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California Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an umbrella term used to describe a number of different injuries to the brain with a wide range of consequences.

For example, injuries to some regions of the brain can impact personality; injuries to other lobes of the brain can affect motor function and mobility, sometimes leaving a victim unable to care for Traumatic Brain Injury him or herself. In addition, a person with a brain injury may have lowered impulse control and may be unable to make decisions, manage money or safely return to work.

At the Fiumara Law Firm in San Rafael, California and Santa Rosa, California we provide skilled legal representation for people who have suffered brain injuries.

How Can We Help?

Traumatic brain injuries can be devastating to victims and their families as they struggle to lead ordinary lives in the face of extreme pain, cognitive impairment, partial or full physical disability and overwhelming financial loss.

As our most vital organ, the brain is highly susceptible to damage as a result of physical trauma. Injured people often do not recognize how their lives have been impacted. Because brain injuries leave victims particularly vulnerable, it is especially important to work with an experienced attorney when you are considering one of these claims.

The attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your injury and diligently prepare your case.

When the brain is injured in an accident, common and fundamental functions may be affected partially or permanently and maintaining normalcy and an acceptable quality of life is greatly diminished.

Knowing your rights and seeking the expertise of a personal injury attorney well versed in handling traumatic brain injury cases is essential.

Allow North Bay Personal Injury Attorney Michael A. Fiumara and his skilled legal team of very experienced attorneys and experts to assist you in recovering full compensation for damages suffered.

We Work With the Best Experts

Our commitment to quality representation has led us to seek out the very best expert witnesses available to help show the extent and impact of your traumatic brain injury. The neuropsychologists, neurologists, cognitive therapists, rehabilitation physicians and psychologists we work with are leaders in their fields, coming from some of the most prominent health care organizations and institutions in the country.

In addition to expert witnesses, we also effectively use family members, friends and coworkers (both past and present) to help jurors understand how our clients’ lives have changed. People who are intimately familiar with the victim both before and after the injury are powerful witnesses, able to convey even the most subtle of personality changes to the judge and jury.

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Damages suffered in a traumatic brain injury accident can be extensive and may result in severe cognitive impairment, physical disability,  economic or compensatory damages including future loss of income.

Whether you are faced with ongoing medical expenses, loss of wages due to injury or loss of employment, Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will support you in achieving full compensation. Our main goal is to assist you in recovering compensation that exceeds your Personal Injury Protection Insurance (PIP) for damages including excessive medical bills, lost wages, property damage and pain and suffering.


A traumatic brain injury may result in severe cognitive impairment and potentially permanent physical disabilities. Injuries affecting the brain are most often divided into two separate categories recognized as either diffuse or focal lesions. Diffuse lesions are identified as the presence of bleeding or bruising within the skull as a result of a forceful collision between brain and skull interior.

These particular lesions are often the result of automobile accidents. Focal lesions are life threatening medical conditions that may be caused by a forceful blow to the head resulting in internal hemorrhaging, causing cerebral contusions and hematomas. Both diffuse and focal lesions are extremely serious traumatic brain injuries that should be treated immediately.

In clinical terms, they may be recognized as:

-A Fractured Skull
-Diffuse Axonal Injuries
-An Intracerebral Hemorrhage
-A Subdural Hematoma
-An Epidural Hematoma

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At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC our expert team of personal injury attorneys will support you with your claim using a thorough scientific analysis and investigation to bring the appropriate legal action against an insurance carrier or responsible defendant or party.

Whether you are dealing with an uninsured defendant or an insurance company seeking to limit your total payout for damages, it is our commitment to obtain the maximum compensation on your behalf.

To achieve success with your case, it is important to fully understand the circumstances and factors that led to your traumatic brain injury which may have been caused by one or more of the factors below:

-Manufacturer Liability
-Wrongful Death
-Malicious Intent


A traumatic brain injury can have far reaching future adverse effects on your health and quality of life, severely impacting your family and loved ones as well as yourself. Such injuries may leave victims suffering long-term and potentially permanent disabilities as well as significant financial burdens.

