April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: Dispute Over $500.00 Leads to Jury Verdict of $10,595.50

Amazing story in the case spotlight this month at the personal injury Law Offices of Alan M. Laskin in Sacramento CA. A few years ago, attorney Nathan J. Kabanuck went to trial in an interesting case that shows how the Law Offices of Alan Laskin will go to bat for a client over as small an amount as a few hundred dollars if it means protecting the client’s interests. This case is a rear-end collision that ended up in trial despite having straight-forward facts. Our client had minimal treatment, only two visits to Methodist Hospital immediately following the collision. Without medical insurance and the adverse insurance company not covering such bills, our client, Joseph, sought an attorney so they would […]
April 30, 2020

PG&E Being Sued for Butte Fire

The seventh largest wildfire in California history. Over 70,000 acres and 450 homes destroyed. Wild fires have always been a threat in California and the drought makes it so much worse. However, it is not expected that a mistake by a utility company could cause so much damage. A new lawsuit claims that PG&E and their maintenance contractor are to blame for the Butte fire that started on August 9, 2015. The Governor declared a state of emergency and the Butte fire was deemed a national disaster by the federal government.  FEMA and aid was sent into Amador and Calaveras County. Many people lost everything they own and two people lost their lives. This first lawsuit involves two plaintiffs who […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at Fault? Side-Swipe

As always when asking a fault question in Sacramento or Elk Grove CA the answer is “it depends.” I witnessed a side-swipe collision once and it made me think about how difficult it is to prove who is at fault when such a crash occurs. Without independent witnesses, it really becomes a “he said she said” situation. We were approaching an intersection and a GMC moved to the left to get into a left turn lane. This person was about four car lengths ahead of me. But I guess she changed her mind because then she drifted back into the left most through lane. A Ford Taurus that was already there laid on the horn to warn the GMC. The GMC noticed […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at fault? Exiting a Driveway

Sometimes you do not have the choice to exit a shopping center at a light. It is those times when drivers have to make an unprotected turn. When traffic is coming from the left and the right and you have to join them, it can be a daunting task. Motorists driving along the roads with driveways should always be on the lookout for exiting vehicles, but if they are going straight, they have the right-of-way. The drivers exiting must wait until the road is clear before pulling out into traffic. This rule is supported by California Vehicle Code section 21804 which states the driver of any vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from any public or private property, […]