Lem Garcia Law

West Covina Car Accident Attorney

Lem Garcia Law

1720 W. Cameron Ave. Ste 210
West Covina, California 91790

Phone(626) 337-1111
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Website www.lemgarcialaw.com
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Law Firm Overview

Lem Garcia Law is a personal injury firm located in West Covina, California and serves clients in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California. Practice areas include vehicle and motorcycle accidents, bicycle and pedestrian accidents, dog bites, premises liability/slip and fall, defective products, police abuse, nursing home neglect, work injuries, and wrongful death.

Lemuel L. Garcia earned his Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law and graduated in the top 20 percent of his class. Prior to law school, he was a law clerk for a sole practitioner in Pasadena that practiced complex civil litigation. He started his own practice in order to bring personal service and attention to clients, and being their advocate.

Lem Garcia Law is committed to being available for clients, having an attorney handle each case, pursuing clientsí best interests, maximizing compensation, and seeking the best possible results.

Year this Office was Established: 2014

Languages: English, Spanish, Filipino.

Areas of Law





Additional Areas of Law: Dog Bites; Police Abuse; Nursing Home Neglect.


Areas of Law Description

West Covina car accident law office, Lem Garcia Law, emphasizes the practice on personal injury cases. Our goal is to handle everything for you, so that you have more time and energy to focus on your recovery, friends, and family. We strive to provide injured victims with the personal service and attention they are looking for after they have been injured in an accident. Whether you have been injured in a car accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, bicycle accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or any other type of accident, we can help you.



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Accident, Animal Bites, Automotive, Bicycle Accident, Brain Injury


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Articles Published by Lem Garcia Law

 My Car Was Totaled and They Are Accepting Liability for the Car Accident. Do I Still Need an Attorney?

Even though a car accident is clearly the other partyís fault and you were hit very hard, we highly recommend that you at least speak to an attorney to review your case. Most personal injury attorneys provide free case consultations for people who have been injured in car accidents and are happy to provide you with free legal information and advice about your case.

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 After a Car Accident, Do I Have to Use the Repair Shop that the Insurance Company Sends Me To?

If youíve been involved in a car accident and are dealing with the insurance companies yourself, it is important for you to know that you do not have to use the repair shops or body shops that the insurance companies recommend.

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 What Is the Best Thing to Do after a Car Accident?

There are many important things you need to do after a car accident, but if you are injured, the best thing to do is to get medical attention. If you are not at fault for the collision, the other party is responsible for your medical bills.

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 Is It Really Important that I Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Right Away after a Car Accident?

Yes, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney immediately after a car accident. After you have been able to file a police report, take pictures of the scene, gather information, and get medical attention, it is very important that you talk to an attorney right away.

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 What Should I Bring in for My First Car Accident Case Consultation?

It is important that you come in prepared for your first consultation for your car accident. On your first visit, you will have a lot of questions that you need answers to and the attorney that you are meeting with will need to have plenty of information in order to answer those questions.

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 Am I Allowed to Switch Lawyers? Should I?

Generally, you are allowed to switch lawyers in the middle of your case. Whatever your reason for getting another attorney may be, you are allowed to drop your current attorney and hire another one.

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 Should I Accept What the Insurance Company Is Offering Me after a Car Accident?

Before you accept any offer from an insurance company, make sure to have your offer reviewed by a personal injury attorney. In the vast majority of situations, the insurance company is not offering you as much as they could and/or should for your injuries.

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 Whatís the Best Way to Take Pictures after a Car Accident?

It is very important that after you have bee involved in a car accident that you take pictures Ė plenty of pictures. The more pictures that you have regarding your accident the better. It has never happened that a client has come in with too many pictures that they took from the scene of the crash.

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 Can I Get Injured from a Minor Rear-End Impact?

Yes, it is absolutely possible to get seriously injured from a ďminorĒ rear-end impact. While the insurance companies may argue that because your accident was ďlow impactĒ you did not get injured, you still have a bodily injury claim to pursue.

