Pedestrians, joggers, and runners are struck on a daily basis in the Bay Area. Whether or not the collision took place in a marked crosswalk does not necessarily determine fault. Each case is different and it takes an experienced and seasoned personal injury specialist to carefully analyze the facts and the law.
A driver’s inattention for just a brief moment can cause serious injuries. Whether it is distracted driving (texting, talking on the phone, fiddling with the radio or GPS), fatigue, or drunk driving, we will help you hold the at-fault driver responsible.
We have experience handling car crashes from simple rear enders to disputed liability t-bone crashes at intersections. Oftentimes, it becomes a he-said-she-said situation and the police investigation may not be complete or accurate. Experience and resources are necessary to prove fault and maximize your compensation.
In the Bay Area, many motorists have simply refused to share the road with bicyclists. And like motorcyclists, there is a bias and assumption that the bicyclist was automatically at fault. Crowded cities also see a prevalence of bicyclists struck by opening car doors. We have helped a number of bicyclists who have suffered from concussions, severe scarring from road rash, and broken bones.
Drivers rarely look out for motorcyclists. Cars cut them off while changing lanes and while turning at intersections. Injured motorcyclists often suffer organ injuries and orthopedic injuries that require multiple surgeries. To make matters worse, there is an inherent bias and assumption by the public and the police that the motorcyclist was at fault. We are familiar with the arguments the other side uses and we can effectively counter them on your behalf.
Attacks can happen indoors and outside when the dog is unleashed. We have handled dog bites that have left scars on the face, arms, and legs. We have also worked on cases in which unleashed dogs have knocked down people, causing bad fractures requiring surgery.
Losing a loved one is overwhelming. It is doubly so when it is someone else’s fault and could have been prevented. Spouses and dependents are entitled to compensation for their loss.
In California, the likelihood is high that the driver who hit you has no liability coverage. Working with your own insurance company is different than working with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Your insurance company has a duty to deal with you in good faith. In addition, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims are resolved by arbitration rather than by jury trial.
Burn injuries have a number of causes— cooking accidents, flammable clothing, improperly set water heaters, etc. Experts often need to be consulted to build a strong case. They include not only experts who can testify on industry standards, but plastic surgery as well to discuss the prognosis and treatment for the scarring.
Suing a city or county for personal injuries is very different than suing a private citizen or company. First, a claim has to be made with the city or county within six months of the injury. In addition, public entities are entitled to a number of immunities that others do not have. The lawyer you hire needs to have a track record of success in claims and lawsuits against public entities.
As the economy recovers, residential and commercial construction projects in the Bay Area have skyrocketed. Unfortunately, that also means more workers are getting hurt or killed due to unsafe working conditions. OSHA investigations, parallel worker’s compensation claims, and general and subcontractors pointing the finger at each other all have to be sorted out in construction site injury lawsuits.
Because of the inherent danger of a 40-ton truck, a number of federal and state rules regulate the industry. Crashes involving big rigs are often catastrophic. You will need someone who has had experience successfully fighting trucking companies.
You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries if they were caused by a product’s design defect or manufacturing defect.
Attorneys are held to a high standard in their dealings with clients. A valid claim may arise when you have suffered a monetary loss as a direct result of bad advice from your lawyer or your lawyer’s failure to timely make a claim on your behalf in court.
Likewise, CPAs and Enrolled Agents are held to high standards. Bad advice or errors in filling out tax returns can result in financial loss.