Have you or a loved one suffered an injury due to another person’s carelessness?

You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage, as well as pain and suffering.  Sylvia V. Gonzalez understands how injuries from a car accident, slip-and-fall, or an animal attack can negatively affect your life and finances as well as interfere with work and personal relationships.

That is why Sylvia V. Gonzalez will give you the personal attention you deserve.  When you call you will speak to and receive a free consultation with Sylvia V. Gonzalez.  Once you hire Sylvia V. Gonzalez, she will diligently work on your case until she obtains an outcome you deserve.

Do not hesitate to call if you have been involved in an automobile accident, slip-and-fall, or an animal attack.  The consultation with Sylvia V. Gonzalez is free.

Automobile Accidents

The streets and highways are filled with bad and inattentive drivers. A vehicle collision can result in serious bodily injury, mounting medical expenses, missed time from work, property damage, and loss of use of your vehicle. The driver of the vehicle who caused the collision as well as the owner of that vehicle are responsible for your damages and losses suffered as a result of that car crash.

The following are examples of the different types of car accidents:

Vehicle vs. Vehicle Collision

  • A car rear ends another car pushing that car into the rear of another car.
  • A car runs a stop sign and crashes into the driver’s side of another vehicle.
  • A car has a solid green light and turns left in front of a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, who also has a solid green light, causing a collision.
  • A car carelessly changes lanes and collides with the vehicle in the next lane.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision – A man is lawfully crossing the street when a vehicle carelessly runs him over.

Vehicle vs. Bicycle Collision – A little girl is riding her bike on the sidewalk passing a driveway when a vehicle negligently pulls into the driveway hitting the bike knocking the girl to the ground.

After a car accident, the first thing you should do is pull over to the side of the road so you are in a safe area. Next, you should call local law enforcement so a traffic collision report is completed. A traffic collision report is useful in determining fault for the collision. Many times, the at-fault driver will lie to his/her auto insurance company saying you are at-fault which prolongs the case and delays compensation. A traffic collision report assists in supporting the true facts of the collision and may show that the defendant is making conflicting statements. Law enforcement can also assist in collecting the necessary information from the other drivers involved in the collision.

The following is the information you should request regarding the driver and registered owners of all vehicles involved in the auto accident:

  • Full name
  • Date of birth
  • Residence and mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Driver’s License number
  • Auto insurance company name and policy number
  • Year, make, model and license plate number of all other vehicles involved

If possible, you should also get the name and contact information for all people who witnessed the collision. A favorable witness can be helpful if the defendant’s insurance company refuses to accept liability.

Also, if you are feeling pain or discomfort after the collision, seek immediate medical assistance. It is important to receive proper and necessary medical treatment so your injuries do not worsen.

Lastly, call the Law Offices of Sylvia V. Gonzalez and we will handle compensation for the property damage, car towing payments, automobile rental costs, past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, as well as any other legal issues that may arise. All you have to do is focus on recovering from your injuries.

Dog Bites & Animal Attacks

Any animal is dangerous no matter how cute and cuddly it may seem. In regard to dog bites, California is a strict liability state. California Civil Code § 3342(a) states that an owner of a dog is liable for injuries and damages caused by a dog bite from the dog while in a public place or if the victim is lawfully in a private place. Liability exists regardless of the prior viciousness of the dog or the owner’s knowledge of the dog’s viciousness. According to this statute, the victim is not required to show that the owner of the dog was negligent and the dog bite does not need to occur within the dog owner’s property for the owner of the dog to be held liable for the victim’s damages and injuries.

The dog owner will not be held liable for damages resulting from a dog bite if the dog bite victim was:

  1. Trespassing;
  2. Provoking the dog;
  3. Injured by an employer’s dog while on the job; or
  4. Performing a paid service involving the dog.

However, the provocation exception does not apply if the victim is a child under five years old or the victim is a child following his/her parents’ orders.

Specific cities and municipalities also have their own laws governing an owner’s liability for injuries caused by his/her dog. Some of these laws apply to animals other than dogs.

An animal or dog attack can cause severe injuries, disfigurement, as well as physical and emotional scaring. A victim may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical expenses, psychological trauma, and pain and suffering. Most dog bite and animal attack damages are paid by the animal owner’s homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance.

Call the Law Offices of Sylvia V. Gonzalez today for a free consultation to become informed of your legal rights.

Slip-and-Falls

A slip-and-fall can occur anywhere due to the negligence of a business or a person. Owners of property have the legal duty to maintain all areas of their property in a safe manner. If the owner of the property had reasonable notice of the hazardous condition that caused someone to slip, trip, fall, and sustain injuries, the owner may be held liable for those physical injuries, past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, as well as pain and suffering.

Slip-and-falls can cause severe injuries. The following are examples of injuries suffered in a slip-and-fall:

  • Herniated discs in the spine
  • Fractured or broken bones (i.e., fractured back, arms, hip, etc.)
  • Torn rotator cuff in the shoulder
  • Torn meniscus of the knee
  • Dislocation of the wrist or ankle

It is very important that you inform the property owner of the fall. If the incident occurred in a public place, such as a store or restaurant, make sure to make a formal written report with the manager so that the incident is well documented. If injured, seek immediate medical attention. Delay in medical treatment may prolong the healing of those injuries.

It is also very important to immediately hire a competent attorney to represent you. Seeking immediate legal representation may prevent destruction of evidence, such as video surveillance and photographs of the fall. Call the attorney Sylvia V. Gonzalez for a free consultation

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