The recent destruction wrought by hurricane Florence in the Carolinas and Virginia have focused us, once again, on how well and how quickly our government agencies respond to the public’s needs during and after a natural disaster. In the event of a natural disaster or accident, do citizens have a right to expect a reasonable level of government liability for disaster response management. Should they be sued for negligence if they do not meet that expectation?
Buses are one of the most common forms of transportation in this country. From regional transit authorities, to city transportation, to school buses, we rely on them to take us places when we don’t have the means, or desire, to drive. But with so many buses on the road, that all too often translates into bus accidents. Some are minor, and some are deadly, but bus accidents can be very serious matters, which is why you should always consider engaging an experienced personal injury attorney if you’re involved in one.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins puts the number of deaths from medical errors every year in the United States at more than 250,000. Other reports estimate the numbers may be as high as 440,000. After heart disease and cancer, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. Much of the scrutiny has focused on surgical errors.
We should say, up front, that we believe most attorneys to honest and diligent on behalf of their clients. But, as in all professions, there are some whose qualifications for your case may be lacking, or whose integrity is questionable. How do you determine if the lawyer you’re about to hire is trustworthy? You can find an honest attorney and there are several ways to sort the excellent from the mediocre.
Suffering serious injury in an accident is life-altering enough when the injuries require ongoing medical care. But in the case of a brain injury, the body can be allowed to heal while the mind remains permanently impaired. With little or no hope for full recovery, victims, their families, and their caregivers are forced to dramatically alter their lives in order to deal with the results of a brain injury.
We’ve all heard the old adage, “You can’t fight city hall.” But, in truth, the government is not above the law nor immune from civil liability. Despite what many believe, the government, whether it be city, county, state or federal, can be held liable in court for their actions, just like any individual. You absolutely can sue a government agency, but there are specific guidelines that must be followed.
There are instances when a child is awarded money as a result of a personal injury settlement. If the child is under the age of 18, they are considered a minor and, therefore, California courts do not legally allow them to sign for themselves. In this case, a child would need an adult to sign for them. This is called a Minor’s Compromise.
For many of us, it’s one of our worst fears: needing medical care and not having health insurance coverage. Millions of Americans are in this position with more individuals and families potentially being added to the group each time someone loses a job. But, while needing medical care without health insurance can be a frightening reality to face, there are options available to you.
California’s 3,000 miles of ocean shoreline and almost 8,000 square miles of inland water make boating a popular activity in our state, particularly during this time of year. Summer brings out the boating enthusiasts in huge numbers. Each year, however, people are unnecessarily injured or killed from carbon monoxide poisoning while boating. Carbon monoxide on and around boats can be very dangerous, but accidents are avoidable.
We go to the supermarket with the intention of buying groceries for the coming week. As we maneuver the aisles, our attention is fixed on comparing prices and choosing the right foods for our family. We rely on the management of the supermarket to provide a safe environment for us to accomplish this. But what happens if you slip and fall in their store? If your accident was in some way the result of negligence on the part of management, how do you provide proof?