About Zavala Law Firm

Passion. Experience. Diligence.

With many family members in law enforcement, including his father, Matthew Zavala's commitment to promoting justice and protecting the community is in his blood. In fact, it was his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps that led him to pursue a law degree. Matt attended law school with the goal to serve and protect the citizens of his community. Today, this is still his dream.

These values have made Matt eager to cultivate his own practice, one that would effectively intersect his expertise with his respective interests. Matt believes that what wins a case is the passion that drives it — that is the energy that sets Zavala Law, PC apart.

Matt thrives in a courtroom and is fueled by his passion for justice. After nearly a decade of defending the interests of insurance companies and large corporations, Matt started Zavala Law, PC, a boutique law firm specializing in personal injury matters with an emphasis on car accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bite cases, trucking accidents, construction site accidents, workplace accidents, and wrongful death cases.

What Our Past Clients Have to Say

“Matt was very professional and I recommend him to anyone seeking legal services.”

Personal Injury Law Firm

Located in Ventura. Servicing All Californians.

Let Matt Help

With his wide array of experience, Matt provides legal services to clients of every kind. He prides himself on his work ethic and candor. He strives to litigate all cases with integrity and the utmost professionalism. With Zavala Law, PC, expect honesty, compassion, and aggressive representation.

We know that finding the right attorney to represent you is a choice not to be taken lightly. That’s why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs, the scope of your goals, and your budget.

Matt's fought and litigated on both sides of a courtroom; an advantage he brings to your case. Recently, he has been hired to mediate highly contested, multi-party accident cases. With this new perspective, Matt has now seen all three different angles when it comes to mediation. He brings his passion, experience, and diligence to every case he touches.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Depending on the severity of your accident, you will need a lawyer to handle your personal injury claim. If the facts of the accident are complex, your injuries are significant or unusual, or the at-fault party is contesting their liability, it is advisable to put a lawyer on your side to fight for your right to damages and recovery. Additionally, if a lot of money is at stake (e.g., medical bills, lost wages) or your case requires expert testimony, success will heavily depend on the hand of a lawyer. An attorney can better help you collect the appropriate evidence to build a strong claim, complete all settlement-related documents, and represent you in court or the negotiations room.
  • In simpler cases, it may be possible to resolve the incident without a lawyer. For instance, if you were involved in a rear-end collision where the other driver was undoubtedly at fault and neither driver was severely injured, you might be able to resolve the claim by negotiating with the insurance companies on your own. Complications may escalate to requiring legal guidance if the other driver denies their fault or refuses to cooperate.
  • If your car is still able to be driven, your first step should be to contact the other driver’s insurance company to ask for an estimate of the repair cost. After you get an estimate, you can then take your car to a body shop for a second estimate. From there, the two estimates should match reasonably, and the insurance company will issue you a check to the body shop to pay for the repair. Note that some insurance companies may not have local estimators and could instead ask you to get 2-3 estimates from local body shops, after which they will issue you a check for the lowest estimate.

    If your car is not able to be driven anymore, the insurance company will send an adjuster to estimate the damage to your car, and they will then issue a check to pay for the repairs. If your car has been towed to a repair shop or salvage yard, it is imperative to move the car as soon as possible to the body shop for repair. Keep in mind that you may have to pay a fee for this move.

    In the unfortunate instance that your car is totaled, the insurance company may compare the amount your car could have been sold for before the accident (fair market value) to the estimated cost of repairing your car and pay you the lesser amount.

    In many cases, while your car is being repaired or you are waiting on payment for totaled car, you may want to rent a car. Some car insurance policies may include optional coverage for a rental car, which will provide you coverage to pay for a rental car. If you don’t have rental reimbursement coverage on your policy, you can open a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance, where an adjuster will work with you to arrange for coverage for a rental car. Note that the rental car will be comparable to the vehicle that was damaged or totaled.

  • If you require medical care after a car accident, you should use your personal injury protection (PIP) and MedPay auto insurance coverage, which is separate from conventional health insurance. PIP is a form of automobile insurance that reimburses you for medical expenses and some other costs like lost wages after a car accident. Medical payments coverage, or MedPay, is similar to PIP, in that it typically applies to medical and funeral costs, but not lost wages or living expenses. It is sometimes sold as an add-on to PIP coverage or a less-expensive alternative to PIP.

What Makes Us Different?

  • Experienced Attorney
    Over a decade of experience working with individual clients and large corporations.
  • Easily Available
    Committed to being available to every client whenever they need us most, including by phone, text, and email.
  • Personalized Service
    Your case will always receive the personalized care and attention of an experienced attorney - no matter the size.
  • Free Consultations
    Finding the right attorney can be tough, which is why we offer free consultations to walk you through your needs.

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