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Dirty Secrets: Sexual Assault in California’s Schools

  • Oct 16 2017

Q: Who is responsible for personal injury suffered from a sexual assault in school?

We’ve heard the “by-gone days” stories of parents and grandparents reflecting on their school years and how hard they had it– –having to walk miles back-and-forth to school without shoes. But in reality, school kids today have it so much harder. They live with burdens we never knew and never could’ve imagined. Stresses far beyond the very real pressure to be the best in everything academic, athletic, and extracurricular… or to have the best things… or to pass muster under the ever-present eye of social media.  

What Are The Most Common Swimming Pool Accidents?

  • Oct 12 2017

On a hot California day, sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxing by the pool.  But as wonderful as the sparking water can be, it can also be incredibly dangerous.  For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 10 Americans die every day from drowning.  And consider these facts reported by the National Safety Council:

  • Drowning is the leading cause of death for children under 5, and the second leading cause of death for children under 15 years old
  • More than 80% of accidental drownings occur in residential pools or spas
  • According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission,

Who Is Liable in California for Uneven Sidewalks?

  • Oct 9 2017

Who Is Liable in California for Uneven Sidewalks?

Sidewalks are often heavily used in California cities, towns, and neighborhoods, as pedestrians use them to travel to and from work, school, home and hobbies. Unfortunately, many slip and fall or trip and fall accidents occur each year on California sidewalks. When an injury is caused by a broken or uneven sidewalk, the injured person may be able to secure compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages resulting from the accident.

California Boy Injured in Water Slide Accident

  • Oct 1 2017

What are my rights if I am injured at a water park?

Investigations are currently underway following the injury of a ten-year-old California boy at a waterpark in Dublin.  The boy was injured while riding a slide known as the Emerald Plunge, which features an 80-degree drop.  Witnesses report that the boy flew from the slide as he reached the bottom, landing on the concrete.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment of abrasions and was fortunately released soon after.  The slide requires riders to be over 48 inches tall,

California Takes on Texting While Driving

  • Sep 28 2017

Why is it so dangerous to text and drive?

Any activity that diverts your attention away from driving, including texting, eating, or using your GPS, results in distracted driving.  Distracted driving is believed to kill over 3,477 people each year and injure another 390,000, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  In an effort to combat distracted driving, California lawmakers have passed laws banning the practice.  Our Los Angeles car accident lawyers at J&Y discuss California’s distracted driving laws and why it is so dangerous to use your phone while driving.

Can I Get Punitive Damages in a California DUI Lawsuit?

  • Sep 25 2017

When a person is injured by a drunk driver, they may bring a lawsuit against the driver to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other losses related to the car accident. This lawsuit is a civil claim, which is handled separately—and under slightly separate rules—from any criminal charges that have also been filed against the intoxicated driver.

One option for a person injured in a drunk driving accident is to seek punitive damages. While these are not awarded in every case,

Uber’s Driverless Truck Unit Is Under Government Investigation Following Unapproved Tests

  • Sep 19 2017

Who Is Liable When a Driverless Truck Injures Others?

Just as driverless cars are expected to revolutionize day-to-day errands and commutes, driverless trucks are expected to revolutionize the shipping and commercial trucking industries. However, the arrival of driverless trucking may have faced a setback, not from a driverless truck accident, but rather, when California regulators announced a site inspection of Uber’s autonomous trucking operations.

The inspection is tied to concerns that Uber may have broken California state law by testing driverless trucks on the state’s public roads without permission.

When Airbags Kill: Understanding Automobile Product Liability Cases

  • Sep 12 2017

No one who buys, leases, or rents a vehicle with an airbag does so expecting that the airbag—a device designed and intended to save lives—will kill them.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened in a series of wrongful death cases involving defective airbags in a wide range of vehicles. A hidden defect in an airbag took the life of at least one Southern California woman in 2001, but the airbags in question were not recalled by many automakers until 2009 or later.

Lights Out for Bright Futures?

  • Aug 31 2017

Q: Is a school responsible for training its workers in how to properly work with the special needs population?

The future looks anything but bright for a privately-operated, publicly-funded special needs school barred by the California Department of Education from taking on new students a few months after an alleged wrongful death occurred involving a student on the bus ride home.

The action against Bright Futures was reportedly based on a finding that the school’s Riverside campus was among other things “harmful to the health,

Car Accidents Remain Top Cause of Child Deaths

  • Aug 30 2017

How can I protect my child from serious injury in a car accident?

Car accidents remain the number one cause of unintentional injury and death in children under the age of 15.  Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that between the years 2010 and 2014, close to 3,000 children died in car accidents across the nation, equating to an average of 11 children per week.  Most of the children who died were not wearing their seatbelts or were otherwise not properly restrained.  Young children sitting in the front seat and intoxicated drivers were other prominent factors in fatal crashes involving children.