Falling Power Lines & The Dangers Associated With Them

Anybody who is struck by or comes into contact with falling power lines or live electrical wiring is likely to suffer very serious injury, shock, and/or electrocution.  The risk of electrocution can bring life changing consequences or result in wrongful death.  Falling electrical power lines pose a serious threat to the public health and safety of residents.

Therefore, the utility companies such as PG & E in this northern California, governmental agencies, or party who has caused a power line to fall which injures innocent people in California, should be held fully accountable for their lack of care, and due diligence.

Falling power lines often cause a wide range of problems, including pedestrian injuries, car accidents, and many times they start fires and/or explosions.  As a result of these injuries, accidents, and other mishaps, innocent victims often suffer long lasting physical, emotional, and financial consequences, something which our team of experienced attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC knows can be extremely challenging.

Fortunately, for those in California who are injured by falling power lines it may be possible to hold all third parties responsible for these accidents, holding them fully accountable for all of the consequences and future long-term adverse effects.


Injuries That Are Caused By Falling Power Lines

When power lines fall, unsuspecting victims often sustain a wide variety of injuries stemming from minor cuts and scratches to life threatening ones including death and everything in between.  Some of the most common injuries include:


  • Facial injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Amputations mostly of the limbs
  • Broken bones and or paralysis
  • Burns and scarring, electrocution
  • Concussions
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Any of these types of injuries can have serious future consequences for injury victims both in the short and long-term.  Oftentimes, they require a great deal of long-term rehabilitative hospitalization and recuperation so don’t let this break the bank. Good medical care is very expensive.

Contact a falling power lines lawyer in California. 

At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC we firmly believe in fighting hard for the interest of anyone who has been a victim to a falling power line or live falling wires.  Therefore, if you have been injured by a falling power line, please feel free to call us 24/7 at (855) 247-3190 to learn more about your legal rights and options and how you may be entitled to full compensation for your undue pain and suffering.

We have two convenient locations in the North Bay.  Our Marin County office is located at 404 Civic Center Drive, Suite 200 in San Rafael and you may reach us there at:  (415) 492-4507.

Our Santa Rosa Office located in Sonoma County is located at: 182 Farmers Lane, Suite 100A, Santa Rosa, CA.  Please feel free to contact us there at: (707) 571-8600.

Both offices are centrally located with plenty of easy parking. We take evening and night-time appointments and the consultation is free.

The Side Effects Of Brain & Spinal Injuries

Northern California residents who are involved in a car accident often suffer serious injuries. Car, bus, and motorcycle accidents can lead to life-altering harm, including brain and spinal cord injuries.

It is a tragic reality that many wrecks result in brain injuries. A traumatic brain injury occurs when there is a sudden violent blow to the head. These harms can have many serious side effects, such as falling into a coma, deteriorating to a vegetative state, or being rendered to a minimally conscious state. Victims can also be in a locked-in state where they are awake and aware of their surroundings but can’t speak or move. They may even become totally brain dead.

Other side effects of a brain injury include seizures and brain swelling. Also, cranial nerve damage can occur that may result in paralysis of facial muscles, loss of vision, swallowing problems and other side effects. There are also intellectual and communication problems that can present themselves. Victims who suffer from a brain injury can have memory and reasoning problems, difficulty with speech and writing, suffer from depression, and engage in risky behavior, just to name a few of the plethora of symptoms and side effects.

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Brain injuries are extremely serious and often require years of intensive medical treatment. If a brain injury is caused by a negligent driver, then the victim may want to speak with a legal professional skilled in personal injury.

An attorney can investigate what happened to cause the accident and determine who can be held accountable. Compensation may be available to help cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. Though this may not bring back one’s health, it might allow a victim to acquire the medical care he or she needs to live as best of a life as possible under the circumstances.

Contact Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507 for a free case evaluation.

We Are Here To Fight For You!


Laws are subject to change and there is no substitution for a personal consultation with a qualified and experienced attorney to discuss the particularities of YOUR potential case!


