2020 Appel Law Firm Scholarship Winner

Each year, Appel Law Firm LLP awards an Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship to college and graduate students who are survivors of motor vehicle accidents. The winner of this year’s scholarship, Cecilia Le, overcame serious injuries after a bicycle accident and is currently enrolled in law school at the University of Oregon School of
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Gregory and Elinora Intersection Project

Residents of Pleasant Hill have long been wary of the intersection of Gregory Lane and Elinora Drive. This location has been the site of far too many close calls and accidents. Based on recent data obtained from the city of Pleasant Hill, these crashes largely occur when drivers make left turns, either from Elinora Drive
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Appel Law Firm Celebrates 25th Anniversary

This month, Appel Law Firm LLP celebrates its 25th anniversary. This remarkable milestone would not have been possible without the trust, support, and loyalty of our clients, friends, and colleagues. Our success over the past quarter-century can be attributed to providing the highest quality legal services and obtaining the best possible results for our clients.
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CA Governor’s Workers COVID-19 Compensation Order

If you are injured or develop an illness related to your work, you are entitled to receive certain benefits. That is the point of California’s workers’ compensation system: to ensure that people who are hurt or become ill as a result of their jobs get what they need to recover. Prior to May 6, 2020
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Uber Releases Safety Report Revealing Car Accident and Assault Statistics

Millions of Americans rely on ride-sharing services — like those offered by Uber — to go places. More convenient and readily available than cabs, getting an Uber is as simple as a few taps on your phone. But although it is easy to use, there are some risks involved in taking an Uber — both
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Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) vs Agreed Medical Evaluator (AME)

If you were injured in a work-related accident in California, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Besides paying temporary disability benefits for lost wages during the time you are unable to work, these benefits also cover the expenses of the medical evaluator, current health treatments, and
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Sobering Walnut Creek Bicycle Crash Statistics from 2004-2016

Walnut Creek is a wonderful place to ride your bicycle. The city is dedicated to providing resources for bicyclists so you can find a safe and scenic trip every time you feel like going for a ride. However, with the popularity of bicycling for recreation and commuting, accidents become inevitable. Drivers are not always aware
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California’s Utilization Review Process Explained

There is growing interest in ensuring that anyone who receives medical care through workers’ compensation claims deserves it. It’s a harsh reality in California. If you have suffered an injury at work, you likely just want to ensure your losses are covered by the coverage employers are required to maintain under law. However, this process
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Workers’ Compensation: Difference Between Compromise and Release vs. Stipulation

Main Takeaways After an injured worker reaches their MMI, settlement negotiations can begin. When an employee sustains an injury(ies) on the job that leads to a Permanent Partial or a Permanent Total Disability, they will receive periodic payments from the WC insurance to supplement a portion of their lost wages. A worker can receive either
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California’s Employment Development Department and Work Compensation FAQs

If a worker sustains an injury while on the job, the employer compensates them through workers’ compensation (WC) insurance. If an individual suffers an illness or injury that is not related to their work, they can ask for time off for treatment through disability insurance (DI), which is a component of the state disability insurance
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