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John E. Lacklen Personal Injury Attorney
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If you ride a bicycle, wear a helmet! 
       A recent bicycle v. car case settled for the policy limit of $50,000 and my client was happy with the result. But my client and I realized early on that if she had not been wearing a safety helmet during the collision she would have suffered a serious head injury. There would not have nearly been enough money to compensate her. She would have been left to her own financial means to cope with the injury. 
              I've worked on many brain injury cases and sat with clients in my office who are crying because they no longer recognized who they are; they have lost their identities and become a stranger to themselves. These clients have lost their ability to concentrate, focus, organize and  prioritize things. Their memory does not work right. These injuries happen in a micro-second and may effect my clients for the rest of their lives.        
           Under the law, bicyclists in California under 18 years old must  wear helmets. But those over 18 years can legally ride a pedal bicycle without a helmet. However, if you value your mind and want to continue to think clearly and be able to manage your life, when bicycling  always wear a safety helmet. 
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In 2010 a woman tripped on a raised section of sidewalk fracturing her shoulder, tearing rotator cuffs. Doctors attempted surgery which failed leaving her in constant pain, unable to raise her arm and terrified of surgery. A Bay Area City's incompetence and corruption causing unfit property management was the obvious cause. And what did that City do? Delay the matter for four years, cause my elderly client to take it to Court. She won and they lost and she is pleased with what they had to pay, more money than she has ever had in her life. She is still in constant pain and unable to use her arm. My experience is different. I saw the inside of a local government and the human harm caused by its incompetence and years and years of corruption. This angered me. However,  I am proud of my client, an elderly woman who took them on and won. Ms. GPK, I salute your courage and perseverance. 
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For more than a quarter of century I have represented plaintiffs in personal injury cases. Most of my clients are without much experience with insurance companies and our legal system. It is common that they are shocked as we work to obtain compensation for their injuries. Some defendants and insurance companies will be fair, but many, if not most, compromise truth, human decency and fairness to avoid responsibility for the harm their negligence has caused. It is only because of our legal system that they recover some of what they deserve. Our courts are not perfect but our country is blessed for having them. 
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#brain  trauma, #legal  experts

For several years I have worked on a case concerning a severe traumatic brain injury. An interesting part of it is choosing the right experts to prove the defendant's liability and the severity of my client's injuries. A case may be succeed or fail depending on the selection of experts with the proper expertise and talents such as a knack for communicating complex principles into ordinary, clear English. A brilliant mind is not enough. A good expert also has what we know as "common sense." 
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Many of my San Francisco clients have low uninsured motorist auto insurance policies. I see the harm and financial pain this causes. It is common for a client to have $15,000/ person and $25,000 per accident UM coverage. But only one day in the E.R. might cost $25,000-30,000 and treatment costs have not even begun. If the other driver is without insurance and you have only $15,000 UM coverage that's all that can be recovered on your behalf. So how will a $25,000 ER bill be paid? And what about treatment costs after the ER visit?  And if you have suffered from your injuries shouldn't you get compensation for that? 
          Everyone should have $100,000/$300,000 uninsured coverage to protect them and their loved ones. Important fact: 25% of drivers are uninsured. John 
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