What actually is a wrongful death claim?

 A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that alleges that the person who was killed or the decedent died as a result of the negligence stemming from a third party or defendant.   The surviving dependents of the decedent  (victim)  and/ or beneficiaries may be entitled to monetary compensation/damages as a result of the defendant’s negligent conduct or behavior.

If you reside in Northern California or anywhere in California and believe that you may have a valid claim for the wrongful death of a family member, friend or relative, please do not hesitate to contact Michael A. Fiumara at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC to speak directly with an experienced Northern California wrongful death attorney about all of the requirements necessary for pursuing a wrongful death claim in California.


What exactly constitutes a wrongful death claim?

In general, the decedent’s death must be caused in part or in whole, by the behavior or conduct of the defendant or defendants.  The defendant usually needs to be negligent or at fault and that is determined by specially applied rules in certain cases.  Product liability cases may be treated differently than a strict liability related injury case.  In addition, there must be a surviving spouse, child, other legal dependents, or other affected relatives/heirs.  These damages must be related to and arise from the victim’s death.

What kinds of damages can you expect to recover in a wrongful death lawsuit or claim?

Here is a list of the following recoverable damages in a wrongful death lawsuit depending upon your case:

1.            Any medical and funeral expenses related to the decedent’s death.

2.            Loss of the victim’s anticipated future earnings which will be calculated until the time of either retirement or death.

3.            The loss of benefits caused by the victim’s death such as pension and medical coverage.

4.            The loss of what is commonly referred to loss of consortium which constitutes the loss of care, protection, and companionship missed by all of the survivors and beneficiaries.  Under common law, a wife will have the loss of companionship, love and sexual relations and that would be the same for the husband if the wife were killed.

5.            Under certain circumstances, in addition to compensatory damages, juries may add punitive damages to the recovery based upon the egregiousness of the defendant’s conduct or behavior.

The above mentioned summaries are not intended to serve as a substitute for the personal and tailored advice of the attorney that you choose to represent you.  There is no substitute for the  direct in person question and answer dialogue which takes place between an attorney and the client.  Specific legal issues, concerns, and conditions also require the advice of appropriate legal professionals and that’s where Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC excels.  We are here to serve you and we fight hard for our clients.

How long will my wrongful death claim take?

Please keep in mind that each case is different and that varies upon its complexity and how much cooperation we receive from the insurance adjustors, attorneys and how long the investigation will take to do an excellent and thorough job.  However, be assured that once our attorneys begin working on a case we communicate  at every step of the way with our clients to help them understand the process.  We will be happy to explain the reason to file a lawsuit sooner rather than later, if that’s the case.  We will let clients know when the defendants are served and when they respond in the discovery process.  There can be a number of settlement negotiations along the way and we communicate with the client to keep him or her abreast at all times.   Mediation and/or arbitration are sometimes considered good alternatives to a  long, protracted and expensive trial but that will depend upon each particular case.  Lastly, some courtrooms are more crowded than others so that could add to the length of the time line.


Why speak with an experienced attorney?

Within the tragedy of a wrongful death, a family may find some compensation for their loss.  However, those monetary awards can never replace the loss of a loved one, but they can help to ease the burden of continuing on without them.  Oftentimes, wrongful death cases can be very complicated cases to pursue, therefore, a skilled attorney who can compile the necessary evidence and call effective experts and witnesses to testify “can make all the difference” in winning or losing such a lawsuit.  It is incumbent upon you to speak with a local attorney who is experienced in wrongful death claims and gets the compensation that you deserve—“the right attorney makes all the difference”, so please call us for a free consultation 24/7.

Please feel free to contact us at either of our two convenient offices in Northern California for your FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation in the event one of your family friends, or relatives becomes a victim of a wrongful death claim.

We can be reached 24/7 in Santa Rosa at (707) 571-8600 or in San Rafael at (415)492-4507.

