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The Majlessi Law Firm is a renowned wrongful death and personal injury law firm in California. Trial attorney Art Majlessi has a proven track record of aggressive litigation.

What should I do if I am in a car accident?

Stay at the Scene of the Accident:

If you are involved in a car accident that has caused substantial property damage to your vehicle or to the vehicle of another party or has caused injury to another person, the law requires you to stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. If you're not sure how substantial the damage you caused was, stay at the scene of the accident. The law requires you to do so, and failure to comply can lead to sanctions and possibly even criminal charges. If you are on a roadway, turn on your hazard lights, use flares, or any other safe means at your disposal to warn approaching traffic.

If someone is injured:

Do not try to move someone who is injured. Immediately call the police, or have someone near you call them, and notify them that someone has been injured. Attempt to provide some information on how many people were injured and the nature of the injuries so that an appropriate number of emergency response workers can come to the scene.

Obtain Information:

Exchange information with the other drivers. Make sure to get their name, address, phone number, driver's license number, insurance information and license plate numbers. If the other driver is in a company truck or vehicle, make sure to obtain the company information.

If there are any witnesses to the accident obtain their contact information.

If a police officer is at the scene, ask him for his business card and the incident number; this will help you obtain the police report later on.

Do Not Admit Fault:

Even if at the time of the accident you believe that the accident is your fault, do not admit your liability. You are not yet aware of everything that has happened or of all the causes of the accident. The other driver may have also contributed to the cause of the accident. Any statements you make may be used against you. When you speak to the police tell them only the facts and allow them to draw their own conclusions about fault.

Seek Medical Care Immediately:

After you are in a car accident you will most likely experience an adrenaline rush, which may mask symptoms of injury, even symptoms of serious injury. Additionally, if you wait to obtain medical treatment the other side may argue that your injuries were caused by something other than the car accident.

Often times, injuries as serious as brain injuries may not be felt immediately, or the person injured may not be aware of them. If you in any way struck your head during impact, are experiencing dizziness, ringing in your ears, loss of memory, blood or fluid in your ear, confusion or any other unusual feelings or symptoms please seek medical care immediately.

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Silver Lake Trader Joe's Store Manager's Wrongful Death in Police Shootout

When a bystander dies in a police shootout the death is always wrongful. Investigation into the cause of death will determine where the responsibility should rest, hence, who should be held accountable. On July 21, 2018, Melyda Corado, the assistant store manager at Silver Lake Trader Joe's went to work as she did any other day, she did not expect the faithful day to be her last day in this world nor did her family. A gun battle? What for? To arrest the suspect, the criminal? Was there anything else that could have been done? Lie in wait until the suspect handcuffs himself and peacefully walks out of the store - as he did eventually. Was the gun battle helpful or hasteful? Would Melyda Corado be alive today had the chasing police officers not returned fire? These and more are questions that will hunt the family of Melyda Corado for the foreseeable future.

Melyda Corada was hit inside the store as she was attempting to exit the store. It may very well be determined, by an independent evaluation, that the police officers' actions were lawful and that even if Melyda Corado's death was caused by a stray bullet fired by the police, the death was an acceptable collateral casualty, and thus not actionable criminally in a court of law against the police. However, if the evidence is otherwise, for example the police officers were told not to shoot at the suspect and not return fire, and they ignored the order, or that the suspect was running inside the Trader Joe's and not shooting at the police, and the police officers shot at him when they should not have, given the fact there were a lot of bystanders close by and thus it was clearly foreseeable that someone could get hurt, etc., then the services of a wrongful death attorney who could file a civil action for wrongful death against the police, armed with independent experts' evaluation and testimony could bring about some sense of justice for the decedent's family and moreover, be an incentive to police to further improve and enhance their procedures as it relate to shooting at a fleeing suspect in populated areas.

Melyda Corado's brother Alpert Corado, Tweeted:

​"I'm sad to say she didn't make it. My baby sister. My world. I appreciate the retweets and the love," "Please respect my family's privacy as we are still coming to terms with this." July 21, 2018

Suspect Releases Hostages Voluntarily

​During the police stand off some of the hostages were released by the suspect.

Melyda Corado

Melyda Corado, the store manager at Silver Lake Trader Joe's killed during the police shootout with the suspect.

Suspect crashed his car into a pole during police chase

Suspect entered the Silver Lake Trader Joe's after crashing his grandmother's vehicle into a pole.

Update to this article: On July 24, 2018, LAPD Chief of Police Michel Moore Confirmed Melyda Corado Was Killed by a Police Officer's Bullet

"I'm sorry to report that we've now determined through our forensic investigation that one of the officers' rounds struck Ms. Corado as she was exiting the market and was in proximity to Atkins," LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said at a news conference. LAPD also released the dash cam and body cam videos of the police.

Police Officers May Have Been Told "Do not, do not shoot."

Police released dash cam video footage appears to indicate that the officers were told "Do not, do not shoot." See below screen capture from the LAPD released video.

In 2013 two women delivering newspapers were mistakenly sprayed with 103 rounds by LAPD officers.

The 8 officers responsible for the shooting were found to have violated department policy, but were allowed to stay in the force, because the authorities believed that additional training were adequate to address the issue. The incident occurred during a man hunt for the ex-cop Christopher Dorn.

The two women, Margie Carranza, then 47, and her mother Emma Hernandez, then 71, who was shot in the back, did survive. The women received a $4.2 million settlement from the city of Los Angeles.

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What You Should Know Before You Hire A Personal Injury Attorney

If you are searching for the best personal injury attorney on the internet you have got to do your homework, prepare before you begin your search. Make sure you understand the type of lawyer you want to handle your case. For example, if you are looking for a lawyer to quickly resolve your case without resorting to litigation, i.e. filing a lawsuit on your behalf and going through the court processes: deposition, interrogatories, motions, etc., then you may want to limit your search to attorneys who are not litigators, i.e. non-trial-attorneys. Non-trial-lawyers refer their cases out for litigation to trial attorneys if the need arises, in Great Britain they are called Solicitors, as opposed to Barristers who handle court trials. However, if your case involves serious injuries such as brain injury, fracture of limbs, or spine including wrongful death then the best approach is to look for a trial lawyer, who can prepare your case from the beginning for trial, and be prepared to go through a lengthy court process sometimes taking years before a resolution is achieved either by a jury verdict or a settlement during the litigation process. Many personal injury trial lawyers are unwilling to handle small injury cases, i.e. non-serious injuries, in such cases you are limited either to handle your case through small claims court, where you are not permitted representation by an attorney, or find a non-trial lawyer to handle your case through an insurance claims process.

