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Lights, Camera, Action!!!

On May 29, 2020, Ellis Law went Hollywood. Andrew Ellis and his associate attorneys became actors-for-a-day in order to participate in the firm’s TV commercial filming. 

The star protagonist of the day was none other than Mr. Ellis himself, who had no problem with the acting gig.  While Mr. Ellis is more experienced in shooting TV commercials, his staff wasn’t intimidated by the challenge.  Without a doubt they “showed up” that day. 

The filming took place within the confines of the office, specifically in the main corridor between the firm’s two conference rooms.  The filming crew arrived at 8:00 in the morning to set up their lights, cameras, and microphones.

Additionally, they graciously and willingly complied with COVID-19 safety guidelines by wearing face masks and sanitizing their equipment.  Once 10:00am struck, the crew was ready to film.

The first phase of shooting the TV commercial involved make-up. Some of the actors were surprised because they forgot that make-up is a must in show biz, particularly in film and TV.  But their surprise should not be misinterpreted as being unnerved.  Once the make-up was applied and ready, the filming commenced.

The second act involved effectively reading the script from a teleprompter. The film crew was in awe from the fact that Mr. Ellis was an absolute natural in front of the cameras. They kept commenting amongst themselves at his level of comfort, his effectiveness, and his engagement with them. His team of attorneys had no problem taking some of that shine.  They all were able to perform under the so-called pressure and they breezed through the scenes individually.  Their performance was made even easier because the film crew was friendly and supportive.

The third and final act involved a group scene with all the actors.  Mr. Ellis was the only one to speak, but all of the actors showed off a strong attorney exterior.

The new TV commercials are scheduled to be ready in July and the actors – now back at their day jobs as attorneys – are excited to see themselves on the big screen of your television. 

L.A. County Enters Stage 3 of Economic Re-Opening

Faced with a staggering $54 billion budget deficit and a 25 percent unemployment rate due to the COVID-19 shutdown, the Sunshine State is taking steps to gradually reopen and reinvigorate a struggling economy.

As businesses within the recreation, travel, and entertainment sectors open, the attorneys of Ellis Injury Law would like to remind everyone that our collective recovery depends on the individual actions of all of us. We encourage you to practice social distancing, wear a face covering when outside, and drive safely even with fewer cars on the road. Over the past couple of months, there has been a disturbing uptick in traffic fatalities and wrongful death cases caused by the excessive speed of drivers traveling on roads that are much emptier than usual.

Counties must meet “public health metrics” to open

Some counties will open faster than others, says Governor Gavin Newsom, who has made face masks mandatory and encourages all residents to continue social distancing.

Many California counties are in Stage 2 or 3 expansion, which allows manufacturing, retail, office workplaces, outdoor museums, some personal services, child care, and other essential businesses to open with certain modifications.

As counties meet key “public health metrics” that address the spread of coronavirus, additional sectors will be allowed to open. Those that can show fewer than 25 novel coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents over the last 2 weeks, or that fewer than 8 percent of residents over the previous 7-day period tested positive for COVID-19 can advance on the “Roadmap to Recovery.”

Los Angeles County in Stage 3 Expansion

The county of Los Angeles, originally at the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, has pushed on to Stage 3 of the recovery plan, as stay-at-home orders have relaxed. While health regulators say the danger of coronavirus is still present, and safety protocols should be followed, business owners are relieved to be in the third stage of the Resilience Roadmap.

Under this framework, a number of sectors have been opened, including:

  • Hotels
  • Fitness facilities
  • Drive-in movie theaters
  • Nail salons
  • Beaches and piers
  • Outdoor recreation areas
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Day camps
  • Golf courses
  • Public trails
  • Campgrounds
  • Zoos
  • RV parks
  • Libraries
  • Horseback riding areas
  • Professional spectator-free sports

As popular tourist destinations like Disney Land announce plans to re-open in mid-July, Los Angeles is now resuming with TV, film, and music production, which is another huge boon to the economy. 

These non-essential businesses are allowed to remain open only if they engage in rigorous protocols for sanitizing, infection control, and social distancing.

