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Fatal Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident in Orange

We are deeply saddened by the loss of a marine veteran in a fatal hit and run pedestrian accident in Orange recently.  There have simply been too many of these accidents and we should all work to increase our awareness and help to identify those responsible.  The young man who lost his life leaves a daughter less than 2 years old.  The family has established a GO FUND ME page to help raise money for her care and support. This family has suffered what is known as a “wrongful death” in California.  My name is Rivers Morrell and after more than 40 years of experience in these cases I can tell you it still shocks me when hit and run drivers leave injured victims and drive away.  The family will have two years under California law to identify the party or parties responsible and hold them financially accountable in a

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The Statute of Limitations May Not Apply in Some of the Current Sexual Assault Cases

It may surprise some of the stars who have come forward to accuse Hollywood’s directors, producers and other actors that the statute of limitations may not apply in some current sexual assault cases.  While some attorneys may believe the statute is hard and fixed at two years, the Law Firm of Rivers J. Morrell has successfully defeated motions to dismiss based upon the statute.  We have gone on to obtain successful outcomes for our clients in these cases. If there has been a settlement agreement the case is concluded.  However, if there was no settlement and something of value was given to make up for a sexual assault there may be a way to successfully pursue the case.  For example, in one case the defendant offered to pay some of the medical bills and other expenses associated with the incident.  This may apply if something of value was given as

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Pedestrian Injuries in Mission Viejo Increasing

Why are pedestrian injuries in Mission Viejo increasing?  What should you do if you are the injured victim of a hit-and-run pedestrian accident?  Recent statistics from the California Highway Patrol show an increase in the number of pedestrian injuries in Mission Viejo and across Orange County California.  Pedestrians are no match for a car, truck or motorcycle.  The forces involved in these accidents often result in serious injuries including broken bones and fractures, head injuries including traumatic brain injury and damage to internal organs. This is especially concerning when the driver who caused the injuries takes off after a pedestrian accident.  My name is Rivers Morrell and I have more than 40 years of experience in pedestrian injuries in Mission Viejo and throughout LA, Orange and Riverside Counties.  When someone is injured by a hit-and-run driver the primary recourse of recovery is the injured victim’s own automobile policy.  I realize

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Traumatic Brain Injury from a Car Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury from a car accident can have a substantial impact on your life or the life of a loved one.  In some cases the injury is immediate, obvious and serious.  In others, the injuries may not be as severe and symptoms which are quite subtle can take months to become evident.  Brain injuries are usually classified by memory loss and the loss of consciousness.  If the confusion and disorientation associated with brain injury or a short loss of consciousness which lasts less than 30 minutes the injury is usually classified as “mild.”  In these cases an MRI or CAT Scan may even appear normal during an initial exam. Mild brain injuries often result in headaches and the loss of your ability to focus for weeks after the accident.  Over time, spouses and family members may notice a change in the personality of a head injury victim.  Someone who used

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Car Accidents Which Result in a Neck or Spine Injury

Car accidents which result in a neck or spine injury in Mission Viejo, Orange County, Riverside or throughout Southern California can make a profound impact on a person’s life.  The forces associated with a car accident are quite powerful.  These forces rapidly and harshly move the body in multiple directions in fractions of a second.  This can result in contortions to your neck and spine which they are not designed to handle.  The result could be soft tissue damage to the discs in your spinal column or a serious and permanent injury. Many people seem to feel “ok” after an accident and are thankful they are “uninjured.”  You may think you’ve escaped with a few bruises, however in many cases there is extensive damage to the soft tissue and fractures of the underlying vertebrae and bones.  Symptoms can take weeks or months to present. Car accidents which result in a

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Hollywood Sexual Assault Attorney

It is obvious to most people why so many actors kept quiet about Hollywood sexual assault as well as sexual harassment and rape allegations over the years.  The intimidation, threats and elimination of career and opportunity may have seemed too alluring and too much to risk.  Every day more and more stories come forward of young women and men who suffered Hollywood sexual harassment in various forms over the years. The names are famous, and allegedly include Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey and Roy Price among many others.  The legal question is, what can be done about Hollywood sexual assault, rape or harassment?  If the alleged offenses took place within the last two years one could bring a civil lawsuit to recover financial damages associated with the sexual harassment, assault and/or rape.  The time limit is known as a “statute of limitations” which means your opportunity to bring a

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Hold Hollywood Sexual Harassment Perpetrators Accountable in a Civil Lawsuit

There have been hundreds of allegations of sexual harassment leveled in recent weeks against Hollywood and Los Angeles executives, producers, directors and other people of influence.  It is important for victims to know they can hold Hollywood sexual harassment perpetrators accountable in a civil lawsuit based upon California law.  Names such as Harvey Weinstein, James Tobak and Roy Price have filled the news in the past few weeks.  Those who have been violated by sexual harassment and sexual assault can hold those responsible financially accountable in a civil lawsuit. My name is Rivers Morrell, and after more than 40 years of work in injury law and civil lawsuits I can tell you it is absolutely possible to hold Hollywood sexual harassment perpetrators accountable in a civil lawsuit for what they have done to you.  In many cases, the companies they represent also bear responsibility for what has happened.  These cases

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Transmitting HIV in California may No Longer Be a Felony…

Transmitting HIV in California may no longer be a felony but it is still a civil offense and you can hold someone of substance financially liable for transmitting HIV in Los Angeles or anywhere in California without warning you in advance of intimate contact.  Filing a civil lawsuit is not extortion.  The laws of California recognize the financial damages incurred by the victim of a celebrity, recording artist, TV or film director or producer, or professional athlete who transmit HIV or any other STD without warning intimate partners in advance of contact. My name is Rivers Morrell, and for more than 40 years I’ve been representing injured Californians and victims of STD transmission.  I understand the weight my clients feel when they first call to speak with me.  Many have thanked me for listening to them, for believing them.  I have seen too many cases where a person of power,

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Holding Harvey Weinstein Financially Accountable for His Actions

While new revelations surface multiple times each day seemingly, many are missing the literal price for his behavior.  These victims need an experienced attorney who can help them to regain some of their own empowerment by holding Harvey Weinstein financially accountable for his actions and behavior.  In addition to Harvey Weinstein personally, his company, Weinstein Co., also faces potentially huge financial ramifications for his actions. My name is Rivers Morrell and I have been helping victims of these types of civil torts including rape, sexual assault, gross sexual imposition and other related offenses.  Proving them in a criminal court is one thing.  Proving the case in a civil action and holding Harvey Weinstein financially accountable for his actions is absolutely possible, and in many cases likely.  He has already settled many of these cases according to reports in the media. There is a statute of limitations in the State of

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Fatal Truck Accident in Northridge Resulted in a Wrongful Death

A fatal truck accident in Northridge resulted in a wrongful death recently when a car attempting to pass struck a commercial vehicle which was parked in the median.  The accident with the truck resulted in the death of the driver of the smaller vehicle and serious injuries to the passenger.  This case will be legally quite complex.  The accident happened before 6:30 in the morning as the car attempted to pass another vehicle using the center median lane.  The question is whether the actions of the driver of the small car contributed to the accident and whether the commercial big rig parked in the median should have been there in the first place. Truck companies and their vehicles are usually heavily insured, and the insurance companies are represented by legal firms with extensive expertise and unlimited resources.  They will dispute that the fatal truck accident in Northridge resulted in a

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