We would be happy to meet with you and your family for a free, confidential consultation at your home, in the hospital on evenings or weekends.  Our motto is that “the right attorney makes all the difference.”


The minute you walk into our law firm in either the Santa Rosa or San Rafael office you will be be treated with respect, compassion and learn how diligently we work on your behalf.  Upon your arrival, you will speak with managing partner, Michael A. Fiumara, who will immediately set up a confidential and convenient appointment at no charge or obligation.

Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC has specialized in wrongful death cases since its founding in 1992.  We focus on the emotional as well as the tough economic issues facing families who are going through some of their most devastating and challenging times.  Our goal is to get your family back on its feet as soon as possible, handling everything from funeral expenses to salary replacement.  We also assist other injured family members with their medical care and other related expenses.

Our lawyers would be happy to meet with you at your home, in the hospital or convalescent center where you are recovering or at any one of our conveniently located offices.  We are also happy to meet with you during the evening or on weekends. The best results are achieved in wrongful death cases by experienced litigators and attorneys who not only possess the necessary skill-set, but who are passionate about representing those who have been seriously injured by no fault of their own.

Successful attorneys are those who are capable at preparing and presenting your case for trial and presenting your case convincingly to a judge, jury or arbitrator.  Fortunately, for the attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC we have spent more than forty years in courtrooms throughout Northern California  and the entire North Bay developing a very strong reputation among judges, other attorneys and even adjusters and insurance companies who know that we mean business.

Husband and Wife Funeral Farewell

Our main goal is to diligently assist the survivors and beneficiaries of wrongful death victims to achieve the full compensation that they deserve.  Here is a list of the cases for which we have achieved outstanding results:


  1. Car accidents.
  2. All pedestrian and crosswalk accidents.
  3. Bicycle accidents of all kinds.
  4. Motorcycle and other motor vehicle accidents.
  5. Truck and big rig accidents including logging trucks.
  6. Fire/explosions and burns.
  7. Automobile and other manufacturing defects.

We respectfully invite you to call us at (855) 247-3190 or call us directly at either one of our conveniently located offices in  either San Rafael (415) 492-4507 or Santa Rosa at (707) 571-8600. THERE is NO obligation. You pay nothing until we win.

Gun Laws In California-The Facts

Gun Laws/Weapon Charges


As most people know, the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution preserves the individual’s right to possess firearms:

“A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”.

While this language is simple enough, there exists a network of laws in each state regulating the use and possession of firearms, from the size, type and power, to the ammunition, location and access to that firearm. The gun laws in California are among the toughest regulations in the nation.

Many Californians do not understand their legal rights and responsibilities when it comes to gun ownership. Gun ownership and possession is very tightly regulated by the State of California and, as is often the case with the tax code, it is often difficult to know if one is correctly following the law.

The gun laws in California are complex, encompassing hundreds of distinct code sections, some of which carry the potential for severe penalties. It is impossible to review all of the laws regulating the sale, possession, and use of firearms here.

If you find yourself charged with violating any of these statutes, you need to consult with a criminal defense attorney right away. Attorney Michael A. Fiumara is an experienced criminal defense attorney and I will defend your rights under the law. Our firm has seen many cases to a successful conclusion, including those in which a person is charged with violating one of the many gun law statutes in the State of California.



Contrary to popular belief, there is no requirement that a California resident who buys a gun in California must register that gun with the state. In effect, a gun legally purchased in California is already registered in the state’s database since a resident of California can buy a gun only from a licensed dealer (in most cases) and the information about the new gun owner and the gun are added to the state’s database. A new gun purchaser must also pass a written handgun safety test.

There is a ten-day waiting period before possession of a purchased gun may be taken. During this waiting period, the background of the gun purchaser is checked through the state database in order to make sure that person is legally entitled to possess a gun under the laws of California. If a gun is brought in from another state, the new resident must submit a New Resident Ownership Report to the California Department of Justice. As of January 1, 2014, this requirement applies to both long guns and hand guns.

