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How to Report a Dog Bite in California

Dogs are humankind’s best friend, but they are still animals that can cause serious damage if not kept under control. Suffering from a dog attack is a very traumatizing experience. Aside from the physical pain and healing you have to go through, dog attacks can cost a lot of money. Even worse, once your physical injuries heal, you might still have psychological trauma that can last a lifetime.  Dog attacks are fatal in some instances, so it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as possible after suffering a bite. After seeking immediate medical treatment, one of the most important things that you should do after a dog attacks you is report the dog attack to the proper authorities.  Why Is Reporting a Dog Attack so Important? Reporting dog attacks is very important because it helps the government hold dog owners accountable for their animals’ actions. Reporting dog attacks helps ensure that others don’t have to go through the same trauma you did. Thanks to people reporting bites, authorities can keep track of dangerous animals who show a pattern of aggression and protect public safety by dealing with them accordingly. Furthermore, if you plan to file a claim for damages against the dog’s owner, you will want to have an official record of the bite. To top things off, if you are bitten by a dog in California, you have a legal obligation to report the bite to the proper authorities. In this piece, we will discuss reporting dog attacks in California so you can do the right thing if a dog attacks you. Reporting a Dog Attack in California In California, you should report any dog attack to two different authorities. First, you should call the police after you are bitten by a dog. When you call the police, you should file a police report including the name of the dog’s owner, their contact information, any information you have about the dog, and a description of what happened. Ideally, you should include photographs of your injuries and a medical record of those injuries in your police report. Including any and all relevant information in your report will help ensure that you can recover compensation for all the damages you suffer as a result of the bite. Second, and equally important, you should notify your local health department of the dog attack. Both you, as the victim, and the owner of the dog have a legal obligation to report the bite to your local health department. If you aren’t sure what number to call, you can find a directory of all local California health departments here. Once you report the attack, the local health department will conduct its own investigation to verify what happened, evaluate the consequence of the attack, point you in the right direction to seek proper medical care, and impose any relevant consequences on the dog owner and their animal. At the very least, dog owners whose animals attack others are required to quarantine the animal for at least 10 days to ensure the animal is not rabid. Get the Justice You Deserve If someone else’s dog attacks you and you suffer injury, the dog’s owner must compensate you for any damages you suffer. The best way to make sure that you recover all the damages you suffer is to retain the services of a personal injury attorney with specific experience with dog attacks. Our team of attorneys at Silva Injury Law, Inc. has considerable experience helping clients recover from dog attacks. Not only will we help you recover the damages you are owed, we will connect you with the right medical providers, including mental health professionals, so that you can fully recover from your injuries. Our founding attorney, Michael Joe Silva, has the experience necessary to help you with all stages of your case. Michael Joe has sat on both sides of civil litigation and has served as a district attorney, so he has an extensive base of courtroom knowledge to draw upon. Our primary goal is compassionate advocacy. We want you to know that we are always here to help our clients, no matter what you need. Let us help you recover from the vicious attack you suffered; contact us today for a free consultation.

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Dog Bite Statute of Limitations in California

