Thursday, April 30, 2015
Traumatic brain injury refers to physical damage to the brain caused by an external force, which can range from a simple knock on the head to a terrible accident. Even the mildest injuries, however, can result in brain damage. This is bad because even the slightest disruption to the nerves in the brain can affect a person’s cognitive processes; for example, a person may have memory problems and similar difficulties after a knock to the head. This can end up costing you a lot, and hiring an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer like one from D & Z Law Group, LLP is needed so that you can arrive at the proper amount of compensation to seek.
An experienced Los Angeles brain injury attorney can assist you greatly in ensuring that your lawsuit is a success by supervising all parts of the process.
The words “traumatic brain injury” conjure up images of patients in comas with feeding tubes and ECGs beeping in the background. A brain injury, however, can be a lot less severe than that; a knock on the head may result in a comparatively light concussion. Either way, if you do manage to figure in an accident that causes damage to your brain, you should consider getting a skilled Los Angeles brain injury attorney like those from D & Z Law Group, LLP to help you get your just compensation.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Believe it or not, your safety is at the mercy of the people around you. One person’s actions can have a profound impact on your life, such as when a person had been negligent, inadvertently causing an accident that injured you. Such accidents can lead victims to suffer any number of injuries that may leave you disabled, unfit to work, and financially wrecked. By then, only a skilled personal injury lawyer from Los Angeles firms like the D & Z Law Group, LLP can eventually help you get the compensation you deserve.
After recovering fairly well from an accident, you’re finally able to take care of business and retain a skilled Los Angeles personal injury attorney to review your plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, and if needed, to have him or her represent you in court. You can’t leave everything to your attorney, though; that is why it is important to seek treatment immediately and regain your health to be on hand. Your lawyer may be trained and experienced in handling legal disputes such as yours, but without your help, he can’t win the case on his own.
Being convicted for drunk driving can lead to several repercussions, including a stained record. If you are caught in this situation, an experienced Los Angeles lawyer can help reduce or plead down your sentence or charges, particularly if it is your first offense. However, you need to make sure to avoid being arrested again for the same reason because subsequent offenses can have more difficult consequences.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Such a case may or may not be grounds to take action against your employer for wrongful termination. Civil cases constitute conflicts within companies or businesses like this one, but they don’t always have to be filed as lawsuits. The rights of your employer are also protected by employment laws. For a wrongful termination suit to prosper, you need to prove that your own rights have been violated. An attorney in Los Angeles, CA will help you understand the law better, evaluate the merits of your case, and help you in pursuing legal action if this is warranted.
Certain people with a history of mental illness may be misunderstood upon an encounter with police officers. Although the mentally-ill person may not mean the officers any harm, a fatal incident may come about as a result. If such a thing has happened to a friend or loved one of yours, then you will need the help of a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney to claim your due. Your counsel may advise you on police procedures to better understand the case.
Cooperation. Police can’t tackle the challenge of managing the mentally-ill by themselves. They need to work with mental health professionals for their expertise in dealing with them and to improve their response to (and prevention of) potential incidents. They should also work with emergency hospitals to have a clear picture of expectations, such as knowing when a police officer should stay or when to leave it to hospital security.
Training. Knowledge is the best weapon, and this can be shared with officers through discussions, tours of mental health institutions and even roleplaying with actors. With the right trainings, officers will be that much better-equipped to find a peaceful resolution.
Information. There are two types of information that could help responding officers the most: those concerning local clinics and services where the mentally-ill (and their loved ones) can be referred to when needed and those concerning community members known to have mental illness. Knowing these beforehand, officers will be more likely to resolve situations with the least amount of force.
