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  • Ask a Lawyer: What are Contingency Fees?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Jul-2018

    One of the main reasons that people are hesitant to file a personal injury lawsuit is because they feel as though they can’t afford legal representation. This is where contingency fees come in and helps so individuals suffering from injury can take on big companies. Below, one of our attorneys, Paul Van Der Walde, answers some common questions about contingency fees. What Are Contingency ...
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  • Protecting Your Rights: Experience Matters

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 26-Jun-2018

    Any time someone sustains a serious injury, it can be devastating and the survivor may be left with a number of questions regarding what to do next. These matters require the help of a personal injury lawyer to help navigate the complex legal system from start to finish. However, it’s not enough to just hire any attorney. You want to make sure that the person or firm you’re hiring can ...
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  • What Makes a Personal Injury Case Catastrophic?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Jun-2018

    A personal injury characteristically refers to the physical, mental, and emotional injuries incurred due to an accident or the negligence of a person, business, or agency. A catastrophic injury doesn’t have a strict definition, but for legal and medical purposes is considered a debilitating personal injury that prevents a victim from working. Due to their severity, catastrophic injuries ...
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  • Ask a Lawyer: What Can I Expect In a Personal Injury Case?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Jun-2018

    The legal realm of personal injury law is often a difficult one to endure, sometimes leading to individuals failing to take action because they are not sure what comes next. To help give individuals peace of mind, our lawyer, Paul Van Der Walde, answers some common questions about what to expect in a personal injury case. How Does a Personal Injury Case Start? Third party personal injury cases ...
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  • How Do Contingency Fees Work?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 6-Jun-2018

    Contingency fees are an excellent financial option that works to your benefit when retaining the services of a lawyer. Essentially, it is an arrangement stipulating that your lawyer will only be paid after your case has been successfully handled. To put it another way, if your case isn’t won, you don’t pay. Assuming your case is won, the attorney’s fee will be paid as a ...
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  • 4 Elements of a Personal Injury Claim

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 21-May-2018

    If you have been injured in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless party, you may be eligible to bring forth a personal injury case for monetary damages. However, to file a successful lawsuit, you must establish four distinct elements about the case. Keep in mind, the ability to show the following elements does not necessarily mean that one will succeed in a civil lawsuit. Instead, these ...
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  • Why Choose Award-Winning Attorneys for Your Personal Injury Case

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-May-2018

    Imagine this, you’re driving along the road and out of nowhere, you are struck by another vehicle. The other driver was acting negligently behind the while, swerving, speeding, and constantly reaching for their phone. What happens next? Unfortunately, many people each year encounter this type of situation and are left dealing with numerous hardships including physical pain, emotional trauma, ...
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  • Who is at Fault in a Multi-Vehicle Car Accident?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Sep-2017

    Rear-end collisions are generally rather straightforward. The vehicle that hits the other from behind is considered to be at fault, regardless of how unexpectedly the car in front stopped. However, if you were recently involved in an accident that involved more than two vehicles, you might be wondering how fault is determined. In pile-up cases, a single driver can still be at fault for the ...
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  • Who is Responsible if I was Injured at a Hotel Pool?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 29-Aug-2017

    Hotel pools can be a luxurious getaway for guests, but even the most stunning hotel pools have some inherent risk. Spas or hot tubs can also pose a risk to pool-goers as well. Even if you are a careful swimmer, you may still be injured. Negligent hotels and staff can cause dangerous conditions for guests, and if you are injured, you may be able to file a personal injury claim. Learn more about ...
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  • Swimming Accidents and How to Avoid Them

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 11-Apr-2017

    Warmer weather has many people heading for the nearest pool for some relief from the heat. But pools can be dangerous. Injuries can easily occur in or around the water, and accidents can be deadly. Protect your loved ones this summer and learn about common pool-related accidents and how they can be avoided. Common Swimming Pool Accidents A number of accidents can occur around pools. The injuries ...
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  • Can Victims of Assault Sue for Personal Injury?

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 15-Feb-2017

    The majority of personal injury lawsuits are over things like car accidents and slip and fall accidents. There are some instances, however, in which a person can sue when an injury was intentional rather than accidental. Thus, injured victims of battery can file a compensation-seeking civil lawsuit. But what about victims of assault, which involves intentional threats of harm but does not ...
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  • Attorney Van Der Walde Secures Reversal of Summary Judgment in Bar Stabbing Lawsuit

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 12-Oct-2016

    Paul D. Van Der Walde of Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP has successfully secured a reversal of a summary judgment on appeal of a wrongful death lawsuit related to the 2008 death of a man who was stabbed at a bar resort on Lost Isle. Having initially been ruled in favor of the owners of the resort, Attorney Van Der Walde was able to successfully appeal the decision on behalf of the man’s ...
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  • Pokémon Go with Caution: Liability Lawsuits Related to the Game

