If you have been hurt as a result of someone else’s careless conduct, you may be able to take legal action to assert your right to compensation. Marin County personal injury lawyer Michael S. Biggs litigates a variety of these matters, including premises liability cases, tort actions against government entities, and defamation claims. No challenge is too daunting for Mr. Biggs, who welcomes the opportunity to help resolve complicated and unusual cases. From his main office located in San Rafael, a staffed office in Downtown San Francisco, and a satellite office in Walnut Creek, he represents people throughout Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties. Mr. Biggs also can assist clients who need a trust litigation attorney or guidance in a business law or public sector employment law matter.
Over the last decade, Mr. Biggs has demonstrated his fearlessness and tenacity in the courtroom while also using his strong communication and mediation skills to negotiate settlements when appropriate. He understands that lawsuits are adversarial in nature, which means that it is essential to combine top-notch investigation skills, tactical judgment, and a strategic focus with a precise application of the law.Seek Compensation for Injuries through a Premises Liability Claim
Many types of accidents may result from dangerous conditions on property, such as uneven pavement, faulty staircases, poorly constructed electrical systems, or inadequate security. A property owner has a duty to maintain its premises in a reasonably safe condition, to repair any known dangerous conditions, and to provide appropriate warnings to visitors and guests about potential hazards on the premises.
For example, a customer may slip and fall on a wet surface in a grocery or convenience store. If the store or its employees knew or should have known that something had been spilled on the floor, but no action was taken to clean up the spill or warn customers, the victim likely will be entitled to compensation. Other examples of property-related accidents include drowning or near-drowning in swimming pools, dog bites, and accidents at construction sites. The injuries that result from these accidents may be severe, often ranging from broken bones, spinal cord damage, and brain trauma to electric shock and burns. A wide range of damages may be available to a victim, including medical expenses, the costs of future treatment, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can help Marin County residents fight for their rights when they have been hurt because someone else was careless.Assert Your Rights Under the Government Tort Claims Act
Just like anyone else, government employees may act negligently and cause serious injuries to another person. If you were hurt due to a local, state, or federal government entity’s lack of due care, you can bring a negligence claim against that entity to pursue compensation. The Government Tort Claims Act (“GTCA”) imposes a somewhat different set of rules and requirements on a plaintiff compared to someone bringing a standard personal injury claim. For example, the plaintiff must comply with certain notice requirements, informing the government entity of his or her intent to bring a lawsuit.
The government will either accept or deny a claim. If the claim is denied, the plaintiff may proceed with filing a claim against the government in court. There are also special time limits that apply to when you must serve this notice and when you can file your claim if it is initially denied. In situations involving entities that are technically private companies but that are affiliated with the government, it can be difficult to know whether you must comply with the GTCA. A skilled and experienced government law attorney can help you determine the appropriate course of action for your claim.Filing a Defamation or Slander Claim in Northern California
There are many situations in which someone’s statements about another person can have a devastating effect on the subject of the statements. In general, a defamation claim arises when spoken or written words cause damage to the target’s reputation. To prevail on a claim for defamation, the plaintiff must show that the defendant made an untrue statement about the plaintiff. It must have been “published,” which means that it was made known to another person, and the statement must have caused harm to the plaintiff. There are a number of defenses or privileges that a defendant may assert against a defamation claim, including the plaintiff’s consent to publishing the statement or proof that the statement was factually true.Retain a Tenacious Personal Injury Lawyer in Marin County
If you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Marin County personal injury attorney Michael S. Biggs has helped many people in Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Contra Costa Counties seek the settlement or the judgment that they deserve. Call us at 415-789-5823 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. Mr. Biggs also is ready to assist you if you need a public sector employment law attorney or representation in a business law or trust litigation matter.