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glendale injury lawyerNursing homes and other long-term care facilities have a monumental responsibility: They keep our parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones safe. Unfortunately, some nursing homes do not meet the high expectations required of them. One way that nursing homes fall short is not properly supervising residents. Nursing home residents, especially those with cognitive decline, can be severely or fatally injured when they wander into unsafe areas or elope from the property.  Nursing home residents and their loved ones may be able to hold a negligent nursing home responsible through a nursing home lawsuit.

Nursing Home Neglect Can Be Fatal

Nursing home abuse, including physical violence against a resident, often receives the lion’s share of news coverage and attention. However, nursing home neglect is often just as harmful as abuse. In many cases, nursing home neglect is fatal. Nursing home staff have a duty to supervise residents and keep track of their whereabouts. When nursing home residents are not properly supervised, they can wander into dangerous areas or become lost. Wandering and elopement can lead to terrible injuries and fatalities.

Residents With Dementia Are at High Risk

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia are common in nursing homes. Residents suffering from dementia may not recognize that they are in danger until it is too late. They may wander into the kitchen area and burn themselves or accidentally become trapped in a supply closet full of cleaners and other toxic chemicals. The resident may be left suffering in pain for hours before staff finds them.

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glendale injury lawyerThe Takata airbag issue has been going on for more than a decade. At issue are the airbag inflators that contain ammonium nitrate propellant. Although evidence has shown that the company knew of the dangerous issues associated with their airbags as early as 2000, the first recall did not occur until November 2008, when Honda recalled 4,000 vehicles because of reports they received of airbags erupting. In May 2009, a Honda driver was killed when his airbag erupted, prompting the automaker to recall more than half a million vehicles just days later.

Since then, 67 million airbags from more than 42 million vehicles have been recalled because of defective Takata airbags. Since that first recall, more than 25 victims have been killed and more than 400 injured because of exploding airbags. The recalls have been done in waves - every couple of years, more vehicles are recalled.

Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced they are opening an investigation into an additional 30 million vehicles manufactured by almost two dozen automakers that potentially have defective Takata airbag inflators.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_561396721-min.jpgA little less than half of California residents rent their homes or apartments. Although many people choose to rent due to the costs of owning a home, renting can also be expensive. In fact, California has some of the highest rents in the country, responsible for seven out of the top ten expensive cities to rent in the United States. Many residents are considered rent-burdened, with 30 percent or more of their monthly income going to pay their rent. California does have a rent control law that some renters are fortunate enough to benefit from, but as a recent lawsuit shows, the law can frustrate landlords required to obey the law, and this can cause a great many landlord/tenant disputes.

San Francisco Lawsuit

The lawsuit involved a couple renting an apartment in San Francisco. The city has some of the highest rents in the state, with the rent for a two-bedroom apartment averaging $3,500. The couple filed the lawsuit in May 2015, accusing their landlord of subjecting them to months of harassment and erratic behavior. The landlord had purchased the property about a year before the lawsuit was filed.

According to the details of the lawsuit, the husband originally moved into the building in 1994. The two-bedroom apartment was under rent control, so this meant the rent could only be raised 1.5 percent each year. While the husband’s rent had only increased about 30 percent over the past 25 years, San Francisco’s rental average for a two-bedroom has increased more than 250 percent.

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glendale car crash lawyerUnder California law, when a person is injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver, that driver is legally liable for any losses the victim suffers because of those injuries. These losses can include medical expenses, lost wages if the victim was unable to work while they recovered, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and more. Tennessee’s “dram shop” law also provides another avenue of financial justice for victims of drunk driving accidents: the right to sue the source of where the drunk driver obtained the alcohol that caused their intoxication.

California’s Dram Shop Law

The majority of states in the U.S. have passed some form of dram shop law. The word “dram” originated in the 18th century by the British and referred to a measurement of a three-quarter teaspoon of alcohol.