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde || 19-Aug-2016

    The popular smartphone app game Pokémon Go has been hit with serious flak after its US release in early July 2016. Stories from the California coastline to the street of New York City have emerged about players getting injured while seeking the next pocket-monster. Other than a few incidents involving tech-savvy thieves using the app to set up robbery chokepoints, the majority of the ...
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  • Chipotle Foodborne Illness Crisis Sickens Hundreds

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 24-Feb-2016

    Restaurant-chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has been at the center of a major health crisis after hundreds of people nationwide have contracted serious illnesses after eating the restaurant’s food. Since July 2015, Chipotle customers have suffered from two norovirus outbreaks in Simi Valley, California and Boston, Massachusetts, two separate E. coli outbreaks, and one Salmonella outbreak in ...
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  • Getting a Good Laugh in San Jose during National Humor Month

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 3-Apr-2014

    The arrival of spring is often a time of celebration, but while the weather may be warming up a bit and the hours of sunlight lasting longer, springtime also means rain, allergy season, and taxes. That’s why in 1976, a comedian and author named Larry Wilde decided to dedicate the month of April to spreading awareness for the many benefits of laughter and humor. For instance, did you know ...
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  • Researchers Discover Mechanism Behind Spinal Cord Neuron Regeneration in Sea Lamprey

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 14-Jan-2014

    When a human suffers a spinal cord injury (SCI), the damage done to his or her nerve connections is permanent, rendering him or her debilitated or even paralyzed. However, when lower vertebrates like the sea lamprey, a fish that has the appearance of an eel, experience injury to their spinal cord, they are able to recover thanks to their ability to regenerate nerve connections. Researchers at ...
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  • Follow These Fireworks Safety Guidelines While Celebrating New Years

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 19-Dec-2013

    When you’re outdoors celebrating New Years with loved ones and the countdown reaches zero, the fireworks go off, and the night sky suddenly becomes lit up with dazzling colors. It’s hard not to feel ecstatic. There’s nothing quite like greeting New Years with a bang, or, well, multiple bangs. Fireworks have long been one of the holiday’s staples, not just in America, but ...
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  • Fans, Friends, and Loved Ones Come Together to Grieve the Deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Dec-2013

    On the afternoon of November 30, Paul Walker of “Fast & Furious” fame was hosting a charity event in Valencia for his organization Reach Out Worldwide in conjunction with a local custom car shop, Always Evolving. Exotic supercars were put on display alongside a toy drive. All proceeds were to be donated to good causes. To entertain donors, Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, ...
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  • Cuisinart Recalls 25,000 7-Cup Food Processors

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Nov-2013

    According to a report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Cuisinart has issued a recall of around 25,000 of its seven-cup food processor products. The highly successful kitchenware company decided on the recall after it determined that the product posed a laceration hazard to consumers. One incident was reported in which the consumer was struck by a piece of the ...
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  • Prevent Birth Injury This Thanksgiving

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 13-Nov-2013

    Thanksgiving Day is a joyous occasion where friends and family get together to celebrate good fortune while feasting on great food. At the dinner table, sometimes there are squabbles and, other times, fits of laughter as stories and debates are exchanged over mashed potatoes and gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, and other hearty and delicious fare. All in all, Thanksgiving is a tradition that evokes ...
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  • Discovery Bay Boy Seriously Injured in Dog Attack

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 15-Oct-2013

    According to a report by KTVU.com, on October 11, a six-year-old boy experienced a serious dog attack at a Discovery Bay residence. Around 7:30 p.m. on the night of the dog attack, a resident of a home on Amesbury Court called Contra Costa County Animal Services to report that a child sustained a serious dog bite wound to the face. The child victim underwent immediate surgery at Children’s ...
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  • Watsonville Bicyclist Left With Life-Threatening Injuries After Collision with Van

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 2-Oct-2013

    According to a report by Santa Cruz Sentinel, an intersection crash involving two vans left a 32-year-old male cyclist with life-threatening injuries. The incident took place on the afternoon of September 30. A female driver of one of the vans was heading west on East Lake Avenue towards Blackburn Street. As she was passing through the intersection, a male driver of a utility van drove through a ...
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  • Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injury

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 17-Sep-2013

    The spinal cord consists of many vertebrae, soft tissue, nerve cells, and groups of nerves called tracts, which affect different parts of the body. Tracts are essential to the motor and sensory functions of the body. They basically make up a communication network inside the body. If your nerve fibers experience any damage, whether traumatic or nontraumatic, you may experience devastating ...
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  • NHTSA Reports Ford Recall of 355,000 Vehicles

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 4-Sep-2013

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Ford announced a recall that affects nearly 355,000 vehicles that were originally sold or are presently registered in 22 states and the District of Columbia. The recalled auto products include 2005-2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, and Lincoln Town Car models. Consumers who live in areas with high frequency of ...
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  • What to Do in Case of a Fire

    Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 27-Aug-2013

    According to estimates by the United States Fire Department, around 364,500 residential building fires occurred in 2011. These incidents were accompanied by around 13,900 injuries and 2,450 deaths. Building fires are one of the leading causes behind burn injuries. They can be extremely dangerous, especially in dense areas. However, both fatalities and injuries can be prevented if adequate ...
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