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California Wildfire Articles

  • After the Fire Recovery Guide: Part One: General Insurance tips. Recovery from the devastation following a wildfire can be a long and daunting task. If you have insurance, chances are you’ve already submitted a claim to your insurance company. If you haven’t made a claim yet, this is going to be your first step towards recovery.
  • After the Fire Recovery Guide: Part Two: Property Damage: Tips for dealing with Insurance. If you have property that has been damaged by a wildland fire, the first place you should turn to when looking to recover is your insurance policy.
  • After the Fire Recovery Guide: Part Three: Property Damage: Trees. In the wake of a destructive fire, and the lengthy personal recovery process that ensues, there are certain recoverable losses that are easy to overlook. One such example is a loss resulting from a destroyed or damaged tree.
  • After the Fire: A Recovery Guide Part Four:Property Damage: Crops and Livestock: As previous posts in this series have mentioned, in California a negligently started wildfire qualifies as a trespass, allowing a property owner to recover for damages to their private property.

  • After the Fire: A Recovery Guide Part 5: Documenting your loss: After a fire loss, you will be worried about health and safety and finding appropriate shelter. Going through and making a detailed inventory of your belongings may not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is a crucial step nonetheless. You will generally need to make lists of things in your home that were lost or damaged.

  • After the Fire: A Recovery Guide Part 6: Smoke, Soot, and Ash: When you think of damage that is caused by a wildfire, you may think of homes that have been destroyed or scorched. What many people don’t realize is that your house or business doesn’t need to be burned to suffer damage in a fire.

  • After the Fire: A Recovery Guide Part Seven: Hiring a Contractor: One of the most important steps when navigating the rebuild process will be hiring the contractor you will be working with. They will be with you every step of the way and will be responsible for rebuilding your home, which can be a very important part of the healing process.

Personal Injury Articles

  • How Do I Prove My Truck Accident Case?: In many instances, truck accidents are complex cases influenced by multiple factors. The most vital information to your case is being able to determine and prove the cause of the accident and who is ultimately at fault.
  • 10 Distracted Driving Habits That Lead to Accidents: The National Safety Council (NSC), a U.S. Congress chartered 100 year old non-profit with the motto “Our Mission is Safety; At Work, At Home and In the Community, On the Road”, estimated that during 2013, 35,200 people died in US traffic accidents. In addition the estimate included 3.8 million crash injuries requiring medical attention.
  • The tragic issue of back-over accidents: can legislation help?: The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act passed in 2008, but it was not until 2014 that the Transportation Department decided to require rearview technology in all new cars. The rule effects new vehicles under 10,000 pounds built on or after May 1, 2018.
  • Broker Liability in Truck Accident Cases: Partner attorney Steven R. Cavalli discusses a truck accident case that asked the question, “To what extent, if any, is a property broker liable for the injuries and death that results from an accident?”
  • Is Professionalism Lacking in Professional Sports?: In recent years, a number of high-profile confrontations have occurred among players and fans, resulting in a rash of injuries.
  • Driver Fatigue: a Danger to All: The American Automobile Association (AAA) Foundation estimates that as many as 16.5 percent of all fatal accidents involve fatigued drivers.
  • Are Bay Area Roadways Safe?: A number of studies document the quality of California’s infrastructure and potential dangers of poor road conditions.
  • New blood test offers faster, safer traumatic brain injury diagnosis: With better detection, brain injury victims may have better prognoses as medical providers can come up with targeted treatment plans early.

Medical Malpractice Articles

Employment Law And Whistleblower Articles

  • How Do I Choose an Employment Attorney?: As the tech industry booms in the Bay Area, some workers might be asking themselves who is really benefiting from the boom. A recent publication on the lack of diversity at Google shows that the tech boom is mostly rewarding young, white males.
  • Do I have a Case Against My Employer?: One of the most devastating things that can happen in a person’s life is being terminated from a job. When the termination is unfair or unwarranted it can have particularly detrimental effects. But how do you know when an unfair termination is actually illegal? Most people know the terms “at will” and usually every employer tells its employees that they can be terminated at any time with or without a reason.
  • Oakland’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: As of March 2, 2015, all Oakland employees are entitled to paid sick leave. The November, 2014 ballot initiative titled “Measure FF” was overwhelmingly approved by Oakland voters. The initiative also included a new minimum wage of $12.25 per hour and requires that hospitality workers be paid the entirety of any service charges that are charged to a customer.
  • When Does the Amazon Way Become Employment Discrimination?: The New York Times recently reported on the intensely competitive environment for employees at The article noted incidents of sabotage and forced resignation for employees who faced medical problems, pregnancies or needed to take family leave. Such conduct percolates in highly competitive work environments like Amazon, and should lead us all to question the nature of the American workplace and how it affects families, women, people of color and people with disabilities.
  • Court to rule on use of mixed-motive defense in discrimination cases: Harris v. City of Santa Monica asked the court to decide whether employers may assert the mixed-motive affirmative defense to avoid liability in employment discrimination claims brought under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act.
  • Emotional Distress Damages in Employment Cases: Contract Remedies, Tort Remedies and the Importance of the Expert Witness: This article discusses the availability of emotional distress damages in employment law cases.
  • Age Discrimination Plaintiffs Still Have Options Under California Law: Read about the 2009 decision in Gross v. FBL Financial Services and its effect on age discrimination claims.
  • Blowing the Whistle on Illegal Behavior in Big Pharma: In 2012, a pharmaceutical executive filed a lawsuit against Pfizer for allegedly retaliating against her for reporting the company’s wrongdoing. The law offers protection to employees in the pharmaceutical industry who blow the whistle on unethical and illegal behavior.