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Do I Have to Give My Insurance Company a Recorded Statement?

The aftermath of sustaining an injury can be a confusing time, particularly when it comes to dealing with insurance carriers. However, in order to recover compensation, there will need to be some type of contact with the insurance carrier. But do you have to give a recorded statement to the insurance carrier? This is important… read more

How Fault Is Determined In A Left Hand Turn Accident

Even though making a left-hand turn is something that most drivers do each time they get out on the roadway, this can be a precarious maneuver. Left-hand turns are filled with opportunities for accidents caused by driver decisions, including determining who has to yield the right of way and knowing whether or not you have… read more

How to Report a Drunk Driver in California

Drunk drivers are dangerous drivers. Each year in California, impaired driving is a leading cause of traffic fatalities. If you see a drunk driver while you are operating your own vehicle, there are steps that you can take to report the driver to law enforcement officials so that they can take the steps necessary to… read more

Mediation in Personal Injury Cases

If you or somebody you care about has sustained an injury caused by the negligence of another individual or entity in the state of California, there is a good chance you will be able to recover compensation for your losses. However, recovering this compensation can be challenging, particularly if the case has to go to… read more

How Do I Prove The Insurance Company is Acting in Bad Faith?

In the United States, we will find that each state has laws regarding the duties of insurance carriers. In general, all insurance carriers have an implied responsibility to act in good faith and fair dealing with every client. Unfortunately, there are times when insurance carriers do not uphold their duty to clients. When this happens,… read more

COVID-19 and Nursing Home Negligence

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) states that there have been nearly 200,000 confirmed and more than 115,000 suspected COVID-19 cases in nursing homes throughout the United States as of mid-August 2020. CMS also says that there have been nearly 50,000 total nursing home deaths related to COVID-19. According to the Centers for… read more

COVID-19 Announcement

During this uncertain time, we want to assure you that Harting, Simkins & Ryan, LLP is still here to assist you with your case. TO POTENTIAL NEW CLIENTS:  Although we usually meet with potential clients in person, because of the precautions made necessary by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can let us know more about your… read more

What is the Average Payout for a Dog Bite?

If you or somebody you care about has been bitten and injured by another person’s dog, then you are probably wondering whether or not you are owed compensation. Dog bites are not uncommon in the US. Studies show that there are approximately 4.5 million dog bites each year in this country. While not all of… read more

Is Workers Compensation Mandatory in California?

Work injuries are not uncommon. When a person is injured on the job, they should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Many people wonder whether or not their employer is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. Chances are, they probably do have to have coverage. Understanding the workers’ compensation requirements in this state is important…. read more

Is it Legal to Use a Cell Phone While Driving in California?

With the rise of technology, particularly smartphones, distracted driving has become more and more of a problem throughout the US and here in California. More and more states and local jurisdictions have passed laws regarding cell phone use while driving to avoid serious car accidents from occurring. California has several laws in place that regulate… read more