If you or someone you love has been a victim of a traumatic brain injury accident, contact our expert attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC for a free and confidential legal consultation. WE would be happy to travel to your home or the hospital or rehabilitation facility where you might find yourself with such injuries.


Personal injury accidents are time sensitive and we are ready to assist you in establishing your claim today.

The consultation is always free and you pay nothing until we WIN for you!

Please call us at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 for a confidential evaluation of you case day or night.

We ‘FIGHT for you’ and your family during this difficult time!

“The Right Attorney Makes ALL the Difference.”

How Long Do You Have To File An Injury Claim In California

When you are in an auto accident, you might feel as if you are being pulled in so many different directions. You are worried about your own injuries and how they will affect your personal life and your ability to hold down a job. You might also be worried about any of your loved ones who may have also been injured in the accident. Finally, your car has probably sustained some serious damage, and it might be awhile before you have the money to either fix it or purchase a new one.

What you do need to be keenly aware of, out of all these issues, is the matter of statutes of limitations. After you are involved in your accident, you have a set amount of time during which you need to get your claim filed. These limitations can change how you and your insurance claims are handled. If you file a claim past the deadline, you will not be able to file a case or a claim with your insurance.

If you have a personal injury claim resulting from an accident, then you have two years to file a lawsuit with regards to auto insurance. If you have property damage to your vehicle or personal property, then you have three years for which to file a lawsuit.

Wrongful death claims that stem from auto accidents also have statutes of limitations which prevent people from filing lawsuits outside the allotted time period.

Adults generally have two years in which to bring their claim against the insurance company who insured the wrongdoer or the negligent party. However the story is different for minors, or anyone under the age of 18 in the state of California. Minors have two years from the date that they reach majority or age 18 or until they are 20 years old.

Another example is if a 12 year old girl is injured in a car accident by a negligent party at fault she would not be expected nor would her parent or guardian be expected to bring her lawsuit by the age of 14 or two years later. Instead the injured 12 year old female plaintiff is given two years from the time that she attains or reaches the age of 18 years of age or in this case she must file her personal Injury claim by age 20.

If a public or governmental entity is the negligent party at fault then the statute of limitation or time-frame for which you have to file your claim is much shorter and is usually 6 months from the time of the accident injury or wrongful death.

WE would be happy to further guide you when you come into our offices and meet with our team of experienced and professional Personal injury attorneys who have over 40 years of combined legal experience in personal injury law.

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The times following an auto accident are stressful, but if you want to bring a solid case before a jury within the statute of limitations, there are some things you can do to better prepare yourself for what is next:

• Research insurance: In some cases, your insurance company and the other person’s insurance may cover your property damage and injuries. Before filing anything, check with these entities to find out if filing a suit is needed to procure compensation. If it is, keep reading.
• Gather evidence: The more evidence you have of the degree of negligence of the party at fault, the stronger your case becomes and the better. Start by getting a copy of the police report and contacting any witnesses to get their statements. You should also have taken pictures and gathered other pieces of evidence to strengthen your case.
• Announce intent to file: If you are serious about your claim, you should notify the person you’re planning to sue. It’s important to know that this does not mean that you have to file. You can change your mind.
• Decide to hire a lawyer: An attorney will help you every step of the way through the filing process and will be by your side throughout the ordeal. Once you hire your lawyer, he or she will be ready to move you onto the next step, and you will file the lawsuit.

If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, don’t wait too long before you file a suit. Though you may have other issues on your mind, you don’t want to wait before it’s too late.

If you need help, you can call us at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 for a free, no obligation consultation.

We Will FIGHT For YOU! 

Premises Liability Lawsuit in California?

Premises liability is an area of the law that addresses a property owner’s responsibility to maintain a reasonably safe environment for their visitors.

While most people assume that this duty of care only applies to business owners or the managers of public property, but it is important to note that residential home owners are not exempt from liability.

That being said, premises liability cases can stem from a wide variety of incidents.

Unless the victim can prove that their injuries were caused by the property owner’s negligence or carelessness, however, they would not be entitled to compensation.

For this reason, it is highly recommended that you discuss your case with a personal injury attorney if you have been seriously injured on someone else’s property.