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 I Was Just a Witness to a Car Accident, Do I Have to Stop? Should I Stop?

If you just saw a car accident, you are under no obligation to stop. In California, even if you saw that people were seriously injured from the crash, you have no obligation to stop and render aid to the people who were injured. You can just continue driving, leave the scene of the crash, and go about your way.

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 I Hit Someone While They Were Jaywalking. Am I Responsible for Their Injuries?

If you hit a pedestrian who is jaywalking, you may be held liable for their bodily injury claim. Their bodily injury claim includes payment for their present and future medical bills, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost wages.

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 My Car Was Totaled in a Car Accident. Will They Pay for My Rental?

If your car is not drivable because of another partyís negligence, they owe you for your property damage, which includes a rental car until they pay you for your car or your car is repaired.

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 I Was Injured in a Car Accident. What Determines What I Get in My Settlement?

When you are injured in a car accident, and after you have sought after legal representation, there will be a point where you will get curious about how much your case is worth when it gets to settlement.

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 The Police Report for My Car Accident Is Wrong. Does the Police Report Determine Who Is at Fault?

No, the police report does not determine who is at fault for your car accident. Yes, the police report is very important to help determine who is at fault, but the police officer's opinion does not establish liability.

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 Who Is Responsible for My Medical Bills after an Accident?

A huge concern after youíve been involved in a car accident is who is going to pay for your medical bills. If you sought emergency medical treatment immediately after a crash, you are probably going to have a very large medical bill. The bill will be even larger if you were taken by an ambulance to the emergency room.

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 Should I Accept the Offer I Received from the Car Insurance Company for My Car Accident?

If you were involved in a car accident and have been offered an amount of money from the car insurance company to resolve your bodily injury claim, you should talk to an experienced personal injury attorney right away. The car insurance company is most likely offering much less money than what your claim is worth and is trying to resolve it for pennies on the dollar.

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 What Happens If You Leave the Scene of a Car Accident?

Itís surprisingly common for people to leave the scene after a car accident, which is a criminal offense. Whether youíre at fault for a car crash, it is your responsibility to stop and exchange information with the other driver(s). If someone is injured in a crash, it is also recommended that you provide assistance if it is safe to do so.

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 What Should I Wear to My Deposition for My Car Accident Case?

If your case did not settle before a lawsuit was filed, it is very likely that the other party will want to take your deposition. A deposition is where the other partyís attorney asks you questions under oath with a court reporter and your attorney present.

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 How Does a Slip and Fall Case Get Determined?

When a personal injury lawyer is determining if a slip and fall case is worth pursuing, or even considering, the lawyer has to look for some prerequisites. 1: Which party involved is liable? 2: What party involved is at fault? and 3: Was the person who fell, part of the accident by fault of their own in anyway?

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 What Happens if Your Dog Gets Hit by a Car?

Bearing witness to your family pet being struck by a car can be one of the worst experiences for a dog owner. In the event that this happens, you as the dog owner can prepare yourself to aid your pet.

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 Do I Need to Have an Attorney Represent Me after a Car Accident?

You donít need to have an attorney represent you after an accident, but you probably should. While it is true that an attorney will charge you a percentage of your recovery, your recovery will most likely be much more when you have a personal injury attorney represent you.

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 What Do I Need to Bring to My Car Accident Case Consultation?

When you meet with an attorney before a car accident case consultation, it is very important that you come prepared. The more prepared you are, the more your attorney will be able to properly evaluate your case and provide you with answers to your most pressing questions.

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 After My Car Accident Case Settles, How Long Will It Take before I Receive My Check?

In most situations, you will receive your check within one month, but it can take longer than one month if the insurance company that you settled with takes one month or longer to issue the check and mail it out.

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 How Long Does It Usually Take for a Car Accident Case to Settle?

