James Michael Bergener’s Answers

James Michael Bergener

Newport Beach Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. Is it better to deal with your own insurance or the other parties insurance. how does the medical pay work.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Barry P. Goldberg
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. James Michael Bergener
    4. Andrew Daniel Myers
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    Since you and your mother do have injuries, it's best to speak to a California personal injury attorney before discussing your medical needs with either insurance company. Most attorneys provide free consultations so you have nothing to lose. For the property damage to your vehicle, it's often easier to deal with your own insurance company. Later you can get that deductible reimbursed from the other party's insurance. Med pay coverage from your own insurance is great for covering your out...

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  2. I just left a question regarding being rear ended on the 60 fwy! Perhaps I misworded what I was trying to ask...The other

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. James Michael Bergener
    2. Steven Mark Sweat
    3. Fernando Davin Vargas
    4. Wendy Ha Chau
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    Either the attorney you hired is not keeping you properly informed about the status of the case or some facts are missing that justify the insurance company claiming that you owe half of the damages. If your legal representation is just not working out, and you can't get answers, it's time to start looking for a different practitioner. My office has experience dealing with people who want to get settlements fairly and quickly, and need to work with a new attorney.

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  3. Can I sue for pain and suffering? I just got in a car accident , while at a stop I was hit at least 40mph from the back.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jannik Patrick Catalano
    2. Asmik Jasmine Gevorkyan
    3. David Lee Fiol
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    A rear-end accident where you suffered serious injuries; you absolutely should get compensated. Your damages can include medical care, property loss, pain and suffering, and past and future wages lost. Based on the facts you listed here, it's definitely in your best interest to contact myself or another California personal injury attorney on Avvo to start working for you right away. We handle cases on contingency, so you don't pay anything unless we get you money. You can seek medical treatment...

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  4. What recourse does a citizen have if hit by a police officer's car during a stolen vehicle pursuit?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. William Peter Daley
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Aalok Sikand
    4. David Lee Fiol
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    Well this case will be more complicated and have shorter time constraints. If it can be shown that the police officer was negligent when operating the vehicle during the chase, then yes you would have a claim. Hiring an attorney is crucial though, and it will be a lot more difficult without the advice of a professional. I suggest you contact myself or another personal injury attorney here and let us evaluate your case. Once we know the specific facts, we can paint you a better picture. Personal...

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  5. I dont know what to do about a back injury i sustained after a slip and fall injury at a local supermarket.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Steven Mark Sweat
    2. James Michael Bergener
    3. David Laurence Altman
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
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    Slip and fall, or premises liability cases, can be very traumatic. You've done the right thing by seeking medical treatment for your injuries. However, more information needs to be known in order to assist you. How long ago did your accident occur? Did you take pictures of the area where you slipped? Was there a spill or hazard that caused you to fall? Did you make a report with the supermarket? There is a lot that needs to be done to properly handle your case, and an attorney can help you do...

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  6. I've had 4 spine surgeries, severe permanent spinal cord injuries/paralysis suffered from a neglignent HOA and Condo Mgt. Co...

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. James Michael Bergener
    2. Sagar P. Parikh
    3. Michael Charles Doland
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    I am very sorry to hear about your accident. You should consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It sounds like your fall took place a while ago, so the sooner a lawyer can evaluate your case, the more effective he or she can be. I've included some links below you may find helpful. There are many qualified personal injury attorneys here on Avvo. Most of us provide free consultations, and operate on a contingency fee, so you have nothing to lose. Good luck!

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  7. I cannot get my insurance company to give me a fair settlement after a car accident (I was rear ended)...?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Casey A Quillen
    2. Robert Samuel Hoover
    3. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer
    4. James Michael Bergener
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    Negotiating with insurance companies on your own can be cumbersome. You mentioned that you're working with your own insurance carrier; do you have any injuries or are you only trying to get your car fixed? If you have injuries, and the other driver is unknown or doesn't have insurance, then you will need Uninsured Motorist Coverage to cover your losses. If your vehicle was damaged and you want to repair it, then you need to have Property Damage Liability Coverage to make a claim with your...

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  8. My father was the victim of a hit and run, which totaled his car. He still owes car payments. What can he do?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Edward Thomas Weber
    2. Malosack Berjis
    3. James Michael Bergener
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    5. Scott J. Corwin
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    I'm sorry to hear about you father's accident. I highly recommend that you and he consult a California personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Most attorneys like myself offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose by discussing the details of your situation over the phone. Since his car is on the new side, hopefully your father has full coverage insurance, and uninsured motorist coverage. This will help him obtain compensation for his damages and injuries in the event that the...

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  9. Wrongful death suit against the driver in malibu

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Kevin Coluccio
    2. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    3. David Michael Boertje
    4. David Lee Fiol
    5. Minh Tri Nguyen
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    To answer your question, the grounds for the wrongful death claim is that the at-fault driver was negligent when operating his vehicle and caused the head-on collision. You absolutely can sue for this, and I cannot stress enough how important it is that you discuss your case with a lawyer right away. With a personal injury lawyer by your side, you stand to earn significantly more from a settlement and can properly take your case to trial if necessary.

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  10. If a Bouncer at a bar/club assaults a patron and injures him, would the bar/club be liable?

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Sean Anthony Brady
    2. James Michael Bergener
    3. Tanya Marie Bachand
    4. Marc P. Weingarten
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    You can bring a civil action against them for the harms they caused you. However, it's important to determine what kind of injuries you sustained from the bouncer. Did you have to receive medical treatment for your injuries? Are you still in pain? The bar owner is certainly responsible if one of his or her employees were negligent in the course of their work and you suffered harm, but the specific facts are necessary to determine whether that liability exists. Feel free to contact me for...

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