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San Jose personal injury attorney settlement police shootingRonald Wood, who filed an excessive force lawsuit after he was shot by a City of San Jose police officer in 2015, will receive a $500,000 settlement from the city. Wood, 53, was shot multiple times after police say he tried to grab a shotgun in a patrol vehicle. Jachimowicz Law Group contended that at the time of the shooting, Officer Daniel Morales should have already known the weapon was not loaded and was not in Wood’s control when he fired at Wood.

“This set of circumstances was unfortunate for both our client and the officer involved,” Jachimowicz Law Group Attorney Josh Jachimowicz said. “The resolution of this litigation is fair and takes into account the degree of the city’s liability as well as the impact of Mr. Woods’ future medical needs.”

Facts of the Case

Police responded to a call on September 24, 2015 in Monterey Oaks to check in on Wood, who reportedly said he was going to commit suicide. Morales located Wood sitting on a curb and spoke to him through his passenger window, and Wood eventually reached through and into a duffel bag in the vehicle’s front seat. Morales exited the vehicle and pepper sprayed and tased Wood. Moments later, Wood moved to the driver’s side and reportedly told Morales he intended to pull the shotgun from the center console.

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San Jose personal injury attorneys, insurance company negotiations, personal injury accident, motor vehicle accidents, personal injury settlementWhen you suffer personal injuries as the result of a car crash, a slip and fall, or some other type of accident where another person is at fault, you may be entitled to compensation through an insurance claim. While the law requires drivers, property owners, and others to carry insurance in the event accidents occur, getting the insurance company to pay is often a more difficult manner. In these situations, it is important to have an experienced San Jose personal injury attorney on your side to help ensure you get the compensation you need to recover.

Dealing with Insurance Companies after a Personal Injury Accident

In motor vehicle accidents and in cases involving injuries which occur on another’s property, your first steps immediately after should be to notify law enforcement or security and seek medical attention for your injuries. Taking these actions help to protect you when filing an insurance claim.

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personal injury recovery, San Jose personal injury attorney, medical expense compensation, personal injury settlement, broken bonesIf you have suffered a personal injury as the result of a car crash, a slip and fall, or other type of accident, you are probably eager to put the whole incident behind you and move on with your life. In this situation, an early settlement offer from an insurance company can seem like the perfect opportunity to get compensation for your medical expenses and other costs you have incurred. Unfortunately, insurers use this time when you are most vulnerable and not completely healed from your injuries to offer you settlement amounts that are often far less than what you will eventually need or are entitled to.

Allowing Yourself the Time to Heal

Not all personal injuries are easy to diagnose, and it can be difficult to determine any potential long term damages or impairments they can cause. Often times, it takes extensive diagnostic testing, along with time for various symptoms to reveal the extent of the damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people suffer personal injuries serious enough to require emergency hospital care each year.

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