After a car accident, you have two cases that can settle: one for your property damage, and one for your bodily injury. Your property damage claim should close relatively quickly. Property damage claims usually resolve within a few weeks, but can sometimes take months Ė even years Ė if the insurance company denies that it was their insuredís fault or if there are issues determining whether or not their insured had valid coverage at the time of the crash.

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 Insurance Adjuster for the Other Driverís Insurance Company Wants to Visit Me at My House. What to Do?

Donít be alarmed. This happens more often than it should. Making house visits soon after a car crash is a common tactic insurance companies use to minimize how much they will have to pay you.

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 I Was Seriously Injured in a Motorcycle Crash and the Driver Was Uninsured. What Should I Do?

After any serious injury from a vehicle accident, it is very important that you speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Most personal injury attorneys are happy to provide case consultations for free and without any obligation to you. Itís important to talk to an attorney right away because an attorney has a duty to inform you what is best for you Ė nobody else does.

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 How Do You Know if You Have a Car Accident Case that You Should Pursue?

Not everyone who is involved in a car accident has a case that they should pursue. Generally speaking, if you were 100% at fault for an accident, you do not have a case to pursue against the other party. If you were not injured or not damaged in any way, you do not have a case to pursue. If the other party does not have insurance coverage or any assets worth pursuing, then you most likely do not have a case worth pursuing.

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 When Does Someone Have a Personal Injury Case to Pursue?

A personal injury case exists when someone is injured because of someone elseís actions. The other personís actions could be reckless, negligent, or even intentional.

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 My Car Accident Was Almost Two Years Ago. How Long Do I Have to Do Anything about It?

In California, you have two years from the date of your car accident to file a lawsuit against whoever is at fault for the crash Ė in most situations. If your claim is against the city, you may have already lost your rights to pursue your claim, unless you filed a city claim within six months from the date of the car accident.

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 I Have Medical Payments Coverage under My Car Insurance Policy. What Is That For?

Medical payments coverage under your car insurance policy helps pay for medical bills whether or not you were at fault for the car accident.

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 Should I Give the Car Insurance Company a Recorded Statement after a Car Accident?

If you call a car insurance company after a car accident, you will talk to an insurance adjuster whose job is to reduce the value of your claim or deny it entirely. This is true whether it is the other personís insurance company or even your own insurance company. Car insurance companies are in the business of making you pay as much as possible while they pay out as little as possible.

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 The Police Officer Did Not Report My Car Accident Accurately and Has Me at Fault. What Can I Do?

While the police report is very important to determine liability, the police report is not the final word as to who is actually at fault. The judge or jury determines who is actually at fault. With that in mind, it is important that you do not get overly concerned about whether a police report places you at fault.

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 I Was Pushed into a Car in Front of Me. Am I at Fault?

After someone is rear-ended, it is very common for that person to get pushed into the car in front of them, even if they were at a complete stop. If you were rear-ended and were pushed into the car in front of you, you were not at fault.

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 How to Avoid the Three Most Common Bicycle Accidents

Bicycles have a right to the road just as much as cars do, but unfortunately, a lot of people driving cars do not look out for bicycles as much as they should.

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 Are Motorcycle Riders Allowed to Share Lanes with Cars?

Yes, in California lane sharing is a legal maneuver. Lane sharing, which is also known as lane splitting, and white-lining, is a legal driving maneuver in California if it is done in a safe manner. If youíre unfamiliar with the term, lane sharing is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes and passes cars in slower traffic on each side.

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 Should I get a Dash Camera in my car?

Dash camera footage can be very helpful to you if you are involved in a car accident and were not at fault. The footage would be able to help you prove that you were not at fault and would also help prove that the car accident caused your injuries. Sometimes photographs of the damage to the cars involved do not show the full impact of the crash and video of the crash will. If a photograph is worth 1,000 words then video is worth much more.

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 I Wasnít Wearing a Helmet When I Was Riding My Motorcycle. Can I Still Get Compensated for My Injuries?

