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Why should you call a personal injury lawyer before you call the other person's insurance company?

The insurance agent, as well as the insurance company of the at-fault driver will try to position themselves in a way that they make the most profit out of any situation. They will usually be the first phone call you make after an accident, or if not, they will call you soon after, and from there they usher you down a road that will lead them to the most profit or least financial loss. 

Wrongful Death

Whenever a loved one dies as a result of an accident that is caused by another person, the law makes provisions for survivors to receive compensation. This type of an action is called "wrongful death," and provides compensation for the survivors' loss, such as lost projected wages from the deceased, lost companionship, and even the your loved ones medical bills & funeral expenses. 

Tips on how to stay safe when riding a motorcycle

If there's a dream trip through California, whether you're a motorcyclist or not, it's U.S. Highway 101, the last remaining and longest U.S. route still active in the state. It's also one of the first U.S. routes ever created back in 1926. There is probably no other highway in the nation that encompasses so much natural beauty, history, and social/cultural personality as this 808.1 mile stretch of road.

Hidden costs of a car accident

One of the "dirty little secrets" of insurance companies is that adjusters are often paid bonuses when they can settle a claim within a certain period of time. Naturally, this forces them to settle accident claims as quickly and as economically as possible. Unfortunately, this does not allow them to take much, if anything, beyond your current situation into consideration when it comes to accident claims. An insurance payoff might cover your car repair and current medical expenses, but what about the tomorrow, next week, next month, etc.? What happens when you have further expenses related to your accident such as the costs of additional medical expenses, loss of earnings, potential long-term physical and mental care, and emotional trauma for you, your spouse, and your family?

What makes an ethical personal injury attorney?

If you are looking for personal injury attorney in California, there are many qualities you are probably looking for. You are naturally looking for someone who is experienced and successful in the handling of personal injury cases, of course, but you also want to look for someone who has something deeper, something that is instinctive, something that goes farther than just knowledge of the California personal injury laws. 

What makes a successful personal injury lawyer?

If you are in a situation where you have sustained a personal injury and are now in search of a reputable lawyer, you are probably giving serious thought to which personal injury lawyer you want to hire to represent you. And as easy as it might be to quickly search the internet for lawyers in your area, you will probably find yourself faced with too many choices, while in the midst of the aftermath of the accident. You don't have the time, energy nor knowledge of who you can trust to represent you. 

Prop 46: Increase in Cap on Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Initiative

Proposition 46 increases the cap on pain and suffering damages that can be assessed in medical negligence lawsuits to over $1 million. Proposition 46 provides for random drug and alcohol testing, thus screening doctors as a method of protecting patients from impaired physicians and preventing medical malpractice claims from ever occurring. 

Prop 45: Insurance Companies Required to Justify Their Rates to the Public Initiative

Proposition 45 requires health insurance companies to justify rate increases to the public and receive approval for rate changes by the California Insurance Commissioner. This policy currently applies to all forms of insurance other than health insurance.

The Biggest Mistake People Make After Being in an Car Accident

The time that follows your car accident can be an extremely stressful and uncertain period. In the immediate aftermath of an accident there are so many overwhelming questions and decisions. When and how will I be able to get back to work? How will I pay my medical bills? How will I meet my living expenses, and how will I get back to living a normal life?

How to avoid an auto accident injury

When you've been injured in an automobile accident, you are probably looking back and wondering if there was something that you could do to avoid it. In many cases there was. Here are several tips on things you can do to help avoid getting into an accident. Many of them might seem like common sense, but you would be surprised how many people don't do them. For more information on avoiding auto accidents, contact our expert Oakland car accident attorneys. Expect the worst - When you are driving you should always be keeping an eye on the vehicles around you and leaving yourself with room to scoot to the side, speed up, or slow down, with the assumption that the other drivers will probably do something risky. This way, you are ready for it. You should always have a way out, which means you don't want to only be feet behind the car in front of you 

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