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What if I didn’t realize I was injured until weeks after my accident?

Friday, April 4th, 2014

This is an issue that comes up fairly frequently. A person is hit very hard in an accident, they walk out of the car, they’re feeling ok – then maybe the next day they’re a little stiff and sore, but they have to go to work, they just take Advil, and then three weeks later […]

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Cities battle Caltrans over street design

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

As cities across California seek to build safer, healthier, greener “complete streets,” many have come into conflict with Caltrans over what constitutes an acceptable (and legally defensible) design. This post will be the first of a series in the coming weeks that examines issues of street design and how it impacts safety, particularly for vulnerable […]

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What if I’m injured on the job?

Friday, March 28th, 2014

If you’re injured on the job, you may have two separate kinds of cases. You definitely have a worker’s comp case under California law, but in addition, if there was someone other than your employer who’s at fault, you would also have a personal injury case. The simplest example of this is: you’re driving in […]

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How does the Affordable Care Act affect a potential settlement?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Affordable Care Act actually gives a lot more confidence to me as an attorney in settling a client’s case because prior to the Affordable Care Act, even if I were to get a client an enormous settlement, the question is: if they were out of work and not eligible for health insurance, how are […]

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After I settle, can the case remain open for future medical bills?

Friday, March 14th, 2014

As a general rule, whether you have us get you a settlement from the insurance company or whether we get you a verdict from the insurance company, that settlement or verdict includes the future medical bills that are anticipated. Therefore, you are not going to have it left open for future medical bills because they […]

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San Francisco unveils WalkFirst program

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Last Thursday, Mayor Ed Lee launched the WalkFirst Capital Improvement Program (PDF link) as a means of addressing the city’s pedestrian safety crisis. The WalkFirst Program is the first step toward implementing the city’s pedestrian strategy, which seeks to reduce serious or fatal pedestrian injuries by 25 percent by 2015 and by 50 percent by […]

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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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