If you’ve suffered injuries after a dog attack, you have the right to seek compensation. However, you will not have forever to file your claim. After a dog attack, be sure to consult with a California dog attack attorney right away. Silva Injury Law, Inc. is ready to help you. What Is a Statute of Limitations? A statute of limitations is a law restricting the amount of time a person has to file a lawsuit. The length of time provided by the statute of limitations will depend on the type of case and jurisdiction in which you wish to file your claim. Statutes of limitations typically range from two to four years.  The Statute of Limitations for Dog Attack Cases in California In California, the statute of limitations for dog attack cases is two years. Therefore, you have two years from the date of the incident to file your claim. However, if the victim is not aware of their injuries, the statute of limitations will not begin to run until the victim discovers or should have reasonably discovered their injuries. When Does Tolling Occur? When a statute of limitations is “tolled,” it is legally suspended for some valid reason. Tolling for dog attack cases typically occurs for one of the following reasons: The dog attack victim is under 18 at the time of the incident; The victim suffers from a mental incapacity; or The dog owner or party responsible for the dog has left the state.  Once the situation has been resolved, the statute of limitations will begin running. For example, if the victim is a minor, the statute of limitations will begin running once they turn 18. What Happens If You Fail to File Before the Statute of Limitations Runs Out? Your best course of action includes filing your lawsuit well before the statute of limitations expires. This limits the risk of losing your opportunity to file your claim. If you fail to file your claim within the specified time, you will forfeit your right to seek compensation. While you are still allowed to file your lawsuit, a judge will more than likely throw out your case. Don’t give up your chance to get financial recovery for your dog attack injuries. Consult with a California dog attack lawyer right away to begin working on your case as soon as possible. Let a California Dog Attack Attorney Help You The best way to ensure you get your fair shot at financial compensation for your injuries is to contact a dog attack lawyer to discuss your case. Your legal practitioner will work with you every step of the way, providing fierce legal representation in an effort to reach a fair settlement. Silva Injury Law, Inc. is ready to help you fight for the recovery you need and deserve. Our firm takes on even the most challenging cases, working diligently to get the fairest possible outcome. We’re proud to serve multiple California communities and protect the rights of injured parties. Contact us today, and let’s discuss your case.

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Dog Bite Settlement Amounts in California

After a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you might be unfamiliar with settlements and how they work in dog attack cases. Silva Injury Law, Inc. is here to answer any questions you may have and help you fight for a fair settlement in your case. What Is a Settlement in a Lawsuit? In a lawsuit, your case may not have to go all the way to court to reach a resolution. Many times, your case may settle and you will receive an agreed-upon amount of compensation. A settlement is reached when both parties negotiate and come to an agreement.  Your dog attack attorney will work diligently to try to reach the fairest possible settlement. If both sides cannot agree, your case may need to go to trial. If that is the case, your lawyer will continue to represent you until the very end, in hopes of a fair resolution.  Compensation for Dog Attack Cases Damages after a dog attack serve to compensate victims after suffering injuries and incurring expenses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, damages may include: Medical expenses, Lost wages, Lost earning potential, Pain and suffering, Mental and emotional anguish, and Disfigurement. Your dog attack lawyer will gather the relevant documentation and evidence to determine how much you are entitled to. You can expect your lawyer to fight for your rights to just compensation.  Is There an Average Dog Attack Settlement? No two dog attacks are the same, and every case is unique. Therefore, there is no “average” settlement for dog attack cases. The value of your case will depend on certain factors, the greatest one being your injuries and medical expenses. Typically, the more severe your injuries, the higher the medical bills, and the more compensation you may be entitled to recover. How to Determine the Value of a Dog Attack Case Many factors play a role in determining how much your dog attack case is worth. Some of the most common factors that could affect dog attack settlements include: The age of the victim; The severity of the injuries; The amount of expenses incurred; Permanent disabilities or disfigurement; and Long-term effects of the incident. Your dog attack attorney will carefully examine the details of your case to assign a value to your case. They will determine the exact amount of damages that is fair for your particular situation. Do You Need to Prove Anything in a Dog AttackCase? California Civil Code Section 3342 imposes strict liability for dog attack cases. This means victims of dog attacks do not have to prove negligence to seek compensation. The only thing you must show is that the dog attacked you, either in a public location or while you were lawfully on someone’s property, regardless of the dog’s viciousness or the owner’s knowledge of such viciousness.  Let a California Dog Attack Attorney Help You Silva Injury Law, Inc. has had the privilege of representing countless injured victims in California. We understand the frustrations and financial stresses that a dog attack can bring, and we’re ready to help you get on the road to recovery. Contact our firm today to begin working on your case.

