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California auto insurance rates among the highest in the nation

A new article from the Los Angeles times states that California auto insurance rates are among the highest in the nation. In fact, California is the seventh highest in the U.S. according to Suprisingly, the state with the highest premiums is Louisiana. According to the author, the reason for this is two-fold: (1) Louisiana's drivers' penchance for auto accident lawsuits; and (2) judges who are "siding with consumers more than insurance companies." First, is hardly an unbiased resource. It would have been more balanced to present the other side, e.g., consulting a consumer advocacy group, or a personal injury attorney. Second, I highly doubt judges are routinely siding with consumers. In my experience judges tend to go the other way. In any event, you should check out the article here.

Los Angeles personal injury lawyer Adrianos Facchetti shares why lawyers get a bad rap

Here's a good article describing why personally injury attorneys get a bad rap. Check it out and let us know whether it rings true for you.

Car accident deaths on the rise?

According to a recent report on ABC news, car accident deaths in the United States are on the rise for the first time in 7 years. The report states that the increase is due to the fact that we are driving more. Essentially, because the weather has been better on average and since the economy is getting better (I'm not so sure about that one), we are driving more and thus increasing our risk of getting into an accident. The report goes on to discuss the latest safety features on automobiles that are making us safer. Unfortunately, however, the average vehicle is about 11 years old, so it does not have these safety features.




Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyer: What does a personal injury attorney do?

In my practice here in pasadena, I often get calls from people asking me what a personal injury attorney actually does on a daily basis. In some ways, it's no different than what other civil litigation attorneys do: drafting legal memoranda, going to court, speaking to clients, and trying cases.

But it's different in some respects. Unlike a business or tax attorney, for example, a personal injury lawyer represents people who have been injured by another person's neligence or wrongdoing. This requires a lawyer who has an understanding of the impact an injury can have on a person's life, so he can express this to others. It also requires an advocate who knows how to deal with insurance adjusters (these are the people who decide what amont of compensation to allow). In fact, if an injury attorney is not in court or with a client, you can bet the attorney is either dealing with an insurance adjuster or the insurance company's attorney.


Pasadena personal injury lawyer: Can you get financial compensation if you suffer personal injury?

Whether you can obtain financial compensation depends on a number different things. But generally, it will depend on the level and severity of your physical and mental injuries. As a pasadena personal injury attorney, you hope that your client's injuries are minor and that your client will make a full recovery. But that is usually not the case, unfortunately.

Other things that will affect your potential recovery are economic hardship or financial loss, decreased earning potential and physical impairment, including disfigurement. Compensation to make you whole or put you back in the place you would have been had the accident not happened are "compensatory damages." Damages to punish the person who injured you are called punitive damages. Here is a list of some of the common categories of damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Physical disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Permanent scars
  • Mental anguish
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of love and affection
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Emotional trauma




Pasadena Personal Injury Attorney: What are some examples of personal injury?

People often ask us to give them examples of personal injury matters. Here are just some of the different types of personal injury matters:

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