May 24 by GJEL Staff

FAQ: Personal Injuries That Occur While on the Job

What if I’m injured on the job? 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…

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What if the police report is against me?

If the police report is against you, and you disagree, you should always feel free to give us a call. Yes, it’s more of a challenge if the police report is against you, but there are two important questions. The first question is, “Were there any independent witnesses?” Because if there were no independent witnesses…

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What is the difference between mediation and arbitration?

Mediation vs. Arbitration in Personal Injury Cases 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 in personal injury cases Mediations are voluntary processes, and they’re settlement discussions where both sides have agreed that it’s an appropriate time during…

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

Do I need a lawyer for my accident?

A lot of people ask, “Do I even need a lawyer for my accident case?” Very often, the answer is no. However, if you were seriously injured in an accident, you should always work with an experienced San Jose personal injury attorney. If you’re wondering whether you need a lawyer, feel free to call here,…

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

Is there a minimum personal injury settlement?

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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May 24 by GJEL Staff

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

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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May 24 by GJEL Staff

Can a lawyer settle my case without my consent?

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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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What should I do after I’ve been in an accident?

Unfortunately, auto accidents remain all too common in the Bay Area and throughout the state of California. Indeed, according to data collected and published by the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 223,128 people were hurt in crashes in the year 2013 alone. Under California law, car accident victims may hold the ‘at fault’ party liable for…

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