Pain and suffering is a type of non-economic damage that is not quantifiable in dollars and cents. It refers to the physical and emotional pain that a person experiences as a result of an injury. In California, pain and suffering damages are typically calculated by a jury, who will consider factors such as the severity […]
What happens in a car accident if I don’t have auto insurance?
This situation is governed by Prop 213. In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 213, also known as the “No Pay, No Play” law. This law limits the recovery of non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, for uninsured drivers in California. If you were injured in a car accident and you were an uninsured driver, […]
I was bit by a dog on the street…Can I get compensation?
Frequently, people are injured outside of the home. Many of these accidents involve cars and auto insurance. But in the times they don’t, many people wonder who will pay for the injuries another caused.A good example is a dog bite when a neighbor’s dog gets loose. Even though it didn’t take place at their home, […]
Injured in a Rideshare Accident?
If you were injured in an accident caused by a rideshare vehicle like Uber or Lyft, you can make a claim for compensation. You can receive amounts for medical expenses, lost earnings and pain, suffering and inconvenience. If you are seriously injured, you should call 911 and take an ambulance to get medical attention as […]
Medical Treatment Without Health Insurance
Some of my clients, frequently after car accidents, don’t have health insurance. They are concerned they can’t receive medical treatment and see a doctor despite having serious injuries. In California, many uninsured injured claimants can be treated on a lien basis. This means that you do not need to have medical insurance or to pay […]
Can I have a concussion if I never lost consciousness?
People frequently contact me after serious car accidents complaining of Memory loss, Nausea, Headaches that worsen and unexplained Fatigue. These can be symptoms of a concussion or another mild traumatic brain injury. Even if you didn’t lose consciousness in an accident, you can still sustain serious, and sometimes permanent, brain injury. It’s important to get treatment […]
My car was repaired after an accident but is now worth less. What can I do?
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 […]
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 […]