Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Minimum Wage Laws: Why Does it Matter?

For some people who earn a lot, the word “minimum wage” is very far from their concerns. Because they earn a lot more than they need, some may not really give that much attention to these words. However, for people who have meager salaries that have been having problems trying to make both ends meet, these two words are their hope for survival. That is why minimum wage is far more important than some people think it is.

Minimum Wage Laws Are There For a Reason

There is a minimum wage law that sets the amount of the lowest possible wage that an employer in a particular state pays their workers. Lately, moves to legislate an increase in the minimum wage for several counties and states are being made. However, only a few states have really come up with these new laws and came up with way to tinker with it. Sadly, while there are a number of states that have been able to implement these laws, some are still left to deal with lower wages, having a hard time dealing with such challenge to their existence. A Los Angeles employment law attorney explains that these laws were made for a reason and it is meant to be followed. Failure to adhere to these laws can get an employer guilty of violating minimum wage laws. In such cases, an employee can file a minimum wage law violation claim to the courts.

Moves to Raise Minimum Wage

Every now and then, because of the effects of inflation, many groups and agencies push for the raising of the legislated minimum wage law in different areas. Such will offset the rising prices of commodities, services, and utilities that you need. These laws have helped thousands of families get by and make both ends meet as higher wages were raised, alleviating their sufferings. However, these moves often face grave opposition, making it almost impossible for wages to be raised. Good thing, such moves have been making progress lately, making a lot of minimum wage earners and their families happy. Such helps them get more food on the table, have a safe place for shelter, warm with the clothes they wear, and most importantly, keep sending the kids to school. Such lets them get by with their needs.

Filing a Minimum Wage Law Violation Claim

If someone violated your rights under the minimum wage law, you can ask for the help of the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and a good and experienced Los Angeles minimum wage law attorney. They will help you prepare a good claim that has a great chance for success. Moreover, they will help you present your case well, try to come up with a settlement of such claims in your favor, and most importantly, teach your employers a lesson to follow the law and give you and others the proper wages. However, to do just that, you have to be completely honest and provide all the necessary proof to back up your claims. Such will help your case significantly, boosting your chances of winning and putting much more pressure on your employers to settle the case, letting you get the maximum amount of compensation for the damages.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Important Driving Tips You Need to Remember This Holiday Season

We are now in the midst of the festive and ever-joyful Holiday season. Indeed, tens and thousands of people are expected to go shopping, attend parties and important get-togethers, and basically spend quality time with family members and friends. As we count down the days towards holidays, one thing is for sure: more and more vehicles are likely to fill the roads. In fact, the heightened traffic activity had already started since Thanksgiving weekend, and in the following days up to this point, traffic build-up has become commonplace.

In addition to the stress-inducing traffic congestions, this season is also a time for traffic collisions. With unruly drivers roaming the roads, as well as those who are driving while intoxicated or distracted, accidents on the road this season are sure to increase in number. Motorists, therefore, must ensure that they prevent themselves from becoming statistics; suffering an injury is the last thing anyone would want to experience in a rather joyous season.

If you are expected to drive more times than usual this season, it is important that you put these important tips in mind:

·         Whether you are going on a long trip or not this Holiday season, it is important that you have your ride serviced to ensure that it is working properly. Go to a licensed auto mechanic for a car tune-up as a preventive measure. Pay special attention to the lights to see if they are working; tires if they are on the correct condition and air pressure; car fluids if needed replenishment and battery if it can still provide power.

·         If you are going for a long drive with friends and/or family, make sure that you obtained enough rest before the trip. You can’t afford to feel fatigue in the first few kilometers. But if you feel fatigued in the middle of the trip, you can switch places with someone in your party to substitute you on the driver’s seat.

·         When going to parties, it is expected that you would be having a drink or two. Plan ahead; make sure that you have a non-drinking designated driver to accompany you going home. Otherwise, don’t drive at all going to the party.

·         If you have children as passengers, make sure that they are properly restrained in a federally-approved child restraint or booster seat.
 awards other drivers’ actions can throw your focus off your intention to drive safety, which could potentially lead to an accident.

·         Don’t get distracted—keep your phone off while driving. This will prevent you from texting or even answering your cellphone while you are behind the wheel. If you turned it on and you are expecting an important call or message, better pull off the side of the road first before picking it up.

·         Make sure that you carry out safe driving techniques. Maintain distance with the vehicle in-front of you. Keep the posted speed limit in mind; slow down when encountering a road hazard. Brake and accelerate at the right moments. More importantly, stay patient; you’ll still get to your destination no matter what.

