Posts From December, 2016

California Mom and Toddler Mauled by Neighborhood Dogs

  • Dec 30 2016

Q: What damages can I recover for dog bite injuries?

“Man’s best friend”, they say. Many families across America enjoy the fun and companionship of dogs and consider them to be more than just pets—they are part of the family. In so many ways, life can be so much better with a dog.

But many people tend to ignore or downplay the ugly truth that on rare occasions and without any provocation or apparent reason, dogs– of all breeds– can turn vicious in an instant.

Sexual Assault Behind the Rehab Walls

  • Dec 28 2016

Q: Who can I sue for sexual assault committed while I was a patient in an institution?

Sexual assault is “any type of sexual contact that is non-consensual, including inappropriate touching, rape or attempted rape, child molestation, incest, voyeurism, exhibitionism, and sexual harassment.” It can happen at the hands of a spouse, partner, friend, stranger, or caretaker. It can happen in one’s home, at the job, in an institutional setting or hospital, or even in public.

While sexual assault is never acceptable,

Spike in Bite Injuries in California

  • Dec 28 2016

Q: What animal is responsible for the most Emergency Room animal–bite visits?

Beware of dog.

While people visit emergency rooms for a wide array of illnesses or for injuries from any number of different accidents, one type of personal injury has been flagged as rising in frequency, especially in California: the dog bite.

Over the past 11 years, California has seen an alarming increase in the number of dog bite injuries according to data from Emergency Department records.

Up in Vapor: The Anatomy of E-Cigarette Explosion Cases

  • Dec 27 2016

Q: Who is responsible for my e-cigarette injuries?

You are probably aware of the wildly popular e-cigarette- a mechanical, copy-cat cigarette-style device originally marketed to help smokers kick the nicotine habit. E-cigarettes mimic the smoking experience as users inhale a fluid-based vapor from the plastic or metal device shaped like a cigarette.

In order to produce the “smoky” vapor, e-cigarettes use a lithium ion battery and heating element to bring the fluid to vaporization. The problem is, the batteries can overheat causing a chain reaction that leads to an explosion–sending pieces of shrapnel into the faces,

Southern California storms contribute to hundreds of accidents

  • Dec 26 2016

What can you do to reduce your risk while driving in storms this winter?

Winter is coming…in fact, for those in Los Angeles; winter may as well be here already given the abundance of rain we’ve been receiving. As is typical this time of year, new rains bring a slew of new car accidents.

In one night alone, November 21, 2016, Los Angeles drivers fell victim to over 200 automobile accidents between the hours of 9 pm and 1 am.

California law gives hope to rape, sexual assault victims

  • Dec 24 2016

What does this new California law mean for sexual assault victims?

Victims of sexual assault already face a lifetime of repercussions from the assault itself. Some, like Carmen Daniels, are left to suffer the injustices of a system that, until now, deemed their injuries unfit for prosecution after 10 years.

Daniels was beaten and raped at knifepoint in 1982. Her attacker got away after unsuccessfully trying to run Daniels over with her own car. In 2014, a trucker named Delton Taylor was arrested in Arizona for kidnapping and robbery.

Colombian Officials Say Crashed Plane Ran Out of Fuel

  • Dec 24 2016

Who may ultimately be liable for the deadly Columbian airplane crash that killed at least 75 people?

Families, friends and soccer fans across the world were rocked by the news of the plane crash just outside of Medellín that killed 71 of the 77 passengers, including most of the underdog Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense. The investigation is ongoing, revealing new information on a daily basis. As with most airplane accidents, ultimate liability must be decided between a multitude of players.

Pedestrian Deaths Plague California

  • Dec 22 2016

Why are pedestrian deaths on the rise?

More people are taking it to the streets, whether for walking or jogging, which is good news for the health conscious. The bad news is that pedestrian deaths are on the rise across the nation. In 2015, for example the number of pedestrian fatalities was up by 10 percent over the previous year, and there were more death in California than any other state.

There are a number of factors contributing to the surge of pedestrian accidents.

Recovering Damages for Traumatic Brain Injuries

  • Dec 22 2016

Can I recover damages for a traumatic brain injury?

Individuals who suffer traumatic brain injuries are often left with lingering pain and suffering as well as emotional and financial burdens. In some cases, victims nay require lifelong care. While there are many causes for head and brain injuries, if you were injured due to another’s negligence, you may be entitled to meaningful compensation.

Common Causes of Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries occur when an external force causes the brain to malfunction.

The Perils of Highway 99

  • Dec 20 2016

What is the most dangerous highway in California?

Let’s face it: there’s no escaping the need to drive in California, and with that comes the risk of deadly car crashes. While there are a number of causes for automobile accidents, many of which can be attributed to driver error, some highways in the state are more dangerous than others.

While accidents can occur anywhere, two highways in Los Angeles are well known accident magnets: Interstate 5 (I-5) and Interstate 10 (I-10).

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