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Are Car Crashes Covered by Workers' Comp?

When people think about workers’ compensation and the accidents that lead to claims, they often think about injuries caused by malfunctioning machines or their improper use on the factory floor. In other instances, people’s minds may turn to slip and fall injuries. But what happens when someone is involved in an accident in the company…

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Who's Liable in a Train Accident?

When a train accident occurs, it typically makes the headlines. This is because they don’t occur often. Unfortunately, though they aren’t common, train accidents often result in fatalities. When a person dies, they maintain their legal rights. If a loved one has passed away due to injuries sustained in a train accident, you and other…

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What Are Punitive Damages?

In most civil lawsuits for personal injury, the injured person’s damages are limited to economic damages (lost wages and medical expenses) and general damages (pain and suffering). The jury is usually not allowed to award punitive damages. Punitive damages are damages designed to punish the wrongdoer for extreme conduct. Punitive damages are also designed to…

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Important Answers About Elder Abuse

Elder abuse is the emotional, physical, or sexual abuse of a senior. It also includes neglect, abandonment, and exploitation. Perpetrators of elder abuse may be family members, spouses, or staff at residential living facilities. Elder abuse is a very real concern in the United States. Arming yourself with information can allow you to be more…

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How to Prepare for an Earthquake

A natural disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. With the recent hurricanes, people have been given a stark reminder of this fact. Many people in California have been left considering their own vulnerabilities to natural disasters, particularly earthquakes. Here are ways you can prepare for the unknown strike. Get Your House and Belongings Ready One of…

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Contributory Versus Comparative Negligence

People are injured on a daily basis. In some instances, the accident is truly innocent, and no one is at fault. In other cases, a person’s negligence or error contributes to an accident that causes injury or property damage. When determining fault, contributory or comparative negligence can come into play. Negligence in a Personal Injury Claim Negligence, in…

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Should I Contact OSHA?

When a worker is facing a hazardous condition at work, they may wonder what steps to take. Thanks to the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), all private sector and some public sector employees have rights. These employees can file reports about job conditions they consider to be dangerous and request on-site inspections. Here…

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Seat Belt Myths

If you follow the law, you buckle up every time you slip behind the steering wheel. In fact, you buckle up each time you get in the car, no matter where you are sitting. If you don’t follow the law, it may be because you believe one of the seat belt myths that we are…

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Bullying and Wrongful Death

Online bullying is a bigger problem today than it has ever been. There have been several cases in the press that detail preteens and teenagers committing suicide as a result of the pressures that bullying can bring. Whether it is completely online or in person, bullying can have devastating consequences. When a child commits suicide,…

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Top OSHA Violations of 2016

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for ensuring workers across America are able to do their jobs in the safest possible environment. At times, this means investigating incidents to ensure employers are following safety protocols. OSHA recently released its annual list of top violations for 2016. Though the top-ranked violations are typically…

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Grover Beach Dog Bite

On December 13, 2016 two Grover Beach residents were seriously injured after they were attacked by a dog. According to the San Luis Obispo Telegram Tribune, a two-year-old Belgian Malinois dog initially attacked 85 year-old Betty Long.  A neighbor, David Fear, bravely came to Mrs. Long’s aid and ended up being severely bitten. According to…

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OSHA Fines Firm for Asbestos Exposure

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is seeking $243,000 in fines against an asbestos cleanup firm that did not take required steps to protect its employees from exposure to asbestos during renovations to an area nursing home. The federal agency alleges that while renovating the New Glarus nursing home, A&A Environmental Inc. failed to…

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What to Do After a Dog Bite

Millions of people across America have dogs in their homes. Most of these people live with their pets with no incidence of aggression. Unfortunately, hundreds of people, including children, are bitten every year by their own dog. Receiving a bite from a family pet is more likely than receiving one from a strange animal, but…

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Steps for Treating a Concussion

A concussion has no single, accepted definition. In general, a concussion is a blow to the head that causes mild trauma to the brain. People typically sustain concussions as the result of a car accident or sports accident. Infants often sustain concussions from being shaken, also known as “shaken baby syndrome.” Recovering from a concussion…

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California Food Manufacturing Company Facing Hefty Fines After Employee's Death

A food manufacturing and distribution company in California is currently facing more than $100,000 in fines for violations at a Jersey City warehouse where a worker fell to his death. Documents indicate that Wei-Chuan U.S.A., Inc. has eight citations issued against it after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health…

