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We are proud to announce that the Appel Law Firm LLP has earned the 2017 "People Love Us on Yelp" award! Thank you to all our clients who shared their story with us in a Yelp review.
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According to data obtained from the Walnut Creek PD, from April 2004 to September 2017, there were nearly 400 pedestrian accidents reported. There is no simple solution to the problem of pedestrian accidents in Walnut Creek. It will have to be a combined effort to tackle the problem from all avenues. Increasing safety awareness for both pedestrians and drivers can lead to everyone paying more attention on how they move down roads and across intersections.Read more about this issue on our blog: https://www.appellawyer.com/blog/walnut-creeks-walkability-pedestrian-accidents/
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Your Workers Compensation Claim Is Accepted, Now What? Learn more workers compensation on our recent blog post: https://www.appellawyer.com/blog/workers-compensation-claim-accepted/
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Kaylee is the recipient of our 2017 Auto Accident Law Firm Survivor Scholarship: https://www.appellawyer.com/blog/scholarship-hit-run-survivor/

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Our analysis of Walnut Creek's most dangerous intersections was highlighted on KPIX CBS San Francisco Bay Area! Watch here to learn more: https://youtu.be/SEQHygizTPI?t=10s
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Boating season is here! If you planning to operate or be on a boat this Holiday weekend, be sure to check out today's Contra Costa Sheriff's office tips below or our blog post for boat safety tips and advice: https://www.appellawyer.com/blog/california-boating-safety-tips/

Contra Costa Sheriff's Office Safety Tips for Boating Season - Delta Blitz

The Memorial Day holiday weekend traditionally marks the start of boating season on the Delta. Significant numbers of boaters are expected to be on the water, especially on the weekends, to go fishing, boating or take part in other recreational activities, like water-skiing.

This holiday weekend, marine patrol units from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be conducting a boating safety enforcement operation called Delta Blitz. The multi-agency operation is intended to promote safe boating through education and strict enforcement on the waterways.

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Marine Services Unit would like to remind all boaters to be safe, alert, and obey the rules. Here are some important ones:

-All vessels must have a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person. The life jacket must fit the person intending to wear it. Children under 13 must always wear a life jacket while aboard any vessel, regardless of length, unless they are surrounded by an enclosed cabin or bulkhead.
-You must be at least 16 years old to operate a power boat or personal watercraft. All persons on a personal watercraft are required to wear an approved life jacket.

-Boats over 16 feet are required to have an approved throwable flotation device which must be readily accessible.

-Always travel at a safe speed. Slow down in narrow channels and blind areas and navigate on the right side of the waterway. At a cross waterway, the boat on the right has the right of way.

-Blue Light law — Any vessel approaching, overtaking, being approached, or being over-taken by a moving law enforcement vessel operating with a siren or an illuminated blue light, or any vessel approaching a stationary law enforcement vessel displaying an illuminated blue light, shall immediately slow. Boaters cannot make a wake near a law enforcement vessel displaying a blue light.

-Always have an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, warm clothing, cell phone, VHF radio and chart. Boaters are encouraged to call Sheriff’s Dispatch at (925) 646-2441 for emergencies on the water. Be sure to file a float plan before you depart.

Boating under the influence (B.U.I.) enforcement is a high priority. Those arrested for B.U.I. will face the same consequences as those who drive a motor vehicle under the influence, including fines and possible incarceration.

The ‘ABC’s of Boating’, a handbook of boating rules, is available from most boating shops. Boaters can go to the California Division of Boating and Waterways website at www.dbw.ca.gov for more boating safety information. If anyone has any questions about boating safety, please contact the Marine Services Unit at (925) 427-8507.
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Essential Skills for Staying Safe on Your Bike: http://bit.ly/2rJqxF5
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Check out our recently published profile by the Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journal!

FAMILY TIES
Two brothers, one son, and a cousin work together at Appel Law Firm on plaintiffs' lawsuits.

WALNUT CREEK - Family ties are a point of pride at Appel Law Firm LLP, a plaintiffs' law firm specializing in personal injury. Launched by brothers Joseph J. Appel and Michael J. Appel in 1995, they now have Joseph's son Thomas G. Appel in rank along with his cousin Joseph L.J. Appel, both attorneys.

The four are a meeting of minds with the gritty legal wrangling of the past and today's posture toward mediation, along with the importance of an online presence. All have defense experience under their belt, but have since crossed the aisle.

Michael Appel, the older brother, joined Hauerken, St. Clair, Zappetini & Hines in San Francisco out of Golden Gate University School of Law in 1973. One of his fast cases was a premises liability case defending Goodwill Industries. "When I first started, we tried cases," Michael Appel said. "The partners would sit down on Friday afternoon and discuss the five cases they had scheduled for trial Monday afternoon." He was on the cusp of partnership, a five-year track at the time, when he defended a case and was approached by his adversary who offered him a job. He took the position. "I found out that I like throwing the rocks better than dodging them," Michael Appel said. "My psychological makeup is better suited for that."

Joseph J. Appel also started in defense at Ropers Majeski Kohn Bentley PC and later worked together for attorney Stanley J. Bell in San Francisco. He said having defense experience as a plaintiff's attorney is a special weapon. "Then you know what buttons to push," Joseph J. Appel said. The firm's experience is in construction law, but it also handles other legal matters, such as auto accidents, premises liability, elder abuse, worker compensation and wrongful death. It doesn't handle defense cases and bills on contingency.

The founding Appel partners see themselves as a line of last defense for people in medical quagmire, many of them facing tough legal defense from insurance companies. Trials and verdicts are rare today in the cases in which the Appel firm specializes. The attorneys spend most of their time in mediation. Chris P. Lavdiotis, a mediator and arbitrator in Oakland who works across the Bay Area, has handled several cases with Appel. "I can vouch for the integrity and professionalism of the Appel Law Firm," Lavdiotis wrote in an email. "This is a conscientious group of attorneys who are able, very well-organized and thorough in their preparation. I would never hesitate to refer someone to them."'

The firm landed a $1.3 million verdict in Alameda County Superior Court in August on behalf of Dustin L. Hansen, who fell through faulty scaffolding. Hansen v. East Bay Floor Covering Inc., RG15765238 (Alameda Super. Ct., filed April 6, 2015). Hansen said he was carrying close to 20 pounds in tools when he slipped through the unmarked six-inch hole in the scaffolding that was drilled by a subcontractor and covered by another. The plaintiff said he suffered injuries to his back, neck and shoulder. "I've never been through anything like this, just being a man and working," Hansen said. "Going through this, I couldn't have asked for anything better. Appel was straight to the point and did a lot of hard work."

Five years ago, Thomas, Joseph's son, joined the firm. He'd been a summer associate at a larger firm and then joined his dad after graduating from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Thomas now calls the firm his legal home. " It's pretty unique," he said. "I feel lucky to able to spend as much time with my dad and my uncle as possible. They have a wealth of knowledge in personal injury, so being able to learn from them, I don't feel like I have to go do other things."

His cousin Joseph L.J. Appel, the son of the founders' brother, retired Alameda County Superior Court Judge Lawrence John Appel, joined the firm recently after handling defense work for five years. Joseph L.J. Appel said the plaintiffs' pursuit better suits his legal ambitions. "I'm outgoing," he said. "I like to interact with people. Tom's like my brother and I love working with my uncles, so it really was a no-brainer."

By Banks Albach, Daily Journal Staff Writer.
Reprinted with permission from the Daily Journal.

Click on our blog announcement link to read the PDF version of the article:
https://www.appellawyer.com/blog/daily-journal/
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Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance https://n.pr/2oHBgNS
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