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At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC we have expertly handled and have represented clients for the following premises liability cases:

Dog bites & animal attacks

Swimming pool accidents/ drownings

Slip and fall accidents/ Injuries

Inadequate / negligent security/ lighting              

Toxic and mold exposure cases

Sexual assault cases/ molestation cases

Building code violations resulting in deck and balcony collapses

Trip and fall accidents

Commercial property defects

Elevator / escalator accidents/ injuries

Parking lot accidents

Amusement ride accidents

Power Line Falls and Fires

Workplace injuries / accidents

Construction injuries/ accidents

Nursing home accidents/ injuries

Think you have a case?

If so, you should not hesitate to schedule a free initial consultation with the dedicated legal team at our firm. Not only can we offer more than two decades of experience in the field of personal injury law, but we have even been able to secure multiple million dollar settlements and jury verdicts and insurance settlements on behalf of past clients.

For this reason, you can trust that Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will provide you with the skilled legal representation that you deserve.

In fact, in 2014, our law firm secured the LARGEST PREMISES LIABILITY VERDICT IN ALL OF CALIFORNIA AT $5.2 MILLION DOLLARS, according to Verdict Search. 


We FIGHT to the end and NEVER get pushed around by the insurance companies.

All you have to do is contact our office today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 to get started.

“The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference” 

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Boating Accidents On The Way Up In California

One of the many things that adds to the overall beauty and desirability of California is its vast waterways, both in terms of fresh and salt water.

These lakes, rivers and the Pacific Ocean are all places where people converge throughout the year to enjoy what the water has to offer. Overall, millions of people head out together in boats
and in other vessels every year. Unfortunately, the popularity of the water is one of the reasons that boating accidents occur at such a high rate.

Below you will find a brief overview of the statistics regarding California boating accidents in terms of the number of crashes that occur, the number of injuries that result from these crashes and the number of fatalities that are caused by these incidents. Anyone who has been harmed or who has lost a loved one in a boating accident should seek the help of experienced North Bay personal injury lawyers as soon as possible.

California Boating Accident Statistics

When one reviews the number of California boating accidents
that occur on an annual basis, it becomes clear that this is a serious
problem that persists despite the encouraging drop in these crashes that
have occurred in recent years.

Every year, more than 600 California boating accidents occur somewhere in the state. These crashes lead to approximately 300 serious injuries and to 50 fatalities. Therefore, nearly one person is seriously injured every day in California boating accidents and nearly one person every week is killed. The majority of the deaths that occur are due to drowning.

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Legal Rights and Options After a California Boating Accident

In some ways, the legal aftermaths of boating accidents are similar to the aftermaths of car accidents.

Basically, if a boater is negligent or reckless when behind the wheel of a vessel and that person causes a crash, he or she could be found liable for damages after a California personal injury lawsuit.

Examples of damages that can be pursued and recovered include recoveries for medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other forms of damages depending on the circumstances of a particular crash.

Of the many ways that someone can be injured or killed while on the water, just a few of the most common are listed below.

  • Accidents related to the boat capsizing
  • Injuries or mishaps due to falling overboard the vessel
  • Boating fires or explosions
  • Collisions between two ships or boats
  • Injury caused from the negligent operation of a boat including driving a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs

And some of the common injuries that may be sustained from a boat accident are:

• Traumatic brain injury, anoxic brain injury, concussion
• Spinal, thoracic, lumbar, cervical injury
• Sprain, fracture, broken bone
• Internal, soft tissue, burn injury

How Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC Can Help

Unfortunately, the recoveries described above can be difficult to obtain for someone who has been injured in a California boating accident when that person attempts to obtain justice without legal help. That’s largely because these accidents occur suddenly and the events surrounding the crashes can be so chaotic that they seem to be nothing but a blur when someone who was involved in it attempts to recall the details.

Fortunately, people in this position can obtain justice if they obtain the proper type of legal help and hire experienced counsel, as we say, “the Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”

If you or someone you love has been harmed in this manner, you need to seek the help of personal injury lawyers who have been fighting for the rights of clients for many years.


