It Takes Two to Tango: Compensation for At-fault Parties

Car collisions can be contentious battlegrounds for California drivers. The usual battle is determining fault. Did you hit him? Did she hit you? This battleground can turn friends into enemies. However, California law has tried to bring fairness to these battlegrounds through its comparative fault system. If you were injured in any way and that… read more

Deadly Motor Vehicle Collisions Serve as a Reminder to Review and Upgrade Your Automobile Bodily Injury, Uninsured and Underinsured Policy Coverage Limits

A horrible tragedy occurred early Sunday morning January 9, 2011 at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Federal Avenue in Los Angeles. According to media reports, a 2006 Honda Accord driven by an 81 year old female motorist accelerated out of control as she attempted to parallel park along a curb. The elderly motorist’s… read more

Medical Malpractice Reform and the Healthcare Debate

As Congress considers repealing the recently enacted national healthcare legislation, a common cry among those looking to undo the legislation is for “lawsuit reform” or “tort reform” which they claim will help keep down the costs of healthcare. Such reform has already been the law in California for more than 30 years and the cost… read more

Electrocution from Power Lines – A Cautionary Tale…

We were recently retained in another tragic power line incident. This past Friday, a family from San Bernardino was devastated when it lost three family members that came into contact with a downed power line. Unfortunately, I have had experience working on devastating cases involving power lines, and know that the resulting injuries are usually immediate… read more

Injured Before an Accident? Will a Previous Injury Limit your Recovery?

When a person is injured in a motorcycle, automobile, slip/fall, or other accident and they are not solely at fault, an evaluation must take place to determine the severity of that person’s injuries. Note, a person can still recover monetary compensation for their injuries even if they are at fault. California law allows for recovery… read more

And no, I do not want a Farmville brick . . .

During my career, very few events or developments have had an impact on the everyday practice of law as the rise of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc) have created over the last few years. Just over the last few months, I have attended legal seminars and read through numerous articles regarding how this… read more

Signing Away All Your Rights? Not Always…

Many personal injury attorneys have been approached by a potential client who suffered a significant injury during an organized event or activity for which they were required to sign a waiver or release as a condition of participation.  The viability of the potential client’s case is immediately called into question due to a likely express… read more

The Absence of a Showing of a “Course of Conduct” as a Defense to Punitive Damages

You can read the Article written by Wylie A. Aitken and Darren O. Aitken here (PDF link).

California Statute of Limitations

If you’ve suffered harm as a result of another party’s negligent or wrongful actions and believe you have a legitimate claim to seek compensation for your damages, it is vital that you are aware of the statute of limitation laws in your state. A statute of limitations is a limit placed on the amount of… read more

Importance of Choosing the Right Lawyer

Like any major life decision, choosing the right lawyer to help you with your legal issues requires two key commitments on your part: time and effort. You would never buy a car without doing some research, taking a test drive, or consulting a trusted consumer publication. In the same regard, you should never pick a… read more