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On November 8th of this year, over 56% of Californians voted in favor of Proposition 64, legalizing marijuana for recreational cultivation and use in California. On January 1st, 2018, products containing marijuana and cannabis will also be legally sold and taxed throughout the state.

Proponents of Prop 64 are excited about the fact that marijuana and cannabis products will be sold and taxed just like any other product. Substantial tax will be generated from this new booming market in California. However, just like any other product, marijuana and cannabis products will be subject to California laws regarding Products Liability. Continue reading →

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Unfortunately, bus accidents are much more common than you would think. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) there are approximately 300 bus accidents each year. The recent tragedy near Palm Springs, California involving the USA Holiday bus returning to Los Angeles from Red Earth Casino in Thermal, California, is a terrifying reminder that these types of accidents occur much more often than we realize.
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Every day, motorcyclists are injured by negligent drivers. This is especially true in busy metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles. If you or someone you know is injured in a motorcycle collision, how do you know how much your case is worth?

In this article, we discuss what you should know if you are the victim of another driver’s negligence, how to make an estimation of what your case might be worth, and why having a personal injury attorney experienced in motorcycle accidents on your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Continue reading →

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All too often these days, hotel guests are hurt by the criminal acts of another person. Assault, battery, and sexual assault are just a few of the criminal acts that good people often suffer at the hands of another. This is especially common in major metropolitan cities such as Los Angeles, where people are constantly staying in hotels for business. In such situations, it is usually clear that the party committing the criminal act (the “third party” in this article) is liable to their victim for the damages they have suffered. Unfortunately, those who commit these acts often lack the financial resources to compensate their victims for the physical and emotional damage they have caused. In such cases, it is important to know if the hotel in which the attack occurred is also liable for a victim’s injuries.

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In this article, we discuss if and when a business property owner is liable for the criminal acts of a third party on their property, and what you should do if you are injured by the criminal acts of a third party while on the property owned by a business.

The following is an easy to understand example:

You are doing your holiday shopping at one of the many malls in Los Angeles. You are on your way to your car with all of your bags of goodies, when suddenly a mugger runs out of the shadows, knocks you down, and steals all of your bags. In addition to losing all of your gifts, you struck your head on the pavement after being knocked down, and sustained a head injury. Must the shopping mall owners pay for your medical bills and other damages?

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In this article, we explain the current law in California, including Los Angeles, regarding injury to a child and premises liability, and discuss what you need to know if your child is injured on someone else’s property.

For many years, the law in California regarding the liability of a landowner for an injury to a child on his or her property was based on the theory of “attractive nuisance.” The attractive nuisance doctrine was part of the larger legal picture regarding injuries to people that occurred on the property owned by another, called “premises liability.”

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Over the years as a personal injury attorney in Los Angeles, clients have often asked me if they can recover the lost resale value (“market value”) of their vehicle after property damage arising from a collision. As is often the case in the law, the answer is “it depends.”

In this article, we discuss the circumstances that lead up to a loss of future resale value of a vehicle, the current law governing such cases, and what you need to know about this when purchasing an automobile insurance policy.

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In our article entitled “What is Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Coverage?” we explained what underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage is, and how it is different than uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. In this article, we discuss exactly how long you have to file an underinsured motorist claim with your insurance company from the time of the collision, and explain the recent  legal cases  that can help you recover from your insurance carrier.

First, it is helpful to understand exactly what UIM coverage is, and how it is different than UM coverage. If you haven’t read our articles on these subjects, here is a quick explanation of UIM coverage.

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If you have been in an automobile collision that was not your fault, and you were driving without car insurance at the time of the accident, there is a law in California that will prevent you from getting what would be the full value of your claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance had you been insured at the time of the collision. In this article, we discuss Prop 213, and how it can affect the  injured victim of an automobile collision.

In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 213, also known as the Limitations on Recovery to Felons, Uninsured Motorists, and Drunk Drivers Initiative. This law prohibits recovery of anything beyond special damages for victims injured by the negligence of another driver if either (1) the victim was uninsured at the time of the accident; or (2) the victim was subsequently convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.

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During the course of 30+ years practicing personal injury law in Los Angeles, I have been asked by many clients whether it is a good idea to submit to an MRI as a part of their personal injury claim.

In this article, I discuss the pros and cons of having an MRI as part of your treatment plan in pursuing a claim for an injury, and whether it can increase the value of your claim.

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