Blog Posts in November, 2014

  • Injured at Work? 3 Potential Options for Recovery

    According to a recent survey , 1 in 5 Americans have been injured in the workplace. Many people believe that getting injured at work is something that only occurs to those who work in construction and manufacturing, however the majority of workplace injuries are ailments that can happen in any work environment, such as slip and fall accidents, repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel ...
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  • Comparative vs. Contributory Negligence

    When a personal injury lawsuit involves negligence, it is common for fault to be shared to some extent by both parties. For example, take a car and motorcycle accident where the motorcyclist suffers injury to the head or neck. The driver would be considered negligent if they were speeding; however, if the motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, they could be deemed negligent too, and partially ...
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  • Rental Car Crashes: 5 First Steps to Consider

    Crashing a car is already an ordeal, but if that car is a rental car, you may not know how to proceed at all. It’s always a good idea to prepare for the worst, employ a few practical tips, and always keep in mind the legal ramifications of the accident. Dealing with the aftermath of a rental car crash can be overwhelming, since you have to deal with the rental agency, insurance company, and the ...
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  • Bumped in the Parking Lot? 3 Ways to Recover for Dents, Ding

    Many drivers don’t take notice when they bump into other cars in the parking lot. However, those little bumps can be a lot more significant for other drivers who return to find dents and dings on their car. Ideally, the offending driver would leave a note with all the appropriate contact and insurance information, but in reality it is often necessary to get the law involved in order to get ...
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  • Denied Workers' Comp? 5 First Steps to Appeal

    Workers’ compensation is insurance that employers are required to purchase for their employees in most states. Sometimes, larger employers are allowed to self-insure or act as their own insurance companies, and smaller companies may not be required to supply workers’ compensation insurance. When an employee is injured in the workplace, the employee files their claim with the insurance company, who ...
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  • If You're a Passenger in a Crash, Whom Should You Sue?

    When you’re a passenger in a traffic accident, you may feel as if you have no legal grounds to recover damages. However, when it comes time to recover damages for your injuries, passengers of car accidents may have an advantage over those who were behind the wheel. A passenger in a car accident could have an easier time recovering damages because they were not responsible for causing their own ...
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  • Injuries and Product Liability: Do You Have a Case?

    You may have grounds for a defective product liability case if you were injured or suffered damages because of a defective product you used. If you are wondering if you have a defective product liability case , it is helpful to know what the law requires you to prove in your case. In general, you will need to prove the following elements: You were injured or suffered losses The product is ...
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  • Child Injured at Day Care: Should You Call a Lawyer?

    A child getting injured at day care is a common occurrence. Many parents wonder, when is a child injury a simple accident, and when should they call a lawyer? If you think you have a possible lawsuit against a day care , there are many variables that can affect your case. You could have a variety of possible defendants, including the person who caused the injury to your child, the staff member who ...
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  • Fatal Bicycle Crashes On the Rise: 5 Facts You Should Know

    Biking is popular for many reasons; it’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s an ecologically friendly alternative to driving. However, there are dangers to biking. In fact, the number of fatal bicycle accidents involving motor vehicles is steadily increasing . According to reports in the Los Angeles Times , between 2010 and 2012 the number of U.S. bicyclists killed in a biking accident involving a motor ...
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  • What is a "Personal Injury" Case?

    A personal injury case is a legal dispute which occurs when one person suffers injury or harm, and holds another person legally responsible for that harm. When a personal injury case occurs, the injured party or “plaintiff” files a civil complaint against another person, business, corporation, or government agency. The other party is the “defendant.” When the plaintiff files the lawsuit, they are ...
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  • Consequences of a Hit and Run Accident

    An accident is described as a “hit and run accident” when a person is involved in a car accident with another car, pedestrian, or other object, and the person leaves the scene of the crash without stopping to identify themselves, leave any information, or help anyone who needs aid. It is common for someone to panic when they get into an accident, and they may have the instinct to leave for fear of ...
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  • It's Flu Season. Information and Tips for Kids and Parents

    The seasonal flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. Approximately 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get the flu each year. The flu spreads between people and can cause mild or severe illnesses. In the most severe cases, the flu can cause death. Flu-related complications include pneumonia and dehydration. Regular illness from seasonal flu usually lasts one to two weeks. In ...
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  • CDC Reports: 2.5 Million Traffic-Accident Related ER Visits Each Year

    According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), injuries from motor vehicle crashes sent more than 2.5 million Americans to the emergency room in 2012. Almost 200,000 were hospitalized due to motor vehicle collisions, said the new federal government report. Medical costs from these traffic accidents reached an estimated $18 billion. This data means that approximately 7,000 ...
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  • Welebir Tierney & Weck Named 2015 Best Law Firms

    We are honored that the U.S. News & World Report national poll on law firms has ranked us as one of the “Best Law Firms” in Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Litigation in California. Welebir | Tierney has received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2015 Edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”. This Tier 1 ranking was determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which was derived from a ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

    A car was rear-ended at high speed on a freeway exit, causing the bumper to be pushed into back seat where a 22-year- old ...

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    DELIVERY TRUCK ACCIDENT – AMPUTATION & BRAIN INJURY

    National package delivery truck driver veered from his lane of traffic to on-coming lane and hit head on, drove up, and over ...

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    MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK BY VAN—SEVERE LOWER LEG INJURY

    A school van turned left in front of a motorcyclist, nearly taking off his lower left leg. The accident resulted in a serious ...