The Mandell Law Blog

Personal Injury and Tort Litigation

Bicycle Accidents

Laurence Mandell

As the weather begins to get nicer, we start dusting off some of our Spring and Summer recreational equipment and thinking about getting more active outdoors. One of the most common of these activities is bike riding. Riding a bicycle is something that can be enjoyed by almost anyone at any age. If you’re healthy enough for the physical exertion, there is a whole other world available to you. More and more Californians are turning to bikes for pleasure riding, as well as an excellent form of exercise that most people find more enjoyable than a monotonous walk on a treadmill. While safe, easily accessible cycling lanes, paths, and trails are becoming more common each year, they are still often in short supply in some areas, particularly in urban locales. The result, of course, is that this frequently puts cyclists in direct competition with auto traffic for the same roadways and avoiding bicycle accidents becomes more of a challenge.

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Prescription Drug Abuse

Mara Burnett

Prescription drug abuse is rising rapidly in the U.S. Prescription drugs are vital to curing and controlling disease and other medical conditions when used properly by those for whom they have been prescribed. When a doctor prescribes a drug, he or she is giving it to a specific person for a particular condition and with the knowledge of other medications being taken by that person. Instructions are given as to how much to take, what to avoid while taking the medication and with warnings about potential side-effects.

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Caffeinated Energy Drinks

Aslin Tutuyan

The US Drug Abuse Warning Network reported a tenfold spike in emergency room visits involving caffeinated energy drinks between 2007 and 2011. Approximately 70% of cases involved teens between the ages of 12 to 17 visiting the ER for dehydration, heat exhaustion and heart problems related to energy drinks, absent any presence of drugs or alcohol. The Food and Drug Administration has also investigated five deaths and one nonfatal heart attack that occurred after the consumption of Monster Energy drinks.

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Dental Malpractice

Robert J. Mandell

Does every bad experience at the dentist amount to dental malpractice? Of course not. And even though dentistry has greatly improved the patient experience in recent decades, most people just don’t look forward to seeing their dentist. Perhaps it’s due to the nature of the practice, or maybe it’s all the jokes we’ve heard about the pain of root canal and other procedures. Whatever the reasons, there just seems to be something inherently off-putting to most of us about opening up to allow someone else to fiddle around inside our mouths. Even with that, we still trust our dentists because they are, by law and by training, expected to know their stuff and to treat us with care and compassion.

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Plastic Surgery

Laurence Mandell

There are many reasons an individual may elect to undergo cosmetic surgery, also commonly known as plastic surgery. An individual with an appearance that has been disfigured in some way, for example due to an illness or accident, may opt for reconstructive plastic surgery. Others may undergo cosmetic surgery for personal reasons, having considered the procedure carefully and making themselves aware of the consequences and risks involved.

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Defensive Driving

Mara Burnett

Yes, we’re still talking about defensive driving. And there’s good reason for it. Today, there are millions of drivers and millions more cars on the roads. Between commuting, social engagements, and other activities, the majority of us will dedicate a good portion of our lives to ferrying ourselves around. In fact, the average American spends more than 101 minutes per day driving, a number that racks up to a whopping 38,000 hours spent driving over a lifetime.

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Your Rights In a Police Stop

Aslin Tutuyan

While police stops are a routine maneuver, they can sometimes go sideways quickly. Given the frequency of and public attention to several recent tragic incidents originating with a routine police stop, it is important to be aware and know your rights in a police stop. What you do and say during a police stop can have a significant influence on consequences and legal proceedings that may follow. Here’s are a few things you need to know.

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California Hit and Run Accidents

Robert J. Mandell

California hit and run accidents lead the nation in frequency of incidents. A couple of years ago, the California Assembly’s Public Safety Committee voted unanimously to approve a bill introduced by Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) that would automatically suspend the license of a driver who flees the scene of an accident where a person is hit, even if the person is uninjured. Governor Brown vetoed this bill, objecting to “creating new crime categories and increasing penalties.”

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Did You Crash a Company Vehicle?

Laurence Mandell

Driving a company car is a nice convenience but it’s also a responsibility. Rules and best practices for driving a company vehicle versus a personal one differ and repercussions in the case of an accident vary widely. If you drive for a living, or if you’re lucky enough to enjoy a take home vehicle, it’s important that you know what rights and rules of liability apply under the law. For example, what happens if you are involved in an accident and crash a company vehicle? What happens if you’re injured in that accident? Who pays for minor incidents, scratches, scuffs, etc.? It pays to know the answers to these questions ahead of time!

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Child Bullying

Mara Burnett

Almost all of us have endured bullying at some point in our lives, whether as a vestige from our childhood or in more recent memory. The advent of the Internet and the rise in popularity of social networkings sites, however, has changed the nature of child bullying in recent years. In today’s digital age, a time ruled by the cult of celebrity and emblem of anonymity, bullying is becoming more and more frequent among our youth. The consequences of bullying are also becoming more severe, as rates of depression and suicide are skyrocketing like never before.

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