The roads may be too much for you this season, but with these important safety tips in mind, you don’t only keep a cool head while driving, but also avoid yourself from getting involved in a potential car accident that would definitely ruin your holidays with your loved ones. In case you or your loved one gets in a traffic accident this season, it is extremely important to contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer immediately to assert for your rights and get compensations for your losses.

May you have a safe and stress-free driving this Holiday season!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Another Pit Bull Attack in Indo Injures Two Minors

Incidence of pit bull attacks isn’t really new to California and the whole country has regularly been reported in the US for some time now. According to dog bite site DogsBite.org, pit bulls lead in the bite counts across the cities in the US and in different counties as well. In a study conducted by experts, it was revealed that at least 27 pit bull bites have been reported. In spite of the pit bull attack “myths” claimed by other pro-pit bull groups in the country, the incidents record in several US states such as Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon. Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and California prove that pit bull bites remain as the “most damaging”, as it inflicts permanent and disfiguring injuries for the past few years.

Another Pit Bull Attack Recorded in California

According to a report, two children aged 11 and five have been attacked by a pit bull in Indo, California, last August 9, 2014. A 4-year-old pit bull named Cucuy broke free from his restraint on a property in the area. Details revealed that the same dog has also bit its owner’s son in the head just last April. This, according to experts, proves how dangerous pit bulls can be. Moreover, this recent incident justifies the laws that ban people from taking care of pit bulls. Reports reveal that the 5-year-old boy was bit on the back of his head where wounds were found after he was transported to a local hospital. The 11-year-old boy on the other hand was bit in both his stomach and one of his hands. The owner of the pit bull has already surrendered the dog to the Riverside County Animal Services where he was euthanized.

Are Pit Bulls Really That Dangerous?

DogsBite.org made a nine-year study from the years 2005 to 2013 where they observed the involvement of pit bulls in dog attacks recorded in the country. The study revealed that pit bulls and Rottweiler dogs accounted for around 74 percent of the total recorded attacks in the given period. Of these incidents, pit bulls contributed to the majority of these incidents, even leading to fatal injuries experience inflicted by these dogs. Some pit bulls even end up attacking their masters as well with even the slightest or no provocation at all. That is why some groups have been repeated calling for the control or ban of these breeds of dogs. According to them, the violent nature of these dogs does not only put the public’s lives in danger, but their owners as well.

Preventing Pit Bull Attacks

According to a Los Angeles animal attack attorney, a pet owner can be held liable for the injuries that his or her pet dogs can cause to others. According to him, filing a claim entitles you to receive compensation for the damages that the injury as well as the physical, financial, and emotional trauma that the attack has caused you and your family. By filing a claim, you do not only seek justice for yourself but also help prevent others from suffering the same fate that you experienced because of an animal attack.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vehicle Splits into Two, Kills 5 California Teens

Image gives credit to NBC Los Angeles.
Here is another story of supposedly happy road trip that turned tragic.

According to recent news reports, at least five California high school students were killed after the vehicle they were riding hit a tree and split into two in Orange County.

Initial investigations have revealed that the five Southern California teen students from Irvine Unified School District were heading to the beach to spend a day sharing their immigrant experiences.

All passengers of the Infiniti Sedan were all teens. Police identified the victims as Abdulrahman Alyahyan, the 17-year-old driver, Robin Cabrera, 17, and Aurora Cabrera, 16. The other two occupants of the vehicle were identified as Cecilia Zamora and Nozad Al Hamawendi, both 17-years-old.

According to police report, the vehicle that they were riding veered off the road and struck into a tree. As a result of which, the car split into two and burst into flames. Four of the teens were ejected from the car due to the strong impact of the collision, while the other one was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Due to the severity of the incident, the Orange County’s coroner had to use fingerprints to identify two of the bodies in what the authorities described as one of the worst accidents in Newport Beach in recent history.

The authorities speculate that over was a factor to the incident. The posted speed limit on Jamboree Road, a major six lane street in south Orange County, where the incident took place, is 55 mph but police suspect that the victims’ vehicle must have exceeded the required maximum speed limit.

Meanwhile, in wake of the car crash, a car accident attorney in Los Angeles herein offers his deep thoughts and prayers to the victims. The lawyer herein also recounted that just a few weeks ago, similar incident occurred in California, wherein a group of friends came out to celebrate the recent marriage of their fellow ally. As the victims were riding in a limousine, the vehicle suddenly catches fire which killed at least five of its occupants including its newly-wed occupant. Therefore, he once again renewed his call for everyone to observe traffic law and proper vehicle maintenance to avoid similar accidents.


