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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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How to Get Insurance Info After an Accident if the Other Driver Refuses in CA

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

If you were in a car accident with another vehicle in California, the drivers of both vehicles are required to stop, render aid, and exchange identifying information. That information includes the name and address of each driver, their driver’s license number, their vehicle identification number, as well as evidence of “financial responsibility.” Financial responsibility… Read More »

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Is Eating While Driving Legal? Understanding Distracted Driving

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

We’ve all been there, eating a snack or sipping a (non-alcoholic) drink while driving. And while this might seem like an innocent habit, this is in fact one of the more dangerous things drivers can do while behind the wheel. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of death involving motor vehicles. The… Read More »

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What Is California’s Compulsory Financial Responsibility Law?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Financial responsibility laws are state-mandated statutes that require an individual to show proof that they can pay if they are involved in an accident. Most often, financial responsibility laws are associated with vehicles and take the form of car insurance coverage. California’s compulsory financial responsibility law can be found in the California Vehicle Code… Read More »

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Accident vs. Negligence

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

After you’ve been in a car accident, you know that you are supposed to determine who was at fault. You may have also heard the term “negligence.” How does negligence factor into determining fault? And doesn’t the term “accident” suggest that no one did anything wrong? Continue reading for a discussion of the interplay… Read More »

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Consequences of Vehicular Manslaughter

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Cars are dangerous when handled irresponsibly. Serious car crashes are often fatal, and when a negligent or reckless driver causes the death of another person, they must be held accountable for their actions. California law provides a means to exact justice on a driver whose wrongful conduct leads to the death of an accident… Read More »

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What Causes Neck and Lower Back Pain After an Accident?

By Kistler Law Firm, APC. |

Car crashes of all types can be severely damaging to the neck and back. The spinal cord is critical to proper bodily function, and any improper force or movement can lead to debilitating conditions and chronic pain. The force of a car crash sends occupant bodies in different directions at a high rate of… Read More »

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