Pedestrians and the Uninsured Motorist

A pedestrian who is injured as a result of the negligence of an uninsured motorist may feel that there is no source of funds from which to make a claim for the injuries sustained. However, if the pedestrian has uninsured motorist benefits or medical pay benefits, there is a source of funds against which to make a claim. These benefits provide coverage if the owner of the policy or a member of the insured household is injured. These benefits apply… Continue Reading Pedestrians and the Uninsured Motorist

Medical Pay Benefits

Many automobile insurance policies provide for the payment of medical bills for injuries occurring to occupants of an insured vehicle regardless of the fault of the driver. This can provide a source of prompt payment for medical expenses arising as a result of a vehicle collision and does not prevent the injured party from proceeding with a claim against the wrongdoer. The injured party is therefore free to obtain the medical treatment needed from the health care provider of his… Continue Reading Medical Pay Benefits

Insurance Requirements

With few exceptions, California Law requires that all motor vehicles be covered by liability insurance minimum benefits for injuries of $15,000 for injury or death to one person and $30,000 for injury or death to more than one person per incident, plus $5,000.00 for property damage. These figures have not changed for many years and for most individuals it would be unwise to carry such low coverage. Unfortunately many vehicles are not covered by insurance. Failure to maintain insurance could… Continue Reading Insurance Requirements

Injured Children

A child under the age of eighteen may be entitled to bring an action for personal injuries even though more than two years have passed since the date of the injury. Generally a child has up to his or her 20th birthday in which to bring an action for personal injuries. This general rule does not apply in healthcare malpractice claims and in certain other cases and in those cases a claim or action must be filed within a short… Continue Reading Injured Children

A Time to File

California law requires that personal injury claims (other than medical malpractice) must be settled or filed in court within two years of the date of the injury. In health care malpractice claims an action must be filed in court within one year of the date that the patient knew or should have suspected that the care provider did something wrong which caused injury (with a maximum time period of 3 years). Failure to file an action in court within these… Continue Reading A Time to File