There are many categories of persons who are not allowed to possess a gun in the State of California, including but not limited to:

Anyone who has been convicted of a felony or any violent offense;

Anyone who is ordered to not possess firearms as a condition of probation;

Anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor listed under Penal Code section 29805;

Most persons subject to a temporary or permanent restraining order or injunction;

Anyone who is found by a court to be a danger to himself, herself, or others because of a mental illness;

Anyone who is adjudicated to be a mentally disordered sex offender;

Anyone who is placed on a conservatorship because of a mental disorder or impairment due to chronic alcoholism;

Anyone who is taken into custody as a danger to self or others under Welfare and Institutions Code section 5150, assessed under Welfare and Institutions Code section 5151, and admitted to a mental health facility under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 5151, 5152, or certified under Welfare and Institutions Code sections 5250, 5260, and 5270.15;

Anyone who is addicted to the use of narcotics;

Anyone who receives a dishonorable discharge from the military; and

Anyone who is not legally residing in the United States.

Although there are some exceptions, in most cases it is illegal to possess automatic firearms, short-barreled shotguns and rifles (barrel length of less than 16″), assault weapons, .50 Browning machine gun caliber rifles, and large capacity magazines in California. All other firearms are, generally speaking, legal.

California utilizes a database known as the Armed Prohibited Persons System, which continually updates with those persons no longer eligible to possess firearms. For example, someone who has been committed on a “5150” may find the police knocking on the door because he or she legally bought a gun in the state at some time prior to his or her commitment.

The State is allowed to confiscate guns legally purchased by someone who subsequently becomes a person not allowed to possess a gun in the state. It is not unheard of for the police to confiscate guns, due to errors in the database, from persons who are actually allowed possession.


A person who legally possesses a concealable firearm in California may transport the firearm in a motor vehicle as long as the firearm is unloaded and stored in a fully enclosed, secure, and locked container. A trunk is considered such a container, but a glove compartment is not. A concealable firearm is any firearm capable of being concealed such as a pistol or revolver.

A non-concealable, legally owned firearm, such as a rifle, may be transported in a vehicle without the need to secure the firearm in an enclosed container. The firearm must be unloaded when being transported.

These are just the basics. There is a labyrinth of laws in California regulating where the guns may be stored, how the guns may be transported, concealed weapon regulations, and so on. Violation of any of these laws can result in criminal charges, from simply neglecting to file a “New Resident Ownership Report” (a misdemeanor with a potential penalty of up to six months in county jail and/or fines) to the sale or transfer of an assault weapon (which is a felony with a potential sentence of up to eight years imprisonment).

Anyone charged under the complicated gun statutes in California should consult with an experience criminal defense attorney immediately.




The most common weapons charges fall under the category of the sale or possession of an illegal assault weapon or .50 BMG rifle. The sale and possession of these weapons is made illegal under Penal Code sections 30600-30675. There are some limited exceptions to the sale and possession of these weapons, which will not be discussed here.


Someone charged with the illegal sale or transfer of an assault weapon or a .50 BMG rifle faces a felony charge punishable by imprisonment for four, six, or eight years. A person charged with simple possession of an assault weapon may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances.

A misdemeanor assault weapons charge carries a potential sentence of imprisonment for up to one year and/or probation plus fines. If charged as a felony, the sentence is 16 months, two, or three years imprisonment plus a fine. Simple possession of a .50 BMG weapon is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year imprisonment and/or probation plus fines.


California law provides for sentencing enhancements for the possession or use of a gun during the commission of a felony. Possession of a simple handgun during the commission of any felony will trigger the sentencing enhancement statute with the minimum of an additional and consecutive term of one year imprisonment.

Consecutive means that the sentence will be added to, not served with, the sentence for the underlying crime. The enhancement penalties can be much more severe depending on the type of weapon used and the circumstances of the crime and can carry up to a life term under certain conditions.

