5 Things That Ensure You Get The Compensation You Deserve From Your Motorcycle Accident

March 14, 2017

If you’ve been the unfortunate victim of a motorcycle accident through no fault of your won, California state laws entitle you to seek damages from the responsible party. Those damage awards can include personal and emotional injuries as well as payments for damages to your property. Defining fault in a motorcycle accident isn’t easy, but it is possible and necessary.  Fault helps establish your case and has a bearing on the amount of compensation you can receive. We’ll define some fault guidelines that may help bolster your case. Comparative Negligence Comparative negligence proportionately assigns fault to the parties involved and helps determine award amounts. It is crucial to have an experienced motorcycle attorney on your side to make sure the fault assessment is fair and unbiased. Evidence Gathering Physical and forensic evidence make up the crux of your case. It is therefore vital to your case that evidence be gathered, tracked, assessed, interpreted, and presented in court by experienced experts who know what they’re doing. Accident Scene RecreationInjuries and emotional trauma may make it difficult, if not impossible, for accident victims to accurately recall important details. Professional recreation of the accident scene can bolster your case and give judges and juries a clear picture of what actually took place. Accident Investigation Trained investigators can analyze tire track skids and angles, glass shatter patterns and other forensic clues that point to fault in a motorcycle accident. Expert Legal Representation The key to the compensation you need and deserve is an expert legal team handling your case. We are practiced in these cases and can ensure you receive everything that’s owed to you from the negligent party. You need an attorney who can help protect your rights and make sure you receive the maximum compensation possible so you can concentrate on recovery.Call us at (323) 999-3500 today.

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Burn Injuries: What Are Most Common Causes

March 7, 2017

Burn injuries are a very serious problem and are more commonplace across the country than you may think The American Burn Association estimates that as many as 500,000 injuries take place annually across the United States alone. The survival rate is somewhat encouraging at about 94% but a burn injury is no light matter. Any burn victim will tell you it’s one of the most painful experiences to live through. Medical professionals who have spent time with patients suffering catastrophic burn injuries that they are one of the most devastating types of injuries that can occur. An external injury of this nature takes place when the skin is exposed to intense heat coming from fire, electricity, chemicals or even radiation. Internal burn injuries can be caused by inhaling harmful fumes like heated gas or by swallowing hot liquids or even through electric shock. The intensity of a burn usually depends on how deep it is and how much tissue has been damaged. Burn injuries if serious enough can damage not only the three main layers of our skin but also muscles, blood vessels, and even our bones. According to the American Burn Association the most common causes of burn injuries are as follows: Contact with an open fire or flame: 46% Scalding and resulting injuries including from steam, hot water, spilled coffee, and other hot liquids: 32% Thermal burns through contact with hot objects like ovens and clothing irons: 8% Electrical burns: 4% Chemic burns: 3% The remainder is divided between minor causes including sunburn, fireworks, inhalation. According to research by the association men are a more likely victim comprising 70% of all cases. A whopping 70% of all accidents associated with these injuries take place at home with 17% on the road, 8% at work, and 32% everywhere else Source: American Burn Association 2007 http://www.ameriburn.org/resources_factsheet.php Burn Incidence and Treatment Fact Sheet.

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Causes of Traumatic Brain Injury

February 16, 2017

It’s often difficult to truly and accurately determine just how many people suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury also known as TBI. It is alarmingly larger than most of us would expect, however. According to the U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are roughly 1.5 million patients suffering from TBI-related injuries each year in the United States alone. Furthermore at least 85,000 suffering from long-term abilities annually as a result of it. In the U.S over 5.3 million live with these disabilities. Although those admitted into the hospital are included in these figures, ER visits and clinical visits are not. So what causes TBI? The reasons can actually vary from case to case but the top three are due to auto accidents, gunshots, and falls. In the case of firearms, 9/10 of all patients will die as a result of the fatal injury. Senior citizens and young adults have so far proven to be the highest risk age, group. Spinal cord injuries are also included in these risk factors along with injuries to the brain and can also result from outside car accidents, gunshots falls. There is no known cure for TBI so it goes without saying that prevention is the best bet. Primary Causes The following are the main contributing causes to those who have suffered from TBI, and in many cases as you’ll see many could have been prevented. They are follows Open Head Injuries – These head injuries can result from bullet wounds, punctures, a number of other causes. Most of the damage is focal damage and usually involves penetration of the skull. It has often by documented the resulting effects are often equally grievous to those seen in closed brain injuries. Closed Head Injuries – Closed ahead injuries are usually connected to slip and fall accidents, car crashes, and so on. Focal damage is seen here as well a great deal of diffuse damage to the axons. The effects, therefore, tend to be very broad because of this. Deceleration Injuries (Diffuse Axonal Injury) – To understand these types of injuries you must understand the environment of your brain. While your brain is very soft and not much more solid than gelatin the skull that contains is hard as a rock and unyielding. So first you have acceleration, which is skull moving through the air to a certain point then deceleration, which takes place when your skull makes impact usually with a hard object. Unfortunately, the brain and skull don’t move evenly because of their difference in density, so the brain is basically moving inside the skull. This kind of differing movement, therefore, can cause serious injuries resulting from contusions, brain swelling, and axonal shearing. Diffuse axonal shearing: Diffuse Axonal shearing takes placed when the brain slams too and fro within the skull, back and forth. The brain, due to its soft gelatin-like texture is furthermore stretched and compressed. With a strong enough impact, the axons will be torn as a result of being forced to stretch too far. A severe brain injury will cause axonal shearing as well killing the neurons. Chemical / Toxic […]

