May 24 by GJEL Staff

FAQ: Personal Injuries That Occur While 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.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

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

If you recently got hurt in a serious accident, can you recover lost wages by filing a personal injury claim? In short, the answer is 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 if necessary, to explain why it was that the nature of your injuries prevented you from returning to your type of work for as long as it took.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

Is it legal to ride my bike in a crosswalk?

Many bicyclists in the Bay Area wonder: Do I have to walk my bike across the crosswalks in California? Technically, in the state you are supposed to walk your bike whenever you are in a crosswalk. Indeed, under California Vehicle Code 21200, which governs the operation of bicycles in the state, it is unlawful to ride across a crosswalk. For your own health and safety, the best thing you can do is to get off your bike when crossing the street. That being said, if a serious bicycle accident does occur while you are riding in a crosswalk, do not automatically assume that you are the party at fault.

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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 if I was in an accident and don’t have insurance?

All drivers in the state of California are required to have car insurance. Liability insurance pays for injuries that you cause to others when you cause a crash, and other types of insurance, such as medical payments coverage, collision coverage, and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage help to pay for injuries or damages that you sustain in a crash, sometimes regardless of fault. Insurance is very important – if you don’t have insurance and you cause an accident, you could be held personally liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damages to others, and if you are injured in an accident, there may be no way to recover compensation for your economic and non-economic losses.

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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

How do I file a personal injury claim in California?

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 contact you, and then they will take a recorded statement from you over the phone as to your version of the facts and they will send you some forms to fill out. Sometimes it makes sense to do it this way, if you want to resolve it quickly, if you don’t want any hassle it can be a very good way to go.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

How long is my case going to take?

A common question is, “How long is my case going to take?” And, another common question asked in conjunction with that: “Is my case going to take longer if I hire a lawyer?” Ultimately, there is no way to provide truly concrete, reliable answers to these questions. The length of a personal injury case can vary considerably.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

If I’m on Medicare, can they take my entire recovery?

Injured victims who are on Medicare often wonder whether or not Medicare will simply take control of their entire personal injury settlement/judgment. Is it even worth putting in the effort to go through the claims process? The answer is yes, it always worth your time.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

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

Getting hurt in an accident can be confusing and frustrating, especially when you need to file a lawsuit in order to seek compensation for your losses. At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we are here to help injured plaintiffs through every stage of the litigation process.

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