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What Is Loss of Enjoyment?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on November 25, 2020

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If you have been in an accident, your biggest concerns are getting your medical bills covered in an insurance claim. However, after doing some research and reading up on personal injury or auto accident claims, you may have discovered that you can recover more than just your medical bills. In the state of California, victims can pursue both the financial costs of an accident, or economic damages, and the personal costs, or non-economic damages. Sadly, many accident victims neglect to include the personal costs of an accident, which can include the loss of enjoyment of life. But what is a “loss of enjoyment” and how can you include it in your claim?

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The Dangers of Drunk Driving During the Holiday Season

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on November 23, 2020

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November through January is one of the deadliest times to drive a vehicle due to the increase of cars on the road. Not surprisingly, additional cars on the road lead to the increased chance of getting into an accident, especially during the peak travel days. The holiday season has been proven to be the riskiest time of year for drivers due to weather conditions and drunk driving accidents. Car accidents due to alcohol consumption skyrocket during the holiday season. In fact, an average of 300 people died in drunk driving crashes the week between Christmas and New Year over the past 5 years. In addition, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 781 people lost their lives due to drunk driving crashes in 2016 between Christmas and New Year.

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Posted in: Drunk Driving

How to Pay for Medical Bills While a Claim Is Pending

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on November 18, 2020

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Very few Californians have the spare cash to handle a sudden injury. From emergency room visits to invasive surgeries to physical therapy, a single accident can cost the average family tens of thousands of dollars. While you may be able to recover the full costs of your injuries in a personal injury claim, the entire process can take over a year. During that period, you may be worried about how to cover your medical expenses and may even be tempted to accept a lowball settlement offer from the at-fault insurance company to get your initial bills covered.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Why Child Injury Claims Are Unique

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on November 11, 2020

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As parents, nothing is more important than making sure your child is taken care of, especially if they suffer from a serious medical condition. After an auto accident or dog bite, you may be scared, confused, and worried about how to get them proper treatment and pay for any long-term injuries. While you may assume that a child injury case is more straightforward, it is important to understand how these cases different from your standard personal injury claim.

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What If a Motorcycle Accident Aggravates a Pre-existing Condition?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on October 28, 2020

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The freedom of riding over the open road can be enjoyed by just about anyone. Riders come from all demographics and their bikes are often just as diverse as they are. In fact, you are just as likely to see an older rider than a younger one. Many of them have exceptional driving records and decades of experience operating their motorcycles.

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Autumn Time Change Signals Increase in Slip and Fall Accidents

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on October 15, 2020

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With the Fall Season finally upon us and setting our clocks back on Sunday, November 1st, our days are about to get darker much sooner, and each year we see an increase in slip and fall accidents and auto accidents as a result of the autumn time change.

Here are a few things you really need to know about slip and fall accidents and how best to protect yourself and your loved ones during this season.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

What Duty of Care Is Owed to Roller Skaters?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on October 14, 2020

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Rolling skating has risen in popularity in the past year, largely due to skaters utilizing Tik-Tok to showcase their skills. With skaters posting everything from cool tricks at skate parks to dancing tutorials to lively roller rinks, almost every popular brand has reported being sold out of all their skates, leading to long wait times for new skates. That being said, new skaters should be aware of the apparent dangers of skating and understand that, while some injuries can be due to improper training or inexperience, there are situations where a property owner can contribute to a skater’s injuries.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Proving Driver Fatigue Caused Your Injuries

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on September 30, 2020

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We all understand the dangers of driving under the influence, but drowsy driving should also be a major concern when getting on the road. A lack of sleep can mimic the effects of alcohol or drugs, making it difficult for you to stay awake, pay attention to the road, respond to other vehicles or traffic lights, and stay in your lane. When someone drives fatigued and causes a car accident, an experienced attorney can hold them liable for any injuries they caused in a claim for damages.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Are Owners Liable for Falls Outside a Store?

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on September 20, 2020

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Victims of falls are often quick to dismiss their injuries, often citing clumsiness or carelessness as the primary cause, even when the accident occurred at a place of business. However, store owners are required to protect their customers from safety hazards, whether they are wet floors or loose carpet. If the property owner failed to clean up a safety hazard in a timely manner, you may be able to pursue a claim for damages, especially if you suffered a catastrophic injury.

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Crash Tests Explained

By Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie on September 8, 2020

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Before a vehicle can get on the road, it must go through thorough testing and inspections to ensure all safety features are fully functional and the risk of serious injuries is low. Many people are aware of crash tests, but vehicles are also tested in environments such as Germany’s Nurburgring test track, public roads, different weather patterns, and varied road conditions. These thorough reviews can not only identify the unique qualities that make a vehicle special, but also under what conditions it can become involved in an accident. In most cases, this may lead a manufacturer to issue a redesign or to correct a faulty part. However, there are situations where cars fail and still end up on our roadways.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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