Berkeley Accident Injury Attorneys
In the state of California, most accident and injury lawsuits are regulated by the state courts. The states each share similar accident and injury law guidelines. Two elements differ between the states. The first are the statutes of limitations. The second are the limits on damages pertaining to the claim. Our Berkeley accident injury attorneys represent claimants for professional malpractice, slip and fall injuries, vehicle accidents, and other actionable personal injury matters.
The statute of limitations takes into consideration that each legal conflict or lawsuit should be resolved at some point. The limitation date begins from the date of the accident or the date of discovery. The date of discovery occurs when health conditions develop after the initial injury case is settled.
- Personal Injury – Two years under Civil Procedure §335.1
- Medical Malpractice – Three years from the incident and one year after discovery under Civil Procedure §340.5
Berkeley is one of the most popular tourist destinations. On any given day, the streets are packed with private and commercial vehicles. Public transportation includes subways, city buses and the city’s famous cable cars. Traffic accidents are the highest incidents of injury in the city. Generally, in these types of cases, your Berkeley accident injury attorneys will be working with the insurance companies. Insurance companies are notorious for attempting to reduce the amounts for compensation.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, there are steps to help establish that you are entitled to compensation for out-of-pocket expense and medical care because of the accident. First, do not leave the scene of the accident. Call 911 for assistance. Wait for the law enforcement officer.
It is difficult when an accident happens, so do your best to collect information. Take notes recalling what lead up to the accident. Get the name, telephone and address of the motorists involved in the accident. Write down the information on the other vehicle, such as make, model and proof of insurance.
Public Transportation Accident Injuries
Public transportation agencies are protected by the city’s attorney. It is the attorney’s responsibility to defend the agency. The purpose is to reduce the amount of compensation. It is a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney immediately after the accident.
Your Berkeley accident injury attorneys will need all of the information you can recall to prove the driver failed to exercise reasonable care when driving. Get the insurance and contact information for the driver, the officers name and contact information, and gather as much evidence as possible. You will need the company or agency information responsible for the driver. In the event you are hospitalized, be sure to retain your records.
Workplace Accident Injuries
We all have jobs to do and from time to time workplace accidents happen. Most workplaces have guidelines to respond to the accidents. The first 24 hours are critical for the injured party. The call to action when an accident occurs is always medical attention. Trained staffs are generally on site providing first aid care. Otherwise, you need to see a doctor.
Your first step is to advise the supervisor. You will need to complete the paperwork recording the incident. Whether the injury is a minor sprain or a serious injury, it is also a good idea to consult with our experienced Berkeley accident injury attorneys.
Contact Our Berkeley Accident Injury Attorneys
Contact our office with any questions. One of our staff can schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney. Be prepared to discuss the accident. This information will be used to support your case. It helps your attorney ensure your rights to receive compensation for damages. Mary Alexander & Associates take their clients on a contingency basis. So if for some reason you do not receive compensation, we will charge no fees. If you have been injured as a result of another’s negligent actions, call our Berkeley accident injury attorneys at 415-966-2626. We are on your side and by your side through the whole process; getting you the compensation that you deserve.