Contact Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today for your free case evaluation at:

707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507. Our two central and conveniently located offices in Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) and Santa Rafael (Marin County).


“The Right Attorney Makes All the Difference.”

Automobile Versus Truck Accidents In The North Bay

Large commercial trucks range in weight between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds and can reach lengths of up to 53 feet. An average passenger vehicle weighs roughly 3,000 pounds, so you can imagine the devastation when these two unmatched machines collide. Immense property damage, often resulting in the total decimation of a vehicle is common and extreme injuries that render a victim paralyzed or maimed are frequent.

In some extreme cases such accidents result in fatalities, leaving family members to deal with immense psychological and emotional distress  as well financial burdens as a result of medical bills and funerary expenses.

Truck accidents involving automobiles are caused by a wide array of factors that range from:

  • Maintenance Negligence: This occurs when a trucking company or driver fails to adequately maintain equipment and perform routine inspections. Without proper inspections, equipment can fall into disrepair and go unnoticed, causing dangerous situations on the highway.
  • Overloading Cargo: May create an unstable load that is more prone to roll over accidents
  • Excessive Speed: Lessens a driver’s reaction time to respond to road hazards and other drivers
  • Reckless and Aggressive Driving: While operating a large truck and trailer is unsafe for the driver and other motorists based on the sheer size and mass of the rig.
  • Equipment Malfunction: May cause the truck to become unstable, removing the integrity of its foundation and functionality.
  • Driving Under the Influence of an Illegal Substance: Is highly illegal and responsible for the severe impairment of judgment and ability to safely operate machinery.
  • Poor Driving Conditions such as a Snow and Ice: May cause large truck and trailer rigs to slide out of control, careening off of embankments or into other vehicles.
  • Driver Fatigue: Creates a volatile situation when you combine drowsiness and nodding off at the wheel in a massive piece of machinery traveling at high speeds
  • Impaired Vision from Night Driving: Makes it difficult for drivers to recognize potential road hazards and conditions.
  • Overloaded Trucks: Brake Failure: Makes it difficult or impossible to slow a heavy load safely, potentially resulting in a serious accident.
  • Inexperienced Drivers: May result in a collision based on a new truck operator’s lack of exposure to driving hazards when a commercial company does not take the time to sufficiently train and educate them to uphold the highest safety measures on the road.
  • Failure to Follow Posted Traffic Signage: Creates dangerous driving situations such as ignoring “one way” indications that may result in collisions with oncoming traffic.
  • Insufficient Driver Training: May result in a collision based on a new truck operator’s lack of exposure to driving hazards when a commercial company does not take the time to sufficiently train and educate them to uphold the highest safety measures on the road.
  • Defective or Damaged Equipment: May result in a malfunctioning of the truck and trailer, such as a tire blow out that can cause a truck to roll over based on it being rendered unstable.


Experience That Speaks For Itself

Following an accident with a commercial truck and trailer, it is not uncommon to be left with debilitating injuries and major financial burdens.

If you or someone you love have been involved in a truck related accident, contact The Law Offices Of Michael A. Fiumara today.

Having a skilled attorney on your side will be extremely important in establishing a solid case and to ensure compensation for damages suffered.  Commercial Trucking Companies and Insurance Providers will try their best to minimize responsibility and payout, so it is important to fully understand your rights.


With over 23 years of experience in dealing with Truck Injury Accidents within the state of California, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara are committed to providing you with the exceptional legal services you need to obtain just compensation for your injuries.

Contact us today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 and discover the difference a top notch personal injury law firm makes!

“The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference” 

Burn & Explosion Injuries In The North Bay

Burn injuries are among the most painful, serious injuries anyone can endure. Victims usually need skin grafts and plastic surgery, and live with the risk of fatal infections for extended periods of time after the accident. Even after they are released from a burn unit at the hospital, burn victims experience long-term effects from burns. They often have inoperable scarring and disfigurement, cannot stay in the sun and experience a higher incidence of skin cancer. These injuries are devastating.

