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California Supreme Court Finds Liability for Tractor-Trailer Parked Along Freeway

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

On February 28, 2011, the California Supreme Court decided the case of Cabral v. Ralphs Grocery Co. (Docket No. S178799). This is another case revolving around a deadly motor vehicle accident in which a tractor-trailer was involved. See my previous article here: In Cabral, Plaintiff’s husband, the decedent, was driving his pickup truck home… Read More »

New California Case Holds Tractor-Trailer Drivers to Higher Standard

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

The California Court of Appeal for the First District (which includes San Francisco and neighboring areas), recently decided a case, [Lawson v. Safeway Inc., (2010) 191 Cal. App. 4th 400] holding drivers of tractor trailers to a higher standard than some other motorists. In the Lawson case, the plaintiffs were the driver of a… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

In today’s modern social environment, it has become increasingly important to manage one’s personal and private information in order to protect against identity theft, fraud, and the like. As participants in a lawsuit, plaintiffs and defendants alike are often required to disclose a great deal of personal information, including financial and medical documents, identification… Read More »


By Dennis Stout |

Equal protection is a clever and timely catch phrase and legal issue in these times of gay rights and mandatory health care. The issue also arises in the purchase and maintenance of UM/UIM (uninsured and underinsured) motorist coverage in the State of California. Following up on the prior blog re: UM/UIM coverage, automobile liability… Read More »


By Sara Morgan |

California requires all motor vehicle operators to maintain liability insurance with limits of at least $15,000. What happens if your injuries in an auto accident exceed that coverage? Uninsured and underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) policies may help. They provide coverage for you, in case you are in an accident caused by a driver with no… Read More »

California’s Good Samaritan Law – Liability for Rendering Emergency Care

By Jean-Simon Serrano |

California has codified, in Health & Safety Code § 1799.102, what is sometimes referred to as a “Good Samaritan” Law. Prior to August 2009, this Section stated: “No person who in good faith, and not for compensation, renders emergency medical care at the scene of an emergency shall be liable for any civil damages… Read More »

Statute of Limitations – Wrongful Death

By Sara Morgan |

According to state law, a wrongful death action is a cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another. Such a cause of action can be brought by only a limited number of people having some type of relationship to the person that died. The… Read More »

Collateral Source vs. Hanif – The Fight for Plaintiff’s Damages

By Sara Morgan |

The legal community in California is astir with news of the developments towards abrogation of the Hanif/Nishihama reduction. With several cases pending decision by California’s Supreme Court, the question for the would-be plaintiff is: what is the difference between Hanif and the Collateral Source Rule? The answer depends on whether the plaintiff has health… Read More »

Insurance Adjuster Wants a Recorded Statement

By Sara Morgan |

After a car accident or truck accident, a common question our office hears is whether an accident victim should give a recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company. Our advice is that the victim should politely decline to give a recorded statement. The insurance company will place you under a lot of pressure… Read More »

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