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What if I am on the job at the time of the accident?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Some of our clients are actually working on the job at the time of their accident and they ask what the impact of that is. The impact is that they really have two cases. They have a workers’ compensation case through their own employer for their injuries and they have a personal injury case handled […]

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Problem areas regarding spousal privilege in California civil cases

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Assume the following factual scenario: a serious car accident occurs, injuring the plaintiff. Just after the accident, the insured defendant called her husband and discussed, in detail, the now highly contested facts of how the incident occurred. During litigation, plaintiff’s counsel notices the deposition of defendant’s husband. Will plaintiff’s counsel be able to elicit, by […]

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What if more than one person is at fault for the accident?

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I have many clients ask me, “What if there’s more than one person at fault for the accident?” And this arises in two situations. The first situation is where our client has no fault whatsoever but the accident is the fault of two people rather than one. In a recent case that we have, a […]

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Texting While Driving: It’s Worse Than You Think

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We all intuitively understand that texting while driving is dangerous – but a look at the statistics shows just how frighteningly dangerous (and pervasive) texting while driving is. According to various governmental and insurance industry studies, texting while driving accounts for 25% of all car accidents. Translated differently: that’s 1.6 million crashes, and 330,000 injuries. […]

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What is the role of the private investigator?

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The role of the private investigator is something that is not understood by every client, and surprisingly, not understood by many law firms. I know that we are very proud of having some of the finest private investigators in California, and we have specific private investigators for different types of investigations. The role is to […]

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Identifying proper defendants in California truck accident cases

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Ascertaining the identity of potentially responsible defendants in a commercial trucking accident case can be challenging. Particularly in cases where the truck involved in the accident might be underinsured in light of the injuries and damages that occurred to Plaintiffs, identifying all responsible defendants is of the utmost importance. In the trucking industry, independent contractors […]

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What determines fault other than a police report?

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A very common question is, “What determines fault, other than the police report?” And it’s a very important question. I would say the police report gets it right eighty percent of the time. But twenty percent of the time the police report gets it completely wrong. One of the most common instances in which the […]

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What questions should I ask when interviewing a lawyer?

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Many people ask, what are the questions they want answered when they’re interviewing a lawyer. The first question is, “Do you specialize in the field of personal injury and wrongful death or do you do a little of that, a little criminal, a little estate planning?” You’re always better off to hire a specialist. The […]

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Stadium death sparks civil suit against New England Patriots

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Nobody said running a multi-million dollar professional sports franchise would be easy. On top of issues surrounding players’ criminal activities, and their alleged drug use improprieties, have come ex-player lawsuits against the NFL arising from concussion injuries. Then there is the occasional stadium customer disaster: just this month, a fan died after he fell from […]

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What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

Monday, August 19th, 2013

At some point during most of my cases I’ll have a conversation with my client and we’ll discuss the difference between mediations and arbitrations. Mediations are voluntary processes, and they’re settlement discussions where both sides have agreed that it’s an appropriate time during the case to ask a neutral third party to sit down with […]

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Required viewing for drivers everywhere: ‘From One Second to the Next’

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Famed director Werner Herzog’s powerful new documentary about texting and driving has already reached more than 1.5 million views on YouTube and is bringing even more attention to the dangers of distracted driving. The film, “From One Second to the Next” was made in conjunction with cell phone providers AT&T and Verizon, and is being […]

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Is there normally an opportunity to settle my case prior to trial?

Friday, August 9th, 2013

All clients want to know, will there be an opportunity to settle their case short of trial. The short answer is yes, there will be a number of them. But let me tell you what has to happen first. When we first start your case and open the file the first thing we do is […]

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Inaugural summer internship program proves successful

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

16 students from 13 different high schools came together to participate in our summer internship designed to expose young adults to a potential career in law. The internship was an intense one-week program in which students were offered an overview of how law firms function, the different types of litigation, and what it’s like to […]

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What is my role in the litigation process as a plaintiff?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

What is the plaintiff’s role in the litigation process? New clients ask me that all the time. What is their involvement going to consist of? I tell them there are a couple general rules to keep in mind. First of all, you’ve got to keep in touch with us. We can’t do a great job […]

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Law schools grow increasingly desperate as applications continue to decline

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

With the overall number of applicants to accredited law schools down 34 percent from their peak in 2010, schools are doing whatever they can to keep attendance up and stay financially sustainable. The National Law Journal is reporting that “at least 25 schools” will be accepting scores from the recently administered June 10th LSAT for […]

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‘Foldable Helmet’ aims to make bike safety more portable than ever

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

One of the most common objections to wearing a bike helmet is that it’s simply not portable. Once you’ve arrived at your destination and chained your bike to the rack, you’re still stuck lugging around a helmet that’s often clunky enough to become a real nuisance. Now, a Kickstarter project from Closca is attempting to […]

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What if I was in a bike accident at night and didn’t have a light or reflective gear?

Friday, July 5th, 2013

Bike accidents at night without lights or reflective gear are very difficult cases, understandably. On the other hand, there are exceptions and we have successfully handled these cases. The exceptions are if the accident happened on a well-lighted street where it really made the bike so visible that the light or the reflector would not […]

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What if I’m hit while crossing an intersection at an unmarked crosswalk?

Friday, June 28th, 2013

A very common question is: what if I’m hit at an intersection crossing the street at an unmarked crosswalk? Under California law, every intersection is a crosswalk, whether marked or not. Obviously it’s safer to cross in a crosswalk. However, the more rural the area, the less likely the intersection is to be painted as […]

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What if I was in a bike accident and wasn’t wearing a helmet?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Many times if someone is in a bike accident and they aren’t wearing a helmet, the insurance company takes the position that the injury was the fault of the person not wearing the helmet. There is no question that it is safer to ride with a helmet in California, but it’s also true that if […]

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Quick video tips for urban cycling

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

The team at Grist has put together a nice little video of “biking basics for folks who’ve always wanted to ride, but didn’t dare.” Although a lot of the information is indeed fairly obvious (check your tires, figure out where you’re going, make sure you brakes work, etc.) the video does offer plenty of common […]

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