Industrial plant explosions, construction site accidents, and other dangerous premises where explosions or fires occurred account for the majority of serious burn and explosion injuries. The worst of these injuries can require extensive reconstructive surgery. An electrocution accident can result in severe burns and permanent nerve damage. Burn injuries arising from explosions and fires can result in expensive medical bills, missed time from work and lengthy, painful recovery times.

What can make these dangerous, painful injuries so hard to deal with is that the majority of burn injuries are caused by the negligence of others.



Common causes are:

Defective and malfunctioning machinery
Unsafe workplace conditions
Failure to store chemicals property
OSHA violations
Failure to train staff properly in handling of flammable materials
Defective ovens, stoves or other commonly used home or camping devices

Our burn and explosion injury attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael A. Fiumara can assist in building a strong case to help you seek restitution from those negligent parties or manufacturers of defective products, that contributed to or are responsible for your injuries.

Rehabilitation can be a long, expensive process, and if it is found that another party’s negligence resulted in your injuries, you may be able to seek compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of a burn or explosion injury, The Law Offices Of Michael A. Fiumara can help.



If you or a loved one needs assistance, contact us today for a free consultation of your case at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507.

Motorcycle Accidents In The North Bay

Motorcyclists across the state of California know that a motorcycle offers an incomparable, thrilling travel experience and is a remarkable way to view the beautiful scenery and sights of the Golden State.

However, despite the extraordinary experience a motorcycle provides, these vehicles require skilled, responsible handling and defensive driving in order to avoid a serious accident.

Risks of Riding a Motorcycle

Motorcycle accidents throughout the North Bay occur for a variety of reasons. These causes can be due to an at-fault driver, the motorcyclist himself, or factors only in the control of the government entity who manages the road or the manufacturer of the motorcycle.

These factors include:

Road design that falls below safety standards or design that has grown obsolete and outmoded due to current highway usage statistics,

Poor road conditions or negligent maintenance of the road,

Mechanical failures on the motorcycle,

A driver of another car or motor vehicle being negligent or careless,

High speed motorcycle accidents due to wheel wobble,

Negligent motorcycle design creating a defective vehicle,

Shoddy or poor repair work done by a mechanic on your motorcycle

Recent statistics show that the vast majority of multiple-vehicle traffic accidents involving motorcycles—over 80% in fact—are not the motorcyclist’s fault. Most often, the motorcycle accident is caused by a negligent or inattentive driver who either does not notice or see the motorcyclist until it is too late, or a car driver who turns either directly in front of the motorcycle in a left hand turn or who follows the biker on his hog too closely and then runs into the rear of the bike.

Unfortunately, motorcyclists are at the mercy of these careless drivers due to the speed at which the motorcycle travels and the minimal protection riders have if there is a crash. Due to the lack of physical and safety protections, most motorcycle accidents are catastrophic and can result in brain injury, paralyzing spinal injuries, or death.

The biggest mistake injured motorcyclists make is thinking that a motorcycle accident claim is just like an auto accident claim and any lawyer can handle their case.

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Benefits of Pursuing a Motorcycle Accident Claim

Due to the lack of protection a motorcycle offers, the likelihood of a motorcyclist enduring critical injuries, which may perhaps be life-threatening, is extremely high. Common injuries in a California motorcycle accident include: brain injury, spinal cord injuries, abrasions, disfigurement, fractures, and neck and back injuries.

Such severe injuries will likely require an extensive recovery time, which can mean the injured rider is unable to work and will be losing wages. The medical care and treatment needed for the rider to heal can also be costly, as well as the costs of repairing property damage.

With the expensive financial costs that can arise following a motorcycle accident, a rider would be well-advised to speak with a qualified motorcycle crash attorney to possibly pursue a motorcycle accident claim.

Compensation from the at-fault party can help with the unexpected accident-related costs and will help alleviate financial stresses so you can focus on the healing process.


What Types of Compensation Can I Receive?

The post-accident related expenses a rider can incur can be quite costly, but a motorcyclist can receive several different types of compensation to lessen the financial burden. The purpose of this compensation is to aid the motorcyclist in rebuilding their life and moving towards the life the rider had before the collision.

