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Children and Dog Bites

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 29, 2019

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More than four million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. every year, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The dog-bite injury rate is highest among children ages five to nine. Dog bite injuries are usually more severe in younger children, requiring hospital stays and reconstructive surgery in severe cases. The good news is that with the right strategy, many dog bites can be prevented.

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The Statute of Limitations of California Car Accident Claims

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 21, 2019

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A statute of limitations is a time limit imposed by law for filing a lawsuit, after which your claim is barred. California has different statutes of limitations for different types of lawsuits. For example, it is one year for libel or slander, three years for fraud, and four years for the collection of rents. For personal injury matters, including car accidents, the statute of limitations is two years.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Motorcycle Safety Tips for Autumn

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 12, 2019

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Autumn is the perfect time of year for riding. The air is crisp and refreshing, the skies are bluer, and some leaves are changing colors in Southern California. But riding in the fall comes with its own set of hazards. The following motorcycle safety tips can help you have a safe and pleasant ride.

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A Lawyer Isn’t Like a Hairdresser…

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on December 3, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

Are you treating your injury lawyer like your hairdresser, uncomfortable with making a change because of loyalty?

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Do You Want to Be a Better Communicator? Learn from a Trial Lawyer II

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 29, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

I recently wrote about a communication workshop I attended for four days. This was no ordinary workshop. It was intensive, and not focused on law, but relationships, and internal and external communication. I shared some insight on internal communication in the previous article, and how that can impact your communication. This note will reveal some insight I received on external communication: the impact on others.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Do You Want to Be a Better Communicator? Learn from a Trial Lawyer

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 25, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

Do you wonder how to be a better communicator? From a personal injury lawyer, here are a few ideas that might help.

I have studied effective communication all my career as an injury lawyer. New revelations come to me all the time. This last weekend, I spent four days in a communication workshop that focused solely on internal and external communication – the things I tell myself, and the way I communicate with others. Both are important because they influence the result of the communication.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Finding Peace After an Auto Accident

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 21, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

An automobile accident can be traumatic and frustrating. You may be the victim of a drunk or inattentive driver. That driver walks away from the collision unharmed while you suffer the consequences for months or even years afterward.

How can you regain peace while you’re recovering from an accident?

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Posted in: Car Accidents

What Questions Should I Ask My Potential Lawyer (to Resolve My Case as Easily as Possible)?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 20, 2019

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You probably know you need a lawyer, but you think, What am I going to ask the lawyer? How will I see if this is a good lawyer for my case? You might even hear yourself saying, “It is not about money. I want to be compensated, but I am not a sue-happy person.”

If you are asking yourself similar questions, you are in the right place.

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Do I Need an Injury Attorney or Can I Handle My Case Myself?

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 14, 2019

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By Jim Ballidis

I hear this question often from prospective clients. Everyone tends to think “I can do it myself!” In the age of the DIY internet, I certainly have that opinion about a lot of projects I handle, unrelated to law. The idea is that if you handle the case, you can avoid any attorneys’ fees. Otherwise, why bother with the hassle?

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Newport Beach Pedestrian Killed in Accident Involving State Park Vehicle

By Newport Beach Personal Injury Attorney on November 7, 2019

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According to the Orange County Register, a pedestrian was fatally injured when he was struck by an on-duty state park vehicle in late July 2019. The incident occurred in Newport Beach, near Crystal Cove State Park. Police were called at approximately 10 p.m. and the victim, a 41-year old man, according to the LA Times, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

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