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Medicare Publishes Reports Detailing Hospital Errors

Principal Philip Michels and Of Counsel Steven B. Stevens authored the article, "Does Anyone Read These Things? Boilerplate Hospital Admission Forms," published in OC Lawyer magazine. The article discusses hospitals' efforts to shield their liability for substandard care through the Conditions of Admission forms, specifically in the "Legal Relationship" clause. In a medical negligence action, the hospital will contend that this paragraph, placed within the standard form,

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KCAL & Other Media Outlets Cover Michels & Lew Misdiagnosis Case Against Kaiser Permanente

Various news outlets have carried the story of the case of Daniela Zelig, a 10 year old girl who tragically passed away after being sent home from a Kaiser Permanente hospital when they failed to diagnose her pneumonia. The Law Office of Michels & Lew represented the family in this case and continue to work on changing the current laws that cap the amount hospitals can be held liable for non-earning family members. The cap currently is set at $250,000 and current advocates to changes to this cap are pushing to amend the laws to raise this total to 1 million and adjust with inflation.

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Senior Trial Attorney Philip Michels and Attorney Steven B. Stevens Quoted in Reuters on Hospital Paperwork

Senior Trial Attorney Philip Michels and Attorney Steven B. Stevens with Michels & Lew were quoted in a July 31, 2012 Reuters article, "Make a stand with hospital paperwork," discussing the potential legal ramifications of the forms that patients are asked to sign by hospitals and healthcare providers. These forms include a paragraph that the hospital will not be held responsible for errors made by their physicians during the course of the patient's care. If these forms are signed, they will be used by the hospital to block efforts to hold them responsible for negligent care.

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Jin N. Lew Interviewed by Daily Journal Discussing Miramonte Sex Abuse Cases

Jin N. Lew, attorney with Michels & Lew, was interviewed by the Daily Journal in the article "LA school abuse claims erupt as court weighs liability." The article discussed the Miramonte Elementary school sex abuse scandal, explaining how a forthcoming California Supreme Court decision in the case of C.A. v. William S. Hart Union High School District could potentially shield the Los Angeles Unified School District from liability related to the recent sexual abuse case involving two Miramonte Elementary school teachers. In response to the school district launching their own internal investigation, and ordering the replacement of the entire staff at Miramonte Elementary, Mr. Lew stated, "They're doing this now, where they have complete control over the witnesses. We're...

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Citizens United: The Protest Version; Authored by Philip Michels

Principal Philip Michels and 2011 president of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles authored the article, "Citizens United: The Protest Version," published by the Advocate magazine. The article discussed the widely-publicized "Occupy Wall Street" movement, a protest on the burgeoning economic inequality in the U.S. and the inability of the conventional political process to lessen that inequality. Some of the concerns that have been expressed by protestors include rising unemployment, mounting consumer debts, shrinking opportunity and refusal of the banks and quasi government agencies to help refinance underwater home mortgages. Mr. Michels' explained, "Wall Street is the symbolic focus of the movement, the 'shadow of wealth, greed and thievery.'"

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Principal Philip Michels Authors Article in Advocate magazine

Principal Philip Michels and 2011 president of Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) authored the article, "A Collaborative Effort: Promises Made and Kept," published by the Advocate magazine. The article discussed CAALA's 2011 wish list and what the organization has achieved in the past year. Some goals were to increase membership, diversity and enhance participation, while better meeting the needs of their changing membership demographic. So far in 2011, CAALA added 600 new members, a 50% increase from last year. Mr. Michel's commented, "Running CAALA is definitely a collaborative process. No one person leads alone. Effective leadership really depends on constant interaction between our dedicated staff, the executive board, the board of governors and the broader membership."

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Philip Michels authored the article, Clean Torture

Philip Michels authored the article, "Clean Torture: Being Alone is Not Necessarily a Humane Sentence," published by the Advocate magazine. The article discusses how holding prisoners in solitary confinement is an inhumane form of punishment, leading prisoners to commit more violent crimes once they have been released. Mr. Michels explains that once subject to solitary confinement, the only way to return to the normal prison population is by disclosing incriminating information about another prisoner. "The only way out is snitch, parole or die," Mr. Michels states.