Even though it is illegal in California to ride your motorcycle without wearing a helmet, you can still get compensated for your injuries. But if you suffered a head injury, not wearing a helmet makes it much more difficult to get compensated for that head injury. You would have to show that your head injury would have occurred even if you were wearing your helmet.

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 I Was Partly at Fault for My Car Accident. Can I Still Recover Anything?

Yes, even though you are partly at fault for your car accident, you can still get compensated for your injuries and the damage to your car.

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 Is It a Good Idea to Have My Friend or Relative Be a Witness for My Car Accident Case?

Even though your friend or relative might show bias in your favor, it is perfectly fine for your friend or relative to be your witness in your car accident case. If you are dealing with the insurance company yourself and the insurance adjuster says that your witness means nothing to your case because it is your friend or relative, the insurance adjuster is wrong.

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 I Have to Pay Back My Health Insurance Company from My Car Accident Settlement? Why?

Yes, in most situations you will have to pay back your health insurance company from your car accident settlement. Most health insurance contracts contain language in it that states that your health insurance company has a right to get reimbursed for the medical treatment they paid for if there is a third-party recovery. If you recover money from the other party in a car accident you are involved in, the other party is the third party.

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 I Was Hit by Someone Who Doesnít Have Car Insurance. What Do I Do?

Even though it is required by law to carry car insurance while driving, many people drive without any insurance. If you are hit by an uninsured driver, it is still very possible that you can get your car fixed, and get all of your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering paid for.

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 Why Is It Important to Talk to an Attorney after a Car Accident?

After a car accident, many people think that they should call their insurance company immediately afterwards. While it is important to call your insurance company to report the accident, it is more important to call an experienced personal injury lawyer for help.

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 Can I Get Paid for Pain and Suffering after a Car Accident?

Yes, if youíve been injured in a car accident because of someone elseís negligence, the other person owes you money for your pain and suffering. For example, if you were stopped at a red light and somebody rear-ended you, they will owe you for the pain you had to experience because of the car accident.

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 Should I Get GAP Insurance?

For many of our clients, gap insurance comes in very handy. Gap insurance covers the balance on how much you owe after your car insurance pays you for the value of your car.

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 Should I Contact an Attorney Immediately after a Car Accident?

Yes, you should contact an attorney immediately after a car accident. You may not have a case that is worth pursuing in the end, but it is important to at least talk to an attorney who can assess the value of the case for you and give you advice on how to best proceed. Many personal injury lawyers consult with clients for free and have no problem giving car crash victims proper guidance after a car accident.

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 A driver Without Insurance Hit Me. What Can I Do?

Even though it's illegal to drive without car insurance in California (punishable by fines and license suspension up to four years), many people still get behind the wheel while they're uninsured. If you've been hit by someone who doesn't carry auto insurance you still may be able to get compensated from the at fault party, but it may be better to get compensated by your own carrier, especially if the other party is insolvent. Here are several options you can take:

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 Can I Get Paid for My Medical Bills and Pain and Suffering after a Car Accident?

If you've been involved in a car accident that was not your fault, you deserve to get compensated not only for the damage to your car, but for your bodily injury. Compensation for your bodily injury includes, but is not limited to the following:

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 Can I Get Paid for the Damage to My Car after an Accident?

After you've been in a car accident that was not your fault, you deserve to get paid for your property damage and your bodily injury. The insurance carrier for the at-fault party is obligated to pay you for your property damage if their insured was at fault and had a valid policy at the time.

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 How to Avoid the Most Common Car Accidents

Car accidents are very common and they can be very dangerous. If you've never been in one, you're a very lucky person. On average, drivers are in a collision every 18 years. This means that if you started driving when you were 16, you'll most likely get into a collision by the time you're 34 years old.

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 What Are the Different Results in a Car Accident Case?

If you've been the unfortunate victim of a car accident, it's wise to know what your options are and what to expect. You don't have to hire an attorney for your injuries, but if you've in a high-impact accident or if you're feeling pain because of the crash, it's a good idea to at least speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your collision.

