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Geoffrey Trachtenberg

Geoffrey Trachtenberg’s Legal Guides

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  • So, You Say You Have "Full Coverage" -- Well, You Don't.

    Let me make this clear: there is no such thing as full coverage. It's really that simple. What types of coverage is there? There's first-party coverages, such as comprehensive, collision, medical payments, and underinsured and uninsured motorist. Then there's third-party coverag...

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  • Road Debris: Recipe for Motorcycle Accidents

    Imagine riding your motorcycle down the freeway and having a tire tread or some other debris thrust into your path by an unknown vehicle. It is a prospect, in one form or another, that bikers face all the time. Often the problem for injured bikers in these types of situations is...

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  • Business Owners Owe Nondelegable Duties to Keep Premises Reasonably Safe

    "Attention Safeway shoppers, business owners now owe nondelegable duties to their invitees to keep their premises reasonably safe." Steven H. Simon sued Safeway after he was injured during a store altercation with a security guard who "physically and sexually" assaulted him. The ...

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  • Dangerous Roads: What You Need to Know About Road Design Cases

    Some of the most difficult and complex cases involve dangerous roads. While one could write extensively on the ins-and-outs of "road design" cases, the most important thing to know from a client perspective is that time is of the essence. Indeed, in most cases you have six months...

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  • Professional Negligence Against Insurance Agent is Assignable

    What is a legal "assignment"? You many know the answer intuitively: it's when you give or receive the rights to a claim to/from some one else (i.e., a "third party"). Why is this important? Because legal environment concerning these types of claims is in flux, which itself is sur...

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  • Assignments vs. Liens In the Personal Injury Context

    A large number of people, attorneys included, don't know the difference between "assignments" and "liens." Why does it matter, you ask? For a number of reasons that will be more obvious when the difference is understood. An assignment is the easier of the two to understand sinc...

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  • Circumstances of Death Are Admissible in Wrongful Death Actions

    An Arizona court recently published Girouard v.Skyline Steel involving interpretation of the Arizona wrongful death statute. The case involved admitted liability, but disputed damages where the decedent burned to death in car accident. The Court clarified that, while pre-dea...

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  • Tips in the Event of a Motorcycle Accident

    Identify drivers and witnesses Obtain the other driver(s) name, address and phone number. Write down the license plate and registration numbers of the vehicle(s) involved in the accident. Ask the driver(s) to show you their license, give you their phone numbers, insurance company...

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  • Haro v. Sebelius — Injunction against Medicare

    The attached Courts order enjoined [Medicare]from demanding payment ofa MSP reimbursement claim [within 60 days of notice of settlement] with threats of commencing [immediate] collection actions before there is aresolution of an appeal or waiver request. But not onlythat, the Co...

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  • What If You Are Injured at Work? Can You Sue for Pain and Suffering?

    Generally, but the remedies are very much stacked against you. Arizona workers' compensation laws are your avenue for redress if you have sustained injuries at work as a result of a co-worker or employer. You don't need to show negligence on the part of your employer to make a c...

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