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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.

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 »

Lyft not Responsible for Negligence of Off Duty Lyft Driver in Lyft-Rented Vehicle

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In a recent case (Marez v. Lyft, Inc. 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 360), plaintiffs filed suit against an employee and his employer, a ridesharing company, after the employee, driving a vehicle rented through the employer’s “Express Drive program,” struck plaintiffs’ vehicles and caused significant injuries. The trial court rejected plaintiffs’ argument that the employer… Read More »

Don’t Let COVID-19 Negatively Affect Your Personal Injury Case

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Invariably, with Court closures, business closures, and stay at home orders, the COVID-19 pandemic will have some affect on your personal injury case – don’t let it be a large one! Here are some things to avoid: DON’T treat your injuries any differently than you would prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Though some time… Read More »

Impeachment or Contradictory Opinion?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Attorneys are required to designate experts prior to the time of trial.  Generally, unless an expert was designated and revealed to the other side ahead of time, they are not permitted to testify at the time of trial.  This is to remove gamesmanship and surprise at the time of trial.  For the sake of… Read More »

Father Responsible for Overdose Death of Son’s Girlfriend?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

The Court of Appeal for the Fourth District recently took on a novel issue in a wrongful death case.  The question posed on appeal was whether a father who provides financial support for his adult son may be held liable for the death of his son’s girlfriend by overdose on methamphetamine allegedly purchased or… Read More »

Mesothelioma

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

by Dennis Stout For those of you who are uncertain about this disease or condition, Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It affects the membrane (tissue or lining) protecting organs, including lungs, abdomen and heart. As of this time, the only known cause of Mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Construction industry(s), manufacturing and military have… Read More »

Is a Fence a “Permanent” or “Continuing” Encroachment?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Whether a boundary fence is a “permanent” or “continuing” encroachment is the subject of a recent Court of Appeal Ruling.  (See Madani v. Rabinowitz, 2020 Cal. App. LEXIS 149) Ali Madani sued his next-door neighbor, Michael Rabinowitz.  Madani brought trespass and nuisance claims, seeking to remove a portion of Rabinowitz’s fence, which encroached on… Read More »

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