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5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: My landlords dog attacked me (5 bites) as I entered the backyard of our house. Went to hospital for treatment. Now what?

Went to hospital immediately. Got iv antibiotics. I have been taking photos of injuries and progress. Wounds still swollen and bleeding. Landlord fully insured and cooperating. Her dog breed is covered. Landlord also lives on property (duplex) I definitely don't want to sue and I will not sue for... Read more »

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Dec 14, 2018

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...
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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for California on
Q: My brother took my car without asking and got into an accident.

Now my car is all smashed up and my brother is hurt in the hospital. The other car is also a mess and the passenger of that car is still in the hospital too. The driver wasn’t hurt so bad. I have insurance for me on my car, but does this cover my brother? I’m not sure who I’m supposed to... Read more »

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on May 7, 2018

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... Read more »

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6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: My girlfriend got rear ended by a driver couple days ago. She contracted AAA which is the at fault driver's insurance.

Adjuster came and said they will give her a rental car and pay for repairs at a shop and give her $1000 for compensation on top of the repairs...csn she get more money or is that the most she can get ?

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Jan 26, 2018

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...
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6 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: my wife slipped and dislocated her shoulder at home yesterday after slipping in the kitchen because of water leaking

my wife slipped and dislocated her shoulder at home yesterday after slipping in the kitchen because of water leaking from the wall . I had complained about this to the leasing office about a month back but no action was taken and now the accident happened . What should i do .

Vivian Francisca Yochelson
Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Dec 6, 2017

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.

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5 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for California on
Q: Is there any legal course for a slip & fall that caused a broken bone & possibly more?

I slipped and fell on loose pavement gravel next to our dumpster in alley way behind my apartment complex while taking trash out. Now I have a broken elbow & possibly more & am being referred to an orthopedic.

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Nov 7, 2017

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,... Read more »

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5 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
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.

I was rear ended a few days ago and the guy offered cash and we wrote a document. Fast forward to today my neck hurts. No insurance was involved, but I want to involve insurance now. On the document I used a nickname and there is only a date. It says after the payment is received, this incident... Read more »

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Oct 27, 2017

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... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury and Car Accidents for California on
Q: Should i contact at fault insurance company about my injuries or wait for them to contact me about pain & suffering?

I was involved in an auto accident while driving a company vehicle. The other vehicle did an improper lane change and side swiped me. I spoke with the insurance carrier that my company has and my employer had me file a workers comp case for my injuries(Back , neck, and shoulder pain) . I obtained a... Read more »

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Vivian Francisca Yochelson answered on Sep 15, 2017

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... Read more »

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