Archive for the ‘Auto Accident’ Category

You’re meeting with your attorney for the first time… What should you bring with you?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

I am asked this all the time, “what am I supposed to bring with me to the meeting?”

Here are three things that every client should bring to their first meeting with me.

First and most important, bring any writings you have that details the facts or the witnesses or pictures of the collision. In addition, it is always best to do so as soon after the incident in question when the evidence is still there, memories are still clear, and witnesses are still at the scene.

The second thing is to bring pictures of the cars. Particularly bring pictures of the other driver’s car. Why is this so key? Typically you always have access to the car you were in, or that you were driving at the time of the collision, but it’s usually harder for you to get a picture of the other driver’s vehicle before you consult with a lawyer.

Finally bring in all your insurance policies. Your health insurance, your car insurance, your disability insurance, and any insurance policy you may have. I will sort through those policies for you. Together we will find out what types of coverage’s you have and the terms of your coverage. This helps figure out what you can expect in your personal injury case.

If you have additional questions regarding any injury case or our first meeting, I want you to call me at (559) 436-0850.  I welcome your call.  Visit videos for more videos and media content from my law firm.

Do you have to accept the insurance company’s offer for your car?

Thursday, January 13th, 2022

You were involved in an accident and your car is a total loss. The insurance company makes you a monetary offer to replace your vehicle. Do you have to accept that offer if you don’t think it is fair?

The answer to that is no, but you must be prepared to present the adjuster with comparable vehicles. Vehicles of the same model, from the same year, with similar features. If the amount they’ve offered you is not enough to buy a car of that meets those requirements, then it’s simply not going to be a fair offer.

Another “trick” the insurance companies try to pull, is they try and get you to retain the “salvage value” of the car. If you want to get as much money as possible for your car, it is best to let them take the salvage not for you to retain it.

If you have additional questions regarding any injury or reimbursement for a vehicle involved in a car crash, I want you to contact  me by call at (559) 436-0850.  I welcome your call.  Visit videos for more videos and media content from my law firm.

Delayed symptoms after a car accident… What should you do?

Friday, January 7th, 2022

You were involved in an accident and felt no physical pain or discomfort. However, after a few days, you’re starting to feel something’s not right.

This is actually very common after a car crash,  when your adrenaline’s running, you’re in fight or flight mode. You’re really not paying attention to how you’re feeling at the moment because you’re so excited. But you finally get home and start feeling symptoms. Common symptoms are stomach pain, swelling, dizziness, and fainting.

Sure it can appear suspicious to the insurance company but it is far more common than you would think. The fact is these symptoms can be signs of more serious injuries that you didn’t realize you suffered at the time of all the commotion from the collision.

If you find yourself in this situation you need to consult an attorney so they can help explain these things to you and help you get the right treatment that you need to get your injuries resolved.

If you have additional questions regarding any injury from a car crash, I want you to contact me by call at (559) 436-0850.  I welcome your call.  Visit videos for more videos and media content from my law firm.

My insurance company is calling. Should I return the calls?

Monday, December 6th, 2021

You have been in an auto accident in California.  Maybe there are different perspectives on what happened.  Maybe you or others were injured.  You probably have questions about what happens next with the other side, insurance companies, and attorneys.  Perhaps they are already contacting you.  You’re wondering how you should respond.

It is important to differentiate between your own insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company.  When you have your own insurance company calling, you have a duty to cooperate and return their calls.  They can deny coverage if you do not cooperate with them.  The information you provide helps them to investigate liability in the case, and this process may uncover facts that affect your results.  If you have retained an attorney by the time your insurance company calls – which is often the case – your attorney can handle those calls.

It is also important to identify the insurance company of the other driver, as other concerns can arise if they have the same insurance company that you have.  We will address those concerns in another article.  Watch the video to learn more.

If you have additional questions about auto accidents and talking to insurance companies, I want you to call me at 559-234-0971.  I welcome your call.  Visit our educational website at for more videos and media content from our law firm.

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