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Dealing with Elder Abuse

As our loved ones get older, it often becomes clear that they need help to complete everyday tasks. Sometimes it’s as simple as having an in-home nurse who can assist with medication, cleaning, shopping and other small responsibilities. However, when that simply isn’t enough, moving our loved ones into assisted living communities — a.k.a. “retirement…

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The Long-Term Effects of Childhood Brain Injuries

When we think of risk-takers, the common imagery is businessmen or stock brokers making decisions that could potentially be financially irresponsible. However, the biggest risk-takers are, without a doubt, children and teenagers. Jumping from heights, playing sports and other dangerous activities leave young people with scrapes, bruises, broken bones and other injuries. While most heal…

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The Most Common Mortgage Fraud Schemes

It’s unfortunate that, in this day in age, millions of consumers are taken advantage of each year through a variety of different fraud schemes. Though huge fraudsters like Bernie Madoff make the news, the sad fact is that other fraudsters seem to vanish into thin air after emptying their victim’s bank account. And all too…

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CRE “Superbug” Bacteria Outbreak Linked to Duodenoscope Procedures

Over the past year, news of a deadly strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreading through hospitals has rocked the medical community. Known as CRE, or carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, this type of bacteria is resistant to the powerful antibiotic carbapenem, which is used as a last resort to stave off infection. The first reports of such infections came from the UCLA…

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An In-Depth Look at Silicosis

In the spring, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalized new guidelines for industries that expose workers to silica. This harmful mineral is found in all sorts of materials, including sand, concrete, soil and many others. It’s been known as a dangerous carcinogen for many decades. In 1971, OSHA first addressed the issue. However, as…

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Motorcyclist Crashes Into Metrolink Train, One Dead

A motorcyclist has been arrested by the California Highway Patrol has arrested for his involvement in Thursday’s fatal crash involving a Metrolink Train. According to authorities, the motorcyclist has been identified as Garrett Vongunten of Camarillo. Vongunten was arrested after being rushed to the hospital with critical injuries. Vongunten is suspected of being under the…

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The Most Common Car Accidents

Just about every driver in America has been in a car accident at one point or another. Every year, there are 5.5 million accidents on our roads across the country. Unfortunately, that leads to about 30,000 deaths annually. As cars become more advanced, including the greater prevalence of self-driving cars, those numbers should drop in…

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Does Brain Injury Lead to Drug Use?

Let’s face it: Teenagers really aren’t the smartest people. Thanks to inexperience in life in addition to hormones going crazy, dumb decisions are a way of life for teens. We all went through the phase. We played contact sports without the proper safety equipment, drove too fast down the road and make other choices that…

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Narrow Escape on Bridge

A couple that narrowly escaped with their lives in an accident on a bridge are thankful to be alive. In a mere three seconds, Arika Stovall, a student at Lipscomb University and her boyfriend, Hunter Hanks were on their way home to Nashville from Jacksonville, Florida when their pickup truck veered into a bridge support.…

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Accident Leaves Man Trapped in Vehicle

A two-vehicle accident in Van Nuys has left one man injured with one person trapped inside the vehicle. According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the accident happened at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the 14600 block of West Vanowen Street at Vesper Avenue. LAFD spokesperson, Margaret Stewart said that firefighters arrived on the scene had to…

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Does Fish Oil Help Brain Injuries?

If you’re recovering from a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you’ve seen plenty of supposed miracle cures. Some of these cures have science behind them, and others don’t. One of the most widespread recommendations is to take an Omega-3 supplement (fish oil). Fish oil is alleged to help your brain repair itself, getting you more of your…

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Pickup and SUV Collide Head-on

A head-on collision between an SUV and a pickup truck on Highway 154 has left eight people injured. According to investigators, the accident happened on December 19th at approximately 4:07 p.m. less than two miles north of San Antonio Creek Road. While the cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol,…

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First Aid for Brain Injuries

Brain injuries can be mild, from a minor concussion that will pass quickly, to severe. Severe brain injuries can be life threatening. If someone around you may have a severe brain injury, call 911. There are steps you can take to help for both concussions and more serious brain injuries. For the purposes of this article,…

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Driver Hits Wrong Pedal

  The accident at Alice Shaw Elementary yesterday afternoon was apparently caused when an elderly driver mistakenly hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, causing her car to jump the curb and hit a group of children waiting to enter the cafeteria. Six students were hurt, one seriously injured. A second grade boy was transported for emergency…

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Do Games for Brain Injuries Really Work?

