Vivian Yochelson is a UCLA graduate (1992) with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Business Administration. She attended Southwestern Law School (1996) and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1996. She is currently the principal of Yochelson & Associates, A professional Corporation located in Woodland Hills, California.
Mrs. Yochelson was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley and speaks fluent Spanish thanks to being raised in a bilingual family of Chilean descent. Additionally, she is a licensed real estate broker and Notary Public. Mrs. Yochelson prides herself in giving her clients the personal attention their case deserves and always being available to speak with them personally, something that is not always available at larger law firms.
In over 20 years of practice, she has handled a wide variety of personal injury matters ranging from automobile accidents, premises liability, products liability, dog bite incidents and assault and battery cases. She has had numerous successful results, including settlements of seven figures, but most importantly she will fight for her client's rights and tell them the truth about their case.
With her numerous professional contacts in the community, as well as membership in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Encino Lawyers Association (ELA), she is able to provide referrals to clients for any legal issues outside of her field of practice.
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- Univ of California at Los Angeles
- Undergraduate Degree
- Southwestern Univ School of Law
- Law Degree
- San Fernando Valley Bar Assn. (SFBB)
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- Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)
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- Encino Lawyers Association (ELA)
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- Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
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- California State Bar # 186319
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- Q. Should i contact at fault insurance company about my injuries or wait for them to contact me about pain & suffering?
- A: Due to the fact that you were working at the time of the incident and have opened a worker’s compensation claim, you now have a workers comp-personal injury cross over claim. You may want to seek the advice of both a workers compensation attorney and a personal injury attorney to have a full understanding of how one case affects the other. Although there is no requirement that you speak with the AAA adjuster, you do want to put them on notice that you have injuries and are seeking treatment. You should keep your discussions with the claims adjuster very limited, let them know the body parts that have been injured and let the claims adjuster know that you will submit your medical records and bills when your treatment is complete.
- Q. I was basically rear ended a few days ago and the guy offered to pay cash and we got a doc together. Now my neck hurts.
- A: You should contact a lawyer with a copy of the document you signed to see if it is a valid and binding release. Also, it’s important to know how much property damage you had to your vehicle and how much damage to the other vehicle as well. Most importantly, if you are hurt, you should seek medical attention immediately and not wait any longer.
- Q. My landlords dog attacked me (5 bites) as I entered the backyard of our house. Went to hospital for treatment. Now what?
- A: You should consult with a personal injury attorney before giving any statements to the homeowners insurance company. Although it sounds like there is coverage a lot of homeowner policies have exclusions for certain breeds of dogs. Your attorney will also need more information about your status as a tenant. One question might be: Do you live on the landlord’s property?
- Q. Is there any legal course for a slip & fall that caused a broken bone & possibly more?
- A: Whether or not someone else is legally liable for your injuries depends on the whether the condition of the ground where you fell was a “dangerous condition” and whether someone else is responsible for having created that condition, or alternatively had notice of the dangerous condition. Also, it’s important to know if you immediately reported the fall to the owner of the premises. Do you have photographs of where you fell? If you fell on public property, you must file a claim form with the appropriate government agency within six months of the date you fell.
- Q. My brother took my car without asking and got into an accident.
- A: You and your brother should immediately consult with an attorney before speaking to any insurance company representative, whether your own or the other party’s insurance. There are a lot of unanswered questions, such as who is at fault for the accident, which insurance would be primary (your car insurance or your brother’s insurance if he has any). If your brother did not have permission to drive your car the insurance company could deny coverage for the accident.
- Q. my wife slipped and dislocated her shoulder at home yesterday after slipping in the kitchen because of water leaking
- A: My recommendation is that your wife contact a personal injury attorney to discuss the details of the incident itself and the notifications that were given to the leasing company regarding the leaking water prior to the incident.
- Q. My girlfriend got rear ended by a driver couple days ago. She contracted AAA which is the at fault driver's insurance.
- A: If your girlfriend is injured then she should seek medical attention and not accept any amount of money that the insurance carrier is trying to get her to take immediately after the accident. Often times what we believe to be simple whiplash type of injuries can turn out to be more significant but your girlfriend won’t know that until she sees a doctor.