
Valencia, CA 91355
Tel: (661) 362-0805

Our Toll Free Number:  (800) 577-0149

You can also reach us by email:  mason@mrscvlaw.com


Licensed to practice law and serve clients throughout the State of California


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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Mason Rashtian Interviews with SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce | The Mason Law Firm

SCV Personal Injury Attorney Mason Rashtian was recently interviewed by SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce.  In this interview, which is attached hereto below, Mason discusses his background as an attorney:

Mason Rashtian is a personal injury attorney.  He manages a premier injury firm called The Mason Law Firm, which is located in Valencia (Santa Clarita Valley).

If you would like additional information about personal injury matters, please feel free to contact our office at (800) 577-0149 or (661) 362-0805.  You can also visit our website at http://mrscvlaw.com

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Do Not Sign Documents Provided By the Insurance Company Post Accident | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

After an injury occurs as a result of a car accident or a slip and fall, the injured party often times receives a package of documents from the adverse insurance company (the insurance company representing the party at fault for the accident, etc.).  In this video, Mason Rashtian warns about signing such documents received from an insurance company.

Simply said: do not sign any such documents without first consulting with an attorney because you may be giving up your rights or allowing the insurance company to obtain personal information which they may not be entitled to.

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Gap Insurance May Be Essential After An Accident For Those Who Finance Their Vehicles | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

For more information about personal injury, including accidents, please contact us at (661) 362-0805.

Most people have not heard of Gap Insurance.  What is it?  Do you need it?  How can it potentially help you after an accident.

You can also find additional information on our website:

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Importance of Having Med Pay and How it Helps You After an Accident | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

In this video, Mason Rashtian discusses the importance of having a Med Pay provision in your automobile policy.  Such a provision can be very beneficial following a car accident.  For an article on Med Pay, please click here.

For more information about all personal injury matters, including accident, please contact us at (661) 362-0805 or (818) 700-8422, or visit our website at:

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Importance of Seeking Early Treatment After an Injury Occurs, Such as a Car Accident | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

As explained in this video, it is very important to seek early treatment following a personal injury incident, such as a car accident.

For more information about personal injury matters, please contact us at (661) 362-0805 or (818) 700-8422, or visit our website at:

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | Statistics on Accidents involving Pedestrians | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations, traffic accidents in 2008 resulted in 4,378 pedestrian deaths and 69,000 pedestrian injuries.  If we were to break this down, it would mean that on average, traffic accidents (such as car accidents, bus accidents and truck accidents) results in 1 pedestrian fatality every 120 minutes (i.e. every 2 hours) and 1 injured pedestrian every 8 minutes.

Most pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban areas (72%), at non-intersection locations (76%), in normal weather conditions (89%), and at night (70%).  Pedestrians have certain rights that need to be protected.  For a complete article on pedestrian rights, please see our article on Pedestrian Accidents (click here).

If you, as a pedestrian, have been struck by a vehicle, you should seek immediate medical attention.  Further, if you wish to obtain an honest assessment of your case, and educate yourself as to your options, please give us a call.  There is never a fee unless there is recovery in the case.  For your convenience, we have three offices throughout Southern California, including Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and Pasadena.

The Mason Law Firm specializes in personal injury matters, including, but not limited to accidents, slip and falls, dog bites, electrocutions, food poisoning, and defective products.  The Mason Law Firm is managed by Mason Rashtian, an AV Rated Attorney, which means that Mr. Rashtian has received the highest possible rating an attorney can achieve in the field of legal ability and ethical standards.

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SCV Personal Injury Attorney | It is Important to Take Photographs of the Other Vehicle at the Scene of an Accident | The Mason Law Firm | Mason Rashtian

I recently attended mediation involving a car accident where my client was hit from behind by a careless driver.  During the mediation, the defense attorney produced photographs of defendant’s car, claiming that the accident was minor because his client’s vehicle hardly sustained any damage in the accident.

However, when my client looked at the photographs, she immediately said: “those are not the right pictures.”  The photographs were date stamped 3 weeks post accident.  By then, the defendant had repaired his car.  So, the photographs that the defense attorney was showing did not show the property damage.

Unfortunately, my client did not take photographs of the defendant’s vehicle at the scene.  If she had taken such photos, then we could prove that defendant is lying and hiding evidence.  As it currently stands, this has become a “he said versus she said” scenario on a important issue – the severity of impact.

To avoid such mishaps, it is very important to take photographs of the other vehicle while at the scene of an accident.

For information on accidents and other personal injury matters, please visit our website at

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