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Full & Limited-Scope Representation in All Stages of Trial, Litigation, Negotiation, & Dispute Resolution

At California Trial Law Group our attorneys are dedicated to providing client services that are both comprehensive and personalized. Whether you come to us with legal problems involving personal injury, employment issues, real estate or contract disputes, you can be sure that we will listen carefully and tailor our legal strategies to meet the particular of your situation. We are available to represent you in negotiation and dispute resolution as well as in all stages of litigation. Not only are we knowledgeable and experienced; we have an excellent track record of successful outcomes.Serving individuals, couples, families and businesses in Northern and Southern California, our team is well-versed and capable in all of the following practice areas:

Personal Injury

As personal injury attorneys, California Trial Law Group assists clients who have suffered serious injuries due to the negligence of another. In such cases, our team has the resources and legal skills to investigate the accident thoroughly and get clients the full compensation they deserve. We are well aware of how costly personal injuries can be, both in terms of property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and rehabilitative or long-term care (economic costs) and in terms of physical pain and emotional suffering (non-economic costs). As experienced negotiators and talented litigators, we will give our full attention to obtaining the highest compensation possible.

The California Trial Law Group, PC provides aggressive legal representation to injury victims in Northern and Southern California. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, our experienced personal injury attorneys will help you obtain the compensation you deserve. We routinely handle a wide range of personal injury cases, including those resulting from:

Whether you have suffered a fracture, burn, internal injuries, concussion or traumatic brain injury, and whether you face surgery, rehabilitative care, or long-term disability, we are here to defend your rights to full compensation for all you have endured and may have to endure in the future. We also deal with cases in which a family member has suffered a wrongful death. In these circumstances, we work hard to get compensation for loved ones left behind.

Because California is a pure comparative fault state, you can receive compensation even if the accident was partially your fault. When this happens, the court will determine what percentage of the accident was attributable to your actions or inactions and that amount will be subtracted from the damages you are awarded. We will work to make sure that the compensation you receive is fair.

Workers’ Compensation

People go to work every day not expecting to have an accident, but workplace injuries are more common than many realize. If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to benefits under the California Workers’ Compensation Act. That’s the good news. The bad news is that navigating the workers compensation system can be complicated and claims are often denied.

The California Trial Law Group aggressively fights for the rights of injured workers in the San Francisco Bay area and throughout the state of California. We are well versed in the worker’s compensation rules and have a proven track record of helping our clients obtain the benefits they deserve.

At the California Trial Law Group, our experienced worker’s compensation attorneys routinely handle a variety of injury claims, including:

  • Back injuries
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Burns
  • Head and brain injuries
  • Hearing and vision loss
  • Knee injuries
  • Loss of limb
  • Muscle and ligament strain
  • Occupational illnesses
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

The California Trial Law Group is dedicated to helping injured workers obtain the benefits they deserve. If you were injured on the job, or your claim was denied, our experienced attorneys will fight for your rights. Depending on the circumstances, it may be possible to pursue a civil lawsuit if your injury was caused by a third party. Being injured in a workplace accident can be a devastating experience, but we will be by your side on the long road to recovery.

Wage and Hour Claims

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets basic minimum wage and overtime pay standards. Employers are required to pay overtime wages to certain employees after 40 hours of work in a week. In some states, overtime must be paid after 10 hours in a day, regardless of how many hours are worked during the week. Overtime rates must be at least one and a half times the regular rate of pay. The FLSA does not require companies to provide holiday pay, sick pay, paid or unpaid vacation time, or severance pay. Generally speaking, employees are exempt from the overtime pay provisions of the FLSA if they:

  • Are paid less than $455 per week during a year,
  • Are paid a salary rather than an hourly wage, and
  • Work in an exempt industry (e.g., a movie theater or many agricultural jobs) or perform “exempt” job duties, which are either administrative, professional or management

Employers are encouraged to seek qualified legal advice if they have questions about whether an employee should be classified as exempt or nonexempt.