Keep in mind that a personal injury trial attorney can always settle your case without litigation if an acceptable reasonable offer is made during the insurance claims process or even during litigation of your personal injury case. For serious injury cases it is best that you search the web for an injury attorney trial lawyer. If you hand your injury case to a non-trial-attorney, he or she would have to refer your case to a trial lawyer for further handling if the case does not settle, and the trial attorney will have to split his attorney fees with your first lawyer. Consequently, if you begin your serious injury or wrongful death case with a trial lawyer you will do better in two aspects. First is that your case from the beginning will be prepared for trial without any mishap or delays and thus possibility of a great settlement increases thus avoiding a lengthy litigation, in other words you begin your case with a trial lawyer, but yet you will end up settling your case just for the fact that you were represented by a trial lawyer - insurance companies' offers for settlement are more reasonable when they see you are prepared to fight your case in a court of law. Second is that when you begin your case with a trial attorney, your trial attorney would be more aggressive in terms of investing major money and time in your personal injury case, as contrasted with a situation where he or she has to split fees with your first attorney.

One last thing to consider is a potential for conflict of interests, yours and your non-trial-lawyer's. Imagine you are represented by non-trial-lawyer, the insurance company has made an offer of one million dollars, but the insurance company has a two million dollars policy however they are not willing to give up the second million without a fight, i.e. litigation/trial. At this juncture your settlement of the case for one million dollars would result in the same amount of attorney fees to your no-trial-attorney as settling the case for two million dollars after referral to a trial lawyer. In other words, if the trial attorney settles or gets a jury verdict for two million dollars she or he would have to split the attorney fees with the first attorney. So, you end up getting twice the dollar amount, which is great, but yet your first attorney who had to wait for a long time ends up getting the same amount of attorney fees. There lies the conflict of interest, and thus your first attorney's recommendation for settlement should be examined with considerable scrutiny, i.e. a second opinion from a trial lawyer.

So when you go online to do a search for the best personal injury attorney, include in your search term the words "trial lawyer" or "trial attorney". But don't stop there, make sure that the trial lawyer you find online has in fact a proven track record of trial experience. Keep in mind that any attorney can claim to be a trial lawyer, but it is the experience that is crucial. In other words, any licensed attorney is permitted to handle trials, however it is the trial experience that counts. It is the trial experience that makes the insurance companies think twice before rejecting a reasonable claim for compensation. Insurance companies know who a capable trial attorney is and who is not. So, interview the lawyer you select to handle your case to make sure that he or she is in fact a trial lawyer by experience. By Art Majlessi, Trial Attorney ©

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Wrongful Death of Five Innocent Persons on the 10 Freeway in Rialto

Yesterday, February 16, 2018, once again a Southern California Freeway, the 10 Freeway in Rialto, was the venue for a horrible and devastating fiery trucking accident which resulted in the wrongful death of five innocent individuals, and injuring another. A concrete truck careened through the center divider and crashed into multiple vehicles. The crash happen around 1:00 p.m. in Rialto, close to Riverside Avenue. The concrete truck was on the westbound. The accident involved four cars, a truck and the concrete truck. The heavy toll, in terms of loss of human lives, in the California Freeways is unfortunately a daily occurrence where small vehicles huddle with heavy trucks in same travel lanes. It is time for the legislature to address this issue. The occupants of smaller vehicles in trucking accidents have a small chance of survival as they are no match for heavy trucks. Assigning specific lanes for trucks and designation of special hours of the day would certainly reduce the number of fatalities. Furthermore, reducing the speed limit for the truckers will no doubt be an added benefit in reducing the number of wrongful deaths in the California Freeways. At the minimum the center dividers must be reinforced to be able to withstand impacts by heavy trucks. Until then our California Freeways continue to be deadtraps, causing numerous wrongful deaths, devastating families of innocent drivers and their passengers. These issues are continually litigated by wrongful death attorneys and trial lawyers in the California courts in an effort to recompense the family members of the decedents whose lives were wrongfully taken due to the negligent truckers and the inadequate roadways and regulations.

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Street-Racing Crash - Wrongful Death - Personal Injury

Illegal street racing has become a common practice in the streets of Southern California; unfortunately, too many of said races result in accidents causing property damage, bodily injuries and even wrongful death. The city of Woodland Hills, which is in the north of part of Los Angeles, was witness to a multiple-vehicle accident yesterday November 1, 2016, in what appears to have been the result of an illegal street race. Fortunately, no deaths resulted from said accident; however, several people sustained injuries and had to be transported to a nearby hospital. One of the vehicles involved, a 2015 McLaren 650S Spider worth over $300,000, which can reach speeds of over 200 mph, was totaled. It is incredible that no fatalities resulted from this wreck in light of witnesses account of 70 to 80 mph crash in a 25 mph school zone. The same cannot be said for the street racing in Woodland Hills on June 27, 2016 which resulted in multiple fatalities.

An illegal form of auto racing street racing on public roads commonly results in wrongful death of not only the drivers but often innocent bystanders. Just today, November 2, 2016, a street racing crash involving a twenty-three-year-old and 17-year old teenager resulted in the death of a three-year old girl in Philadelphia.

History tells the story of how three American companies began to produce muscle cars, high performance cars, to boost sales to youths, and due to lack legal racing tacks, public streets became the de facto venue for racing, hence the term "street-racing". It is believed that modern street racing is rooted in Woodward Avenue, Michigan, in the 1960s.

