Welcome to the Orange County Car Accident Attorney newsletter.  This newsletter is designed to help us keep in touch with each other.  It is also designed to let you know that I am here to help you with any car accident or other personal injury problems which you, a loved one or someone you know may have.


With this monthly newsletter I hope to provide you with useful and interesting information relating to car accidents and personal injury cases.  If you have any additional questions, comments or suggestions, or are in need of legal assistance, please feel free to email me or contact  me through one of my social media buttons below.  You can also call me, at no charge, at 949-496-7000 to discuss a case. 


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John P. Burns  
5 Things to do if You've Been in a Car Accident


Sometimes, even the most careful drivers get into accidents. If you are in a car accident, it's important to take the proper steps to ensure you are protected should there be an insurance dispute or if the case goes to trial.  Here are five things to do if you've been in a car accident.


1. Get Witnesses

Before you talk to the driver of the other car, look for witnesses and talk to them as soon as possible.  Ask them what they saw and take down their contact information.  If you don't involve them quickly, they could leave without talking to you, and you won't know how to reach them. Having witnesses will help if there is a dispute about who was at fault in the accident.


2. Write Everything Down

It's important to document everything: names and contact information of witnesses, driver's license information for the other driver, insurance information, license plate, make and model of the other car, name of the police officer on scene, etc.


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You Could be Entitled to Compensation After a Dog Bite



Dog bites can cause serious harm.  Approximately 4.7 million dog bites happen each year, according to Humane Society of the United States.  Of those, about 800,000 require medical care. 


If a dog has bitten you, you can receive compensation from the owner of the dog, or from the owner's homeowners or renters insurance if policies are in place.  According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average dog bite settlement in 2012 was nearly $30,000.


If you have to seek medical attention after being bitten by a dog, it's always best to talk with an attorney to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries.  You can receive compensation for direct expenses such as medical costs and loss of work.  You can also receive compensation for loss of future work, mental suffering and psychological counseling, depending on the severity of the attack. 


In California specifically, there is a statute that puts all the responsibility on the owner of the dog and does not require the victim to prove that the dog had previously bitten someone or attempted to bite someone.  Since most dog bites are from dogs owned by family, friends or relatives, this can help avoid a lengthy legal battle and help victims receive proper compensation for their injuries.  

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Law Office of John P. Burns Family News

OHHH NOOOOOOvember!!  We all know what that means, Turkey, pies, dressing, pies, potatoes, pies and December fast approaching.


Hi everyone. It's Donna Burns again with this month's edition of the Burns Family News.


There have been two major things that have happened in the Burns family since my last article. They both have to do with our daughter Heather, who is also one of John's paralegals.


First, Heather flew to Winnipeg, Canada to visit her brother Sean, his wife Natalie and our granddaughter Hanalei Burns.  Here is a photo of Sean and Heather together under the trees with the leaves changing color in Winnipeg. 


The second, after Heather returned home from Winnipeg on the following weekend, she raced in the Nike Women's Marathon in San Francisco. Heather ran the 13.1 miles half marathon course.  The marathon raises money focused on finding cures and better treatments for blood cancer patients diagnosed with Leukemia and Lymphoma.  This is the largest women's marathon in the world with approximately 30,000 women, from 50 countries and 50 states, racing for a cure.


Each runner was given an electronic chip, programmed with their personal race number and frequency, so that friends and loved ones could watch their progress on the internet as they raced.  We watched Heather as she started the race in San Francisco's Union Square with her friend and running partner Melanie Myers.


We watched as Heather ran through the San Francisco financial district, along San Francisco Bay past Fisherman's Wharf, the Presidio, 

Golden Gate Park, around Lake Merced and finished near the Pacific Ocean at the Great Highway.  Runners who finish receive a Tiffany pendant, awarded by San Francisco's "finest" firefighters in tuxedos at the finish line.  Here is a photo of Heather and her friend Melanie receiving their pendants from the firefighters.   



This month I'm sharing my recipe for Grandpa Tom's Blueberry Muffins, easy to make and easier to eat!!  Any problems-call the office. 

  • Mix together-1 stick of soft butter, 1 cup of white sugar, 2 beaten eggs, cup of milk. 
  • Add teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 tablespoon vanilla.
  • Stir in 2 Cups of flour and fold in 2 cups of blueberries. 
  • Line muffin tin with paper cups, pour batter into cups and sprinkle tops with sugar.  Oven temp 375, bake time 20-25 minutes. Should make about 12 muffins


Finally, here is this month's photo of our granddaughter, Hanalei Burns, also known as the Canadian Princess, developing her cooking skills with her baby in her apron.


Next, we're all off to the Jersey Shore to be with John's sisters and their families for Thanksgiving.   I'll update you afterwards with photos of all the good times.


Wishing you and yours a relaxing and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Donna Burns  

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