Under Penal Code section 12022, a person who is armed with an assault weapon, a machine gun, or a .50 BMG weapon during the commission of a felony or an attempted felony faces an additional and consecutive term of imprisonment for three years.

Under certain circumstances, the enhancement is even greater. For example, someone charged with the sale or transport of drugs while personally armed with any of these weapons faces a sentencing enhancement of three, four, or five years imprisonment.


There are many other laws in the State of California that make it criminal to use or possess a gun in certain areas or in certain ways.

Examples of gun crimes in California include, but are not limited to:

Bringing a gun on public or private school property, or even within 1000 feet of the school grounds, is an offense punishable by up to seven years imprisonment;

Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit is a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to one year in jail and/or fines;

Assault with a firearm carries stiffer penalties than simple assault. It is almost always charged as a felony (although assault with a simple revolver can be charged as a misdemeanor) and carries a sentence of up to twelve years imprisonment.

These examples are but a few of the many charges under California’s gun laws. The State of California often punishes gun crimes severely and if you find yourself charged under any of these statutes, you should consult immediately with Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507.


                                           CONVEAT/ WARNING:
This is information is ONLY provided to you as a general explanation of the enormity and complexity of the firearms and weapons related offenses, enhancements and possible priors that each gun related case can present to the potential criminal defendant.  Superimposed upon the complex and interlocking and overlapping laws, regulations and case law pertaining to this subject, each criminal case MUST be first evaluated by an experienced criminal defense  attorney before rendering an opinion as to your specific case.  It is imperative for the Attorney to first  KNOW all of the facts and criminal history from the defendant before the attorney can be expected to provide a legal opinion as to how much jail or prison exposure is possible under California’s very strict gun laws. Each case needs to be carefully evaluated on its own merits.  We don’t practice cookie cutter law and not one shoe fits all!  Therefore, you are encouraged to make an appointment with any one of the experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC for a free and confidential consultation.    

Wrongful Death Claims In California

After the sudden death of a loved one, families face serious hardship.

An already emotionally difficult time can be made even worse as medical bills and funerary expenses render making ends meet nearly impossible, particularly when the deceased was the family’s primary breadwinner.

No matter what the cause of death – be it a motor vehicle accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, or construction site accident – debt concerns impact families of lost loved ones when they are least able to afford it.

At one time, the common law did not allow the families of those who died from the negligence of another person to pursue a legal remedy. Fortunately, this is no longer the case.

Today, California law allows the families of a deceased person to bring what is known as a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. Thus families may bring suit for medical bills up to the time of death (survival action), funerary expenses, loss of financial support and more, providing them with the help they need to cover quickly mounting bills.


Wrongful death damages that are allowed are split into two main categories; economic and non-economic damages.

Economic damages or financial losses are split into further categories as well, the main categories as follows:

1. The financial support, if any, that the decedent would have contributed to the family during either the life expectancy that the decedent had before [his/her] death or the life expectancy of the surviving plaintiffs, whichever is shorter;

2. The loss of gifts or benefits that the surviving plaintiffs would have expected to receive from the decedent;

3. Funeral and burial expenses; and

4. The reasonable value of household services that the decedent would have provided.

Any amount a judge or jury allows for future economic damages must be reduced to present cash value.

Non-Economic damages are also called the human loss.

Also, often the greatest loss is the human loss of the care comfort and society of the deceased person. What does this long phrase mean? Essentially these are words meant to describe the relationship that the surviving heir would have likely had with the deceased person.

This means the loss of the love affection support In California, wrongful death plaintiffs are not allowed compensation for grief however they are allowed compensation for the loss of the relationship they were likely to have with the person who was killed.

This distinction makes the hiring of a personal injury attorney like Attorney Michael A. Fiumara, who is experienced with wrongful death cases all the more important.

