Questions Answered by Vivian Francisca Yochelson

Q: My landlords dog attacked me (5 bites) as I entered the backyard of our house. Went to hospital for treatment. Now what?

5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
You should consult with a personal injury attorney before giving any statements to the homeowners insurance company. Although it sounds like there is coverage a lot of homeowner policies have exclusions for certain breeds of dogs.

Your attorney will also need more information about your status as a tenant. One question might be: Do you live on the landlord’s property?

Q: My brother took my car without asking and got into an accident.

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on May 7, 2018
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
You and your brother should immediately consult with an attorney before speaking to any insurance company representative, whether your own or the other party’s insurance. There are a lot of unanswered questions, such as who is at fault for the accident, which insurance would be primary (your car insurance or your brother’s insurance if he has any). If your brother did not have permission to drive your car the insurance company could deny coverage for the accident.

Q: My girlfriend got rear ended by a driver couple days ago. She contracted AAA which is the at fault driver's insurance.

6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Answered on Jan 26, 2018
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
If your girlfriend is injured then she should seek medical attention and not accept any amount of money that the insurance carrier is trying to get her to take immediately after the accident.

Often times what we believe to be simple whiplash type of injuries can turn out to be more significant but your girlfriend won’t know that until she sees a doctor.

Q: my wife slipped and dislocated her shoulder at home yesterday after slipping in the kitchen because of water leaking

6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Dec 6, 2017
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
My recommendation is that your wife contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the details of the incident itself and the notifications that were given to the leasing company regarding the leaking water prior to the incident.

Q: Is there any legal course for a slip & fall that caused a broken bone & possibly more?

5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Nov 7, 2017
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
Whether or not someone else is legally liable for your injuries depends on the whether the condition of the ground where you fell was a “dangerous condition” and whether someone else is responsible for having created that condition, or alternatively had notice of the dangerous condition. Also, it’s important to know if you immediately reported the fall to the owner of the premises. Do you have photographs of where you fell? If you fell on public property, you must file a claim form...

Q: I was basically rear ended a few days ago and the guy offered to pay cash and we got a doc together. Now my neck hurts.

5 Answers | Asked in Contracts and Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Oct 27, 2017
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
You should contact a lawyer with a copy of the document you signed to see if it is a valid and binding release. Also, it’s important to know how much property damage you had to your vehicle and how much damage to the other vehicle as well. Most importantly, if you are hurt, you should seek medical attention immediately and not wait any longer.

Q: Should i contact at fault insurance company about my injuries or wait for them to contact me about pain & suffering?

4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Answered on Sep 15, 2017
Vivian Francisca Yochelson's answer
Due to the fact that you were working at the time of the incident and have opened a worker’s compensation claim, you now have a workers comp-personal injury cross over claim. You may want to seek the advice of both a workers compensation attorney and a personal injury attorney to have a full understanding of how one case affects the other.

Although there is no requirement that you speak with the AAA adjuster, you do want to put them on notice that you have injuries and are seeking...

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