Common Law vs. Civil Law: An Introduction to the Different Legal Systems

Broadly speaking, a common law syste.m is based on the concept of judicial precedent. Judges take an active role in shaping the law here, since the decisions a court makes are then used as precedent for futures cases. Whilst common law systems have laws that are created by legislators, it is up to judges to rely on precedents set by previous courts to interpret those laws and apply them to individual cases. In certain common law countries, courts (such as the Supreme Court of the United States) have the ability…

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How To Handle A Traffic Accident

Accidents happen. And car accidents happen a lot — with more than 7 million crashes reported in the US  in 2016, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. While car accidents are common, they are also unexpected, and they can have far-reaching consequences, including injuries and legal complications. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help you handle things well in what is almost always a stressful situation. Here are some steps to take when you are involved in a traffic accident. Stop your car and move it to…

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Six Reasons Why Insurance Companies Will Reject Your Personal Injury Claim

While there are numerous excuses insurance companies will use to reject paying you for your personal injury claim, the reasons below are some of the most common that I’ve come across in my experience as a San Diego personal injury lawyer. Keep in mind, your personal injury claim includes your damages for past/present/ future pain & suffering, past/present/future medical bills, and past/present/future emotional distress. 1. You made a statement to the insurance company in the spirit of “cooperation” The number one mistake injury victims make is talking to, or making…

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