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EXECUTIVE ORDER N-62-20 PROVIDES A DISPUTABLE PRESUMPTION OF INDUSTRIALLY CAUSED COVID-19 FOR ALL CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEES

By Debbie Beals, Paralegal |

All California employees working at a jobsite outside of their home between March 19, 2020 and July 5, 2020 whom tested positive or diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days after a day of work are presumed to have contracted the illness while at work and may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits. Governor Newsom… 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 »

Homeowner Control over Tenant Marijuana Growing Operation

By Dennis Stout |

A recent case touched upon an interesting question: Will Homeowners insurance apply if your tenant’s grow operation ends up burning the place down?  It should be noted that the ruling is very specific to the facts of the case and should not be interpreted as a blanket ruling or finding as to this question…. Read More »

Returning to the Roads After COVID-19

By Richard Irwin |

People have been sheltered in place for months and they’re ready to get back out into the world. However, according to news reports, they aren’t practicing safety while driving on the roads. In fact, many drivers are pulling dangerous moves, causing accidents and fatalities all across the country. An Uptick in Accidents and Tickets… Read More »

Slips and Falls in Retail Stores

By James Heiting |

Falls are the most common reason people visit an emergency room. According to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for more than 8 million emergency room visits annually, making up 21.3% of overall visits. Slips and causing falls account for more than 1 million visits (12% of total falls). Slip and falls can… Read More »

COVID-19 VS. SPORTS: HOW WILL FANS RETURN TO STADIUMS?

By Sara Morgan |

As some professional sports return to action, and other contemplate their path towards that direction, one question on this baseball fans’ mind is, “How (and when) will fans be able to return to stadiums?” In wondering what might be required in order allow fans back into stadiums, I thought of sports-related ruling by the… Read More »

Road Hazards and Auto Accidents

By Richard Irwin |

You were driving along, minding your business as usual, when you encountered a road hazard and got into an accident. Now, your vehicle is damaged, and you’re experiencing physical pain as well. Maybe you even hit someone else and now you’re faced with paying their medical bills as well. Don’t worry – depending on… 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 »

UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE: THERE IS JUST NO EXCUSE NOT TO HAVE IT!

By Sara Morgan |

If your initial reaction to this title is “what is that”, then you must immediately contact your auto insurance company to discuss your coverage. This is the coverage you have to protect yourself and maybe even your passengers in case someone who causes you injuries is either uninsured (no valid insurance coverage in effect… Read More »

DENIAL OF INSURANCE COVERAGE AFTER AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

By Dennis Stout |

You have complied with the financial responsibility laws of the State of California by purchasing automobile insurance in case of an accident. You then become involved in an accident, submit your claim to your insurance carrier, only to be told that they are now denying coverage to you for the motor vehicle accident. How… Read More »

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