Professional Profile: Our Receptionist

 

Brianna Lopez joined the Law Office of Michael Córdova in 2016. She was initially in charge of requesting medical records, confirming account balances, and providing support to legal assistants and attorneys. Brianna’s diligence in getting her work done, her curious mind and disposition to learn, willingness to assist, and bright personality was immediately recognized, which helped her gain higher level responsibilities. She was ultimately promoted to receptionist, and Brianna has excelled at demonstrating an outstanding level of care and attention to our clients and staff. On a daily basis, she attends a high volume of inquiries and calls, processes and distributes mail and faxes, welcomes clients and visitors and directs to the appropriate area.

Brianna is an integral part of the Córdova family and an outstanding ambassador of the firm. Her friendly smile and professionalism, her strong work ethic, and passion to help others is invaluable and one that we would like to recognize and honor.

Thank you for your continued service and greatness you bring to the firm! We truly value your hard work and look forward to many more years together. Congratulations on your first-year anniversary with the firm, Brianna! We are so thankful for you!

If you are in need of an experienced personal injury attorney, contact us now!

New Attorney at Law Offices of Michael Cordova

 

The Law Offices of Michael Cordova is pleased to announce the addition of new attorney Kendall Cavaletto. Kendall’s history with our firm began with a clerkship prior to ultimately receiving her Juris Doctorate in 2017. She will serve the firm as an attorney, focusing on cases that include personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and motor vehicle accidents. She is passionate about helping people and has a strong work ethic and values, along with a strong will to achieve the highest outcome for our clients.

Kendall Cavaletto was born in Phoenix, Arizona, where she remained until moving to San Diego, California to attend Point Loma Nazarene University. She graduated Cum Laude and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. Upon graduation, she returned home to Phoenix, Arizona to attend Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. While in school, Kendall was part of the Lodestar Mediation Clinic, where she served as a co-mediator for civil cases in the Maricopa County Justice Courts. Kendall was also involved in the Innovation Advancement Program, where she provided legal services to start-up technology ventures under the supervision of an attorney. Additionally, Kendall was a Legal Extern for the Honorable Susan Brnovich at the Maricopa County Superior Court, and worked at the Ruth V. McGregor Project to Stop Sex Trafficking, where she assisted attorneys with providing criminal, family, and juvenile services to victims of sex trafficking.

Kendall spends her free with her family and puppy, Wrigley. Additionally, she enjoys traveling around the country and competes in Olympic weightlifting.

How to Challenge a Subpoena in a Personal Injury Case

 

Subpoena defined.

A subpoena is essentially a court order and a demand that a person or thing has to appear or be shown in a court case. It is a court-ordered command that requires you to do something, such as testify or present information that may help support the facts that are at issue in a pending case. In a personal injury case, each party will make a Request for Production.

Examples of subpoena requests.

Subpoenas offer attorneys a chance to obtain information to help prove or disprove their client’s case. While not an exhaustive list, here are some examples of the types of things that can be requested and required:

  • Blood test information;
  • DNA samples;
  • Computer files and downloaded material;
  • Medical bills & insurance records;
  • Income tax returns;
  • Photographs, graphs, and charts; and
  • Employee records.

Challenging a subpoena: filing a motion to quash.

A motion to quash a subpoena is appropriate whenever a party to a lawsuit seeks information that is irrelevant. However, plaintiffs and defendants often disagree on what is and is not relevant. Therefore, a court may be convinced of the need for some information if the requesting party can show a need.

If you or a family member has been subpoenaed, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately to avoid potential liability for failure to comply with it. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova can help determine the merits of the subpoena and whether you have a valid claim to quash the it.

Car Seat Injuries and Keeping Your Kids Safe

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. However, these deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of a car seat, booster, and seat belts.

Child Passenger Safety LawsThe requirements for the use of a car or booster seat varies from state to state, but the results are all the same; use of proper restraints save lives. In passenger cars, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71% for infants and by 54% for toddlers. For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58% for infants and 59% for toddlers. What these numbers prove is the importance of getting the right size car seat for your child and installing it properly.

Baby seat defects: When a child is injured from a defective baby seat, the manufacturer of the baby seat is at fault for their failure to exercise reasonable care in manufacturing the car seat. As a parent, taking extra precautionary measures is key to ensure your child’s safety. It is important to read the installation instructions, follow them carefully, and then test the seat to ensure you have properly installed your child’s car seat.

If you or your child has suffered a personal injury due to a defective product, it is important to speak with an attorney immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Michael Cordova are experienced in personal injury suits resulting from defective products and can help determine whether you have a valid claim.

Is Your Doctor Being Up Front With You?

 

Imagine if you have stomach cramps and you go to see your doctor to find out what is going on. Your doctor examines you and tells you that it is just gas and to lay off the spicy foods for a while. You do exactly what the doctor orders you to do, but your stomach pain steadily becomes more excruciating. This increasing pain prompts you to get a second opinion from another doctor; the other doctor performs their examination and immediately admits you for a tumor removal. You’re probably saying to yourself, “How often does something like this actually happen?” Sadly, more often than you might think. A survey conducted by a respected journal in the medical field states that over half of the physicians surveyed said they often or sometimes describe a patient’s diagnosis in a way that does not give them the full picture of their circumstances. In a situation like this, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are some things at the beginning of your doctor-patient relationship that can mitigate the chances of not getting a straight medical diagnosis. It is also important to know what your legal options are if it does happen, and serious harm comes about because of it.

It goes without saying that trust is a two-way street; while the focus here is about patients lying to doctors, the suggestions they provide for establishing that trust are, without a doubt, very helpful. Finding a way to establish a personal connection between yourself and your doctor will go a long ways towards building that trust. A good way to establish that personal connection with your physician is ask about the hobbies he or she might be engaged in, where they are from, or disclose something about yourself that you would not ordinarily share with an acquaintance. This is a general rule of anybody in any profession; people like talking about themselves. Do not be afraid to ask the doctor about his or her job and what it is like.

If you have successfully broken the ice with your physician, you should feel comfortable addressing more serious issues; one of those issues being how you want serious diagnoses to be addressed to you. A New York Times article touched on some approaches towards establishing that dialogue. The article strongly suggests that you talk to your physician about how you want serious diagnoses delivered to you before these difficult issues rear their heads. Ask yourself if you want your doctor to give your prognosis straight to you or if you would prefer the family handle the straight talk about your condition.

Unfortunately, if you or a loved one made a decision about their treatment based on less than accurate information from the physician, you are not without options. You and your loved one have the right to informed consent when deciding on any medical treatment. If you feel that the physician has not been forthcoming with information pertaining to a diagnosis, there are four elements of informed consent that your attorney can analyze to determine whether or not you have a case:

  1. Your attorney will need to determine if the doctor provided a complete diagnosis of your condition;
  2. Did the physician discuss the purpose and process of any proposed treatments, including alternative measures;
  3. Did the physician review the benefits and risks of each treatment; and
  4. Did the physician review the benefits and risks of not getting treatment?

If these four elements are met, based on the circumstances, you and your family may have a case for a proof-of-fault claim in a medical malpractice suit.

Taking some time to establishing those lines of communication and understanding your options is a prescription that everyone could benefit from. If you or a loved one suspect that you made a medical decision based on faulty information from your doctor, feel free to reach out to the Law Offices of Michael Cordova so we can determine if there is anything that can be done to help you and your family.