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Founder Philip Michels Authors Article in the Advocate Magazine

Mr. Michels, CAALA president, authored the article, "The Impact of Court Budget Cuts," published by the Advocate Magazine discussing the effects of proposed budget cuts to the Los Angeles Superior Court, including the closing of 70 courtrooms, 4 neighborhood courthouses, and 830 staff lay-offs. Mr. Michels writes that such cuts would mean shorter

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Founder Philip Michels Authors Article in the Advocate Magazine

Mr. Michels, CAALA president, authored the article, "CAALA Vegas Convention 2011," published by the AdvocateMagazine discussing the upcoming Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles' Las Vegas Convention. Mr. Michels writes that this convention is "the place to earn your MCLE credits by day and enjoy the non-stop excitement of shows, shopping and gaming by night."

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Phil Michels Featured in Orange County Register

The Orange County Register article, "Parents Target Cities, Schools for Teen's Crosswalk Death," discusses the recent claims filed by Michels & Watkins on behalf of the parents of Sydney Ramirez, a 16-year old girl who was struck and killed in a crosswalk near her high school. The claims were filed against the cities of La Palma and Cypress as well as the high school district and

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Founder Philip Michels Authors Article in the Advocate magazine

Mr. Michels authored the article, "People's Protests on the Mideast and the Midwest: Back to the Streets," published by the Advocate magazine discussing the Republican bill in Wisconsin which would strip most public-sector workers of collective bargaining rights, reduce municipal funding of pension and healthcare benefits and lessen oversight of state contracts with outside corporations. Mr. Michels explained that the irony of foisting the deficit dilemma on the backs of middle-class workers is that it was not the middle class that caused the problem. He continued, "It is no wonder that support for the demonstrators has been coming from around the world. The arrogance of power resonates in Cairo, Tripoli, Bahrain. It may not be in the form of...

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Founder Philip Michels Discusses New Nursing Ratio Law in Los Angeles Daily Journal

Phil Michels was interviewed for the Los Angeles Daily Journal article, "Nursing Ratio Law May Give More Ammo to Malpractice Attorneys," discussing California's new proposed requirement that hospitals maintain certain nurse-to-patient ratios. Mr. Michels comments, "The problems that we get called about are ones in which it appears that [nurses] were very busy that night.

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Mr. Michels' authored the article, The Rich and the Rest

Mr. Michels' authored the article, "The Rich and the Rest," published by the Advocate magazine which discussed the growing income equality in the United States between the middle class and the top earners. He explains how mega rich corporations target consumer attorneys in efforts to legislatively close the courthouse doors to ordinary citizens.

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Political Influence in Judicial Selection by Mr. Michels

Mr. Michels' authored the article, "Political Influence in Judicial Selection," published by the Advocate magazine which discussed the fact that judges that have accepted political contributions from those who appear before them, and how this can now be grounds for disqualification. Mr. Michels cites two recent cases, Caperton v Massey Coal and Avery v State Farm Mutual Automobile Ins. Co.

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Attorney Jin Lew Featured in the Los Angeles Times

The article titled "Parents Assail Malpractice Caps After Daughter's Death at UCLA Hospital," published by Los Angeles Times discusses the death of Olivia Cull, a 17-year old girl who slipped into a coma during a routine outpatient procedure to correct a defect in her heart. Attorney Jin Lew agreed to take the case pro bono as many lawyers did not consider the case worth pursuing due to the state cap on damages. The firm conducted an investigation which took

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Mr. Michels authors an article, Patient Safety vs. Corporate Profits

Mr. Michels authors an article, "Patient Safety vs. Corporate Profits: MICRA - A Slap on the Wrist; A Slap in the Face," published by the Advocate magazine discussing MICRA, a $250,000 imposed cap on general damages in medical malpractice. The cap, which has remained the same since 1975, is one of the most unconscionable abuses committed against victims of

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Attorney Jin Lew Quoted in the Los Angeles Times

The article titled "Plastic Surgery Centers That Fail State Standards Still Allowed To Accept Patients," published by Los Angeles Times discusses the death of Maria Garcia, a 39-year old mother of five who bled to death from a puncture wound during an outpatient plastic surgery procedure. Attorney Jin Lew of Michels & Watkins is representing the family of Ms. Garcia in the lawsuit against her surgeons, nurse and surgery center. The Hills Surgical Institute, Inc.,

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