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 How Long Does It Take for a Car Accident Case to Settle?

It depends. Every case is different. It can take days, weeks, months, or even years before your case settles or comes to a resolution. Here is an overview of what to expect in your case accident case:

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 How Much Is a Car Accident Case Worth?

I was involved in a car accident recently. I was rear-ended. My car is drivable, but I was hit really hard. I'm experiencing significant back pain, neck pain, and headaches. How much is my case worth?

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 I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver, What Should I Do?

If you've been hit by a drunk driver make sure you get seen by a physician as soon as possible. Your health comes first. You can file your claim with the insurance company and talk with a lawyer later.

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 Do You Really Need an Attorney after a Car Accident?

No, you don't really need an attorney after a car accident, but it's a good idea. Most personal injury lawyers consult with injured victims for free and will tell them if they have a case worth pursuing. Any reputable and trustworthy personal injury attorney will advise you when it's better to pursue your matter on your own and when it's better have an attorney represent you.

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 Pedestrian Accidents - 4 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Pedestrian accidents can be absolutely horrifying and traumatic. The last thing on your mind is a lawsuit and how to get compensated fairly, and fully. Unfortunately, there are many things you need to know to make sure that you preserve your legal rights and the value of your case. Here are four things for you to keep in mind.

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 10 Mistakes You Must Avoid after a Car Accident

After you've been involved in an auto accident you're probably not thinking about how to win your car collision case. But as soon as the initial shock wears off you need to make sure you take the right actions to preserve the value of your claim. Here are 10 crucial mistakes that can prove to be very costly for you and your case.

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 Hit and Run Accidents - Why and How to Protect Yourself

Hit and run accidents are becoming increasingly popular in California, especially Los Angeles. It has been reported that in Los Angeles nearly half of all car accidents involve a hit and run driver. This means that if you are involved in a car accident, there is almost a 50% chance that if you don't flee the scene, the other person will.

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 I Was Pranked On Youtube. Can I Sue?

Have you been a victim of a Youtube prankster? If you have, you may have a claim against them for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

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 The One Reason Why You Might Need More Car Insurance Coverage

Even though there are serious penalties for driving without car insurance in California (license suspension, citation, car impoundment, and large fines), California still has the highest number of uninsured motorists according to the Insurance Research Council.

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 Can I Recover for My Bus Accident Injuries?

When you ride the public bus, you trust that the bus company hired responsible and competent drivers who will drive carefully when they take you from one place to another. Unfortunately, bus drivers may drive negligently, or even worse, recklessly, and cause serious injuries to you and your fellow passengers.

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 What You Probably Didn't Know About Property Damage Recovery in Car Accident Claims

Even after your car has been repaired and it looks as good as new, it's probably not worth what it used to be. The mere fact that your car has been damaged in a car accident may mean that its inherent market value has dropped. Many people donít want to purchase a used car with an accident in its history.

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 How to Get the Maximum Recovery for Your Car Accident Case

After a car accident, your can take a turn for the worse. You may have suffered bodily injuries and your car may have been damaged. It's important for you to know what you can recover after a car accident so you don't get taken advantage of. Here is a list of the types of recovery that you should seek after you've been in a car accident.

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 What Everyone Should Know about Interacting with the Police

If youíve ever been questioned by a police officer, you know how intimidating and nerve-wracking the situation can be. Whether or not you have broken the law, you donít want to be taken advantage of and you definitely donít want to have your rights violated.

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 What Every Biker Should Know about Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycles are fun to ride, but they can also be dangerous to yourself and other people on the road. Motorcycle accidents frequently cause minor and serious injures, which is why it is important that you know what to do when youíre involved in a motorcycle accident.

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 Why It's Important to Seek Medical Attention and Retain an Attorney Immediately after an Accident

After you've been in a car accident, it's important for you to take the right steps to maximize your potential recovery. After an accident, many people feel sore and shaken up, but they believe that the pain will eventually go away. Unfortunately, that pain often stays the same or worsens over time.

