Blog Posts in March, 2015

  • Workers' Compensation: Important Laws & Regulations

    Did you know that there are laws and regulations on workers’ compensation laws in California? Here are some of the codes that you may want to familiarize yourself with and what they could mean for you: If you want to report your injury or illness to your employer: Labor Code sections 5400, 5402(a) For information on the legalities of the workplace and how it is illegal to discriminate against an ...
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  • Worker's Compensation FAQ

    Worker’s compensation is a state mandated insurance program that provides employees compensation for work related illnesses and injuries. While the federal government has its own federal worker’s compensation program for its employees, each state is has its own laws and programs for state and privately employed individuals. Typically states award workers’ compensation to the injured regardless of ...
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  • Are Independent Contractors Covered Under Workers' Comp?

    I’ve heard independent contractors aren’t covered under worker’s compensation. How do I know if I’m an independent contractor? Independent contractors are self-employed workers who own and run their own business. This necessarily means you don’t secure income from anyone other than your clients, or that no other boss-like figure awards you an income. An independent contractor may be called or ...
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  • Are Smart Cars Safer?

    Since the release of the first smart cars back in 2008, there have been many conflicting reports on how safe or unsafe they are when it comes to collisions. Of course safety ratings for every brand changes, as not all are made in the same ways. The Smart Fortwo car, for example, appears to have good safety and overall ratings, as many have given it satisfactory reviews which assert that it was ...
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  • Labor Unions and Worker's Compensation

    Worker’s compensation and labor unions in the United States have been tied together for nearly a century now. While worker’s compensation has been implemented in some way or another by many countries for centuries, the United States didn’t attempt any real worker’s compensation laws until 1898 in New York, and the United State’s first comprehensive worker’s compensation legislation didn’t pass ...
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  • Under The Influence Of A Cell Phone

    According to a new study by Ohio State University, about two million injuries occur every year as a result of pedestrians walking while using their cell phones. Even though distracted walking is not yet an offense, it can be potentially dangerous for pedestrians. When a pedestrian is walking and texting, his or her eyes and attention are seldom on the road. Did you know that research shows that ...
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  • Driving in the Rain

    A drive on a beautiful day can be fun, relaxing, and even adventurous. However, when conditions are less than perfect, driving can become risky. It is very important to know what steps to take while navigating your vehicle in rainy weather. Heavy rains can quickly reduce a driver’s visibility and create slippery and hazardous road conditions. Driving safely begins before you leave the curb. Since ...
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  • I Wasn't Wearing A Helmet When I Got Hit

    Bicycle riding is both a popular recreational activity and means of transportation in Southern California. Studies show that more bicyclists than ever are now wearing helmets when riding. The number one reason to wear a bicycle helmet is to protect your head if you are involved in an accident or fall and hit the pavement. Wearing a helmet reduces the risk of head injury by 85 percent, according to ...
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  • What are the Rights of Child Pedestrians?

    Parents may feel safer loading their children into the family car for a trip to school, but walking to school can provide an optimal source of physical activity. Do children on their way to school or a bus stop have any rights? Today, many children are often seen walking to and from schools and bus stops in the morning hours and the afternoon hours. Parents with flexible work schedules can walk ...
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  • Failure To Inspect Amusement Park Rides

    The National Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 270 million people visit amusement parks every year. Approximately 7,000 of these people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries they sustained in amusement park ride accidents. Sometime in the spring, amusement parks begin preparations to open to the public. As part of these preparations maintenance staff must inspect park ...
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  • Movie Lawyers Put To The Test- Is This Fact Or Fiction?

    Anyone who goes to the movie theaters knows that there are many thrillers be shown – some that keep you on the edge of your chair. Did you know that some of these haven’t given us the legitimate legal truth? Many of these movies contain lies. Take a look: The double jeopardy clause can give someone a license to kill. Have you seen the 1999 thriller Double Jeopardy ? The movie is about a woman ...
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  • Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Accidents

    A spinal cord injury is damage to any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of the spinal canal, which often causes permanent changes in strength, sensation and other body functions below the area of the injury. It is estimated that between 12,000 and 20,000 people suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States every year. Over two-thirds of those spinal cord injuries are caused by ...
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  • When Can You Sue a Restaurant for Food Poisoning?

