April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: Dog Attack Jury Verdict of $205,000.00

On March 14, 2015, Alan Laskin began a trial in Sacramento County concerning a woman who was attacked by two dogs. She was knocked down into a drainage ditch on the side of the road. The dogs were run off by a neighbor who rescued our client by pulling her over the fence onto his property. These dogs were known menaces in the neighborhood and their owner, the defendant, did nothing to protect the public from their violent behavior. The defendant tried to claim that it wasn’t his dogs that perpetrated the attack, but our client was sure they had come from the defendant’s yard. The home insurance company sided with their insured and fought the claim tooth and nail. […]
April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: $250,000.00 Policy Limits Settlement

Our client injured her back in a car collision in November 2013. She underwent conservative treatment, but it did not help her symptoms. She underwent surgery on May 13, 2014. The surgery reduced some of her symptoms, but her back continued to be extremely painful. After an x-ray and another MRI the cause was finally revealed, there was an infection in her spine. Throughout our client’s treatment, the Law Offices of Laskin Balma in Sacramento California had requested that the adverse party disclose their policy limits multiple times. We sent medical records showing the conservative treatment, the injections my client underwent, and even the necessary surgery. Nothing moved the adverse party and the insurance company was not allowed to disclose […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at fault? T-Bone

An interesting case came up this week at Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law in Sacramento California. We have a client who was approaching an intersection riding a bicycle on a roadway with the intention of going straight through the uncontrolled intersection. A car coming the opposite direction approached the intersection and turned left in front of her. The vehicle moved directly into our client’s path of travel and caused a T-Bone collision, however, our client was the one who struck the vehicle with her bicycle. So who is at fault? The insurance company is making the argument that the car had control of the intersection and the bicyclist should have yielded the right-of-way. The rule of thumb when approaching an […]
April 30, 2020

Did You Know? California Has Self-Driving Cars on its Roads

I just learned this fact recently. I had no idea that technology was getting to the point where we actually have prototypes driving around California. Google Inc. has been testing these cars on California roads for at least six years. In that time, there have only been 11 accidents. Google claims that none of the accidents were their fault, but that can’t be verified independently. The car can see more than a football field away and has lines and lines of code telling it how to react to every situation the designers could think of. To perform the tests, California requires there to be a human driver behind the wheel. But you can recognize them due to the rig on […]