There are many situations in which it is crucial to retain knowledgeable and sophisticated legal counsel without delay. You might find yourself in a serious accident, you might be in danger of losing your professional license, or you might need to make sure that your assets are distributed as you wish among your loved ones. At Biggs Law Office, A.P.C., we handle matters arising in many different areas of law, ranging from personal injury to trusts and estates. San Francisco personal injury lawyer Michael S. Biggs has the courage and experience to go up against large companies and government entities on behalf of ordinary people. He is well-prepared, bold, and tenacious, and he will always be looking for ways to make your case strong in the challenging time that you face. He will not hesitate to fight for you in the courtroom and can handle all phases of the case, carefully preparing you for each step and keeping you informed consistently about the process.Personal Injury
We offer free case evaluations and handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so we only get paid if we get a settlement or verdict for you. Preparation is critical for success, since defense lawyers will not take your case seriously unless it is thoroughly prepared for trial. This helps us get settlement offers for victims that properly meet their needs. In most cases, a personal injury attorney in San Francisco will aim to prove that the defendant was negligent in some way. This means that they failed to act carefully under the circumstances and that the victim suffered injuries or losses as a result. However, there are some types of personal injury cases, such as dog bites, in which a theory of strict liability may apply instead. We will look into the situation surrounding your injuries and assess which legal theories may apply.
If you were injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver in the Bay Area, you will most likely need to prove that the defendant’s unsafe driving caused your injuries. Perhaps they ran a red light or a stop sign, for example, or perhaps they were speeding down the freeway or getting distracted by texting rather than focusing on the road. If your San Francisco personal injury attorney is able to establish liability, you may be able to recover economic and non-economic damages for your injuries, such as medical bills, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. Like other personal injury cases, car accident cases have a specific statute of limitations, which defines the time period in which you can bring a claim. You also should take action promptly so that your attorney can gather all of the relevant evidence to prove the defendant’s liability before it decays.Truck Accidents
Truck drivers and trucking companies are required to follow Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, as well as California state regulations governing the industry. These include requirements related to commercial truck maintenance, truck drivers' hours of service, logbooks, background checks, and drug and alcohol testing. A truck driver can be held liable for their negligence, but this is often not a victim’s only recourse. In many situations, it is important for a personal injury attorney to examine a San Francisco truck accident closely to see if a trucking company or another party contributed to it. Often, there are multiple victims in truck accidents, and many of them may have catastrophic injuries, the cost of which may exceed the individual driver's insurance coverage. A trucking company may be held vicariously liable if it employed the driver who caused the crash, or it may be held directly liable on the basis of its own negligent hiring or supervision.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in devastating injuries to motorcyclists even when drivers of larger vehicles walk away without a scratch. Often, drivers or their insurers try to argue that the motorcyclist did something reckless or dangerous that caused the crash. Even if you were partly responsible, however, California’s rule of pure comparative negligence allows you to recover compensation for a percentage of damages that is proportionate to the defendant’s fault. We will work hard on your behalf to prevent a defendant or insurer from dodging or unfairly reducing its liability.Premises Liability
If you are injured on someone else's property due to a dangerous condition, a personal injury lawyer in the San Francisco area can help you bring a premises liability lawsuit for damages. You will need to show that the property owner or occupier (such as a grocery store renting the premises) knew or should have known about the dangerous condition. For example, if there was poor lighting, so you tripped and fell over a displaced cracked bumper in a restaurant parking lot, and that condition had existed for weeks, you could probably argue that a reasonable restaurant owner would have provided warnings or repaired the condition. This likely would give you a basis to recover damages.Medical Malpractice
Recovering damages for medical malpractice can be more complex than in some personal injury claims. You will need to prove that a health care professional’s breach of the professional duty of care caused your injuries. The professional standard of care consists of the degree of skill and care used by a health care provider who practices in the same area as the defendant. Your San Francisco personal injury lawyer probably will need to retain an expert witness to testify about the standard of care and how the defendant breached it.Nursing Home Negligence
Elder abuse and nursing home neglect can take many forms, including lack of medical care, physical neglect, failure to provide adequate nutrition, failure to help with personal hygiene, failure to prevent bedsores, failure to protect from health and safety dangers, assault and battery, and sexual assault. There are numerous federal and state regulations that nursing homes must follow. A nursing home's failure to abide by these regulations probably will be strong evidence of negligence. The California Elder Abuse and Dependent Adult Civil Protection Act (EADACPA) provides remedies to elders who are physically or financially abused.Wrongful Death
A personal injury lawyer in the San Francisco area can help families pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit if their loved one dies because of the negligence or wrongful act of another party. A wrongful death lawsuit is a civil case that is separate and distinct from any criminal charges that may be filed by the State. The wrongful death lawsuit is brought by the decedent's survivors or the decedent's estate's personal representative. For example, if your spouse was killed in a crosswalk when they were struck by a drunk driver, you may be able to recover damages through a wrongful death lawsuit.Trust and Estate Litigation
Disputes can come up during the administration of a trust or probate estate, particularly when there are substantial amounts of money involved or when there is a conflict among the family members. Disputes can come up between beneficiaries, between a trustee and beneficiaries, or even between family members and third parties. Trust and estate litigation can involve breaches of fiduciary duty, disputed creditor claims, disputes over the validity of a will or trust, undue influence, partition actions, and guardianships, as well as other issues. We represent clients when their rights to an estate are being suppressed. These cases often overlap with elder financial abuse, in which money is being wrongfully controlled to a client’s detriment.Business Law
Our firm handles business litigation matters that involve unfair business transactions, violations of consumer protection laws, unfair and deceptive trade practices, fraud or misrepresentation, breaches of fiduciary duties, partnership disputes, real estate sales, and injunctions to stop illegal competition or stop illegal acts causing harm to a business. Each of these claims requires proof of specific elements. For example, to recover damages in a breach of contract lawsuit, you would need to show that a valid contract existed, the contract was breached, the non-breaching party did what the contract required them to do (or was excused from performing), and the non-breaching party incurred damages.Government Law
Our firm handles government law claims in state and federal courts, such as civil rights lawsuits, property takings cases, and personal injury lawsuits against municipal, state, or federal agencies. When the government violates your civil rights, you may have a basis to file a Section 1983 claim. Under a Section 1983 claim, anybody who causes a U.S. citizen or another person within their jurisdiction to be deprived of their Constitutional or legal privileges, rights, or immunities under color of law can be held liable. For example, if a governmental agency fails to provide due process, there may be a basis for a Section 1983 claim. By contrast, the California Claims Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act provide grounds for bringing personal injury claims against the state and federal governments.Professional License Defense
If your professional license is being threatened, you should respond immediately and effectively to preserve your livelihood. Our firm handles professional license disciplinary proceedings with regard to various types of licenses, such as proceedings involving registered nurses before the California Board of Registered Nursing. Like criminal proceedings, administrative proceedings are adversarial, which means that it is critical to hire an experienced trial attorney to stand up to the regulatory power of the state. We will make sure that your side of the story is told clearly and persuasively while we fight for a fair outcome on your behalf.Consult a Personal Injury Attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area or Seek Guidance in Another Civil Matter
Attorney Michael S. Biggs is a vigorous and experienced trial advocate who works hard to find ways to advance the goals of his clients. At Biggs Law Office, A.P.C., we provide flexible office hours and maintain open lines of communication. Call us at 415.789.5823 or complete our online form to find out more about your options. Michael S. Biggs represents people throughout San Francisco, Marin, Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.