We are devoted to helping small business owners, contractors, and customers in business disputes. Have you been cheated, defrauded, or misled? Contact us to discuss your options.
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Bock & Plummer, Attorneys at law, know your time is valuable. That is why we stress efficiency throughout the process of resolving your disputes. We offer our clients:
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Bock & Plummer, Attorneys at Law, has the determination, tenacity and skill required to successfully litigate your case when litigation provides the best means of resolving your legal issues. Our professional courtroom demeanor and meticulous preparation give us an edge as assertive, strategic advocates.
Some types of business matters, typically those dealing with fraud, we handle on a contingency basis. Examples from past cases include:
Cases such at those above typically are handled on a contingency basis. However, this will not always be possible. For example, if there are “dueling” lawsuits (the parties are suing each other), a contingency arrangement is usually inappropriate.
Breaches of contract are fairly simple: did the other party live up to their word?
Did they deal with you in good faith? Were warranties broken? Come in for a free consultation and we will tell you if we think you have a case. Breach of contract cases are usually straight-forward, but you need an attorney that knows the various causes of actions that can be attached to an otherwise simple business disagreement, and how to make penalties such as attorneys’ fees, general damages, and even punitive damages part of the claim.
Fraud is a different animal entirely, and carries with it significant penalties such as punitive damages and compensation for aggravation, annoyance, distress, and unhappiness.
It is sometimes easier to prove murder than fraud. Don’t try to handle a fraud case on your own, consult with a professional.
Insurance companies actually have programs to reward claims adjusters who “succeed” at limiting the amount paid out on claims. That sums up everything that is wrong with the insurance industry and demonstrates perfectly why you should never trust anyone associated with that profession to look out for your interests.
Customers pay the premiums for years, but when a disaster strikes insurance companies are often either nowhere to be found, or they delay unnecessarily in an attempt to exert negotiating leverage. Bock & Plummer, Attorneys at Law do not stand for these tactics.
Cooperating with insurance companies beyond what is necessary to process a claim is a waste of time, and usually does more harm than good.
We take every opportunity to sue insurance companies for bad faith, for wrongful denial of benefits, or for unnecessarily delaying or withholding payment on a claim. We have successfully sued insurance companies for bad faith in such instances as:
Scams preying on the elderly are growing on seemingly a monthly basis. Whether it’s debenture schemes, identity theft, nursing home abuse, or relatives simply draining bank accounts or siphoning assets, it’s a frightening trend.
When people think of elder abuse, they think of physical assaults. Of people left alone in beds, unable to move, until bedsores require hospitalization. However, there are actually many forms of elder abuse:
Senior citizens, many of them veterans, “paid their dues.” They do not deserve to be treated as a revenue stream for companies whose only interest is to warehouse as many of them as possible in understaffed facilities with overworked doctors. Even worse, they often have their assets stolen by the people who should be taking care of them, their families, friends, and caregivers.
There are special remedies to help pursue people who prey on the elderly. Treble (triple) damages, attorneys’ fees, and other avenues of relief are designed to send a lesson that if you physically or financially harm individuals 65 or older in the State of California you will pay for it.
There is nothing more devastating than the loss of a loved one. The emotional and mental burden is devastating, and our society provides few safety nets for those who have lost their family’s provider. Compounding the problem is the fact that insurance companies fight every step of the way. If there is one facet of practicing personal injury law that has shocked founder Michael C. Bock more than any other, it is the ruthless, calculating manner that insurance companies attempt to trick grieving families that they are there to help, when they are really there to ensure that claims are denied.
Whether it’s our office or another office, get help. Don’t even think of attempting to deal with collecting documents, interviewing witnesses, finding experts and accident reconstructionists, or negotiating with adjusters. Please do not expect that an insurance company claims adjuster, no matter how many sympathetic lies they tell, cares in the slightest bit about your loss. They don’t. If they responded to tragedy like a normal human being they would have quit their job after a few months.
If someone’s negligence has cost you a loved one, contact someone and get guidance through the process. Wrongful death lawsuits involve particular categories of damages:
WHO CAN FILE A WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM?
Only qualifying individuals under California law may file a wrongful-death claim. The surviving spouse, children, and surviving issue of deceased children have priority. These survivors can file separately or jointly, but all must be included in the action.
If these claimants do not exist, next (in order of priority) are:
Certain other claims are handled differently:
This group can file if they relied upon the Decedent for financial support.
There are many factors that go into litigating a wrongful death case. First, have all the necessary parties been joined? Secondly, how should a settlement be divided? How will the claims brought in the name of the Estate be handled, and will Probate be opened?
Sadly, wrongful death compensation is usually a factor of insurance availability. However, when sufficient coverage or assets are available, the age, lifestyle, potential earnings, and benefits of the decedent need to be taken into account. Another important step in a wrongful death case is to establish the life expectancy of the decedent. Some of the factors that may be taken into consideration include the victim’s age, lifestyle, medical history and occupation.
No amount of money can bring back a loved one. These cases must be handled with sensitivity and skill, not only in regards to the emotional loss, but also with the reality that if the primary wage earner has passed the wrongful death recovery may be all the family has to live on for an indefinite amount of time. Flexibility, understanding, and empathy are required at all stages of these difficult cases.