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Catherine Lombardo was interviewed on many news programs like Tucker Carlson, HLN, CBS News, and many more. Here are a few clips of those interviews focusing on high-profile cases like the Las Vegas/Route 91 shooting and Children's Dental Group in Anaheim, CA.

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The first thing to do is to call the police and report the accident. Make sure to tell the operator if you are still in a dangerous location or if someone is seriously hurt. Ask the operator to dispatch an officer so that they can take a police report and write down a narrative of what they see when they arrive to the scene, and so they can write down everyone’s statement of what occurred. It is important to do this because people will lie and deny that the accident was their fault. They are less likely to lie when the evidence is in front of the police officer and they have not had time to come up with a story.

The next step is to exchange information with the other driver. You should exchange names, registration information, and insurance information. Smart phones make it easy to take photos of the other driver’s documents, such as driver’s license, insurance, and registration. The other driver is not required to give you a copy of their driver’s license, but they will need to show it to the police officer. The officer’s report will contain their driver’s license information if they refuse to show it to you. A police officer can make this exchange easier if the other person is being difficult.

Get the name and contact information of any witnesses, that way you can reach out to them if necessary.

Take pictures! We cannot stress this enough, make sure to take photos of the damage to your car, the damage to the other car, and the road to show the conditions in which the accident took place. Also make sure to take a photo of the other car’s license plate.

Make sure to go to a doctor if you are injured. You might not feel the injuries right way because your body is full of adrenaline. You might wake up with neck stiffness, back pain, or other pain. Make sure to seek medical treatment for your injuries as soon as possible, because otherwise, the insurance company will not believe that you sustained these injuries in the crash.

It is best to contact an attorney right away, before you say something that could jeopardize your case. The statements you make to the insurance company are often recorded and can be used against you in the future. Our office will contact your insurance company so you do not have to worry about this.

You will need the other driver’s information in order to set up a claim with their insurance company. It is best if the other driver allows you to take a picture of their insurance policy. If they do not, make sure to write down their full name, name of the insurance company, phone number, policy number, and name of the primary insured individual. We can report the accident to the insurance company as long as you call us on the same day of the accident. If you cannot call us right away, make sure to call the insurance company and let them know that you were involved in a car accident with their insured. It is best not to make a recorded statement of facts because it can be misconstrued and can be used against you to limit your future recovery.

A personal injury lawyer helps people recover financial compensation when they have been injured in car accidents. This money is used to pay for medical expenses, make up for lost wages, pain and suffering, and provide compensation for any injuries sustained.

You are not legally required to have an attorney handle your claim against the insurance company. You can negotiate with the insurance company and complete the required forms on your own. However, your chances of establishing a strong case and getting the best settlement possible are best if you hire an experienced personal injury lawyer. At our office, the consultation is free, and there is no fee until we win your case.

You should always contact a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault. Our office does not charge for the consultation, so you have nothing to lose.

Most personal injury attorneys take cases on contingency, meaning they only get paid if they win your case. They usually take a percentage between 33 and 40 percent of the final settlement or final judgment. In California, a lawyer may not charge more than a 25% contingency fee on any recovery for an injured minor.

The value of your claim depends on the extent of your injuries. The amount you can recover is also limited by the amount of insurance coverage the other person has, and the insurance coverage you have to cover your own injuries, such as underinsured motorist coverage and underinsured motorist coverage. We can also go after the other driver’s assets (if they have any) if their insurance coverage is not enough to adequately compensate you.

You do not need to report the settlement if it is for personal physical injuries or physical sickness as long as you did not take an itemized deduction for the medical expenses related to the injury.

The statute of limitations for most personal injury claims in California is 2 years. This is reduced if you are suing a government entity. It is best to contact an attorney as soon as possible because the facts will be fresh in your head. It is also best to start medical treatment right away, otherwise the insurance company will argue that you did not sustain the injuries in the accident at issue.

Some doctors will treat you on a lien basis, meaning that they will be paid once your case settles.

California's "no-pay, no-play" legislation states that a driver without insurance cannot recover non-economic damages, such as, pain and suffering, inconvenience, etc. They will still be able to recover medical expenses for actual bodily injury and recover property damages.

Catherine Lombardo

Catherine Lombardo founded Lawyers For the Injured developing and mentoring a strong staff dedicated to fighting for their clients. With decades of experience fighting and winning for our clients, the staff at Lawyers for the Injured continues to fulfill Catherine’s mission of being compassionate advocates for their clients, and treating all cases, big and small, with the same dedication. Before her passing, Catherine R. Lombardo was rated among the best Southern California Trial Attorneys in California. Her staff, having worked under her guidance for nearly a decade, are motivated and committed to continuing Catherine’s life mission of service to her clients and community, maintaining Catherine’s standard of excellence, compassion, and service.

Catherine Lombardo


Rated among the best Southern California Trial Attorneys in California.

Melissa Vargas Lopez

Melissa Vargas Lopez is lead attorney of Lawyers For The Injured. She graduated as valedictorian of her law school class from the University of La Verne College of Law. While at the University of La Verne, Ms. Vargas engaged in a large variety of activities—from serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the University of La Verne Law Review and advocating for the immigration rights of asylees in the Justice and Immigration Clinic, to helping fellow law students through mentorship opportunities as a teaching assistant for courses and as their Vice Dean of Delta Theta Phi. Throughout her time as a law student and her experience in her law career, Ms. Vargas has always demonstrated a passion for helping others in a vast arena of ways.

Ms.Vargas’ legal career began at the Vargas Law Offices in Riverside and Montclair. She joins Lawyers for the Injured after five years of experience as a legal intern and as a lawyer after passing the California Bar Exam. While at the Vargas Law Offices, Ms. Vargas practiced criminal defense and immigration.

At the core of her legal career, Ms. Vargas focuses on the needs of each individual client. Ms. Vargas comes to Lawyers for the Injured eager to advocate and fight for the rights of families in need after devastating accidents. Alongside Catherine Lombardo's handpicked staff, Ms. Vargas aspires to remedy the wrongs caused to civilians in and beyond Southern California. Spanish speaking clients can rest assured that their lawyer can communicate with them directly, as Ms. Vargas is a native Spanish speaker.

Melissa Vargas Lopez

Attorney at Law

Rated among the best Southern California Trial Attorneys in California.

Kendall O’Connell

With more than 25 years’ experience, Kendall O’Connell has an established reputation as an empathetic, savvy personal injury lawyer.

Kendall is driven by the desire to ensure that people at a disadvantage against large insurance companies have a knowledgeable, compassionate advocate to protect them. Her goal in each case is to ensure they not only get positive resolution to their cases, but to also have an advocate physically, emotionally, and financially.

Whether approaching more minor injuries or wrongful death claims, Kendall applies the same drive and commitment to each case. She draws on her extensive legal experience, medical knowledge, and innate ability to navigate the law to create uniquely personalized strategies for the negotiation of each case. Our Firms’ presentation reflects that each client is a uniquely situated person, with real injuries, who deserves compensation for what they’ve been through. The insurers also know our team has experienced litigators, and if we can’t get a fair settlement, we will take the case to the Courts.

Prior to working at Lombardo Law, Kendall spent 19 years as a multidisciplinary project attorney whose experience includes civil litigation, corporate, family law, probate, administrative, employment and real property. Kendall prides herself in her universal knowledge to successfully advocate for clients in both State and Federal Courts.

Kendall O’Connell

Attorney At Law

Rated among the best Southern California Trial Attorneys in California.

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