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About Paul Pimentel

Fresno native Paul J. Pimentel has practiced law in California for 27 years. Since 1995, Mr. Pimentel has specialized in three broad categories of cases: personal injury, wills and trusts, and commercial and business disputes. Mr. Pimentel earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He is a co-founder of the Collaborative Law Practice Group.

Distracted Driving Car Accidents – Teens And Texting

Distracted driving is driving while also being engaged in some other activity – for example, tending to children or pets, texting or talking on a cell phone, eating, applying make-up, or reading. All of these activities and others take a driver’s attention away from the task of driving, and all distracted driving compromises the safety […]

Car Accident In Fresno? Here’s What To Do

The National Safety Council estimates that about 15,000 traffic accidents happen every day on the streets and highways of the United States. If you are involved in a traffic collision, you need to do some things at the scene of the accident and immediately afterward. This is a list of what will need to be […]

A New Approach To The Malpractice Problem

For almost two decades, we’ve known that medical malpractice is an epidemic and a leading cause of death in the United States. The Institute of Medicine told us in 1999 that nearly 100,000 people die every year in U.S. hospitals due to preventable medical mistakes. In 2010, the Office of the Inspector General for Health […]

Infographic – Texting & Driving: Don’t Do It!

We all know that texting while driving is very dangerous. It takes seconds to get into an accident when you take your eyes off the road because texting while driving literally distracts you. Some of the most common incidents include drivers veering over into the wrong lane or into oncoming traffic while texting. Despite […]

New Law Protects Immigrants Who File Personal Injury Claims

A contentious legal principle – some would call it archaic – that has governed personal injury and wrongful death claims in California courts for three decades was overturned in August when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 2159, a new statute that will prohibit the admission of any evidence in personal injury […]

THREE WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR PERSONAL INJURY AWARD FROM YOUR DIVORCE

In California, what happens to a personal injury award or settlement if the recipient subsequently gets a divorce? In some cases, marriage partners who divorce after receiving a personal injury verdict or settlement may have to share the compensation money fifty-fifty with the ex. It will depend, first, on where the divorcing spouses live – […]

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSONAL INJURY AND A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM?

Employees in California have substantial legal rights, and anyone injured at work generally has the law on his or her side. Typically, a California employee injured at work will receive workers’ compensation benefits and will not have to file a personal injury lawsuit. Precisely what is the difference between a workers’ compensation claim and a […]

DRUNK DRIVERS, THE FRESNO AREA, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, AND YOU

Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast, and for only the second time in the Super Bowl’s fifty-year history, the big game is being played in the San Francisco Bay Area. Across California and the nation, state and local police agencies are gearing up for the big day – Sunday, February 7 – and they’ll […]

WHY MOTORCYCLE CRASHES ARE DIFFERENT

A fatality or a catastrophic injury is almost always the consequence of a serious motorcycle accident. If you have been injured by a negligent driver while operating a motorcycle in California, this state’s personal injury laws entitle you to full compensation for your medical care, your lost wages, and all of your additional accident-related expenses. […]

PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES ARE INCREASING

You may be surprised to learn that the most common type of traffic accident involving pedestrians does not happen on crowded urban streets. The most commonly-injured pedestrians are on the side of a highway: stranded motorists changing tires or inspecting their vehicles, road construction workers, and law enforcement officers conducting stops. If you’re injured on […]

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