As of June 24, 2020, public hot tubs, bars and nightclubs, festivals, bowling alleys, sports stadiums, and casinos are still closed in Los Angeles County.

The threat of COVID-19 is far from over, but the state of California is monitoring the pandemic closely.  Thanks to its proactive stay-at-home orders, the Sunshine State was able to lessen the spike in early COVID-19 cases and extend the curve.

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Additional Resources:

  1. LAist, Reopening California’s Economy Was Inevitable https://laist.com/latest/post/20200615/gov-newsom-coronavirus-california-updates-covid-19
  2. California Government COVID 19, Resilience Roadmap https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/
  3. Los Angeles Times, California is rapidly speeding up the reopening of the economy. Here’s what it means https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-19/coronavirus-california-reopening-economy-whats-next

#BlackLivesMatter Demands Reform, While Protestors Face Police Brutality

Black Lives Matter originated as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned brutality and racism more than 7 years ago. The tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota has catalyzed a movement that continues to fight for liberty, justice, and equality.

As Martin Luther King Jr. famously said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Here at Ellis Injury Law, we are disturbed by the mounting reports of peaceful protesters in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the nation being assaulted with physical force, tasers, tear gas, and rubber bullets.

Equal protection under the law — despite race, creed, gender, or religion — has been an empty promise for far too many, and we whole-heartedly believe that police reform is long overdue. How many more people of color have to be unjustly harmed or killed at the hands of the police before we take meaningful steps to address the systemic racism in our society?

Violence amid peaceful #BLM protests

Protestors – outraged and demanding systemic change – have taken to the streets with loudspeakers, signs, and messages of denied civil rights. Hundreds of peaceful #BLM protestors – condemning police brutality – have been met with round after round of violence. 

In Los Angeles, alarming videos, press accounts, and photos taken by bystanders illustrate that tactics used by police are not changing. Use of excessive force on seniors, misuse of pepper spray and tear gas, and seemingly indiscriminate firing of rubber bullets into crowds are just some examples of police abuses we have witnessed.

Civil rights activists are infuriated. Is the system so corrupt that the LAPD has a license to harm or even kill without consequences?

The LAPD’s sometimes horrific treatment of protesters following Floyd’s death has provoked a massive backlash.  So much so that the Los Angeles Community Action Network and Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter brought a lawsuit against the city over police violence and mistreatment during the protests.

In response to viral videos depicting excessive violence, the LAPD told CNN it is “aware of individuals who have posted videos online and on social media depicting encounters with the police, that they believe constitutes excessive force or misconduct during these demonstrations.” Adding that they intend to “investigate each instance thoroughly, and hold any officer who violates department policy accountable.”

Los Angeles leaders vote on police reform proposals

Many have called for defunding the police, implementing reforms aimed at addressing and banning potentially deadly procedures, such as chokeholds, and ‘decertifying’ officers who commit serious misconduct.

At a recent news conference, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called on police departments throughout the state to decertify police officers for grave abuses. The police reform proposals announced by Becerra would require officers to give verbal warnings before utilizing lethal force.

On June 24, an L.A. City Council committee voted to put together a package of police reform proposals. Up for consideration is a motion that would make it illegal for people to make 911 calls or make false police reports based on racist beliefs.

The proposal also advanced a bid to make every officer in the LAPD wear a camera on their person and to investigate incidents of officers brutally attacking nonviolent protesters in recent #BLM demonstrations.

Protect your rights – call Ellis Injury Law

Law enforcement must be held accountable for their actions. Anyone who has experienced police brutality or violence has a right to legal recourse. Contact Ellis Injury Law to discuss your options during a free case review.

Fatal E-Scooter and Car Crash on Restaurant Patio

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On the morning of June 17, a car hit a scooter near the intersection of Effie Street and Silver Lake Boulevard. The car was completely rolled over, tore apart a tree, and came to rest inside the front patio area of L&E Oyster Bar, a local Silver Lake restaurant.

Luckily the restaurant was not open at the time of the crash. But, sadly, the crash did kill one yet unidentified person and injured four other people.

Restaurant Employee on the Scene First

One employee of L&E Oyster Bar was upstairs in the restaurant when the crash occurred. He was the first on the scene and attempted to put out the fire coming from the overturned car after calling the police.