Friday, May 24, 2013

Step-by-Step Guide: Making a Personal Injury Compensation Claim

 This is a guest post from Carla Steve of Clear Water Solicitors.

Personal injury compensation claims have been on the rise at a steady pace over the course of the last few years. As an explanation many are now observing that that awareness about legal rights is on the rise. Life is fragile and there’s no two ways about that. Accidents at both home and workplaces have become very common, and either claim the lives of millions of people each year or severely injure them in the process. In the event that an accident occurs, where a person has been injured due to someone’s negligence, certain laws have been formulated and put in place to protect the rights of the victims. If you have suffered a personal injury you can seek compensation on two grounds: special damages and general damages. The following steps can help streamline the process, and lead to a better understanding of what to do:

What constitutes a personal injury?

For you to be able to make a personal injury compensation claim you must first understand what a personal injury is. Accidents are aplenty and can leave emotional and physical scars on a person. You can pursue a personal injury claim if an accident that you were involved in resulted in the following:

•    An ailment, infection, disorder or physical injury
•    A cognitive or psychological disorder, injury, ailment
The most important element of a personal injury is that it is occurs because of an accident caused by someone else. Most personal injuries can be pursued under tort.

Understanding personal injury: What it alludes to:

•    Injuries obtained at the work place or those acquired as a result of working with faulty or dangerous equipment
•    Psychological condition acquired as a result of stress at the work place
•    Injuries incurred due to road accidents
•    Injuries caused by defected or damaged products or faulty services
•    Any injury caused by tripping over faults with pavements
•    Psychological condition caused by any kind of child abuse
•    Erroneous medical treatments or wrong vaccinations
•    Injuries inflicted upon a victim while a criminal activity is underway (could be psychological)
•    Psychological or physical ailment caused due to unfair distinction or harassment at the work-place

Actions you can take:

•    Inform the necessary authorities like the police with reference to a crime or accident, health and other insurance companies.
•    Procure evidence for the authorities – the injury needs to be documented, photographs of the site, accounts of witnesses and victims
•    If the injury is physical, make sure you consult a doctor who can help with medical reports that can be presented for the health insurance requirements
•    If the injury takes place at work then an entry must be made in the accident book, or a report should be given to the employer.

Complaints: The ins and outs

For a compensation claim to work you need to first bring it forward as a proper account. There is a chance that you may be able to settle the matter with a formal apology. In the event that your personal injury compensation claim stems from a serious injury you can take a different course (i.e. make a formal complaint).

Depending on the situation you are an, a formal complaint can be lodged with a department within the government, the authorities or the police, the educational institute that you’re attached with, or a hospital.

Compensation: What you need to know

In order to get compensation for your claim you can go through certain channels. In general there are claims managers or claims assessors that can guide you. You can also take up the matter in court and pursue it legally. Alternatively, the personal injury lawyers can also be approached to help you lodge an official claim. There are also special compensation schemes that one can take advantage of.

Legal action: The breakdown

•    If you want to avoid going to court
•    Find a solicitor and provide him with all the necessary evidence and accounts of the incident of the personal injury
•    Individuals with legal expenses insurance should provide a copy of their insurance to their solicitor
•    After the initial consultation, the solicitor will decide whether or not to on the case
•    A claim is sent to the defendant with an expected reply within a particular period. If the defendant accepts responsibility then the solicitor tries to settle the matter outside the court
•    A part 36 offer or a compensation offer is made on the basis of the value of the claim and could be presented from either side in order to settle matters outside court
•    If you are insistent on legal action by the court
•    In case the defendant does not accept liability or the matter isn’t resolved through compensation, the case can be presented in front of a judge after consultation of the solicitor.

About the Author:

Carla Steve researches about compensation claims for personal injury and other issues relating to injuries. She is passionate also about work accident compensation claims and other employee rights issues.  She also loves cheering on Chelsea FC and listening to RnB music.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Witnesses’ Testimonies Intensify Michael Jackson’s Wrongful Death Case Atmosphere

Since Michael Jackson’s wrongful death trial has commenced, a series of developments started to surface from several witnesses who wish for the case’s final resolution.

Apparently, the case filed by MJ’s mother, Katherine Jackson and his three children, in wake of the pop star’s death started to shed light after several witnesses have recently took the witness stand.

