SERVING SACRAMENTO, EL DORADO, PLACER AND AMADOR COUNTIES FOR OVER 25 YEARS
At Travis G. Black & Associates, we offer aggressive and experienced legal representation to people who need a personal injury lawyer in the Sacramento area. We also represent people who are facing charges of DUI, dealing with Child Protective Services, or seeking assistance with crafting an estate planning instrument. These are serious matters that deserve professional attention. Based in Folsom, Mr. Black is a retired police officer and former insurance fraud specialist who has worked for some of the largest insurers. He can use his insights from these experiences to protect your rights. Seeking Compensation After an Accident
From car accidents to dog bites, most personal injury lawsuits in California arise out of negligence. To establish negligence as a plaintiff, you will need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant owed you a duty of care, the defendant breached this duty, the breach caused your injuries, and you incurred damages.
In most circumstances, people owe one another a duty to act with the same level of care that a reasonable person would use in a similar situation. Drivers are expected to obey traffic rules and avoid distractions, while property owners are expected to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition, among other examples. Any failure to meet this standard is known as a breach. Damages that you may be able to recover if you prevail in a personal injury claim include economic losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and household services, as well as noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. It is important to consult an attorney without delay after you have been involved in an accident, since the statute of limitations restricts the time period during which you may take legal action in California. Representation in DUI Cases
We also help drivers fight DUI charges. If you are convicted of drunk driving, your sentence varies depending on how many prior offenses you have. You may face jail time, fines, mandatory attendance at an alcohol treatment program, and loss of driving privileges. The penalties are more severe for repeat offenders. In many cases, however, police make mistakes in the process of investigating a suspect that result in constitutional violations or improper test administration. An experienced DUI defense attorney may be able to secure a reduction to a wet reckless or the dismissal of your case, based on the circumstances surrounding the police investigation or your arrest. Assistance with Your Estate Planning Needs
Our firm also can advise you on devising wills and other estate planning documents. A will provides instructions on how your property should be distributed after your death. If you do not have a will, your property will be distributed according to the laws of intestacy in California. A will becomes irrevocable upon your death. For many people, it may also be beneficial to prepare a trust instrument and transfer property into a trust. With larger estates, this may have favorable tax consequences. Guidance in Child Protective Services Matters
If Child Protective Services (CPS) visits your home, you may be afraid of what may happen to your children. CPS has the authority to remove a child from his or her home if it reasonably believes that the child is at risk of being seriously injured or needs immediate medical care. In some cases, however, it is responding to a false accusation or a minor occurrence that has been blown out of proportion. You should not try to handle a hearing on your own. Our firm is familiar with these types of proceedings and can help show the judge your side of the story to try to get the case dismissed. Consult an Experienced Sacramento Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in a devastating accident in the Sacramento area, knowledgeable personal injury attorney Travis G. Black is ready to represent you. He also can help drivers who need a DUI attorney after an arrest, or guidance in matters related to estate planning or Child Protective Services. Our Folsom firm can develop a strategy tailored to your specific needs and goals. Contact us online or call Travis G. Black & Associates at 916-962-2896 to set up a free consultation.