This regularly updated blog offers information on a wide range of personal injury topics. Browse these posts for information on common accidents, injuries, damages, and more.

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  • Hiring a Specialized California Personal Injury Lawyer VIDEO BLOG: What To Look For In A California Injury Lawyer If you have been injured in a Southern California accident and are looking to hire an attorney, you should only consider hiring one that specializes in personal injury law. San Diego injury attorney Mark C. Blane explains in this video the importance of such a decision for your case and settlement outcome.
  • Tips in Choosing a California Accident/Injury Lawyer VIDEO BLOG: Tips In Choosing a California Personal Injury Lawyer San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane shares some of his insights with what you need to look out for when choosing an injury lawyer for your specific case. Not all lawyers are created equal.
  • What is a Contingency Fee in a California Personal Injury Case? VIDEO BLOG: California Personal Injury Case on a "Contigency Fee" One of the main reasons people do not hire attorneys is because they do not think they can afford it. It is true that lawyers can be expensive, and if you end up losing your case, that’s just another expense that you have to pay with money you may not have. At the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, we understand that you are seeking our help because you want a positive result to your case, not to throw away your money. That is why we operate under a contingency fee, meaning that we do not charge anything for our fees, time or costs until we win your case.
  • How Insurance Companies Obtain Settlement Value on a Personal Injury Case VIDEO BLOG: How Insurance Companies Obtain Settlement Value on a Personal Injury Case Using Computer Software Technology San Diego injury attorney Mark C. Blane explains in this video how insurance companies obtain a settlement value for an injury case. If you have been injured in a Southern California accident, you should watch this video to find out more about the process. Most insurance companies use computer software programs to come up with a value for your personal injury case. However, some still use paper formats. Either way, the insurance adjustors manually input evidence into these programs.
  • How Do Different California Zip Codes Affect Your Personal Injury Case Value? VIDEO BLOG: How Different California Zip Codes Can Affect the Value of YOUR Personal Injury Case Southern California injury attorney Mark C. Blane explains in this video how insurance companies use computer software programs to obtain settlement values for injury cases. Did you know that zip codes matter and are evaluated in your Southern California accident settlement? Watch this video to find out more.
  • AMA Impairment on a Personal Injury is a Major Value Driver | San Diego Injury VIDEO BLOG: AMA IMPAIRMENT ON AN INJURY CASE ADDS CASE VALUE San Diego Personal Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane exposes how an injury case is reviewed and evaluated for settlement value by the insurance companies. The review is broken down into individual "value drivers" to arrive at a value for settlement. The computers that most insurance companies use today, look for and ask the adjuster, in the review, whether or not there is an impairment to a particular body part per the AMA guidelines. In fact, the computer program Colossus "assumes" a 2% whole person impairment on an injury claim; the adjuster dictates to the computer on whether there is one, or not. You can get a 2% impairment in the AMA guidelines from mere muscle spasms; the point is, does your injury lawyer utilize, when warranted, the AMA guidelines on your injury case?
  • California Health Lien Subrogation: How to Increase Your Injury Case Net Recovery VIDEO BLOG: California Health Care Lien Subrogation Rights & How To Increase Your Personal Injury Net Recovery If you have been injured in a California car accident, you are probably trying to deal with your injury as well as handle the insurance company. The Law Offices of Mark C. Blane wants to give you as much information and education as possible to help you through this difficult time. Great advice and an experienced attorney are essential to maximize your settlement and negotiate your medical bills. Watch this video to learn more. Dealing with insurance companies can be difficult, and most people do not realize that they expect you to pay back proceeds received from a settlement.
  • What is a California Indepent Medical Exam (IME) - California Injury Lawyer VIDEO BLOG: Do I Have to Attend an Independent Medical Exam on my California Personal Injury Case? You need to have the proper understanding of your bodily injury case in order to receive what you deserve for your troubles. In this video, attorney Mark C. Blaine explains the intricacies of an Independent Medical Exam (IME).
  • What is the Difference Between a Hard Tissue & Soft Tissue Injury? VIDEO BLOG: Hard & Soft Tissue Type Injuries Explained by San Diego Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane In this video, attorney Mark C. Blane explains the difference between hard and soft tissue injuries as well as the importance of understanding your soft tissue injury when dealing with insurance companies. By learning about these things, you can better understand your specific case. Watch this video to find out more.
  • San Diego California Soft Tissue Injuries: Personal Injury Case VIDEO BLOG: Soft Tissue Type Injuries in a California Personal Injury Case Mark C. Blane, a San Diego personal injury lawyer, explains in this video the difference between hard and soft tissue injuries. Victims of personal injury accidents frequently ask for the explanation of this difference. Watch this video to learn for yourself.
