San Diego Car Accident Attorney

Justice for San Diego Car Accident Victims Were you injured in a car accident in California? If you were, you have a lot of unanswered questions. “How will I pay for my medical bills?” “Should I talk to the insurance company?” “Should I give a recorded statement?” “How long will this take?” “How much is my case worth?” There are so many things worrying you, your head is getting dizzy. The laws governing motor vehicle accidents are numerous, and even experienced attorneys need help keeping track of all of it. But as an injured victim, you don’t need to try and learn all of that. It’s important for you to know what your rights are, and what you need to do to protect those rights. With so many things to worry about, let us fight the insurance company and get the compensation you deserve. General Rule: You have a right … Read More

Tinnitus after a San Diego car accident

 Tinnitus Discussion – San Diego, CA Car Accident Lawyer What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the experience of noise or ringing in your ears, when no actual external noise is present. Tinnitus is a common problem: 1 in 5 people experience it (more than 50 million people). Tinnitus itself is not a disease or a condition. It is actually a symptom of another underlying condition, such as hearing loss related to age, or an ear injury. Roughly 20 million people experience chronic tinnitus, and 2 million experience severe and debilitating tinnitus. Types of Tinnitus There are three general “types” of tinnitus: Tonal tinnitus. This is where the ringing or perceived sounds are continuous with well-defined frequencies. Pulsatile tinnitus. The perception of pulsating sounds, often in sync with your heartbeat. Musical tinnitus. The victim hears “music.”  Sometimes it’s the same song on a constant loop. This form of tinnitus is very rare. … Read More

I was in a hit and run accident, who can I sue?

Injured in a Hit and Run Accident in California? Did someone hit you and take off? Never stopping to see if you were okay, or to exchange insurance information? That’s a hit and run accident, where you don’t know the driver or the owner of the car that hit you. Sometimes they’ll hit you and run off right away. Sometimes they’ll pretend to stop and then take off once you put your car in park. Occasionally you have a Good Samaritan who was able to get the person’s license plate number to report to the police. Unfortunately, there are times when you won’t have that information, and the driver gets away with his crime. If someone hits me and runs, can I sue anyone? If you have Uninsured Motorist Coverage (UIM), the answer is yes. If you have UIM coverage, your insurance company steps into the role of having to … Read More

When does hiring a lawyer increase the value of a San Diego personal injury case?

When does hiring a lawyer increase the value of a San Diego personal injury case? Studies by the Insurance Research Council (an insurance organization) consistently show, injured victims who hire attorneys to represent them in their car accident cases, recover 40% to 350% more than those who don’t. Why? Because insurance companies hire adjusters to pay you as little as they can get away with. So if you don’t hire an attorney, they will often refuse to pay you reasonable value for your injuries. Without a reasonable threat of a lawsuit, they will offer unreasonably low amounts, hoping you get frustrated and settle. Unfortunately this happens enough for them to keep with this strategy. When hiring a San Diego personal injury attorney doesn’t help There are times when perhaps hiring a lawyer will not help. When the accident, injuries and medical costs are relatively minor, you might not gain a financial … Read More

Insurance Policy Limits in California Car Accidents

Policy Limits in California Vehicle Accidents What are auto insurance policy limits? Policy limits are the highest amount an insurance company has to pay on a policy. If someone hits you and causes injury, you are entitled to recover money from that person. This money includes paying you back for your medical bills, lost time at work, but also your pain and suffering. That driver should have auto insurance (it is illegal to drive in California without insurance). This insurance will cover the amounts the driver owes you. However, the insurance company is only obligated to pay up to the limit of the policy that driver chose. In California the minimum coverage someone can buy is $15,000.00/$30,000.00. In other words, if you are injured and your case is worth $30,000, the other driver’s insurance company will only pay up to $15,000.00. The rest of the money has to come from the … Read More

Rear-end car accidents in California

Rear End Collision Attorney San Diego, California If you were injured in a rear-end accident in California, keep reading to learn about your rights and steps you need take after the accident. California, with the large population and lack of public transportation, has one of the highest traffic volumes in the United States. This leads to many rear-end accidents. What is the California Law on Rear-End Car Accidents? There are two basic statutes that cover rear-end accidents. Usually the car in the rear is found at fault in these accidents. Not always, but usually. California’s Basic Speed Law (CVC 22350). This law states,“No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent having due regard for weather, visibility, the traffic on, and the surface and width of, the highway, and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.” … Read More

Mitigation of damages after a California Car Accident

What is mitigation of damages in California car accident cases? Mitigation of damages is a rule in California, that says if you are injured because of someone else’s actions, you must do what you reasonably can to recover from these injuries. In essence, reducing or minimizing the harm you suffer due to the accident. For example, someone injures your leg. You can go treat it with the doctor and fully heal, but instead you let the injury get worse until a major procedure needs to be performed on your leg. If the defendant can prove that you would have suffered less if you took reasonable steps, then the jury can reduce your award. However, the mitigation must be reasonable according to the specific facts and circumstances. There must not be undue hardship and difficulty in the steps you take to mitigate damages. This rule is designed to eliminate an intentional run-up … Read More

Breast implant damage after a car accident

When you are in a serious car accident with a severe impact, any part of your body can be damaged, even breast implants. Several things can cause breast implant injuries during a collision. Seatbelt tightening right over the implant Airbag inflation Force of impact causing your body to violently toss back and forth Direct trauma to the chest area Different types of breast implant injuries caused by San Diego vehicle accidents Ruptured breast implant Ruptured breast implants after a car accident is usually caused by direct trauma to the breast. Seatbelt tightening, or your body shaking loose from the seatbelt and hitting another part of the vehicle. Saline implants will usually just deflate and you will know right away, or several days after, as the saline is absorbed by your body. Silicone filled breast implant rupture after a vehicle collision Silicone filled breast implant ruptures are sometimes harder to detect. Sometimes the … Read More

How Auto Insurance Claims Adjusters Evaluate Car Accident Claims

How does an auto adjuster value your case? After an accident, you file a claim with the insurance company. Very soon thereafter, someone from the insurance company will contact you to ask about details of the accident. This person is usually called an insurance adjuster. They investigate the claims by gathering information, evidence, statements, records and documents. But that does not mean they evaluate your case fairly. They will come up with the flimsy arguments on why your case isn’t worth as much as it should be. How an adjuster values your accident claim There is a progression to these interviews. The first interview will usually be brief, with just a few questions. Who was involved, what cars were involved, if the police were called, whether anyone was injured and/or transported to a hospital. Each interview after that will be more in depth. They’ll ask which way the cars were … Read More

Is Uber or Lyft responsible for your injuries?

Uber and Lyft Liability For Accidents If an Uber or Lyft driver crashes into you and causes severe injuries, is the ridesharing company responsible for their driver’s actions? As of May 2016, Uber and Lyft both entered into separate settlements classifying their drivers as “independent contractors.” A federal judge in San Francisco is deciding whether to approve or disapprove of the agreement. If approved, Uber drivers will be considered independent contractors and not actual employees of the company, for employment and labor purposes. This decision affects drivers’ rights to benefits, tax withholdings, workers’ compensation, and other labor related issues. As we are a personal injury and car accident law firm, focusing exclusively on serious and catastrophic injuries, we will look at how this agreement affects their responsibility should a driver run over a pedestrian or causes a car wreck. All Uber and Lyft Drivers carry insurance if they are logged in … Read More