Can you train your brain to improve its performance? That’s the promise of an ever-increasing number of games and apps that are gaining in popularity. These games say that they train your brain much the way physical exercise trains the body, making it stronger and better at its job. But when they come under scientific scrutiny, they don’t always…

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Car Crashes into Post Office

An accident can happen at any time and at the most unexpected places. That is definitely what happened when a car crashed into a Placentia post office. According to Placentia police spokesman Lt. Eric Point, the vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, crashed into the Atwood Post Office, in the 1600 block of East Orangethorpe Avenue, at…

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Deadly Highway 46 Crash

On November 12, 2015, yet another deadly crash was reported near the intersection of Highways 46 and 41 in rural San Luis Obispo County, California. KSBY reports that Ivan Maqueda Gutierrez of Fresno man driving a white Chevy Cobalt attempted to pass a big-rig in a no-passing zone.  When he crossed into the opposing lane…

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Fatal Accident on West 210 Freeway

A three-vehicle accident involving a pickup truck, a car and a motorcycle on the West 210 Freeway on Sunday night has left one person dead. The California Highway Patrol is currently investigating the fatal accident that occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. underneath the Muscupiabe Drive 210 freeway overpass. The accident was caused when the driver…

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Sympathetic Brain Storming

A true misnomer, if there ever was one.  This phenomenon has nothing to do with sympathy, or creative thinking.  Sympathetic Brain Storming is a potential complication following a serious head injury. Any one, or a combination of a host of varied symptoms can come on suddenly just hours after an injury, or even up to…

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Head-on Crash Kills Two

A head on-crash on Monday of last week has left two people dead and two other people injured. According to authorities, the fatal crash happened at approximately 6:50 a.m. at Highway 41 and Highway 46 near Cholame. Even if a person were to take every possible precaution and be as safe a driver as possible,…

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What is Brain Injury "Storming"?

A traumatic brain injury has many possible side effects, and some of these can be truly frightening. One of the most difficult effects for both the patient and family members is “sympathetic storming.” Sympathetic storming means repeated episodes where the body seems to go completely out of control. Not all brain injuries cause sympathetic storming.…

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Can a Brain Injury Cause Depression?

Anyone who has experienced a brain injury is likely to face changes, often very serious ones. Sometimes those changes are very noticeable, like amnesia or confusion. One of the most difficult changes is also one of the most subtle: depression. Brain injury patients face an increased risk of depression. This depression can last for weeks,…

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Car Drives Off of I-5 Into Fence

One person is dead and two other people have been injured after a car went off of the Interstate 5 freeway and crashed through a fence in northern Los Angeles County. According to California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball, the single-vehicle accident occurred just before noon on Saturday in the Castaic area. Officer Kimball said…

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What is an Omnipod?

An Omnipod is an automated and cordless insulin dispensing device that can be used by type 1 diabetics to eliminate the need for constant insulin injections. Made by the Insulet Corporation the Omnipod can be attached virtually anywhere on the body to painlessly dispense individualized doses of insulin. The Omnipod is waterproof and only requires…

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Five Vehicle Accident in Glendale

A five-vehicle chain-reaction accident on the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway in Glendale has left several people injured, some of them seriously. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Officer Tony Polizzi, the multi-vehicle accident happened on the 134 at San Fernando Road at approximately 10:37 p.m. Thursday. Further details concerning the accident have not been…

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Teen Girl Dies in Accident

A teen is dead after sustaining injuries in what appears to have been a vehicle-related accident late Monday in Tarzana. Detective Bustos said in a statement to the press that the girl, whose name has not been released, suffered major injuries. She was taken by a friend to an area hospital where she later died as…

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Are Brain Injuries Permanent?

Are Brain Injuries Permanent? When you or someone you love has experienced a brain injury, you have questions. Brain injuries can have extremely serious effects, and one of the most urgent questions for many survivors is whether their life will ever go back to normal. After all, living with a brain injury short-term is one…

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Are Brain Injuries Fatal?