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Identify The Trucking Accident Types

February 1, 2017

Per the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration our highways and freeways can expect to see as many as 2,000,000 tractor trailers and 18-wheelers and semis driving at anytime. While there are strict regulations on a state and federal level regulating this industry, there can sometimes be a great deal of negligence in the trucking industry as a whole. The vast majority are directly attributed to human error rather than other uncontrollable factors. If you’ve been in a trucking related accident you are most likely entitled to compensation. We have years of experience in representing clients on a contingency basis for these types of accidents. You might be entitled to compensation but don’t even know where to begin. We’ll gladly schedule a free consultation and we can discuss the different categories of trucking accidents in more detail, especially as it pertains to your recent injury. Common Accident Types Accidents that occur between this large freight trucks and smaller personal vehicles on the road actually quite common. Needless to say it’s generally the one in the smaller vehicle who suffers must. In just the year 2012 we witnessed 214 deaths related to these accidents in one state alone. Of those deaths 185 we’re driving the smaller vehicle. These types of accidents that can cause death or serious debilitating injuries are made up several smaller categories: Rollovers – Rollovers occur as one of the most common accident types among these categories, and can sometimes be the most deadly for both drivers involved. Some factors that are said to cause these tragic accidents might include steep spots on the road, driving at an acessive speed, and loads that are top heavy or overloaded. In some cases jackknives can further lead to rollovers as well. Jackknives – In some cases a tractor trailer may have its brakes lock up. This can cause the trailer to skid and swing at an angle away from the cab, leading to disaster. Rear-Ends and Under-rides – These types of collisions can occur due to complications in completing turns and stopping completely. Because of this in some cases excess speed can cause an accident. This usually involves a rear end collision by either vehicle or in some cases when the smaller vehicle slides under the truck. Head-On and Slides-Research indicates that most accidents involving these large trucks and smaller vehicles occur in divided two-lane highway more than other location. These can happen if a driver carelessly changes or lanes or slides into the other’s lane without realizing it. Excessive speed is also often a contributing factor. Runaway Trucks-Runaways can occur when a truck’s brakes malfunction and therefore the driver fails to stop on time. On steep inclines, especially, these can lead to multiple cars becoming involved and even nightmarish pile-ups. Lost Cargo Loads-As the name describes this when a truck loses its cargo. This is generally because the load is not properly or sufficiently secured. These falling and rolling object then cause an accident as they slide onto the road. Overloaded trucks can also cause a truck to lose its proper center of gravity and result in poor and uncontrollable […]

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What Should You Do If You’re Bitten By A Dog

February 1, 2017

There are many reasons that dog bites can happen. It could be that a puppy is simply entering a teething stage to an overly aggressive neighbor’s dog attacking you in an alleyway. What to do depends on how serious your injury is and on the unique circumstances of each situation. Sometimes it might not be a big deal, but in many cases there are steps you want to take for your own safety and the future safety and others. You will of course want to consider how serious the situation is: Superficial Injuries If your injury is minor such as a small scrape simply clean the wound with running water and a cleansing agent or rubbing alcohol designed for disinfecting wounds. You may also add an antibiotic ointment and bandage appropriately. Punctures In most cases you can let a puncture wound bleed a bit. You’re not going to bleed out unless it is gushing tremendously or if it is on your head or neck area, in which case you should call for an ambulance. If it’s not that serious, however, you can let it bleed for a few minutes, which will actually help it clean and disinfect. After five minutes apply pressure to the wound to see if you can stop the bleeding on your own. If that doesn’t work and the flow continues after a time you can then place a 911 call or visit an ER as soon as possible. Once it does stop rinse the area with running water and soap for about five more minutes. Puncture Wounds First of all, don’t be afraid to let the wound bleed. Unless you’ve lost a lot of blood or it is gushing out forcefully, or the wound is in your head or neck, (in which case call 911 immediately), wait five minutes. The flow of blood out of the wound will help to cleanse it. You don’t want to use rubbing alcohol or related substances for puncture wounds because they can actually slow the healing process. Usually they won’t require bandaging as they can heal naturally so long as you can stop the bleeding. You will need to clean the wound thoroughly first if you do choose to, but as luck would have it other than teeth marks and a lot of pain dog bites don’t leave debris or other complications in their wake. Disease and Rabies If you’re bitten by a dog you don’t know or know that they haven’t received shots or proper care (such as strays) the American Red Cross warns against to capture that animal. It’s better to avoid contact and instead contact animal control ASAP. You should also make sure to get your rabbies vaccinations as soon as possible by calling 911 and/or visiting an emergency room as soon as possible. Signs that an animal may be rabid may include (but are not limited too) unusually aggressive behavior, the appearance of being partially paralyzed, or other strange behaviors. Make sure to thoroughly clean any bite or wound and use proper disinfectants and antibiotics. Remember that all animal bites can carry infection and bacteria, especially […]