Victims of street racing wrongful death should promptly contact a competent experienced wrongful death attorney due to the complexity of the legal issues associated with street racing wrongful deaths, i.e. insurance companies refuse to pay damages for wrongful deaths caused by street-racing crashes arguing such deaths are the consequences of intentional reckless disregard for human life for which their insureds are not covered under their insurance policies. In other words insurance companies only pay damages for wrongful deaths caused by the negligence of their insureds and not by their intentional recklessness. Therefore, it is imperative to contact a seasoned wrongful death attorney to adequately investigate the facts surrounding a street-racing crash.

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Palm Springs Tour Bus Crash - 13 Wrongful Deaths - 31 Personal Injuries

Automobile accidents are so common in Southern California that they hardly make the news, even when a wrongful death is involved, but this time was different, the worse deadly accident in California's history in so many decades with 13 dead and 31 injured. Who is to blame? No doubt the bus driver was negligent (unless he had a heart attack), he was careless and not paying adequate attention to the road and his driving. Alternatively he may have been reckless, sleeping, speeding, or even drunk driving, and thus acted with complete disregard for the safety of his passengers. However as in so many wrongful death cases other invaluable evidence comes to fore when a competent wrongful death attorney gets involved to pursue the wrongful death claims of the decedents' immediate relatives and families.

The accident was caused when the USA Holiday tour bus carrying passengers returning from a casino near the Salton Sea rammed into the rear of a semitrailer on the way home to Los Angeles. So what was the semitrailer doing at the time? It was apparently moving at a much lower speed than the tour bus. Why? The CHP officers had been slowing and stopping the traffic so that a Southern California Edison work crew could complete electrical wiring which had to cross the road way, i.e. the 10 Freeway. Probing into the cause of the accident, a capable and seasoned wrongful death attorney would diligently scrutinize the legal duty of care and whether it was breached by anyone else including the semitrailer driver, the CHP officers, and/or the Southern California Edison work crew, each of whom may have possibly contributed to the tour bus driver's negligence thus resulting in so many wrongful deaths and so many suffering from serious personal injuries. Consequently, a wrongful death trial lawyer's timely involvement is essential to the families of the victims who seek justice for the death of their loved ones.

Under the law monetary compensation is the only remedy for negligent wrongful act of a person or organization which has resulted in injury or death. The intent of the law is to make the victims whole again, in terms of money damages, however if the insurance policy of the tour bus is inadequate, which is most likely the case with 13 dead and 31 injured, reasonable attribution of liability to others, persons or entities, who may be determined to have had contributed to the cause of the accident may bring about an expeditious legal resolution to the wrongful death and personal injury claims.

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iPhone - Brain Injury - Cancer

Can iPhone cause brain injury? The brain injury or brain cancer concern is on the minds of many iPhone users (more so with people who suffer from a degenerative brain disease or cancer) as iPhone (cell phone) usage has increased dramatically year over year. The pressing issue surrounds electric magnetic frequency (EMF) generated by iPhone. EMF is all around us and we are all expose to it. We cannot see EMF, as it is an invisible radiation, and even if we could see it we cannot avoid it. EMF is strongest and most intense at the source of emission, i.e. iPhone, cell towers, radio antennas, etc. It is well established however that an uninterrupted exposure to high frequency EMFs, such as x-rays and gamma rays is cancer causing. These type of high frequency EMFs are ionizing radiation and thus can cause damage to cells and DNA. So what kind of EMF is transmitted by iPhone? The answer is non-ionizing radiation. It is widely believed that non-ionizing radiation is not cancer causing. If the belief was otherwise the whole world would enter a hysterical spin that it could probably never recover from. Why? Because many instruments that we regularly use and rely on in our daily lives emit non-ionizing radiation, for example power lines, computer, radio antenna, TV broadcast antenna, WiFi, microwave antenna, and yes even iPhone and other cell phones are all non-ionizing EMF devices. "Ion" is a molecule or atom that can gain or lose more electrons thus creating a net electric charge. "Ionization" is the process by way of which an atom or molecule gains or loses electrons thus acquiring a negative or positive charge. "Non-ionizing" EMF is a radiation that does not carry adequate energy to ionize an atom or molecule, i.e remove or add electrons to an atom or molecule.

Over the past 15 years studies have failed to link cancer conclusively with the use of cell phones, although there are some studies that suggest that there may be a link between glioma (type of brain cancer), and heavy use of cell phones. A more recent study by Dr. Igor Yakmenko of The National Sciences of Ukraine suggest that radio frequency exposure results in oxidative stress which he claims could cause Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, even headaches and skin irritation. Oxidative stress is a process that is claimed to be directly linked to degenerative diseases.

The 13 country INTRPHONE study suggested the possibility of increased risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, but could not definitely conclude that it is probable. The Danish study which considered about 400,000 people during 13 years concluded that cell phone use cannot be associated with an increased risk of brain tumors. Also in United Kingdom a study which covered 800,000 women during a seven year period did not find any link between cell phone use and brain tumors. Nevertheless one organization the World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Radio Frequency field as "possibly carcinogenic to humans", which includes cell phones. However none of the agencies in the United States has declared that use of cell phones could cause cancer or brain injury.

So until such a day that there are more conclusive studies, there are no indications that long term use of cell phones is cancer causing or could cause brain injuries. But it never hurts to be cautious and careful, so use of hand free devices is recommended. By Art Majlessi, Trial Attorney ©

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Police Brutality - Police Misconduct - Wrongful Death

Police misconduct, reckless shooting, could result in wrongful death of innocent bystanders. Wrongful death in the context of police misconduct happens when a police officer unlawfully or negligently fires his or her gun and as a result causes the death of a person. The usual pattern is that a police officer uses his or her gun intentionally but unreasonably, usually as a result of subjective (not objective) concern for his or her own safety and/or safety of others. Often the issue is whether a lesser force could have been used to stop the transgressor, in other words was the use of a gun legally justified. It is axiomatic that police misconduct can take a hefty toll on the society as a whole. Not only the family members of the decedent suffer unimaginable sorrow, but also any payment to the victim's family, either through settlement or jury verdict award, is paid by the tax payers. As such, with the popular use of recording devices police brutality has become the subject of intense public scrutiny. In some countries such as United Kingdom police officers do not carry guns. However, in the United Kingdom gun sale to the public is unlawful and therefore it is most unlikely that a police officer would be faced with a person who is armed. In contrast in the United States the second amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, therefore the solution is not banning the sale of guns in the United States, nor is it to stop police officers from carrying guns.