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What to Expect During Your Free Personal Injury Consultation

If you suffered severe injuries in an accident that you didn’t cause, you need help to get the justice and compensation you deserve. Talking to an injury lawyer as soon as possible will help get you moving toward those goals. Most California injury lawyers offer free consultations. If you know what to expect when you arrive for your meeting, you can be prepared to get the answers and information you need to take the next step. When you consult with Silva Injury Law, Inc.—either in person or virtually—you will have the benefit of our extensive knowledge and experience focused on your case. Our skills and dedication help us get the best possible outcome for our clients. Here’s what you can expect from your free personal injury consultation at Silva Injury Law, Inc. Beginning Your Free Personal Injury Case Evaluation We start by sitting down with you and simply listening. We will ask you to provide a detailed account of your accident, as well as any other relevant information or details that could be important. It’s a good idea for you to bring along any documentation that you have, such as a police or accident report, photos of the accident scene, medical treatment records, estimates for repairing your vehicle, etc. If you don’t have all this information, don’t worry. We can handle getting copies of anything you don’t have available. Personal Injury Case Analysis The next stage of your free injury consultation involves us asking questions and delving deeper into the details. We will ask about whether you have spoken to the insurance company or provided them with a statement (we strongly advise against speaking to any insurance company, even your own, until after your free personal injury consultation). We will discuss any other conversations you might have had with the other involved parties, witnesses, etc. We will then review any documentation you have and clarify any outstanding issues or questions we might have. Based on the details as we have them, we will provide an initial estimation of what the value of your case might be. We will also provide a rough estimate of how long we believe it will take to resolve your case. Typically, we can resolve injury cases through an insurance settlement. This is the shortest, least costly approach, and it gets you the financial resources you need as quickly as possible. In some cases, we may recommend filing a lawsuit. However, we typically consider that only as a last resort, if the insurance company will not settle. Of course, with the many variables and factors that can affect a legal claim, we can only give you our professional opinion regarding potential outcomes. However, if we believe you have a viable case, you can rest assured that we will fight to get you every dollar possible. Making Your Decision Regarding Injury Attorney Representation At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we provide free injury accident consultations without pressure or obligation. We understand the importance of the decisions you face, and we want to ensure that you get the legal representation that best suits your needs. Whether or not we believe you have a strong case, we will be forthright and honest with you about the potential outcome.  We accept cases on a contingency fee basis. We advance all costs to investigate and document your case and handle every aspect of the legal process. You won’t have to pay us any legal fees whatsoever unless we recover compensation on your behalf. During your consultation, we will also go over our fee structure with you, so you know exactly what to expect once we obtain a settlement or award. You can let us know your decision about whether to move forward at that time or follow up with us later. We want you to feel comfortable with us and confident that you’ve made the right choice for yourself and your future. How to Schedule Your Free Personal Injury Consultation To schedule your no-cost injury accident consultation with Silva Injury Law, Inc., you can call our attorneys at 209-600-7768, text us at 209-600-4389, or email us. You can also use the online contact form on our website. We look forward to assisting you and helping you get the results you deserve for your injury case.

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Personal Injury Statute of Limitations in California