Employment Law

California Trial Law Group, PC is a premier employment law firm serving clients in Northern and Southern California. As most residents of our state are well aware, in spite of our strong record on maintaining and advancing civil rights, discrimination and harassment in the workplace continue to exist, and in some locations, even to thrive. Although California and federal regulations explicitly protect workers’ rights, too many employers fail to follow wage and hour laws. Moreover, too many workplaces engage in, or tolerate, employee harassment and discrimination.

We are strongly committed to protecting employees from injustice in the workplace in the form of:

  • Sexual harassment (both quid pro quo and hostile work environment)
  • Offensive comments, jokes, cartoons, behavior directed at individuals because of their gender, race, religion, disability, or other legally protected category
  • Wage and hour inequities regarding minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest breaks
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retribution for whistle-blowing

A great many groups have been identified by law as protected classes. If you have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace because of your race, skin color, national origin, gender, age (40 and over), disability or pregnancy, our law office is committed to protecting your rights. We are fully prepared to confront your employer in order to negotiate a fair settlement for the embarrassment, stress, humiliation, financial inequity, and pain you may have suffered.

Our law firm also works with employers to ensure that they are in compliance with federal employment laws. We see ourselves as educators as well as defenders, glad to be able to keep business owners and managers familiar with the groups under federal protection from discrimination by:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • The Pregnancy Discrimination (PDA)

We also make sure that both employers and workers in California are aware that our state has gone even further than federal law by enacting the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). This act added the following to the list of groups protected against discrimination: sexual orientation, gender identification, medical condition, marital status, genetic information, marital status, and military or veteran status. This protection against discrimination pertains to any and all employment decisions, including those affecting hiring, termination, promotion, demotion, and compensation.

Arbitration

Arbitration is a method of resolving disputes without a courtroom proceeding. During arbitration, the two opposing sides present their evidence and testimony to a neutral third party. The arbitrator reviews the evidence and makes a decision that may be binding or non-binding. If it is binding, the arbitrator’s decision is final; if it is non-binding, the case may still proceed to trial. Though not always the final solution, arbitration has several advantages over litigation, among them that:

  • Arbitration resolves the case much more quickly since the arbitrator, unlike a judge, needn’t follow legal precedents, nor explain his or her reasoning. This is particularly important now that the court system is so overburdened.
  • Arbitration is, in most cases, less expensive than a traditional lawsuit
  • In cases involving technical or scientific issues, arbitrators with a particular area of expertise can be chosen.
  • Arbitration is typically private, unlike a public hearing.
  • In most cases, arbitration cannot be appealed, again saving time and money.

Because of its greater flexibility, arbitration is often chosen over litigation as a more efficient process.

Mediation

Mediation, like arbitration, is a form of alternative dispute resolution in which opposing parties seek the assistance of a neutral third party. Mediators, however, are not decision-makers, but rather professionals trained in negotiation techniques. They function more as diplomats, facilitating reasonable dialogue and helping the opponents come to an agreement acceptable to both parties. There are several advantages to mediation over court proceedings. Mediation is:

  • Less adversarial
  • Less expensive
  • Less formal
  • Less time-consuming

At times, mediation is required by a contract between the parties. At other times, the court insists that disputing parties try alternative dispute resolution (ADR) before resorting to litigation. Mediators can be found through referrals from courts or bar associations, and there are companies that provide ADR services. While desirable, it is not essential that a mediator have some training or background in the area of the law under consideration. A mediator should, however, have training and some experience in alternative dispute resolution.

You Can Place Your Trust in California Trial Law Group

Beyond our legal prowess, we pride ourselves on treating our clients with dignity and respect and working to make sure they are treated that way by others. Whether you have suffered a vehicular collision, experienced a workplace injury, or face issues with unfair practices at your workplace, our attorneys are eager to help you in any number of ways-through litigation, arbitration, negotiation, or mediation. We will provide you with a superior level of personal service and work diligently to protect your interests. You can reach us by phone or by filling out one of the contact forms on our website.

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