A relevant issue that is the subject of the public conversation is police use of racial profiling. It has been argued that racial profiling is a byproduct of policing the public no matter how much training and supervision are afforded the police, and consequently it is more likely than not that a police officer would invoke the use of his or her gun in a police pursuit or a traffic stop when racial profiling is employed by the police officer to assess the situation. It has been widely reported that minorities are afflicted with the brunt of police misconduct i.e. abuse of firearm. Some argue that it is not because of the racial profiling that minorities are more likely the subject of police misconduct, but rather in the poverty-stricken communities crime is more prevalent and consequently the more police presence, a recipe for more errors and mistakes. Such posturing supposes a factual premise that more and more minorities continue to live and do live in poverty afflicted communities. So, what is the solution? It has been suggested that leaders of the nation, those in the government and the private sector, must do more to remove poverty from the afflicted communities. The logic behind this proposition is that crime is more widespread in poverty-stricken communities, and that by removing the poverty, arguably there will be a reduction in crime, and consequently a reduction in the concomitant police profiling as well. However, removing poverty from society has been the goal of every society since perhaps time immemorial. Perceivably the most successful in this regard are perhaps the socialist countries of Scandinavia. Socialist societies pay heavy taxes to carry the burden of the less fortunate, an ideology that is frowned on in the United States - not the helping of the less fortunate but the "heavy taxes." One would think that an extraterrestrial being visiting planet earth would possibly conclude that on planet earth societies, in most part of the world including the United States, are segregated by those who "have" and those who "have-not", and that the law's main purpose is to protect the "haves" from the "have-nots." A cynical and simplistic world view, but nonetheless a thought provoking one. Not all people are born with equal opportunities and some humans have immutable physical characteristics that unfortunately makes them the target of prejudice by the less educated (not in terms of schooling but rather in terms of understanding). People are created as equals and must be treated as equals, yet somehow application of this simple truth runs afoul. It has in the past and it will in the future until such a day that humans realize that they should not compete with one another by way of prejudice but rather work with one another to give a helping hand to the less fortunate among us. Until such a day when we all can get along and live happily, the remedy prescribed by law in police misconduct cases is wrongful death litigation, i.e. suing the responsible person and/or entity for monetary damages, with the intent that such damages would alleviate the sorrow of the victims' family and furthermore be a deterrent for the police not to commit the same wrong again.

Our Los Angeles police misconduct attorneys can file a lawsuit on your behalf against the police department and the poorly trained trigger-happy police officer who caused the wrongful death of your loved one. If you are looking for the best police misconduct attorney contact the Majlessi Law Firm.

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Medical Education and Malpractice

Physicians know that their first goal is to make sure their patients are not in any discomfort, and that they are treated in the best manner possible. Unfortunately, whether due to accidents, mistakes, or miscommunication, many people either die or encounter more health problems due to medical malpractice. This is becoming such a common problem that patients know sue their doctors, the hospital, and sometimes the staff as well for pain and suffering. These malpractice lawsuits have become so commonplace, that many doctors will actually just settle the problem out of court, or even offer patients monetary compensation up front before the problem worsens and escalates into a court-based lawsuit. Medical malpractice is now being integrated into the medical educational curriculum so that doctors can be aware of the implications, and so that they can be prepared and take precautions. Because of this new element in medical related education, those who are interested in the field must be made aware of the problems that have happened in the past and how they can keep it from happening to them.

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Multimillion Dollars Verdict Expected In Water Death Case

A radio station responsible for the wrongful death of a woman who was acutely intoxicated by excessive water intake would be facing a multimillion dollars verdict. Although the jury has not yet decided the final outcome of the case, the plaintiff's lawyer in the case has asked for an award of $24 to $34 million dollars. Such an award would not be a deterrant nor is it intended to be a deterant against any future reckless conduct by the defendant or others similarly situated.

The intent of the jury award would be to compensate the family of the victim for the loss they suffered, the two children and the husband of the 28-year old victim. The jury cannot consider punitive damages, an award to punish, but can raise the amount of the compensatory damages so much so that it would have the same effect, and thereby send a message out, not only to the radio station defendant but to others, to abstain from promoting such reckless contests.

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Cedars-Sinai Hospital’s CT Scan Machine Severely Radiates Patients

Only after more than 200 patients were overly radiated, more than 8 times the normal limit, did the Food and Drug Administration issue an alert last week warning hospitals across the country to check their CT protocols. Excessive radiation exposure increases the likelihood of cancer

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$36.6 Million Settlement In Conshohocken Fire

At first glance it appeared that the $36.6 million settlement in the devastating apartment blaze would go a long way to compensate the victims.  However most of the money is slated for the rebuilding of the two apartment buildings in Conshohocken’s riverfront.  The serendipity of erecting new buildings after the horrific blaze will no doubt contribute to the successful revival of this aging town.  Good fortune had it that the litigation resolved within months, or just little over a year. 

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Top Dollars In Courtrooms

It is of no surprise to trial attorneys that insurance companies hire the best experts to fight injury victims in court.  However, this is not readily known to the general public who make the jury pool.  A personal injury victim who has suffered serious injuries often finds herself in a courtroom with numerous insurance company experts - hired guns – whose job is to cast doubt on her injuries. 

Jurors are heavily influenced by these deceptive experts.  Returning unfavorable verdicts because their prejudices have been prayed on; creating a smoke screen to shield injured victims suffering from the juries consideration is the ultimate task for which heavy sums are paid by insurance companies - handsome rewards that guarantee repeated performance by the insurance company experts. 

