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Nursing Home Injury Rates are Increasing in Orange County

Nursing Home Injury Rates are Increasing in Orange County

The Centers for Disease Control, or CDC report that nursing home injury rates are increasing in Orange County and across the United States.  The number of falls resulting in seriously injuries has increased, especially here in California.  California has the highest rates of restraint in our nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.  This is often due to understaffing, and the inability to meet standards for patient care. If your loved one suffers an injury from a fall or drop in an Orange County nursing home we will hold them accountable.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and for more than 40 years I have helped injury victims to recover financial reimbursement for their medical bills, and the suffering which they have been forced to endure at the hands of someone else’s negligence. Nursing home injury rates are increasing in Orange County due to neglect and over-medication as well.  Many patients are

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Transmitting an STD such as HIV without Warning can Create a Civil Liability

Transmitting an STD such as HIV without Warning

Transmitting an STD such as HIV without warning to your partner can create a civil in California.  If the person who gave you HIV is a person of substance or financial means we are able to hold them financially accountable in a civil action to ensure that you have the resources necessary to seek the treatments and medication you will require to battle HIV.  HIV cases are on the rise in Southern California, and there have been several notable cases involving celebrities in the news recently.  HIV is indiscriminate, and affects all walks of life and all professions including doctors, business owners, college professors, TV personalities and even members of the clergy.  If you were not warned by your partner in advance of intimate contact by a person of substance and have been diagnosed with HIV we can help. We can hold them responsible for the extensive medical treatment associated

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How Insurance Adjusters Make Low Offers to Maximize Profits

Insurance Adjusters make low Offers

How do insurance adjusters make low offers to maximize profits for their employers?  There are several tactics that insurance adjusters use to minimize the exposure of insurance companies when you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence.  The first tactic is to turn the “friendly” side of their personality up to “full on” in an attempt to gain your trust and make it seem as if they are looking out for your interests. The second tactic relates to time.  Insurance adjusters want to settle your case quickly.  If they offer a settlement quickly call us immediately for a free consultation at 949-305-1400.  The harder they push to settle the more you should seriously consider contacting our office.  After more than 40 years of experience with accidents involving injury, I can tell you that many injuries do not fully present for weeks and sometimes months. You may “feel”

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Holding a California Government or Public Entity Financially Accountable for Injury

California Government or Public Entity Financially Accountable

California law allows its citizens to hold a California government or public entity financially accountable for injury. The first and most obvious source of exposure for public entities would be public transportation such as buses and trains. The Orange County Transportation Authority or OCTA operates the OCBus and the Metrolink train services. If you are injured in an accident caused by an OCTA bus or train, or the LA Metro or Amtrak my law firm can hold them financially accountable and provide the resources you need to recover from your injuries and move forward with your life. Another example is an accident caused by a municipal vehicle such as a police or sheriff’s cruiser, fire or emergency vehicle. Even if the siren is on, or if the police are involved in a high speed chase the municipality has a responsibility to protect citizens from exposure to risk, and that includes

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A Los Angeles Sheriff Hit and Severely Injured a Pedestrian in Lynwood

Los Angeles Sheriff Hit and Severely Injured a Pedestrian in Lynwood

A Los Angeles Sheriff hit and severely injured a pedestrian in Lynwood last evening.  The department released a statement noting the deputy had struck a pedestrian in the 12300 block of Long Beach Boulevard sometime around 6:30 PM.  The Sheriff was responding to a call for service at the time of the accident. Both the injured pedestrian and the Sheriff’s Deputy were transported to the hospital.  While the deputy is not seriously injured, the pedestrian was admitted in extremely critical condition. Can the pedestrian hold the Sheriff’s Department accountable for all bills, expenses and financial damages associated with their injuries?  If the pedestrian does not survive what options might be available to the pedestrian’s family? California provides the opportunity to pursue appropriate personal injury compensation from a public entity which is responsible for serious injuries or a wrongful death.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years

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Suffered a Head Injury in a Car Accident

Suffered a Head Injury in a Car Accident

Have you or someone you loved suffered a head injury in a car accident?  One of the most common injuries in a serious car accident is a head injury.  The forces involved in a car accident tend to severely affect the head and neck as the body reacts to the impact.  Impacts from the side can lead to an impact with the frame of the car, support beams or the window next to the victim.  Head on and rear-end impact accidents can often result in open-head and closed-head injuries including traumatic brain injury or TBI.  If you or a family member suffer a head injury in a car accident it is important to seek the counsel of an experienced injury attorney. Head injuries can be quite severe, and victims of skull fractures and traumatic brain injury can require long-term care and even modification to their homes.  My name is Rivers

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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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