Pleasanton Personal Injury and Business Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Stephen M. Fuerch, our experienced principal has more than 35 years of litigation experience. He can effectively pursue a personal injury claim or represent a business in a dispute. Injuries can be devastating to accident victims. If you have been injured in an accident caused by someone else, it is crucial to retain a Pleasanton personal injury lawyer to help you seek damages. Although Stephen M. Fuerch has significant experience taking cases to trial, he tries to help clients resolve disputes through a settlement or alternative dispute resolution when appropriate so that they can save time and money. He is also a trained mediator who can assist clients by mediating business disputes. We help clients throughout the East Bay.
An accident causing injuries can be devastating. Whether you were hurt or a loved one was killed as a result of a car accident, a truck crash, a dangerous property condition, medical malpractice, or a dangerously defective product, we are ready to help you. Most personal injury lawsuits are pursued under a theory of negligence. Everyone is supposed to act reasonably under the circumstances, and people can be held accountable if they injure someone in deviating from the standard of care applicable to the situation. A plaintiff seeking to prove negligence will need to show that it is more likely than not that the defendant had a duty to use a certain degree of care, but the defendant breached the duty and thus caused the accident.Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the most common reasons for personal injury lawsuits. Negligent drivers, dangerous road conditions, and defects in cars can cause car accidents. Often, a victim will sue another driver based on unsafe behavior that caused a collision. A personal injury attorney in the Pleasanton area can help a victim recover compensation from any party at fault, regardless of whether the victim was partially to blame. California is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that a victim’s damages can be reduced by their percentage of fault, but they will not be eliminated unless the victim was entirely at fault.Truck Accidents
Often, truck accidents result in catastrophic injuries to more than one person. Sometimes a truck driver is to blame for negligent driving. Interstate truck drivers are expected to follow stringent Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations. If they fail to do so, that can be strong evidence of negligence. Trucking companies are also supposed to follow the FMCSA regulations. They can be held indirectly liable under a theory of vicarious liability, and they may also have direct liability for a truck accident.Motorcycle Accidents
Motorcycle accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or even death. The size of a motorcycle means that it may be less easily visible, especially to turning cars. Often, drivers of larger vehicles do not anticipate that a motorcycle may try to pass between two cars in separate lanes and may fail to check their blind spots, resulting in catastrophic injuries. Motorcyclists who are injured as a result of negligent driving can consult a Pleasanton personal injury attorney to explore their right to recover damages. Even if you were not wearing a safety helmet, this will not stop you from recovering damages, except to the extent that the other driver can show that your injuries were partially or fully because you did not wear a helmet.
All property owners have a duty of care to maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition. Generally, they should keep the property in good repair, inspect the property for potential problems, and either repair dangerous conditions or provide sufficient warnings to visitors. Dangerous property conditions can include broken steps, broken elevators, loose railings, or water or another slippery substance on the floor. If you are injured as a result of a dangerous condition on someone else's property, you may be able to recover damages in a premises liability lawsuit.Products Liability
In California, a manufacturer, designer, or seller can be held strictly liable for injuries caused by a defective product. These claims tend to be complex, so you should consult a Pleasanton personal injury lawyer if you are considering legal action. Strict liability can be imposed for marketing defects, design defects, or manufacturing defects. Marketing defects usually involve a failure to warn. Design defects involve a flaw in the design that means that every specimen of the product will be defective. Manufacturing defects are often one-off defects, such that only one or a few specimens of the product are defective.Business Law
For many business owners, their business is their livelihood, and harm to their business can also cause personal harm. The Law Offices of Stephen M. Fuerch represents both plaintiffs and defendants in business litigation. Business litigation may include disputes related to contracts, labor, and real estate. One of the most common kinds of business disputes is a contractual dispute, since contracts usually govern employment, equipment, leases, franchises, sales, and distribution. However, we also have considerable experience handling disputes involving fraud or disclosures in real estate contracts.Employment Law
Both federal and state laws provide for employee protection. An important federal law protecting employees of employers that have at least 15 employees is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Moreover, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) offers workers of smaller employers some of the greatest protections available in the country. Under FEHA, employers are not permitted to discriminate against, harass, or wrongfully terminate an employee. Discrimination occurs whenever an employer takes an adverse action against an employee based on a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics under FEHA include race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, and military status.Seek Knowledgeable Guidance or Representation in a Legal Matter
Whether you have been involved in an accident, you are facing a dispute related to your business, or you have been wrongfully terminated from your job, it is important to consult an experienced attorney. During more than 30 years of representing clients, Mr. Fuerch has earned an excellent reputation, as shown by his Martindale-Hubbell AV peer rating. Contact us by phone at (925) 463-2575 or via our online form for an appointment with a personal injury lawyer in the Pleasanton area or advice on a business or employment matter.