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WHY EMERGENCY MEDICINE PHYSICIANS GET SUED

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While researching issues on a pending medical negligence action, I came across a study by THE DOCTORS COMPANY, describing the top four reasons (as described by patients) for claims made against emergency physicians. The first and by far most common allegation is failure to diagnose, delay in diagnosis or mis-diagnosis of the underlying condition…. Read More »

PURSUING A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM? CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING…

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As an attorney who specializes in Workers’ Compensation law it is easy for me to recommend that you get an attorney to represent you if you are injured on the job. The reason for this is simple, there are so many twists and turns, as well as pitfalls in the current Workers’ Compensation system,… Read More »

Passenger may be liable for death after telling driver to “go faster!”

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Be careful when encouraging your driver to take risks. A recent California case held that a passenger could potentially be found liable by a jury for her role in encouraging a driver to “go faster” along a road which ultimately led to a crash and a death.

YES, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

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PART III: PHOTOCOPIES WITHIN 15 CALENDAR DAYS In my prior posts, I discussed that you actually have multiple laws that entitle you to your medical records, and if you live in California, the Patient Access to Health Records Act is a state law that provides“access to health care records or summaries of those records… Read More »

YES, YOU DO HAVE A RIGHT TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS

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PART II: Physical Inspection of Records Within 5 Working Days In the original post, I discussed that you actually have multiple laws that entitle you to your medical records. If you live in California, for example, you may have heard of “PAHRA” (the Patient Access to Health Records Act), which is a state law… Read More »

Should We Raise the Speed Limit?

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I recently read an article titled, “Roads are Better. Cars are Safer. Let’s Raise the Speed Limit” written by Stephen Boyles, an Assistant Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Texas. In this article, he discusses that not only do our current speed limits not increase safety; they actually make things worse. According… Read More »

Clean Air Vehicle Decals

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You’ve probably seen cars in the carpool lane with special stickers; however, did you know that there are actually three different kinds of stickers? California law allows single-occupant use of carpool lanes by certain qualifying vehicles. There are the Yellow stickers – which are no longer valid as of July 1, 2011. Current, valid… Read More »

4th of July – Be Smart. Stay Safe.

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The 4th of July is a great holiday for us to kick back, relax, and spend the day with family and friends. With so many Americans traveling during the same short time period, there are bound to be some unfortunate complications on the road. Be prepared to make the trip as safe as possible…. Read More »

Assumption of Risk in Sports

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In 2013, we posted a blog on the topic of “Primary Assumption of Risk in “Sports” Cases”. This topic sparked much controversy when it was posted over two years ago. And today, this is even more newsworthy. With so many injuries in sports and due to the recent focus in concussions during football, it… Read More »

WHAT IS CALIFORNIA’S “GOOD SAMARITAN” LAW?

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In the State of California, there is no duty requiring one person to assist another in an emergency situation. If an individual does determine to help another, the “Good Samaritan” Law states that there is no civil liability for doing so, or for the outcome of such efforts as long as the conduct was… Read More »

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