When you are injured in an injury accident, you have only a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit for your damages. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations. The personal injury statute of limitations in California is generally two years from the date of the injury. However, the two years do not always apply in every claim. Some situations may alter the personal injury statute of limitations.   If you inadvertently miss the deadline, the court will most likely dismiss your entire case. That means even if you were in the middle of negotiations with the negligent party’s insurance company, they are under no obligation to continue settlement talks or offer you any compensation. Don’t risk your entire case by miscalculating the statute of limitations. Instead, retain an experienced California auto vehicle accident lawyer who can help. Examples of Statutes of Limitations in California As we mentioned, the general statute of limitations for personal injuries is two years from the date of injury, but that deadline doesn’t always apply. Cases involving minors and claims against government entities are two examples where the applicable deadlines may vary. The nature of the case can also impact the statute of limitations. Examples of standard California limitation periods include: Property damage or trespass is three years; Defamation of character is one year; Medical malpractice is one year from discovery; Fraud is three years from discovery; False imprisonment is two years; Asbestos exposure is one year from discovery; and Wrongful birth is six years. Wrongful death claims have a two-year statute of limitations, similar to that for personal injury. However, the two-year limitations period starts running on the date of death, not the date of the accident. Someone may live for three days or a year after the accident. Therefore, the statute of limitations is based on the date of death. Date of Discovery Specific claims, such as medical malpractice or fraud, use the date of discovery rather than the incident date. For example, imagine a surgeon leaves a piece of surgical equipment inside a patient, but the patient does not discover it until six months later. The statute would start running from the date of discovery rather than the date of surgery. However, this doesn’t mean you have an unlimited amount of time to discover the negligence. There is usually a cut-off date. For example, you have three years from the date of injury with a medical malpractice claim. That means if you discover the problem within a year from the injury date, you will still have a year to file your claim. But if you find out about the mistake five years after surgery, you will not be able to bring a medical malpractice claim. Tolling the Statute of Limitations in California Sometimes the statute of limitations may be suspended or not start running until a later date. This is known as “tolling” the statute of limitations. Situations where the deadline may be suspended include when the defendant is: Under 18 years of age; In prison or jail; Out of California; or Declared legally insane. Once the condition that caused the statute of limitations has changed, the clock will start running again. Cases involving a tolled statute can be challenging to resolve, which is why retaining a legal practitioner is crucial.  Contact a California Auto Vehicle Accident Attorney If you were injured in an auto vehicle accident or other types of injury accident, don’t risk your potential compensation by attempting to handle your claim independently. Let the professional team at Silva Injury Law, Inc. help. We have years of experience representing injured clients just like you. We will preserve the personal injury statute of limitations and fight to hold the responsible party accountable. To learn more about how we can protect your rights, contact Silva Injury Law, Inc. today to schedule a consultation.

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Do I Need to Hire an Injury Lawyer Who Is Near Me?

When someone else causes you an injury, they are liable for compensating you for any damages you suffer due to their actions. Sometimes recovering damages is as simple as making a handshake deal with the person who injured you. More often than not, however, starting a legal claim is necessary to recover your damages. To help initiate legal proceedings, however, you will need an injury lawyer.  Many people have never hired a lawyer before, so they do not know where to start their search. Because finding the right lawyer can feel like a daunting task, we put together this quick guide. In our guide, you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about hiring an injury attorney. Do I Need to Hire an Injury Lawyer Who Is Near Me? Your injury lawyer does not have to be your next door neighbor, but it helps if they are nearby. If you need to go to your lawyer’s office to drop off or sign documents, you won’t want to drive an hour away to do so. The further away from you, your lawyer is, the more of a hassle meeting in person becomes.  Many other issues can arise if you hire a lawyer that is not near you. If your case goes to trial, for example, your legal practitioner may need to travel to go to court, which may ultimately affect your costs. On top of everything else, it is helpful for your lawyer to be geographically close to you. Trust is the foundation of attorney-client relationships. Part of trusting someone is knowing them. If your attorney is from the same area as you, you have that in common even before you meet one another. Having something in common can help build the trust that will serve as the foundation to our professional relationship with your attorney. On the other hand, you should not sacrifice experience and skill for proximity. It’s important to have an attorney with knowledge about the specific area of law your case falls into, as well as years of experience handling those types of claims. If you need to travel further to find a lawyer with the right skillset, do not hesitate to do so. How Do I Find the Right Lawyer Near Me? Not every attorney is right for every client or case. To find the right injury attorney for your case, first, make a list of five to ten potential attorneys. With the list in hand, you can then consult with each of the attorneys to see which one is the right fit for you. Before your consultations, prepare a list of questions that you will ask each attorney you speak to. If you use the same questions with each attorney, you can objectively compare their answers. Finding Local Injury Lawyers To find injury attorneys in your area, you can use general search engines like Google or specialized lawyer search engines like Avvo and Findlaw. Just type in your geographic area and “injury lawyer” and look through the results. More often than not, these websites will also show you client reviews, so you can learn a little more about each attorney before giving them a call. You can also search for attorneys through your local bar association. The California Bar Association maintains a directory of local California Certified Lawyer Referral Services (LRS). The California Bar Association breaks the directory down into smaller geographic areas. Select the area closest to you, and you will find injury attorneys in your area. Questions to Ask The questions you ask each of the attorneys you speak to should reflect what is most important to you. Aside from the questions you come up with yourself, you can start with general questions like: How do you bill your clients? Have you won any awards or recognition for exemplary service? Why did you choose to practice personal injury law? How do you approach each case? What do your prior clients have to say about your work? What was the most difficult case you handled, and how did you overcome the challenge? Start by writing down these questions, then see what sorts of questions you can come up with that are most relevant to your needs specifically. Contact Silva Injury Law, Inc. Today If you were injured in California and are considering filing a lawsuit to recover damages, the injury attorneys at Silva Injury Law, Inc. are here to help you. You deserve compensation for the damages you suffered. Our team is here to make sure that you do recover those damages. Our passion is our clients, and our mission is their complete satisfaction. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out our client testimonials page to see what our clients have to say about us. Make sure to include Silva Injury Law, Inc. in your search for an injury lawyer near you. Contact us today!