  Are Brain Injuries Fatal? We work frequently with individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and their families. One thing we have learned is that no one expects a brain injury until it happens, and when it does they have questions—often urgent, very serious questions. Perhaps none of those is more frightening than the…

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Bus Jumps Curb, Injures Five

Five people have been hospitalized with minor injuries after an accident involving a bus that jumped a curb and collided with a tree in Los Angeles. According to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Mike Lopez, the single-vehicle accident happened early Saturday on Wilshire Boulevard in the city’s Westwood neighborhood when the driver, whose name has…

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Bus Crash Sparks Brush Fire

Two people have been injured in a crash in the Cajon Pass area on Interstate 15. One of the two people injured in the accident is a California Highway Patrol officer. The accident sparked a brush fire that burned some 25-acres. Officials report that the fire is now 60 percent contained. No homes were threatened by…

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Semi Truck Double Trailer Accidents

Semi Truck Double Trailer Accidents They are the giants of the road.  If you drive on any highway or freeway, they are a common sight – semi tractor trucks pulling double trailers.  They transport all types of goods – food, electronics, building materials.  They are the preferred vehicles of package delivery services such as FedEx…

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Ambulance Involved in Head-on Collision

A patient who was being transported by ambulance died and three other people were injured when the ambulance and another vehicle had a head-on collision. According to Pasadena Police Lt. Jesse Carrillo, a man in his 70s was being transported by ambulance Saturday afternoon to an area hospital for a non-emergency medical appointment when the…

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SUV Drifts Off the Road, Kills Driver

A man has died after his SUV drifted off a freeway connector and slammed into an overpass in Boyle Heights. According to California Highway Patrol, the single-vehicle accident happened on a transition road on the eastbound 10 Freeway at approximately 3:06 a.m.   Reports indicate that a Jeep Cherokee traveling at a high rate of speed…

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11-vehicle Crash in Orange County

An 11-vehicle crash on a freeway in Orange County has left one person dead and at least seven more people injured. According to the California Highway patrol, the accident occurred on State Route 57 in the southbound lanes near Fullerton at approximately 7:00 p.m. when an 18-wheeler blew a tire and the driver lost control…

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Paraglider Crash in Daly City

A paraglider has died in an accident in Daly City located in Northern California, just south of San Francisco, after crashing into a seaside cliff. Rescue workers rappelled down the cliff in order to reach the injured paraglider. When they reached the injured person, they were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Californians…

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Prom Crash Victims Recovering

A young woman who had been injured in a crash that left 10 people injured has been released from the hospital Saturday night. Madeleine Rice, 18, of Cambria after suffering from a broken collarbone and broken ribs was injured when the vehicle that she and eight other people she was riding in on their way…

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Man Dies in Bus Collision

A man has died after his vehicle collided with a bus in Southern California. According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Ed Casillas, the man died as a result of his injuries after a crash near Bloomington in San Bernardino County on Sunday evening. Authorities say that county fire and rescue crews had to use hydraulic…

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Man Rescued from Burning Vehicle

A man who was trapped inside his burning vehicle after a crash with a dirt hauler was rescued by a sheriff’s sergeant Tuesday morning. San Bernardino County sheriff’s central station Sgt., Fred Parrish, spotted the accident on the northbound 215 Freeway while he was responding to a call at approximately 3:00 a.m. The sheriff’s Sgt. was…

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Car Accidents Damage Lives

Crashes get reported on all the time in the news. The stories can seem repetitive, or even jaded. Here’s an example: Two people have been killed and three others were injured in a two-car accident on Sunday in Adelanto. According to a Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, Jodi Miller, the crash happened at approximately 2:09 p.m. at…

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Taxi Plunges Down Embankment

Taxis are a vital part of city living, especially in cities that are too crowded for everyone to operate their own motor vehicle safely and efficiently. This gives taxi drivers and companies an incredible responsibility: the safety of their passengers. If they fail to uphold it, then they should be held liable. One taxi company,…

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Rollover Crash in Santa Barbara

Rollover crashes and crashes which involve fires are two of the most terrifying types of crashes that we discover on a daily basis. These crashes are terrifying because of the out of control nature of both fires and rollovers. It was evening in Santa Barbara. People were relaxing in front of their televisions. Others were trying…

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Paraplegia: A Legal Overview

If you know someone who is a paraplegia victim, it can be difficult to know how to help. If you, a family member, or a friend have are dealing with paraplegia because of another person’s ignorance or negligence, your life can become dramatically different. You have most likely been forced to adapt to living in…

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Sexual Harassment in Transit Buses on the Rise

Sexual harassment on transit buses is on the rise while awareness about such issues remains minimal, a transit police report states. Repeat perpetrators will most often target vulnerable women, thus creating a cycle.   Alarming Trends Rubbing up against a victim is one of the most common forms of sexual harassment occurring in public transportation…

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The Effects of Paraplegia

The challenges that come along with paraplegia are real and devastating to all those involved, especially the person directly impacted. Given the depth of trauma and massive lifestyle modifications, it’s essential that those who suffer from this degenerative disease have the support they need to get on with their lives successfully. Otherwise, adjusting to this…

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