Friday, April 10, 2015

Lack of Insurance Could Deprive You of Money You Deserve

Proposition 213, passed by California voters in 1996, prescribes that uninsured motorists injured in a car accident, where they are the driver, cannot recover damages for pain and suffering. Compensation may be limited solely to economic damages, such as medical bills, property damage and lost wages. The insurance companies lobbied for this law in 1996, in order to save money in court claims. So it’s very important for you to have valid liability auto insurance, and to keep the policy in your vehicle at all times. Otherwise, you could deprive yourself of compensation that you may deserve and are entitled to after a car accident where someone else is at fault.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Recession-Driven Cutbacks Produce Court Bottleneck

Recent funding cutbacks in California’s huge court system have created long lines and short tempers at the state’s numerous courthouses. Without significantly more state money in the coming year, personal injury and other civil cases being filed today may not reach trial for five years. This is considerably longer than the previous 1 to 1.5-year backlog, under the now defunct Fast Track rules instituted in Los Angeles County. Many of the court delays result from staff shortages, thus allowing legal documents to pile up and delaying case resolutions and judgments.