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Barry P. Goldberg

Woodland Hills Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

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  1. I was in a car accident and initially sued beyond policy limits. Now the plaintiff wants the limits.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
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    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. David Lee Fiol
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    Good question! This happens more than you might think. You should put in writing that you request the insurer to settle your case for the policy limits. It is best if you have "independent" counsel to associate into the case and protect your interests above your policy limit. The insurance company appointed lawyer may be good---but, his first loyalty is likely to be the insurance company and not you. If the trial results in an excess verdict, you can likely assign your rights against...

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  2. Auto accident + injuries.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    3. David Lee Fiol
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    There are plenty of lawyers who will be competitive on price---- frankly, I do not understand why that is the important inquiry. A great lawyer at 33 percent might get you $100,000. A bargain lawyer might get you $50,00 at 25 percent--- which would you choose and why? Be wary of inexperienced lawyers who will price war in irder to get your case. Be wary of the experienced lawyer who will price war to get your case. Do you think he will spend more time and money on a 33 percent case or a 25...

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  3. Can I accept the policy limit from the at fault insurance carrier and continue to sue the at fault driver in CA?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Mher Asatryan
    2. Malosack Berjis
    3. Sean Michael Patrick
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    Tragically, no. When you accept the policy limits it will be in exchange for a full release of all claims. Please check your uninsured motorist coverage. It will convert to "underinsured" motorist coverage if the amount of the policy exceeds the amount of the 3rd party liability coverage. Time to consult with an attorney!

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  4. Rear-ended by a DUI driver (suspended and revoked license) with no insurance...do I hire an attorney to handle my case?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    2. Barry P. Goldberg
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    This is a "classic" situation in which your Uninsured Motorist coverage applies. The accident you described happens more often than you might think. Possibly, as much as 1 in 5 accidents are with uninsured drivers. That is why I preach and beg people to prepare for this likelihood by purchasing enough UM coverage. (It is a relative bargain!) As for "punishment," it will occur--- but, probably not to the extent deserved. This guy is looking at 1) jail time, 2) mandatory suspension of driver's...

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  5. If I was a passenger involved in a car accident, who pays for my medical bills?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Malosack Berjis
    2. Robert Steven Walch
    3. Barry P. Goldberg
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    Good Question! Your question perfectly highlights how it all works together. First of all, you may have a claim for "Medical Payments" coverage under your driver's policy. This is like "no fault" medical insurance. In addition, you may be entitled to Medical Payments coverage under your own auto insurance policy! Usually, multiple policies will cooperate or pro-rate the coverage. I always recommend to my clients that they go through their own health insurance first. Not only does this...

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  6. My family and i got hit by a car that had only the insurance that the law required ,how much money will i get?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. John Ksajikian
    3. Matthew Charles Price
    4. David Lee Fiol
    5. Kevin Coluccio
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    The big question is whether your family has a policy of Uninsured Motorist coverage that exceeds $30,000. If so, it converts to "Underinsured" motorist coverage and you may have additional funds available to you! Good luck!

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  7. Not at fault car accident

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. Steven Mark Sweat
    3. Mariam Mary Margaryan
    4. Michael John Jeandron
    5. Tigran Grigoryan
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    Yes! Even if you do not maintain proper insurance, under California law you are entitled to be compensated for all "economic" damages. This includes property damage for your car and loss of use of your vehicle for a reasonable time. In addition, you are entitled to "economic" damages for any medical and related expenses if you suffered a bodily injury. Under the law, you are not entitled to "non-economic" damages. These damages are typically for pain, suffering and inconvenience. I hope...

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  8. Given the specifics of my case, is it still worth hiring a lawyer?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    2. Barry P. Goldberg
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    I love your question! Assuming everything you have said is correct, then you probably do not need a lawyer to obtain the 3rd party settlement AND the underinsured motorist settlement. However, a lawyer may be of great assistance in negotiating your liens. The short story is that most lien holders will honor the "common fund" doctrine and automatically reduce your lien by one-third-----as a starting point! Without an attorney, the common fund doctrine does not apply. Perhaps an attorney...

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  9. Auto accident suit California. The other driver was a minor. Insured by her parents and driving their vehicle. Can I name minor

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. Richard Marc Katz
    3. Mariam Mary Margaryan
    4. Marc Lazarus
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
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    There is no rule against naming a minor in a complaint. You should also name a parent or parents for their statutory vicarious liability! Good Luck!

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  10. I was involved in a car accident a couple months ago and recently received in the mail a notice from the DMV...

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    3. Albert Lee Crosner
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Antonios Kalogerakos
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    It sounds like you will be sued and served with a Summons and a Complaint. Don't worry. You just hand it over immediately to your insurer and they will defend you. I can hazard a guess that your insurer will not be totally surprised because they probably denied liability already. The adverse driver has no other alternative if he thinks you were at fault. Good luck to you!

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