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What is Contributory Fault?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Contributory fault and comparative fault are legal concepts that affect whether and how a plaintiff can recover damages against a defendant after a car accident or other personal injury incident. Each state employs different rules concerning contributory or comparative fault; it’s important to understand the rules, and your rights, before pursuing your personal injury… Read More »

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Is It Illegal to Drive Barefoot in CA?

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California law prohibits a wide range of conduct while driving. Under California law, you cannot consume alcohol while driving, or drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. You cannot text or otherwise use your phone manually while driving. Other behavior, however, is not strictly forbidden, but it may be unwise. There’s no… Read More »

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Types of Back Injuries After a Car Accident

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Car crashes can lead to all kinds of injuries. Some of the most painful, debilitating, and dangerous injuries can result from damage to the neck or spine. Below we discuss the most common back injuries suffered by car accident victims. If you have been in a traffic accident in Lancaster, see a medical professional… Read More »

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What Is California’s Law on Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, a slip and fall, or another situation caused by someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to monetary compensation. Your recovery will come in the form of different types of damages, meant to address different harms you have suffered as a result of your injuries. You are… Read More »

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What is California’s Law on Auto Body Shop Repairs?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

California law protects customers from the more unscrupulous acts of insurance companies. If your car was damaged in an accident and you’ve filed for insurance coverage, you are entitled to certain rights. Below, our experienced Lancaster car accident lawyer lays out several of the more notable provisions of California’s laws regarding auto body shop… Read More »

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Are Pain and Suffering Settlements Taxable?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Personal injury lawsuits can arise for a variety of reasons. Whether it be an injury at the hands of a business or corporation, the negligence of an individual, or even a dog bite, victims of personal injury claims are entitled to compensation for their injuries. It can be a relief when you finally receive… Read More »

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Proposed California Law Would Ban Secret Settlements in Defective Product Cases

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

The vast majority of lawsuits result in a settlement. Settlements often involve defendants agreeing to pay a certain amount to the plaintiff without ever admitting that they did anything wrong. Settlements thus benefit defendants by protecting their reputation, which might suffer should the case continue and more facts be brought to light. For related… Read More »

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Personal Injury Claims: Understanding Punitive Damages

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Plaintiffs in a personal injury lawsuit can typically seek two types of damages; compensatory and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are monetary sums in place to compensate an individual for damages and other losses related to their personal injury claim. This compensation will typically include restitution for lost wages, damaged property, pain and suffering, and,… Read More »

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Illegal Ambulance Chasing and How Lawyers Can Properly Solicit Your Business

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

We recently discussed so-called “ambulance chasers” who hire professional “runners” to collect business from accident victims. As we explained in our previous post, any lawyer who relies on these sorts of tactics to get your business should be immediately suspect. Their conduct is morally reprehensible and, moreover, violates the codes of professional conduct to… Read More »

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Don’t Trust the “Ambulance Chaser” Who Shows up at Your Car Crash Scene or Hospital Bed

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Some people have a negative perception of personal injury lawyers. They look down on “ambulance chasers” who harass accident victims in order to make a quick buck. These perceptions are based in large part on the conduct of a few bad actors. Attorneys are required to adhere to certain codes of professional ethics and… Read More »

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