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Daniel Rodriguez Makes the 2020 California Super Lawyers List

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bakersfield, Ca (February 2020) – Attorney Daniel Rodriguez, Founder and President at Rodriguez & Associates, has been selected to the 2020 California Super Lawyers list. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Daniel has been part of this list every year since 2009.

Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

Daniel is a member of The National Trial Lawyers – an invitation-only group composed of the premier trial lawyers from across the United States. His firm has obtained more multi-million-dollar verdicts than any other law firm in the Southern San Joaquin Valley and has earned the highest personal injury verdict in Kern County history.

Congratulations, Daniel!

To learn more about Daniel Rodriguez, click here.

About Rodriguez & Associates
Rodriguez & Associates is Kern’s County premier personal injury law firm. The lawyers have with more than 100 years of combined experience. As an award-winning law firm, it is known to deliver big firm results with small firm service.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 5:05 am

Can I Still File A Lawsuit After Accepting a Settlement?

Monday, February 10, 2020

The aftermath of a serious injury can be physically, emotionally, and financially difficult. You may suffer from chronic pain, lose significant amounts of wages during your recovery period, and struggle with expensive medical bills for necessary treatments. In these situations, it can be tempting to accept a settlement as soon as possible — but if the settlement is not sufficient enough to help you recover, can you still file a lawsuit?

Settlements versus Lawsuits: What’s the Difference?

Before discussing whether or not you can file a lawsuit after accepting a settlement, it is crucial to understand the difference between these types of agreements.

A settlement is a private agreement to pay you an agreed-upon sum of money following an accident caused by the person that the entity authorizing the settlement represents. Typically, an insurance company offers a settlement after you file an insurance claim, or, in some cases, following negotiations with you and your attorney. Settlements from insurance companies may be quite lower than what you could claim in a lawsuit unless your attorney argues otherwise, but you can usually obtain the money much faster than you could in a lawsuit.

A lawsuit, on the other hand, is an action that you file in civil court against the at-fault party responsible for your injuries. You and your attorney will present your case in front of a judge and jury, establishing the liability of the other person and presenting evidence that details your physical, financial, and emotional losses. The court will decide whether or not the other person was at-fault, and may award you a settlement based on the damages you claim. The lawsuit process can be long and complex, but you have a greater opportunity to claim the maximum compensation you need to recover through this avenue.

You Cannot Accept a Settlement and File a Lawsuit

When you accept a settlement, you usually waive your right to pursue additional legal action against the at-fault party in your case. The insurance company will typically include a release of liability in your settlement paperwork, which prevents you from filing a lawsuit over the same incident.

However, you can back out of a settlement and pursue legal action before you sign the paperwork. Your attorney may evaluate the offer and determine that the funds are insufficient to pay for your injuries. You also have a greater opportunity to present evidence for a higher settlement in the courtroom, which may result in a larger amount of compensation. There are situations where a settlement prior to trial would be more beneficial than a lawsuit — your attorney will advise you on the best course of action for your case.

Should You Accept a Settlement After an Accident?

If you are suffering from the aftermath of a serious accident, an insurance company representative will likely contact you and ask you a series of questions about the incident. He or she may offer you a settlement soon after discussing your injuries, and it may be tempting to sign  this document instead of entering into lengthy trials and negotiations.

However, the funds the company may provide might not be enough to help you recover from your injuries. You may not know the extent of your damages at that point, and signing an early settlement can decrease your chances of obtaining the funds you need.

Accidents and injuries can lead to significant expenses, from medical bills to lost wages to property damage and more. To ensure that you receive the amount of compensation to recover from your accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following the incident. Your Bakersfield accident attorney will be able to evaluate any settlement offers you receive, help you determine the damages you are eligible for, and advocate for your needs from the negotiating table to the courtroom.

Posted by highrank at 9:35 pm

Best Car Accident Lawyers in Bakersfield, CA

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Rodriguez & Associates has earned a place on’s 2020 list: Best Car Accident Lawyers serving Bakersfield, CA.

Expertise chose us based on 25 variable across the following five criteria: Reputation, Credibility, Experience, Availability, and Professionalism.

They evaluated 94 car accident lawyers serving Bakersfield and analyzed the results to provide a hand-picked list of 16 of the best car accident lawyers in the city.

Our firm was also added to Expertise’s “19 Best Litigation Attorneys in Bakersfield” list for 2020.

Expertise’s goal is to connect people with the best local experts. Every month they help over 10M customers find the best qualified service professional for their needs.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:20 pm

Vote for Rodriguez & Associates in the Best of Readers’ Choice Poll 2020

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Vote for Rodriguez & Associates in the Best of Readers’ Choice Poll 2020 in category of Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer!

We are so honored to be nominated in the 2020 Best of Bakersfield Readers’ Choice Awards, under the Best Law Firm AND Best Lawyer Service areas!

Congratulations Chantal Trujiilo, Daniel Rodriguez, and Joel Andreesen who all were nominated as best lawyers in Bakersfield!

Please vote for us! Visit the Readers’ Choice website by clicking HERE, then go to Services under Best Law Firm and Best Lawyer and vote for us!

You can vote once a day (per email used) starting now until February 16, 2020, at 11:59 pm!

Thank you for your support!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 10:29 pm

Rodriguez & Associates Recognized for 2019 Plaintiff Verdict

Monday, January 6, 2020

Rodriguez & Associates was listed in Courtroom View Network’s (CVN) “Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts of 2019” list.

The firm was listed #7 in the list (out of 10) for their Cleveland v. Taft Union High School District case. Daniel Rodriguez, Chantal Trujillo, and Danay Gonzalez of Rodriguez & Associates represented a former student who was shot at school by another student. The family was awarded $3.8 million in the nation’s first school shooting civil trial.

CVN is the industry leader in delivering live and on-demand video of high-stakes civil litigation. They film trials throughout the nation.

CVN stated, “These are our picks for the Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts that CVN covered in 2019. They are not ranked solely by amount awarded. Instead we also took into consideration the facts of the case, the parties and attorneys involved, and the potential broader impact of the verdict.”

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 7:30 pm

Daniel Rodriguez Becomes a Member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

Monday, November 25, 2019

national trial lawyers top 100Bakersfield Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel Rodriguez is now a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100,an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state or region who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.  

According to the National Trial Lawyers website, “Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase objective and uniformly applied process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended only to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state or region who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile measured by objective and uniformly applied standards in compliance with state bar and national Rule 4-7.”

Congratulations, Daniel, on being selected to this elite trial lawyer’s organization!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:13 pm

Daniel Rodriguez Makes 2019 Super Lawyers List

Friday, May 10, 2019

Daniel Rodriguez in 2019 Super Lawyers List

Attorney Daniel Rodriguez of Rodriguez & Associates made the 2019 Super Lawyers list. He has been continuously named to the Super Lawyers list since 2009.

According to, “Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. The objective is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource for attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.”

Congratulations, Daniel!

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 9:37 pm

Daniel Rodriguez Named “Best Lawyer” in Bakersfield

Friday, May 3, 2019

Bakersfield personal injury lawyerDaniel Rodriguez Named best lawyer in Bakersfield Daniel Rodriguez was selected “Best Lawyer” in The Bakersfield Californian’s “The Best of Readers’ Choice Poll” for 2019. He’s been selected for this honor fives times over the last six years.

The categories showcased in “The Best of Readers’ Choice Poll” vary from “Best Local Band” and “Best Specialty Doctor” to “Best Barbershop.”

Congratulations to Daniel for making the list once again.

Congratulations to all those recognized this year! To view who else made the list, click here.

Posted by Lorrie Ross at 3:45 pm