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21 Jan: Firm Wins Major Insurance Claim for Tubbs Fire Victims

OUR FIRM AND LEGAL AID OF SONOMA WINS MAJOR INSURANCE CLAIM FOR DISPLACED MOBILE HOME OWNERS IN SONOMA COUNTY FROM THE TUBBS FIRE. OUR FIRM (Mr. Kornblum and Mr. Advani) ALONG WITH THE LEGAL AID OF SONOMA COUNTY (Kendall Jarvis) OBTAINED A MAJOR VICTORY FOR 10 MOBILE HOME OWNERS AGAINST FARMERS INSURANCE COMPANY IN A CLAIM FOR TOTAL LOSS OF OUR CLIENTS MOBILE HOMES IN THE 2017 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRES (TUBBS FIRE).  THIS FIRE WAS AT THE TIME THE MOST DESTRUCTIVE FIRE IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY.  THE MOBILE HOMES WERE NOT DIRECTLY DAMAGED BY THE FIRE BUT WERE LOST AS A RESULT OF THE LOSS OF UTILITIES AND ALL SERVICES WHICH RENDERED THEM UNINHABITABLE AS MOBILE HOMES.  FARMERS OWED THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE “PHYSICALLY DAMAGED” EVEN THOUGH THE POLICY REQUIRED AND “ACCIDENTAL, DIRECT PHYSICAL LOSS.“.THE COURT HELD THE LOSS OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE RESULTED IN A “DISTINCT, DEMONSTRABLE, PHYSICAL ALTERATION” TO THE…

21 Jan: Guy Kornblum settles a seven figure claim this month for a couple who suffered injuries

This month (August 2020) Guy Kornblum settled a claim in the seven figures for a couple who suffered injuries from a fire in their apartment building two years ago in the San Francisco Avenues.  The husband was not home when the fire started but had a “relationship” claim.  His wife, also a plaintiff, had to jump out a window to escape because the smoke alarm had not been inspected since installation and did not sound an alarm.  She lived but suffered serious ankle/foot/back injuries.  She is able to move about now so her recovery was fortunate.  This was an excellent settlement which gives this middle aged couple lifetime security.

31 Jan: Guy Kornblum Settles Disability Case for NFL Player

Our firm just settled a disability case for an NFL player who was disabled from an injury for mid-seven figures. His insurer, a private insurer who issued a disability policy which paid if he were disabled from playing professional football in the NFL, denied his claim, but we were able to overcome its position and get a very favorable settlement for our client. The terms are confidential. We worked with our colleagues, Bostwick & Peterson, San Francisco attorneys, on the case.