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Consequences of Dog Bites: Scarring, Disfigurement, Nerve Damage and Treatment Options
By Jordan W. Peagler, Esq. / June 21, 2024

In both California and the U.S. in general, dog bites are surprisingly common. Whether it be a small bite or a severe bite, dog bites have become a persistent issue. According to the National Vital Statistics System, from 2011 to 2021, there were an average of 43 deaths per year due to dog bites within…

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Delivery Drivers and Dog Bite Attacks
By admin / January 16, 2023

Delivery drivers are often victims of dog bite attacks simply due to the fact that they frequently encounter aggressive canines while on the job. Drivers for Amazon, UPS, Fedex, UberEats, Postmates and other delivery services make up a high percentage of the dog bite victims we represent at MKP Law Group, LLP. Unfortunately, many of…

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Insurance Minimums Increase for California Drivers
By admin / January 16, 2023

California drivers should be aware of recent changes to state law that will have a huge impact on their insurance coverage and rates. Governor Newsome recently signed California Senate Bill 1107 (“SB 1107”) into law, increasing the mandatory minimum liability coverage insurance carriers must provide drivers from $15,000 to $30,000 per injured party. The lowest…

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Senate Bill 447: A Gateway to Additional Damages in California Wrongful Death Lawsuits
By admin / May 31, 2022

In most states, family members of loved ones who died of personal injuries have the right to bring a lawsuit against the at-fault party and pursue a broad array of damages including: loss or damage the decedent sustained before death; punitive or exemplary damages the defendant could have recovered had the decedent lived; and damages…

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Proposition 213: The Basics
By admin / April 13, 2022

In 1996, Californian voters passed Proposition 213 (“Prop 213”), which is also known as the Personal Responsibility Act.  Prop 213 has had a profound effect on the recovery California drivers can receive for injuries sustained in an auto accident.  In effect, Prop 213 prohibits drivers who are driving drunk, without insurance or committing a felony…

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Medical Malpractice Injuries and Exceptions to MICRA’s Noneconomic Damage Cap
By admin / February 24, 2022

What is “MICRA”? The Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (“MICRA”), which became California law in 1975, establishes damages limits for certain medical malpractice claims filed by injured medical patients. By way of brief background, prior to 1975, medical professionals’ insurance premiums were skyrocketing due to increasingly high-dollar verdicts in medical malpractice actions. (Johnson v. Superior…

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Landlord Liability for Dog Bites in California
By admin / January 3, 2022

California is one of a few states in the United States that has a “strict liability statute for dog bites”. Specifically, California Civil Code section 3342 states: “The owner of any dog is liable for the damages suffered by any person who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully in…

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UM and UIM: The Importance of Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage
By admin / December 13, 2021

In fact, California drivers are required by law to maintain insurance policies with the following minimum coverages: (1) $15,000 for death or injury to a single person in a crash; (2) $30,000 for death or injury to multiple people in a crash; and (3) $5,000 for property damage to another person’s vehicle. Importantly, these are…

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Nursing Home Negligence in Southern California: A Case Study
By admin / March 12, 2021

Many of our loved ones, whether family or friends, live or will live in a nursing home at some point in their lives. Nursing homes are supposed to provide useful services such as housing, housekeeping, personal care, skilled nursing and other medical care. Additionally, nursing homes often include special programs for elderly individuals suffering with…

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Determining Liability for Injuries in Crashes Involving Bicycles
By admin / February 18, 2021

Despite Los Angeles’ reputation for high-density highways and congested streets, Los Angeles is also home to thousands of bicyclists. Some Los Angelinos use bicycles as their primary means of transportation while other Los Angeles residents use bicycles for exercise and pleasure. Indeed, anyone who spends a beach day in Santa Monica, Venice, Manhattan Beach or…

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