Friday, October 30, 2015
Construction work is a risky job. One wrong step and the worker could find himself in a serious—even fatal—accident. The risks of construction work are even more amplified when workers have to work at night when lighting and visibility are poor, among other negative elements. Risk Factors There are many factors that add to the risks of working at night, one of which is poor lighting. Workers would have to rely on artificial light in order to see properly. A construction site at night must be well lit to provide visibility, but the lights should not be too bright lest they create glare that could hamper the workers’ vision, as well as that of any driver in the area. Emergency exits, and caution warnings must also be well lit so that workers would know where to go in case of an emergency.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
A truck accident is often more alarming than a regular car collision, solely due to the size and power that a truck possesses. In an accident involving a truck and a car, the car driver and passengers would, in all likelihood, suffer more injuries and property damage than the truck driver, who often gets away with only a few scratches. If you are involved in an accident with a truck, you may need extensive medical care that could cost a lot. This is why it is important to seek compensation for your injuries and damages. The operation of trucks are highly regulated, and any violation by the driver or the trucking company could put them at fault for an accident.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim in that both involve another person’s or party’s negligence or lack of care. Both are civil lawsuits and are thus settled in monetary terms, without jail time or similar penalties. The laws covering wrongful death vary for each state. Wrongful Death Claim in California In California, a wrongful death claim is filed when a person is killed due to the negligence or intentional act of another party or entity. As a civil case, a survivor or representative of the deceased’s estate has the right to seek monetary compensation from the liable party. While a wrongful death incident may also bear criminal elements, criminal charges are filed separately by police investigators or state prosecutors, and not by private entities. The victim’s survivors, with the help of a wrongful death attorney may file for a wrongful death suit even with ongoing criminal proceedings.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
The fatal helicopter crash that killed the pilot, and two cast and crew members of a Discovery Channel reality show, had recently been settled two years after the incident. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles court had approved a settlement between the claimants and Discovery. The lawsuit was filed by the family of Michael Donatelli, an Iraq war veteran who was one of the victims in the deadly accident, which occurred while filming a military show for the Discovery Channel called, “Lone Operator.” The helicopter hit a slope while flying closely to the ground. The producers of the show, including Discovery, were accused of negligence and not taking enough precautions. The plaintiff cited the hiring of the pilot whose license had been suspended twice in the past. Moreover, records show that the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t give the pilot permission to fly in the hours when the accident happened.
Monday, October 26, 2015
With the brain’s role in the human body, it’s not surprising that brain injuries have substantial repercussions to a person. Matters related to brain injury are, thus, taken seriously. Educational institutions, like the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and scientific bodies give brain injury, particularly traumatic brain injury, a significant deal of research attention in order to develop treatments. Legal Matters Just like in the medical and educational realm, brain injury is also taken seriously by the legal field. When the injury is due to the negligence, recklessness, or any fault of another person or entity, affected individuals can file a lawsuit to gain compensation for the treatment costs and damages. NOLO, a legal resource website, highlights the importance of finding expert legal help in such cases. An injured person or his loved ones should consult first with a brain injury lawyer before filing any lawsuit.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Dealing with the death of a loved one is extremely painful. It is even more challenging when that death is caused as the result of someone’s negligence. Negligence can include slip and fall accidents, work-related accidents, automobile crashes, or murder. A wrongful death attorney can seek damages from the liable individual whether or not criminal charges are filed.
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) changes your life in an instant and the challenges you face now may require a lot of effort to overcome. It is important to remember during this difficult time that you're not alone. There are resources available to you and your loved ones. Here are some of the people you should reach out to after a TBI. You can also find resources here.
When some Los Angeles residents are injured because of the negligence of others, their first thought is to settle their injury case on their own by dealing with the insurance agency of the party at fault. However, most individuals quickly realize that because of the complications of the claim, or because the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer, they need to seek the help of a personal injury attorney.
When it comes to a wrongful death suit, almost anyone can be a defendant. Wrongful death is a civil matter involving any death that occurred due to another person's negligence. This is different from murder, which is a criminal charge filed when an action was intended to cause death. Here are just a few of the people who can be responsible for a wrongful death.
Even though dogs make great pets, they can also attack for unwarranted reasons. If you are the victim of a dog bite in Los Angeles, you may be entitled to compensation for your damages. Even though it is your right to file a personal injury claim in regards to a dog bite, that doesn’t mean that insurance companies will approve your claim without putting up a fight.
