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California Loss of Consortium Action

What is a Loss of Consortium Action in California?

What is a Loss of Consortium action?  In California, there is a recognizable cause of action for loss of consortium for the spouse and/or registered domestic partner of the injured party. California does not recognize a loss of consortium claim for parent/child. Cohabitants of the injured person do not have a viable claim either. Recently, a case came up where a man was badly injured due to an accident. Unfortunately, his injuries permanently affected his ability to carry out activities of daily living. It was clear to me that his injuries had taken a toll on his wife. Even though his wife was not involved directly in the accident, I advised her that she may want to consider and bring a claim for loss of consortium. In California, the loss of consortium is defined a claim for the loss of love, companionship, comfort, care, assistance, protection, affection, society, moral support and/or

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LA Dog Owners are Responsible When Their Dog Bites

LA Dog Owners are Responsible When Their Dog Bites

California law holds the owner of a pet “strictly liable” for any injuries they may cause.  This means that LA dog owners are responsible when their dog bites a child, neighbor, family member, friend or total stranger.  Does the dog’s owner have to write the check personally?  No, the homeowners insurance or renters insurance of the dog’s owner is responsible for financial reimbursement of all recoverable financial costs associated with a dog bite in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, dog bite injuries can be quite severe resulting in severe scarring that requires plastic surgery.  Dog bite wounds tear at the skin and underlying tissues including ligaments, nerves, tendons, muscles and other tissue.  This can result in a substantial scar, often in a very visible area such as the face, neck or torso.  Children are most often the victim in dog bite injury cases here in Los Angeles.  The natural inclination of a

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Mission Viejo Dog Bite Injury with Scarring

Mission Viejo dog bite injury with scarring

There are a lot of legal and financial issues in a Mission Viejo dog bite injury with scarring case.  When a dog bites, it is often a child who is left with serious injuries including significant scars.  These scars can often be very visible, such as on the face, neck, torso or arms.  These injuries are very rough, and they often cannot heal without leaving substantial scar tissue.  Plastic surgery, in many cases multiple plastic surgeries may be required to minimize the visibility of scarring over time.  A dog attack in Mission Viejo can result in significant expenses such as medical bills, psychological counseling and support, physical or occupational therapy and day care requirements.  Who pays for these expenses?  Why are insurance companies so quick to make a (low) offer? Here in California, the owner of the dog is “strictly liable” for all injuries caused by their pet and financially

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STD Transmission from a Celebrity in LA without Advance Warning

STD transmission from a celebrity in LA

What should you do if you get an STD transmission from a celebrity in LA without advance warning prior to intimate contact?  Hold them financially accountable and responsible for your present and future medical expenses and the damage to your personal life.  California law requires anyone with an STD to tell a potential partner they carry the STD prior to intimate contact.  The failure to do so opens them to a civil lawsuit. My name is Rivers Morrell and I have extensive experience in STD related cases in LA.  Los Angeles has one of the highest rates of STD cases in the nation, and those who have worked to take precautions have protections under the law.  Most of my clients express hopelessness, brokenness and concern about the power of a celebrity or that it is “their word against mine.”  I can tell you this is simply not the case.  My

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Can a Passenger’s Family Sue the Driver for Wrongful Death?

Can Passenger's Family Sue the Driver for a Wrongful Death?

Can a passenger’s family sue the driver for wrongful death after a fatal car accident?  Absolutely.  In California, a wrongful death occurs whenever someone loses their life due to the negligence of another driver.  They don’t have to be in different vehicles.  If the victim is not in the immediate family of the driver a wrongful death action should be brought on behalf of the victim’s family. These cases can be quite trying for the family.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after 40 years of experience with wrongful death cases I can tell you it take endurance for the family of those who are lost.  Especially when the driver who is responsible faces criminal charges such as a Fatal Felony DUI or vehicular manslaughter.  The criminal case should be completed before the family pursues the civil and financial case of wrongful death.  This allows facts to be established by

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Boy Scouts Face a Day of Reckoning for Sexual Abuse

Boy Scouts Face a Day of Reckoning for Sexual Abuse

The Boy Scouts of America have recently filed for a Chapter 11 reorganization under US bankruptcy laws.  The Boy Scouts face a day of reckoning for sexual abuse across many years. The bankruptcy strategy will have a significant impact on the hundreds of cases presently filed against the Boy Scouts as well as those which will follow in the future.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of representing victims of sexual assault, STD transmission and other civil offenses I can tell you most victims simply want to be able to face an accountable party and hold what has happened up to the light. The Boy Scouts of America have been accused of covering up sexual abuse by scoutmasters, adult volunteers and others throughout the organization for years.  The Scouts kept a secret file which they used to keep track of previous perpetrators.  The organization is

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