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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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Auto Accident

What To Do After An Accident

Do you really call a lawyer first?

If you want to know what to do after an accident, Attorney Nick Mastrangelo offers some sage advice. Nick has been an accident attorney helping people in Northern California for over 30 years. If you have been in an accident there are some things you should do first.

After an Accident, Get Medical Care First.

When you are in an car, truck or motorcycle accident, it is important for you to take care of yourself and your family first. Once you are receiving medical care, getting an attorney on your side is critical to protecting your rights. Not sure you need and attorney? If you don’t know, then you probably do.

Don’t Sign Anything after an accident.

Calling an attorney after an accident is free. Before you sign anything protect your rights and get an attorney to look at your situation. You might have a legal case and not even know it.

Attorney’s at the Mastrangelo Law Offices have over 100 years experience and have won over $250,000,000 for their clients. Put experience on your side.

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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.

Auto Accident

Who is at Fault in a Multiple Car Accident?

Car accidents cost an estimated $518 billion all over the world. In some countries, that’s up to 2% of their gross domestic product or GDP.

Besides costing both drivers and insurance companies a lot of money, car accidents can also cause life-altering injuries. In some cases, they can also be fatal.

If you’ve been in a car accident, you’ll know that determining who is at fault can already be a difficult process. But, if you were in a multiple car accident, this can get even more complicated.

Read on to discover how companies figure out who is at fault with a multiple car accident.

What Is a Multiple Car Accident?

A multiple car accident occurs when more than two cars are involved. This can be when a car is rear-ended and is pushed forward to rear end the car behind him.

These types of accidents can also occur on busy roads in non-rear end situations. For example, a car can plow into another car, which causes it to crash into another car and so on. In some cases, several cars are involved, which can create serious damage and destruction.

No matter if injuries or fatalities occur, the insurance companies must figure out who was at fault. This way, they can properly assess the damage and payout the figure that will be owed to the victim or victims.

Who Is At Fault?

This can be difficult to ascertain, as typically no one wants to cause an accident. However, who is at fault usually is the person who caused the accident in the first place. This could be from a variety of reasons. But, if a car hit you and caused you to hit another car, you are more than likely not at fault for the chain reaction.

The person who caused the chain reaction was more than likely doing something wrong to cause the accident. This can include tailgating the person in front of them or following too closely, not watching where they’re going, turning in front a car without enough room, driving under the influence or multiple other issues.

The person who is at fault will have their insurance pay for the damage to the cars. In some cases, the person’s insurance may also have to pay out for damages that have occurred as a result of the accident that has led to injury, disability, and even death.

Often, those who are suing the insurance company for compensation will be represented by lawyers. A lawyer will help draw up the case to prove why the other person was in the wrong. This will help the insurance company determine the payout to give to you or other parties involved in the accident.

What If Only Damage to the Car Was Sustained?

If the only damage done during a multiple car accident was to the cars, then more than likely, you will not go to court. You will also more than likely not sue the company for extra compensation. Instead, the insurance will likely work with a mechanic or repair person to determine the damage done to the car.

As the damage is only done to a material item, it is easier to ascertain how much the insurance owes. It’s also easier to ensure that the responsible individual’s insurance company pays the fees owed.

How Do I Prove Who Was at Fault?

While it may seem complicated to prove who was at fault, sometimes it can be rather obvious. If, for example, three people are at a stop light and there is a three car pile up, most likely the person at the back caused the accident. This is because it is clear they were not paying attention.

Additionally, if someone in the “chain” car accident is found to be drunk, on drugs or otherwise in a state that isn’t legal for them to operate a vehicle, they may also be at fault.

If this is the case, the individual may also face further charges that go beyond the car accident. These may include driving under the influence or DUI charges.

Witness testimony, as well as the police officer’s report when they first get to the scene, are both very important in determining who is at fault. If several people corroborate that one person was clearly at fault, it makes it easier to determine.

Can There Be No-Fault Accidents?

“No-fault” is a legal consideration, so while this can occur, it depends on the state, the courts and the law. While this can make compensation a bit more difficult, it is just one more reason to call an attorney and protect your rights.

For example, if there is bad weather, featuring ice or other hazards on the road that caused the original instigator of the crash to skid, they may or may not be at fault depending on where you live.

Or, if there are issues with the road itself, the driver may not be found at fault for the accident.

Another example of no-fault in the drivers case would be if the driver’s car is faulty and there were no prior indications of this. In this case, the car company would likely be found at fault, because they have sold the driver a defective product.

What Do I Do if I’ve Been in a Multiple Car Accident?

If you’ve been in a multiple car accident and have sustained injuries or are the survivor of an accident that resulted in wrongful death, you should speak to an attorney right away. He or she can work with you to help determine who was at fault, thereby giving you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.

Contact us today to get in touch and start working on your case.

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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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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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