Accidents happen. Whether it’s a minor fender-bender or something more serious, the persons involved often experience shock and disorientation immediately after a car accident. Amid the confusion, it’s easy to forget what to do to and what information to gather at the scene. Here are seven things to do right after an accident to make…

What happens if you are seriously injured in a car accident and the driver at fault is uninsured or underinsured? California law requires all drivers to carry liability insurance, however the Insurance Research Council estimates that 15% of California drivers are uninsured, representing almost four million drivers on California roads. If you get hit by…

Between 2015 and 2016, car accident deaths in California rose at a faster rate than the national average. In 2016, there were more than 3,600 motor vehicle related deaths which is a 14 percent increase over the last year. What accounts for this increase? An improving economy and reasonable gas prices, which means more cars…

Will there be a wave of lawsuits as a result of the Oroville Dam evacuation? Redding’s Record Searchlight posed this question in a recent article and Dugan Barr offered some insights and advice.

Wrongful Death – California Lawsuits Families who suffer the wrongful death of a loved one are entitled to bring suit in California civil court to recover damages – both economic and non-economic – if the death was caused by harm intentionally inflicted by another or if it was the result of unintentional negligence, such as…

Winter. It’s that time of year when weather can create all kinds of problems for property owners and their nearby neighbors.  For example, who is responsible if a fallen tree or fallen tree branches cause injury or damage on the other side of the fence? Dugan Barr helps to answer that question.

An extremely talented young doctor, raised in Chico, California, had just started her first year of residency at U.C. Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. One day, while jogging along Freeport Boulevard in Sacramento, she was struck by a vehicle while she was in a crosswalk. She was badly injured, including serious head trauma, potentially ending…

There’s an old myth that dogs are allowed one free bite before their owners are liable for injuries. Of course, that’s false. As sweet and as usually well-behaved as your dog may be, if it feels you or your family are being threatened, it may react aggressively. A bite from even a small dog can…

Anytime two or more people are working together on a project there is the possibility of confusion if there are not adequate rules, training, and procedures in place. For example, we had a case where two mechanics didn’t communicate and one did something unexpected—he started a vehicle engine while it was in gear. The result…

This is a case in which the insurance company had one interpretation of a policy and our client had another. The injury occurred when a cow became agitated, bumped into a defective gate which fell off and struck our client, causing serious injury. The insurance company said the accident was not covered by their policy…

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