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  • Expert Witnesses: Who They Are and How to Vet Them

    Steven Effres was quoted in Valley Lawyer, a publication of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association. Click on the link below and turn to page 18. https://sfvba.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/VL-August-lowres.pdf
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  • Protecting Your Rights After An Auto Accident

    The moments that immediately follow a car accident can be confusing and chaotic. However, these moments may be the most important to the outcome of any potential insurance or legal disputes related to the accident. Performing the correct steps following an accident may mean the difference between having your medical bills and other expenses paid for you, or having to pay them yourself. Following a ...
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  • DUI And Personal Injury: Who Really Pays?

    Intoxicated motorists - drunk drivers - are responsible for about thirty percent of the fatal accidents in the United States. It doesn't take much alcohol to get to the legal limit, which in all fifty states is a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent. Just one drink can impair anyone's driving skills. The National Commission Against Drunk Driving says that more than 250,000 are injured by ...
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  • The Gas Leak At Porter Ranch - What Went Wrong?

    About 30,000 Californians live in Porter Ranch, an upscale community of gated developments northwest of Burbank. A typical Porter Ranch home exceeds 4,000 square feet and sells for $1 million or more - at least, that was the selling price before October. It's a family-oriented community that provided good schools, attractive landscapes, clean air, and a general sense of security. All of that has ...
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  • Social Media And Personal Injury: What You Need To Know

    Most of us who enjoy using Facebook and other online social media sites do so to share important parts of our lives with family and friends. While social media can be convenient and useful as well as entertaining, remember that no matter what you do to adjust the "privacy" settings, everything that you post on Facebook, Twitter, or on any other social media site is recorded, stored somewhere, and ...
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  • Car Accident Property Damage Claims

    This article is a general overview of the insurance claims process for vehicles damaged in California traffic accidents. The same process applies whether your vehicle was a car or a motorcycle. Insurance Coverage Under California law, every private passenger motor vehicle driver must have at least $35,000 in liability insurance or cash deposit with the DMV. Liability insurance compensates a person ...
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  • Health Insurance Claim Form 1500 & Your Personal Injury Case

    A large portion of personal injury settlements involve compensation for past or future medical expenses. That is because a person injured by another’s wrongful conduct is entitled to recover from the wrongdoer the reasonable value of medical care and services reasonably required and attributable to the wrongful conduct. Usually, past medical expenses can be proved by submitting unpaid medical ...
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  • Insurance Tip from a California Motorcycle Accident Attorney

    In a car you're always in a compartment, and because you're used to it, you don't realize that through that car window, everything you see is just more TV. You're a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle, the frame is gone. You're completely in contact with it all. You're in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. ...
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  • Restitution Following a Personal Injury Settlement

    When a car accident involves criminal conduct, including drunk driving or a hit-and-run incident, the injured victim’s compensation may include a personal injury settlement from the defendant’s car insurance company and restitution from the criminal defendant to cover the contingency attorney fee on the settlement. To obtain a personal injury settlement from the defendant’s car insurance company, ...
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  • What You Need to Prove Your Personal Injury Case

    When people are held responsible for their actions, they are more likely to act in a safe and responsible manner. This maxim is the theory behind the American tort system, which gives us personal injury lawsuits. Our personal injury courts and their counterparts ensure that fault is determined, fair compensation is paid to accident victims, and all parties — including those found to be at fault — ...
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  • The Role of Insurance in a Personal Injury Case

    In nearly every personal injury and wrongful death case, it is the insurance company that is responsible for payment of damages. This includes automobile accident cases, slip and fall cases, dog bite cases, and even medical malpractice cases. In nearly all of these cases, the injured plaintiffs are required to name as defendants the negligent persons or entities only ; California law does not ...
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  • Damages Recoverable in Insurance Bad Faith Claims

    When your insurance company refuses to honor the terms of its legal policy, and refuses to pay out a valid claim, you can file an insurance bad faith claim to recover damages. In a bad faith claim, you can claim damages that will compensate you for the financial as well as emotional damages that you have suffered as a result of the claims denial. Dealing with bad-faith tactics can be emotionally ...
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  • Patient Access to Medical Records Can Reduce the Risk of Errors

    Many patients have no idea how to access their medical records. They may not realize that when they have access to all the information that is in these records, they have a better chance of avoiding medical errors. Many healthcare experts now recommend that consumers begin requesting the healthcare information in their medical records. They believe that such information in the hands of patients ...
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  • Common Injuries in Motorcycle Accidents

    A motorcyclist has little protection in the event of an accident, which exposes him to the risk of a variety of injuries. In a typical accident, a motorcyclist may suffer from the following injuries: Fractures or broken bones are the most common injuries in a motorcycle accident. Typically, the motorcyclist may suffer fractures of the lower extremities, including leg, knee, ankle, and foot ...
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  • Study on Senior Motorists Yield Interesting Findings

    The topic of seniors and driving safety is a sensitive one, and many seniors will bristle at the suggestion that they give up their driving privileges. A new study that was conducted by Caring.com found that approximately 14 million Americans between the age of 18 and 64 reported being involved in an accident involving a senior motorist above the age of 65 in the past 12 months. The risk of ...
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