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Tire Defects & Unsafe Tires

In 2009, a Senator from Wisconsin introduced much needed legislation to make tire defect information public. The objective of this bill is to shine light on both court rulings and out-of-court settlements that have had little or no publicity. Without public notifications, these potentially dangerous tires continue to pose a threat to unsuspecting consumers. Although the public generally hears about the most well known tire defects, a surprising large percentage of tire defects and the injuries that they have already caused go virtually unnoticed. The hidden danger for consumers is enormous!

The "Sunshine Act in Litigation" will require courts to put public safety first when deciding on claims against the manufacturers of defective tires. Without this legislation, the courts can (and currently do) issue a protective order that keeps consumers and consumer advocacy groups from accessing vital information about defective tires. The courts also have the right to seal the records of these court cases, thus keeping people who already own the defective tires from finding out that they are at risk daily. Of course, unless the courts and the federal government mandate a tire recall, the manufacturers could also continue to sell the tires to more unwitting consumers. 

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Defective Air Bags In Cars

All new cars sold in the United States (and many developed countries) now have airbags. These devices decrease the incidence of fatal and serious injuries in front-end collisions. Quite a few vehicles now have side airbags as well, adding passenger protection during airbags should deploy in single vehicle accidents where the driver hits a fixed object and collisions with other vehicles.

Unfortunately, it seems that these life-saving devices do not always work as designed. In fact, defective airbags fail to protect many drivers and their passengers or injure people when they deploy during a vehicle accident. If a defective airbag causes an injury to you and your loved ones, you need to talk to a personal injury attorney immediately. 

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Rollover Accident Deaths

Since 2000, on average 35,000 people died annually in auto accidents in the United States. Nearly one-third of these fatalities occurred due to rollovers. If the trend continues, by 2010, 350,000 people will have lost their lives, due to rollover accidents.

The average small city in the United Sates has a population of less than 500,000 people. In effect, the toll from rollovers is causing one small town to disappear every 10 years. The U.S. government's Fatality Accident Reporting System notes that the fatality rate for rollovers was nearly four times that of other vehicle accidents in 2007.  

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Defective Tires Cause Unnecessary Deaths

Consider a recently settled wrongful death lawsuit against the Denman Tire Corporation. The plaintiffs also named the tire distributor and the tire dealer as co-defendants in this tragic case. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who lost their 4-year old daughter as result of a defective tire installed on a Chevy Blazer.

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Notable Wrongful Death Cases

Few people expect to be harmed by companies that they trust. Even fewer people anticipate death from using consumer products. However, these types of cases occur with alarming regularity in our country. 

The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many as 5,000 people per year die from food-borne illnesses. Many of these deaths could have been prevented. They were mainly caused by poor safety and quality controls. Even though the Food and Drug Administration regularly inspects food processing plants, salmonella and other bacteria slip into the country's food supply without warning.

The number of cases against companies that cause wrongful death with food is rising steadily. In the past year alone, several companies received citations for manufacturing practices that endangered the lives of consumers. The highly publicized case of the Blakely, Georgia peanut butter factory was just the tip of an iceberg set to do more damage than the one that destroyed the Titanic. Consumers must hold these companies accountable for their actions. Personal injury attorneys, not the FDA, are your best defense against this kind of wrongful death.

The Federal Trade Commission and several other federal government agencies oversee the practices of large manufacturers that produce automobile parts and accessories. However, the federal government cannot afford to inspect each tire on every production line. It is the responsibility of each company to ensure that the tires they sell to consumers are safe. Yet many tire manufacturers have created processes that make it more likely that consumers will have faulty tires on their vehicles, without a word to the public about the potential hazards. Some tire manufacturers pay their inspectors on commission, instead of a salary. This practice can result in spotty inspections, due to the inspector's preoccupation with his or her paycheck.

A tire failure or blowout at expressway speeds is usually fatal for the driver and occupants of the vehicle. Yet, every day, faulty tire construction endangers thousands of Americans, commuting to work or traveling on the interstates for business and pleasure. Wrongful death lawsuits stemming from tire defects reached into billions of dollars this century. Without personal injury attorneys, it is unlikely that tire manufacturers would offer the victims of these tragedies much more than a new set of the same tires that failed.
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Wrongful Death For Surviving Family

Wrongful death attorneys can help their clients whose lives have been destroyed by negligence or intentional acts that resulted in a loved one's death.

People who have suffered from the wrongful death of a family member often tell themselves that no amount of monetary compensation will bring back their loved one. They are often in shock from the unexpected loss, but feel a need to move on instead of dwelling on the past. This is not the time to allow your own emotions to rule. The advice of a competent personal injury attorney can be crucial. Although your attorney is likely to be a compassionate person, he or she will be objective and much more conscious of the ramifications of the true consequences of your family's loss. 

If your loved one was the family breadwinner, it is unlikely that your household will ever be able to have the same level of economic security and prosperity that it enjoyed before a wrongful death. This is not a question of forgiveness or blaming a company. In these cases, wrongful death becomes an issue of economics. Will you be able to continue to pay a mortgage? Will your children be forced to give up their career aspirations because you cannot afford their college education? Should you allow your family's economic status to slide or should you consult a personal injury attorney who can help you protect your family's future.

You must consider your future and the well-being of your family when you suspect that your loved one's death was caused by negligence or other acts that qualify as wrongful death. Many states have a time limit for filing a wrongful death claim. A personal injury attorney will know how to balance your need to grieve with the ticking clock of the judicial system.

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Slip and Fall and Consumer Product Injuries

Banana Peels and Hot Coffee Injuries

Slipping on a banana peel is a famous and hilarious comedy routine. It endured for years and even made it to TV comedy shows in the early years. There is usually a side reference to the injury suffered by the unsuspecting victim. Sometimes, you might even see a vignette in old television reruns about the consumer trying to get compensation for damages. We enjoy laughing at this vaudeville standard. If you are injured while shopping or eating a retail location, it is not a laughing matter! You will need a personal injury attorney right away.

People rarely slip on banana peels these days. But thousands of people are injured in grocery stores, home improvement centers and even restaurants. Most of these injuries are due to negligence. The store or restaurant owner has not taken proper precautions to protect visitors to his or her premises from injury. In these cases, you must not give up your rights to recover your losses.