The employee remarked how lucky they were that the crash occurred during the restaurant’s off hours, as they had recently opened up their patio due to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s new LA Alfresco initiative, which allows for LA restaurants to expand their outdoor seating into public spaces like parking lots and walkways to make room for more guests and hopefully more revenue after Covid-19 closures.

L&E Oyster Bar had just recently expanded its patio along Silver Lake Boulevard. The eatery’s new tables would have been right in the path of the crash had they been open.

Nothing New

Sadly, car crashes into patio spaces are nothing new in Los Angeles. Restaurants all over the city have been affected by these kinds of accidents, leaving many unsuspecting diners, pedestrians, and other drivers injured by negligence.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, Ellis Injury Law can help. Call today to speak with a knowledgeable and dedicated car accident attorney, and get the information you need to decide if filing a lawsuit is the right next step for you and your family.

We charge no upfront fees and provide free consultations. You don’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford the expert services of Ellis Injury Law.

Driver Flees From Crash Scene and Is Killed in a Second Crash

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Early Friday morning, a man in a white Lexus was driving on the 101 Freeway. He crashed into another vehicle at around 7:45am, but then drove off, failing to exchange information with the other driver.

The driver in the other vehicle was able to get the attention of a sheriff’s deputy that was driving past on the freeway. The deputy attempted to stop the fleeing Lexus but ultimately stayed with the hit-and-run victim.

Tragedy strikes twice

According to the LAPD, the driver in the white Lexus headed south on Benton Way in the Westlake District, still fleeing from the hit-and-run scene. Unfortunately, he hit a dip in Temple Street and lost control of his car. He spun out and hit the front of yet another car, rolled, and caught fire.

The driver was partially ejected in the crash, and the responding firefighters from the Los Angeles Fire Department were able to extract him from the burning Lexus and extinguish the flames. The driver was brought to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. He was only 24 years old.

The surviving victims

Luckily, the driver of the other vehicle that was hit by the Lexus in the second crash survived. KTLA reported that the second driver was on his way to work when his car was hit by the white Lexus, and he witnessed the car going “airborne” before rolling and catching on fire.

Though the man that was hit in the second crash complained of pain, his son said his father was “fine.”

It could have been much worse.

Call Ellis Injury Law

You have options if you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident through little or no fault of your own.

Ellis Injury Law can help you get compensation for your injuries and losses. Call today to discuss your case with an experienced, compassionate car accident attorney. We offer free initial consultations and only charge a fee if we win money on your behalf.

Disturbing Videos Show Police Aggression Against Peaceful Protestors in Los Angeles

We have all been witness to an overwhelming amount of police violence against peaceful protestors these past weeks here in Los Angeles and across the country.  Thanks to smartphone cameras, social media, and extensive news coverage, there has been a steady flow of footage clearly showing troubling LAPD behavior.

For example, one video taken on a Hollywood street depicts about eight LAPD officers surrounding a woman lying on the pavement, apparently firing a stun gun at her prone body. The audio of the video is equally upsetting with the screams and pleads of nearby people begging the officers to stop and the Taser’s buzzing.

Other disturbing videos show:

  • L.A. County sheriff’s deputies appearing to shoot a group of young men with pellet guns as they drive past them
  • A curfew arrest in Hollywood with unarmed detainees being held at gunpoint
  • Officers violently beating peaceful protestors with their batons
  • Deputies punching a young man while holding him on the ground with their knees

The violence is nothing new

These videos are just a few examples of police violence against peaceful protestors. In fact, the Los Angeles Times reported that they reviewed more than twelve other videos. The LA Times also shared the videos with police officials, hoping to give them a chance to respond.

A police spokesman by the name of Josh Rubenstein defended the actions of police, saying the officers had had bottles and rocks thrown at them. However, Rubenstein did not offer any explanations for the escalation and unnecessary force depicted in the videos.

Sadly, this kind of behavior is nothing new, especially in Los Angeles. Rodney King was beaten by police 29 years ago, leading to riots across LA.

