Category Archives: Personal Injury

The Perils of Vaping

  • Mar 22 2017

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.

1 Person Injured After 2 Cars Fall Into Massive Sinkhole In Studio City

  • Mar 15 2017

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,

New Hotline May Help Halt Los Angeles Sexual Harassment in its Tracks

  • Feb 27 2017

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.

From Melrose Place to Easy Street?

  • Feb 26 2017

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.

How do you determine liability in construction accidents?

  • Feb 25 2017

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,

Rotten Eggs, Sad Kids, and a Class Action Lawsuit

  • Feb 24 2017

Q: What can I do if I purchase defective products or toys?

It was arguably the hottest toy of the 2016 holiday season. It seemed that nearly every boy and girl of a certain age had a Hatchimal toy at the top of their wish list.

A Hatchimal is an electronic, interactive furry creature that promises to hatch out of its egg in response to approximately 10-40 minutes of holding, rubbing, tapping, and caressing from its human recipient.

Dog Bites Sending People To California Hospitals In Growing Numbers

  • Feb 22 2017

Who is liable in dog bite injuries?

The aftermath of a dog bite can often be very painful for the victim, and quite costly for the dog’s owner. The Insurance Information Institute estimates at least 33 percent of homeowner insurance claims stem from dog bites, which has amounted to 15,000 to 16,000 claims per year over the past decade.

New information published in the fall of last year reveals emergency room visits for serious dog bites in California are up by 44 percent in the last 10 years.

Woman seriously injured after ‘traumatic event’ on cruise ship

  • Feb 18 2017

How can you protect your rights after a cruise ship accident?

Taking a cruise often makes for an enjoyable vacation. Most excursions take passengers to exotic and beautiful locations, and give the opportunity to have fun while meeting a variety of people from around the world.

However, serious injuries on cruise ships do occur. In late January, a 20-year-old crewmember on the Legend of the Seas was flown by helicopter to a hospital after suffering a lower back fracture. The ship was traveling to Brisbane, Australia via the Cook Strait,

Treating Back Injuries With Medial Nerve Blocks

  • Feb 14 2017

Could a medial nerve block lessen my back pain?

Back pain is a common but potentially debilitating injury.  Millions of Americans report suffering from serious back pain annually, with lower back pain comprising a leading cause of disability across the nation.  There are many potential causes of back injuries, including automobile accidents, slip and fall accidents, and workplace falls.  Back injuries can be acute, or short lasting, or become chronic, leading to long term pain.  One method of treating back pain is through nerve blocks.  

Are personal injury settlements taxable?

  • Jan 30 2017

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you know how much your life can be changed in an instant. Hopefully, you have a competent attorney to represent you and get you the compensation that you deserve.  If you are fortunate enough to receive monetary compensation for your personal injury, you might be wondering whether you have to pay taxes on this new income.

As with any tax topic, the answer is a bit complicated. Whether or not your personal injury settlement is taxable will depend on a number of factors,

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