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Mr. Serrano has been admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts. He was named to the Super Lawyers’ 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Southern California Rising Stars List, an honor awarded to no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Southern California each year. View Attorney Jean-Simon Serrano's Attorney Bio Here.

Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and Modern Technology

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A recent case, Ko v. Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc. (Dec. 23, 2020, No. B293672) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 1222, touches on Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress and how this type of claim may be evolving in the modern era. Thing v. La Chusa, (1989) 48 Cal. 3d 644, is the governing case for NIED… Read More »

Hockey Player Responsible for Injury to Other Player?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In general, persons have a duty to use due care to avoid injury to others, and may be held liable if their careless conduct injures another person. This general rule, however, does not apply to co-participants in a sport, where conditions or conduct that otherwise might be viewed as dangerous often are an integral… Read More »

Can Cremation Services be Held Responsible for Mishandling of Pet Remains?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Can Cremation Services be Held Responsible for Mishandling of Pet Remains?  This was one of the questions recently taken on by the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District in Levy v. Only Cremations for Pets, Inc. (Nov. 6, 2020, No. G057888) _Cal.App.5th_ [2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 1056.) The Levy family sued defendants,… Read More »

What Counts as a Wrongful Death in California?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Losing a loved one is incredibly painful. If it happens because of natural causes, it’s hard enough, but if it happens as a result of someone else’s negligence – whether or not it was intentional – the situation becomes much more difficult. A loved one may have died young, years before it would have… Read More »

Does the operator of a music festival owe a duty of care to its patrons to provide medical care?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Does the operator of a music festival owe a duty of care to its patrons to provide medical care?  That’s the question recently taken up by the Court of Appeals for the Second District. While at Live Nation’s 2015 “Hard Fest,” which took place at the Pomona Fairplex, Katie Dix, a festival-goer, ingested an… Read More »

What Should I Do if an Uninsured Motorist Hit My Car?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

If you learn nothing else, learn that you need uninsured motorist coverage (maximum limits if you can).  This is absolutely a must for any responsible person.  The coverage is usually cheap, but invaluable if something happens. Every time you get into your car, you’re taking a risk. Driving can be dangerous, especially since other… Read More »

Primary Assumption of the Risk and Off Leash Dogs

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

An interesting case was recently heard by the Court of Appeal which dealt with primary assumption of the risk and a person injured at a park that allowed dogs to roam “off leash.” In Wolf v. Weber, the plaintiff was injured when an off leash dog collided with her, knocking her to the ground. … Read More »

Pet Therapy Volunteer Not an Employee of Kaiser Permanente for the Purposes of Vicarious Liability

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In a recent case, the plaintiffs’ son was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by a Kaiser Permanente pet therapist as the therapist was driving home from the facility where he was volunteering. Plaintiff parents sued defendant hospital for the acts of its volunteer pet therapist under the theory of respondeat… Read More »

Pet rat carries bacterial infection which kills 10 year-old child

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Imagine that you buy a pet rat for your 10 year-old son from a major pet store chain.  Shortly thereafter, your son contracts a rare bacterial infection from the rat and dies due to complications related to the infection.  Can you prevail in a suit against the store that sold you the rat which… Read More »

Why Is My Attorney Telling Me to Accept an Amount Less Than My Medical Bills?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

You’ve been injured in a car accident and incurred thousands of dollars worth of medical bills. Plus, you’ve spent countless hours in doctors’ offices, missed work and suffered physically, mentally and emotionally due to the incident. You believe that you’re entitled to having all your medical expenses, as well as additional expenses, covered. You… Read More »

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