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 What People Don't Know about Discrimination and Harassment at Work

Going to work every day is hard enough. Donít let your employer make it even harder on you by tolerating discrimination and harassment. Federal law and California law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), age, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical condition, disability, pregnancy, and marital status.

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 Denied Insurance Claim? Donít Be a Victim Twice

You pay a lot of money for your insurance coverage, so you expect them to be there for you when you need them most. Unfortunately, that isnít always the case. Insurance companies frequently deny perfectly legitimate claims because their priority is to fill their pockets with your money (the U.S insurance industry makes more than $30 billion in profits annually).

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 Why All Parents Need a Will

When youíre young and healthy, creating a will isnít something that is high on your to do list, but it should be. Youíre a responsible parent and you only want what is best for your children. Youíve already made sure that your child has the safest crib, stroller, and car seat. Now itís time that you do a little more to protect your family and their future: create your will.

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 Dog Bites: Itís More Complicated than You Think

Dogs may be manís best friend, but if you spend enough time in an emergency room youíll eventually see someone who is suffering from a dog bite. In the United States, approximately 1,000 people rush to their local emergency room to be treated for a dog bite injury every day. Additionally, dogs bite more than 4.7 million people in the U.S. every year.

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 This Is How You Handle a Traffic Stop

When you see those flashing lights behind you pulling you over, itís very important that you follow a few simple steps to keep yourself out of trouble.

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 Injured at Work? 10 Steps You Need To Take

When people are injured at work, they are often too scared to file for a workersí compensation claim because they are worried that they will be fired. It is important for you to know that it is illegal for your employer to fire you in retaliation to you filing a workersí compensation claim.

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 I Had a Slip and Fall Accident, What Should I Do?

Life is full of ups and downs. Too many victims of slip and fall accidents flee the scene of their accident and do nothing because they think they were at fault and were too embarrassed to stick around. If youíve taken a slip and fall because of someone elseís negligence, you deserve to be compensated for the injuries that you sustained. You have nothing to be embarrassed about.

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 Most Important Things To Do after You've Been Injured

What you do immediately after youíve been injured is extremely important. Whether youíve been injured by a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or a defective product, it is important that you keep a few things in mind to preserve the value of your case and get what you deserve.

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 Top 12 Reasons Why You Need an Estate Plan

Many people think estate planning isnít for them, but the reality is that estate planning is for everyone. No matter how young you are or how little you own, everyone can benefit from an estate plan.

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 Don't Just Watch What You Eat - Watch Out When You Eat

After youíve swallowed a foreign object in your food, the typical response from the food manufacturer/food preparer is to offer your free products. While that might sound nice, it might not be enough. Eating a foreign object can cause serious physical and mental injuries.

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 What People Donít Know about Recording the Police

In the wake of the tragic police shootings, videos of the police being recorded by regular citizens are gaining popularity. In many of the videos, the police order the person recording to stop filming. This begs the question: are you allowed to record the police?

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 How Much Is a Car Accident Case Worth?

I was involved in a car accident recently. I was rear-ended. My car is drivable, but I was hit really hard. I'm experiencing significant back pain, neck pain, and headaches. How much is my case worth?

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 I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver, What Should I Do?

If you've been hit by a drunk driver make sure you get seen by a physician as soon as possible. Your health comes first. You can file your claim with the insurance company and talk with a lawyer later.

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 Do You Really Need an Attorney after a Car Accident?

No, you don't really need an attorney after a car accident, but it's a good idea. Most personal injury lawyers consult with injured victims for free and will tell them if they have a case worth pursuing.

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 Hit and Run Accidents - Why and How to Protect Yourself

Almost half of all car accidents in Los Angeles involve a hit and run driver. Don't be a victim and shoulder the damages on your own. Learn how to protect yourself.

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