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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.

According To California’s Labor Laws, What Counts As A Rest Period?

In the state of California, employees enjoy considerable employment rights that include wage-and-hour rights, anti-harassment and anti-discrimination rights, sick leave and family leave, and the rest periods and lunch breaks that are essential for keeping workers energized and productive. California law entitles most workers in the state to a ten-minute break every four hours. But […]

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 […]

California’s Small Businesses And Parental Leave Rights: It’s Complicated

As they seek to recruit talented new employees, scores of big U.S. corporations now offer perks including onsite childcare, long paid leaves for new parents, and other family-friendly benefits. But the big corporations and the attention they get obscure the reality that for many in the United States, benefits as basic as unpaid parental leave […]

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 […]

PERSONAL INJURY – AN INTRODUCTION

If you are injured by another person’s negligence in the greater Fresno area or anywhere in California, immediately arrange to discuss the negligence and injury with an experienced Fresno personal injury lawyer. When a negligent person injures you – a distracted or intoxicated driver, a negligent doctor, or an irresponsible property owner – you have […]

MAKING WORKPLACES HEALTHIER

In California, if you are injured at work or acquire an illness because of your work, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Immediately after any work-related injury, talk with an experienced Fresno workers’ compensation attorney. Your attorney will ensure that your application for benefits is accurate and complete, that […]

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