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How Much to Expect From an Injury Settlement in California

Figuring out how much to expect from a California injury settlement is an important step to take whenever you file such a claim. With an estimate in mind, you will know what sort of settlement offer is acceptable. If a settlement offer does not adequately account for the amount of damages you suffered, something is wrong. The other party is making a lowball settlement offer. It is best to avoid accepting a lowball settlement offer whenever possible. If someone else caused your injury, after all, your settlement should at least cover the total damages you suffered. Otherwise, you are paying for something that is not your fault, which entirely defeats the purpose of filing a legal claim in the first place. Building an Estimate of Your Claim’s Value Estimating the value of your injury claim is best done with the help of an experienced injury attorney. Injury lawyers know how to turn over all the stones necessary to make an accurate and thorough assessment of an injury claim. Even so, you can make an estimate yourself before meeting with prospective legal team. When you meet with the lawyers, you can compare the numbers you came up with. Comparing notes and numbers will help shore up your trust in the estimate. To build your estimate, all you have to do is add up all of the losses you suffered due to the injury. Read on for more information on the different types of damages. Taking Account of Damages The damages that you can suffer as a result of an injury vary as much as injuries themselves do. Injuries often have a sort of ripple effect in the way they disrupt our lives. The ripple effect is different for everyone. Still, there are ways of categorizing and organizing various damages that can help us take inventory of all of them. Like most jurisdictions, California law primarily breaks damages into two separate categories: economic damages and noneconomic damages. The categories are very different from one another but are still the same at their root. They are both types of losses that we can suffer. There is also a third category called punitive damages. Punitive damages are less common than economic and noneconomic damages. Because they are less relevant to our discussion of injury settlements, we will not discuss punitive damages in this piece. Economic Damages Economic damages are the losses you suffer that have a tangible, objective, and identifiable monetary value. Calculating the worth of a given “piece” of economic damages is a simple process. All you have to do is find the relevant receipt, bill, or bank statement. The record of the damages will have a precise monetary value. The nice thing about economic damages is that they are hard to dispute. If there is a clear causal connection between the injury and the specific damage, the other party has no way to dispute their value. As a result, economic damages are relatively easy to account for and prove in court.  Economic damages come in many different forms. Some of the types of economic damages you might suffer after an injury include: Emergency medical services, Property damage, Rehabilitation services, Specialized medical services, In-home help, Loss of wages, Loss of the ability to earn a living, and Vocational training. These are just a few of the many different possible economic damages. It is important to be as thorough as possible when you take inventory of all the economic damages you suffered. If you forget to account for an economic loss until after you settle your claim, it will be very difficult to recover that sum. Noneconomic Damages Noneconomic damages are a bit less straightforward than economic damages. Unlike economic damages, noneconomic damages measure intangible losses. They lack a precise monetary value and are inherently subjective. Their subjectiveness often makes noneconomic damage a contentious issue in civil litigation. After all, an intangible loss worth $1,000 to one person may only be worth $50 to another. Still, noneconomic damages represent just as much of a loss as any economic damages. Like economic damages, there are many different types of noneconomic damages. Some of the most common types of noneconomic damages are: Pain and suffering, Emotional anguish, Loss of career, Loss of companionship, Loss of enjoyment of life, Loss of a bodily function, and Damage to reputation. Looking through this list, it becomes apparent why noneconomic damages are contentious issues in injury claims. How can you place a monetary value on pain and suffering? Furthermore, once you do place a value on pain and suffering, how do you get someone else to agree on that value? Luckily, injury attorneys have experience putting a price tag on intangible noneconomic losses. So with the help of an attorney, you can take some of the guesswork out of calculating the value of your noneconomic losses. Once you have a thorough inventory of all of your economic and noneconomic losses, make sure that each item has a specific monetary value. To estimate the value of your claim, add up all the losses. Now, with the sum of all your losses in hand, you have your estimate. Do You Need Help Figuring Out How Much Your Injury Claim Is Worth? If you are filing an injury claim in California and want to make sure you know how much your claim is worth, contact Silva Injury Law’s team of experienced injury lawyers today. Our firm’s philosophy is to promote healing through compassionate advocacy. That means doing everything in our power to help our clients heal from their injuries and get their life back to normal. No matter what injury you have and no matter how much your claim is worth, Silva Injury Law, Inc. is here to help you. Check out our client testimonials page to see what our previous clients have to say about us, then contact us for a free consultation. We will help you get back on track.

