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The Role of Expert Witnesses in California Civil Trials

By Peterson Law Group on November 30, 2023

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California civil trials involving property damage, asset loss, and related issues for businesses often hinge on the expertise provided by witnesses. Expert witnesses play a pivotal role in presenting evidence, building and resolving cases, and contributing to the overall legal strategy.

Posted in: Civil Litigation

Damage to Real Property and Tort Law

By Peterson Law Group on November 15, 2023

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Damage to real property can be a significant concern in California, especially when it involves cases where a public entity may be at fault, such as a city or the State. Understanding the process of pursuing compensation for property damage is crucial, especially against a public entity, because special sets of rules apply.

Inverse Condemnation and California Property Rights

By Peterson Law Group on October 20, 2023

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Under the doctrine of eminent domain, government agencies have the legal right to take private property without the owner’s consent for public use. The action of taking the property is known as condemnation. The flip side of eminent domain is inverse condemnation, in which a private property owner files a lawsuit against the government for taking or damaging property. It is essential for property owners to seek legal representation to help protect their rights in the face of government actions.

California Eminent Domain: A Guide for Small Business Owners

By Peterson Law Group on October 10, 2023

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Eminent domain is the right of the government to take private property for public use. “Condemnation” is the formal act of exercising the power to transfer title to the subject property. Small business owners facing eminent domain pressure may encounter challenges and concerns. Condemnation can cause a business to lose one of its main assets. A business owner who purchased a property years earlier may have to pay significantly more for a comparable space. If the business owned the building outright, the company may have to take on mortgage payments to relocate.

Posted in: Eminent Domain

California Landslide Laws: What Property Owners Need to Know

By Peterson Law Group on September 20, 2023

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A landslide can cause substantial damage to your property and create havoc in your life. It can damage your home and property in a number of ways, including:

  • Mud and dirt intrusion
  • Water damage
  • Mold
  • Contamination
  • Foundation cracks
  • Structural and wall damage
  • Patio or driveway damage
  • Landscaping damage
  • Fire and smoke damage

If your property has been hit by a landslide, it is important to understand your legal rights and options.

Slip-and-Fall Liability and Dangerous Public Sidewalks

By Peterson Law Group on September 10, 2023

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Hazardous public sidewalks can cause serious slip or trip-and-fall injuries to residents and visitors who use them. California has some of the most dangerous sidewalks in the country. Cracked, broken, or uneven sidewalks numbering in the thousands have led to numerous complaints. Trip or slip-and-fall accidents can cause a range of severe injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and fractured bones. When pedestrians are hurt by dangerous sidewalks, responsible parties should be held accountable.

Civil Litigation in California Courts: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Peterson Law Group on August 30, 2023

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If someone has harmed you or damaged or taken away your property without permission, you may be able to solve your dispute using civil litigation. When you are thinking about filing a lawsuit against a person, a business, or any other legal entity, it’s a good idea to speak with an attorney first. Your attorney will explain the legal process and advise you about your chances of prevailing in court.

Posted in: Civil Litigation

Suing California: Key Considerations for State Tort Claims

By Peterson Law Group on August 15, 2023

Law books, a gavel and a scale. Court of law accessories.

If somebody harms you or a loved one, you have the right to seek damages to cover the cost of your injuries, property damage, and other expenses, such as loss of earning potential.

It’s difficult to pursue a personal injury claim when your injuries occurred on state property or when the defendant is a state employee carrying out official duties at the time of the accident.

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