  • San Diego Personal Injury Book Deal | Press Release: A Wolf in Sheeps' Clothing San Diego Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane, legal author and personal injury attorney, has joined with noted attorney and legal marketing expert, Ben Glass and a select group of America’s leading attorneys to co-write the forthcoming book titled, “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: What Your Insurance Company Doesn't Want You To Know And Won't Tell You Until It's Too Late.” Nick Nanton, Esq. along with business partner, JW Dicks, Esq., recently signed a publishing deal with each of these authors to contribute their expertise to the book, which will be released under their CelebrityPress™ label.
  • Do I Need to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer for my California Injury Case? VIDEO BLOG: Do You Need an Injury Lawyer for your Personal Injury Case? Mark C. Blane, a San Diego personal injury lawyer, advises injured victims on whether or not they need an attorney. Watch this video to find out if you need to hire an attorney for your personal injury case. In this video, attorney Mark C. Blane explains that not every injury case requires legal aid. You may be able to settle your case by yourself if the following are true: you are the victim of a minor accident, you have visited the hospital and your doctor for a medical exam, you do not need surgery, and the doctor reports that you are in normal bodily condition.
  • What is my Personal Injury Case Worth? by California Injury Lawyer VIDEO BLOG: How Long Will My California Personal Injury Case Take? Southern California Personal Injury Attorney Mark C. Blane discusses how one of the first questions which enters an accident victim’s mind is, what is my case worth? Until you know the answer to this question, it can be difficult to determine whether or not you should hire an attorney to take on your case. There are a number of factors which determine the worth of your case.
  • Proactive Medical Care Makes the Difference on a California Injury Case VIDEO BLOG: Proactive Medical Care Makes a Huge Difference in the Success of your California Personal Injury Case If you have been injured in a Southern California accident and are looking to hire an attorney, you should watch this video clip from injury attorney Mark C. Blane. He explains what makes a good lawyer and what you need to look for when hiring onea lawyer to represent your California personal injury case. One lawyer can differ from another in how actively he works with your medical care and findings. The evidence of your case hinges on your medical findings. You want to hire someone who knows how to manage these findings and who will guide you through the process.
  • Rancho Bernardo Bike Accident | Pedestrian Injury San Diego | Hit-and-Run San Diego Hit-and-Run Accident Law Firm: A man survived a hit and run car accident in Rancho Bernardo, California Thursday, October 14, 2010, evening and it was due to items in his backpack that helped save his life, according to police authorities. The man was riding in the bike lane on Pomerado Road near Caminito Vecinos when he was struck from behind by motor vehicle around 8 p.m. Police officials said if it was not for beer in his back pack, the collision would have either caused severe/grave injuries, or a possibly a fatality.
  • California Pedestrian Rights & Responsibilities | San Diego Pedestrian Injury Per San Diego Pedestrian Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane: California has a right of way law concerning pedestrians. This law indicates that pedestrians have the right of way when walking in a trafficked area. Whether they are using a crosswalk or not, motorists must always keep an eye out for pedestrians. However, if you have experienced a pedestrian accident, it may not always be clear who is at fault, even with right of way laws in place.
  • Bicycle Accidents | Bicyclist Legal Rights in San Diego, California | Right-of-way California Bike Accident Lawyer Mark C. Blane: Many residents of San Diego enjoy the outdoors, and many of them bicycle. Even with bicycle lanes along many of its roads, San Diego cycling accidents occur frequently. The Law Offices of Mark C. Blane encourage California motorists to be aware of cyclists rights and share the road.
  • Diffuse Axonal Injury: Brain Damage in a Car Accident | San Diego Attorney Video Blog: Diffuse Axonal Injury (DAI) San Diego Brain Trauma Attorney Mark C. Blane introduces what a brain injury is and what modern tests he uses, that are admissible in court, in order to prove one has occurred.
  • California Defective Pharmaceutical Drug Injuries: Fen Phen Case Example VIDEO BLOG: CALIFORNIA DEFECTIVE PHARMACEUTICAL DRUG INJURIES; THE FEN PHEN CLASS ACTION CASE EXAMPLE San Diego Pharmaceutical Drug, Multi-District Litigation Panel Attorney Mark C. Blane recalls his experiences on one of his first cases out of law school against one of the biggest corporations in the U.S. at the time. When you are deciding on hiring an attorney it is important to have confidence in your lawyer’s ability to win your case. There’s no benefit to you in hiring an attorney who does not have the experience and skill to successfully settle your case. One of Mark C. Blane’s most notable cases was the nationally-covered Fen-Phen drug case, and the first case that he worked on out of law school. In the mid- to late 90s he represented a Los Angeles woman who had taken Fen-Phen and as a result suffered damage to her heart. Despite going up against American Home Products and their defense attorney, who had been practicing for 40 years, Mark was able to successfully settle the case within 18 months.
  • San Diego Construction Site Accident Law Firm | Unsafe Working Conditions VIDEO BLOG: CALIFORNIA CONSTRUCTION SITE ACCIDENT/UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS San Diego Construction Site Accident Attorney Mark C. Blane briefly explains employer safety guidelines, and the rights of injured workers who are injured on dangerous construction sites or jobs.