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Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? An Efficient Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You…!!!

Injured in a Motorcycle Accident? An Efficient Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You…!!!

Motorcycle accidents often result in serious or even fatal injuries because of the lack of protection motorcyclists have while riding, and the mechanics of motorcycle crashes. Motorcycle accidents can touch on many areas of law, such as product liability, personal injury, and property rights. Recovery can take many months with significant lost earnings and mounting medical bills. How Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Help You? In the hours and days after your motorcycle accident, you may be confused and unsure of what to do next. All you can do is, consult a personal injury attorney in San Diego. They’ll help you with the following process: 1. Understanding the accident A lawyer can help you to understand the accident Take some time to review the facts of the accident in order to better explain what happened and who was at fault. 2. Identifying the evidence Every motorcycle accident will result in physical evidence that law attorneys will need to evaluate. Getting together police reports, witness statements, photos of the accident scene, and any other physical evidence will assist a motorcycle accident attorney evaluate the case. 3. Insurance Policy If you are planning to consult with a personal injury attorney in San Diego during the motorcycle insurance claim process, know what your policy says and connect it to the damages you suffered. 4. Negotiate with the insurance company Their legal team will fight to make sure the insurance company respects your rights and gives you the compensation you need to move on with your life. Not only an efficient law firm will do their best to get you compensation, but also... read more
Characteristics of Successful Law Firms

Characteristics of Successful Law Firms

Most successful and dynamic San Diego business litigation attorneys have certain characteristics or hallmarks that distinguish them from their competitors. Some of these are listed as follows: Committed to Quality Successful law firms recognize that “quality work” has a dual meaning: technical quality (how good is the work?) and service quality (did the client have a positive experience dealing with the firm?). They meet both technical quality and service quality through their efficient work. Comprehensive Business Plan A successful law firm has a comprehensive business plan & review and updates the business plan on an ongoing basis. Competent, Hard-Working, Focused Lawyers A successful law firm has a bunch of competent, hard-working and focused lawyers. They must have a focus and each lawyer should develop specialized expertise consistent with the firm’s mission. Esprit de Corps Successful law firms have a team of espirit de corps, including a willingness to share work and clients. Firms with this attribute are composed of lawyers who care about and respect the persons for whom and with whom they work. Personal Bonding Lawyers of successful law firms recognize that technology such as emails, blogs, cell phones, voice mail and social media cannot replace personal relationships, personal integrity, and rapport with clients. Diversity Successful law firms must have a respect for diversity regarding ideas, gender, age, ethnic background, religion and education. Does your business attorney in San Diego possess these characters? If not, it’s high time that you develop these... read more
Everything You Ought To Know About Hiring Personal Injury Attorneys

Everything You Ought To Know About Hiring Personal Injury Attorneys

Experiencing a personal injury accident is difficult enough, but facing the legal battle is a whole separate battle in itself. You may be considering hiring a personal injury claim attorney. To help you make this decision, here are the five benefits of hiring a personal injury attorney in San Diego. 1. An Attorney Understand the Legal Process Better Even if you have a good idea of what your personal injury settlement might be worth, you will be unfamiliar with the legal procedures involved. This includes not knowing which exact legal documents to file, how to complete the forms properly, your statute of limitation etc. This gap in your legal knowledge may allow the insurance companies to beat you on a legal technicality. 2. An attorney knows how much your claim is worth A personal injury claim attorney has years of experience dealing with injury settlement cases related to yours. In addition, many personal injury claim lawyers have access to private databases that show the final settlement reached for various types of insurance claims. 3. Knowledge of the Litigation Process Personal injury lawyers have spent years studying the litigation process. Whether it is filing motions, defending motions or taking depositions, a skilled personal injury attorney can navigate the treacherous waters of our modern day litigation system. 4. Time Saving Consulting a personal injury attorney can be time saving as a personal injury lawyer has the time to order medical records, investigative reports, meet with doctors, and communicate with insurance adjusters. Hiring a San Diego personal injury attorney is a big decision. Make sure you understand the benefits you will receive.... read more
Qualities to Look Out For in a Good Lawyer

