Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY INJURED due to the negligence or fault of someone else, you need an experienced lawyer who not only understands the law but one with expert medical knowledge of your physical injuries. Attorney and physician Paul J. Molinaro is that lawyer!

PAUL J. MOLINARO, M.D., J.D.

(Attorney and Physician)

MEDICAL EXPERIENCE

After graduating from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1991, Dr. Paul J. Molinaro trained in family medicine at San Bernardino County Medical Center in California. Dr. Molinaro has been practicing medicine in Southern California for twenty-five years in the fields of urgent care, occupational, and family medicine where he has gained a vast amount of experience handling patients of all ages with a huge variety of ailments including accidental trauma.

LEGAL EXPERIENCE

In 2006, Paul J. Molinaro, M.D., J.D. and Nathan Fransen founded the law firm of Fransen & Molinaro, LLP. Dr. Molinaro handles the firm’s cases which deal with serious bodily injury whether the result of medical negligence, prescription drugs, medical device failure, or accidental trauma.

FORMAL EDUCATION

  • Lafayette College, B.A. Biology, 1987
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, M.D., 1991
  • Chapman University School of Law, J.D., 2005

MEMBERSHIPS /LICENSES

  • California Real Estate Broker
  • Consumer Attorneys of Los Angeles
  • Medical Board of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court, Central District of California
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of California

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Paul grew up in Northern New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory School before attending Lafayette College in Eastern Pennsylvania from where he obtained a degree in Biology. Returning to Northern New Jersey, Paul attended the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey Medical School. He then moved to Southern California where he trained in Family Medicine at San Bernardino County Medical Center in California (now Arrowhead Regional Medical Center). Paul graduated from Chapman University School of Law in 2005. Though he currently practices law full-time, Paul continues to practice medicine on a part-time basis. He also works part-time for EnStar and Paladin Managed Care Services where he assists with the medical management of workman’s compensation claims.

HOW THE PRESCRIPTION OPIATE EPIDEMIC STARTED

HOW THE PRESCRIPTION OPIATE EPIDEMIC STARTED

In the late 1980s, when I was in medical school, I was taught, and correctly so, that opioids were addictive and dangerous pain relieving medications which should be used in very limited situations. I was taught that opiate pain relievers were only to be used for short-term treatment of severe acute pain like that experienced immediately following surgery or for long-term palliative (end-of-life) care in cancer patients. My respected medical school professors and fellow students did not question these ethical and wise standards. We all understood that prescription opiates carried the same risks of tolerance and adduction as heroin and other such street drugs. We wanted to effectively treat our patients’ pain but not turn them into addicts.

For a time, the manufacturers and distributors of prescription narcotic were satisfied with a constant income stream from their narcotics line of products. A few decades ago, these companies reconsidered the facts that opiates were inexpensive to manufacture, highly addictive, easy to market, and could be a source of huge profits. These companies then began a systematic and relentless campaign of advertising to healthcare providers, patients, and government officials.

To the healthcare providers, they provided new studies that proved that opiates were not as addictive as was once thought. They created new “long-acting” formulations and assured physicians that these new formulations actually deterred abuse and were completely safe for long term use in all adult patients. They sent representatives to physicians’ offices, held seminars, and funded biased and inaccurate studies to advance and support their bogus claims.

To the patients, they explained that if a physician does not provide complete pain relief, that physician is not practicing quality medicine. They created the notion that pain is the “fifth vital sign,” blanketed waiting rooms with posters showing pain being rated on scales from one to ten, and convinced patients to demand pain medications for every ailment.

To the governmental representatives, they sent lobbyists to promote the enactment of laws forcing physicians to prescribe pain medications, insurers to cover the costs of pain medications, and pharmacies to maintain large stocks of these medications on hand. They infiltrated the government oversight committees with their former executives and changed government policy and regulation so that new opiate formulations would be quickly approved.

The net result of the opiate campaign by manufacturers and distributors was to create an insatiable demand for their opiate products and record profits year after year. Once the prescribers were convinced that the government required pain to be treated aggressively, and the insurers were forced to pay for total pain relief, and the patients demanded the most potent narcotics, the epidemic became all but unavoidable.

The amount of social and financial damage caused by these opioid manufacturers and distributors is enormous. While the government, the medical community, and the patients seem unable to get any control over this epidemic, private law firms are getting involved and bringing civil suits against these pharmaceutical companies to hold them accountable for the harms they cause. The Law Firm of Fransen & Molinaro, LLP provides free consultations to potential clients for these types of lawsuits.

THE LAW OFFICES OF FRANSEN & MOLINARO, LLP

The law firm of Fransen & Molinaro, LLP is located in Corona, California but serves the entire State of California. Whether it’s a plaintiff or defense matter, we pride ourselves on representing the little guy against the big guy. We represent individuals and small businesses in matters involving the following: Real Estate (from single family residential homes to large commercial buildings, purchases, leases, options, buyer-seller disputes, broker disputes, failures to disclose, contract disputes, agent/broker defense against the California Bureau of Real Estate, and more), Catastrophic Personal Injury, Serious Medical Malpractice, Prescription Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Bankruptcy, Debt Issues, and More.


WHAT DOES FRANSEN & MOLINARO, LLP DO?

Having over a decade of experience in the real estate world prior to becoming an attorney, there’s not much Nathan Fransen doesn’t know about real estate law. Having been a practicing physician for 25 years and counting, there’s not much Paul J. Molinaro doesn’t know about medicine. Fransen & Molinaro, LLP earned its reputation as an aggressive litigation firm by using their knowledge and experience in handling their cases.