An understaffed retail location may contain hidden dangers that result in injuries to you. Employees who are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of a store's premises may need to mop the floors or remove spills while customers are present. If the store is short-staffed, the delay between the time the spill happens and the time it is cleaned up may be just enough time for an unwitting customer to slip on that "banana peel."

If you suffer an injury, the storeowner should be held responsible for this lapse in responsibility. Restaurants that cause injuries to consumers have been found negligent in their business operations. One of the most famous examples of restaurant negligence is related to the cardboard sleeve that accompanies your morning coffee at nearly every take-out restaurant in the country. A customer at a McDonalds fast food restaurant was severely burned by the coffee that she ordered. The temperature of the coffee was so high that she suffered personal injury with third degree burns that required hospitalization. A jury agreed that the business was responsible for that customer's injuries.

We can thank a personal injury attorney for making restaurant and retail business owners more responsible. If you become the innocent victim of retail or restaurant negligence, you will need one too.

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Getting Compensation for Product Liability Injuries

Every year, consumers suffer personal injuries caused by defective products. In recent years, some of the most widely publicized cases involved everything from defective baby cribs, overheated laptops, and dealer installed SUV tires to exploding propane grills. It is not unheard of for consumers to die from injuries caused by defective products. In some cases, the company at fault discovers the defect and issues a recall before anyone is seriously injured. However, all too often, the opposite occurs.

In the United States, consumers have excellent legal remedies when they experience a loss due to product defects. However, every consumer should consult a personal injury attorney, as soon as an injury occurs. The laws of most states do not require that the injured person prove that the manufacturer was negligent. In most states, the consumer only has to prove that the product was defective. Sounds easy enough. Yet, this can be a tricky situation for consumers to navigate without assistance from a personal injury attorney

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You Can Fight City Hall

Exercise Your Civil Rights

Believe it or not, the government is not above the law. It doesn't matter what the old adage says or small you are, you can fight city hall. You will face a formidable foe! And the government will use our tax dollar to pay an army of lawyers who are usually already on their payroll. But does that mean you should give up your rights? No, not without talking to an attorney to find out how to proceed.

Ordinary citizens suffer both financial and personal injury when our government agencies do not exercise due diligence or fail to fulfill the public trust. If you have suffered an injury or loss as result of the malfunction of your government, you should never give up your right to recover without a fight. Of course, you will find an almost insurmountable mountain of red tape. And often, unless you are part of a sizeable group of injured persons, you may feel that your cause is hopeless.

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Loss or Injury Due to Negligence

Every day, it seems that pharmaceutical companies, agricultural producers and even pet food manufacturers neglect to take proper precautions to protect consumers from their products. If you are one of the lucky ones, you return your defective product or tainted food before you or a loved one are injured or worse.

If you don't get the recall notice in time or you have already been injured, you can take action against the company that's responsible. A personal injury attorney can help recover your losses. 

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How To Take Action in Dog Bite Cases That Result in Personal Injury

Every state in the U.S. has laws and regulations for pet owners. The privilege of pet ownership comes with the responsibility of keeping the public safe from any harm from the animal. Thousands of innocent bystanders suffer injury from animal attacks annually. A dog most often causes these, although cats frequently injure people too. 

You must take action to recover your losses from the pet's owner, if a vicious or uncontrollable pet attacks you or family members. Take legal action so that you do not have to suffer both physical injury and financial disaster when a pet owner fails to fulfill their responsibility to the larger community. A personal injury attorney can help you determine your rights and protect your interests.

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The True Cost of Medical Malpractice That Insurance Can't Cover

Medical malpractice is usually an accident! Unfortunately, this type of accident can mean the difference between life and death. The human factor in medicine is unavoidable. People make mistakes, including your family doctor and medical facilities. The trauma of medical malpractice can have long-term physical and financial effects. You must seek advice from a qualified personal injury attorney, if you believe that you or a family member suffered a loss due to medical malpractice.  

Most people trust their doctor's advice and follow their orders. After all, most physicians are caring professionals who have years of education. They must be certified by the state in which they practice and continue their education to improve their skills. Yet, the health care system is very prone to accidents and poor judgment about health problems; this includes both chronic and acute conditions.

Misdiagnosis is a common type of medical malpractice. Autopsies revealed many of these misjudgments in cases that were not discovered during the patient's lifespan. A clear sign of this type of medical malpractice is that the prescribed treatment does not have the intended result. The patient may succumb to the undiscovered health problem while being treated for the wrong condition.

Even your neighborhood pharmacy can be negligent in taking precautions to protect your health. In 2006, the Institute of Medicine found that medication errors affect over a million people per year. Mixed up lab results can also lead to medical malpractice by physicians and medical facilities. Unnecessary or botched surgeries, staph infections, faulty sutures, misplaced instruments and more horrors await hospital patients. According to HealthGrades, nearly 200,000 people annually are victims of preventable medical errors in hospitals.

Medical malpractice claims and lawsuits usually must be filed within a specific time period after your loss or injury happens. Every state sets its own limits for filing, the statute of limitations. However, there are exceptions to the statute of limitations that the states have put in place. Only a personal injury attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases will be able to tell you if you have a winnable case and if the circumstances of your case meet the requirements of your state's time limitations. Take care of yourself and your loved ones by protecting yourself from this all too common accident – medical malpractice.

Read more about med mal cases at Medical News Today and National Academies.

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Workers Compensation Claims Benefits

Federal Assistance for Workplace Injuries

Hurt at work? There's nothing to worry about if your company provides worker's compensation insurance. Or is there? Workers' compensation insurance coverage is a right when you work for any company that meets the guidelines that the government in your state has set.

The laws that we rely on to protect workers in the workplace did not always exist. The workman's compensation legislation became law in the 20th century. Every state has the right to create regulations and guidelines for allowable claims, benefit limits, coverage rules and even attorney's fees. As you can see, even if you are covered, there are 50 different laws that will determine how your work-related accident claim gets resolved. The Federal Workers' Compensation laws provide similar coverage for federal employees. All too often, employers go to great lengths to deny valid workers' compensation claims. Almost every state has a provision that prevents an employer from taking punitive actions against workers that file accident and injury claims under workers' compensation. Therefore, employers should not be able to terminate an injured employee in retaliation for filing a claim. However, the opposite is true in too many cases.

