Punitive damages are awarded to injured parties in dog bite cases where an at-fault party behaved with willful malice or reckless indifference to the rights and safety of others. It’s a severe accusation to levy against a defendant. In general, this can leave them liable to criminal charges as well. In civil law, this is called gross negligence or willful misconduct. In…

There are some personal injury lawyers who have injury settlement calculators on their websites. There you will input a few numbers and it will come out with some figure that supposedly tells you how much your injury lawsuit is worth. Ultimately, those are entirely unreliable. Two dog bite injury victims can bring the same lawsuit against a dog owner with the same…

Wrongful death statutes are an extension of personal injury law. Each state has specific rules governing who can bring an action against an at-fault party when a death is involved. Depending on the state it can get fairly complicated. Here we’ll explain how California’s wrongful death state works, and how an experienced wrongful death lawyer can help. Wrongful Death in California Wrongful…

Self-driving cars are raising important legal issues about who is responsible in the event of a collision. The recent crash of a Tesla vehicle on autopilot has only sharpened the relevance of such questions. As more and more self-driving cars hit the road, injured motorists will need new strategies for obtaining compensation for their injuries. Smash Up in Orange County According to…

According to state statistics, more than 38,000 people visited an emergency room in California in 2015. If you have been bitten by a dog, you might be entitled to compensation, but you should also report a dog bite to animal control, who can investigate whether the dog is dangerous. Collect Necessary Information to Report a Dog Bite After the attack, seek immediate…

Each state in the U.S. assigns a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits. That means you only have so much time after the incident in which to file a lawsuit. In California, you have 2 years after an injury has occurred to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual you feel is the negligent party. Here, RMD’s dog bite lawyers…

Automobile accidents can cause devastating injuries that leave motorists bedridden for months. At RMD Law, we have seen broken bones, crushed limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord injuries, among many others. These injuries can require hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment, including ongoing care. But what happens if the driver who caused the collision did not have insurance? Or…

California does not require PIP insurance, also called medical payments coverage, or “med-pay.” However, motorists might be interested in purchasing it anyway. Consider the following factors when deciding whether to purchase medical payments coverage. What is PIP or Med-Pay? Most people know what liability insurance is. If you get in an accident, the driver who is responsible for the collision will have…

The sudden impact of a car accident can leave you frazzled and unsure what to do. After addressing your immediate medical needs, you know you need to inform your own insurance company about the accident. But how much information do you have to provide? And how do you go about figuring out exactly how much you are owed for the accident? And…

Dealing with an insurance company following a car accident is often a back-and-forth process. It usually begins when you send a demand letter to the insurer, which describes the accident in detail and provides an accounting of your damages. The insurance company will then conduct its own investigation and reply with a settlement offer. An offer is just that–a proposal to settle….