Qualities to Look Out For in a Good Lawyer

Some people wait until something goes wrong to consult with a lawyer, but in today’s litigious society, that isn’t the smartest idea. So it is important to choose a good lawyer in advance. If you’re searching for litigation attorneys in San Diego, here are some qualities to look out for in a good lawyer. Experience Although it’s not essential to find an expert, make sure the lawyer has rich experience regarding various laws. Ability To Communicate If the lawyer speaks in legalese and doesn’t bother to explain the terms he or she uses, you should look for someone else. Availability Will the lawyer be available at your convenience, not his or hers? How quickly can you expect emergency phone calls to be returned? Rapport Is this someone you can get along with? Good chemistry will ensure a better relationship and more positive results for your business. References Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Ask what types of cases the lawyer has worked with in the past. Get a list of clients you can contact to discuss competence, service and fees. Reasonable Fees Lawyers charge rates per hour, depending on the location, size of the case as well as the lawyer’s reputation and experience. Shop around to get quotes from several firms before making a decision. Before you meet with or call your personal or business lawyer in San Diego, have the necessary documents with you and know exactly what you want to... read more
Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Required, No. Necessary, Maybe. Recommended, Yes. Every day, hundreds of people are injured in California due to someone else’s negligence. Not all of these incidents require an attorney. The American legal system allows most plaintiffs to represent themselves. There are plenty of times an injured person has handled their own negotiations with an insurance company or their own claim against a defendant. You may be fine in doing so if your injuries are minor or the insurance company is already offering the policy maximum. Generally, however, receiving fair compensation for your personal injuries from an insurance company requires the leverage and knowledge that a reputable personal injury attorney can provide. Additionally, handling your own case comes with several risks, such as missing a filing deadline, misunderstanding your rights, misdiagnosing a minor injury that could turn out to be worse than expected in the future, or providing a statement to the insurance company that could hurt your case later. Personal injury lawyers in San Diego have the legal knowledge and the negotiating expertise to help you obtain a just amount for your injuries. If your injuries are more than minor or the insurance company is not offering you fair compensation, then hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is an effective way to make sure that the insurance company does not take any undue advantage of you. You may also need a lawyer because of complex legal rules or concepts involved in a particular claim or because your injuries are severe or unique causing compensation assessments to vary greatly. Personal injury attorneys have experience with objectively assessing claims like yours and... read more
Understanding the Medical Payments Coverage in Your Auto Insurance Policy

Understanding the Medical Payments Coverage in Your Auto Insurance Policy

What Is Medical Payment Coverage? Medical Payment Coverage (commonly known as “Med-Pay”) is an add-on option to your automobile insurance policy which is intended to cover the reasonable medical expenses of the insured driver and/or the driver’s passengers incurred as a result of an auto accident. The amount of Med-Pay available is determined by the specific limits purchased by the insured. The Med-Pay policy add-on is discretionary in California and provides an additional source of funds for individuals injured in automobile accidents without having to establish liability. Nager v. Allstate Ins. Co. (2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 284, 290. Whether you cause an accident, or are simply involved in an accident caused by another driver, Med-Pay is available to the insured recipient and his or her passengers regardless of fault. Med-Pay is offered by almost all automobile insurance carriers throughout the country. In other States, Med-Pay coverage is mandatory and known as “PIP Coverage” or “Personal Injury Protection (PIP);” For example, the States of New York, New Jersey and Florida have such a mandate. As referenced above, Med-Pay only covers “reasonable medical expenses” incurred as a result of an auto related accident up to the limit purchased per person in your vehicle. For example, most auto insurance carriers deem the following as reasonable medical expenses: Emergency Ambulance Transport Emergency Hospital Services Radiological Testing (X-Rays, MRI, CT Scans) Surgical Procedures Hospital Bills Physician Bills Pharmacy Bills Chiropractic Care Physical Therapy Pain Management Care Acupuncture Therapy Typical Med-Pay limits seen in California are $1,000, $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000. Some larger carriers, i.e. Allstate and State Farm, offer Med-Pay Coverage of $100,000 or more... read more
I HAVE JUST BEEN SUED IN SAN DIEGO – NOW WHAT?