Some common issues for injured workers are company selected doctors or hospitals and paperwork processing delays. Once you report your injury to the appropriate person at your place of employment, you should consult a personal injury attorney, immediately. Even when the employer requires that their physician examine you, you can still elect to be examined by the physician of your choice. Your health insurance should cover this expense. If not, keep receipts for your claim records.

Your attorney can be extremely helpful in getting the company to process any paperwork that is required to continue your salary while you recover from your injuries. If you are unable to work and your employer repeatedly delays your workers' compensation benefits, you risk losing valuable assets like your home, vehicles and savings.

With the help of a personal injury attorney, you will be able to concentrate on recovering from your injuries instead of worrying about putting food on the table. You can avoid also being a worker who is denied benefits that the law provides.

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Nursing Home Falls and Elder Injuries

Importance of Safety in Retirement Communities

Placing an aging parent in a nursing home is always a serious decision. Sometimes it may be necessary to place a loved one that is incapacitated in a facility that can provide better care than the family. Every family must consider the pros and cons of this decision and choose the best care option for the affected family member. However, no matter how wisely and deliberately you choose, you cannot avoid the reality of the perils that may await your loved ones in nursing homes.

Most nursing homes are licensed by the state in which they are located. In addition, they must meet certain standards in order to be eligible to bill Medicare or Medicaid for patient services. Some nursing homes do their job better than others do. Poorly managed nursing homes often have higher than average patient accidents. They may be understaffed or simply fail to schedule enough personnel to ensure the safety of frail, elderly residents. In some cases, the salaries paid to patient care workers are so low that it affects morale. That still is not justification for a nursing home's staff to allow its residents to be injured or neglected.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that 75% of all nursing home residents will fall each year. Of these, almost 2,000 will suffer a fatal injury related to their fall. Even more shocking is the fact that most nursing home patients will fall more than once within a one-year period! Routine inspections of nursing homes can reveal violations that nursing staff and the home's owner should be held liable for legally. A nursing home's failure to correct these violations can compromise the care of the loved one or parent that you have entrusted to them.

Along with falls, medication accidents, bedsores and even elder abuse by poorly trained staff members are common in nursing homes. If you suspect that a nursing home is negligent, you should consult a personal injury attorney to protect your parent or loved one. You and your attorney must intervene to prevent further injury to your family member and the other patients, as well.

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Avoid These Mistakes after a Fender Bender

Even good drivers can have an auto accident. For many people, even a minor accident often becomes a confusing, frustrating experience. There is no way to know everything that you must do to protect yourself and your personal interests after an auto accident. Find a competent personal injury attorney to help you navigate the reams of paperwork and phone calls that you need to settle your accident damages claim. First, take time to consider the physical and financial consequences of an auto accident before you leave the scene. 

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Big Tobacco Pays The Price

Lung Conditions from Smoking

A while back a Florida jury ordered Philip Morris to pay $8 million to the widow of a smoker who died of lung cancer. The man, Stuart Hess, was a chain smoker for decades. Philip Morris said they would appeal. This was an important verdict, because it is the first of about 8,000 lawsuits which have been filed in Florida against the big tobacco companies.

During the trial, a video was shown of 1994 testimony before the U.S. Congress where top executives of the tobacco companies denied that smoking was addictive. Those statements have been long discredited by medical fact.

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Nine Things You Must Do When You Are Involved in an Auto Accident

Every year hundreds of thousands of people are involved in auto accidents. Even with a relatively minor accident, the experience can leave you in shock and disoriented -- and often angry. The aftermath of a collision requires clear thinking under difficult circumstances.

I have prepared this article for you to print out and keep in your glove compartment. I am offering you this checklist with the hope that that it may help prevent additional injuries, and equally importantly help you recover medical expenses and other costs in the event you need to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.

1. First of all, do your best to remain calm. Do not make any accusations against the other driver or passengers. The experience of being in an auto accident can easily result in an escalation of anger which can make the situation worse. And above all do not take blame for the accident even if you feel it was clearly your fault. I cannot emphasize this enough.

2. Keep an inexpensive emergency first aid kit in your glove compartment, with an assortment of bandages, ointments, and other medical supplies in case of injuries. Also include a notepad and pen, and an inexpensive camera. Included in your glove compartment should be addresses and phone numbers of your insurance company, your doctor, as well as any of your medical conditions that may be helpful to ambulance and other first responders.

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The Peanut Contamination Scandal

At the Congressional hearings on bacteria-tainted peanut products, Representative Greg Walden, Republican of Oregon, showed a

jar of peanut butter to Stewart Parnell, owner of the Peanut Corporation of America.  The jar was wrapped in "Crime Scene tape".  Representative Walden invited Mr. Parnell to eat some of the peanut butter.  Mr. Parnell declined to answer his request; invoking the protections afforded him under the U.S. Constitution.

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MTA Raises the Barriers

Usually it takes the news media's spotlight on a serious injury or accident to get government bureaucracy to do their jobs. Also the reality of a potential costly personal injury lawsuit serves as a motivation for municipalities to take steps to reduce the possibility of injuries to its citizens.

Los Angeles's transit agency, the MTA is in the process of installing safety barriers on all light rail platforms to prevent people from accidentally walking between train cars. Last year the MTA purchased new rail cars that had gaps between the cars. At the time, the Federal Transit Administration, as part of its safety certification, raised concerns about the spaces between the cars.

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Two Million Dollars - Pocket Change for the Railroad Industry?

Two-hundred million dollars might seem like a lot of money. But when it comes to train accidents, especially train accidents involving many victims 200 million does not go a long way. In the case of the Metrolink accident, where 25 people were killed and 135 injured, 200 million dollars divided between 145 people is unlikely to be enough to provide the victims and their families the money they need for a lifetime medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost wages, and the many other issues in an personal injury accident caused by the negligence of the Metrolink and their contractor who supply the Metrolink engineers. 

