Wednesday, November 14, 2018
VEHICLE ROLLOVERS

VEHICLE ROLLOVERS

VEHICLE ROLLOVERS Vehicle rollovers involving SUVs, passenger cars, pickup trucks, and vans account for only about 3% of all vehicle crashes. However, they are much more dangerous than a non-rollover crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that...
SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENTS

SERIOUS CAR ACCIDENTS

The most common type of personal injury case filed with our courts is an automobile accident. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, an auto accident occurs every ten seconds in the United States. Statistics show that in 2005 there...
AUTO ACCIDENT FAQ

AUTO ACCIDENT FAQ

AUTO ACCIDENT FAQ COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT WHO DECIDES WHETHER TO REPAIR OR REPLACE MY CAR? The insurance company typically has the option of deciding whether to repair or replace your vehicle, depending on whether the cost of repairs...
INSURANCE BAD FAITH With over 31 years of experience negotiating and litigating claims of personal injury and wrongful death in the Los Angeles area, attorney James Gillen of the Law Offices of James R. Gillen is intimately familiar with the insurance claims process and understands when insurance companies may be acting in bad faith in regards to their denial of coverage or handling of a particular claim. The firm represents insureds in insurance bad faith claims and coverage disputes throughout Southern California, including automobile liability and uninsured motorist claims, disability and health insurance policies, and homeowners’ policy claims for earthquake damage or other property and casualty loss. People buy insurance for security and peace of mind. When an event occurs requiring insurance to step in and cover a loss, the last thing people expect is to have their claim denied. Yet insurance companies operate with a financial incentive to closely scrutinize every claim, and to pay as little as possible or deny a claim altogether when they can. When an insurance company acts unreasonably in the discharge of its duties, it can be liable for money damages in a claim of insurance bad faith. The duty to act in good faith is implied in every contract, including insurance policies. In the insurance arena, bad faith can manifest itself in a number of ways. These include: Denial of coverage/refusal to pay a claim Undue delay in processing a claim Refusal to defend insured in a claim brought by a third party Refusal to settle a reasonable demand from a third party Canceling a policy (rescission) in order to avoid paying a claim Bad faith can be shown in the way an insurance company conducts itself, regardless of the outcome. For instance, even if the insurer eventually settles a claim with the insured or a third party, if it used unreasonable delaying tactics in the process, it may be liable for damages caused by the delay. In situations where the insurer refuses a reasonable settlement demand within policy limits and later loses a lawsuit defending the insured, the company may be liable to pay the entire judgment, including any amount awarded over the policy limits. James R. Gillen is an accomplished trial lawyer who is not afraid to take on the insurance giants when they have behaved inappropriately regarding their obligation to the insured. If you have been denied coverage on a claim or otherwise feel that an insurance company is mistreating you, contact the Law Offices of James R. Gillen for a free consultation regarding the law applicable to your particular situation.

INSURANCE BAD FAITH

INSURANCE BAD FAITH With over 31 years of experience negotiating and litigating claims of personal injury and wrongful death in the Los Angeles area, attorney James Gillen of the Law Offices of James R. Gillen is intimately familiar with the...
GOVERNMENT LIABILITY

GOVERNMENT LIABILITY

GOVERNMENT LIABILITY The personal injury and wrongful death trial practice at the Law Offices of James R. Gillen includes initiating actions against municipal, county, and state governments and other public agencies in the Los Angeles area when their negligence has...
AREAS OF EXPERTISE

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

AREAS OF EXPERTISE Attorney James Gillen of the Law Offices of James R. Gillen concentrates his 30-plus years of courtroom experience on the representation of individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death actions in Los Angeles, Orange County, and throughout...
STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS

STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS Statutes of limitations restrict the amount of time a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit. In California, the statute of limitations for negligence is two years. However, if your injury was caused by a public entity such...
SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI)

SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI)

SPINAL CORD INJURY (SCI) Spinal Cord Injury is damage to the spinal cord that occurred from a disease to the vertebral column or from a traumatic injury to the spinal cord. Most injuries to the spinal cord result from the...
GUIDANCE FOR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT VICTIMS Being involved in a motor vehicle accident is a traumatizing event, and it is hard to know or remember what to do outside of seeking medical help, calling the police, and perhaps exchanging information....
NURSING HOME ELDER ABUSE

NURSING HOME ELDER ABUSE

WHAT IS ELDER ABUSE? Elder abuse is a problem plaguing older Americans. The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that between 1 million and 2 million Americans age 65 and older have been victims of elder abuse. Because many incidents...
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