Blog Posts in February, 2015

  • Xarelto - Uses & Bleeding Side Effects of Blood Thinner

    The current market for anticoagulants (blood thinners) is estimated to be about $10 billion. Eager to get a slice of the pie, many pharmaceutical companies are developing drugs to capture a piece of this lucrative market by producing safer and more easily used alternatives to Warfarin or Coumadin, the drug currently available. Warfarin is a blood thinner marketed as Coumadin, and other brand ...
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  • 10 Extra Precautions to Take When Driving in the Rain

    Moderate to heavy rain can have a major impact on the way you drive, affecting everything from depth perception to your ability to stop. Here are nine extra precautions to take next time you’re on the road in the rain: Turn on your lights. This seems like a no-brainer, but it is certainly worth mentioning. California Vehicle Code 24400 requires California drivers to drive with headlights on after ...
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  • If a Police Chase Damages Your Vehicle, Who Is Liable?

    Being involved in a high-speed police chase is scary, even as an innocent bystander. However, what if a police car (or the driver being chased) damages your vehicle? Legal issues that involve government entities, such as a police department, can be complicated, but there are certainly ways to recover damages. Here is a look at the legal issues associated with a police chase: Your Role in the Chase ...
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  • SPOUSES: THE OTHER VICTIMS OF TRANSVAGINAL MESH

    A transvaginal mesh is a surgical procedure in which a plastic mesh is implanted in women in order to correct urinary incontinence, or an overactive bladder, and ease pelvic organ prolapse–when a pelvic organ drops and pushes against, or even protrudes through the walls of the vagina. Typically women experience pelvic organ prolapse because of complications from previous surgeries, or more likely, ...
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  • Joan Rivers and Alleged Medical Malpractice: 3 Things to Know

    Joan Rivers’ daughter is suing the New York clinic that treated the comedian in her final days, alleging medical malpractice in her mother’s treatment. The 81-year-old Rivers died a week after suffering a loss of oxygen to the brain in August 2014 at Yorkville Endoscopy, where physicians were examining her throat and vocal cords. According to the lawsuit, the doctors caring for Rivers were not ...
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  • What's With All the Auto Recalls?

    Lately, it seems the issue of recalls in the automobile industry, once a seemingly rare phenomenon, has become permanent piece of everyday news. In January, Honda, Toyota, and Chrysler alone are responsible for the recall of 2.2 million vehicles that weren’t properly fixed in previous recalls. In an interview with Boston NPR Station Here and Now, Paul Eisenstein, Chief editor of the automobile ...
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  • Wrongful Death vs Murder:

    The law can sometimes appear to be a tangle of unfamiliar words and concepts to the person who has little experience with it. Before you can have a successful interaction with the law, it’s necessary to know the basics, whether you’re filing a suit yourself or simply discussing a case that’s happened within your community. Here is clarity one basic point of the law that sometimes causes great ...
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  • Big Rig Accidents Require Special Handling

    Commercial truck accidents are substantially different from regular car accidents, and as such, they require an attorney who is familiar with trucking laws and truck accident claims. A big rig accident is many motorists’ worst nightmare, and for good reason. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration , in accidents involving a semi truck and another vehicle, the driver ...
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  • What Should I Do if my Car Breaks Down on the Freeway?

    Don’t Over think, React Sudden pressure situations can sometimes get people tied up in their head. If you’re in immediate danger, keep your thoughts simple and handle the situation. Get out of the middle of the road if you can. Ensure your safety: where are other drivers in relation to you? Where do you need to be to safely avoid them? If you cannot get off the road and you think you may be in ...
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  • The New Key to a Successful Worker's Comp Case: Clean Social Media

    For some people, maintaining an active presence on social media outlets is as intuitive as taking a breath every few seconds. It’s part of who we are, and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. But anyone pursuing workers compensation should reassess how they depict themselves virtually, as a compromising post could potentially ruin their chances at a successful case. Worker’s Compensation ...
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  • Understanding Tort Reform

    “Tort reform” is a familiar term for those who lived in California during the 2014 election cycle, but it is commonly misunderstood and misconstrued. Tort Reform Explained To put it simply, think of “tort” as the technical legal word for the body of law that addresses personal injuries. Under tort (i.e. the theory of law relevant to personal injury cases), someone who is injured by another ...
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  • Injuries While Using Ride-Share Services

    Uber, Lyft, and other ride-share services are catching on throughout the country, and they’re working to revolutionize the way we pay for travel. But as with any new technology that takes the nation by storm, there are legal and regulatory issues that have yet to be figured out. When it comes to liability, ride-share services are going through the same types of growing pains as other ...
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  • 'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder in Compton Hit-and-Run

    Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder/CEO of Black Kapital Records and Death Row Records, was charged with murder earlier this month stemming from a hit-and-run in Compton. This conviction would be the third strike on Knight’s record under California’s Three Strikes Law, resulting in 25 years to life in prison. The 49-year-old hip-hop mogul allegedly had an altercation with Terry Carter, 55, and actor ...
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  • Driver Killed After Truck Hits Pole on 10 Freeway

    A driver was killed in a big rig fire on the 10 Freeway in Fontana on Jan. 26, 2015. (Credit: KTLA) The driver of a commercial truck was killed when his truck collided with a pole and caught on fire on the 10 Freeway in Fontana late last month. The accident occurred just after 3 a.m. on January 26 on the westbound 10 Freeway near Citrus Avenue. The truck, which was transporting chicken, burst into ...
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  • Teens with Concussion History Likely to Suffer Depression

    Concussions, which are mild traumatic brain injuries, never make for a pleasant experience no matter the severity of the concussion. Concussions can alter or entirely disrupt your sleeping pattern, whither your energy levels, swing your moods and can even temporarily impair your short term memory. And the negative side effects unfortunately don’t stop there. According to a new study by the Journal ...
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  • Bike Lanes: Are They More or Less Safe for Those on the Road?

    Designated lanes for bicyclists have long been a source of debate for commuters. Are they really safer? Do they make drivers feel more or less comfortable? Do they provide more protection for bicyclists? These questions have plagued city planners and local governments for years, and bike lanes continue to divide commuters around the country. Interestingly enough, California drivers seem to want ...
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  • Hit-and-runs On the Rise for Cyclists

    A dangerous trend is taking place in Los Angeles, California. From 2002 to 2012, hit-and-run collisions involving bicyclists rose 42 percent , according to a Times analysis of California Highway Patrol crash data. In June of 2011, musician Paul Livingston found himself a victim of such an incident. While biking on Santa Monica Boulevard when a car hit him hard at a red light, throwing him from his ...
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  • Do You Have to Be Hospitalized to Sue for Food Poisoning?

    Contaminated, under-cooked, or otherwise unsafe food causes 48 million Americans to suffer from food poisoning every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . Of these cases, approximately 128,000 people are hospitalized, and another 3,000 are killed. If you suffered food poisoning at a restaurant, you may be wondering whether or not you have grounds to sue—especially if ...
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  • Can You Sue if You Are Denied a Job Based on Past Injuries?

    American employers cannot deny someone a job based on a disability, including a past injury that causes ongoing medical problems. If you are denied a job based on a past injury, you could have a claim for monetary damages (so long as the case meets the requirements for discrimination). The Americans With Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against those with disabilities ...
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  • Dog Bite Injuries: Do You Have a Case?

    More than 4.5 million Americans suffer dog bites every year, with approximately 20 percent requiring medical attention. Especially for children and senior citizens, dog bites can lead to serious injuries that need immediate medical attention or even corrective surgery. With more than 70 million dogs in homes around the country, it is crucial to understand California dog bite laws and what your ...
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  • How Can a Damages Cap Affect Your Injury Case?

    Damages caps, which vary from state to state, can have a major impact on your lawsuit. When you file a personal injury claim, there are two types of damages you can receive for your injuries: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages represent the tangible, specific costs incurred by your injury, including medical bills, property damage, and lost income from days away from work. ...
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  • Wright Medical Hip Replacement

    The “Conserved” line of metal hip implant and its “Profemur Z Stem” manufactured by Wright Medical Technology a Wright Medical Group Company of Arlington, Tennessee have led to a significant number of lawsuits on behalf of patients who have experienced complications after their implantation (insertion) into their bodies. Hundreds of thousands of individuals in the United States are implanted with ...
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  • "Tort Reform" Limits Your Rights

    The rights of seriously injured people are under constant attack. Insurance companies as well as other private entities and individuals wish to limit access to justice for those who have been seriously injured. They euphemistically style their efforts as “tort reform.” To clarify these issues so you know exactly what is at stake in protecting your rights or those of a loved one who has been ...
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  • Measles Outbreak Has California on Alert

    California health agencies and government officials are on high alert for a record number of measles cases in the state. As of February 2 , there were 91 cases of measles in California, and the number continues to grow. Most of the measles cases are linked to an outbreak at Disneyland in December, which caused 40 employees and park patrons to become infected (and another 18 to suffer secondary ...
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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 ...