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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.

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 »

What You Should Know About Personal Injury – Protecting Your Rights

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Whether you’ve recently gotten into an accident or you’re worried that you might one day, you’ll need to know about the ins and outs of personal injury cases. Some things might even surprise you. By doing your research and finding out what you should know about personal injury, you can protect yourself in your… Read More »

998 Offers – Follow the Rules for them to be Valid!

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

We’ve discussed 998 offers many times in the previous blog entries(here, here, here, and here).  What happens if a 998 offer is sent but doesn’t include a specific provision for acceptance?  That was the subject of another recent case – Finlan v. Chase(2021) Cal App LEXIS 759. Chase sexually assaulted aesthetician Finlan during a… Read More »

Negligent Entrustment and an Owner’s Duty to Inquire Whether Permissive User has a License

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Let’s say you lend your car to someone for the day.  Do you have a duty to ask them if they have a valid license? YES! Vehicle Code § 14604(a) states: No owner of a motor vehicle may knowingly allow another person to drive the vehicle upon a highway unless the owner determines that… Read More »

No MSJ Continuance without Showing of Diligence

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

Recently, in Braganza v. Albertson’s LLC (July 29, 2021, No. E073073) ___Cal.App.5th___ [2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 620], the plaintiff sued defendant for personal injuries and other damages she sustained as a result of slipping and falling on the floor of defendant’s grocery store. The trial court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment after denying plaintiff’s… Read More »

Statute of Limitations for Minors – Calculating Tolling

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

In most instances, the statute of limitations is tolled for minors until they reach the age of majority (NOTE: this is not the case in medical malpractice matters!).  A recent case (Shalabi v. City of Fontana (July 12, 2021, No. S256665) ___Cal.5th___ [2021 Cal. LEXIS 4762]) deals with some specific details regarding how the… Read More »

Do Nest (and similar) doorbells and cameras constitute an invasion of privacy?

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

This was the issue addressed in a recent ruling of the Court of Appeal for the Second District — Mezger v. Bick, 2021 Cal. App. LEXIS 550. This case involved a dispute among neighbors in a gated community.  The plaintiffs were neighbors to comedienne Kathy Griffin.  They alleged that their privacy was invaded by… Read More »

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