As the second largest city in the United States and the most populous city in California, Los Angeles can be a really busy city. With a lot of people leading busy lifestyles, things could get quite chaotic and accidents could happen. In traffic accidents within the state alone, the city leads at around 100 accident reports as of this writing, with three cities tied for the second at only eight reports each, according to the Accident Data Center. These accidents lead to hundreds of fatalities and thousands of injuries. One of the injuries that may result from these accidents is traumatic brain injury (TBI), which happens when an external force hits a person’s head. Despite being a common injury, TBI can be missed initially as the immediate focus of the medical team is saving the person’s life.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Raul DeJesus and Debbie Russo needed powerful medications and surgery to fix the damage on their shoulders, which they claim were caused by flu shots. Medical experts say that, while these injuries are rare, they do happen, especially when the shot is given too high in the arm. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program In the 1980’s, a string of lawsuits were filed over injuries from childhood vaccines, deterring many companies from developing new vaccines that could clearly benefit society. In response to the situation, Congress established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) with the aim of providing an efficient forum for people injured by certain vaccines, while ensuring an adequate supply of vaccines with stable costs.
Friday, October 23, 2015
Last year, a Los Angeles court awarded $27 million to Judith Berger, who filed a personal injury lawsuit against tobacco company Philip Morris USA, Inc. Berger, who started smoking at the age of 14, smoked filter cigarettes, then light cigarettes, which were marketed by the company as safer. The $27 million awarded to Berger included over $20 million in punitive damages. The jury was shown evidence that tobacco companies deliberately targeted teenagers despite having full knowledge of the addictive properties of tobacco. The jury was also shown proof that teenagers were more prone to getting strongly addicted to smoking.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
If you got injured in the course of your employment in California, it would be useful to have a reasonable understanding of the laws governing accidents and the process of filing your personal injury claims. These laws would be applicable whether you agree to an out-of-court settlement or choose to pursue a lawsuit. Keep in mind these important guidelines: Filing Deadlines for Injury Lawsuits All states have time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits at the court. This is known as the statute of limitations and the deadlines are dependent on the type of case. The statute of limitations for filing an injury lawsuit in a Los Angeles civil court is set at two years. Usually, this filing deadline begins from the date of injury, so be sure to consult your lawyer within this period or the courts will most likely refuse to hear your case, and your right to compensation will be lost.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
The Social Security Disability program was devised as a means to help the disabled with some forms of financial assistance, but sometimes, the process of obtaining said respite could turn out to be a rather tedious experience. This is due in part to the filing procedures involved as well as the lengthy waiting period. Usually, this process can get quite frustrating if the application is not approved the first time, which could lead to prolonged appeal proceedings. If you are a Los Angeles, CA resident, consulting a Social Security Disability attorney prior to filing could afford you a couple of benefits and significantly increase the likelihood of having your claim approved at the initial stage.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Lemon laws in Los Angeles not only apply to motor vehicles; these laws also apply to motorcycle purchases. There are laws that protect you from being sold a motorcycle that does not work, or will break down soon after being purchased.
When an injury causes your normal brain function to disrupt, this could lead to a variety of issues, including a negative impact on your cognitive abilities. You may be entitled to benefits and compensation if those injuries prevent you from performing your normal daily routine, including working, or taking care of your personal affairs and commitments.
There are a variety of construction accidents that could lead to serious injuries; some accidents could lead to death. Personal injury law covers workers, visitors, and a passerby that are injured due to a construction site accident. Some of the construction site accidents are more common than others; however, an experienced Los Angeles attorney will help you fight for your rights, regardless of the type of accident you have suffered from at a construction site.
If you work around construction sites in the Los Angeles area often, chances are you have heard of or even experienced a construction site accident. There are numerous hazards that can result in injuries ranging from the minor cuts and bruises to more serious accidents resulting in loss of limb or life. The truth is, these types of accidents are actually very common in California. In almost any case involving a construction accident, speaking with a construction accident attorney is advisable.
Many people ask if they really need to hire an attorney to defend them if they are pulled over for a DUI. Some argue that they can defend themselves just as well as an attorney could defend them. The truth is that hiring an experienced DUI attorney has many benefits. DUI attorneys have an in-depth knowledge of how the court systems work, when to make a plea bargain, and how to file the proper documentation in court. This information and experience is something that most people do not have at their disposal.