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How Much to Expect from a Car Accident Settlement in California

If someone else causes an auto accident and you suffer damage, they are responsible for compensating you for that damage.  Auto accidents can happen in any manner of different ways. As a result, the extent and type of damage that they cause varies from case to case. Suppose you were in a California auto accident and are considering filing a legal claim to recover your losses. In that case, you will probably want to know how much you can expect to receive in any sort of settlement. After all, you will want to know whether starting a legal claim is worth your time and effort. If the amount of damages you will receive in a settlement is too small to justify initiating legal action, you might decide not to do it. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell how much you should expect in a California auto accident settlement. This is because there is no average auto accident or settlement to compare your case to. Still, you can come up with a rough estimate to help you decide on how you will proceed. The best way to estimate how much a settlement is worth is to add up the total damages you suffered. After you add up all your damages, you can apply the degree of fault to the total amount, and you will have your estimate. Damages The first thing you need to do to estimate your final settlement’s value is add up all the damages you suffered as a result of the accident. It is important to take your time and make a thorough inventory of all of the damages you suffered. If you miss something, it will throw off your estimate and make it less accurate. There are two categories of damages to account for in California: economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic Damages Economic damages are the damages you suffer that have a tangible monetary value. Adding them all up is as simple as finding the bills you paid or checking your bank statement to account for any payments you made related to your accident and the subsequent damages you suffered. Economic damages come in many different forms. Use this list to help you start brainstorming about what economic damages you suffered: Emergency room visits, Prescription drugs, Emergency medical transportation, Property damage, Wages lost due to injury, Lost business opportunities, Vocational rehabilitation, Lost earning capacity, Household help, and Future medical expenses. Our list is not a complete one by any means. These are just a few types of economic damages that you might suffer from. The two key criteria in identifying economic damages are whether (1) the accident caused the damage and (2) the damage had an identifiable monetary value. Any sort of good or service that you had to pay for or income you lost as a result of the accident is a form of economic damage. Noneconomic Damages Unlike economic damages, noneconomic damages lack an identifiable, objective monetary value. For this reason, noneconomic damages are sometimes hard to identify. On top of that, it is often difficult to place a monetary value on them. After all, how can you put a price on something like the lost companionship of a loved one? Still, noneconomic damages are just as real as economic damages. If you suffer from them, you deserve compensation. Some types of noneconomic damages you might consider include: Loss of enjoyment of activities, Loss of companionship, Physical pain, Mental anguish, Loss of a bodily function, and Loss of reputation. Like economic damages, there are quite a few different types of noneconomic damages. Every person is unique, so the type of noneconomic damage that people suffer from is also unique. Despite the difficulty of estimating the value of noneconomic damages, experienced auto accident attorneys can make an educated prediction of what a given type of noneconomic damage is worth. With their prediction in mind, you can add the value of those noneconomic damages to your running damage total. Using Fault to Adjust Your Estimate Now that you have taken an inventory of all of your damages, you can add them up. With that sum, you are one step closer to having an estimate of your settlement’s value, but there is still one more step: apply your degree of fault to the sum of all damages. In California, the person who causes an accident is the one liable for damages. But accidents aren’t always caused by one person alone; other drivers may share the fault.  