Monday, April 27, 2015
According to the most recent statistics from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, more than 4,000 workers were killed while working in a construction site, equivalent to over 85 deaths a week or more than 12 a day. Though the OSHA sees this as an improvement, given that these numbers were the lowest recorded since the fatal injury census was first introduced back in 1992, there are still hazards remaining in construction sites, still causing not only injuries ranging from minor to grave ones, but even deaths. For example, last October, Hugo Hernandez Palomino, 28, was awarded $21.7 million by a Maryland jury after being paralyzed due to a work-related injury he sustained while working at a Pepco site back in 2013.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
A Metrolink train bound for Los Angeles had two cars derailed, and three others flipped over after a Ford F450 truck crashed into it, as reported in a February article in the Reuters website. The crash happened in Oxnard, around 45 miles northwest of Los Angeles, California, resulting in multiple people injured—31 passengers and two crew members. The principal engineer of the train died a week after the crash. According to officials from the federal safety board, in the dark hours before dawn, the truck driver made a wrong turn on the railroad, causing it to crash with the Metrolink rail cars. The truck, after being practically torn apart, got stuck, which the driver then abandoned with the headlights still on and hazard lights flashing.
Last June 9, 2014, 8-year-old Sebastian Grewal died in a small plane crash at El Mirage Lake. His father Joshua Grewal filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), who employed the off-duty pilot who had been flying the plane.. With the assistance of attorneys, Joshua Grewal claims that the crashed plane’s pilot was negligent when he flew the plane, which caused the accident. The lawsuit also included charges against the LAFD for obstructing access to the recorded video footage. “... The lower-ranking employee was instructed by the higher-ranking employee to take actions that would ... (prevent) the video from being discovered or made known to ... authorities," the lawsuit says.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
For some, deaths in films and television shows are merely objects of fascination, or events that exist only in the four corners of the film or television screens. The sad truth is, deaths could happen even behind the camera, as the recent government data shows. Getting the help of a trusted Los Angeles wrongful death attorney can help you reach a settlement after losing a loved one due to film production hazards, as what had happened recently. February last year saw one of the most recent disasters transpiring from a movie set, with the death of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant who was killed during the production of the film titled Midnight Rider. Her family filed a wrongful death claim against the film’s director, Randall Miller, his wife Jody Savin (who also produced the film), and several crew members involved in the production of the film. It was only last November when Jones’s family reached a settlement with the film producers.
The past decade has seen a steady decrease of people being brought to the hospital due to brain injuries. Defined as any kind of hit or blow to the head, many people relate traumatic brain injuries to athletes or older people, yet often overlook teenagers, who are just as susceptible to these types of injuries as anyone else. Experiencing a traumatic blow to the head is hard enough, with the extensive medical attention needed to mend and treat them, yet living with traumatic brain injuries are even harder than most people think. Being compensated for medical costs is not enough if your loved one had gone through a lot of emotional pain, something you need to discuss with a trusted Los Angeles brain injury lawyer.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Last February saw another star lost, with the passing of Ben Woolf due to head injuries. Woolf, who rose into prominence through his role in the television series “American Horror Story”, was hit in the head by a vehicle’s side mirror while crossing a street along Hollywood Boulevard. Woolf is just among many others whose lives had been irreversibly damaged, or worse, claimed, due to a traumatic brain injury. Increased Awareness In a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, more people are becoming increasingly aware of the life-shattering effects of traumatic brain injuries, with a total number of emergency department visits rising to as much as 3.6 percent between 2006 and 2010. Moreover, there had been a 29.1 percent increase on the number of patients seeking treatment for brain injuries, which the researchers traced to two reasons: either there had been an actual increase of head injuries among patients.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can lead to a debilitating condition that affects an individual’s language, memory, thinking, learning and behavior. It could result from anything that induce trauma to the head, such as a vehicular accident, slipping on a sleek surface, etc. Oftentimes, an individual primarily relies on his insurance while awaiting resolution on a claim against the person at-fault. Unfortunately, most claims for cognitive rehabilitation services as treatment for TBI result in a denial.
Typical denial arguments include: paperwork was not done properly, the treatment is not medically necessary, the victim has already plateaued, or the treatment is not covered by the policy. In such cases, the victim should ensure that the denial is valid, and is not just a ploy by the insurance company to escape liability.