The Rodney King protests did lead to some police reform, including new rules on using flashlights as weapons and chokeholds. There has also been more recent police reform, such as de-escalation training meant to teach officers to use other means as opposed to force and violence when getting into disputes with civilians.

There is still much work to be done

The protests of the past weeks have proven that, despite the efforts that have gone into reforming the LAPD, the work is far from over.

Two City Council members and the Police Commission have spoken out in favor of police reform in response to the violence used against protestors. Local business owners have also condemned the LAPD’s recent tactics, saying that the officers have been arresting more peaceful protestors than dangerous looters that have been wreaking havoc across the city.

Even former President Barack Obama has spoken out in favor of police reform.

What can you do?

Rubenstein, the police spokesman, said that if people witness police violence or other misconduct they can file official complaints with the LAPD’s Professional Standards Bureau by calling (800) 339-6868), via email at oigcompl@lapd.online, or with the Inspector General at (213) 893-6400 or (213) 893-6464.

Anyone who has been the victim of police aggression and brutality while protesting in LA or surrounding areas should contact Ellis Injury Law.

Our LA police brutality lawyers have the experience and tenacity needed to help make sure justice is served and that you get the compensation you deserve. We offer free initial consultations and do not charge a fee unless we win your case. Call Ellis Injury Law when you need an attorney you can count on.

Multi-Vehicle Crash in La Mirada Leaves Two Dead and Two Injured

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A sports car and a pickup truck collided early on the evening of Friday, May 29, 2020, in La Mirada, resulting in a fiery scene that left two people dead and two people in the hospital. 

At around 5:40pm, local police deputies saw the sports car speeding by them right before it crashed into the pickup truck near the intersection of First Avenue and Imperial Highway. Unfortunately, the collision also affected at least two other vehicles. One of the impacted vehicles was a Dodge Challenger that was left burning.

Police worked tirelessly to free survivors from wreck

Video recorded at the scene showed the brave police deputies working to force open the front door of the ruined pickup truck and free the driver.

All of this was reported by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday. They also said that the surviving victims were in the hospital in unknown conditions. The police did not release the names of the two victims that died or the two that are currently hospitalized.

Review your rights with an experienced attorney

This is another terrible example of the trauma and havoc a car accident can wreak. One miscalculation or moment of negligence by one single driver can have devastating consequences.

If you or someone you love was injured or killed in a car accident due to the negligence or reckless behavior or indifference of another driver, you have a legal right to pursue compensation. Ellis Injury Law can help make sure justice is served.

We represent many different kinds of personal injury cases, but car accidents are the most common. Car crash victims have nothing to lose by contacting Ellis Law, as we work on a contingency basis. This means that we do not charge you any fees for our legal services unless we recover money on your behalf. A car accident attorney at our firm can give you the information you need to decide if litigation is the right next step for you and your family. Call our offices to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.

High-Speed Driving Means Increased Car Accident Fatalities in Los Angeles

EMT paramedics in a rescue operation after a car crash

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a significant decrease in traffic congestion as people are staying home and keeping off the streets. This reduction in traffic has also led to a 38% decrease in traffic collisions, as reported by Streets Are For Everyone, a nonprofit dedicated to street safety.

Traffic fatalities and pedestrian deaths are up

However, traffic and pedestrian fatalities in the Los Angeles area have actually increased during the pandemic. Traffic fatalities have gone up by 15% as compared to this same time period last year, and pedestrian fatalities have increased by 33%. If there are fewer drivers on the streets and fewer accidents, why are more people dying? 

The drivers that are on the roads are driving at higher speeds because of the reduced street congestion. People are seeing less traffic and hitting the gas, which creates much more dangerous road conditions, as evidenced by a fatal crash that occurred on the evening of May 1 at Imperial Highway and Compton Avenue.

High-speed crash kills 3

The LAPD reported that a Nissan Altima was speeding down Imperial and collided with a Ford Fusion, causing the Nissan to roll over into the other lane and crash into a Honda Accord. The driver and passenger in the Altima and the driver in the Accord were all killed, but luckily no one in the Ford Fusion was injured.

