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Lack of Auto Insurance Coverage Can Limit California Drivers’ Recovery of Damages but Not Innocent Heirs’ Recovery Wrongful Death Damages

By Michael Penn What happens in personal injury cases when one of the parties involved in an accident lacks automobile insurance coverage?  The classic lawyerly answer, “it depends” is incorrect.  Voters in California specifically addressed this issue in 1996 when they passed Proposition 213. Under Proposition 213, codified primarily in California Civil Code Sections 3333.3… read more

The Unsung Hero of Your Automobile Insurance Policy—Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage

By Atticus Wegman If you find yourself injured in a motor vehicle crash, whether or not you were in a vehicle, it is paramount that you understand if your automobile insurance policy includes underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. Our Orange County car accident lawyers often find our clients, after suffering injuries relating to motor vehicle crashes including… read more

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia: A Landmark Win for the LGBTQ+ Community or a Mask for Private Religious Discrimination?

By Casey R. Johnson and Darren J. Campbell This is an excerpt from an article originally published in the September 2020 issue of OC Lawyer. Introduction Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, 140 S. Ct. 1731 (2020) is a landmark victory for the LGBTQ+ community. The holding seems unambiguous: an “employer who fires an individual for… read more

Staff Spotlight: Courtney Zampino

Staff Spotlight is back with episode 3. The next person taking the spotlight is our Office Services Clerk, Courtney Zampino. This is a bittersweet episode as Courtney will be departing the company as she moves to England to attend law school. In this interview, Courtney talks about her humble beginnings growing up in Arizona, exactly… read more

Darren Aitken and Casey Johnson Elected to CAOC Board of Directors

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn is extremely proud to announce that Partners Darren O. Aitken and Casey R. Johnson have both been elected to the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) 2021 Board of Directors. Darren has been on the CAOC Board since 2009 and has served as the chair of the webinar subcommittee for many years. Casey has been… read more

Eight Aitken*Aitken*Cohn Attorneys Recognized in 2021 The Best Lawyers of America List

Aitken*Aitken*Cohn is proud to announce the inclusion of eight of our personal injury attorneys in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is one of the most reputable sources to track the quality of attorneys, and we’re honored by the distinction. Among the honorees were Firm Founder Wylie A. Aitken, Partners… read more

Immigration Status is Off the Table in Wrongful Death & Personal Injury Matters

By Megan Demshki A person’s immigration status is generally irrelevant to issues of civil liability based on existing state law. However, in California personal injury and wrongful death matters citizenship status was relevant to calculating loss of income until January 1, 2017. This was historically known as the “illegal alien” defense. For over 30 years,… read more

Moving Beyond Workers’ Compensation for Construction Site Injuries

By Atticus N. Wegman Oftentimes when individuals are injured on a construction site, they are told that their sole remedy for compensation is through a workers’ compensation claim with their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. This is known as the workers’ compensation exclusive remedy. Such compensation, however, does not include compensation for pain and suffering… read more

Off the beaten path: Identifying and preparing novice expert witnesses

By Megan Demshki This is an excerpt from an article originally published in the July/August 2020 issue of the CAOC’s Forum magazine. Does your matter present a unique issue, whether it be on liability or damages, that would benefit from retained expert testimony? Have you never worked with an expert in that area of expertise… read more

Pools Pose a Significant Danger to Users

By Casey Johnson As the weather warms up, people will naturally look to cool off by spending time in a swimming pool. This is particularly true in Southern California. While swimming pools can provide relief from the heat (and an excellent place to get much-needed exercise), many pools pose a significant danger to users. Both… read more