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How is loss of earnings calculated if I’m self employed?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

This can be actually a fairly complex issue. If you work for an employer, it’s pretty simple. If you’re out for two months your employer fills out a form that says what you would have earned, but if you’re self-employed and you have your own business then it gets a little tricky and the reason […]

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What is uninsured motorist coverage?

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Uninsured motorist coverage is something you can buy from your insurance company to protect you in the eventuality that you are injured in an accident by a person without insurance. You can buy as little as $15,000 per person up to as much as $7 million per person. It is a relatively inexpensive form of […]

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How much auto insurance do I need in California?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Very often when a client comes to see me, what they’re primarily concerned with is how much automobile insurance is owned by the person who caused the accident they were in. But I like to counsel people–when I can–on (for their own future needs) how much automobile insurance they should be carrying. Under California law, […]

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How are wrongful death cases handled?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Wrongful death cases are handled in some ways the same as injury cases and in some ways very differently. With regard to liability, proving who is at fault for the accident that caused the death of a loved one, those parts of the case are similar to a personal injury case – in other words […]

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What happens if I lose my job as a result of my accident injuries?

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Unfortunately, this happens way too often. In the case of a severe injury that permanently prevents you from returning to work, the first thing we do is try to assist you with obtaining whatever benefits might be available for someone in your situation. This could include a long term disability policy with your employer. It […]

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How to seal a record in a civil case

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Almost two months after a jury verdict finding a public entity liable for decedent’s wrongful death, counsel for both sides finally agreed at a post-trial mediation, tentatively, to settle the matter; but they faced a unique dilemma. The jury had awarded a substantial verdict for the plaintiff at trial. Yet there remained significant risks facing […]

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If I miss work due to my accident injuries, can I recover lost wages in my case?

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Yes. Lost wages along with the cost of your medical care and your pain and suffering are the main damage components of a personal injury claim. The way we prove how much you’re entitled to in terms of your lost wages is to work with your medical providers using medical records and narrative reports, depositions […]

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What do car accident reports contain in California?

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Car accident reports, whether written by the California Highway Patrol, the county sheriff’s department, or the local police department are going to contain the names, addresses and driver’s license numbers of both parties and will include height, weight, gender, race. They will typically also contain the police officer’s opinion as to who was at fault. […]

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San Francisco’s pedestrian safety problem

Friday, January 10th, 2014

2013 saw the highest number of pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco since 2007. 21 pedestrians were killed last year and 3 pedestrians have already been killed since New Year’s Eve. The rise in fatalities comes on the heels of reductions to police staffing, traffic enforcement, and a decreased number of traffic citations. According to the […]

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How do I file a personal injury claim in California?

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

The first question you want to ask yourself is, “Am I going to do this by myself or am I going to hire an attorney?” If you do it by yourself, which sometimes makes sense if it’s a minor injury, you will typically contact the insurance company for the person at fault or they will […]

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How do I sue for wrongful death damages in California?

Friday, December 27th, 2013

You start by making sure you file the case within the time period that you’re allowed to file the case in. Generally two years from the date of the death if you are an adult and if it’s not against a public entity and then other specific time limitations that differ. Once you’ve determined that, […]

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What is the wrongful death statute of limitations in California?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

As a general rule, a person has two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for the wrongful death of a loved one. There are some exceptions, but probably 80 percent of the time it is two years, just as it would be for a personal injury case. If the wrongful […]

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‘Dear Motorist’ video brings a personal touch to bike safety awareness

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

There’s a well know rift between motorists and bikers that often leads to a completely unproductive “us against them” mentality on both sides of the fence. This, despite the fact that some of the most avid cyclists are walking the line between both sides. Multiple surveys show that over eighty percent of cyclists also own […]

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Seeking damages against deceased defendants in California personal injury cases

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

A typical personal injury claim against an individual defendant resolves in one of two ways: (1) settlement with the defendant, or (more commonly) his or her insurer, either before or during litigation; or (2) collection of a judgment post-trial. By definition, the second scenario requires the filing of a lawsuit by the plaintiff. Frequently, the […]

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If I’m in an accident, does it affect my health insurance coverage?

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

If you’re in an accident, just because you now require treatment caused by someone else’s negligence, your insurance company, even if it’s a government insurance, still has to pay for your care. With Medicare for example, you do have to prove to them that if there’s any other type of insurance that might be available […]

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Technology strikes again: the birth of ‘per mile’ car insurance premiums

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

According to Techcrunch.com, a startup company called MetroMile is launching beta testing in the State of Washington of a new product: car insurance charged on a “per mile” basis. The $14 million-funded company, the article says, gives away, free, a plug-in device (called a “Metronome”) for your car that connects to a free app. By […]

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Who pays the costs of litigation?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Well, the short answer is that we do and you do. Initially our firm will advance all costs necessary to handle your case from initial investigation all the way through trial (if necessary). At the time of recovery, whether it’s through settlement or trial, then you pay us back out of the proceeds of your […]

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Can a lawyer settle my case without my consent?

Friday, November 8th, 2013

One question that some people ask me just when they’re hiring me is, “Andy, can you settle my case without my consent?” And the answer is no. Number one, I would never do it. But number two, a lawyer is not allowed to do it. It is up to you whether or not to settle […]

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Is there a minimum personal injury settlement?

Friday, November 1st, 2013

Probably once a month I get asked, “Is there a minimum personal injury settlement amount?” And the answer is no. Theoretically. Theoretically, a person could settle their case for one dollar or fifty cents. In the real world, perhaps the question is, “If I have a very very small injury–let’s say I hurt my neck–I […]

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Is driving with Google Glass a ticketable offense?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

As technology continues to become even more integrated into our everyday lives, existing laws can become fuzzy when it comes to how emerging technologies should be treated. Case in point, “Glass Explorer” Cecilia Abadie recently received a ticket from a California police officer for driving while wearing her Google Glass. The kicker, she insists it […]

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