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.
Should smartphone makers be liable for injuries caused by distracted drivers using phone apps?
A California court must soon decide whether smartphone makers like Apple have a duty to protect the public and users of their phones by preventing the use of certain phone applications while driving. In the case of Modisette v. Apple, Inc., the parents of a deceased child filed suit against Apple, alleging that the driver’s use of the FaceTime feature on an iPhone while driving caused their child’s fatal car accident.
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.
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,
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,
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.
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.