California accounts for drivers’ share of fault in the auto accident claims process by reducing the total compensation that a driver receives by their share of fault. For example, if you suffer $10,000 worth of damages in an accident and are 25% at fault for it, your settlement will see a 25% reduction to $7,500. Once you apply your degree of fault to your damages sum, you have an estimate of your settlement’s value. Considering Filing a California Auto Accident Claim? The best thing you can do to ensure that you have an accurate estimate of your settlement’s worth is to consult with an experienced auto accident attorney. Particularly concerning non-economic damages, auto accident lawyers know how much given types of damage are worth, so you can take the guesswork out of your estimate with their help. The auto accident lawyers here at Silva Injury Law, Inc. have considerable experience helping clients estimate the worth of their claim and recover the full amount. Our mission is to approach the legal process with the utmost care, compassion, and professionalism. If you were in an auto accident, get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at Silva Injury Law, Inc. today.

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How to Get Your Turlock Police Accident Report

A police report can serve as crucial evidence in an auto accident claim and under many other scenarios. Fortunately, you can usually obtain a Turlock police report without a lot of difficulties. You will need to prove some involvement in the accident or incident, however. Obtaining a police report is more difficult if a minor was involved in the incident. The Usual Procedure You should complete a Request for Release of a Police Report to initiate the process. This form is available through the foregoing link, or at the Turlock Police Records Unit (209-668-5550 ext. 6600).  You can submit your request form online, by fax, by surface mail, or in person at the Police Records Unit. You will receive a paper copy of your report in person, by fax, or by surface mail at the address included in your request.  Involved Parties You must include a copy of your driver’s license to prove that you are an “involved party”—a victim, a driver, a passenger, a property owner, or the registered owner of an involved vehicle. Parents of involved minors may also obtain a police report by submitting a request together with a driver license copy. Special Case: Minors (Under 18) Applicable law restricts the public release of a minor’s name in a police report. For this reason, access to a police report is restricted if the report contains information about a minor.  If you seek to obtain a police report regarding an accident or incident involving a minor, you must appear in person at the police department and fill out a form asking a superior court judge to issue an order to release the police report.  Either a notary public or a police department employee must witness you signing this document. The entire process takes about two weeks, and your request could be denied. Insurance Company Requests for Accident Reports An insurance company may request a report about your accident to determine whether to pay a claim (yours or a third party’s). An insurance company seeking a copy of a report of an accident in Turlock must obtain it from Buy Crash (www.buycrash.com), which partners with the Turlock Police Department. Redactions The police department may redact (black out) certain sections of your copy of the police report to comply with applicable laws. In particular, the police department will redact any investigative report. Fee A copy of a police report is free of charge unless it exceeds 15 pages. If it does, you must pay a fee of 15 cents per additional page. Let’s Make It Happen Together If you have been injured through the negligence or wrongdoing of someone else, there is no reason why you should bear all the consequences on your own. At Silva Injury Law, Inc. we believe in compassionate advocacy and in negotiation where possible. Nevertheless, we are ready to fight to the finish if necessary to make sure our clients are treated fairly. Call us at 831-201-5036 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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How to Get Your Monterey Police Accident Report

