What you Should Know About the New Medical Malpractice Law

Introduction The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) was a statute enacted by the California Legislature in September 1975. It was enacted in order to lower medical malpractice insurance premiums for health care providers in the state of California. At that time, the idea behind the legislation was to keep healthcare provers, as a whole, financially solvent, which would in turn lower the overall cost of healthcare services. However, this is not what ended up happening. Instead, for over 40… Read More >

Stepping into the Ring with Insurance Companies

It would be nice if insurance companies were always looking out for our best interests, but in reality this is far from the case. As it turns out, “like a good neighbor,” your insurance isn’t always there. In a way, the insurance companies aren’t to blame. It’s simply the insurance company business model to take in more in premiums than what is paid out in claims. As they say, you can’t get mad at a bull for using its horns…. Read More >

Do you know what to do after you’ve been involved in an auto accident?

By Susan Vanderburgh You are driving on a freeway and the traffic comes to a sudden stop.  Luckily, you were able to stop in time and did not collide with the vehicle in front of you.  However, the person behind you was not able to stop in time, so that vehicle behind you crashed into your vehicle.  Now, you are involved in an auto accident on the freeway. What comes to mind?  Maybe embarrassment because everyone is watching how your… Read More >

Crash Test Bias Puts Female Drivers at Risk

The raw data on car accident fatalities tells us that the majority of Americans killed in car crashes are men.  But this statistic masks a troubling and relatively unknown fact: when a car crash does occur, women are at significantly greater risk of injury or death.  In a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was found that a female driver or front passenger who is wearing her seat belt is 17% more likely than a male… Read More >

Minor Accidents, Serious Injuries

Car Accidents More Deadly in 2020

Since the COVID19 pandemic hit in early 2020, more employees have been working from home, fewer people have been traveling, and everyone has been living a more sedentary lifestyle in general.  It’s only logical that this would result in a lower number fatal car crashes per million vehicle miles driven—less activity should lead to fewer accidents.  As it has turned out, though, emptier streets have meant an especially deadly year for traffic accidents across the United States.  According to a report released… Read More >

Tips to Avoid Slip-and-Fall Injuries This Rainy Season

Dear Friends and Clients, As we enter the rainy season, it is more important than ever to take precautions against slip-and-fall accidents. For the elderly in particular, a slip-and-fall can have life-changing medical and financial consequences. Over the years we’ve seen numerous instances of dangerous conditions that don’t immediately come to mind. In light of these often hidden risks, we’ve put together a short list of tips that may help ensure your safety during this wet and slippery time of… Read More >

Update to CA Cell Phone Driving Law

You are most likely already aware that California has a law which restricts the use of cell phones while driving. What you may not know is that this law was updated as of January 1st to restrict the use of hand-held devices for all purposes—not merely calls and texts. This means no more checking the weather, Googling, or getting directions when you’re on the road. The good news is that the new law carves out an exception for cell phone… Read More >

Talcum Powder’s Link to Ovarian Cancer

There has been a lot of recent talk about the link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer. Unfortunately, concerns about this connection appear to be well founded. In 2006, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified the use of talc-based body powder in the perineal (genital) area as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”1 This is particularly worrisome news for women, many of whom have used talc-based baby powder products, such as Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, since a young age…. Read More >

Is It Legal To Videotape The Police?

In recent years, camera phones with video recording capability have become commonplace.  Social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook now enable us to share what we record quickly and with ease.  These technological advances have led to an exponential increase in filmed police encounters, which in turn has resulted in mainstream media coverage of civil rights abuses that would have otherwise gone unreported.  In other instances, video recordings have served as important evidence in the prosecution of police officers… Read More >