California wrongful death law allows recovery for several categories of non economic damages, and specifically excludes others:

1. The loss of the decedent’s love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support; [and]

2. The loss of the enjoyment of sexual relations(if the plaintiff is the surviving legal spouse of the decedent);

3. The loss of the decedent’s training and guidance.

The court will say that no fixed standard exists for deciding the amount of non-economic damages. It is up to the judge or jury to set the reasonable amount of non economic damages in each case. An award for non-economic damages should not be reduced to present cash value.

In determining a surviving plaintiff’s loss, we are not supposed to consider the following:

1. Plaintiff’s grief, sorrow, or mental anguish;

2. The decedent’s pain and suffering; or

3. The poverty or wealth of the plaintiffs.

Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?

Not just anyone may bring a wrongful death claim when a loved one dies.

The California wrongful death statute limits the people who may bring a claim to certain classes of possible plaintiffs.

Generally, only the following may bring wrongful death claims:

The surviving spouse of the deceased party

The surviving children of the deceased

If the deceased left no surviving children, those who would be entitled to the deceased’s property if he died without a will such as parents, brothers and sisters, grandchildren, or nieces nephews, as well as any family member who was receiving financial support from the decedent.

Determining whether someone may bring a wrongful death claim can sometimes be difficult and the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney is recommended.

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What Must a Successful Plaintiff Prove?

Although each case is unique, a plaintiff must prove the following to be successful in a California wrongful death claim:

The defendant owed a legal duty to the deceased

The defendant unreasonably breached that duty

The defendant’s breach caused or contributed to causing the death of the deceased

Of course, exactly what the plaintiff must prove – the exact duty owed to the deceased by the defendant, whether the defendant breached this duty, etc. – depends on the specific facts of each case and it is up to an experienced personal injury attorney to ethically and skillfully present the claim or lawsuit.

Contact Attorney Michael A. Fiumara Today 

If someone’s negligence caused the death of your loved one, contact experienced North Bay personal injury attorney Michael A. Fiumara now. Mr. Fiumara can evaluate your potential case and explain to you your options.

Our law firm will be able to help make the negligent party accountable for all of your losses both economic and non-economic.

For more information, contact an our experienced wrongful death law firm today for a compassionate and confidential consultation at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507. 

Nursing Home Abuse On The Rise In California

Leaders of two nursing homes in Watsonville, California, have agreed to pay $3.8 million in settlement funds after a federal lawsuit was filed against them alleging they provided substandard care and over-medicated their patients.

According to a report, the settlement comes eight months after the lawsuit was initially filed alleging the gross misconduct.

Among the practices used in the facilities were the use of narcotics and anti-psychotic drugs to treat residents who were showing symptoms of dementia, pain and depression.

According to the lawsuit, due to over-medication, the nursing home’s residents became victims of chemical restraints, just to make it more convenient for management.

The suit also alleged that the nursing homes did not keep proper medication records and monitor medication side effects.

Officials said it was outrageous that these nursing homes would accept Medicare and Medicaid money to care for vulnerable nursing home residents and in return provide “care so lacking in quality and compassion it shocks the senses.”

Money from the settlement will go the U.S. and the state of California.
Victims of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect.


Authorities are advising families and victims of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in a nursing home to contact California Long Term Care Ombudsman at 800-231-4024 or www.aging.ca.gov/Programs/LTCOP.

It is always a good idea to report any instance of nursing home abuse or neglect to an ombudsman. If someone has been the victim of a crime in a nursing home, the incident should be reported immediately to local law enforcement.

When nursing homes pay settlements, they neither admit fault nor do the payments benefit victims and their families.

The only way for victims or families to get justice and fair compensation for nursing home abuse and neglect is to file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

It would be in the best interests of victims of nursing home abuse and their families to seek the counsel of an experienced California nursing home abuse lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases and will fight for their legal rights.

At Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC we always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to affected victims and their families.

If you suspect abuse or neglect in a nursing home against your loved one, Don’t Wait! Call us today at 707-571-8600 OR 415-492-4507.

We will fight for you!