Driver’s school teaches us how to drive safely and avoid accidents. However, driver’s school doesn’t always prepare us for what happens after an auto crash accident. After an auto crash accident, California law requires drivers, in most instances, to report the accident to local law enforcement. The report that the responding law enforcement officer fills out becomes public record and acts as supporting evidence in all legal claims or charges related to the accident. Thus, if you need to file a claim after a crash, having a copy of the auto crash accident report, with all its details of the crash, is crucially important. Not everyone has had to request an accident report before, so read on for more information on how to get your Monterey police accident report. Reporting an Accident in California In California, the only accidents that do not require reporting to local law enforcement are ones where no one suffers injury or where no more than $1,000 of property damage occurs. Drivers who fail to report an accident to the relevant law enforcement agency can face up to one year of imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. To protect yourself from such a punishment, always notify law enforcement when you are in an auto crash accident. In addition to reporting accidents to law enforcement agencies, California law requires drivers to report all accidents to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Failure to report a traffic accident to the DMV within ten days of its occurrence can lead to up to one year of driver license suspension. It is important to note that drivers are responsible for making this report themselves. Law enforcement agencies do not forward their own accident reports to the California DMV. Where Do I Get My Accident Report? There are two places you can go to obtain a copy of your Monterey accident report. Depending on where your accident occurs and who responds to it, either the Monterey Police Department or the California Highway Patrol will have your accident report on file. Getting Your Accident Report from the Monterey Police Department If your auto crash accident happens within Monterey city limits, the Monterey Police Department is the law enforcement agency that will respond. If that happens, you can get a copy of your accident report directly from the department for a nominal fee of $.10 per page. The City of Monterey’s website has a portal for submitting records requests that includes a link directly to the police record request form. You can submit the form online, by mail, or in person. To submit the request, email the completed form to mpdrecords@monterey.org, mail it to the Monterey Police Department headquarters at 351 Madison Street, Monterey, CA 93940, or submit it in person to the same address during business hours. To prove your identity, you must bring your government-issued identification with you in person or attach a copy to your email or letter. Getting Your Accident Report from California Highway Patrol If your accident occurs on a highway near Monterey, California Highway Patrol (CHP) will likely respond to the accident and submit the related report. If you need to get a copy of your auto crash accident from CHP, they will handle your request directly. Auto crash accident reports from CHP cost $10.00 for every 25 pages. You can find the CHP form online on their website or in person at your nearest CHP office. You can submit your request form to CHP either in person or by mail. You can find the CHP office closest to Monterey at 960 East Blanco Road, Salinas, CA 93901. This CHP office is open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Hiring a Lawyer After a Monterey Auto Accident Speaking with a legal practitioner after an auto crash accident is always a good idea. Even if the damages in your accident appear to be relatively minor, an auto crash attorney can help you avoid any unsavory surprises during the claims process. The Monterey auto crash lawyers here at Silva Injury Law, Inc. have helped countless clients get their life back on track after Monterey auto crash accidents and are eager to help you in any way that you need. At Silva Injury Law, Inc., we don’t take a cookie-cutter approach in serving our clients. Instead, we work with you directly to craft a legal strategy that fits your needs. Don’t settle for a generic law firm that is eager to start fights and create problems. Instead, go with the Monterey auto crash accident attorneys who pride themselves on being problem solvers. Contact Silva Injury Law, Inc. today for a free consultation!

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