Expertise in Personal injury Law


Avi Bitton Lawyers has been advising and defending victims of personal injuries for fifteen years.

The law firm assists victims of accidents and offences throughout the judicial proceedings to obtain redress.

The law firm advises you, from the first steps taken with your insurance company to the defense of your interests before civil and criminal courts. 

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Lawyer in Personal injury law

Victims of road accidents

Avi Bitton Lawyers frequently assists victims of road accidents, whether pedestrians, car drivers, bikers, cyclists, or passengers. Damages are assessed by following the “nomenclature Dintilhac“, whose framework enables victims to get full compensation for losses, whose consequences can be severe (head trauma, permanent disability, PTSD, health expanses, loss of income, …). 

We first try to negotiate an amicable agreement with the insurance company of the author of the damage. In case of failure, or if the proposed compensation is not sufficient, we take the case to court.

Insurance companies often offer low compensations, which do not correspond to compensable damages. Victims should not accept them until they got a legal advice from a lawyer, who can help them claim the rightful compensation of the damage. To this end, we work with a network of independent medical doctor experts and ajusters.

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in your administrative and legal steps :

– Expertise assistance (judicial expertise, private expertise)

– Legal protection

– Amicable negotiation of indemnifications with insurance companies

– Proceedings before the Civil Court

– Criminal proceedings before Criminal Courts, the juge d’instruction or the cour d’assises (judicial complaint, proceedings as a civil party, …)

Victims of life accidents

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists victims of everyday accidents in their negociations with their insurance companies. 

Life accidents can be domestic (burn, injury, fall, exposure to toxic products, …), occur outside (sports accident, ski fall, horse fall, …), or be consecutive to a natural disaster.

Your damages can be compensable if a third party is involved (personal liability, defective products liability, …) or, when you have caused your own damage but have subscribed to a “Life Accident Guarantee” (LAG) insurance contract.

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in the steps you take :

– Insurance claim and other steps taken with your insurance company

– Expertise assistance (judicial expertise, private expertise)

– Proceedings before Civil Courts

Victims of criminal offences

Avi Bitton Lawyers has been defending victims of criminal offences and their families for more than fifteen years :

– Victims of terrorist attacks (attack on Rue des Rosiers, Marrakech attacks, Paris attacks of November 2015)

– Victims of crimes and sexual offenses (sexual assault, rape, …)

– Victims of violence (deliberate violence, armed robbery, …)

Victims and their families can initiate criminal proceedings, by filing a complaint and proceed as civil parties, to obtain compensation for their damages. They can also submit their case to the Commission d’Indemnisation des Victimes d’Infractions (CIVI).

The CIVI allows the compensation of the loss by a guaranty fund, so that the damage you have suffered gives rise to compensation regardless of the solvency of the perpetrator of the offense you have been victim of.

Compensation for victims of terrorism also calls for national solidarity.

“Life Accident Guarantee” (LAG) insurance contracts usually provide for coverage of damages caused by criminal offences. 

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in all the steps you take : 

– Criminal proceedings before Criminal Courts, the juge d’instruction or the cour d’assises (judicial complaint, proceedings as a civil party, …)

– Steps taken with your insurance company

– Expertise assistance (judicial expertise, private expertise)

– Proceedings before the CIVI

Victims of work accidents

For more than fifteen years, Avi Bitton Lawyers has been defending victims of work accidents, and their families, against employers,  authors of damages or health insurance (CPAM), before Criminal Courts and before the Social Security Court (tribunal des affaires de la sécurité sociale or TASS). 

Any accident which “occurred because or during [your] work” [article L. 411-1 of de Code de la sécurité sociale] (at your workplace, on your way to work, because of your professional activity, …) is presumed to be attributable to your professional activity. It thus gives entitlement to a lump sum compensation by social security. An occupational disease is also compensable by the payment of an annuity or a lump sum compensation.

These indemnities can correspond to a  full compensation if the employer is found guilty of an ‘inexcusable fault’ by the Social Security Court (TASS) (lack of training or information, absence of protective devices, failure to respect rules of hygiene or safety, …). The annuity paid by your health insurance (CPAM) can then be increased and supplemented.

