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Suspected Sexual Assault While Unconscious

  • Apr 27 2017

What should I do if I suspect I was sexually assaulted while I was unconscious?

Sexual assault is a major problem for college students on campuses across America. There is an ongoing federal investigation into how sexual assault is handled on over 200 colleges and universities, including UC Santa Cruz.

Any type of non-consensual sexual conduct constitutes sexual assault. That includes rape or attempted rape, voyeurism, exhibitionism, sexual harassment, and more. Victims can be adults or children; they can be male or female.


Avoid DUI convictions by not drinking and driving

DUI Convictions Can Lead to Murder Charges

  • Apr 24 2017

Can a driver with prior DUI convictions be charged with murder?

A drunk driving accident often leaves devastation and life-altering personal injury in its wake.

Recently, a California mother of two young children, who was seven months pregnant, lost her husband and unborn child when a man with two prior DUI convictions reportedly drove drunk again, ran a stop sign, and broadsided their car.

Her husband, who was driving, was killed.


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Airplane Accidents: Real Life and Silver Screen

  • Apr 21 2017

Who can sue for damages in the event of an airplane accident?

“Get off my plane!”~ Air Force One 1997

It’s one of those epic movie quotes delivered by a man whose superb acting ability is surpassed only by his ability to survive an airplane accident…or three.

Airplane accidents often yield catastrophic losses, leaving victims dead or suffering from severe and long-term injuries. Such accidents might be caused by pilot error,


Potential swimming pool accidents

Who might be held liable in swimming pool accidents?

  • Apr 18 2017

Swimming pool accidents are more common than one would think. The relaxing atmosphere of a pool can quickly turn dire once a tragedy strikes.  

Data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission estimate that around 3,000 kids are treated each year for injuries from a near drowning in a pool. They also estimate that around 500 kids under 5 years old die each year from drowning. For those who survive, swimming pool accidents can still have devastating consequences.

It is estimated that around 5 to 20 percent of children who almost drown have some sort of neurological disability,


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Are there damages caps in California Medical Malpractice lawsuits?

  • Apr 15 2017

If you are injured during the course of medical care after a healthcare professional breaches the standard of care, you may have a case of medical malpractice.  Like most claims for personal injuries, medical malpractice damages have the potential to be significant. In California, though, medical malpractice damages have been capped. This means that the amount of money you are able to collect if you win a case is limited.

A personal injury, medical malpractice or wrongful death attorney will be able to assist you in determining what your damages might be in your particular situation,


What is considered wrongful death?

Who can file a wrongful death action in California?

  • Apr 12 2017

Losing a loved one is a very emotional experience. If someone passes away due to the negligence of another, it doesn’t make it easier. However, you might be able to recover damages for your loss, with the assistance of a wrongful death attorney.

What Are Some Examples Of Wrongful Death?

  1. Intentional acts, such as murder or manslaughter. California law does say that a killing in self-defense or other justifiable homicide is not an example of wrongful death.

Sea accidents affect more than those who own boats.

Family of Diver Lost at Sea Sues Boating Company

  • Apr 9 2017

Who is liable for sea accidents?

An experienced diver from Tustin, California set off on the charter diving trip on the Sundiver Express.  It was nearly her 1,000th dive, but it turned out to be her last.  Now, the family members of the diver lost at sea have filed suit against the Sundiver and the captain who it believes acted negligently that day in failing to add the diver to the passenger roster.  Our Los Angeles boat and cruise ship accident attorneys discuss this troubling case and issues of liability surrounding accidents at sea.


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Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Apr 6 2017

Can I recover damages for a spinal cord injury?

Many accidents victims suffer spinal cord injuries. When the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal are damaged, there may be permanent changes to a person’s strength. In addition, there may be loss of sensation or body functions below the injury site.

Classification of Spinal Cord Injuries

The degree to which a person loses the ability to control his or her limbs depends on the severity of the injury and the location of the injury along the spinal cord.


California Leads Nation in Number of Pedestrian Accidents

  • Mar 30 2017

Did you know that California also has the highest number of pedestrian accident fatalities?

In California, drivers always have a duty to exercise reasonable care while driving so as not to injure others. Some causes of driver negligence include distracted driving, excessive speed, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and more. A driver’s duty of reasonable care is upgraded when driving in areas where children are present, such as within the vicinity of schools.

And pedestrians have a similar duty to exercise reasonable care for their own safety.


Are You Driving a Time Bomb?

  • Mar 28 2017

Q: Who is responsible for personal injuries resulting from a defective automobile part or system?

In the old days, there were no self-driving cars, car seats, or airbags.

Today, most of us drive cars with at least some of these or other safety features. Unfortunately, some of these so-called safety systems end up being dangerous and defective and can cause serious injury and death.

Defective products lawsuits fall under the umbrella of personal injury claims.