Top 6 Tricks Insurance Companies Use on Injured People

When you are injured, the insurance companies that represent the at-fault party have come up with a whole bag of tricks that they use to try to minimize your injury, so they can minimize the amount that they have to pay. They use these tricks everywhere from the initial phone call all the way through trial.

Be on the look out for these tricks and logical fallacies the next time that you have to deal with an unscrupulous insurance company.

Happy New Year: 2014 Court Holidays

It’s almost 2014, and that means new court holidays for a new year.  The following are Sacramento’s Court Holidays for 2014 from the court’s website. Holiday Date New Year’s Day Wednesday, January 1st Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday Monday, January 20th Lincoln’s Birthday Wednesday, February 12th Presidents’ Day Monday, February 17th César Chávez Day* Monday, […]

New Procedure for Picking Arbitrators in Sacramento County

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO WWW.SACCOURT.CA.GOV PUBLIC NOTICE Changes to the Arbitrator Selection Process Effective July 03, 2013 (Amended June 19, 2013) Effective July 03, 2013, the process of selecting an Arbitrator must be completed via the Internet by using an online form. The telephone call-in selection process will no longer be available. […]

Sacramento Court Civil Filing Guidelines

(Rev February 22, 2013) CIVIL FRONT FILING COUNTER The Civil Front Filing Counter ONLY accepts the following documents for filing: Application for Discovery Subpoena – Out of State Application and Order for Appearance and Examination Claim Opposing Forfeiture Ex Parte Applications with a Hearing Date Labor Commissioner Appeals Law and Motion Documents (Dept 53/Dept 54) […]

Statewide California Court Fees for 2012

Sacramento superior court has put out a new copy of the statewide court fees for 2012, with the new sections highlighted in yellow.  You can find this document here.    

Howell v. Hamilton

Today, August 18, 2011, the California Supreme Court released an important decision affecting injured Californians who attempt to seek civil justice when they are injured. More analysis will follow. For now, I am simply providing copies of the opinion online. You can download a PDF of the Howell decision below. Howell v. Hamilton Meats The […]

Howell v. Hamilton Meats & Provisions Inc. – Full Opinion

(1) Was Hanif correct that a tort plaintiff can recover only what has been paid or incurred for medical care, even if that is less than the reasonable value of the services rendered? (2) Even if Hanif, which involved Medi-Cal payments, reached the right result on its facts, does its logic extend to plaintiffs covered by private insurance? (3) Does limiting the plaintiff’s recovery to the amounts paid and owed on his or her behalf confer a windfall on the tortfeasor, defeating the policy goals of the collateral source rule? (4) Is the difference between the providers’ full billings and the amounts they have agreed to accept from a patient’s insurer as full payment—what the appellate court below called the “negotiated rate differential”—a benefit the patient receives from his or her health insurance policy subject to the collateral source rule? We address these questions below.

Federal Government Shut Down Looming

Federal Government Shut Down Looming The Federal Government is on the verge of shutting down unless congress can agree on a budget. How will this affect lawyers who practice in Federal Court?  The United States Court Website has put out the following web page entitled “What Happens to Courts if the Federal Government Closes?” If […]

Happy Birthday, George Washington!

In honor of George Washington’s birthday, I have added a new page listing all of the court holidays for Sacramento Superior Court in 2011. What an honor! Sacramento Superior Court Holidays for 2011.