Under most dram shop laws, any vendor that sells alcohol falls under the dram shop law. This includes restaurants and bars, but can also include liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. A drunk driving accident victim can bring a dram shop claim against a vendor if they can show that the vendor sold alcohol to a person who was “visibly intoxicated,” and the driver’s alcohol consumption was a direct cause of the accident that caused the injury.

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medical malpractice lawyerPeople trust that the medical professionals they go to for care and treatment will do their utmost to ensure the safety and welfare of their patients. Unfortunately, preventable medical errors have now become a leading cause of death, responsible for at least a quarter of a million deaths in the U.S. each year.

In order to protect the public from negligent doctors and other medical professionals, each state has a medical board that is supposed to take action against doctors who are negligent or reckless in treating patients. However, a recent investigation by the LA Times has uncovered numerous cases where doctors still have the blessings of the Medical Board of California to practice, despite multiple cases of gross negligence causing injuries and deaths of their patients.

Medical Board of California Investigation

On the Medical Board’s website, the agency’s says its mission is to protect patients through “licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons and certain allied health care professionals and the vigorous, objective enforcement of the Medical Practice Act, and to promote access to quality medical care through the Board's licensing and regulatory functions.”

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CA malpractice lawyerAs a society, we tend to put a substantial amount of trust in our health care providers. Unfortunately, human error still occurs even in the most severe of cases, such as cancer. Serious delays and misdiagnoses can lead to a hindrance in both treatment and recovery. If you have suffered from this sort of medical negligence, an LA County medical malpractice attorney can aid in holding the right people accountable and acquiring the deserved compensation.

Different forms of cancer can be incredibly unique, however, early detection and diagnosis are vital to fighting the disease. Tragically, this type of malpractice is becoming more common around the world.

How Does a Cancer Misdiagnosis Occur?

The root of delayed missed diagnoses is often varied and hard to track. Oftentimes, patients travel to and from different locations to complete tests and treatments allowing for higher chances of miscommunication and incorrect findings. Additionally, because of the high pressures doctors often face, solutions and diagnoses tend to be rushed.

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CA accident lawyerThe trucking industry has faced driver shortages for years, but recently, this demand has become an even more pressing matter. The COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in demand for delivery have left many trucking companies scrambling to meet consumer demands. When truck drivers are under pressure to deliver goods faster, they can sometimes make mistakes behind the wheel that lead to truck collisions. Whether due to unsecured truck cargo, speeding, fatigued driving, or other reasons, truck crashes often have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one were injured in a truck crash, a truck accident lawyer can help you determine who may be liable for your medical bills and other damages.

Determining Legal Responsibility for a Truck Accident

Identifying who is at fault in a truck accident can be complex. In many truck crashes, multiple factors contribute to the collision. The actions of the truck driver and the other drivers on the road, the weather road conditions, issues with the truck itself, and many other factors can all result in a serious truck accident. Understanding how and why a truck crash occurred is the first step in determining liability.

The party who is legally responsible for damages caused in a truck crash may be the:

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California personal injury attorneysThere are many forms of negligence by drivers that can cause car accidents. Among these, distracted driving is one of the most common. Even though there are laws prohibiting drivers from using electronic devices or engaging in other activities that distract them from the act of driving, many people disregard these laws out of the belief that they can drive safely while multitasking. Drivers in California will want to understand the specific laws that address distracted driving. Those who have been injured in a motor vehicle collision will need to work with an attorney to determine how they can hold a negligent driver responsible for their damages.

California Laws Regarding Electronic Devices

Drivers in California are prohibited from using handheld cell phones or other electronic devices while they are in control of a vehicle. However, drivers are allowed to use a device in hands-free mode, including having phone conversations through their car’s speakers or Bluetooth devices or using voice-activated commands. Drivers who are under the age of 18 are prohibited from using electronic devices in any way while behind the wheel.

Typically, drivers who violate the law by making calls while holding a cell phone, texting while driving, manually dialing a phone, looking up information, browsing the internet, or otherwise operating an electronic device may be charged with traffic violations, which will usually result in a fine. However, as of July 1, 2021, violations involving electronic devices will also add points to a driver’s record, and multiple traffic violations could lead to the suspension of a driver’s license.

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