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Does Cigna Care?

The family of Nataline Sarkisyan filed a lawsuit against the Cigna health insurance company.  You may recall the heart wrenching newspaper and TV news  stories about a year ago about Cigna denying the 17 year old Los Angeles teenager a life-saving liver transplant.  Cigna outrageously claimed that the procedure was experimental and continually denied her claim, even though the medical experts at UCLA Medical Center's Mattel Children's Hospital felt the transplant would be successful and beneficial to the young girl.

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Beware of Rainy Weather

As the rainy season sneaks upon us, the increasing incidents of auto accidents resulting in serious personal injury are inevitable. As a personal injury lawyer I have seen the tragic results of injuries and wrongful deaths too often. So many of these tragedies could have been prevented if drivers were would adjust their driving during rainy conditions.

First there is the issue of visibility. Rain on your windshield reduces your view of the road ahead. It also compromises your peripheral vision as you do your best to see what is directly ahead.

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MetroLink - The Clock is Ticking

It is reassuring that U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein is very much involved in improving the deplorable conditions that existed and currently exist in the Metrolink commuter train system.

I hope she continues to insist on true improvements and not just cosmetic, unsatisfactory minor fixes. Twenty-five people were killed in the Chattsworth crash, and scores seriously injured. Comprehensive safety changes need to be proposed, reviewed and implemented in a logical and technically feasible manner, without any bureaucratic delays and excuses.

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Continental Airlines - Compensation Depends on Many Factors

It is a relief to know that there were apparently no fatalities from the recent Continental Airlines flight 1404 that crashed on takeoff. First of all, I want to join with the passengers in honoring the flight attendants who, according to the reports evacuated all of the passengers in the first seconds after the plane had skidded off the runway into a ravine, and caught fire.

While the investigation is still continuing as to the exact cause of the crash, I would like to address myself to the many questions regarding compensation to those who are involved in an airline crash.

First of all many people are not aware of certain limitations for those involved in a domestic airline crash. Therefore it is imperative to contact an aviation lawyer immediately to protect your rights.

Even if you are not injured in an aviation accident, just being a participant in a situation where you are emotionally traumatized because of eminent fear of death or injury, meansyour would most certainly be due compensation from those responsible for the accident.

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The Wal-Mart Fiasco - Do Personal Injury Lawsuits result in safer conditions? I think not!

By now we are all aware of the senseless Thanksgiving day tragedy when over 2,000 customers swarmed into the New York Wal-Mart store at 5 a.m., trampling employee Jdimytai Damour. News reports showed that the local law enforcement was reviewing the surveillance videos to try to determine if they could identify any of the shoppers who were responsible for Mr. Damour's death.

Ironically, it seems to me, that the law enforcement needed not to look at the videos, but would have better luck at finding who was at least partially responsible by looking in a mirror. Anyone who has viewed the pre-stampede videos of the Wal-Mart parking lot could see the huge crowd excitedly waiting for the exact second when they could rush the front doors. You can see by the above photo the relatively small entrance door of the Wal-Mart store. Early in the morning Nassau Country police officers visited the location and witnessed the growingly unruly crowd -- however the officers left a short time later. After the tragedy the police lamely explained that they could not be responsible for guarding a Wal-Mart -- asserting that it was the responsibility of the Wal-Mart security force.

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Minnesota Bridge collapse - Was It An "Accident" Waiting To Happen?

In today's Los Angeles Times, there's an article about the Minnesota Interstate 35W bridge collapse, that occurred in August  2007.  It was a tragedy that injured over 100 people and killed 13. The article concerned the testimony at the National Transportation Safety Board. 

What was interesting to me about the article, as a lawyer who represents personal injury victims in Los Angeles, is how the people and companies clearly responsible for the disaster seem mainly concerned with covering their "assets" rather than sincerely trying to get to the real causes of the collapse.  One of the primary purposes of hearings at the National Transportation Safety Board is to hopefully prevent future accidents. But obviously the attorneys for the responsible parties are advising the participants at the hearing.  And that is inexcusable.

Here is one  quote which particularly bothers me.  Lawyers for Progressive Contractors Inc., the company that had been repaving the bridge issued a statement claiming the construction firm was not responsible for the collapse. "Given the problems with the gusset plates, it was only a matter of time before the bridge collapsed. PCI just happened to be there when it did," the lawyers' statement said."

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11 Year Old Girl Killed in Crosswalk Accident

The tragic death of a 11 year old girl in Glendale has lessons for us all. For those who are not aware of the accident, Meri Nalbandyan, a 6th grader from Glendale's Eleanor J. Toll Middle School, was struck by a Sports Utility Vehicle.  She was killed in front of her mother and classmates.

In today's fast-paced world of distractions, traffic congestion, and other pressures, we must do our best to take the time for safety.  In my personal injury practice I see so many cases of serious injuries and deaths that could have been prevented if we only took a little more time, in our day to day activities, to make sure that we do our best to prevent accidents from happening in the first place.

There is no doubt that all parties concerned in the Glendale crosswalk accident have been devastated by what happened. But I hope that it will be a reminder for all drivers to be extra careful in school zones.  And I hope that teachers and parents will take the time to remind their children to pay extra attention to traffic not only in crosswalks, but around traffic in general.

My prayers are with the Nalbandyan family. It is a heartbreaking story by all accounts.

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Metrolink Board Rarely Rides the Metrolink?

It is unfortunate that it took a devastating tragedy to bring to light the serious shortcomings of the commuter rail's mismanagement by Metrolink's Board of Directors.  As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I find it hard to believe that there would not be a policy in place that engineers cannot be text messaging while operating the trains.  However, based on what I read in a recent Los Angeles Times article not one Metrolink board member rides the rails regularly.

According to the article, only board member  Art Brown rides the Metrolink -- just 7 to 10 times a month.  Those who do not ride the Metrolink claim to have good reasons.  For example, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mike Antonovich has this excuse -- he says he must travel throughout his far-flung district, which covers much of northern Los Angeles County, explaining "If I worked in a stationary workplace and I had a normal schedule, I could take public transportation there and back."

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