Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie Provides Expert Commentary on the Senate Bill 447, Ensuring Victims That Their Pain and Suffering are Not Forgotten

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For more than four decades, the experienced attorneys at Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie have helped Southern California injury victims and their families recover money so that they can concentrate on healing and moving on with their lives. If you or a loved one has been injured because of the negligence of another party, contact our Newport Beach office for a free consultation.

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On Friday, October 1, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 447 (Laird), which ensures the pain and suffering of all accident victims aren’t forgotten. The new bill will amend existing section 377.34 of the Code of Civil Procedure. In the existing section 377.34 of the Code of Civil Procedure, if a person dies, not due to injuries suffered in the accident, their claim for personal injuries and all other damages incurred as a result of the accident, dies with them. I.e. if they die before receiving compensation for their damages from a heart attack, cancer or some other reason, their family or heirs do not have standing to proceed with the claim to collect compensation for the damages suffered by the original claimant. The claim was just closed without anyone collecting compensation for damages suffered by the original claimant. The signing of Senate Bill 447 changes that.

The newly signed senate bill will help guarantee accountability for all injury victims in California. The law will also prevent an injured victim’s damages from suffering, pain, and disfigurement from being disregarded because the victim dies. The law was sponsored by the Consumer Attorneys of California and co-sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California.

Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie has stood beside many families during their more than four decades of practice as they mourned the loss of a loved one and while experiencing an uncertain future. Their lawyers consider it their duty to get families the compensation they deserve, so they can focus on healing and moving on.

About Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie

Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie is a law firm headquartered in Newport Beach, California. The law firm's track record highlights impressive results, but the law firm's reputation has been established on the level of compassion they show clients and how the attorneys aggressively advocate and fight for their rights.

To learn more about the new Senate Bill 477, call Suzanne Leslie at 949-752-7474 or email at Visit Allen Flatt Ballidis & Leslie’s official website at to learn more about the personal injury and wrongful death services they offer.


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