    Food poisoning, while highly inconvenient for customers and thus bad for business, is unfortunately not uncommon. But even if the same pizza place has given you food poisoning after two of the last three visits you made there, you still may not be able to make the case in court. Typically, a food poisoning lawsuit will fall into the general category of product liability, or the idea that you ...
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  • Stop Drunk Driving

    Driving a vehicle after drinking to excess puts every other driver on the road at risk for serious injury and fatality. Driving drunk causes thousands of injuries and death sin the United States every year. DUI accident claims happen with frequency in California. Statistics show that accident injuries involving alcohol has averaged between 10-12 percent for the past several years. In addition, ...
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  • Facial Wounds From Dog Bites

    Dogs bites have the potential to cause serious injury, and even more so when the bite is on the face or head. Depending on the size and strength of the dog, a bite can cause a number of serious medical issues. Their powerful teeth and jaws can cause internal damage, skin tearing, infections, damage to tissue and muscles, puncture wounds, scars, disfigurement, and broken bones. If the bite breaks ...
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  • Broken Bones and Associated Complications

    Nearly everyone endures a broken bone, and the literal and metaphorical headaches that ensue. Situations that result in broken bones may be unavoidable, but knowing what you’re at risk for greatly aids anyone suffering from injury in knowing if they should seek legal action in response to unnecessary extra complications. Broken bones can be paired with a variety of complications, depending on the ...
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  • Could Self-Driving Cars Prevent Accidents?

    For decades, the plotlines in sci-fi novels and futuristic movies have mercilessly nurtured every tired driver’s dream: the idea that one day, cars might drive themselves. The convenience of such a technology would be incredible, but another benefit that may not initially come to mind is a safer driving experience for road travelers. Studies, like this one by the National Highway Traffic Safety ...
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  • Reading iPhone Maps While Driving: Is it Ok?

    Legally speaking, yes, a Californian is legally protected when they reach down and glance at their smartphones while driving in order to double check the directions to a friends house. Or a better way of phrasing that: so far, in the state of California, using the map function on smartphones while driving is legally permissible. A recent court ruling by California’s 5th district court of appeals ...
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  • PARALYSIS

    According to the US National Library of Medicine, paralysis is the loss of muscle function in parts or all of the body. This is because your body is incapable of maintaining messages between your brain and the affected muscles. This usually occurs after an accident (typically accidents that result in spinal injuries), or stroke, or disease. Paraplegia is the loss of muscle function in the lower ...
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  • 7 Tips for Avoiding a Nighttime Auto Accidents

    According to a study done by the US National Library Institute of Medicine under the National Institutes of Health, a disproportionate amount of all automobile accidents in America occur after daylight hours. The study attributes this to a number of things, such as reduced lighting, fatigue, alcohol, and traffic density, contribute to drivers lessened ability to avoid car accidents at night. Avoid ...
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  • How Effective are Motorcycle Helmets?

    According to a U.S. Department of Transportation study on Motorcycle Helmet Effectiveness, the past 15 years have shown a significant improvement in the design and effectiveness of motorcycle helmets. They state that helmets afford a much greater degree of protection against head injury related fatalities, if they are worn at the time of the accident. Between the years of 1993 and 2002, helmets ...
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  • Mesothelioma: What it is and what it means to Inland Empire residents?

    Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the cells around the lungs and abdomen. It gets its name from the cell membrane that fills the chest cavity, surrounding the heart, lungs, and abdomen. While mesothelioma is rare, (there are about 2,500-3,000 reported cases a year), it is still a viable threat for anyone who has worked in industrial employment, especially in shipyards. Mesothelioma ...
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  • The 10 Leading Causes of Death in the United States?

    If you only knew about America through our cinema and TV shows, it would be easy to think that people mostly die because of homicide, apocalyptic disease, or maybe because of an automobile explosion after a long car chase. However, as is with the case with most other things seen in movies, none of those makes the list of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States each year. So what ...
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    HIGH SPEED REAR END COLLISION – CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY

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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 ...