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Alison Swicker Gokal

Santa Ana Personal Injury Lawyer.

Contributor Level 12
  1. Was rear ended on freeway and the car in back of me pushed me into car in front of me.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. John Russell Sorensen
    3. Paul J Molinaro
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    4 lawyer answers

    you would go after the car that rearended you to recover. Do you recall who you hit first? Was anyone injured? If not, your insurance company should be handling all of these issues, but consult an attorney before you sign off on anything.

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  2. How many Doe defendants are customarily sued in San Francisco Superior Court?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Malosack Berjis
    3. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    4. James M. Osak
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    The purpose of naming a DOE defendant in a complaint is to enable yourself to add more defendants if during the course of discovery, more viable parties are revealed. In some cases, it is sufficient to have only 10 Doe defendants. It is customary to have up to 100. It will not cost you more to have 10 or 100, but you will have to pay to "Doe" a defendant in (bring in a new party via a Doe Amendment).

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  3. To avoid game playing in discovery (and generally), is federal or California a better venue?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Arthur Henry Skola
    3. Michael Charles Doland
    4. Neil Pedersen
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    California, in general, has an open policy on discovery. California courts like to err on the side of disclosure. However, if your case qualifies for Federal court, it might mean that the defendant and their attorneys are not in California, meaning they would not have the same internal policy and may challenge discovery a bit more. Federal court has certain statutory requirements as to discovery, where certain discovery is required without any party action. However, Federal court has very...

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  4. I have just been served with Form interrogatories with exact same questions asked by same party in 2 other actions

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Neil Pedersen
    2. Alison Swicker Gokal
    3. John Noah Kitta
    4. Kevin Samuel Sullivan
    4 lawyer answers

    Each case is treated separately for discovery purposes if the cases have not been consolidated. So, even if the same law firm is handling the cases, each one is treated differently. The reason is that only the discovery connected to that specific case would be applicable (unless you answer things differently and it can be used to question your honesty). However, if the same questions have been asked in the same case by the same party, then you can object as the question "being asked and...

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  5. Per CCP 2024.050, a discovery motion shall be accompanied by meet & confer declaration. Does email an adequate meet & confer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Michael Raymond Daymude
    2 lawyer answers

    An email is sufficient, if you know that the attorney checks his/her emails. Also, I suggest you make a phone call. Courts don't like to deal with discovery disputes and if you can demonstrate to the court that you have done your due diligence, then they are likely to look on your side more favorably. Keep in mind, courts usually will not issue sanctions sua sponte (on their own), but you have to request it in your motion.

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  6. I live in Highland California I received a third-party citation for my dog being out of the yard

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
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    Was this a citation from a home owner's association or apartment complex? If so, then it is essentially a contractual violation and you would have to look to the contract to see what your remedies are in this situation.

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  7. I WAS VICTIM OF SOMEONE WHO RAN A RED LIGHT AND HIT MY CAR. SHE CLEARLY ADMITS IT WAS HER FAULT. DATE NOVEMBER 24, 2010.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. S. David Rosenthal Esquire
    2. Alison Swicker Gokal
    3. Richard Andrew Harting
    4. Steven Mark Sweat
    5. Joseph Torri
    5 lawyer answers

    Sometimes there are benefits to having things in writing, and other times there are not. Do you trust your attorney, as you have hired him to represent your interests? He is obligated to act in your best interest. This may mean doing things a bit different than you would in his shoes.

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  8. I was in a residential area making a left turn and someone tried to pass me and hit me. Am I at fault?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Manuel Alzamora Juarez
    3. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you weren't, but it is a question of fact. Normally, the presumption is that even if a car is trying to pass you, the car that is passing would be at fault). Unless this goes to court, you will not be "found at fault". Were you injured in the accident?

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  9. My son was in an accident in Nov. 2007. The inurance company Mecury is now trying to sue him for 100,000.00.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Jeffrey Travis Roberts
    3. Christian K. Lassen II
    4. Paul J Molinaro
    4 lawyer answers

    It depends on the facts of the case. If he injured someone who was under the age of 18 at the time of the accident, possibly. The Statute of Limitations can be tolled for a number of reasons. The most common for the person injured not yet being an adult. But, there is no lawsuit yet if it has not been filed. However, there are a number of other counties in California that you may want to check as well.

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  10. Can I sue someone for using my husband and my full name to advertise pornography on the web?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Alison Swicker Gokal
    2. Michael Charles Doland
    3. Robert Pecco Baker
    4. Jeffrey Kevin Davis
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    Absolutely. You will need to sue for libel and get an attorney to do this. I strongly recommend you get an attorney as your reputation, and your husband's, is at risk.

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