What is a catastrophic injury under California law?
A truck accident can alter your life in an instant. Truck accidents can result in serious and catastrophic injuries that will have lifelong consequences. You may not be familiar with the term “catastrophic injury.” Our Los Angeles truck accident attorneys at the law firm of J&Y offer the following look at what constitutes a catastrophic injury in California and what you can do if you suffer a catastrophic injury in a truck accident.
Catastrophic Injuries Defined
A catastrophic injury is defined as any injury that is so severe it renders the victim unable to resume the life they led prior to the truck accident.
Can I file a lawsuit if I am injured by an exploding e-cigarette?
Cigars and cigarettes contain known carcinogens and the number of smokers continues to decline each year. That being said, people still like to inhale nicotine mixed with a variety of herbal products, and the use of electronic cigarettes has become increasingly popular. Users of e-cigarettes boast that vaping is a hip, safe, healthy, and technologically advanced method of herbal consumption.
Of course, there are no conclusive health studies backing this claim, and vaping is actually proving to be hazardous.
Can I hold my cell phone in my hand while driving in California?
A driver who was injured by a driver who was allegedly distracted while texting on an iPhone recently filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. The suit claims that Apple willfully sells products that encourage texting and driving.
The Apple Lawsuit
The injured driver was apparently hit from behind by woman who was reportedly still clutching her phone after the accident. The lawsuit is not seeking damages from Apple, rather the plaintiff is demanding that all iPhone sales be halted until the company implements “lockout”
What are the most common causes of pedestrian accidents?
A recent report by Smart Growth America found the risk for pedestrian fatalities has gone up over the past two years. The report found that California had 6,616 pedestrian deaths between 2005 and 2014, placing the state at rank 17 for pedestrian risk.
Findings from the Governors Highway Safety Association back in 2015 revealed that California was well above the national average in regards to the percentage of pedestrian deaths. At the time, 23% of all motor vehicle deaths within the state were pedestrians.
Who Might Be Liable For Injuries Sustained As A Result Of Poor Public Roadways?
Dangerous road conditions often contribute to a number of auto accidents across the nation. The Washington Post reported in 2015 on the poor state of American roads, which costs the average driver an estimated $515 in extra operation and maintenance on their car and contributes to car accidents.
Analysis from the transportation research group TRIP found that 28% of major roadways in America are in such a poor condition that they “need to be completely rebuilt.” In California alone,
Receiving compassionate and quality care is important to people as they grow older. Many turn to nursing homes as a way to receive quality care, but the standards of nursing homes can vary widely.
California has approximately 110,000 people living in around 1,300 licensed nursing homes, according to the California Department of Justice. California is also projected to have one of the largest growth rates in the elderly population by 2025.
However, authorities reported in 2009 that 13% of all complaints reported to the California Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman were relating to the elder abuse or neglect.
Q: Will lane-splitting result in more motorcycle accidents?
Lane splitting became legal in California on January 1, 2017. The practice is defined as allowing a two-wheeled motorcycle to be driven between rows of stopped or slowly moving vehicles.
As a practical reality, the new law legalizes the long-time practice of bikers zipping through a sea of bumper-to-bumper cars at rush hour. While the law is already in effect, the California Highway Patrol has been tasked with developing “educational guidelines”
Q: What should I do if I am a victim of sexual assault or harassment while riding the transit system?
Maybe the only thing more stressful and frightening than driving in Los Angeles or any other major city, is having to rely on the public transit system instead–particularly if you are a woman and fearing sexual assault or harassment.
Well, if you’ve been bothered by creeps invading your personal space on the platform, unwelcome cat calls and groping, or worse, the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a plan to help those who fear for their safety while riding the transit system.
Q: Can I still sue for personal injury if the driver who hit me goes to jail?
Some of the leading causes of California car accidents include drunk driving, distracted driving, and speeding, and more. When someone’s negligent or reckless behavior results in the personal injury or wrongful death of another, the victim or their close surviving family members may have grounds to recover damages through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
In order to recover though, they must be able to prove that the defendant’s actions caused or contributed to the injuries or death.
If you’ve ever set foot on a construction site, you know how chaotic it can be. People from different companies scrambling over uneven surfaces and moving around materials of shapes and sized can be a recipe for injury and death. Construction accident injuries happen everyday, and with the great number of people involved, determining liability can be a complex problem.
What Parties Are Involved?
The first place we start in determining liability in construction accidents is determining what parties are involved. These parties include:
- Land/building owners – potentially liable for dangerous site conditions
- Design Professionals,