Articles Posted in Law and Policy

We all want our kids to be safe from harm. This applies to the home where they live, areas where they play, and most assuredly at school where they learn. It feels like an especially large breach of trust when we think that they may have been the victim of an increasingly alarming problem at many schools across the nation: sexual misconduct/assault.

This at times might feel like fear mongering, taking something extremely rare and using it to capture public attention, but unfortunately in recent years the problem has been identified at more and more schools.  Most teachers and school administrators are upstanding people who dedicate their lives to helping children learn and grow and ardently look out for them when they are in their care. However bad actors among them, along with fellow students, are frequently in positions where they can violate the trust given to them by unsuspecting parents.

K-12 programs are not required to track or report cases of sexual assault to the federal government, so finding nationwide numbers can be difficult. Luckily, in California K-12 schools are required to report sexual assault and battery incidents, and recent statewide reporting (from the associated press survey of state education departments) shows that over the last 4 years almost 5,000 such incidents were reported!

If you are injured by an actor that is owned by a city, county, state, or even federal government, it is VERY important to know that there are special rules that you must follow in order to properly pursue your claim against a government entity. In this article, we discuss the basics of what you need to know if you are injured by a government entity.

Every state has their own time limits for bringing a lawsuit against those who may be responsible for injuries to another. These time limits are known as the “statute of limitations”. Typically, California has a two (2) year statute of limitations during which to file an injury claims agains a private party, such as a negligent driver or an insurance company. If the party you deem to be responsible is a government entity, however, there are different time limits and procedures that you must be aware of. These rules, known as the California Tort Claims Act (CTCA) have been codified, and can be found by clicking on this link to California Government Code. Continue reading ›

We live in an amazing time for medical technology. Every day there are advancements being made that help cure and treat disease. Surgeons perform cosmetic procedures that were unimaginable 30 years ago, especially in major cities such as Los Angeles. Despite the advancements in medical science, however, medical errors are the third leading cause of death for Americans, next to heart disease and cancer. Some medical deaths and injuries are merely accidents, or aren’t ultimately attributable to the procedures which allegedly caused the harm. On the other hand, many of them are the result of medical professional negligence, or “medical malpractice”.

In this article, we discuss the basic laws in California that govern medical malpractice claims, and what you should know if you are the victim of negligence by a medical professional.

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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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