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L.A. County product liability attorneyAs people go about their daily lives, they frequently presume that the products they use will work as expected and create little or no danger. Little or no thought is given to the possibility that a product on the market is unreasonably unsafe for the average consumer. Yet, defective products injure people every day. Often, the defective product in question is not one that is commonly thought of as dangerous. Rather, dangerously defective products are often entirely innocuous products that show no obvious sign of a defect. Thus, defective product injuries frequently happen when they are least expected. When a product has been designed, built, or labeled in such a way as to render it unreasonably unsafe, a person who was injured by the product may be able to win compensation from the party responsible for the defect. An attorney can guide you through this process. 

Appliances, Car Parts, and Other Potentially Defective Products

Few defects are visible or readily discoverable until the defect has caused harm to a person. Commonly defective products it may be wise to monitor closely include: 

  • Tires - Often, a tire will appear to be in fine condition, only to burst or split without warning, sending the vehicle and its occupants into an uncontrollable spin or slide. 

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LA County dog bite lawyerDog bites are often worse than they initially appear. Frequently, people who have been bitten are at first only aware of puncture wounds that could theoretically be effectively treated at home. However, injuries inflicted by a dog bite can extend far beyond the surface of the skin. Damage to ligaments, tendons, and even veins may necessitate surgical repair. Broken bones, particularly in the hands, can be camouflaged by rapidly developing hematoma enveloping the bitten area. Infectious bacteria contained within a dog’s mouth and saliva are a critical secondary concern. Infections stemming from a dog bite can become severe due to the depth at which bacteria was driven under the skin. If you have been bitten by a dog, it is imperative to seek urgent medical attention. You may also be eligible to recover financial compensation for any costs and losses related to the injury. 

3 Important Facts About Dog Bites in California 

In California, it is the duty of a dog’s owner to retain such control over their animal as to prevent bites from occurring in public spaces, and in private spaces into which others have been permitted. This concept is known as “strict liability,” meaning that it is not necessary to prove that the owner engaged in negligent conduct that allowed the bite to happen, nor can the owner’s lack of knowledge as to the dog’s aggressive tendencies provide a defense. Other important information victims of dog bites in California should be aware of includes:  

  • Provocation exception - An exception to the strict liability rule applies when the victim provoked the dog bite. This may include conduct like striking or harassing the dog, committing violence or acts of aggression against the owner, or even inadvertently stepping on the dog, as a canine cannot be expected to distinguish between an accidental impact and a deliberate assault. 

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los angeles nursing home abuse lawyerSenior citizens who live in nursing homes are some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Nursing home residents are often totally dependent on caregivers for every need, from food to personal hygiene to medications. People who are able to perform the normal activities of daily living on their own are rarely willing to live in a nursing home, often because they have heard horror stories about such places. Sadly, not all nursing home horror stories are the stuff of legend. Many claims regarding nursing home abuse or neglect are completely legitimate. There are far too many caregivers who are willing to take advantage of nursing home residents’ inability to stand up for themselves. Mental abuse in nursing homes is a serious problem, and it may be grounds for a lawsuit. 

What is Considered Verbal Abuse in a Nursing Home Setting?

Mental health and physical health are closely linked in the elderly. If a senior citizen’s mental health is damaged due to verbal or psychological abuse, then it is very likely that their physical health will decline as well. Additionally, caregivers who will verbally abuse a helpless elderly resident are likely to engage in other forms of abuse as well, such as neglect. 

Forms that psychological abuse might take in a nursing home include: 

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california bicycle accident lawyerNo one likes sitting in Los Angeles traffic. The city is infamous nationwide for slow-moving, congested traffic. Many residents and tourists alike find that riding a bicycle can help them move around the city with greater ease. While cyclists must obey traffic laws and can get stuck at red lights too, they are less likely to experience hours-long slowdowns. Our generally pleasant local weather is also conducive to bicycle use. While traveling around by bicycle can be very convenient, it can also be very dangerous. When you are riding a bike, you have nothing but your helmet to protect you in the event that you get hit by a car. Collisions involving a cyclist can be deadly. If you were injured after being hit by a car while riding your bike, an attorney may be able to help you recover compensation. 

Why Careless Drivers Cause Bicycle Accidents

Drivers and bicyclists are expected to share the roads harmoniously. Of course, not all drivers and not all cyclists are willing to do so. Habits of negligent drivers that can endanger cyclists include: 

  • Inattentiveness - Drivers who are only halfway paying attention tend to be on the lookout for other motor vehicles that could present a danger to them - they may not notice bicycles or pedestrians, who pose no threat to the careless driver. This makes it easy for a driver to strike a bicyclist they did not see. This is especially common if a driver needs to make a quick maneuver to avoid another vehicle and instead collides with a cyclist. 

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california nursing home neglect lawyerNursing home residents are among the most vulnerable. People who live in nursing homes are typically unable to care for themselves. They may depend on staff for their hygiene, meals, toileting, and all other activities of daily living. Unfortunately, these individuals are often affected by age-related mental incapacity like dementia, which can make it impossible for them to effectively communicate to loved ones that they are being neglected. It is up to the nursing home resident’s visitors to notice the signs of neglect and take action. The harms associated with nursing home neglect can be devastating for already-vulnerable older adults. If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected in their nursing home, it is important to take action right away. Tahmazian Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to holding negligent nursing homes responsible and to keeping vulnerable seniors safe and protected. 

What Forms of Nursing Home Neglect Are Most Common? How Can I Spot Them?

We place our elderly loved ones in nursing homes because we want them to be well cared for by professionals. Sadly, understaffing and other issues can lead to these vulnerable people not having their basic needs met in a timely manner. Some types of neglect that nursing home residents may face include: 

  • Lack of hygiene - Residents should be regularly bathed, and diapers should be changed promptly. Teeth should be brushed or dentures cleaned. Bedsheets should be changed when soiled or on a regular basis. If your loved one looks or smells as if they have not been bathed recently, or if you always seem to find them wearing a dirty diaper or lying in soiled sheets, it should arouse your suspicions. 

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