Most of us believe, on some level, that we’re invincible until something happens to remind us that this is not true. A slip and fall accident or a car wreck can suddenly bring us back to reality, and it’s usually not a pleasant awakening. It’s the moment we realize that we’re just as vulnerable as the people we hear about on the news. That’s also when most of us realize that we have no idea what our legal rights are when it comes to personal injury law.
Summer is here and the days are longer, and the warmer days mean our roads will start to see a significant increase in motorcycle traffic. This also means that drivers will need to exercise even more caution on the already crowded California highways to ensure everyone gets home safely. While there is clearly no such thing as a “season” for motorcycle accidents, every summer sees a rise in accidents involving motorcyclists and it’s up to drivers and riders to educate themselves on sharing the roads safely.
The issue of elder abuse and mistreatment is gaining more attention as more Americans are living longer lives. Currently, approximately 1.5 million Americans live in nursing homes or some type of assisted living facility, approximately 25% of which have been cited for abuse or neglect in one form or another. This becomes increasingly important as the U.S. Census Bureau projects that more than 62 million Americans will be age 65 or older in 2025.
Being injured on someone else’s property can involve a wide range of circumstances, such as being introduced to dangerous conditions or situations, a slip and fall, or even an animal attack. It’s important to understand your rights under the law should one of these incidents arise.
Summer often means more frequent use of portable gasoline containers. In addition to powering vehicles, lawnmowers, generators and other equipment, gasoline has many uses in everyday life. However, the same quality that makes it useful – its explosiveness – can cause terrible injury if not handled and stored carefully. Spontaneous ignition while filling portable gasoline containers (gas cans) has resulted in serious burns, other injuries, and even death. Just the improper storage of gasoline can result in both serious bodily injury and property damage. We’ve put together a few tips for handling portable gasoline containers safely.
Having adequate medical insurance coverage is something that every American seeks to provide for themselves and their family. When we take out these policies, either through an employer or as an individual policy holder, it is with the hope that this will provide protection for any possible injury. But California’s ruling in the 2011 Howell v. Hamilton Meats case created what is often called the “health insurance penalty” – where ensuring that you have adequate medical coverage can be a detriment to your recovery of damages in a personal injury claim.
For most Americans, pets are much more than just animals that share our space. They are companions, friends, and even vitally necessary help to those with physical or emotional support needs. We love them as integral parts of our families. To many, losing a pet can be every bit as emotionally challenging as losing a human loved one. If your pet has suffered an injury or been killed as the result of someone else’s negligence, there are a few things you should know about pets rights.
For many who love being in the great outdoors, there’s nothing more enjoyable than spending time on a boat. And Southern California offers hundreds of beautiful locations for everything from swimming and skiing to fishing and just plain pleasure boating. With all of this available to the outdoors enthusiast only a short distance from home, a boat promises to make the most of your family’s leisure time. Sadly, boating accidents appear in the news all too often to remind us that our fun time on the water needs to be taken very seriously.
A personal injury specialist is an attorney who has decided to make personal injury law the focus of his or her legal practice. It’s what they do, day in and day out. They don’t dabble in personal injury law while also working on divorce actions, business disputes and copyright infringement. It’s important to engage the right specialist to ensure that you receive the representation you deserve and that your case will receive a fair and complete hearing under the law.
A personal injury case, like any other lawsuit, has a typical timeline and specific guidelines that must be adhered to as the process makes its way through the system. Since each personal injury case is different, and the guidelines differ from state to state, it’s important to know exactly what is required of you and the steps that must be completed so that you don’t inadvertently endanger your case.