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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.

Who Is Liable For An Injury On Public Property?

If you are injured on public property in the state of California – and it can happen to anyone – here’s what you need to know about getting compensated for your injuries. Generally speaking, if you trip and you are injured because of a broken city sidewalk – or if you trip and you’re […]

An Overview Of Insurance Claims In California

If you drive on California’s streets and highways, you need to understand your automobile insurance. What are the state’s minimum auto insurance requirements? When should you file an auto insurance claim? Keep reading, and you’ll learn the basic facts about automobile insurance that every driver in California needs to know.

California’s lawmakers have set minimum liability […]

How Does A Contingency Fee Work?

In the state of California, if someone else’s negligence has caused you to be injured – for example, in a vehicle crash, by a defective consumer product, or by medical malpractice – you have the right under California law to complete compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and all other related damages. If the injury […]

In California, Who Is Liable For Drowning Accidents?

Each day across the United States, about ten people accidentally drown, and on average, two of those ten people are children. According to the Orange County Register, in Orange County alone, someone drowns every nine days. Drowning deaths tragically impact thousands of families each year, and some of those drownings are what the law calls […]

Car Accidents and “Actual Cash Value” – What Does It Mean?

When you are involved in an automobile accident that causes serious damage to the car, the adjuster must determine if it will cost the insurance company more to repair the car or pay you the “actual cash value” of the vehicle. This is a common practice, but your car’s actual cash value is never what […]

My Car Was Damaged Due To Poor Road Conditions. What Are My Options?

When your car is damaged in an accident, it is sometimes easy to determine who caused the accident and who is responsible for the repairs. What if your car is damaged because of a pothole or a shoulder drop-off? Who is liable for those types of damages?

The easy answer is whoever is responsible for the […]

What Are The Consequences For A Hit and Run Accident in California?

Most of us believe we would never consider leaving the scene of an accident. Whether we had a collision with another automobile or a pedestrian stepped right out in front of us, we will stay at the scene of the accident until the authorities arrive. We will call for medical help, and we will do […]

Tips for Avoiding Car Accidents in California

Category One – Animal Collisions

Though we see the results of this type of accident often, we never seem to expect to collide with an animal. The main cause of these accidents is driving too fast, distractions, and not considering an unexpected event.

Tips:

  • Drive the speed limit
  • If visibility is poor due to weather, drive slower […]

What is Personal Injury Mediation?

If you have been injured and you want to file a personal injury claim, then you have several options. One of these options is mediation. It is less costly and more expedient than filing a lawsuit and going to court. It can represent a good compromise in many situations.

Who is a Mediator in a Personal […]

Can You Be Held Liable For Another Person’s Driving?

We know there are certain things we cannot legally do with our automobiles. We cannot let a person drive without a driver’s license or a suspended driver’s license. We know we cannot let someone ride in our vehicles with illegal items, such as drugs or weapons. Beyond that, we sometimes lack knowledge concerning liability for […]

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