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Questions to ask your Personal Injury Lawyer?

Last week, we talked about what are some of the important qualities that your personal injury lawyer should possess. Now do you know what questions you should ask before hiring your lawyer?

If you Google “Questions to ask your Personal Injury Lawyer” you will get all kinds of answers, but to save you people some time, our law office has put together some questions that new clients ask us all the time:

  1. How much do you cost? Most PI Lawyers work on a reward basis, i.e. they get paid when you get paid for your damages. That can be typically 25% to 45%, but really depends on your lawyer and the situation.
  2. Will I need to pay if I lose the case? Again, it really depends on your lawyer. There are lawyers who don’t charge you anything if you lose the case, and there are some who charge you for their basic time in addition to the percentage of the reward.
  3. Have you had clients similar to me? This one is obvious, wouldn’t you want a lawyer who knows your situation to the “T”. In such a case, your lawyer knows exactly how to present your case, because they have previous data to work with.
  4. What are the chances of my success? Some lawyers even advertise the percentage of cases they have won, which is what makes some of them very expensive, as they are almost guaranteed to win your case (for e.g. MLO Lawyers :). But you should always expect the worst and prepare for anything that can happen in your case. If you call for a free consultation we will have a much better idea of your chances of success.
  5. Are you personally going to handle my case? There are many law offices where the real lawyer doesn’t even handle the case, instead, their interns and assistants handle the entire case. There is nothing wrong in asking them who will handle most of the case. At the Mastrangelo Law Offices, you will get to know your lawyer and the staff members that make up your team.
  6. What is your experience? Many law firms come and go from the accident world. Lured by big cases in the news these lawyers appear and disappear as fast as you can click an ad on social media. With over 35 years of experience and $250,000,000 collected for our clients, the Mastrangelo Law Offices is among the best and most experienced in California.

Have a questions to ask a lawyer about your case?

MLO offices serve the entire EAST BAY San Francisco, with personal injury clients winning cases more than 90% of the times!

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How to Find the Best Personal Injury Attorney in California

The best attorneys are hard to find.

Finding the best personal injury attorney can be a bit of a challenge.  Nowadays there are companies called “aggregators”  These companies are really just advertising agencies that look like a law firm.  When you call them, they “sell” your case to a real lawyer in your area.  The problem is you have no idea who that “real” lawyer is.  Somewhere in the paperwork will be a paragraph that says you didn’t actually hire the aggregator but instead you hired a lawyer.

This happens in just about every field.  I know a guy who runs ads to look like all the big solar companies and then sells the “lead” to the highest bidder.  He does all of this from his cell phone on the ski slopes in the winter.  It’s a pretty good gig if you understand the business and are the guy making the money.  It isn’t a good deal for the consumer who has no idea who they are hiring or the business owner who is paying extra for a customer that might not be a good fit.

The best attorneys in California have a record.

One of the first things that sets the best attorneys apart from the crowd is their record.  Attorneys don’t leave law school and suddenly open up as the best attorney in California.  They work for larger firms and get the experience they need before hanging their own shingle.  

The best attorneys will have a winning record.  With personal injury attorney’s they also need a checkbook since most of them are covering the expenses of the case until they get a settlement that favors the client.  The trick is finding those attorneys.  When you find an attorney, ask them how many cases they have won.  If they are losing more than 25% of their cases, find a new attorney.  Winning attorneys have a winning track record.

The best personal injury attorneys in California don’t make you pay.

In California and many states, it is common practice for for cases to be accepted on “contingency”.  When an attorney takes your case on contingency it means they don’t get paid unless you win.  You don’t have to write them a check to get started.  If all attorneys had to work this way, lawsuits might be more reasonable.

The best attorneys have been around for a long time.

The last thing that you will notice when you look for the best personal injury attorneys is that the good ones have been around a while.  Many of the top firms are more than 25 years old.  That doesn’t mean your lawyer is old, it just means the attorney in charge who is coaching your case has a lot to experience.  You might get a young attorney, but if they are at an old firm, your chances are probably a little better.

The bottom line.

The bottom line when looking for a personal injury attorney is this:  You are looking for a firm with a long track record of wins, not a phone number on the bus that will charge any attorney for the case.

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Personal Injury Attorney in Concord California – Do You Need One?

If you need a Personal Injury Attorney in Concord California you probably want one with years of experience and thousands of cases under their belts.  The Mastrangelo Law Offices is headquartered in Orinda California at the beautiful Theater Square Building. 

With a record of winning over 2500 cases and collecting over $250 Million Dollars for their clients, the Mastrangelo Law Offices is one of the East Bays most successful personal injury law firms.  Why would you want anyone else on your team?

