As a result of an $8 Million Dollar verdict, Yellow Cab in San Francisco is considering filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. This move comes 6 months after the verdict found them responsible for the brain Injury and partial paralysis suffered by a passenger in a Yellow Cab vehicle.

Yellow Cab, like the entire taxi industry has seen its business ravaged by companies like Uber and Lyft who charge lower fares and can flood the street with cars at a moment’s notice. These new companies also benefit from looser restrictions.  Yellow Cab has tried to duck liability by claiming that their drivers are independent contractors and that argument echo’s the claim that both Uber and Lyft drivers have made in California courts and are asking to be classified as employees.  The lawsuit by Lyft and Uber drivers is waiting for its day in court as well.

It’s interesting and terrifying to note that Yellow Cab only carries $1 Million in liability insurance and that’s only a fraction of the $8 Million dollar judgment. In fact the Attorney in that case calls that “grossly underinsured.”  Even in the past when Yellow Cab has been hit with lawsuits they have not increased their insurance limits and instead pretend that they don’t own or operate many of the cabs and then hang their drivers and passengers out to dry claiming the drivers are independent contractors. While the injured party in this case would have a voice in bankruptcy court that adds a layer onto what is already a sad situation.

A similar situation happened in Chicago where Yellow Cab lost a $26 Million dollar verdict and in that case they filed for Bankruptcy less than 9 hours after the verdict was read in court. Yellow Cab in San Francisco asserts that business and fares are strong with an average of 15,000 people riding in a Yellow Cab on average.

This is another great reason to have as much insurance as you can reasonably afford. Your car insurance follows you and in a case like a ride in Uber, Lyft  or even Yellow Cab you will have insurance that you can use and count on.  As we incorporate new services into our lives that cost less money and are seemingly better it is wise to look at the ramifications and how they affect you.

We help with serious issues that require serious representation.  We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth.  We have over 70 years of experience on our legal team and we also have a former insurance company defense attorney in our plaintiff’s only law firm.  Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com  We Can Help!

 

 

I hate delivering news that falls into the category of really bad news. Last week was not good!

We had a family that was recently involved in a horrible accident here in town.  They came to our office for help.  We made certain that their medical issues were being taken care of first (they were) and that the status of their car repair was being seen to.  It was as well.  The next action was to contact the insurance company of the driver that caused the accident and notify them that we were on the case.  That’s where the horrible news came into play.  The driver that hit them let their insurance lapse and there is NO INSURANCE!  We have a family with injuries, they cannot work as a result of their injuries and their agent saved them a few dollars and wrote minimum coverage.  That now means minimum coverage for their own injuries.

They will get their car repaired.  We will be able to offer some monetary help for their injuries but this accident will cost them time, money and pain with no one that can really be held accountable.  The reality is that when this family first came into the office they said they were not the “type to sue” but based on how severe the injuries are they knew they needed some help.  We will give them as much help as we can.  The grim reality is that the other driver having no insurance and our client having minimal insurance there will be only so much we can do.  Please take a look at your personal policy and make certain you have limits that you are comfortable with.  If you want to know more just leave us an e-mail and we will talk about this in our next blog.

We help with serious issues that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth.  We have over 70 years of experience on our legal team and we also have a former insurance company defense attorney in our plaintiff’s only law firm.  Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com  We Can Help!

 

We wrote recently about the devastating impact of not having sufficient automobile insurance and how critical that becomes when you’re involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist. These days it comes down to the idea of buying sufficient insurance to cover yourself in the event the person hitting you doesn’t carry enough or any insurance.  By doing this you accept that if you are in an accident the other driver will be uninsured.  In California the Insurance Resource Council estimates there are more than 4 million drivers without insurance.  Better covered than sorry!

With that said what coverage limits should you have in place to adequately cover yourself against an uninsured/underinsured driver?  In reality you should purchase as much insurance as you can up to a point.  A minimum level of coverage of $100,000/$300,000 for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist is reasonable… buy more if you can afford it.  Having medical payments coverage is extremely affordable and allows you to direct your care and enlist the services of Chiropractors and other allied health care professionals of your choice.  Many insurance agents will steer you away from medical payments coverage by telling you that you already have health insurance and based on our experience this is almost always bad advice.