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Proving Fault in Dangerous Property Accidents

November 16, 2016

An accident that takes place on somebody’s property due to dangers or defects that abound ether outdoors or inside of a property is known as a “premise liability” accident. This can happen on just about any type of property, but here are three most common: Residential properties: private or rental homes Commercial buildings: shops, offices, restaurants etc. Public property: parks, streets, public transit etc. A property or “premise” is deemed dangerous for any number of reasons. This could include faulty design, low quality building materials, poor maintenance, or excess clutter that presents a safety hazard. These kinds of hazardous conditions could lead to an accident like something falling on you or causing you to slip or fall. So what happens if you’re involved in one of these accidents yourself? There are two main rules to consider when determining who is liable for one of these premises accidents. Rule Number 1: The Owner Must Keep the Property Safe It is the owner or occupant who bears the legal responsibility for anyone that enters the property when it comes to safety. Such parties are responsible for insuring that those who enter (tenants, shoppers, visitors, etc.) are not subject to unreasonable risks related to the design, building standards or condition of the property. Why? Because they are the ones who remain in control of the safety standards and condition of the property while visitors, tenants, shoppers, and all other temporary occupants are not. For example someone were to step on a loose nail sticking out in the entrance to an apartment building, the owner of the building would be responsible because they never fixed it. Rule Two: Visitors Should Use In A Normal Manner The flip side to this rule adds a stipulation for the visitor that takes their conduct into consideration. If someone is using property in an unusual, careless, or unauthorized manner the owner may no longer be liable. For example, if someone is riding a shopping cart like a scooter sponsored by NASCAR, the store owner may no longer liable if they get hurt. What About Injured Employees? This law also applies to employees who are injured on the job or on their employer’s property. If a worker is injured while on the job, generally a workers’ compensation claim is the exclusive remedy. However, there are certain exceptions. For example, let’s say that there is a construction worker who is on clock and working on a ladder. Then, the rung of the ladder snaps, causing the construction worker to fall down several feet and break his leg. In this situation, the injured worker could potentially have both a workers’ compensation claim, as well as a products liability claim. Who is Responsible: The Owner or the Occupier? In some cases an occupier may be different from the actual owner of a property, which is where some get thrown for a loop determining liability. Take for example a retail store that may be renting their building through a commercial lease. In this case the store owner is the occupier while the one they’re leasing from is the owner. The same could be […]

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Solicitor announces 6 new partners

November 15, 2016

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Slip and Fall

September 15, 2016

What to Do After a Slip and Fall Slip and falls are one of the most common accidents that businesses deal with in terms of lawsuits, medical procedures, and other practices. It’s often important to be prepared in case you get in one yourself. Failing to follow certain steps could result in long term harm and defects down the road, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Get medical help So clearly the first step you want to take is dealing medical emergency hand. There are many injuries that could have taken place, including but not limited to: Head injuries Wrist strain (If you caught yourself on your hands) Back and neck injuries Whiplash related pains It’s best to deal with these immediate before they become a problem later. Never walk away with pain or problems that haven’t been treated. Let someone know If you’re at someone’s home seek help from whoever is around and let the home owner know what’s happened. If it’s at a store report it to an employee and make sure they report it to management so it can be documented in case you need to access that documentation later or a simple accident evolves into something more. It’s never good to leave everyone in the dark. When you need help get help, and let someone know what happened so they can help remedy the situation. Make sure you obtain copy of any documentation before you leave. Take photos and gather evidence Take photos so later you can show the circumstances under which you fell. Was there a wet floor sign on a slippery surface, were there debris or other trip or slip hazards. Was every effort made to make the area safe and prevent this from happening to you. Also don’t be afraid to ask for information from nearby witnesses who may have seen something you might have missed. Store your clothing Immediately upon returning home store the clothing you were wearing somewhere safe. It may come in handy later and you won’t want it to be in any different of a condition than when you were wearing. This will also answer questions about your fall in court later, especially your shoes and pants. Call an attorney If you are seriously injured you may be eligible to receive compensation, but you will have to prove it in the court of law. Chances are you won’t want to take on the corporate lawyers yourself. You need a professional who is experienced in law and court room politics. You want your case in the hands of a professional. Don’t wait either, but call an attorney as soon as you are able. Don’t wait Make sure to take all these necessary steps immediately. The longer you wait and the more time you place between the present and your accident the harder it will be to prove and win.

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