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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.

Are the Details of Previous, Similar, Incidents Confidential?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Vehicle Code Section 20012 holds: All required accident reports, and supplemental reports, shall be without prejudice to the individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Department of the California Highway Patrol, except that the Department of the California Highway Patrol or the law… Read More »

Don’t “Wait and See” With Your Medical Malpractice Case

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

It’s a story I hear on an almost weekly basis. “After the surgery, I knew something was wrong but Dr. X told me to ‘wait a year and see what happens.’” From a legal standpoint, this is terrible advice when dealing with a potential medical malpractice claim in California. What’s wrong with waiting a… Read More »

What Happens if You Get Injured Due to Inadequate Lighting?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

You were walking somewhere dark and suddenly, you tripped, fell, and hurt yourself. Now, not only are you injured, but also you have to pay expensive medical bills on top of everything else. You’re wondering: What happens if you get injured due to inadequate lighting? Is it your fault? Or can you pursue a… Read More »

Does the MICRA cap of $250,000 for medical malpractice cases apply to a physician’s assistant?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Does the MICRA cap of $250,000 for medical malpractice cases apply to a physician’s assistant? This was the question that was taken up (and answered) in Lopez v. Ledesma (2022) 46 Cal App 5th 980. In that case, plaintiff’s daughter was diagnosed with metastatic malignant melanoma and eventually died from the disease – she… Read More »

Must One Remember How They Were Injured?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

The California Court of Appeal was recently tasked with answering the following question: Is a plaintiff barred as a matter of law from proving causation in a slip and fall case if there were no witnesses to the fall and he or she remembers being on stairs and then waking up in pain but does… Read More »

Plaintiff injured at baseball game – Primary Assumption of Risk?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

A recent case involving the primary assumption of the risk doctrine (Mayes v. La Sierra University (Jan. 7, 2022, No. E076374) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2022 Cal. App. LEXIS 8, at *1].) had a surprising outcome: Plaintiff and appellant Mayes was struck in the face by a foul ball while attending an intercollegiate baseball game between two private… Read More »

Damages in a Motorcycle Accident Case

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

You were recently riding your motorcycle when a driver hit you and injured you. Now, you’re wondering what kind of legal action you can take, as well as what settlement you could expect. By learning about damages in a motorcycle accident case, you can figure out which ones would be applicable and if you… Read More »

Don’t Forget to do these 3 things after an accident

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

If you’ve just been in a car accident, there are some very important things you should always remember to do (not necessarily in this order): Get names of Parties AND witnesses! Oftentimes, clients only get the information of the other involved parties.  This is fine BUT it is often very helpful to get the… Read More »

What Form, If Any, Do I Need to File With the DMV After an Accident?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

California law requires the reporting of all car accidents on streets and highways that result in bodily injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. If you have been involved in a car accident, you are legally obligated to obtain, complete, and submit Form SR-1 to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you do not… Read More »

Is Evidence of a Kelley Blue Book Evaluation Hearsay?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

This titular question is one that the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth District was recently asked to answer in the case of People v. Jenkins  (2021) 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 843. A jury convicted Tyrus Jenkins of first-degree burglary of a residence with a person present, second degree burglary of a car,… Read More »

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