April 30, 2020

Case Spotlight: $100,000 Settlement After Deposition

Insurance companies are in business to do one thing: make money. Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law in Sacramento CA has fought for its clients for many years. When the insurance company digs their heels in and refuses to offer a reasonable settlement, we go to war. We recently had an interesting case where our refusal to bend to pressure to settle for less than what a case was worth really worked to our client’s advantage. She had medical bills over $38,000.00. The third-party policy was only $100,000.00 and it seemed pretty reasonable to us expect to be offered the policy limits immediately. That was not the case. The insurance company refused to offer the policy limits and in fact made […]
April 30, 2020

Insurance Company Calls and Tactics

The other day I was asked how to get an insurance company to stop calling. This young lady had been getting phone calls every day from three different adjusters from the same company. Once you hire an attorney, the calls should stop immediately. You can tell the adjuster you have hired someone and give them the attorney’s contact information and they should not call you again. Other than that, there really is no way to make them stop. There is a reason they keep calling. Adjusters get rewarded monetarily for settling claims quickly and under reserve. A reserve is the amount of money the insurance company sets aside to pay out a claim once a claim is filed. The company […]
April 30, 2020

Are Electric Vehicles a Fire Hazard?

Since the introduction of electric vehicles, many questions have been posed concerning their safety. The most prevalent concern seems to be fires. Because these vehicles use batteries there is an opportunity for what scientists call thermal runaway. Thermal runaway is when an increase in temperature changes the surrounding conditions in such a way that it leads to another increase in temperature and continues in that vein until the temperature becomes destructive, ie: causes a fire. In electrical engineering, thermal runaway typically means an increased current flow did not dissipate correctly, heating the electrode in the battery cells until a chemical reaction causes more heat and then ignites the electrolytes in the battery cell. Most fully electric vehicles have the type […]
April 30, 2020

Who is at fault? Case Study: Right Turn Yield

At Laskin Balma Attorneys at Law in Sacramento CA, we see all types of car accident cases. There are the normal, everyday rear end collisions. There are the rarer, but not unheard of t-bones. And we even see instances of bicyclist being hit by cars. There are some times when it is easy to tell who is at fault for a collision. A completely stationary car sitting at a red light is not going to be blamed for getting hit from behind. But sometimes circumstances are more complicated and the answer becomes “It depends.” Here’s a fact pattern: A Chevy is navigating a right turn controlled by a yield sign in Sacramento CA. They slow and stop for oncoming traffic. […]