I HAVE JUST BEEN SUED IN SAN DIEGO – NOW WHAT?

 I HAVE JUST BEEN SUED IN SAN DIEGO – NOW WHAT? Relax. Step back and take a deep breath. Being sued is stressful and unpleasant, but, whether this is a claim for breach of contract, negligence, fraud, or a neighborly dispute over your property boundary, it is simply a new problem that requires your attention. Civil courts resolve personal and business disputes between parties typically where money, property, or injury is at issue. The parties involved in a civil lawsuit can either hire lawyers to represent them or can represent themselves without an attorney, which is known as pro se. The person suing you, the plaintiff, must prove their claims in court. Keep in mind that in California over 90% of lawsuits settle before trial. Copy and read the complaint and summons. The lawsuit you received will include a summons and complaint. You should immediately make a copy or two of the paperwork. Keep the original to give to your lawyer (or for your file if you choose to represent yourself). The summons notifies you that you have been sued and advises you of the time deadline to file your response. The complaint contains the claims being made against you (what you are claimed to have done wrong) and what the plaintiff wants from you, for example, the plaintiff may be suing you for breach of contract and seeking money damages or to stop you from taking certain actions (known as an injunction) or both. You should read the complaint and take notes. You should also begin to compile all of your relevant documents, letters, emails, contracts, bills, photographs,... read more
HOW DO LAWYERS GET PAID

HOW DO LAWYERS GET PAID

HOW DO LAWYERS GET PAID One of the first objectives in establishing the lawyer–client relationship is defining the terms of payment. Hiring a lawyer or law firm to analyze or resolve your legal issue is always an  option, but often comes with a price tag you may not be willing to pay. From a practical standpoint, it follows that prospective clients should consider and understand the varying types of lawyer  compensation agreements before entering into any legal representation or fee agreement. Generally speaking, there are three broad types of lawyer compensation agreements: hourly fee agreements, continency fee agreements, and flat fee agreements. There are also variations of these agreements prospective clients should also be familiar with. Hourly Fee Agreements Hourly fee agreements are perhaps are the most common  agreements entered into by the lawyer and client.  Under this type of agreement, the lawyer is paid an agreed-upon hourly rate for all legal services rendered on the client’s behalf until the matter is ultimately resolved. Hourly fee agreements are typical in matters involving business and contract disputes, divorce   proceedings, white collar crimes, fraud, and complex criminal cases. The hourly rate for the particular legal  matter is always disclosed and agreed upon by the attorney and client in advance and in writing. Although lawyers’ hourly rates are variable, they are regulated by Bar Association and state  specific laws. Generally, lawyers’ hourly rates are required to be reasonable as compared with other lawyers of similar experience, expertise and practice area. Retainer Agreements Most lawyers that enter into an hourly fee agreement with their clients require an up front payment (a retainer)... read more
CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAWYER

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAWYER

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LAWYER The time has come, you have decided to hire a lawyer. Now what? First, you must determine which type of lawyer you will need. In many circumstances this will be self evident. For example, if you have been arrested for the commission of a crime, your search will begin with a criminal lawyer. Or, perhaps you have been injured by another party who you believe is primarily responsible. In this instance your first move would be to contact a personal injury lawyer. Other cases may be more complex and therefore the area of law that your issue may fall under is less obvious. In this scenario, when you are uncertain of which type of lawyer you may need, your best option is to ask a lawyer. If you have ever hired a lawyer to perform any type of legal service on your behalf, or consulted with a lawyer for any reason, you can start there. Most lawyers are equipped to easily identify your legal issue and refer you to another lawyer that either specializes or practices within the specific area of law related to your issue. If you have not hired or consulted with a lawyer in the past, ask a colleague, friend, or relative, chances are you know someone that has. In the event that you are still uncertain of which type of lawyer you may need, your next option is to contact a   general practitioner. This is an attorney that practices several different areas of law but does not specialize in one particular area. A general practitioner can  identify your legal needs... read more