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March 2017 Archives

What is domestic violence in California?

Being accused of a violent crime in California is never a good thing. The potential consequences of conviction for a crime of violence are serious and can alter the trajectory of one's life forever. However, being charged with a domestic violence crime can create other problems as well. Because of the nature of these offenses, both the judicial system and society are more likely to take a dim view of an alleged perpetrator due to the perception that the people involved are especially vulnerable.

Dealing with a road rage incident

The term "road rage" was coined after a series of similar accidents in Los Angeles in 1987 and 1988. California is no stranger to incidents on its highways because someone got frustrated and angry about traffic congestion. The American Safety Council estimates that two-thirds of all traffic fatalities are caused by road rage. It is highly likely that you could be involved in a road rage incident.

Defenses available to shop owners against personal injury claims

Every year in the United States there are thousands of personal injury claims due to shopping-related injuries alone. Shopping related injuries can be a result of shop owner's negligence but this is not always the case, and sometimes shop owners are not to blame at all. Some types of shop related injuries include:

Why you should obtain a criminal defense attorney upon an arrest

Let's face it. Being arrested for a criminal charge is the last thing that anyone wants to experience in the U.S. Not only does such an arrest jeopardize your freedom but also puts your reputation into questions. In most cases, offenders are rarely perceived in the same way in the public eye before the arrest. Depending on the seriousness of the felony, a criminal conviction can either be compared to the proverbial nail on your coffin or a get-out-of-jail-free card. Of course, all this depends on the situation is approached and solved with precision.

What is negligence in personal injury law?

"To err is human, to forgive is divine." While these philosophical words may be a good rule of thumb with regard to Californians' personal relationships and small slights, there are some practical ramifications that flow from some people's errors. When a person or entity has made a mistake that has caused injury or damage to another individual, it is perfectly acceptable for the injured party to expect some compensation to make him or her whole again; that is, to put that person as close to the place he or she was before the injury as possible.

What damages are recoverable in a premises liability suit?

Imagine you are shopping in a store when you slip on a puddle of spilled milk you didn't see, and you slip and fall, breaking your wrist. You must go to the hospital and have your wrist placed in a cast, and the cast prevents you from returning to work for two weeks. Who is responsible for your medical expenses and lost wages?

What is wrongful death?

Families who have lost a loved one unexpectedly in an accident may have heard the term wrongful death and wondered what it refers to. Wrongful death is a personal injury legal option to help families who have lost a loved one due to another party's negligence recover compensation for the damages they have suffered. A wrongful death lawsuit can be brought on behalf of surviving family members for the benefit of surviving family members.

Truckers face serious penalties for distracted driving

Most truckers are responsible drivers, but they are not immune to distractions such as talking on a mobile phone or texting. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), those found to be texting or otherwise manipulating a handheld device increased 2.2 percent in 2014 from the year before. Highway safety is a leading concern, and industry regulators have established new rules in an effort to reduce the number of truck crashes caused by distracted driving.

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