The first type of compensation that can be awarded is economic damages, which are easily calculated from documents and records. This can include compensation for lost wages (past and future), medical bills and expenses, and property damage. Non-economic damages are compensation for the injured party’s pain and suffering, such as mental suffering as a result of the accident or emotional distress.

The financial strain of a motorcycle accident can feel overwhelming, but an accident attorney can get the money you need to recover.

Rebuilding Your Life after a Collision

The impact a motorcycle accident can have on a person’s life can be very serious, and getting back to the life he or she loves can take a great deal of time and patience.

The Law Offices Of Michael A. Fiumara recognize the tremendous obstacles a rider may face following an accident and are dedicated to obtaining the compensation needed to get them back on their feet and back on the road.

Our legal team has years of experience helping injured Californians, which has earned us a successful track record of successful results. A motorcycle accident is difficult enough, but with our professional assistance, recovery does not have to be.

Contact us today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 today for your free case evaluation.

“The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference” 

Balcony Collapse In Berkeley Did Not Have To Happen

A fourth floor balcony of a luxury apartment building collapsed just before 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday in downtown Berkeley, sending 13 people falling 40 feet to the sidewalk below. The balcony collapse killed six people, and critically injured seven others.

The young people were at the Library Gardens apartment complex celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday, according to the authorities.

Every year hundreds of individuals suffer severe injuries and death resulting from collapsing balconies and porches. All too often such collapses are wholly the result on negligent and wrongful actions of individuals charges with the proper care and upkeep of the property.

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Common causes of collapsing balconies can include, failure to properly construct the balcony, failure to provide for its proper and routine maintenance, overcrowding of the platform resulting in excess weight which cannot be supported by the structure, and failure to inspect for and replace loose joints and screws.

Common Injuries: Some of the most common injuries associated with falling and collapsing balconies include the following…

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Facial and bodily lacerations
  • Broken bones and cracked ribs
  • Ocular injuries resulting in the loss of eyesight
  • Death


The vast majority or personal injury cases are predicated on a negligence cause of action which required the proving four significant elements. The elements are provided below.

1. The at-fault party owes a duty to the injured party.

2. The at- fault party was in breach of his/her duty to the injured party.

3. Causation – the breach of the duty was the foreseeable and “but-for” cause of action. “But-for” states as “But for the action or inaction of the liable party the harm suffered by the victims would not have taken place”.

4. Injuries – there are actual and presentable injuries suffered by the injured party.


Building owners owe a certain ‘duty of care’ to those individuals who come onto their property whether they are invitees, licensees, guests and sometimes even to trespassers.  The level of the ‘duty of care’ is determined by the relationship of the property owner to the individual entering the property.

Invitees who enter a property for a business transaction (i.e. purchase of a product) are owed the highest duty of care and must be protected from any known and foreseeable  harm on the property.   Property owners even owe invitees a duty to properly and routinely inspect their property for harm and warn entrants of any potential harms on their property.  California has blurred these distinctions over the years so you should seek an attorney who can explain these nuances of the law to you in simple and understandable English with examples.


Victims of personal injury are entitled to compensation for all harms suffered. The specific types of injuries and damages in personal injury causes of action include:

  • All medical and hospitalization costs including past and future rehabilitation care.
  • Economic damages – including damage to property, loss of income, and future loss of earnings potential.
  • Non-economic damages – including pain and suffering, emotional trauma and mental anguish.

Attorney Michael A. Fiumara has more than 24 Years Of Experience Handling Balcony Collapse & All Other Personal Injury Matters Throughout The North Bay

If you have any further legal questions regarding liability and compensation for injuries caused by falling balconies or decking, feel free to contact our law offices at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 for a free consultation. We have offices located in Santa Rosa and San Rafael for your convenience.

“The Right Attorney Makes All The Difference” 

What To Do After A Hit & Run Accident In The North Bay

Getting into a car accident is frightening and can be life changing. The problems can be exponentially worst if the accident you were involved in was a hit and run. The fact is Hit and run accidents are very common. An amazing number of drivers speed off after colliding with another vehicle.


