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 […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at Fault? Trip and Fall

So, you are walking down the street, minding your own business. You are not on your phone, you are not listening to music, you are paying attention to where you are going and watching for traffic at crosswalks and driveways. A perfect pedestrian walking down the sidewalk in a perfect way. Then your toe catches on something and you fall forward to the ground. You look back and you see that the corner of the concrete slab of the sidewalk is much higher than one before it. Who is at fault? While a pedestrian is responsible for watching where they are going and paying attention, there is no requirement to constantly scan the ground for hazards. There are many factors […]