That is the kind of experience you need when you are looking for a Personal Injury Attorney in Concord isn’t it?  The good news is the Mastrangelo Law offices has locations throughout the East Bay including Concord.  

They know the nobody wants to sue, but sometimes you get injured and they don’t pay all of your bills.  Truck, Auto, Work and Medical procedures all can involve accidents that lead to injury.  If you have been injured, why not talk to an attorney from the Mastrangelo Law offices?  The first consultation is free, and if they take your case and they don’t win.  It doesn’t cost you anything.

Finding a personal injury attorney in Concord doesn’t have to be hard.  Check out the video series where you get to meet Attorney Nick Mastrangelo and learn how he can help you after an accident.   

Call today for a free consultation 925-258-0500

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Accident Attorney’s IN The news.

Winning Attorney Ed Mastrangelo

 

While we are still working on the details of a case that is in the news, we are happy to see that our case helped add another reason to “Why you need an attorney” when you are in an accident.

Accident Attorney’s Get Sidewalk Fixed

 

For over 35 years the Mastrangelo Law Offices has been helping people injured in accidents. We aren’t always in the news, but with over $250Million earned for our clients, we do get in the paper from time to time.

With on of California’s top attorney’s at the firm, they have a winning record that is among the best. Auto Accidents, Truck Accidents and even sidewalk accidents are all better handled with a great attorney on your team.

While not every case is the same, it takes a team of attorney’s and investigators that know how to ask the right question to get the results you need. Accidents that cause injuries do more damage than just the injury. There can be lost work time, additional medical costs and unforeseen pain and suffering. Experienced attorney’s know how to work with you to get you the settlement and money you deserve quickly. You get more time to focus on getting back to a normal life.

While the sidewalk case is ongoing, we are happy to be in the news. It is already a good thing that the sidewalk is fixed so that no one else is injured unnecessarily.

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The Mastrangelo Minute – Anyone Can Afford An Attorney!

Nick Mastrangelo and Scott Bourquin discuss how you can afford an attorney even if you don’t have any money and were injured in an accident.  If the accident occurred at work or on the freeway don’t let their insurance tell you it is all right without talking to an attorney.  Find out from Nick Mastrangelo, an attorney with the Mastrangelo Law Offices, about how you can afford an attorney.

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Uninsured Motorist Insurance, Do I Need It?

Everybody knows that if you own a vehicle in California, you are required by law to purchase auto insurance.  We are bombarded with ads on TV and radio from auto insurances companies claiming to have the best rates, but what are they selling you for that rate?  There are several different types of auto insurance coverage that you can buy. Keep in mind, I don’t sell auto insurance. Some types of coverage protect you in claims made by others against you,  while others protect you when somebody causes harm to you or your vehicle.

Uninsured/Underinsured coverage is a type of coverage that protects you and your family if you are injured in an accident cause by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.  It  is important that you purchase this kind of additional coverage as there are many people on the road that violate the law and don’t have auto insurance.

Even if they have the required auto insurance, it might not cover your car if you have a nice car, or worse it may not cover your medical bills if you are injured in the accident.  If  one of those drivers causes injury to you or your family,  you will need your own coverage to get fully compensated. That is what uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is for.

I cannot tell you how many times I have spoken to people that have suffered serious injuries due to the fault of an uninsured or underinsured motorist but did not protect themselves by purchasing the right coverage.  They saved $50 per year on their premium but now they are stuck with thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost earnings  and have no way to get reimbursed.

In most instances, auto insurance companies are obligated to offer uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage as part of the policy.  Make sure you accept the coverage and that the UM/UIM policy limit is the same as your bodily injury liability limit.  The coverage will protect you and your family not only when driving your car, but also while you are a pedestrian or riding a bicycle.

The attorneys at the Mastrangelo Law Offices have been helping people with serious personal injury cases and wrongful death cases for over 30 years.  We also handle all types of insurance disputes, including insurance bad faith and cases involving nursing home neglect and abuse.  Call now for a free consultation or check us out on the web at www.mlolawyer.com


We don’t charge a fee if we don’t win your case.

– Nick Mastrangelo

 

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All Accidents are NOT the Same

If you have been involved in an accident, your friends and family might have some great advice. They also might not have the greatest advice. When you are injured in an accident or lose a loved one due to an accident, you probably need an attorney.

The best part about talking to an attorney after an accident is the consultation is free. If we can’t help you we won’t charge you, not that is better than a money back guarantee, since you don’t pay anything for your initial consultation and you don’t pay anything unless we are able to help you and get you the help you need.

