Frequently Asked Questions

If I have been involved in an auto accident, should I go to the doctor?

Yes, if you feel any discomfort or pain. Even if you don’t think anything is wrong, it is best to get checked out just in case. Your doctor is the expert.

What exactly is bankruptcy? Should I declare for it?

Bankruptcy is a legal process for people who cannot repay their debts. It may resolve most or all of their debt. You may want to consider declaring if you’re: behind on your bills and debt collectors start calling,  in danger of losing your home, using loans to pay bills, or liquidating retirement assets.

Are you required to go to court if you breach a contract?

It depends. If the offending party is willing to reach a resolution outside of court, then no. If the offending party doesn’t reach an appropriate resolution within two weeks of your first request, it might be time to seek legal counsel.

Does custody always go to just one parent?

No, courts frequently settle on an agreement between both parents for joint custody. 

How much does it cost to file for divorce?

The initial petition costs $435. There may be other charges based on what county you’re in. The cost will also change depending on the route to resolution.

How do I select a lawyer?

Before choosing a lawyer you should: identify your legal issue and find a specialist (if needed), ask about fees, get references, and tour their offices. Make sure that you speak to other lawyers as well to ensure you find the right fit.

When do I need a lawyer?

You may need a lawyer if you’ve suffered an injury, been wrongly terminated from work, or accused of committing a crime. Some other reasons include: divorce or administering the estate of a deceased loved one. There are plenty of other reasons, if you’re not sure you can always look for a free consultation.

Can I handle my own legal problems?

You can, but you have to make sure that you read up on: the legal issue you’re dealing with, court proceedings, and laws surrounding the legal issue.

Can I change attorneys?

Yes, you have the right to change your legal counsel at any point. A good time to consider finding a new one is if you have lost faith in them. However, if you hire a new lawyer mid-case it may incur some charges.

What should my attorney expect from me?

Your lawyer will expect you to: communicate, keep an open mind, participate, be honest, pay your bill, and have realistic expectations.

What should I expect when I hire an attorney?

You should expect your attorney to: professional conduct, ethical conduct, communication, knowledge, decisiveness, preparation, and fairness. 

How do attorneys set their fees?

The most typical arrangement is an hourly rate.

What if my uber/lyft driver gets into an accident and I'm hurt?

If you are hurt, you can file a suit regardless of fault.

Does Uber/Lyft cover crashes?

If there is a passenger in the car, the driver has a commercial liability policy.

What if an Uber/Lyft driver hits me/my car?

There will be different kinds of coverage depending on when the accident occurred. If the driver was offline, only their personal insurance applies. If they’re online, are on the way to pick up a passenger, or have a passenger in the car then the company insurance kicks in.

Can I sue an Uber/Lyft driver?

If you’re injured you can sue the driver.

How do I file a claim?

You can file claims through the app or contacting customer support.

Do I need to tell my insurance I drive for Uber/Lyft?

Yes, you will want to make sure you tell them. In some instances, you can get more coverage from them.

I injured myself on a defective bird scooter, what are my options?

You can get legal help. The company may be liable, which may result in compensation.

What is a toxic tort case?

It is a specific lawsuit where the claim is exposure to chemicals or other dangerous substances that resulted in injury or disease.

How do I prove chemical exposure?

Consult a doctor to get a definitive answer on if your injuries or disease were a direct result of exposure. It will help your case if you can find additional lawsuits or class actions against the offending party.

What is environmental tort?

These are torts that can cause damage to property values including: oil/chemical spills, discharge/contamination from current or previous operations, and/or from noise, odors, or perceived risk of ongoing operations.

What is mass tort litigation?

This is a civil action lawsuit, most often involving people in the same geographic area.

What happens if I inhale toxic chemicals?

You can experience a variety of side effects including: irritation of skin, eyes, and airways; swelling of nose or throat.

Can you sue a drug company for side effects?

Yes, you can file a personal injury lawsuit.

What is the difference between mass tort and class action?

The main difference is the number of plaintiffs. Mass tort claims often involve people in the same geographical area while class actions often involve many geographical regions.

How much can you get for a slip and fall at work?

The amount you receive will depend on a few factors including: medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, loss in earning capacity, and incidental expenses.

How much time do you have to sue after a slip and fall?

In California, the statute of limitations is two years.

Can you sue for falling?

Yes, you will have to prove that your injury was a result of negligence on the part of the property owner/tenant.

What is the average settlement for a slip and fall?

Settlements average between $17,200 and $27,500.

How do I settle a slip and fall claim?

There are several things you have to do to settle: prove your injuries are a result of negligence, prove that the defendant had knowledge of the dangerous condition, and document your injury and expenses.

What injuries can you get from falling?

Common injuries that result from a slip and fall include: breaks or sprains, knee damage, dislocations or muscle strains, spine and nerve damage, brain injury, and cuts or bruises.

Should I get a lawyer for a slip and fall?

You will need a lawyer if the fault of your fall or the extent of your injuries are in dispute.

Do most slip and fall cases settle out of court?

Yes, most cases settle outside of court.

Can you file a claim for slipping on a wet floor?

If there was no posting notifying of the wet floor, then yes.

What are some common examples of medical malpractice?

Failure to diagnosis, providing the wrong diagnosis, performing an unnecessary surgery, surgical errors, improper medication or dosage, poor after care, discharging the patient early, failure to order proper testing, or failure to recognize symptoms.

Whom can I sue in a medical malpractice claim?

You should sue the individual who committed the malpractice. This is most often the doctor, but may sometimes be another staff member.