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in all your compensation requests :

– Proceedings before the Social Security Court (recognition of an ‘inexcusable fault’)

– Expertise assistance (judicial expertise, private expertise)

– Criminal proceedings (judicial complaint, proceedings as a civil party, …)

– Steps taken with Labour Inspection

Victims of medical errors or defective pharmaceuticals

Avi Bitton Lawyers regularly assists victims of defective pharmaceuticals (Docétaxel, Diane 35 pills, Essure devices, Cytotec, …).

The defense of the victims’ interests involves an important work of legal and scientific documentation, and often, then, a request for judicial expertise before the juge des référés, in order to constitute a ground for the practitioners liability in the case of a medical error (error of diagnosis, wrongful act of the surgeon or anesthesiologist, …) or of the manufacturer in the case of defective product (medical devices, pharmaceutical products, …). The fault of the manufacturer or the practitioner may also result from the sole lack of information provided to the patient. 

A medical harm, even when not attributable to a fault, often remains compensable. It then results from a ‘medical accident’ or the ‘therapeutic hazard’. In this case, it is the ONIAM (National Office for Compensation of Medical Accidents of Iatrogenic Disorders and Nosocomial Infections) which takes care of the compensation of the damage suffered (medical accidents without fault, infections, victims of compulsory vaccinations,. ..), as well as the CCI (Conciliation and Compensation Commission for Medical Accidents of Iatrogenic Disorders and Nosocomial Infections).

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in all the steps you take : 

– Steps taken with your insurance company (“Life Accident Guarantee”)

– Expertise assistance

– Proceedings before Civil Courts

– Criminal proceedings (judicial complaint, proceedings as a civil party, …)

– Proceedings before the ONIAM

– Conciliation request before a CCI

Insurance law

Avi Bitton Lawyers assists you in all your steps and negociations with insurance companies :

– Insurance Claim

– Examination of the first amicable offer

– Amicable negotiation of indemnifications

– Legal protection

Compensable losses

Avi Bitton Lawyers obtains, by amicable agreement or by court judgment, compensation for the following damages :

For direct victims :

Patrimonial damages : they are divided into temporary and permanent damages and include health expenses, various expenses (transportation, childcare, household care, legal fees, …), loss of income, expanses for adapted housing and vehicle, assistance by a third person, suffering experienced, …

– Extra-patrimonial damages : they are divided into temporary and permanent damages and include permanent disability, agreement prejudice (sports or leisure activities), aesthetic prejudice, sexual prejudice, establishment prejudice (loss of hope, loss of opportunity or any possibility of fulfilling a ‘normal’ family life project), …

For indirect victims (‘victimes par ricochet’) :

Patrimonial damages : loss of income of relatives (deceased or disabled spouse or parent), funeral expenses, …

– Extra-patrimonial damages : prejudice of accompaniment (moral prejudice of the relatives), prejudice of affection, sexual prejudice, …


Recent cases

  • Work accident : sentencing of a large distribution company to pay damages to its employee, for its breach of the obligation of safety in the event of a work accident (Paris Court of Appeal, January 30th, 2018).
  • Cour d’assises – Rape of a minor : defense of a victim of rape of a minor ; conviction of the defendant and sentencing to compensation for the harm caused to the victim (Cour d’assises du Val-d’Oise, December 6th 2016).
  • Organized gang armed robbery : granting of an advance on compensation to the victims and appointment of a medical expert to assess the damages (Tribunal de grande instance de Paris, November 15th, 2013).
  • Assault and battery: sentencing of the accused person to pay damages to the victim (Criminal Court of Paris, September 18th, 2013).
  • Sexual assault : conviction of the perpetrator of deliberate violence and sexual assault against a prostitute, sentenced to four years of imprisonment and to the payment of damages to the victim and to an association fighting against sexual violence (Paris Criminal Court, June 7th, 2012).
  • Rape : sentencing a serial rapist to 30 years of imprisonment and to pay damages to the victim (Cour d’assises de Paris, April 16th, 2010).
  • Commission d’indemnisation des victimes d’infractions (CIVI) : granting of an advance on compensation to the victim of a rape, before the trial before the Cour d’assises (December 12th, 2008). 

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