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Ruminations of an Injury Attorney – Part 1

By Sara Morgan |

The Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda of Auto Insurance Coverage As a personal injury attorney handling auto accident cases, I am a frequent to the displeasure and disappointment of clients when they learn the hard way that they do not have the automobile insurance coverage they believed or desired.  Once the accident or other covered event… Read More »

The danger of distracted driving

By Sara Morgan |

We’ve all seen the following at some point: an individual weaving in and out of their lane, speeding, and disobeying other rules of the road. It seems as though they might be drunk, but open passing them, you can see that the person is talking or texting on their phone. Over the past year,… Read More »

Buyer Beware

By Dennis Stout |

This maxim of law, caveat emptor, or let the buyer beware, generally stands for the principle that a purchaser of a product or service takes the risk of the quality or condition of the item being purchased unless there is some form of additional protection or warranty from the seller. Purchase of an item… Read More »

What to look for when buying car insurance

By Dennis Stout |

You don’t want to wait until you are in a car accident to think about insurance. Car insurance is required by law, but what kind of insurance do you need? We’ve provided some general guidelines offered from the Wall Street Journal that you should use when buying insurance or thinking of updating your policy…. Read More »

Increase in Motorcycle Accidents in California

By Richard Irwin |

Recently, the California Highway Patrol released a report showing that motorcycle accidents increased by 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. The Hartford Sentinel reports that hundreds of motorcyclists die each year and thousands more are hurt. The California Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s assistance to reduce these numbers. Officials have encouraged motorcyclists… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

5. IF CONTACTED BY INSURANCE COMPANY – If you are contacted by the insurance carrier (or their investigator) regarding a “statement” that they want to obtain from you – if you are represented, contact your attorney immediately. If you are not represented let the person know that you will be more than willing to… Read More »

Five Things To Do After an Accident

By Richard Irwin |

Should you have the misfortune of being involved in an auto accident, it is important that you gather information and undertake a few responsibilities. These are the most important steps to take following a collision. Click here for a useful form that you can keep in your vehicle. This form will help you gather… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

The simple answer to the question regarding the tax consequences of a settlement claim is it all depends on the nature of the settlement! Generally speaking, settlement money received from cases involving personal physical injury or physical sickness can be excluded from taxation (IRS Code sect. 104(a)(2)). Certain other types of settlement awards, (considering… Read More »


By Richard Irwin |

An employer bears the risk of incurring compensability liability under the California Workers’ Compensation Act for an injury suffered in route to or from a medical appointment related to an existing compensable injury. If an employee suffers a new injury while traveling a reasonable distance, to or from a medical appointment for an existing… Read More »

NOT IN MY CAR: Why the Test Drive Should be Limited to Testing

By Sara Morgan |

One recent morning while leaving my local Starbucks drive-thru, I waited while two men wearing mechanic uniforms crossed the parking lot to what I assumed was their vehicle. I thought nothing more of this until, several days later, I saw the same men, again clad in uniforms, only this time walking to a different… Read More »

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