Call for a free Consultation Now.  925-258-0500

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$450,000 Win For Victims Of a Drunk Driving Accident

Two girls were involved in a drunk driving accident, leaving them both injured and in debt. The girls visited the home of a mutual friend one night, where the three began drinking together. The defendant drove the two girls to watch the sunset where they continued to drink more. On the way home, which should have been a short trip, the defendant started driving erratically along the winding roads of Grizzly Peak. The defendant hit a sharp curve at a high speed and his vehicle sailed over the edge of the cliff. The car rolled over and over as it plummeted 450 feet down the hillside. The damage to the vehicle was tremendous. The two girls were trapped in the upside down vehicle as the defendant released himself, climbed out through his window, and started to walk away as the two girls cried for help. The defendant eventually freed the girls from the vehicle but refused to call for help. He left the girls at the scene and returned home on his own.

The two girls dialed 911 on their own, and despite sustaining serious injuries managed to climb their way up the hill and back to the road. Both girls were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. The defendant first tried to claim his car was stolen, but it was obvious to the police he was inebriated and the guilty party in the drunk driving accident. Although all three parties involved in the crash had been drinking, it was the driver who was responsible for the accident. Do not hesitate to call the attorneys at Mastrangelo Law Offices if you have been involved in a drunk driving accident.

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Serving the Entire East Bay including Orinda, Danville, Walnut Creek, Fremont, Pleasanton, Concord and Richmond.

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Is your street Or Sidewalk dangerous?

Do you notice that your street or sidewalk is dangerous?  Most people think that the sidewalk in front of their home or business is their property.  Most of the time that isn’t true.  Just like the streets, sidewalks are usually “property” and “responsibility” of the city.  Thats why there are not normally sidewalks in the country.

If you live in a gated community, you may find that your HOA actually “owns” and is responsible for the sidewalks.  Every case is a little different.  At the end of the day if your street or sidewalk is dangerous, it needs to be fixed so no one gets hurt.  Recently we had a case where the city knew of an unsafe area and didn’t fix it.  Until someone got hurt badly that is.

It is their problem

Cities are responsible to keep streets and sidewalks in a safe condition.  You have a responsibility to use the streets and sidewalks as they were intended.  If an unsafe condition exists where you get injured on a sidewalk or street, you might have a case for the city to cover your medical costs.

If you get injured due to an unsafe road or sidewalk, you should call an attorney.  Normally when call the city after you are injured, they will likely say that you are responsible.  Many times the city representative will quickly add that they had no idea of the defect that caused your injury.  Your attorney may need to hire an investigator to prove that the city either knew or should have known about the unsafe condition.

The very reason that city governments exist is the safety of the citizens that live there.  If they can’t even manage that, why are they there?  Most cities do a good job keeping up with the maintenance of roads and sidewalks.  Unfortunately that isn’t always the case and injuries result.

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Is Live Signage Advertising Making Driving Unsafe?

Chances are that you have seen human advertising before.  It is hard to ignore a person dancing and twirling a large sign on a street corner during a busy day, wearing a huge billboard around their neck, or dressed up in a ridiculous costume.  Use of human advertising is especially common to promote flash sales and seasonal businesses like tax services.  Companies have been using human directionals (sign holders) to attract attention to their businesses for centuries.

A business will send a human directional to perform in areas of high pedestrian and automobile traffic to attract the highest number of potential customers.  Unfortunately, this can be dangerous.  Human directionals walk, twirl, dance, spin, and move their signs in an exaggerated fashion which can be distracting to drivers.  A number of cities have banned human directionals that twirl and move signs to prevent automobile accidents.  Distracting drivers is a common concern, but negligent sign walking can also pose a threat to pedestrians.

A client of Mastrangelo Law Offices was standing on a sidewalk corner in Pleasant Hill, California.  She was waiting for the light to turn green so she could cross the street.  A human directional was walking up and down this busy street, turning a 10 foot tall sign to attract attention to a nearby liquidation sale.  A strong gust of wind caused the sign walker to lose control of the sign he was holding, which struck our client, causing her to fall and fracture her pelvis.  Wind is a known hazard of sign walking.  Strong wind makes controlling the sign difficult.

The city’s municipal code controls signage.  An outdoor advertising structure sign and/or sign location within a public right of way is prohibited.  A public right of way includes public streets, alleys, sidewalks and unpaved areas.  The defendants violated the city’s municipal code by having a 10 foot tall sign advertising a sale on a sidewalk, within the public right of way.  To get the most exposure and make the most money, the 10 foot sign was being walked and turned on one of the busiest intersections of the city, during one of the busiest times of the year.  Pedestrian traffic is high at this location.  To have a human directional working this area is dangerous and unsafe.  The defendants hired and instructed this sign walker to work this particular street, which resulted in our client’s injuries.  The defendants were liable for our client’s damages.

Accidents are not always as simple as rear-end collisions and trip and falls.  Call Mastrangelo Law Offices if you have been involved in an accident where you believe you were not at fault.