The Mandell Law Blog

Personal Injury and Tort Litigation

Operating Room Errors and Technology

Mara Burnett, Personal Injury Attorney

Recent studies indicate technology and equipment problems are the cause of one-fourth of operating room errors and cited as a cause in 15% of malpractice claims. A comprehensive review of 28 published studies based on operating room errors concludes that preoperative surgical checklists could reduce that error rate by half.

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Choosing a Safe Car

Aslin Tutuyan, Personal Injury Attorney

Choosing a safe car is usually a top concern when shopping for a new automobile. But many of us don’t necessarily know exactly what that means; what safety features to look for and how to know when we’ve found the car that meets our personal needs while still affording a reasonable degree of safety on the road. Given the extraordinary amount of time we spend in our automobiles, and the fact that nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, it stands to reason that we should take special care when purchasing a car.

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Preventing Foodborne Illness

Robert J. Mandell

With the Thanksgiving weekend upon us, and the long holiday season immediately following, it’s a good time to refresh your knowledge about foodborne illness and how to take precautions against it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 6 Americans (approximately 48 million) get sick from contaminated food each year, suffering from mild to severe upset stomach, abdominal pain, diarrhea, fever and dehydration.

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Devastation in Southern California

Laurence Mandell

Southern California has been through a heartbreaking week. Some of our own were forced to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. But these communities have always proven strong and resilient, and we will come through this one as well by standing together and relying on one another.

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Staged Auto Accidents

Mara Burnett, Personal Injury Attorney

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Los Angeles Police Department, staged auto accidents are on the rise in Southern California, and Los Angeles is the staged auto accident capital of the United States. Each year thousands of drivers are victims of staged auto accidents.

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Child Choking Hazards

Aslin Tutuyan, Personal Injury Attorney

Age-appropriate toys are a vital part of every little one’s growth and learning process. Unfortunately, inappropriate toys can lead to injury or death, most often in the form of choking on small parts. With the holiday gift-giving season fast approaching, it’s time to give serious consideration to the toys and games you plan to give to the children in your life.

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California’s Uninsured Motorist Laws

Robert J. Mandell

When you take your automobile onto the road in California, you’re taking chances. You’re relying on the notion that others will comply with traffic laws, obey speed limits, stop for stop signs and traffic lights, etc. But you also take the chance that you may be in an accident with an uninsured motorist. Because of this, California has developed its own set of severe laws which govern penalties for uninsured motorists.

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Tips to Avoid a Motorcycle Accident

Laurence Mandell

Millions of people are attracted to motorcycles for all sorts of reasons, but while riding a motorcycle gives you freedom, that freedom can come at a steep price if you’re unskilled on a two-wheeled vehicle, or do not pay close attention to your surroundings and other vehicles on the road. A motorcycle accident can be just a millisecond away unless you’re always vigilant.

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Representing Disaster Victims

Mara Burnett, Personal Injury Attorney

Our colleague, Robert Mandell, has written a featured article for the October edition of Valley Lawyer, a publication of The San Fernando Valley Bar Association. In it, he discusses mass tort actions in connection with large-scale disasters such as the Aliso Canyon gas leak in 2015, and navigating the choppy legal waters in defense of the rights of disaster victims. An excerpt from his writing is included below. We highly recommend that you click through to the entire article online and take a few minutes to read it. It begins on page 12 of the magazine. We at The Mandell Law Firm are very proud of his work.

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Truck Accidents and Personal Injury

Aslin Tutuyan, Personal Injury Attorney

Anyone who drives the roads, highways and freeways of California understands the inherent danger involved. Perhaps nothing on the highway poses a greater risk, or can result in more devastating destruction, than the thousands of large commercial trucks who share the roadways with us. Truck accidents, even at low speeds, can totally destroy a typical passenger car or motorcycle.

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