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, 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? 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.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Los Angeles Motorcycle Attorney Tackles Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Following the Distracted Driving Awareness Month that was held last month, the nation is now celebrating Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, in which a Los Angeles law firm ensured to take part on the event.

In an effort to support the celebration of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, several lawyers herein talk about how you can maintain safe driving in your bikes.

Unfortunately, although there are many traffic rules and regulations that are being implemented in Los Angeles to make sure that the safety of motorists and even pedestrians, they are not always observed, resulting in more motorcycle accidents. In fact, based on recent statistic, figures revealed that 361 people died from motorcycle accidents while some 11,000 people were injured.

Consequently, a Los Angeles motorcycle attorney from the firm is once again reminding all motorcycle drivers to obtain the proper safety equipments and professional training as required by the law before hitting the road with your bikes.

Each year, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is holding a series of Basic Rider Courses, which the agency strictly recommends for drivers to take.  Other private facilities are also offering valuable advanced training, highlighting subjects ranging from off-road driving skills to road-racing techniques.

The law firm further warned motorists of using unapproved helmets. It is best to invest on a more expensive helmet approved by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards than stick to the cheaper ones that usually fail during collisions.

While motorcycle helmets can reduce the risk of a traumatic brain injury resulting from accidents, motorcycle clothing and other protective gears can help prevent severe injuries. In addition, constant training can significantly help save lives.

Moreover, although strict maintenance for motorcycles is a bit costly, keep in mind that a defective or damaged part of the vehicle could likely result in a tragedy. The Mesriani Law Group advised to have a regular motorcycle inspection and tune-up.

Last but not the least, the law firm further noted that there is a higher chance of getting involved in an accident when driving on shoulder lanes.

Given the long years of experience in handling motorcycle accident cases, the law firm herein was able to provide the above-said safety precautions to help motorist in preventing possible accidents and injuries from being involved in such misfortunes.

Friday, April 26, 2013

5 of the Most Notable Product Liability Lawsuits in History

Each year, thousands of product liability lawsuits are filed across the country.  Some of the past lawsuits have reached verdicts, while others were resolved through settlements. Usually, faulty or sub-standard products are the main cause of most complaints.

Generally, the lawsuits are filed by consumers, consequently requiring the company in question to maintain safety standards and spend extra resources for product testing.

Below are some of the most remarkable product liability lawsuit in history that marked several changes in the current product safety standards and reliability:

McDonald’s coffee

Coffee is usually served and consumed hot, but not too hot to the point of burning one’s skin.

In 1994, Stella Liebeck filed a lawsuit against the fast food chain giant claiming that she suffered third degree burns on her thighs, groin and buttocks after a hot coffee accidentally poured into her. Liebeck claimed in her lawsuit that company served coffee at a temperature of 180 to 190 degree Fahrenheit while other companies served only at a reasonable 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The complainant was awarded with $2.7 million in damages and some $160,000.00 for her medical expenses.

Ledraplastic balancing ball

Balancing balls are purposely created primarily for athletes to protect their body from hard surfaces and literally for balancing while exercising. Unfortunately, it didn’t function as expected during a warm up exercise session of the Sacramento Kings team. 

In 2009, Francisco Garcia of Sacramento Kings sued Ledraplastic after a 75-meter balancing ball burst into him while he was balancing along with weights. He sustained fractures in his right forearm and was unable to play for four months in his first year of contract with the Kings. Both Garcia and the Kings filed a product liability claim against the company. The complainants were awarded with $4 million in lost wages and some $29.6 million in damages.

Toyota cars

In 2010, Toyota model cars were involved in one of the biggest litigation cases in history, as well as a class action lawsuit. The automaker failed to install a safety feature called “brake to idle fail safe.” The safety feature was used to reduce the chances of an accident once the accelerator malfunctioned. Toyota agreed to pay a staggering amount of $1.1 billion to settle the lawsuits.

Blitz gas cans

Blitz was formerly the largest producer of portable gas cans in the U.S. but the company was forced to file bankruptcy in 2012 after paying an average of $4 million each of the more than 30 complainants in a series of product liability lawsuits. Complainants claimed that the gas cans would explode when used to pour gas to start a fire. Now the company ceased its operation.

Remington rifle models 700 and 710

Since 1979 until present, Remington has received thousands of customer complaints product liability claims. Unfortunately, instead of admitting the defect and correct what has went wrong in its products, the company chose to pay millions in settlements. Complainants claimed in their lawsuit that the rifle model 700 and 710 were proven to have faulty fire control system which can cause it to automatically fire even the trigger was not pulled.

Generally, product liability claims arise when someone has been injured to an apparent product defect. However, many personal injury lawyers remind that it is not always necessary that someone has to be injured to be able to file such claim. Keep in mind that if a product that is designed to function for a particular function but failed or malfunction, it clearly imposes threat. Therefore, everybody must fully understand the three types of product defects – the manufacturing defect, design defect and warning defects.