Another aspect of insurance that often goes unexplored is listing all licensed drivers in your home on your policy.  Some insurance companies will not cover drivers that live in your home if they aren’t listed on the policy.  The last and possibly most important thing you should do is actually read and understand your policy.  Your agent wants to sell you insurance and it’s up to you to know what you’re actually buying and then be certain that it’s want you want and need.

We help with serious issues that require serious representation. We are the Law Offices of Guenard & Bozarth.  We have over 70 years of experience on our legal team and we also have a former insurance company defense attorney in our plaintiff’s only law firm.  Call GB Legal 24/7/365 at 888-809-1075 or visit www.gblegal.com  We Can Help!

 

For some unexplainable reason there has been a recent increase in dog attacks..  This is a trend we are seeing not only in California but Nationally as well.  Again, the reasons are unclear but the impact on the victims often lasts a lifetime.

As a society we love our dogs.  They are an integral part of many families and life is better with them than without.  Having said that there are realities we have to face.  Pit Bulls are responsible for more deaths than all other breeds combined and this is a case where the owner of the dog may contribute to the aggressive nature of the breed it is also a factor in the breed of dog.  I suppose there are aggressive Labradors and yet they are seldom encountered.

While dog attacks on children in California are fairly rare they happen with far too much frequency and with horrible consequences.  When an attack happens it will often negate the companionship that a dog can provide forever. Most people have grown up with dogs, either in their home of the home of a loved one and never have a problem. Even a previously friendly dog can turn violent without warning and in these cases, children and infants are the most common victims. Kids are attracted to animals but don’t necessarily have experience interacting with them. Children are especially susceptible to injuries and they don’t always understand the power of a dog’s jaws, sharp teeth and muscular body. The reality is that often the behavior of kids and dogs doesn’t mix.

There are approximately 68 million dogs that are kept as pets in the United States and every year there are nearly 5 million attacks by domesticated dogs, according to the CDC . Almost half of these attacks are on victims between the ages of 5 and 10.  A sobering fact is that most of people are bitten by a dog that they have interacted with previously. Injuries can happen at your own home, in the park, in a backyard or at the home of a friend or relative.

Victims under the age of 5 are much more likely to have head, neck or face injuries than any other group. Late teenage and adult victims are more likely to get bit on the hand, arm, leg or foot. Dogs inflict deep puncture wounds and lacerations and when the victim is a child you may be looking at the potential for amputations and crushing injuries due to the power and ferocity and often dog bite victims require reconstructive surgery to repair disfiguring injuries. Also, a mauling from a dog is a physically and emotionally traumatic experience and can leave the victim with permanent injuries, severe scarring, long term medical expenses and a lifetime of pain and fear.

California has unique problems with dog bites and fatalities. In the past several years there have been both infants and youngsters that have died after being attacked by family dogs. Dog ownership rates in California are about average for the nation, but the Golden State has more home insurance claims for dog bites than any other. In 2013, California led the nation in fatal dog attacks. All deaths were attributed to pit bulls.

In most cases severe bites are inflicted by unneutered male dogs that have been bred for their aggressive behavior. California does not permit breed-specific legislation although it does support mandatory neutering programs for certain breeds.

If you or a loved one was injured in a dog attack, contact the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth today.  You need an experienced advocate on your side to help you recover compensation for medical expenses, emotional trauma and any additional losses.  We will investigate the attack, look into the behavioral history of the animal and help prove your case.  Our lawyers have represented many children and adults who have been attacked by a dog need medical help.  Call our 24/7/365 injury hotline at 888-809-1075 or by visiting http://www.gblegal.com/dogbite.php

As personal injury advocates we see first- hand what happens when a driver overlooks the presence of someone on a motorcycle.  Since this is the start of Motorcycle Safety Month we are sharing some sobering facts about crash statistics.

  • Over 4500 Motorcycle Riders were killed in 2013.
  • Over 90,000 riders were injured in 2014.
  • Almost 15% of all vehicle fatalities are motorcycle riders and passengers.
  • Motorcycle riders are 25 times more likely than passenger car occupants to be injured or killed in an accident.

