October 2012

Help for Injured Humboldt County Residents

A recent federal ruling may help injured Humboldt County residents with employer based health plans.  Those injured by the negligent acts of others have been facing increasing hurdles in obtaining compensation if they are covered by an employment health insurance plan covered by ERISA.  Many employer based plans take the position that the insurer is entitled to recover every dollar paid for health care, even if that position results in the injured party and their attorney receiving nothing.  And when injured parties seek to view the actual health plan which purportedly entitles the insurer

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Successful Defense of Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

On September 17, 2012, the medical malpractice case of Householter v. Doctor Does 1-3 and their medical group commenced jury trial in the Humboldt Superior Court, Judge John T. Feeney presiding.  The plaintiff was represented by James Zito, Esq. and the defendants were represented by the Eureka, California law firm Janssen Malloy LLP.

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Health Care Providers and Custody Disputes

Health care providers who treat minor patients are often dragged into custody disputes or used by parents for information or leverage in legal proceedings.  One of the questions health care providers encounter in such situations is whether both parents have equal rights to the minor patient's medical records.  As a general rule, California law provides that access to a child's medical records cannot be denied to a parent simply because that parent is not the parent with custody.  In other words, even non-custodial parents have the right to request their child's medical records.  There are i

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California Coastal Clean-up Day

On Saturday, September 15, 2012, close to 60,000 California residents and over 800 Humboldt County volunteers spread out on beaches and along local waterways throughout California for the 28th annual beach clean-up hosted by the California Coastal Commission and supported by California State Parks Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy. The efforts have been international for the past 25 years.

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