April 30, 2020

Car Safety While Pregnant

The daughter of a Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law client who is acting as a Guardian ad Litem for her brothers is very pregnant at the moment. We needed her to come into the Laskin Balma Law offices to sign some paperwork, but were worried about her safety because she is due any day now. Some cursory research into driving while pregnant showed that cars can be pretty much as safe for pregnant drivers and passengers as for non-pregnant people with just a few modifications. Here is a list of recommendations compiled from multiple sources: 1. If you are taking a long trip, get out of the car and walk around every couple of hours to avoid blood clots. 2. […]
April 30, 2020

What is Bad Faith?

When a client has uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage it is part of our job at Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law in Sacramento California to make sure we pursue those claims if the third-party case settles for policy limits. There is the idea out there that it is easier to deal with your own insurance company and that they should just hand over the remaining “new money” on a policy because they want to keep their insureds happy. Unfortunately, this is not the case. You are not in good hands, they are not like a good neighbor, and you can’t rely on them to take care of you. At the end of the day, your insurance company is still an insurance company […]
April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: Settlement Over Policy Limits in Auto vs. Pedestrian Case

Congratulations are in order for attorney Jeffrey C. Arnold. He recently obtained a large settlement that exceeded the available insurance policy limits. He only had to file the lawsuit and the adverse insurance company caved immediately. He sent them medical records and billings that showed our client had $58,824.95 in medical services. And that was only one bill, because we were still waiting on four other facilities to send us their billing records. This was enough information to demand the policy limits of $100,000.00. We gave them a deadline and the adverse insurance company did not accept our demand. In order to “open” a policy, you have to demand the policy limits and give the other side sufficient information to […]
April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: Dunlap v. Folsom Lake Ford, $11,400,000 verdict

Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law in Sacramento & Elk Grove CA recently took a very interesting case to trial that may have a huge impact on personal injury cases in the future. Our client, Robert Dunlap was driving a truck owned by William Chapman when the steering locked up. He lost control of the vehicle, and hit the center median. The truck rolled two and a half times and landed upside down with Mr. Dunlap hanging from his seatbelt. Mr. Dunlap survived the crash, but he was gravely injured. He suffered two disc fractures, one at C6 and the other at C7, and was diagnosed with Brown Sequard Syndrome, a type of paralysis. Mr. Dunlap experienced numbness on his right side, stiffness, cramping, […]