The reality is that anyone on a motorcycle is more vulnerable than someone in a car or a truck.  Distracted drivers are a huge issue for anyone riding and someone who simply veers from their lane slightly into a motorcycle can produce consequences that are magnified over what would happen if the swerved into a passenger car.  When you are in a car you have the protection of fenders and seatbelts while a rider must rely on heightened awareness, protective clothing including helmet and gloves and being noticed.  Some of the methods riders use to be noticed are a loud exhaust and a strobe front light.  These certainly help and they still require the driver of the car of truck to help.

April was Distracted Driver Month and that ties in well with Motorcycle Safety Month and our everyday habits.  Please be careful and aware with every mile you drive or ride.  We rely on each other to arrive alive and safe.  We all know someone who rides a motorcycle so this matters.  This matter’s greatly to us because we work with victims to get their lives re-started after they have been injured through no fault of their own.

If you or someone you love has been injured as a rider or a passenger on a motorcycle please call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075.  We are available 24/7/365 to speak with you and get you the help you need now.  You can also visit our website at http://www.gblegal.com/motorcycle.php

As a society we demand the privacy that is guaranteed by the United States Constitution.  As lawyers we wholeheartedly support everyone’s right to privacy until such time as people are injured or die as a result of that right.  Privacy concerns appear to have contributed to or led to the crash of the Lufthansa jet in France.

It seems that Lufthansa put the young German pilot through it’s standard applicant screening process and the typical medical tests and yet they did not pursue any plan to ensure that he was getting the appropriate treatment from the acknowledged bouts of severe depression he had previously suffered.  Not only was the appropriate treatment aspect ignored, the company also ignored any special monitoring that was required for any pilot who had a flagged health issue.  The pilot Andreas Lubitz made his way through the company training program and was entrusted as a co-pilot in the Airbus A320 for Lufthansa’s low cost airline German Wings.  As we know now, the results were tragic.

The company and its medical staff assert that they had no idea he was having issues and even Lufthansa Chief Executive pronounced that Lubitz had been pronounced “100 percent” fit to fly showing how unaware the airline was regarding the extent of the pilot’s psychological troubles.  It even appears that before that final flight Lubitz likely methodically plotted his demise and that of his passengers.  It was learned later that he had passed a standard medical exam by a flight doctor, but that more recent notes from specialists declared him unfit to work.  That information never made it to the airline.

With as much as we value privacy the traveling public is owed a greater level of safety when their safety is placed in the hands of these professionals.  This pertains to a bus driver, cab driver, train operator and even an airline pilot.  These professions fall into a special category and any injury where one of the professions is involved demands additional scrutiny for just these reasons.  Our office has the experience to investigate these accidents and uncover the facts that may have put you in harm’s way.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cab, train, bus, boat or airplane you should call the Law Office of Guenard & Bozarth at 888-809-1075.  We have the resources and experience you need to have your day in court.  You can also visit http://www.gblegal.com/bus.php  We Listen, We Care & We Get Results!

Patriot’s Day is both a celebration and remembrance of the Revolutionary War Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1776.  As a child growing up in New England I attended many Patriot’s Day celebrations.  In States that are classified as Commonwealths (Massachusetts, Kentucky, Virginia & Pennsylvania) Patriot’s Day is a State holiday.  These battles were critical in the formation and future of this great nation.

Patriots Day in Boston starts with the running of the Marathon in the morning.   There are events held throughout the day and the day ends with a Boston Red Sox game.  This year the Sox play the 4th game in a series against the Orioles.  This is a day for the community and we celebrate it as such.  This also marks the second anniversary of 2 men who tried to change that day and those celebrations.

On April 15, 2013 there were 2 pressure cooker bombs planted near the finish line of the Marathon.  These bombs killed 3 people and injured 264 other innocent people.  Many of those injuries were quite severe.  The fate of the 2 men who planned and executed this act has for the most part been decided.  One of the men was killed in a hail of gunfire from the Police and the other man was tried and found guilty on 30 charges related to the bombing.  The penalty phase of his trial starts Tuesday.

The goal of these men was to stop a long held tradition in Boston and create a sense of fear in America.  From what I can tell they failed in both areas.  There are a record number of runners in the 2015 Marathon, The Red Sox are sold out and the celebrations continue to grow.  From my point of view this is what it means to be an American and a Bostonian.

My name is Glenn Guenard and I represent people who have been injured.  I am the Senior Partner at Guenard & Bozarth.  If you or a loved one has been injured we are available 24/7/365 by calling 888-809-1075  We Can Help!  Boston Strong!

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