This is just one example of how one person’s negligence can have a severe impact on the lives of others. If you or someone you love is injured in a car accident because of someone else’s negligent actions, like speeding, you may be entitled to compensation.

Ellis Injury Law offers expert representation for Los Angeles car accident cases. Call us today to schedule a free initial consultation to learn more about your options and what we can do for you.

GOODBYE AND GOOD LUCK, BILLY!!!

Friday, May 15th, 2020, marked a bittersweet moment for Ellis Law, as it was the last day that much-loved staff member Billy Paredes worked as a pre-litigation case manager at the firm.  Billy was an Ellis Law employee for over 2 years and during that time he provided great service to our clients.  As per the Ellis Law mission statement, everyone at the firm “is to give each and every client the personal attention he or she deserves….by working with integrity, compassion and honesty.”  There is no question that Billy exemplified these principles.

Not only will we miss him but his clients will, too. However, Ellis Law is a firm believer in helping our employees grow and is encouraging Billy to spread his wings, as he has decided to become a lawyer.  He will be attending Southwestern Law School in June 2020, so the excitement for Billy has overcome the bitterness of his departure. 

Andrew Ellis proud to have given Billy Paredes his start

Andrew Ellis, the managing partner at Ellis Law, held a brief staff meeting in the office to congratulate Billy for the great work he has done for the firm and for his accomplishment in going to law school. 

“We are thrilled that Billy was accepted to Southwestern Law School and will be spending the next few years learning his trade…we are thrilled that we gave him a start here and we appreciate all the work he’s done and wish him the greatest success in the future,” Mr. Ellis stated. 

After Mr. Ellis’ announcement, the office was filled with applause as though it were the end of a wonderful film.  Every staff member in the office turned towards Billy and nodded in excitement for him, since a smile hidden behind a facemask wouldn’t suffice.  Without a doubt, that moment showed Billy that he has a huge fan club here at Ellis Law!

Ellis Law wishes Billy great success in his law career

Other staff members did not hesitate to give exuberant and heartfelt farewells.  Nayelli Espinoza, the pre-litigation department manager and Billy’s former supervisor, wished Billy “the best of luck” and emphasized that he “was a great asset to the pre-litigation department.”  Boris Briskin, one of Ellis Law’s top associate attorneys, said it was “great working with [Billy]” and that he “hopes to see [him at Ellis Law] in the future.” 

Billy was gracious enough to give a farewell statement as well: “I would like to thank Ellis Law for all that they have done for me and my family…I will draw from my experiences here at Ellis Law for the rest of my career.”  Billy revealed that he is “excited to attend law school” as “has wanted to practice law for a great portion of his life.” 

Once again, Ellis Law wishes Billy the best of luck and great success as a future lawyer!

Multi-Vehicle Crash on the San Bernardino 10 Freeway Causes Death of Young Boy

The California Highway Patrol reported a multi-vehicle crash on the San Bernardino 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park this past Sunday, May 11, 2020. The crash, which happened at about 1:40pm, occurred on the close to the Francisquito Avenue off-ramp on the eastbound side of the highway. 

The car accident shut down five lanes of the busy motorway and lead to the issue of a SigAlert, meaning significant traffic disruption, at 2:22pm. The traffic lanes were not reopened until 5:49 pm, meaning the accident caused about 4 hours of severe traffic interruption.

Devastatingly, a young boy was killed in the collision. His exact age was not reported. However, it was confirmed that the car accident was the direct cause of his death.

Car accident victims have the right to pursue compensation

This case is a prime example of the devastation car accidents can cause. From painful injuries and lifelong disability to, like in this case, loss of life, car accidents lead to severe trauma and loss. Los Angeles car accident victims have a legal right to pursue compensation for these losses if the accident was through little or no fault of their own.

The road to compensation in a car accident case can be long, emotional, and winding. Therefore, it is necessary to retain the services of a car accident lawyer for guidance, support, and legal representation.

Lawyers can support car accident victims from day one, helping collect vital evidence from the scene, preventing common mistakes like giving a recorded statement to an insurance company, and looking out for the victim’s best interests.

Call Ellis Law today

The expert car accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law can provide these services and more for car accident victims. Call us today to schedule a 100% free consultation.

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