Your North Bay Accident Claim & Medical Care

Your medical treatment after a car accident in the North Bay will play a huge factor in the value of your accident claim. Therefore, you should always seek medical treatment after a serious accident, even if you think your injuries are minor. Some injuries will take days or even a week to flare up, and if you delay treatment, you may cast doubt on your injuries.

After you seek medical treatment, you should meet with a North Bay accident lawyer. A lawyer will help you level the playing field with insurance companies in an effort to obtain all compensation you need and deserve. You should also do the following to preserve your accident claim:

follow all of your doctor’s orders;
keep all of your medical appointments;
keep a daily journal of how your condition is progressing or declining; and
hold onto all receipts for medical expenses.


You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings and an altered quality of life after your car accident in the North Bay. Your lawyer will review the facts of your case, explain your legal options, and fight for your rights while you focus on your recovery.

Take Control of Your California Injury Claim by Contacting Attorney Michael A. Fiumara today!

North Bay Injury Attorney Michael A. Fiumara and his legal team aren’t like some of the other lawyers you may have met with or seen ads for around town. Our goal is to educate our clients – even those whose cases we don’t take – so that you not only understand the legal process ahead of you but the basics of California injury law and your legal rights.

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

Safe Summer Camps for those children who don’t “fit in” for one reason or another or who may have been bullied in school due to their LBGT status or perceived status

It is no secret that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and questioning youth are many more times likely to be bullied and threatened with violence in and out of the school setting.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that this same segment of our youth go on to use illegal drugs to self-medicate at a higher rate than other youth.
But what is most troubling is that the suicide rate is 7 if not 10 times higher for LGBT  youth than it is for the general youth population.   Many schools and communities have instituted “zero tolerance” and or “hate stops here” campaigns bringing light to a once dark subject. But that is not enough.
Our law firm’s experience is that many of our LGBT youth are being bullied because of their sexual identity and orientation and they feel like they have to endure the abuse in silence for fear of being “outed” to their parents and teachers.  It is like a double-sided sword. For parents and adults who want to teach their children some great coping skills and provide a supportive environment, these alternative summer camps have been listed for me by a former Santa Rosa City School Counselor.
Our law firm is not recommending any one in particular, but just urging you to use this list as a guide or starting point.  It is imperative that you do your own research and investigation as to which Summer Camp might be the best suited for your child or another child whomyou know would benefit from such a summer camp setting.
Our Law Firm has been representing pupils in California Schools for almost a quarter of a century and has seen firsthand the devastating  effects that bullying has on our youth whether that child belongs to a minority group, is LBGT or simply does not “fit in.”
The end result for many of these youth has been suspension and or expulsion from school – something our law firm has fought against.  Throwing pupils out of school is not the best solution when that child may be suffering from outright discrimination and bullying which may have manifested into “bad behavior” or bad decision-making.  Blaming the victim is not the solution.
Toward that end, we respectfully provide other alternatives and resources for LBGT youth for summer camp:
Camp Aranu’tiqFounded in 2009 by Nick Teich, who dreamed of a safe & fun place for youth who felt like they might not fit in at other camps because of their gender, they have flagship summer camps in New Hampshire and California, as well as leadership programs for older teens and weekend family camps, serving 400 campers over the course of one year.
Camp HighlightCamp Highlight is a week-long camp for children ages 8 to 15 who have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parent or parents. We focus on recreational activities, nature education, and team building. Each camper is given individual attention by our experienced counselors and staff and has the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities. Our goal is to have each camper develop self-confidence, social skills, and leadership abilities in a safe and nurturing environment.
Camp LightbulbOur mission is to provide a magical, overnight summer camp experience for LGBT youth, aged 14 to 17, filled with fun, pride, community, friends, support, self-discovery and memories to last a lifetime. Our campers come from across the US and identify along the full LGBT spectrum. Our staff reflects our LGBT community and allies. All staff are subject to references and background checks.
Camp OdysseyCamp Odyssey is an innovative diversity training and leadership development program for Oregon youth between 14 and 18 years of age. Its aim is to help foster appreciation, understanding, and respect for cultural differences while building leadership skills. We empower young people to gain the life skills needed to become social investors, transforming not only themselves, but also their collective communities.
Camp OutrightCamp Outright is a week-long residential summer camp program for queer and allied youth held at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro, Vermont. Camp Outright is a traditional summer camp program with topical workshops and activities to address the needs stated by queer and questioning youth. Campers participate in a wide variety of daily activities based upon their interests, including swimming, sports and games, visual and performing arts, wilderness skills, social justice, identity caucuses, and more.
Camp Ten TreesCamp Ten Trees is a nonprofit organization located in Washington State. Central to the organization’s purpose are our yearly summer camp sessions—one week for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and their allies and another week for children/youth of LGBTQ or non-traditional families. Camp Ten Trees is a place for diverse youth who share common experiences to come together and form a community that is truly their own.
One HeartlandAt the core of One Heartland’s mission are our camp programs, which include: Camp Heartland, Camp Northstar, Camp 5210, and One Futures in Willow River, MN; Camp True Colors with locations in Minnesota, Connecticut and Texas; and Camp Hollywood HEART in Malibu, CA.
The Naming ProjectThe first camp for Christian LGBTQ youth. The mission of The Naming Project is to provide a safe and sacred space where youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities are named and claimed by a loving God; can explore and share faith; experience healthy and life-giving community; reach out to others; and advocate for systemic change in church and society.
Again, we highly recommend that the parents and or other responsible adults who are considering the selection of a summer camp (as to those mentioned above, or any other) for their child or relative complete their own independent research to make certain that all of the counselors have gone through extensive background checks to avoid any future abuse from occurring.
Safety checks with various State agencies is also recommended along with your own site visit with your child before you decide to enroll her or him into the summer camp.
Our Law Firm believes in empowering parents with the tools and knowledge  necessary to ensure that their child gets the full benefit of a free, and fair educational opportunity in the California Public School system.
If you have any future school related questions or issues please feel free to call us at any one of our convenient locations in Marin and Sonoma Counties at (415) 492-4507 or (707) 571-8600.