If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, what should you do?

1. Assess the need for any medical attention

Make sure that everyone is OK, and doesn’t require any medical attention. Immediately call 911 and do your best to get safe access to the side of the road. It’s very important that you stay calm and wait for the police or paramedics to arrive on the scene.

2. Document everything

You may want to speed after the vehicle that hit you, this isn’t a good idea. The best thing that you can do is pull over and try to document as much information as you can. If you were able to get a license plate number or a partial plate right that down right away before you forget. Try to remember the make, model and color of the vehicle that hit you.

3. Look for witnesses

After you’re in a safe spot start looking around to find potential witnesses. Make sure to take down the name and number of any potential witness on the scene. Ask them to stay long enough to give a police statement if they can.

4. File a police report

When the police arrive make sure to stay calm and explain in as much detail to the officer as you can remember. Keep to the facts and do not apologize or blame yourself even if you think you are at fault in anyway. Do not pressure the officer to chase after theoffending vehicle.  Don’t leave the scene until you’re cleared to do so.

5. Contact your insurance

If you were able to identify the vehicle that hit you then you may be able to persuade their insurance company to pay for your damage and any potential injuries.  Many drivers flee the scene of a hit-and-run accident  because they are either uninsured, unlicensed, have an outstanding warrant, or know that they have some outstanding legal matter pending and don’t want to get caught!

You may be able to get your insurance company to cover your expenses, this is assuming you have purchased adequate protection against uninsured or under-insured drivers. Please check your Insurance’s DECLARATION PAGE to review your coverages.  If you are not sure, we would be happy to help.  If you have inadequate coverage such as MedPay you may be forced to pay for any expenses out of your own pocket. But all is not lost.  If the fleeing hit-and-run suspect is eventually caught then the local District Attorney will file criminal charges and RESTITUTION will be reserved and there is also a VICTIMS COMPENSATION FUND which can be tapped for your benefit.  See one of us for details.

If you have been involved in a hit-and-run accident, don’t allow yourself to be a victim,  the experienced team of attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC will help you get the compensation you deserve to restore  you back to where you were prior to this mishap.

Call us today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 for a free consultation and find out how we can help you!

We SERVE the entire North Bay and have offices in Santa Rosa and San Rafael, CA.

Swimming Pools & Accidental Drownings In California

A backyard swimming pool is a wonderful opportunity for family exercise and recreation, and a spa is a great way for adults and kids to unwind. Unfortunately, they are also sources of potential danger due to the frequency of accidental drownings in swimming pools and spas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 1999 and 2013 nearly 10,000 people died in the United States due to accidental drownings in swimming pools.

These deaths aren’t evenly spread over different age groups, however — nearly 40% of those fatalities were among children 1 to 4 years of age. Further, the statistics say that for each incident of accidental drownings in swimming pools that is fatal, another ten children end up in hospital emergency rooms with non-fatal problems that can be very serious, including brain injury from oxygen deprivation that can result in permanent brain injury and disability.

There are many good resources available for swimming pool safety such as those from the Centers for Disease Control. Simple and obvious tips such as keeping a close watch on young children in and around swimming pools and avoiding significant intoxication that can lead to drowning in adults who are swimming are included. Studies also show that taking swimming lessons can very significantly reduce young children’s risk of accidental drownings in swimming pools, perhaps by nearly 90%.


In California, since 2007 all new and remodeled swimming pools and spas in single family residences must also comply with the Swimming Pool Safety Act, sections 115920 through 115929 of the California Health and Safety Code. Among the requirements of the Swimming Pool Safety Act are the installation of some sort of barrier between the home and the pool. There are several options available, including a full enclosure of the pool or spa, removable mesh pool fencing, an approved safety pool cover, exit alarms on building doors leading to the pool area, and/or self-latching, childproof devices on those doors.

If you have lost a child due to a drowning accident, do not wait another minute longer to call Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507.

We have dedicated our careers to helping families just like yours get back on their feet after an accident has traumatically altered their life.

We understand that no amount of money will ever bring back your loved one, but we are committed to ensuring that justice is sought and the negligent party is held responsible.