California allows claims for diminution or diminished value. That means the owner of a vehicle might be entitled to recover the diminished value of your vehicle after an auto accident that wasn’t your fault. (A repaired vehicle is usually worth less than a vehicle that was never in an accident.) The statute of limitation on […]
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Should I sell my right to Future Medical Care in my workers comp case?
First, it’s important to know about the two types of settlements in Workers Compensation claims. One type is a Stipulation. With a Stipulation, an injured worker receives an award of permanent disability payments based on a rating but also keeps the right to seek additional medical care in the future. In other words, the worker […]
How much will I receive while unable to work after a work injury in California?
Once your claim is accepted, you can received TTD (*Total Temporary Disability) for up to 104 weeks if the treating doctor says you can’t work at your job.Starting in 2022, the maximum and minimum payments are going up in California. The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announces that the 2022 minimum and maximum temporary total […]
I became infected with Covid at work. What are my rights?
In California, employees are entitled to workers compensation benefits if they contract Covid-19 at work. The state advises employers: “You should encourage workers to notify their employer and file a workers’ compensation claim if they think they contracted COVID-19 at work.”How do you prove you caught Covid at work versus exposure outside of work?California passed […]
I was bit by a dog! What do I do?
In California, dog bites are treated specially. California Civil Code Section 3342 says: ” The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, regardless of the […]
What are my rights if I’m hurt at work in California?
In California, Workers’ compensation benefits provide employees with the medical treatment you need to recover from your work related injury or illness. They also provide TTD which is compensation to partially replace the wages you lose while you are recovering, and can include other help you return to work such as training. If you are […]
After a car accident, the insurance adjuster wants to take my recorded statement. Should I do this?
After a collision, you may be contacted by an insurance adjuster who represents the other driver. They will often ask you about your injuries and want you to sign an authorization so they can get your medical records and ask you to give a recorded statement. People often assume that they have to do this. […]
What court is the right court?
When it comes to personal injury claims (e.g. dog bites, car accidents), there are many factors that determine how to get the best result. One claims are relatively minor (fender bender with pain for a couple weeks and minimal chiropractic bills). These claims, if not settled favorably with the insurance adjuster, are often best resolved […]
How can I pick the best lawyer for my personal injury case?
Finding the right lawyer can be tough! Your lawyer should have experience with your type of case. Your lawyer should have a track record of success. Your lawyer should have the respect of his or her peers. Your lawyer should be willing and able to fight vigorously for your interests while acting with solid ethics […]
Will my personal injury lawyer file suit?
Most claims are settled before a lawsuit needs to be filed. When you hire a lawyer, they will usually gather all the documentation and prepare a demand package. That package is sent to the other party’s insurance (assuming they have insurance) and the attorney will try to negotiate a settlement to avoid the time and […]