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.

20 Jan: Guy O. Kornblum: Speaks on Intriguing Insurance and Related Issues

This CLE course is a survey of issues that are looming under the headlines, or have in some cases been the source of headlines but are unresolved. Mr. Kornblum will identify various areas in insurance law and related areas that he believes will be important in the future. His focus is on giving you some insight to these areas so you can be on the lookout for cases involving them or similar issues. This is a ‘heads up’ approach to the Insurance Law Practice. For more information on this lecture click here. Lecturer Bio Guy O. Kornblum, Esq. Guy O. Kornblum has specialized as a trial and appellate lawyer for over 40 years. He specializes in a wide range of civil litigation, including serious injury and wrongful death, financial and physical elder abuse, medical and legal malpractice and all aspects of insurance including “bad faith” claims. Mr. Kornblum himself has…

14 Nov: How Much Risk Is Present at Your Workplace?

Personal Injury Lawyer Working to generate an income should not be considered a hazard. While there are risky professions, the safety of employees should never be pushed to the side. Even in relatively docile work environments, there is always the chance that an injury can occur. What happens if your employer ignores the signs that a hazard exists? If you or someone else becomes hurt as a result of this oversight, you are likely entitled to medical treatment on the company’s dime, as a personal injury lawyer in Washington, DC, like from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., can explain. Find out more about workers’ compensation. The Type of Hazard Say you are going about your business in the office, and notice that a large chunk of the carpet has come up. You may stamp it down with your foot before continuing. You stop in your boss’s office to report the hazard….

03 Nov: Who’s Who Top Attorneys of North America – Guy O. Kornblum

Recognizing Legal Excellence Guy O. Kornblum, Attorney with Guy O. Kornblum, A Professional Law Corporation was recognized as a Diamond Member into the Top Attorneys of North America 2020-2021 edition by The Who’s Who Directories. “I am committed to providing the best legal decisions for my clients.”  – Guy O. Kornblum For over 40 years, The Law Firm of Guy O. Kornblum, APLC have been San Francisco, California’s premier insurance, personal injury, and litigation law firm. If you experience denial of a claim by your insurance company, they are there to protect the rights of the victims of insurance negligence and bad faith. At the law firm of Guy O. Kornblum, APLC they are your Resolution Advocates. As your lawyers, they will work for you. They build strong bonds with clients and be there for you every step of the way. Read the Full Article

29 Oct: INSURANCE ‘BAD FAITH’ CASES ARE ALIVE AND WELL IN CALIFORNIA

By:  Guy O. Kornblum, Member of the California and Indiana Bars[1] Insurance companies in California customarily follow what are known in the industry as “good faith” claims practices.  The term “good faith” arises from a principle that, in handling insurance claims made by an insured, the insurance company must abide by a promise that the claim will be handled and administered in “good faith” and with “fair dealing” by the insurance company.  These customary claims practices arise from a series of statutes, regulations and cases that have fashioned a body of procedures for insurance companies to follow in order to meet their responsibilities to their insureds.  These practices are customarily followed by insurers who provide insurance coverage to their insureds in California.  It is my experience that insurers generally adopt principles of operation, guidelines, and claims manuals based on what the “good faith” claims practices customarily are. The basic “good…

24 Sep: Business Interruption Coverage After The Covid- 19 Pandemic: A Roadmap to your Client’s Claim

The recent pandemic has brought to the forefront business insurance coverage for the shutdowns – what is known as business interruption coverage. That is, many commercial insurance policies pay the insured for its “loss profits” and “extra expenses” resulting from the time they are unable to open their doors for some period of time — usually up to 12 months provided losses are documented — because of various events. In this case there has been a government order to close or “shutdown” businesses and cease operating. The reason:? There is a pandemic – a virus is in the “air” that threatens the human population. The question is: Is this a business interruption that is covered as a compensable loss under the insured’s commercial insurance policy? Read the Full Article Here (PDF 273K)

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.

29 Nov: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage is Most Important in Your Auto Policy

By: Guy O. Kornblum, Certified in Civil Trial and Pretrial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy; Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum A most important insurance protection for you, your family and passengers in your auto is that which covers you or them in the event you are hit by a wrongdoing uninsured or underinsured motorist.  Why? In California, it has been estimated that 1 in 4 motorists are driving on the highways uninsured or underinsured, that is without adequate liability insurance protection.  What this means is that they either have no insurance or not enough to cover any responsibility they have as a negligent driver who injures others. So, if this is the case, how do you protect yourself and passengers in your auto if anyone is injured in an accident with someone driving without adequate insurance protection?  There are really two ways. First, in your auto policy there…