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3 Logjams that Stall Most Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Cases

Barry P. Goldberg is a frequent author on Uninsured/Underinsured (“UM/UIM”) motorist topics. As such, regular advice is given out on many UM/UIM circumstances. Surprisingly, most questions from other lawyers do not involve...more

Holiday Parties: Can You Sue the Bar or Homeowner Who Served the Alcohol?

It’s that time of year again, when holiday parties abound and the number of buzzed drivers or intoxicated drivers on the roads increase, putting many innocent pedestrians, drivers, bicyclists, and motorists at risk. We may...more

Bad Faith Sentinel - November 2014

In This Issue: - Southern District of California Denies Motion to Dismiss Bad Faith Claim in Homeowners Policy Dispute - Northern District of Indiana: No Bad Faith Where Insurer Has a Rational Basis for its...more

Middle District of Pennsylvania: Mere Delay Does Not Constitute Bad Faith

Shaffer v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., No. 1:13-CV-01837, 2014 WL 5325340 (M.D. Pa. Oct. 20, 2014). Court grants summary judgment to insurer where lengthy investigation was required to determine causation for UIM...more

Buzzed Driving & Drunk Driving Accidents Increase During Holiday Season

A new study released by UC San Diego reveals that “minimally buzzed” drivers – including those with a very low 0.01 blood-alcohol level (which is well below the legal limit of 0.08) are often to blame for fatal car crashes....more

Middle District of Florida: Court Denies Summary Judgment For Insured On First-Party Bad Faith Claim Where Permanence Of Injury...

Cadle v. Geico Gen. Ins. Co., No. 6:13-CV-1591-ORL-31G, 2014 WL 4983746 (M.D. Fla. Oct. 6, 2014). Middle District of Florida finds that insured’s bad faith claim for first-party failure to settle could not properly be...more

Red Light Accidents in the San Fernando Valley

Red-light running is a serious intersection safety issue in the San Fernando Valley and across the nation. Indeed, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that in the last...more

Limitation Periods and Non-Earner Benefits - the Latest Comments by the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal's recent decision in Sagan v. Dominion [2014 ONCA 720] confirmed that the submission of Disability Certificates are not required to trigger the commencement of a limitation period....more

Proposed New Jersey Legislation Seeks to Protect Privacy Interests in Motor Vehicle’s “Black Box” Data

In past investigations into automobile collisions, drivers often faced little challenge to their claims that they adhered to speed limits but somehow lost control of the car, that they applied their brakes but could not slow...more

Did You Know that an Expert can Testify that You were At Fault—Even if You Were Not!

Barry P. Goldberg is careful when advising accident victims that think that their case is a “slam dunk” on liability. In fact, claimants should be aware that if the case goes into active litigation the insurers will hire...more

Recent Workers' Compensation Cases Focus on "Going and Coming" Rule

As a general rule, an employee is deemed not to be "in the course and scope of employment" and is therefore not entitled to workers' compensation benefits, while commuting to and from work. This is known as the "going and...more

Top 5 takeaways on connected cars

Here are the main legal topics on connected cars covered during the Connected Automobiles conference where I gave a presentation named “Privacy and regulations: state-of-the-art and future issues” on legal issues relating to...more

Resolving competing factual scenarios – a good example from the NSW Supreme Court

In Layton Smith bht Troy Smith v NRMA Insurance Limited [2014] NSWSC 1518, the Supreme Court of NSW was called upon to determine the separate question of liability in a motor vehicle accident matter. However, in a somewhat...more

Lies Insurance Company Tell You to Deny Loss of Use Claims

If you’re like the countless Southern California drivers who have been involved in an auto accident, you’re probably more fed up with the insurance companies than with any injury to yourself or property damage to your car! Of...more

Stop Sign Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are all-too-common in the San Fernando Valley. In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22% of all traffic fatalities. No matter how often pedestrian accidents may occur, if you are the...more

Can I Sue If I Was Hit By a Car While Jaywalking?

While California pedestrians are legally required to cross streets in demarcated crosswalks, if you were jaywalking in the San Fernando Valley and were hit by a car, you may be able to recover financial compensation for your...more

California Employer That Did Not Gain Benefit From Employee’s Use of Car Is Not Liable for Accident

Lobo v. Tamco, No. E054523 (September 10, 2014): In a recent decision, the California Court of Appeal held that under the “going and coming” rule, an employer was not vicariously liable for an accident caused by an employee’s...more

Injured In A Car Accident While Doing Work

One of the most common on-the-job accidents occur as the result of motor-vehicle collisions. There are basically two general rules when it comes to deciding if a car wreck is covered by workers’ compensation. The first rule...more

Four’s A Crowd: Third-Party Bad Faith Cases Test the Limits of the Tripartite Relationship

A significant minority of states permit plaintiffs who win judgments against insured defendants to assert claims directly against the defendants’ insurers—including claims for extracontractual liability, based on alleged bad...more

Pedestrian Accidents and Life Care Planning

The sad truth of the matter is that in a “scuffle” between a pedestrian and a motor vehicle, the pedestrian is most likely to lose and serious injuries are most often the result. In many cases of pedestrian accidents in the...more

Drawing the long bow of causation in personal injury claims – pre-existing conditions, medical complications and foreseeability

The consequences of an accident resulting in personal injuries can have far-reaching impact and can continue for many years after the tort has occurred. While an injured person may sustain immediately identifiable personal...more

The Expansive Definition of "Accident" under the SABS

A recent decision by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario further widens the net of what is considered an “accident” for the purposes of the Statutory Accident Benefits Schedule ("SABS")....more

One Accident, Multiple Causes—Single Policy Limit

Barry P. Goldberg tirelessly looks for every available source of recovery, especially in serious injury cases. Often an accident has many possible causes. The obvious causes usually involve other negligent drivers, road...more

Does an Insurer Commit “Bad Faith” by Refusing to Settle Your Case?

Barry P. Goldberg is regularly asked whether an insurer is committing “bad faith” by failing or refusing to settle a case. Most accident victims do not realize that the “at fault” party’s insurer really owes virtually no duty...more

"Trust" It or Lose it: Future Collateral Benefits in Motor Vehicle Accident Jury Trials

A staple of every well written Statement of Defence includes the plea for entitlement to the benefits of all insurances provided pursuant to section 267 of the Insurance Act. Where a Plaintiff receives payments for collateral...more

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