Patrick John Phillips’s Guides

Patrick John Phillips

San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer.

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  1. The Legality of Unpaid Internships

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, 9 months ago.

    Unpaid internships have become an increasingly common way for young professionals to gain experience and connections in their field of interest. However, the rise in such labor has led state and federal agencies to crack down on employers using internships in violation of minimum...

  2. Social Media And Your Personal Injury Claim

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, 9 months ago.

    Social networking has become common-place in our personal lives, but what is far less certain is how the law treats what we post onlineparticularly in claims for personal injury.In November of last year, the New York Court of Appeals in McCann v. Harleysville Insurance Co. denied...

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  3. Alcohol & Drug Testing In The Workplace

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, 9 months ago.

    Employees under the influence of alcohol or drugs while at work pose a danger to themselves and those around them. Maintaining a comprehensive drug and alcohol policy that provides for limited substance testing can help to manage this risk, but there are important legal requireme...

  4. How CA’s Minimum Wage Increase Will Impact Your Business

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, 9 months ago.

    On September 25th 2013, the State Legislature passed a bill into law that will raise minimum wage for all non-exempt California employees. The new law, codified at Labor Code 1182.12, mandates two separate one dollar increases to the minimum wage, the first occurring on July 1st,...

  5. Terminating Employees With Disabling Medical Conditions

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, 9 months ago.

    Terminating an employee with a disabling medical condition can be a lightening rod for litigation. However, that does not mean that all such terminationsor even the majorityare unlawful. To the contrary, private-sector employment in the state of California is by default at will, ...

  6. When Are You Entitled to Future Medical Expenses?

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, over 3 years ago.

    A proper assessment of damages in personal injury claims requires consideration of future medical expenses. However, such claims are inherently speculative, since they involve costs that plaintiffs have yet to actually incur. It is therefore important to understand the threshol...

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  7. Defective Medical Device Litigation: Naming Your Doctor as a Defendant

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, over 3 years ago.

    Choosing whether to name your doctor in a suit alleging defective design of a medical product is a decision with extremely important strategic implications for your case. Our San Diego law firm typically advises clients not to sue the physician who installed your device, despite ...

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  8. Social Media and Your Personal Injury Claim

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, over 3 years ago.

    Almost everyone has a Facebook page, and now, apparently, "tweeting" is something we all can do without embarrassment. It appears that social networking has become common-place in our personal lives, but what is far less certain is how the law treats what we post online--particul...

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  9. What to Do at the Scene of a Traffic Accident

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, over 3 years ago.

    It is important to preserve as much evidence as you can at the scene of a traffic collision. Preserving evidence will ensure the fairest possible resolution of your claim and will prevent less-than-honest parties from manipulating the claims process with dishonest accounts of wha...

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  10. How to Handle Your Traffic Accident Claim

    Written by attorney Patrick Phillips, over 3 years ago.

    Do I need to have an attorney? It is highly advisable to hire an attorney when you have been injured in a car accident. The laws governing your right to recovery are complicated, and it is easy to ov

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