Get a legal assistanceRequest for a copy of the Master Insurance Policy/ Agreement and have a lawyer review it for you. Oftentimes, these are rife with jargons aimed to confuse an average individual, so it’s important for you to have someone by your side who’s just as knowledgeable as the lawyers that drafted the contract. A traumatic brain injury lawyer can assist you in reviewing the policy carefully and get the reason for denial in writing. If the denial is unsound, a lawyer can help you draft an appeal, which may pave the way for negotiations.
They say that flying remains to be the safest mode of transportation. However, in the rare chance that an accident in the skies occur, passengers should have access to legal remedy for proper compensation. One example would be the case of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, wherein more than 180 passengers and crew members were injured when a Boeing 777 passenger jetliner, coming from Seoul, South Korea, after crashing upon landing at the San Francisco International Airport. The jetliner made impact as it made its way towards the runway, and the aftermath was an obliterated tail before crashing into a seawall and slamming into the runway.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
People get into road accidents every day, unfortunately. Depending on the extent of the damage and the injury to yourself, and if the other party involved can be proven culpable, you may need the services of a competent Los Angeles personal injury attorney, such as from the team of D & Z Law Group, LLP, to help you file a personal injury claim. Though it is possible to file a claim without a lawyer, having a skilled attorney by your side can make things a whole less stressful for you. Why Get a Lawyer? What can experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorneys bring to the table? Having a lawyer representing you means you’ve got someone on your side who knows how the system works. There are state laws that govern personal injury cases and there are procedures to follow when filing your case.
Being arrested for DUI doesn’t mean that you’ll end up with a DUI conviction. Being arrested could mean that you seem drunk to the arresting officer. An experienced Los Angeles lawyer like the attorneys from D & Z Law Group, LLP can present any number of defense arguments that can help you beat a DUI conviction. Here are a few examples of the strategies they can use. No Probable Cause According to the law, you can’t be stopped by the police except for one of three reasons: you violated a traffic regulation, your car has something noticeably wrong with it, or you were driving erratically. If you were driving properly and were stopped, and the arresting officer detects alcohol or applies field sobriety tests that you failed, the evidence against you cannot be considered admissible. A skilled lawyer in Los Angeles can use this approach to have your case dismissed.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
These days, even owners of small businesses need to protect their company from various types of threats. Besides the more common mishaps or accidents at work and theft, businesses are also plagued by lawsuits brought against them. The disputes stem from various reasons, ranging from liability claims to breach of contract. When something unexpected like this happens, you’ll want an experienced attorney in Los Angeles, CA at your side to protect your business from potential losses. Sexual Harassment Lawsuits don’t just come from outside a company, but can also be brought up from inside, such as when an employee files for sexual harassment against another employee. The official description of sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual behavior or conduct that makes the workplace more uncomfortable, offensive, or hostile to the worker.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Accidents can happen anytime, anyplace, with a majority of them constituting soft-tissue injury (STI). Such situations often require the services of a personal injury lawyer from Los Angeles to help plaintiffs seek justice.
Soft tissue injury covers damage to tendons, ligaments and muscles in the body. Unlike other injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement and internal injuries that can easily be objectively verified, STIs are harder to prove.
The whiplash effect, for instance, tears soft tissues, and the effects of it can lead to chronic pain later on. Furthermore, the injuries won’t initially show on an X-ray or a diagnostic scan, which is why insurers are often wary of any claims of fabricated (and exaggerated) pain. STI is a strain injury that if aggravated, can lead to symptoms of headaches, stiff neck and sometimes excruciating back movements and nausea. Many whiplash injuries result in chronic pain, joint dysfunctions and herniated discs.
Furthermore, with soft tissue injury cases, plaintiffs are forced to go through a time-consuming and costly trial to win a more reasonable amount for their claims. Insurance companies have become more inflexible with their offers, leaving computers to generate the amount of compensation based on gender, age, race and location, without humane considerations for future medical expenses and complications that many victims experience down the line. Let a personal injury lawyer guide you towards claiming your due.