Previous reports have confirmed that the King of Pop’s make-up artist, a health expert, and a paramedic have recently testified in the said wrongful death case. In her emotional testimony, MJ’s former make-up artist, Karen Faye described how MJ has changed over 27 years. She claimed that she was shocked upon seeing that the King of Pop’s once muscular body has turned thin, and actually skeletal. He seemed not strong enough for the rigorous concert schedule during the preparation of his comeback concert, ‘This Is It’, she said.

Faye also recounted few moments wherein she felt broken hearted while preparing for MJ’s upcoming concert. She testified how she pitied MJ after the singer’s costume designer claimed that he could already see MJ’s heart beating through his skin. In response, MJ’s manager simply said “Get him a bucket of chicken.” She also told the court that she was alarmed by Jackson’s use of painkillers since the time he was accidentally burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial to the day of his concert rehearsals before he died.

Meanwhile, in a testimony provided by the paramedic and firefighter, Richard Sennef, who was a part of the rescue team during MJ’s death, he affirmed that Dr. Conrad Murray, MJ’s attending physician during the time his death, made multiple statements to cover up what really happened that resulted to the singer’s cardiac arrest.

Sennef described what he saw in the singer’s bedroom during their arrival at the scene. He claimed that there was an IV pole, but no heart monitor or resuscitation equipment inside the room. The way he looked at MJ that time, he thought that the singer, who remained unresponsive despite all efforts to revive him, was at the end of a disease process. He looks pale and emancipated, he said.

He claimed that Murray looks frazzled, pale and sweaty while reviving the singer. In his perceptive, MJ’s blue hands, feet and lips all signaled that he was already dead and haven’t breathing for a long time. On the other hand, Murray reiterated that Jackson was only dehydrated and exhausted. Also, Murray even denied that MJ was on medication, and did not mention anything about the Propofol, the powerful sedative that the autopsy has confirmed to cause the singer’s death.

Furthermore, an expert cardiologist was also called in court to testify. In s statement released by Dr. Daniel Wohlgelemter, a Santa Monica-based cardiologist, he claimed that after reviewing Murray’s credentials as a health care provider, he found him unqualified to treat the singer for his insomnia or drug addiction.

Wohlgelmter found out that Murray had no formal training on how to treat such problems, making him impossible to treat the singer’s sleeping issue as well as to administer the powerful anesthetic, Propofol, to help the singer sleep.

In addition, Murray also made a mistake by improperly focusing on the singer’s heart during the resuscitation. Wohlgelmter further claimed that the company should have asked why Jackson and Murray wanted to work with each other, but apparently, the company failed to do so.

So far, more witnesses are expected to take the witness stand in the next few days. Therefore, a Los Angeles injury attorney speculates that many other private moments from the singer’s private life will be publicly exposed as the case moves forward.

Friday, May 10, 2013

AEG Warns about Michael Jackson’s ‘Ugly Stuff’ to be Revealed as Wrongful Death Trial Begins

As the trial begins on Michael Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit, recent news reports emerged claimed that during the opening statement, AEG Live lawyers warned jurors about the possibility of exposing the King of Pop’s biggest hidden secrets as the civil case commence.

According to Reuters, in his opening statement, AEG’s lawyer, Marvin Putnam affirmed that the three-month trial would bring to light some ‘ugly stuff’ that people don’t know about the renowned singer.

To begin with, Putnam asserted that during his lifetime, MJ put a wall between him and his family. Therefore, even his family wasn’t sure what was going on with the pop icon. He distanced himself to anyone who could have helped him with his unusual behavior.

Ironically, while Putnam claimed that Jackson has been using the powerful anesthetic Propofol for years to help him sleep, he likewise reiterated that AEG had no idea that MJ was taking the surgical anesthetic that led to his death.

MJ’s mother, Katherine Jackson and the his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, are accusing AEG for negligently hiring Dr. Conrad Murray to look after the singer’s health condition in preparation for his comeback concert, ‘This Is It’ in 2009.

Meanwhile, AEG still contends that it did not hire or supervise Murray in administering the powerful surgical anesthetic to MJ.

During Monday’s trial, a handful of MJ’s fans gathered outside the court and anticipating for justice for the pop icon while the Jackson family didn’t showed up in the house.

Fortunately for MJ’s family, despite the fact that the defendant party is continuously throwing unpleasant revelations (which we do not know whether it is truth or threaded lies) about the King of Pop, his fans still remain supportive with him all this time, admired by a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.