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 >

Minor Accidents, Serious Injuries

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 >

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 >

Patrick Phillips Named As Rising Star By Super Lawyers Magazine

We are pleased to announce that Patrick Phillips has been named to the 2016 Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The Rising Star list, which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state, is published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazine and in leading city and regional magazines… Read More >