Be Safe This Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is here and many of you will be setting out to enjoy our state’s recreational possibilities. As a matter of fact, experts are predicting that close to 34 million people will be hitting the road over the long holiday weekend and traveling at least 50 miles from home. Whether you will be visiting family or enjoying other travel destinations, the California Highway Patrol urges everyone to think about safety when making plans for the upcoming holiday weekend.
All of us here at Fiumara & Milligan Law, PC want you to enjoy your Memorial Day weekend, but we want you to do so responsibly.

We’re asking you to keep an eye on roadside construction work that may be going on along your planned trip, pay attention whenever you’re behind the wheel and make sure everyone is your vehicle is buckled in. If you’re going to be drinking during the weekend, make sure you’ve got yourself a designated driver.

There are things that you can do to help keep yourself safe during this busy travel weekend. Review the following and make sure you’re good to go before hitting the road for that much-needed vacation.

-Keep your vehicle properly maintained. You want to make sure that the fluids under the hood are full, the gas tank is topped off and your tires are ready for the haul. Make sure the air pressure is adequate and that the tread isn’t too worn.

-Make sure you get plenty of sleep before heading out. Avoid drowsy driving all the time, but especially when taking longer road trips. It’s also important to make sure your belly is full. You never want to drive on an empty stomach.

-Make sure you allow yourself with plenty of time to get to your destination to avoid rushing.

During the 2014 holiday weekend, there were close to 10 people and nearly 400 who were injured in 950 motor vehicle accidents. During this same time, there were close to 200 people arrested for driving under the influence. Don’t become a statistic. Drive safely and drive cautiously during this long weekend. Accidents are oftentimes the result of careless mistakes. Don’t let it happen to you.