May 24 by GJEL Staff

How does auto-medical payments insurance work?

When you are involved in an accident, the most concerning part is whether or not you have suffered any injuries, and if so, what the outcome of those injuries will be. In fact, most people agree that as long as everyone is okay, things like property damage to a car hardly matter.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

How much auto insurance do you need in California?

When an accident occurs in California, whether an automobile accident or an accident such as a slip and fall on someone else’s property, the way that injuries are almost always paid for is through liability insurance. Because California is an at-fault state, the insurance company of the person whose negligence caused the accident and related injuries is responsible for paying for the injured party’s damages.

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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 Happens If You Have a Car Accident Without 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

How To File a Personal Injury Lawsuit 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

Can Medicare take my entire personal injury 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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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.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What questions should I ask when interviewing a lawyer?

Many people ask, what are the questions they want answered when they’re interviewing a lawyer. This is a great initial question, as you will not be able to select the best lawyer to handle your case unless you know what questions you need to ask in order to research the issue. Here, our experienced San Jose personal injury attorneys have put together a list of seven important questions that you should consider asking a lawyer before hiring them to handle your case.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What if my child is bitten by a dog?

Dog bite injuries can be catastrophic. All too commonly, people ask me what to do if their child is bitten by a dog. Sometimes if it’s a minor bite, and a little fright, if it goes away and there’s one little doctor visit, my advice is, “Gee, let it go.” But, unfortunately we’ve seen some horrible dog bites in our career, with major permanent damage and scarring. And, in those cases, California has what’s called a Strict Liability Law for dog bites. So, unlike other kinds of injuries you don’t have to prove that the owner of the dog is negligent.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What if I get ‘doored’ while riding my bike?

If you do not regularly ride a bike in urban areas, it may sound odd, but a car door can be a lethal weapon. A driver or vehicle passenger suddenly opening a car door as you ride by can lead to a truly devastating injury. This type of accident is often referred to ‘getting doored’. Car door-related bike accidents are far more common than many people realize. Indeed, according to data collected and published by the League of American Bicyclists, approximately eight percent of all bike accidents occur as a result of a biker ‘getting doored’. This leads to an important question: If someone opens a door while you’re riding by on your bicycle, the question becomes, “who is at fault.”

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

What if I don’t feel the insurance company is making a fair offer on my car?

When you are involved in a crash in California, you will either turn to your own insurance company, or the insurance company of the other driver, in order to seek compensation for the damage to your vehicle. If the other driver was at fault – their insurance is responsible for paying; if you were at fault – you can file a claim through your own insurance company’s collision coverage policy (assuming you carry this coverage type). In some cases, you may have to file an uninsured motorist claim to recover compensation.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

If I’m rear-ended, is it always the other person’s fault?

Rear end collisions are one of the most common – but luckily one of the least serious – accident types. What is often most complex about these accidents, however, is not the extent of the injuries that they cause, but is determining who is to be held liable for damages. Because California is an at-fault, or tort liability state for car accidents, determining fault in all crashes that result in damages, even if those damages are minor, is important. It should also be noted, of course, that while most rear-end collisions are not serious, those that occur at high speeds have the potential to be very severe, and could even be fatal.

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May 24 by GJEL Staff

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

What happens if you got hurt in a car accident but did not realize the extent of your injuries until days or weeks later? What if your decision to delay seeking medical treatment exacerbated your injuries, resulting in the need for more extensive and costly medical treatment? Regardless of when you decided to seek medical treatment after the crash, an Oakland car accident lawyer can help.

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