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Justin R. Heim

Justin R. Heim

Law Office of Justin R. Heim
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  • California
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The Law Offices of Justin R. Heim is located in the historic Old Seal Beach City Hall building from where it serves personal injury clients involved in car accidents throughout Long Beach, Seal Beach, and Huntington Beach.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
J.D. (2012)
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California State University - San Marcos
B.A. (2009) | History
Honors: Cum laude
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Professional Experience
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Articles & Publications
Madison County asbestos case settles three days into trial
Madison - St. Clair Record
Speaking Engagements
Law School Competition Judge, National Sports Law Negotiation Competition
Law School Competition Judge (2013, 2014 & 2019)
Plaintiffs Trial Lawyer Academy Graduate
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
Peer Review Rated
Top 40 Under 40
National Trial Lawyers
National Baseball Arbitration Winner
Tulane School of Law
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Consumer Attorneys of California
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Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
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Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
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State Bar of California  # 290315
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San Diego North County Bar Association
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  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Personal Injury
    Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
    Insurance Claims
    Bad Faith Insurance, Business Insurance, Disability Insurance, Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Motor Vehicle Insurance, Property Insurance
    Asbestos & Mesothelioma
    Products Liability
    Drugs & Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Toxic Torts
  • English: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Should I pursue a "bad faith" lawsuit for a minor (non-injury) collision, or would nothing come out of it?
A: Bad faith lawsuits are filed by an insured policyholder, not a 3rd party (unless that 3rd party has obtained a judgement against that policyholder and received an assignment of rights).

It sounds like you're saying that you're a "3rd party" that got hit by their insured, and are in the pre-litigation phase. In that case if you really wanted to file a lawsuit, you'd be filing a regular lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations against the at-fault driver for your damages incurred (including property damage).

If your complaint is that they just aren't returning phone calls, and assuming there is still plenty of time prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations, then the better avenue would probably be to just file a department of insurance complaint.

Either way, contact an attorney to discuss your specific case details and make sure that you have everything sorted out appropriately.
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Q. Will I be in trouble if I release my Bodily Injury limits to the other party's lawyer?
A: Releasing your liability limits does nothing other than inform the other party how much coverage you have. They have a right to demand that information in a lawsuit, but pre-litigation, you must provide your insurance with consent to release the limits.

CA courts previously stated in Boicourt vs. Amex Assurance Co. (2000) 78 Cal.App.4th 1390, that it is in the interest of the policy holder to release the information because it will help Plaintiff's facilitate settlements without dragging policyholders into lawsuits. ""Knowledge of low policy limits" could benefit defendants (that is policyholders) because that knowledge would tend "to discourage a seriously injured plaintiff from holding out for a settlement commensurate with the extent of the injuries." Boicourt at 1394. ... Read More
Q. Can a car insurance bodily injury rep get my Medi-Cal info from hospital billing department?
A: I respectfully agree with the other attorney answers posted here, I think it is time that you consult with an attorney.

Medi-Cal is notorious for underpaying health care providers for services rendered. Thus, if you have Medi-Cal as posted in the topic, and they paid that much for your care, then I presume you've had quite a bit of medical care.

First of all, it seems like you and the adjuster are talking past each other about the dollar figure for your bills which you are citing. I cannot tell if you are looking at the amount billed or the amount paid. It sounds like the adjuster is talking about the remaining balance.

Medical bills and what has actually been paid matters a great deal in personal injury claims. You should discuss the bills with an attorney to figure out what you can recover. Generally, in California, you are entitled to recover the lesser of the reasonable amount for necessary services or that which is actually paid.

Of course, Medi-Cal will want their money back and will come calling if they think there is a third party payor such as an insurance company. Insurance companies don't want Medi-Cal coming after them later and will try and pressure you into providing them the Medi-Cal lien information if they don't already have it.

Talk to an attorney and figure out the best way to handle this. Otherwise, it sounds like this adjuster is going to try and attack your credibility as a means of devaluing your claim, a typical insurance tactic.
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Law Offices of Justin R Heim, APC
201 8th Street
Suite 100
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Telephone: (760) 658-9075
Fax: (760) 657-2983
Monday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed (Today)