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Posts From November, 2016

Capsized Boat in San Francisco Bay May Have Been Overloaded

  • Nov 29 2016

What can you do to protect yourself from boating accidents?

Sailing on San Francisco bay can be exhilarating. As afternoon approaches, winds steadily increase, making it a fun and exciting place for adventure-seeking family and friends. However, without following strict Coast Guard guidelines, boating on the bay can quickly become life threatening.

A group of boaters learned this lesson the hard way recently, when their 34’ Silverton cabin cruiser capsized and sank, leaving 30 people in the water.


LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Fractures Pelvis in Dirt Bike Accident 

  • Nov 28 2016

Broken bones are usually the furthest things from your mind as you tear downhill on your dirt bike. Unfortunately, recreational motorcycle accidents are far too common, and can be life-threatening.

Los Angeles Chief of Police Charlie Beck learned this lesson last week when he crashed his dirt bike on a rocky Tehachapi Mountain trail.  Beck, a long-time competitive dirt bike rider, broke his pelvis in the accident, but was able to ride his bike back to his truck and was able to be transported for emergency care.


Bicyclist, 31, Killed In Crash With Car Near Soquel

  • Nov 28 2016

Bicycling is a fantastic way to stay fit and enjoy the outdoors, especially in California, where cyclists enjoy premium cycling weather year-round. Unfortunately, when cars and cyclists collide, it is always the cyclist that loses, often faced with serious and life-threatening injuries.

Such was the case in Soquel this past week when a 31-year old cyclist was struck and killed by an Audi late one Wednesday night. The 18-year old driver stopped at the scene, but was not arrested.  

Police are searching for witnesses who may be able to shed light on what happened.


Child Abuse in the Closet

  • Nov 28 2016

No one will ever love you like your mother does.

In most cases, this is a positive and true statement about the depth of a mother’s love, protection, and devotion to her children. Unfortunately, some children would be better off as far away from their mothers as possible.

Such was the case of a Los Angeles boy, Yonatan Aguilar, his siblings, and their mother, Veronica Aguilar, if the horrific allegations against the mother are true.

Aguilar is accused of child abuse and murder in the death of her 11-year-old son,


Bike Accidents and How to Avoid Them

  • Nov 26 2016

Who’s at fault when a bike and a car collide?

Many cyclists, especially those who ride for pleasure rather than commutation, try to ride through as few intersections as possible. Nonetheless, in spite of the fact that most bicycle accidents (59 percent) involve only the biker cyclists most frequently collide with cars at intersections.

If you have suffered a serious personal injury in a bicycle accident, you should consult with a competent personal injury attorney at once to see if you have a viable case against the driver involved.


Child Abuse in the Public Eye

  • Nov 23 2016

Q: Are celebrities treated differently when to comes to child abuse allegations?

Many Americans put celebrities on a pedestal and the couple formerly known as “Brangelina” are no exception. People obsess over the details of celebrities’ private lives—whether good or bad.

Recently, Hollywood power couple, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, were in the spotlight for an intensely personal matter involving their reportedly troubled marriage and allegations of child abuse against Pitt.

Shortly after a flight during which it’s been alleged that a potentially intoxicated Pitt verbally and physically abused one or more of his and Jolie’s children,


Don’t Let Nursing Home Residents Sign Away Their Rights

  • Nov 23 2016

How are changes in federal regulations making nursing home residents less vulnerable?

Nursing home neglect is all too common. The fact that millions of elderly dependent adults may be unknowingly signing away their constitutional rights to have their grievances settled by a civil jury has made the situation even more dire. A recent rule, however, being enforced by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has given a bit more protection to nursing home residents. This new regulation is an effort to prevent patients from unwittingly signing documents that force them to submit any grievances they have regarding their care to be settled by binding arbitration since binding arbitration is known to be a process that favors businesses over consumers.


Ex-Charger Dies Amid Uncharged AED Controversy

  • Nov 20 2016

Q: Are health clubs required to have working AEDs on site?

In the movies, we often see a victim clutching his chest and falling as a team of rescuers jump into action, grabbing and placing paddles on his chest and yelling “clear” as he is shocked back to life. Cue the happy ending.

An AED, or automated external defibrillator, is a portable device that can be used to deliver an electrical shock through the chest to the heart to help save those experiencing an unsynchronized heart rhythm while emergency medical workers are on the way.


When Airbags Kill

  • Nov 20 2016

Q: If a safety device causes injuries or death, is the manufacturer responsible?

Automotive technology has been advancing at light speed in recent years with self-driving cars no longer something out of a sci-fi movie. Back-up cameras and airbags are some of the more recent safety features to come down the assembly line.

But what happens when these so-called “safety features” aren’t exactly safe?

Take Takata® airbags. Reportedly, airbags manufactured by the Japanese-based Takata® company,


Another California Hot Car Death

  • Nov 17 2016

Q: Can someone who leaves a child to die in a hot car be sued?

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and one of the issues that sparks intensely emotional debates: an adult inadvertently leaving a baby or child unattended in a hot car and the resulting child’s resulting death. Sometimes it is a parent; other times another relative or caregiver. In hot climates like California, it can be an issue year-round.

The temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes.