• 29 Sep. 2017

    Los Angeles' Effort to Prevent Fatal Crashes is Failing

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    In 2015, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders devised a plan to eliminate fatal car accidents. The “Vision Zero” policy aims to achieve a 20% drop in traffic deaths by the end 2017. After the first full year of the Vision Zero policy, 260 people were killed in traffic accidents in 2016—an increase of nearly 43% over the previous year. As far as 2017 is ...
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  • 22 Aug. 2017

    The High Cost of Distracted Driving

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    In today’s society, our cellphones have become a major presence in our daily lives. Whether we use them to communicate with others, stay updated on current events, or purchase something online, these devices provide a variety of useful functions that may enhance our quality of life. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Americans continue to use their cellphones while operating motor ...
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  • 25 Jul. 2017

    The True Purpose of Being an Exempt Employee

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    What is an Exempt Employee? Employees who are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) are either “exempt” or “nonexempt.” Exempt employees are excluded from minimum wage, overtime regulations, and other rights and protections afforded to nonexempt employees. Generally, employees who are paid less than $23,600 per year ($455 per week) are nonexempt. For a position to ...
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  • 15 Feb. 2017

    3 Steps to Take After the Insurance Company Denies Your Home Insurance Claim

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    Even though homeowners purchase insurance to protect their property when it becomes damaged, not all home insurance claims are paid. While the unique facts of your policy and your situation play a role in understanding the reason for a home insurance claim denial, it is important to understand that you have rights as a consumer, and that you can exercise these rights following a denied claim. ...
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  • 8 Feb. 2017

    3 Things to Know About Bad Faith Insurance Claims

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    Consumers who purchase insurance policies to safeguard themselves in the event that something unforeseen or unpredictable happens are protected by laws that ensure they are treated fairly their insurers. Under these laws, insurance providers that breech their legal duty to properly handle a claim and treat a customer fairly can be held accountable for the claims and any damages victims suffered ...
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  • 30 Nov. 2016

    Alan Schimmel Selected for Inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers® List

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    Our team of Southern California lawyers is pleased to announce that Attorney Alan Schimmel, founder and managing partner at Schimmel & Parks, has been selected for inclusion in the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers® list. It is without a doubt that he has earned inclusion to such a sophisticated list due to his ceaseless efforts to provide top-tier legal representation on behalf of ...
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  • 15 Nov. 2016

    "Rehab Mogul" Charged With Insurance Fraud, Multiple Sexual Assault Offenses

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    “Rehab Mogul” Christopher Bathum has been formally charged with insurance fraud and multiple sexual assault offenses, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Bathum plead not guilty Monday after being arrested Thursday during a raid that included searches of 15 properties linked to the founder of Community Recovery of Los Angeles (CRLA), a network of 19 ...
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  • 25 Aug. 2016

    What to Do If Your Property Has Been Damaged by Fire

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    Fires can cause extensive property damage regardless of the causes of ignition. Homeowners often suffer minimal damage or complete loss of property, material possessions, and other inventory throughout properties. When this occurs, homeowners may be able to recover compensation for their losses by filing insurance claims with their insurance companies. However, because insurance companies often ...
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  • 19 Aug. 2016

    Blue Cut Fire Continues to Threaten Homes

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    As of Friday, August 19, fire officials have stated that the Blue Cut Fire in the Cajon Pass has grown to 37,002 acres. Firefighter crews continue to focus much of their efforts protecting the communities west of the fire, including Wrightwood and Lytle Creek, which comprise the highest housing density in the area. Relentless winds, low humidity, and high temperatures have created challenges that ...
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  • 27 Jun. 2016

    "Rehab Mogul": Full Episode Now Available Online

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    Last week, Schimmel & Parks, APLC attorney Alan Schimmel was featured on an episode of 20/20 entitled “Rehab Mogul,” which explored the case against a Los Angeles rehab center owner who is being accused of providing drugs to vulnerable patients and trying to take sexual advantage of them. The full episode can now be streamed online on the ABC website. Chris Bathum, owner of more ...
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  • 21 Jun. 2016

    Azusa Fire Prompting Mandatory Evacuations

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    A pair of wildfires growing northeast of Los Angeles continues to burn during this hot summer week, and one of them has forced evacuations of nearly 700 suburban homes near Brookridge Road and Encanto Parkway in Duarte. The Fish Fire, which began yesterday, has grown from 500 acres to approximately 3,000 acres within the last 24 hours. The fire began as a result of a fatal car crash near Morris ...
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  • 17 Jun. 2016

    Santa Barbara Sherpa Fire Threatens Homes

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    On Wednesday afternoon, June 15 th, a fire broke out in the Los Padres National Forest. By midnight, the fire had consumed roughly 2 square miles of land, approximately 1,100 acres, reported Captain Dave Zaniboni of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. As the fire continued to expand, both sections of Highway 101 were closed. As a result, many campers and homeowners in the following nearby ...
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  • 16 Jun. 2016

    Alan Schimmel Featured on ABC's 20/20 This Friday

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    This Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10/9c, Attorney Alan Schimmel will be featured on ABC’s 20/20 to talk about rehabilitation center abuse. As you may recall from our previous blog, Schimmel & Parks, APLC is representing plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the founder and operator of a Los Angeles-based alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. The defendant, Chris Bathum, is accused of supplying ...
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  • 6 Jun. 2016

    Calabasas "Old Fire" Scorches 500+ Acres

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    More than 5,000 Calabasas residents were forced to evacuate their homes Sunday when a wildfire broke out on a canyon slope near Old Topanga Canyon Road, coming up right behind Calabasas High School and Viewpoint School. Over 400 firefighters responded to the area to try to contain the “Old Fire,” which threatened approximately 3,700 homes in Calabasas and Topanga. While the blaze is ...
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  • 19 May. 2016

    It's Fire Season in Southern California

    Posted By Schimmel & Parks, APLC

    As California endures its fifth year of a crippling drought, the dry landscape is especially susceptible to wildfires as temperatures increase. Southern California is once again entering into fire season, and experts are saying this could be the hottest year ever, surpassing even last year’s record fire season. In fact, fire seasons now are 78 days longer, on average, than they were in 1970. ...
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